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Councils encouraged to adopt Austrade Australian Nation Brand

Local councils who adopt the Australian Nation brand can use it to promote their regions, products and services domestically and overseas, Austrade says.

Boundaries announcement welcomed by LGANT

By Staff Writers Local Government Association of NT president Kerry Moir has welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Local Government, Elliot McAdam, on the boundaries of the proposed nine shires creates as part of the Territor Government’s reform agenda. "Consultation with member councils on the indicative boundaries nominated by the government will be important […]

Councils pay PIs to hire prostitutes

By Staff Writer Victorian local councils have taken the unusual step of paying private detectives to hire prostitutes in order to gather evidence against illegal Melbourne brothels. | Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) president Dick Gross says the legislation requiring the use of private investigators to expose illegal brothels was unfortunate and local councils should not […]

Slow DA processing sparks reform debate

By staff writer After a comparative council report revealed many NSW councils are taking longer than the stipulated 40 days to process development applications, debate rages over how to speed up the process. A recent comparative council report card from the NSW Department of Local Government found the average processing time for a NSW development […]

Australia’s first Child Friendly City

Greater Bendigo in Victoria has become the first Australian city to be recognised as a Child Friendly City by the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation. The designation acknowledges the council’s work to create a safe and healthy environment for children and support them in free […]

Prime Minister shuffles ministerial deck

By Staff Writer The Prime Minister, John Howard, has announced changes to his Ministry, including two promotions to Cabinet, three new appointments to the outer Ministry and two new Parliamentary Secretaries. Immigration Minister Amanda Vanstone will depart the Ministry along with former Minister for Vocational and Technical Education, Gary Hardgrave. Mr Hardgrave will be contesting […]

Report bolsters calls for water recycling

By Adam Coleman Figures from the Meteorology’s Annual Australian Climate Statement 2006 revealed it was Australia’s 11th warmest year on record. The parliamentary secretary for the environment, Greg Hunt, said it’s been the third driest year in Sydney, Melbourne and in Brisbane’s south-east catchment areas and suggested that major, national recycling schemes in Queensland, Victoria […]

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Innovation delivers justice

Young people in the justice system are better connected with support thanks to an innovative partnership between the not-for-profit, public, and private sectors.

Fairer Fleet Insurance with Geotab

With Geotab’s telematics solutions, greater oversight on your vehicles and drivers means more reliable data for your insurers. Armed with greater knowledge of your fleets, they can decrease insurance costs.


EasyPark ANZ celebrates 10 years of making parking easy

They say ‘Time flies when you are enjoying yourself.’ As EasyPark celebrates 10 years since the App first went live in Australia, attention has already turned to what the next decade will bring.

More energy solutions for industry

Thousands of manufacturing and industrial companies face the challenge of reducing both emissions and operating costs. Renewable gas could provide the energy option they need.



How local councils can achieve more with storytelling

Local councils must be able to engage stakeholders in a compelling community outcomes story rather than relying on complex data and technical reports alone.