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SA first to introduce solar feed-in tariffs

The passing of landmark legislation in South Australia has made it the first state in the country to introduce solar feed-in tariffs. The feed-in tariff offers 44 cents (twice the retail electricity rate) for every kilowatt hour of electricity which is fed back into the grid from solar PV systems. South Australian Greens’ Mark Parnell […]

SA first to introduce solar feed-in tariffs

The passing of landmark legislation in South Australia has made it the first state in the country to introduce solar feed-in tariffs. The feed-in tariff offers 44 cents (twice the retail electricity rate) for every kilowatt hour of electricity which is fed back into the grid from solar PV systems. South Australian Greens’ Mark Parnell […]

Port-Macquarie Hastings Council dismissed

NSW Minister for Local Government Paul Lynch has acted on a Public Inquiry Commissioner’s recommendation to dismiss Port Macquarie-Hastings Council. Mr Lynch said in a statement that Commissioner Frank Willan had made the recommendation to dismiss the council over its handling of the Port Macquarie Cultural and Entertainment Centre, or Glasshouse, following a Public Inquiry […]

Port Macquarie-Hastings Council dismissed

NSW Minister for Local Government Paul Lynch has acted on a Public Inquiry Commissioner’s recommendation to dismiss Port Macquarie-Hastings Council. Mr Lynch said in a statement that Commissioner Frank Willan had made the recommendation to dismiss the council over its handling of the Port Macquarie Cultural and Entertainment Centre, or Glasshouse, following a public inquiry […]

SA first to introduce solar feed-in tarrifs

The passing of landmark legislation has seen South Australia becomes the first state in Australia to introduce electricity feed-in tariffs. The new solar panel feed-in laws are designed to reward those residents who install solar panels in their homes. The feed-in tariff offers 44 cents for every kilowatt hour of electricity (twice the retail electricity […]

Frankston tackles engineer shortages

Frankston City Council in Victoria has introduced an award-winning Graduate Engineer Scheme to address skills shortages in engineers and technical staff. The program aims to develop young engineers quickly, hold on to them and encourage experienced engineers to pass on their knowledge through a mentoring program. The three-year program rotates graduates through different sections of […]

Election website explores local voting intentions

The Local Government Association of Queensland has given its support to a new website, www.qlddecides.com, designed to expose community opinion and record voter mood in the lead-up to next month’s (March 2008) council elections. Qlddecides.com allows seat-by-seat coverage of the local government elections and provides community members with the opportunity to post their thoughts in the […]

Financial investment advice for WA councils

The Western Australian Government has produced a set of investment guidelines for local government in response to the exposure of some local governments to offshore investments that have been impacted by the US sub-prime mortgage market. WA Local Government Minister Ljiljanna Ravlich requested the Department of Local Government and Regional Development develop the guidelines last […]

Paid maternity leave investigated

The Federal Government has asked the Productivity Commission to examine ways the Government can provide improved support to parents with newborn children. Any policy reforms in this area will be aimed at ensuring strong and sustainable economic growth, take into account Australia’s ageing population and the importance of early childhood development, and support families in […]

PPP to help build Queensland schools

Seven new schools will be built in south-east Queensland through a Public Private Partnership (PPP). Premier Anna Bligh says the Governemnt will seek expressions of interest from the private sector in building and maintaining the package of new schools in the Sunshine Coast, Western Corridor and Redlands areas. These areas were chosen on future population […]

NT Local Government Minister resigns

The Northern Territory Government has announced the resignation of Elliot McAdam as Minister for Local Government. “Mr McAdam has given everything to the tough job of implementing the important local government reforms – but we’ve both agreed it’s time to give someone else a go,” Chief Minister Paul Henderson said in a statement. “The Cabinet […]

Redfern community braves rain for apology

Redfern community braves rain for apology

As indigenous and community leaders, Redfern locals and the media gathered to hear the historic speech, the faces of those Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders present – a few of whom were themselves members of the Stolen Generation – sat pensively in quiet expectation. The sound of rain falling on ponchos and umbrellas was punctuated […]

Australia 2020 summit calls for ideas

The Australia 2020 Summit has been convened by the Federal Government  to bring together some of the best thinkers from around Australia to tackle the long-term challenges facing the country. The Summit website www.australia2020.gov.au/ has now been launched inviting the public to contribute submissions that will be made available to all on the website. The […]

Experts converge for sustainable Melbourne

Architects, planners, designers, engineers, builders and politicians from Australia and across the globe will converge on Melbourne for a the three day conference addressing the city’s greatest design challenge – how to make Melbourne a truly sustainable city. Hosted by the City of Melbourne from February 14-16, EcoEDGE 2 will present global case studies for […]

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