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Local Government takes its case to new minister

By Staff Writer The Australian Local Government Association has welcomed the announcement that local government and infrastructure will be combined in a super-ministry along with transport and regional development. ALGA president, Cr Paul Bell said he was “delighted that local government concerns such as roads, infrastructure, community building and developing regions, have been combined in […]

Household debt poses threat to regions

By Staff Writer Australia is one of the highest debt-to-income ratios in the world with high ratios across all of Australia’s regions according to the State of the Regions Report 07-08 released at the Australian Local Government Association conference in Darwin. Produced by National Economics, the report suggests the highest debt ratios are being concentrated in […]

ALGA plans constitutional forum

By Adam Coleman With the move to establish constitutional recognition for local government high on the agenda at the National General Assembly of Local Government in Darwin, the Australian Local Government Association has announced a constitutional forum will replace the assembly next year. “This time next year the ALGA board will convene a constitutional forum […]

Lagging regions need Broadband boost

By Adam Coleman in Darwin Current policies to encourage regions to develop and increase their productivity have failed and are having the opposite effect according to a report released yesterday at the National General Assembly of Local Government in Darwin. Prepared for the Australian Local Government Association by National Economics, The State of the Regions […]

Local government seeks resources to help tackle greenhouse emissions

By Jane Garcia in Darwin Local government has an important role to play in delivering and facilitating innovative approaches to abating greenhouse gas emmissions. And councils should be acting now to secure some of the revenue from a potential carbon trading system or carbon taxation to facilitate these responses to climate change, according to this […]

Climate change will cost poorer regions more

By Adam Coleman in Darwin The annual State of the Regions Report for 2007-08, launched yesterday at the National General Assembly of Local Government in Darwin themed A Climate for Change, has found the costs of managing climate change will be higher outside urban areas. The report from leading forecast group National Economics suggests the […]

New resource kit for councilors

By Staff Writer The Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT) has launched a new Councillor Resource Kit that contains practical information to assist new councillors to become familiar with their roles and responsibilities in local government.  The Association says it will also be a useful resource for existing councillors. Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT) […]

Urbanisation not sustainable says planner

By Staff Writer The Commonwealth Association of Planners (CAP) is calling on Commonwealth governments to have a fundamental rethink of policies and approach to managing urbanisation before it is too late.  “We have 10, maybe 15 years, to get on to a new track,” said CAP president Christine Platt. A planner who works in South […]

Green plan for WA coastal development

By Adam Coleman With a combination of estate design and initiatives that will provide the townsite with self-sufficiency in ‘green’ water and power, Landcorp’s planned 140 lot residential development at Gracetown aims to set new standards. Located on Cowaramup Bay near Margaret River in WA, the development provides a model for future development in coastal […]

Melton Shire Council trumps sustainability awards

By Staff Writer Victoria’s Melton Shire Council has taken out the inaugural Australian Sustainable Cities Awards for efforts to protect its local environment.  The Sustainable Cities program recognises the environmental initiatives of residents, community groups, businesses and government agencies. It is also a part of the Keep Australia Beautiful ‘Australian Sustainable Communities’ Awards which includes […]

Australian voters becoming more volatile: study

By Staff Writer Australian voters are becoming more volatile, with a diminishing number rusted on to any particular party, according to the recent Australian Election Study (AES) that examined long-term changes in the political opinions of the public. Trends in Australian Political Opinion: Results from the Australian Election Study, 1987-2004, by Professor Ian McAllister from […]

No love lost as Sartor defends contributions cut

By Adam Coleman in Coffs Harbour Councils across NSW have called for the NSW Department of Planning to postpone its plans to cut developers’ section 94 contributions, which they say could send them to the wall. "Councils across the State are really concerned these cuts will lead to new communities being without crucial infrastructure like […]

NSW councils lost $588 million says Minister

By Adam Coleman In Coffs Harbour, NSW NSW Minister for Local Government Paul Lynch opened the Local Government Association of NSW annual conference in Coffs Harbour with the claim that the Commonwealth’s Financial Assistance scheme has short-changed NSW councils. The Commonwealth funds local councils directly through the Financial Assistance Grants program. Minister Lynch told delegates […]

Newly-formed councils scoop AR Bluett Awards

By Adam Coleman Liverpool Plains Shire Council and Goulburn Mulwaree Council have been recognised with the AR Bluett Award at the Local Government Association of NSW annual conference in Coffs Harbour today (October 22). “The award aims to recognise councils that have made the greatest relative progress in the state and it is the pinnacle […]