Tentative steps towards rebuilding NSW

NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell and Treasurer Mike Baird said the 2011-2012 Budget delivers getting on with the job of improving services, building infrastructure and protecting the State’s. Within the budget about 4000 extra frontline staff has been promised to the State’s hospitals, schools and police stations over the next five years. The budget also delivers […]

Burke and Crean take on future planning

By Angela Dorizas Councils and developers have welcomed the appointment of Simon Crean and Tony Burke to the two portfolios critical to future planning. Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced over the weekend that Simon Crean would become Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government, while the Minister for Sustainable Population Growth, Tony Burke, […]

NSW Government increases council development levies

Councils in New South Wales have welcomed the State Government’s decision to amend its proposed policy on development contributions. Planning Minister Tony Kelly announced on Tuesday that a number of new measures would be introduced following consultations with key stakeholders. The development contributions cap will remain at $20,000 for established areas, but in greenfield sites […]

Early return to surplus could provide local infrastructure boost

By Angela Dorizas With the Federal Government planning to restore the budget to surplus in the next three years, investment in local community infrastructure should be high on its agenda, the Australian Local Government Association has said. ALGA president Geoff Lake said local government welcomed the early return to surplus foreshadowed in the 2010/11 Budget […]


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