Modernising councils key to survival

By Lilia Guan   At the Local Government Association of NSW Annual Conference in Albury this week, councils talked about three main concerns of the sector: modernising the financing of local government; modern approaches to community wellbeing; and modern approaches to the natural and built environment.   Shires Association president, Bruce Miller, told Government News, […]

WA local government reform process gains momentum

The Government of Western Australia has announced that a further 16 councils have signed agreements to form regional groups as part of the local government reform process. WA Local Government Minister John Castrilli said twelve councils had agreed to form regional transition groups, four signed up to regional collaborative groups and another eight agreed to amalgamate […]

Amalgamation is not the answer

By Angela Dorizas Local government must modernise to meet future challenges, but that does not necessarily mean council amalgamations. That was the message from the New South Wales Shires Association president, Bruce Miller, speaking at a conference in Sydney today. “We need to recognise that there are many changes on the horizon, which will have […]

Compensation for amalgamated councils ‘disappointing’: LGAQ

By Angela Dorizas The Queensland Government's commitment to compensate six councils for amalgamation costs has been described as “disappointing” by the state's local government association. Queensland Local Government Minister Desley Boyle has announced a funding boost of $18.3 million for six amalgamated councils following an independent review of amalgamation costs. The Queensland Treasury Corporation (QTC) assessment […]

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