Liberals support for referendum shatters

By Julian Bajkowski Bitter factional infighting has torn apart public Coalition support for a Constitutional change that would guarantee federal funds can flow directly to more than 500 local governments after key hard-right elements publicly railed against the case for a ‘yes’ vote in a torrid Senate debate. After more than a year of publicly […]

‘No’ camp accuses Albanese of abuse of process over referendum funding

By Julian Bajkowski Opponents of Constitutional recognition for local government have accused the federal minister leading the multi-party push for a ‘yes’ vote of trying to buy the referendum result by giving $31.6 million to supporters and just $500,000 to opponents of direct funding for councils. Conservative dominated group ‘No Power Grab’ claims that the […]

Federal leadership turmoil weighs-on referendum

By Julian Bajkowski A referendum that could give financial uncertainty to federally funded local government projects like Roads to Recovery is again in doubt after another outbreak of internal attacks within the Labor that threaten to topple Prime Minister Julia Gillard. Less than week after crucial legislation to hold a referendum finally cleared the House […]

Bureaucrats roasted over referendum education progress

By Julian Bajkowski The Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sports has come under fire from the Opposition during Senate Estimates over the rate of progress in its efforts to mount a civics campaign to inform Australians about the looming referendum on whether or not to give financial recognition to local government in […]

Referendum text released amid Coalition cleavage

By Julian Bajkowski The Gillard government has finally released the text of the proposed Constitutional amendment to give financial recognition to local government, with Opposition spokesman on local government Barnaby Joyce emphatically backing the case for change in the face of a fresh Coalition rupture on the issue. After weeks of intense horse-trading, Local Government […]

Referendum green light appears imminent

By Julian Bajkowski A referendum on the financial recognition of local government in the Australian Constitution now appears to be highly likely after both federal Local Government minister Anthony Albanese and the Australian Local Government Association strongly hinted that a positive announcement is imminent. Sources close to the process have hinted that a formal announcement […]

Queensland clashes with Gillard over Bruce Highway funds

By Paul Hemsley The Queensland government has slammed the Gillard government’s plan to fund the flood-proofing of the state’s Bruce Highway, labelling it an “election year stunt” that has no additional funding beyond the amount that the government was already expected to spend. The Bruce Highway is a major road that extends 1,700km from Cairns […]

Albo returns to Local Government

By Julian Bajkowski Prime Minister Julia Gillard has rewarded Anthony Albanese, one of the key protagonists in the attempt to unseat her, with the Local Government and Regional Development portfolio as fresh uncertainty over the prospect of a referendum to guarantee federal funding for councils grows. In an announcement on Monday, Ms Gillard said that […]

Procurement simplified for state rail link

Improved outcomes from simpler procurement for the Moreton Bay Rail Link will come from managing the project by one agency instead of two. The project delivery will be brought under a single entity with the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads and the principal for the contract. Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister, Scott […]

Feds support trigen at Green Square

By Paul Hemsley Trigeneration energy networking at the City of Sydney’s Green Square transformation project has received federal government financial support. The Department of Infrastructure and Transport will provide $3.75 million under the $20 million Liveable Cities program to help fund the trigeneration energy system installation for the Green Square Town Centre. Following a $100 […]

Lord Mayors welcome draft of a national urban policy

By Lilia Guan   Capital City Lord Mayors have been given notice from the Federal Government a draft National Urban Policy will be released by the end of this year.   The National Urban Policy was originally announced over a year ago, by then Minister for Local Government, Anthony Albanese.   Included in the finished […]

ELECTION 2010: Local government seeks response to election demands

By Angela Dorizas In the lead-up to the Federal election, the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) has reminded major parties to consider its ten-point plan of local government policy priorities. The document outlines local government’s demands of both major political parties, including a review of local government revenue, continuation of the Regional and Local Community […]

ELECTION 2010: Councils back high speed rail

By Angela Dorizas The Local Government and Shires Associations of NSW have welcomed the Government's election commitment to investigate the feasability of a high speed rail line connecting Melbourne and Brisbane. Minister for Infrastructure, Anthony Albanese, announced last week that a re-elected Labor Government would undertake a detailed feasibility study to determine the economic viability […]

Australia’s first aircraft noise ombudsman

By Angela Dorizas Federal Minister for Transport, Anthony Albanese, has announced the creation of Australia’s first independent aircraft noise ombudsman. Following on from the Government’s national aviation white paper released last year, Ron Brent has been appointed to the position of independent Aircraft Noise Ombudsman. In an address to the Aviation Outlook Conference on Wednesday, […]

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