Queensland cuts councils loose

By Paul Hemsley Local Government Association of Queensland President Margaret de Wit has welcomed the state government’s move to put councils back in charge of community planning by getting rid of a raft of state bureaucratic requirements. The Queensland government this week passed changes to the Local Government Act and Brisbane City Council Act it […]

NSW talks-up ‘plain English’ supplier paperwork

By Staff Writers The NSW government has wasted little time in hard-selling its move to decentralise procurement and promote greater competition between suppliers, with state Finance and Services minister Greg Pearce claiming that recent contracts to 12 suppliers show the controversial shake-up is working. Mr Pearce said that the latest contracts had axed costly management […]

Councils sharing services allowed

Local governments in Western Australia could be permitted to create regional subsidies under a state government bill. Introduced last week, the Local Government Amendment Bill intends to allow local governments to share in the delivery of services. According to the Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA), the legislation will allow local governments to focus more […]


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