Packer Casino lost in Perth merger gamble

By Paul Hemsley The Town of Victoria Park and the City of South Perth have blasted the City of Perth’s planned annexation of the highly lucrative James Packer-owned Crown Casino as part of the Western Australian state government’s shake-up of Perth’s metropolitan councils through amalgamations and boundary changes. The Casino rezoning is a prelude to […]

Councils call for central rubbish tsar

By Julian Bajkowski Councils in Western Australia have called on the state government create a new statutory garbo-in-chief to deal with ballooning amounts of waste being created as a byproduct of Perth’s population as the city tries to stay on track to meet tough targets for recycling and the diversion of waste from landfill. The […]

More councils sign onto Sydney’s extended light rail

By Paul Hemsley and Julian Bajkowski The concerted push to add swift and serious passenger transport capacity to Sydney’s notoriously gridlocked Eastern Suburbs has continued at pace after New South Wales Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian signed key agreements with Randwick City Council, Centennial Parklands and the University of NSW (UNSW) to support the building […]

New burial for resurrected Fremantle Line

By Paul Hemsley The Western Australian government has laid the first tracks in the Fremantle Line tunnel that will reconnect the Perth’s central business district with the nearby suburb of Northbridge for the first time in more than a century years as the Barnett government rediscovers the expensive romance of rail. Part of the Perth […]

NSW Treasury answers councils’ demands to end rate pegging

By Paul Hemsley Local Government New South Wales (LGNSW) joint president Ray Donald has said that calls for an end to rate pegging have been backed by the state government in the latest report about the financial sustainability of councils from the NSW Treasury Corporation (TCorp). Mr Donald said TCorp’s findings in the Financial Sustainability […]

Councils in West embrace mergers

By Paul Hemsley Councils in New South Wales and Queensland have mounted a hard-fought campaign to stop forced amalgamations of local governments, but it’s a very different story in the West where mayors are backing a push to merge municipalities. The voluntary push for amalgamations from councils in WA has been highlighted by City of […]

City of Perth demands bi-partisan planning for big projects

By Paul Hemsley City of Perth Mayor Lisa Scaffidi has demanded that Colin Barnett’s the newly re-elected state government and the major political parties all lift their game on planning for big future projects now that the election is over. The Mayor resumed pressuring the state government to take-up key demands the City made in […]

Perth’s big screen goes a long way

By Paul Hemsley Residents of Perth are getting entertainment from around the globe through a giant public area screen that uses existing teleconferencing technology. The majority of households in Perth are likely to have a large screen television with a cable or internet connection, but the City of Perth has lifted people off the sofa […]

Perth builds for a green star

By Paul Hemsley Following the release of Green Building Council Australia’s (GBCA) sustainability rating tool Green Star – Communities, the City of Perth is aiming to meet its standard. According to GBCA, the tool will facilitate more efficient development processes and help developers get their products out to market more quickly, as well as informed […]

Crime prevention framing safer communities

By Paul Hemsley Earlier in 2011, the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) released its crime prevention framework based upon plans and strategies already in place in Western Australia (WA). Dubbed as a “model performance framework for community based crime prevention”, the AIC has collaborated with state agencies of crime prevention and local governments in evaluating […]


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