Councils feel the pinch on climate change

Senate inquiry lays bare the climate change conundrum facing local governments, which are expected to manage local impacts but have limited resources to do so.

Flood relief for Victorian councils

Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu has announced additional measures to help flood-affected communities and local governments recover and rebuild.   Mr Baillieu said current flooding in Victoria had affected communities already impacted by the September and December floods, putting extra pressure on councils to clean-up and rebuild.   He said the new measures include the establishment of a new […]

Councils rally to support flood-affected Queensland

With three quarters of Queensland declared a disaster zone, councils and shires across Australia have thrown their support behind the flood recovery effort. In South Australia, the Local Government Association offered to deploy personnel to flood-affected communities in Queensland to repair damaged infrastructure. LGA president Felicity-ann Lewis directly contacted the Local Government Association of Queensland […]

Disaster assistance extended across Southern Queensland

Queensland Premier Anna Bligh has announced that flood assistance grants and concessional loans for primary producers and small businesses have now been extended to the local government areas across the majority of southern QLD.   The extension allows 22 Local Government Areas (LGAs) and four partial LGAs in Queensland where primary producers and small businesses […]

Centrelink forced to shut centres as flood victims rise

Federal human service agency Centrelink was forced to close customer service centres in Queensland and northern New South Wales today, due to the flooding that has devastated the state.   Centrelink offices in Cherbourg, Dalby, Deception Bay,  Fortitude Valley, Goodna, Inala, Ipswich, Maclean, Nundah, South Brisbane, Stones Corner and Toowong were all forced to shut their doors. The […]

Brisbane City Council reaches out to residents

Brisbane City Council has offered the City's flood-ravaged residents an extra 30 days to pay their rates. All ratepayers in flood affected homes would also receive a $100 rebate on their water bill so they can use the water needed to clean up after the flood. To further assist people cleaning up after the flood, Council will […]


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