Leak lays bare Newman referendum support

By Julian Bajkowski A leaked letter from Queensland Premier Campbell Newman to Prime Minister Julia Gillard reveals that the state government is behind the proposed wording of a Constitutional amendment pivotal to a referendum and does not believe the change will erode state powers over local government. A copy of the letter obtained by Government […]

WA funds Wheatbelt growth

WA Lands Minister Brendon Grylls announced ten residential lots to be built in Dalwallinu, seven in Dowerin, and a further ten in Hyden.   The plan will be operated under LandCorp’s Regional Development Assistance Program (RDAP) to build residential lots in the selected areas. Mr Grylls said RDAP funding through LandCorp helps to overcome economic […]

Victoria gives councils $2.2 million

Minister for Local Government Jeanette Powell said the Victorian Coalition Government has made a further $2.2 million in relief payments available.   The payment comes under the $5 million Local Government Clean Up Fund to assist communities clean up, recover and rebuild.   Mrs Powell said $1.6 million in payments was provided in January and […]

Regional council stimulates local economy

The Council’s funds add up to more than $200,000 and were designed to stimulate local economy by funding projects that will create innovation in the region’s economic base, Mayor Val Schier said.   “This year Council took leadership in the diversification of the local economy by putting together a team dedicated solely to economic development,” […]

Better funding plan needed for local government

By Lilia Guan The president of the NSW Shires Association, Bruce Miller, has confirmed national media reports of NSW Opposition Leader’s election pledge to provide up to $1 billion for local infrastructure upgrades. Barry O’Farrell’s declaration was made at the annual Local Government Association Conference, held in Albury this week. Cr Miller said the loan […]

MAV seeks election commitment on funding arrangements

By Angela Dorizas Councils in Victoria have delivered their list of demands to major political parties in the lead up to the November 27 state election. The Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) released on Monday a document outlining its 46 priority policy commitments sought by local government. MAV president Bill McArthur said top of the […]

WA councils welcome new planning framework

By Angela Dorizas PERTH: Development contributions towards community infrastructure costs will become more equitable and transparent with the introduction of a new planning framework in Western Australia. Planning Minister John Day said the state planning policy on development contributions for infrastructure would ovide a consistent, accountable and transparent system for local government. Mr Day said […]

Deadline looms on capital project funding

By Staff Writer The deadline is fast approaching for councils seeking their share of funding under the Federal Government’s $650 million Jobs Fund. The first round of applications for the funding of one-off capital projects, including bike paths, heritage projects and community infrastructure, close on May 22. The Government will prioritise projects in regions experiencing […]

Funding boost for multicultural communities

By Angela Dorizas Councils and community groups across Queensland are set to receive $5.7 million in State Government support for multicultural programs over three years. Announced by Multicultural Affairs Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk, the funding will be allocated to more than 19 communities, representing more than 36 cultural backgrounds. “As part of the funding, local governments […]

Climate Change funding for councils

By Staff Writer The Federal Government has announced $500,000 in new grants from its Local Adaptation Pathways Program to assist councils to plan for the expected impacts of climate change. Local councils around Australia face many potential climate change risks including severe weather events such as cyclones, flooding and storm surge, along with changed rainfall patterns […]

QLD local governments seek further state funding

By Angela Dorizas in Cairns The Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) has requested a further $150 million from state government to cover the additional expenses of council amalgamations. LGAQ president Cr Paul Bell told delegates at the association’s annual conference that councils across the state were “far from sustainable” and required state government assistance. […]

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