Lewis takes ALGA top job

By Julian Bajkowski South Australian and Mayor of Marion, Felicity-ann Lewis, has been elected as the president of the Australian Local Government Association, beating outspoken Queensland Central Highlands councillor Paul Bell in a ballot at the organisation’s annual general meeting held in Hobart. The election of Mayor Lewis comes as the peak body faces renewed […]

Bell tilts for ALGA presidency

By Paul Hemsley Outgoing Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) President Paul Bell has reversed his decision to downsize to a smaller role in local politics, revealing instead he will run for the presidency of the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) for a second time. The ALGA presidency has been open since the departure of […]

NSW mayors to get gurus

By Paul Hemsley The Local Government and Shires Association of New South Wales (LGSA) will mentor newly elected and returning mayors to help them understand the complex inner workings of government. The first program of its kind in Australia, the support program hopes provides mayors a way of seeking advice from the LGSA following the […]

ALGA selects its next president

Felicity-Ann Lewis, Mayor of the City of Marion in Adelaide, South Australia, will replace Genia McCaffery as the head of the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) according to an announcement released by the peak body. ALGA said that that Ms Lewis will fill the role of president until a formal vote is held at its […]

Muzzle bites Financial Assistance Grants review

By Julian Bajkowski The announcement of a long-awaited review of the $2.1 billion Financial Assistance Grants (FAG) mechanism by the Commonwealth has been overshadowed by an attempt to gag local government criticism of a big funding shortfall caused by botched federal estimates. On Friday federal local government minister, Simon Crean, revealed the terms of reference […]

NBN plan takes pressure off councils

By Paul Hemsley Boosted expenditure on the national broadband network (NBN) may have long term benefits for regional areas. In NBN Co’s Corporate Plan for 2012-15, capital expenditure will be raised by $4.6 billion. Included in the increase is $1.4 billion for the construction period and $3.2 billion for the operating expenditure. Australian Local Government […]

Carbon tax hits up council rates

By Paul Hemsley Individual councils will be affected differently according to their own unique situations and rates may increase, according to the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA). ALGA President Genia McCaffery said councils are faced with challenges in working out the full impacts of the carbon price on their operations. “The introduction of the carbon […]

Carbon tax calculated for councils

By Paul Hemsley The federal government will assist local councils to calculate their emissions and costs associated with the price of waste disposal. Council landfills that produce more than 25000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions per annum will be liable, where Carbon Price Mechanism (CPM) costs will need to be factored. The Australian Local […]

Amalgamation raised its head at Destination 2036

  By Lilia Guan   During a two-day conference on the future of local government in NSW, held in Dubbo, general managers and mayors of the 152 councils called for changes to be made to the sector.   At Dubbo 2036 Local Government Minister Don Page said it is “clear” that if councils don not […]

Rail and council on track

By Paul Hemsley   Mayor Genia McCaffery said the project belongs to RailCorp, but her council will monitor and manage the surrounding roads to North Sydney railway station.   “We want people out of their cars and on public transport, we encouraged and worked very closely with RailCorp to upgrade the station,” Ms McCaffery said. […]

Coasts Council extended

By Angela Dorizas Local government will continue to have its say on coastal adaptation with the reappointment of the Coasts and Climate Change Council. Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Greg Combet, said the principal focus of the council would be on advising government on progressing coastal adaptation. Mr Combet said the Council would […]


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