Small Victorian councils risk becoming “unsustainable”

By Paul Hemsley and Julian Bajkowski The Victorian Auditor-General’s Office (VAGO) has issued a stern warning that “small councils” could be left financially unsustainable due to their increasing dependency on state government and Commonwealth grants and rate hikes still not being enough to pay for rising costs. The wake-up call is contained in a new […]

Councils face national headcount

By Paul Hemsley and Julian Bajkowski Australia’s burgeoning local government sector will get its first ever official statistical snapshot through an official council workforce census covering the whole of Australia. The Australian Centre of Excellence in Local Government (ACELG) will conduct the census on council numbers to better inform funding and resource allocation decisions at […]

Golden Plains loses NBN project

By Paul Hemsley The decision not to build a fixed wireless facility in Napoleons has raised a dispute between NBN Co and Victorian-based Golden Plains Shire Council. According to council, this decision not to consider alternative sites sets a precedent for NBN Co to hold councils and communities to “ransom” if they do not agree […]

Procurement reform saves council funds

Five local councils have made savings over current contract costs through a collaborative procurement project coordinated by the Victorian Government. The Procurement in Practice project conducted through the Local Government Reform Fund from Local Government Victoria has seen new contracts deliver savings when compared to current contract prices. These contracts include contracts for bituminous road […]


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