MAV welcomes new Premier

By Angela Dorizas The election of Ted Baillieu as the new Premier of Victoria has been welcomed by the state's peak local government body. Former premier John Brumby yesterday conceded that Labor had lost government. Mr Baillieu and his new cabinet will be sworn in within the coming days. He is expected to recall Parliament […]

Brumby to boost living libraries

By Angela Dorizas Libraries across Victoria can expect to receive facility upgrades under a $25 million extension of the State Government’s Living Libraries program. In an address to the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) Annual Conference on Thursday, Premier John Brumby announced that a re-elected Labor Government would increase funding to complete 30 local library […]

Victorian councils to debate population, politics and reform

By Angela Dorizas Local government representatives from across Victoria have gathered in Melbourne today to debate population growth, politics and public sector reform. The annual conference of the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) is expected to attract 200 councillors, mayors, chief executive officers and senior managers.  MAV president Bill Mitchell said "leadership challenges" will headline […]

Brumby to bring 100 government jobs to Bendigo

The Victorian Government has unveiled plans to bring 100 public sector jobs to Bendigo with the opening of a new call centre. Premier John Brumby said the creation of the new Bendigo-based government call centre was part of a broader strategy to drive economic growth in regional and rural Victoria through decentralisation of government jobs. “We have a […]

Vic Govt invests $21m in fire prediction system

The Victorian Government has launched an Australian-first fire prediction and early warning system that will deliver specific and detailed information on the spread of fires to help protect the lives of Victorians in the event of a bushfire. Premier John Brumby outlined details of a new fully-computerised, digital mapping system which will provide up to […]

Vic Ombudsman slams culture of denial

By Rob O'Brien Local government continues to represent the largest number of complaints made to the Victorian Ombudsman, according to a report tabled in Parliament today. In his 2010 annual report the Ombudsman, George Brouwer, revealed that his office had received 2,933 complaints from local government this year. According to the report, issues raised included poor […]

SA to prioritise fire refuges in Commission reply

By Rob O'Brien The South Australian Government will make fire refuges a priority in its response to the final report of the Royal Commission into Black Saturday. In announcing support for 60 of the 67 recommendations made by the Commission, SA Minister for Emergency Services, Michael Wright, highlighted support for the provision of refuges ahead […]

Councils will need extra funding to address commission findings

By Rob O'Brien Councils responsible for implementing the recommendations of the Royal Commission into the Victorian Bushfires will need more state funding to make their communities safe, according to the peak local government body. According to the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) councils will need $20 million a year to expand their current responsibilities to […]

Governments vow to learn bushfire lessons

  Image: Nillumbik Shire Council.   By Rob O'Brien The response to the Royal Commission’s final report into the 2009 Victorian bushfires has been swift, with other states vowing to learn the lessons of the disaster and the establishment of a national research institute into bushfires. The Premier, John Brumby, yesterday released the Victorian Government’s […]

Scholarships for LG women

The Victorian Government has announced funding to support getting more women into leadership roles in local government. New scholarships funded by the Brumby Government will help more women in local government participate in senior leadership development. Minister for Women’s Affairs Maxine Morand and Minister for Local Government Richard Wynne yesterday announced $20,000 for the new […]

Brumby doubles rebates for hybrid cars

Rebates offered for registrations for hybrid and electric vehicles would double under a new plan to drive down emissions and drive new investment in cleaner, greener industries, Victorian Premier John Brumby announced today. Addressing senior students at Glen Waverley Secondary College with Education Minister Bronwyn Pike and Member for Mount Waverley Maxine Morand, Mr Brumby […]

Victoria to introduce anti-corruption body

By Angela Dorizas  The Victorian Government will establish an anti-corruption commission under sweeping changes to the state’s public sector integrity system. The Government will adopt the Proust Model for public sector integrity, including the creation of a Victorian Integrity and Anti-Corruption Commission (VIACC). The announcement follows the release of a report by Special Commissioner Elizabeth […]

Vic Govt invests $8m in promoting to China

The Victorian Government will inject $8 million tinto a new international marketing campaign to ramp up promotion of Melbourne and Victoria’s regions to the rapidly growing China market. Ahead of the 2010 Shanghai World Expo, Premier John Brumby said Tourism Victoria would lead the new international marketing campaign as part of a strategy to make China Victoria’s […]

Aged care overhaul a ‘recipe for disaster’: MAV

By Angela Dorizas Victoria's peak local government body has joined with Premier John Brumby in resisting the Commonwealth overhaul of aged care, threatening a withdrawal of local government funding for the aged care sector if the reforms go ahead. Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) president Bill McArthur said the Prime Minister’s proposal reneged on a 2008 COAG […]


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