Digital transformation in local government – the way ahead

Over the last few weeks we have looked at results from the ANZ Local Government Digital Maturity Index (DMI). It is a mixed bag. The report is based on a survey of over 100 Local Government Authorities in Australia and New Zealand, which asked about about the extent to which they are digitising their internal […]

LGAs only halfway there on digital

The new ANZ Local Government Digital Maturity Index (DMI) contains a number of interesting findings. One of the most intriguing is the fact that most Local Government Authorities do a reasonable job at delivering services digitally, but that behind-the-scenes there are still many manual processes. The DMI contains four sub-indexes. One of these looks at […]

What makes a good council?

What separates good councils from the not-so-good? Collaboration. Innovation. Initiative. All three elements create good business in any sector. And it’s exciting that growing numbers of councils across Australasia are adopting this credo, putting themselves in charge of shaping the future of local government, individually and as an entire sector. For a long time we […]

Adelaide councils decry planning power grab

By Paul Hemsley The South Australian Local Government Association (LGA) has hit out at a strategy from Premier Jay Weatherill to kickstart inner-metropolitan property development, warning elements of the move will strip planning powers from city councils. Known as the Housing in the City policy, Mr Weatherill announced the changes last week as a way […]

South Australian councils want feedback on corruption

By Paul Hemsley The Local Government Association of South Australia (LGA) has commissioned Adelaide University to run an independent survey on people’s views about corruption, misconduct and maladministration in councils. The study will be conducted through the state government’s Local Government Research and Development Scheme to give the LGA an insight on public attitudes towards […]

SA councils will recover roads

Local road funding will be delivered to South Australian councils over five years from 2014 to 2019. The funding from the federal budget will deliver more than $350 million per annum as a five year extension to the Roads to Recovery program. Minister for State and Local Government Relations, Russell Wortley said the South Australian […]

Project developments shape LGASA reflection

Local Government Association of South Australia President Kym McHugh has taken a look back on local government achievements over the previous year. Mr McHugh gave a review outlining challenges and programs the LGA assisted with local governments inside and outside the state. Main points included subsidies from state and federal levels, education workshops and technology […]

No new bright spots in budget for local government

By: LGA acting-president Mayor James Maitland   Local Government Association, South Australia acting-president Mayor James Maitland said that a small boost to black spot local road funding and sporting facilities grants last year had been maintained but there were no new bright spots for Local Government in general this year.   I am pleased the […]

SA LGA to appoint new president

Whyalla Mayor Jim Pollock has stepped down from his duties citing family reasons for his sudden departure.   A special meeting of the LGA State Executive Committee will be held today following the LGA Conference and General Meeting.   The meeting will consider appointment of an acting president to take over from Mayor Felicity-ann Lewis […]

SA councils welcome two new ministers

Councils in South Australia have responsded to the appointment of two new State Government ministers. The Local Government Association (LGA) welcomed Bernard Finnigan to the role of State Local Government Relations Minister and John Rau to the role of Minister for Urban Development and Planning. LGA president, Felicity-ann Lewis, paid tribute to outgoing State Local Government […]

Pollock to lead SA councils

The Local Government Association of South Australia has welcomed its new president, Whyalla Mayor Jim Pollock. LGA Returning Officer and CEO Wendy Campana said Cr Pollock was elected unopposed at the close of nominations on Friday. His two-year term will commence at the LGA half-yearly General Meeting on April 29. Cr Pollock said he was […]

LGA conference served its purpose

By Lilia Guan   Local Government Association (LGA) of NSW president, Keith Rhoades, said the association's annual conference, held in Albury this week, helped shape the future of local government.   Cr Rhoades told Government News the conference provided a platform for councils to identify and discuss issues faced by their communities.   However, not all those who attended the […]

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