Constitutional reform bid on hold

By Julian Bajkowski The prospect of a referendum on direct federal funding to local governments in Australia at this year’s federal election is now effectively dead in the water with the peak national body representing councils moving away from a rushed vote to play for more time to educate a cynical and fatigued electorate. It […]

Gridstone picked for EARS project

By Paul Hemsley Communities and councils will be alerted to unfolding emergencies more quickly after the Local Government Association of South Australia’s signed-up Victorian company Gridstone to develop a mobile app. The company has been awarded a $143,000 contract to build the LGASA’s Emergency Assessment Reporting System (EARS), a project than comes in response to […]

Budgets re-checked after federal blunder

The Local Government Association of NSW has found that councils will need to reassess and modify their 2012-13 budgets. Councils will need to give their budgets a second look after the federal government substantially overestimated the amount of funds councils would receive in Financial Assistance Grants (FAGs) for 2011-12. The NSW Grants commission advised councils […]

Cloud lends ears to emergency reporting

Emergencies will be reported through cloud-based infrastructure under the Local Government Association of South Australia (LGASA). A cloud-based information collection and reporting system will support current reporting from councils of damage and impact from emergencies such as flooding, severe weather events and bushfires. It has received a grant awarded under the National Disaster Resilience Grants […]

Draft assesses climate change impacts

Potential impacts of climate change on communities are being assessed with draft guidelines from the Local Government Association of South Australia (LGA). The LGA has prepared the model with input from the CSIRO, Bureau of Meteorology, the SA Departments of Premier and Cabinet, and Environment and Natural Resources and 15 Councils. Regional Development and Natural […]

Smart phones distribute disaster information

Following a Commonwealth grant to South Australia to improve preparedness for natural disasters, councils will be able to provide information to constituents via smart phones. The Local Government Association of South Australia (LGASA) is overseeing the $165000 project, which received $130000 from the federal and state grant. Remaining funds and support for the Emergency Assessment […]

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