Local governments dive onto Windows 8.1 volume discounts

By Paul Hemsley and Julian Bajkowski Microsoft may not be shouting it from the rooftops, however its latest operating system release, Windows 8.1, looks like it will increasingly be heavily discounted for local governments in New South Wales under Volume Software Pricing arrangements more commonly used by state and federal governments. As the mega vendor […]

O’Farrell sends councils to back to business school

By Paul Hemsley and Julian Bajkowski The New South Wales state government led by Premier Barry O’Farrell has mounted an ambitious push to make councils more “small business friendly” through a new carrot-and-stick regime that will reward achievers with a certificate but also publicly list laggards that the state and shopkeepers believe need to lift […]

NSW councils plead for transport committment

By Rob O’Brien NSW councils have asked the State Government to make a firm financial commitment to its latest plan to address transport infrastructure. Welcoming the announcement of the Metropolitan Transport Plan for Sydney, the Local Government and Shires Association (LGSA) said that projects needed to get underway immediately.   “We’re pleased the government has listened to […]


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