Councils aim cost shift broadside at National Commission of Audit

By Paul Hemsley and Julian Bajkowski The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) has made a reinvigorated push stop the states and Canberra from dumping more service delivery functions on the doorsteps of councils without sufficient and ongoing funding. The peak body’s submission to the Abbott government’s National Commission of Audit, which is tasked with reviewing […]

Wyong claims massive support for small airport

By Paul Hemsley with Julian Bajkowski Wyong Shire Council says it has strong local backing for a proposed new regional airport on the New South Wales Central Coast following a survey of residents yielded positive sentiment towards a new facility. The council has floated the potential construction of a ‘Type 3’ airport to being built […]

Security equipment lands on regional airports

Regional and remote airports will be provided with federal funding to procure security equipment and enable updated screening procedures. The airports falling under local government control have received a total of $4.9 million following $32 million already provided to purchase screening equipment. This equipment includes walk-through and hand-held metal detectors, x-ray machines for carry-on baggage […]

Regional airports face upgrade viability challenges

By Paul Hemsley South Australian regional airports have been recommended to upgrade their facilities in strategies to secure long term viability. Due to security requirements and associated costs as well as facility usage by larger aircraft, the Local Government Association of South Australia (LGASA) commissioned a review to help the airports become more sustainable and […]


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