Major Melbourne makeover – new suburbs planned

Two separate announcements this week have shown a glimpse of Melbourne’s future. The city is evolving rapidly and will soon regain its former position as Australia’s largest city. In the 19th century, fuelled by money from the gold rushes, the city was called ‘Marvellous Melbourne’. In just 40 years it grew from a village on […]

Councils advised on social procurement

The Victorian Government has released a new guide to help councils incorporate social procurement into their purchasing and tendering practices. It was released by Minister for Local Government Richard Wynne at the Abbotsford Convent, an arts and cultural precinct in Melbourne, which is a leader in social procurement. “Social procurement is about achieving positive social […]

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 […]

Former Ballarat CEO deprived of ‘natural justice’: Ombudsman

By Rob O'Brien Local Government Victoria failed to provide natural justice to a council CEO and a consultant from the City of Ballarat by neglecting to interview them in a 2008 investigation, according to a report by the Victorian Ombudsman.  The Victorian Ombudsman, George Brouwer, was critical of the way the report by the Inspectors of Municipal […]

Vic councils awarded sustainability grants

The Victorian State Government has announced the latest winners of grants to help integrate sustainability into the planning process. Projects to further integrate sustainable thinking into planning and help councils tackle climate change were announced as recipients of the $1.3 million in Victorian Local Sustainability Accord grants yesterday. Environment and Climate Change Minister Gavin Jennings […]

Wynne calls for comment on conflict of interest rules

By Staff Writer The Victorian State Government has called on councillors, council officers and peak bodies to provide comment on the conflict of interest rules for councils. “The Brumby Labor Government last year introduced new legislation to strengthen local democracy and to provide clarity to councillors and the public on the standards of behaviour expected […]

Victoria announces wellbeing checks for elderly

By Rob O'Brien Older Australians living in Victoria are to get health checks during the hot summer months, the State Government has announced.   More than 7,000 older Victorian public housing tenants living alone will be eligible for well-being checks to help them cope with this summer’s heat, Minister for Housing Richard Wynne announced. Mr […]

Aussie houesholds embrace recycling

NATIONAL: Australians have embraced recycling but are still lagging behind on electronic waste, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). The latest report by the ABS found that 99 per cent of households participated in recycling or reusing of waste. Recycle rates for e-waste lagged behind, with 23 per cent of electronic equipment and […]

Administrators start work at Brimbank

By Rob O’Brien Three administrators appointed by the Victorian State Government will be responsible for restoring good governance in Brimbank City Council, it has been announced. Local Government Minister Richard Wynne said that the Governor in Council accepted his recommendation to appoint Peter Lewinsky, Joanne Anderson and Meredith Sussex AM as the Administrators. The administrators […]

Wynne announces tough penalties for councillors

By Rob O’Brien Councillors who use their position for personal gain or to harm someone could be hit with a five-year prison sentence and a $70,000 fine under tough new amendments to local government penalties announced by the Brumby Government today. Penalties for people who nominate for election when not entitled to do so will […]

Wynne overrules council on 10/30 Right

By Rob O’Brien The Victorian State Government has stepped in to overrule a council on environmental planning, it has emerged. Frankston Council was asked to put its community first in a disagreement over the right to fell trees ahead of the bushfire season. Victorian Local Government Minister Richard Wynne opted to revoke the council’s tree […]

Wynne suspends Brimbank Council

By Rob O’Brien   Brimbank City Council has been suspended with administrators appointed to take over until November 2012, the Minister for Local Government, Richard Wynne has announced. Wynne said the second report from Local Government Inspector Bill Scales, who was appointed following the Ombudsman’s report into the council in May, showed a failure of […]

Vic councils get $500,000 for bushfire planning

By Rob O’Brien The Victorian State Government has stepped up its response to the recommendations of the Bushfire Royal Commission with an investment in refuges and protection plans. Premier John Brumby announced a $500,000 grant to the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) to help councils prepare Township Protection Plans (TPPs) and to identify Neighbourhood Safe Places […]


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