Councils will need extra funding to address commission findings

By Rob O'Brien Councils responsible for implementing the recommendations of the Royal Commission into the Victorian Bushfires will need more state funding to make their communities safe, according to the peak local government body. According to the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) councils will need $20 million a year to expand their current responsibilities to […]

Bushfire interim report queries refuge assertions

By Rob O’Brien   The position taken by local government on the provision of bushfire refuges was labelled ‘inconsistent’ with their emergency management obligations by the Royal Commission’s interim report into the Victorian Bushfires. In its interim report, which widely panned the responses and planning for the Victorian bushfires, the Bushfire Royal Commission made 13 […]

Standing for council may be a click away

Council hopefuls in Victoria now may not need to start from square zero to prepare for this year’s general elections as a new online resource has become available. The website, launched by the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV), features information about eligibility to stand for council, the role of a councillor, types of decisions councillors […]


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