Call to overhaul Victorian library system

By Julian Bajkowski Victoria’s network of council run public libraries could soon be set for a centralised overhaul after a key government report recommended the adoption of a single state-wide library card, radio-frequency tracking of books and new platform to allow digital resources like e-books to be borrowed. The biggest review of public libraries ever […]

NSW Govt plans construction led recovery: Urban Taskforce

By Angela Dorizas The Urban Taskforce has welcomed the NSW Budget and its “robust support” for residential construction and local infrastructure. The Taskforce’s chief executive, Aaron Gadiel, said the new $200 million Local Infrastructure Fund would re-build confidence in the development industry. “Too many developer projects have been hamstrung by local councils failing to commit […]

Queensland budget draws ire of councils

By Adam Coleman Local Government in Queensland has accused the State Government of breaking an election promise, cost shifting and “underlying hostility to urban councils” following the announcement of the  2009-10 Queensland State Budget. Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) executive director, Greg Hallam said it was “sadly ironic that the State has protected its […]

Business divided over budget benefits

By Adam Coleman The 2009-10 Queensland State Budget has received mixed reactions from the state’s business community. The Chamber of Commerce & Industry Queensland (CCIQ) was critical of the budget suggesting businesses will ‘bear much pain’ and calling for further action to find savings within Government. A CCIQ spokesperson said the budget “unfortunately does not […]

Budget boon for NSW councils

By Adam Coleman NSW Treasurer Eric Roozendaal has delivered the 2009-2010 Budget, which includes a $35 million Community Partnerships Program and $200 million in interest-free loans to help local councils fund community infrastructure projects. The Community Partnerships Program outlined in the budget aims to support local jobs, stimulate growth and improve community facilities in NSW […]

Local government responds to WA Budget

The West Australian Government has allocated $6.3 million for road funding in its Budget. Image: iStock. By Staff Writer West Australian councils have welcomed the State Budget commitment of $6.3 million in road funding but are disappointed that the Government failed to allocate funding for the grain freight rail network. The extra funding for roads […]

Thanks for the funding, now let’s work together: MAV

By Staff Writer The Municipal Association of Victoria has welcomed State Budget commitments to key infrastructure programs and planning reform, but has called on the Brumby Government to work with local government in spending the new funds. Although funding for local government was limited in the 2009-10 Budget, MAV welcomed the State Government’s commitment to increased spending on […]


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