Public building reaches for the stars

By Katrina Ganin William McCormack Place, a six-star rated government building in Cairns, North Queensland, was fully completed in July last year. Created in a two-stage process the building is a demonstration of how effective a new construction can be in terms of simultaneously saving money, meeting accomodation needs and remaining 'green'. Stage one of […]

Kemps Creek no longer a toxic dumping ground

The NSW Government has reversed its decision to have contaminated material from a Hunters Hill site used to process uranium ore dumped at a landfill site in Kemps Creek.   Earlier this month, Penrith City Council “robustly voiced” its opposition to the planned proposal.   At the time Acting Deputy Mayor, Ross Fowler said Council […]

MAV seeks election commitment on funding arrangements

By Angela Dorizas Councils in Victoria have delivered their list of demands to major political parties in the lead up to the November 27 state election. The Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) released on Monday a document outlining its 46 priority policy commitments sought by local government. MAV president Bill McArthur said top of the […]

Victoria proposes Parliamentary Integrity Commissioner

The Victorian Government has released draft plans for a Parliamentary Integrity Commissioner for public comment and feedback. The establishment of a Parliamentary Integrity Commission extends the State’s integrity and anti-corruption system to include MPs, Ministers and ministerial staff. Deputy Premier Rob Hulls said the Commissioner would be a “unique, specialist integrity body” empowered to receive […]

WA councils seek urgent drought assistance

By Angela Dorizas Local communities in Western Australia have appealed for urgent government assistant as they face severe drought conditions. The WA Local Government Association (WALGA) has called on the State Government to issue a ‘declaration of water deficiency’ for regions in severe drought and provide urgent assistance to deal with the financial, social and […]

O’Farrell pledges to reform public service

By Angela Dorizas NSW Opposition Leader Barry O’Farrell has made an election promise to strengthen professionalism in public sector governance and slash the number of ministerial staff. Presenting at the Chartered Secretaries Australia Public Sector Update on Tuesday, Mr O’Farrell said the potential of the state’s public service was  “squandered by poor governance”. He pledged […]

NSW councils offered $11m for local planning

The New South Wales Government has created an $11.2 million incentive for councils to complete their local environmental plans (LEPs). Minister for Planning Tony Kelly wrote to councils last week inviting them to apply for funding under the $10 million LEP Acceleration Fund. Mr Kelly said the new LEPs would lay the foundations for the […]

LGSA welcomes new coastal protection laws

The Local Government and Shires Associations of NSW have conditionally welcomed changes to the Coastal Protection and Other Legislation Amendment Bill, tabled in Parliament last week.  Local Government Association president, Genia McCaffery, said the Bill had been considerably amended after the Associations requested more time to consult with councils. "The Coastal Panel now has three […]

State agencies support Indigenous Kokoda walk

Indigenous youth leaders have completed a walk along the Kokoda trail thanks to state and federal government agencies and the private sector. As part of the Jobs Australia Foundation’s Indigenous Youth Leadership Program, 21 indigenous youths were sponsored to walk a Papua New Guinea track made famous by Australian and New Zealand soldiers during World […]

Councils welcome uniform disability parking permit

Local councils in New South Wales have welcomed a new state and federal scheme to make parking easier for people with a disability. Launched in NSW on Monday, the new Australian Disability Parking Permit is a joint project of the Federal and State Government. The Local Government and Shires Associations of NSW said the permit […]

Queensland public service to recycle used mobiles

The Queensland public service is rolling out a trial mobile phone recycling program, which is expected to recycle up to 25,000 business and private mobile phones. Public Works Minister Robert Schwarten said there were an estimated two million surplus mobile phones across the state at risk of ending up in landfill. The trial program has already begun […]

Health networks too large to manage

The Local Government and Shires Associations of New South Wales have questioned the size of proposed local health networks. The Associations made a formal submission to the State Government in response to a discussion paper released by NSW Health in August. The discussion paper examined the implementation of the Federal Government’s proposed National Health and […]

Tale of two cities: Mallala District Council

By Angela Dorizas On the fringes of Adelaide, at the western edge of the Barossa region lies the municipality of Mallala. The district council covers an area of 926 square kilometres, has a population of 7900 and enjoys a growth rate of just over three per cent. With too small a population to justify having its own bank, […]

CaLD communities have their say

The Western Australian Government has launched a round of community consultation sessions in the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) communities of Karratha, Port Headland and Broome. Held from Wednesday to Friday, the consultation sessions were organised by the Office of Multicultural Interests in collaboration with the shires of Roebourne and Broome and the Town of Port […]


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