Cuts to Professional Lifeguards put lives at risk

By Bruce Hopkins* Australia has a well-earned reputation as nation where locals and visitors alike can enjoy the pleasures of a beach lifestyle in safety thanks to the supervision of skilled, experienced and professional lifeguards. But if you think that the kind high-calibre professional lifeguarding services that are now being provided by many local governments […]

NBN reaches outskirts of Darwin

By Paul Hemsley The outskirts of Darwin have become the latest areas to be connected to the National Broadband Network’s (NBN) fixed wireless infrastructure to provide internet services to people who previously had limited access to high-speed broadband or were confined to using technology such as dial-up or broadband over the mobile network. The rollout […]

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 […]

Councils face national headcount

By Paul Hemsley and Julian Bajkowski Australia’s burgeoning local government sector will get its first ever official statistical snapshot through an official council workforce census covering the whole of Australia. The Australian Centre of Excellence in Local Government (ACELG) will conduct the census on council numbers to better inform funding and resource allocation decisions at […]

Sunshine Coast simplifies approvals

Changes to planning conditions under Sunshine Coast Council will make development approvals easier to understand. Recipients of planning approvals will work with a reduced number of conditions and simplified language following a council review in assessing development applications. Director Development Services, Julie Edwards said conditions now express simple, unambiguous and clear statements regarding the development […]


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