Victoria gets serious on state cyber security

By Julian Bajkowski and Paul Hemsley Victoria has said it will become the first state to formally develop a whole-of-government Cyber Security Strategy to bolster its digital defences and keep critical online services running – a move that could soon to be replicated by other states and have a significant flow-on effects for councils and […]

Victoria sacks Wangaratta Council over “rampant bullying”

By Paul Hemsley The Victorian government has moved to turf out elected representatives from the Rural City of Wangaratta Council and appoint administrators until the 2016 council elections after two independent investigations found that the council was dysfunctional and “rampant” with bullying and intimidation towards staff and fellow councillors. The state government’s sacking of the […]

Victoria broadens geospatial mapping data release

By Paul Hemsley The Victorian government has moved to substantially broaden its collection of ‘open data’ available to industry and software developers by making more geospatial information available that pinpoints the geographic location of the state’s natural and constructed boundaries and features. It is the latest addition to the Victorian government’s public open data website […]

Fishermans Bend lures $2bn facelift

By Paul Hemsley The Victorian government has unveiled a new “draft vision” for the City of Melbourne’s ambitious plan to revitalise the Fishermans Bend industrial district that the government hopes will attract $2 billion in new investment from the private sector. A large curved peninsula of land in Port Melbourne that is separated from the […]

Mildura’s showcase solar plant fires up

By Paul Hemsley The Victorian Government has officially opened the Mildura solar power plant, which is expected to send electricity to 500 homes and with further investment from the state government could power more than 35,000 dwellings. The Mildura solar power plant has been in the planning and building stages since 2010 when it was […]

Ratings guide doesn’t rate: MAV

By Julian Bajkowski   The Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) has taken the state government to task over what it claims are “serious shortcomings” revealed in draft differential rating guidelines.   A new submission by the MAV urges the Napthine government to adopt “greater support to develop rating strategies” as the state’s local government sector […]

Roxon gives Victorian corruption watchdog bugs

By Paul Hemsley Federal Attorney-General Nicola Roxon has formally declared that phone tapping powers will be granted to Victoria’s recently established Independent Broad-based Anti-Corruption Commission (IBAC) as soon as its predecessor, the Office of Police Integrity (OPI) is abolished. The move clears an important legal roadblock in the creation of the new watchdog which had […]

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