Victoria sets its own ICT path

A whole of government ICT strategy from the Victorian Government will begin to address costing waste. The Victorian Information and Communications Technology Advisory Committee (VICTAC) was established earlier in June to provide advice on the strategy’s development. According to the Auditor-General, whole of government frameworks have not kept pace with the increasingly central role of […]

SAIC builds Victorian cyber security centre

Research and development will be the focus of a cyber security centre to be built in Melbourne with support from the Victorian Government. Global research and development company, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) will develop the regional cyber security centre to support its efforts for the Australian Government and industry clients. Initiatives surrounding the National […]

Solar power gets Victorian edge

Development of a RayGen solar power system will receive $1 million in funding from the Victorian Government. In addition to the $41 million in funding for the Energy Technology Innovation Strategy (ETIS) in the 2011-12 Victorian budget, funding will go to the first stage of the development, involving fine-tuning design components and optimizing cost, performance […]

Victorian based council redevelops stadium

The Skilled Stadium redevelopment has received funds from the City of Greater Geelong, the Victorian Government and the Federal Government. As the council owns the stadium and development site, it has made the most recent contribution of $3 million to the next stage of the $40 million project. The project will involve the construction of […]

Melbourne gets in on the green act

By Lilia Guan   The Victorian Parliament has passed legislation to support large scale environmental retrofits of city buildings.   The City of Melbourne Act has been amended to enable Council, in partnership with Australian financial institutions, to enter into voluntary arrangements with building owners to help them obtain finance to environmentally retrofit their buildings. […]

Vic Govt invests $21m in fire prediction system

The Victorian Government has launched an Australian-first fire prediction and early warning system that will deliver specific and detailed information on the spread of fires to help protect the lives of Victorians in the event of a bushfire. Premier John Brumby outlined details of a new fully-computerised, digital mapping system which will provide up to […]

Brumby to streamline planning for renewable energy projects

By Rob O'Brien Planning processes for renewable energy projects will be streamlined with Victorian councils receiving support to administer wind farm permits, the State Government has announced. The Brumby Government will set timeframes for industry and provide more easily accessible information for communities under reforms to approval processes for renewable energy projects across Victoria. “If […]

Neville launches 10-year plan to address ageing communities

By Rob O'Brien Initiatives including more local government support to help older Australians living in rural and remote communities will form part of a 10-year plan to address the state’s ageing population, the State Government has announced. Releasing the Brumby Government’s plan Ageing in Victoria: A plan for an age-friendly society 2010-2020, Minister for Senior Victorians Lisa […]

Vic Ombudsman slams culture of denial

By Rob O'Brien Local government continues to represent the largest number of complaints made to the Victorian Ombudsman, according to a report tabled in Parliament today. In his 2010 annual report the Ombudsman, George Brouwer, revealed that his office had received 2,933 complaints from local government this year. According to the report, issues raised included poor […]

Scholarships for LG women

The Victorian Government has announced funding to support getting more women into leadership roles in local government. New scholarships funded by the Brumby Government will help more women in local government participate in senior leadership development. Minister for Women’s Affairs Maxine Morand and Minister for Local Government Richard Wynne yesterday announced $20,000 for the new […]

Brumby doubles rebates for hybrid cars

Rebates offered for registrations for hybrid and electric vehicles would double under a new plan to drive down emissions and drive new investment in cleaner, greener industries, Victorian Premier John Brumby announced today. Addressing senior students at Glen Waverley Secondary College with Education Minister Bronwyn Pike and Member for Mount Waverley Maxine Morand, Mr Brumby […]

Victoria to introduce anti-corruption body

By Angela Dorizas  The Victorian Government will establish an anti-corruption commission under sweeping changes to the state’s public sector integrity system. The Government will adopt the Proust Model for public sector integrity, including the creation of a Victorian Integrity and Anti-Corruption Commission (VIACC). The announcement follows the release of a report by Special Commissioner Elizabeth […]

Community input critical in fire affected Victoria

Chair of the Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction and Recovery Authority, Christine Nixon. By Angela Dorizas Communities affected by the Black Saturday bushfires have demonstrated their resilience and determination to rebuild, according to the chair of the Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction and Recovery Authority, Christine Nixon. Ms Nixon told the Local Government Manager Australia (LGMA) National Congress that […]

Former Ballarat CEO deprived of ‘natural justice’: Ombudsman

By Rob O'Brien Local Government Victoria failed to provide natural justice to a council CEO and a consultant from the City of Ballarat by neglecting to interview them in a 2008 investigation, according to a report by the Victorian Ombudsman.  The Victorian Ombudsman, George Brouwer, was critical of the way the report by the Inspectors of Municipal […]


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