Plan Melbourne’s governance under fire

By Julian Bajkowski A controversial move by Victoria’s Napthine government to have an appointed board run a new statutory state agency tasked with helping to coordinate urban renewal so that another two million will eventually live in Melbourne has drawn a sharp and immediate response from the Victorian Local Governance Association (VLGA). The group that […]

Vic councils probe developer donations and bad candidate conduct

By Julian Bajkowski Convenors of a post mortem into Victoria’s fractious local government elections of 2012 have issued a challenge to the state’s councillors and candidates to frankly vent their views on what has to change to avoid a repeat of poor voter turnout and bad behaviour on the hustings. The Victorian Local Governance Association […]

LGSA accelerates social media push

By Paul Hemsley The Local Government and Shires Association of New South Wales (LGSA) has become the latest local government peak body to launch a Twitter account as part of its website redesign and relaunch. The LGSA has joined the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA), Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV), the Victorian Local Governance Association […]

Victoria’s winds of change

By Lachlan Colquhoun The Baillieu Government in Victoria has introduced regulations saying it will “restore certainty and fairness to local communities” on the issue of with farm planning. On the surface, the new regulations look little different from neighbouring windfriendly South Australia. The wind industry and the renewable energy lobby claim the Victorian changes put […]

MAV expands capacity with two appointments

By Staff Writer The Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) has strengthened its capacity to deliver services and build knowledge about the local sphere of government with two senior staff appointments. “The MAV has appointed Dr Michael Henry, on a part-time basis, as the convenor of a new Economic Policy and Research Unit and Andrew Rowe […]


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