The Northern Territory Government has announced changes to the Local Government (Electoral) Regulations to change the vote counting system to the Single Transferable Vote Proportional Representation (STVPR) system.

Local Government Minister, Malarndirri McCarthy said the STVPR system is the most suitable vote counting system for the Territory’s multi-member electorates. With the exception of Litchfield Council, all councils have multimember electorates.

“After the 2008 elections we sought expert advice to review and identify ways of improving election processes and undertook widespread consultation on the proposed change to vote counting,” said Minister McCarthy.

The Local Government and Shires Association of New South Wales (LGSA) has held the 14th annual Local Government Excellence in Environment Awards, recognising the excellent conduct of 49 councils across 12 categories.

The New South Wales State Government has released a public discussion paper on whether NSW Members of Parliament should be serving concurrently as local councillors or mayors.

The Victorian Government has announced a $2.8 million Council Planning Flying Squad initiative. The initiative will consist of planning specialists to assist regional and rural councils by providing short-term expertise and assistance to ease the backlog of planning requests.

The Federal Government has announced the formation a new Murray-Darling Basin Diversification Project aimed at promoting economic opportunities for communities affected by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority’s Basin Plan.

The South Australian Ombudsman has published a report into the state of complaint handling in South Australian councils.

The South Australian Government has announced plans to revitilise the state’s capital, focusing on filling laneways and empty buildings in the city’s north.

Australia’s state ministers for Local Government have met in Canberra at the inaugural Local Government Ministers’ Forum.

More than 300 elected representatives and other local government officials from across Australia have united at the National Local Roads and Transport Congress in Mount Gambier to pass a resolution calling on the Federal Government to continue the Roads to Recovery program on a permanent basis and increase funding to recognise a massive shortfall in expenditure.

The Australian Government has commissioned Ernst and Young to conduct a review of infrastructure financing to identify new ways of unlocking investment dollars for  local infrastructure needs.

The New South Wales Division of Local Government (DLG) has announced the first workshop on the division Model Code of Conduct reform proposal.

A survey commissioned by the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) shows that the state's councils are leading the country in terms of economic and regional investment.

The Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) has called for the State Government to place greater emphasis on supporting community resilience to improve safety outcomes, and more shared regional planning in dealing with natural disasters.

The Tasmanian Government has tabled legislation before State Parliament that aims to increase transparency and certainty for local government rates in Tasmania.

The Southern Tasmanian Councils Authority (STCA) has released a final report into the future options for local government in southern Tasmania.

The Victorian Government has called for more women to consider nominating themselves for council elections in 2012.

The Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government has released a draft working paper, 'Local Government and Community Engagement in Australia', providing a national update on what is taking place across the local government sector in relation to community engagement, and identifies ongoing challenges and questions for councils in engaging communities.

The South Australian Government has announced the formation of a new urban development authority which will be tasked with overseeing all urban renewal projects from their outset.

The City of Sydney has become Australia’s first carbon-neutral council after achieving formal certification from its greenhouse reduction programs.

The Western Australian Government has released a new Compliance Framework for the state's councils.

The Federal and Victorian governments have announced local governments rebuilding from the effects of the 2009 bushfire will have an additional year to claim funding.

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