The Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA) has held its annual WA Local Government Convention, in which a number of councillors received accolades for their strong leadership and their contribution to local communities.

Mayor David Boothman from the City of Stirling; Cr Paul Kelly, Deputy Mayor of the Town of Claremont and Cr Peter Monagle, President of the Shire of Harvey were awarded Life Membership in recognition of their contributions to the Local Government sector and their local communities over half a century of collective service.

A further 50 Local Government Members were honoured with an Eminent Service Award, Long and Loyal Service Award, or Local Government Merit Award.

The Western Australian Planning Minister John Day has announced the appointment of 531 local government members to Development Assessment Panels (DAP) across the state.

The Queensland State Government has signed an agreement with the resources sector over sourcing new workers for the industry from coastal areas with high unemployment. The agreement will see local councils assist the State Government in hosting a series of work expos.

Local Government Manages Australia (LGMA) has published a report into the findings of its Management Challenge Pre-Challenge Task which was held in an attempt to better understand the influences the departure of critical personnel from local government organisations.

The latest cost projections issued by the Gold Coast City Council show that the cost of divorcing from its water retailer has soared from an initial estimate of $60 million to around $200 million.

"The Metropolitan Waste Management Group will work closely with local government to help identify practical projects that will enable councils to tackle waste reduction and improved resource recovery in their communities," he said.

The South Australian Government has announced a 10 year funding agreement for the state’s libraries after Minister Assisting the Premier in the Arts John Hill and Local Government Association President Major Kym McHugh signed a co-funding agreement.

An inquiry into improving the economic and social development in Central Western NSW Communities is being conducted by the State Development Committee of the NSW Legislative Council.

The Victorian Government has announced grants of up to $250,000 for local councils to fund public safety infrastructure projects.

The Victorian State Government has announced it will inject $6.5 million into the state’s libraries over the next three years. The funding will also involve a comprehensive review of the state’s library services. 

The Australian Centre for Excellence for Local Government at the University of Technology Sydney and SAI Global have co-hosted the Australian Business Excellence Framework in Local Government forum to discuss the future of best practice and excellence in local government in Australia.

The University of Sydney’s (UTS) Centre for Local Government and the Australian Centre for Excellence for Local Government have published a series of detailed case studies regarding the implementation of the Australian Business Excellence Framework (BEF) within Local Government.

Redland City Council has become the next Queensland local government body to withdraw from Allconnex Water after the council voted to break from the water retail supplier.

The Federal Government has appointed the members of the independent expert panel that will progress the recognition of local government in the Australian Constitution.

The first early stage works of the Waterproofing the West project have started with the $58.6 million Stage One project commencing in Adelaide with funding from local, state and Federal governments.

Global recruitment agency Hays has published a research white paper into the skills shortage in Australia, finding that the public sector is suffering the largest shortage in the country.

The Municipal Association of Victoria has launched its Save Our Libraries – Fairer Funding campaign in response to the recent State funding cuts.

NSW Council initiatives and projects that empower communities through excellence in communication and reporting were recognised last night (Thursday) at the Local Government Week Awards Evening in Sydney at The Deckhouse in Woolwich.

The Queensland State Government has pledged to half the amount of landfill currently being produced while generating ‘thousands of green jobs’ through investing in recycling and resource recovery.

The Queensland Government has announced a new $45 million pool of funding to provide essential infrastructure works.

The Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry has published its first interim report, containing a number of recommendations for local governments.

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