The NSW Premier O'Farrell's has announced plans to scrap Part 3A of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and return local planning powers to local government.

Premier O'Farrell has halted all Part 3A applications for private residential, commercial, retail or coastal development, effective immediately.

As a result about half of the applications already in the system will be referred to the NSW Planning Assessment Commission, and the rest will either be sent to local councils for consideration or allowed to lapse. .

Councils have strongly rejected the findings on Local Water Utilities (LWU) in the National Water Commission’s recently released Urban Water in Australia: Future Directions 2011 report.

The Queensland Government has announced changes to the South-East Queensland Water (Distribution and Retail Restructuring) Act 2009.

The City of Melbourne  and Lake Macquarie City Council have been named among National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility’s (NCCARF) first Climate Adaptation Champions.

A new highly skilled taskforce will be established to help councils deal with the implications of the Queensland Government's new Coastal Plan.

The Local Government and Shires Associations has launched a new LGSA Planning Network for council staff.


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Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Queensland Premier Anna Bligh have announced a $39 million package to support the recovery and wellbeing of people in Queensland following the recent spate of natural disasters.

The National Water Commission has issued a landmark report urging Australian governments to overhaul the way urban water supplies are managed.

The Victorian Government has called for submissions to its Review of the 2010-11 Flood Warnings and Response, and is continuing a series of public meetings in flood affected towns during April and May.

The Queensland Government is providing funding of $98,000 to assist local governments in the Gladstone, Central and South West regions of Queensland to bid for key infrastructure work to prepare the region for growth in the mining industry.

Councils in the Eastern Riverina region of NSW have reiterated the Local Government and Shires Associations of NSW (LGSA) calls to meet with the new NSW Minister for Emergency Services to discuss a review of the funding model for emergency services. 

Gold Coast City Council has been awarded $135,000 by the Queensland Government to employ a research officer to undertake the Industry Government Strategic Skills Audit.

Councils in the Western Riverina and Murray region of NSW have called for the newly-elected NSW Government to withdraw the non-rateable status of national parks and are seeking a 'rate equivalent' payment for councils for private land that has been purchased for incorporation into national parks.

The Queensland Government has identified a further 14 councils that will receive advance funding injections for reconstruction efforts following the floods and Cyclone Yasi. .

Thousands of road building jobs have become available in Queensland's Fitzroy and Darling-Down Regions as the state begins its reconstruction effort following February's flooding and cyclone events.

The MacDonnell Shire Council in the Northern Territory has come under criticism for its allegedly outsourcing some administrative jobs to India.

Rural Councils Victoria (RCV) has been allocated an additional $3.45 million by the Victorian Government to continue its work of  representing the interests of small rural communities across the state for at least the next four years.

Legislation enabling the creation of Development Assessment Panels (DAPs) in Western Australia has come into operation.

Councils are now expected to be about much more than just "roads, rates and rubbish" according to a research paper into community governance in Australia.

The sister cities of Blacktown City Council and Liverpool Plains Shire Council have produced a toolkit that deals with establishing carbon forests in urban and rural environments.

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