Federal Minister for Regional Develoment and Local Government Simon Crean has announced the creation of an expert advisory panel to lead a ‘national discussion’ on a referendum on recognising local government in the Australian Constitution.

The announcement by Mr Crean at the Australian Local Government Association’s (ALGA) National General Assembly follows Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s campaign promise to hold a referendum on constitutional recognition of local government.

The announcement was welcomed by ALGA President Genia McCaffery who said that constitutional recognition would reaffirm local government’s position in Australian political life.

The Victorian Government has published its 2011 Community Satisfaction Survey for Victoria’s local government sector, finding a ‘slight downward movement’ from 79 per cent to 77 per cent of respondents rating their council as ‘excellent’, ‘good’ or ‘adequate’ on performance.

The Queensland Government has announced a series of proposed reforms to the state's Local Government electoral system.

An innovative new approach to leisure facilities management contracts is set to cut costs, improve service and enhance long term planning for the City of Boroondara in Melbourne’s inner east.‪

Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) chief executive Greg Hallam has been awarded this year's prestigious John Shaw medal.

Moonee Valley City Council has adopted a new Water Strategy which sets the future direction for sustainable management of all water in the City.

Councils across Victoria are leading an Australian-first project for road authorities committing to increase the use of recycled content in road, footpath and shared pathways construction.

Modest rate rises have been announced in the 2011/12 Brisbane City Council budget but debt is up and hundreds of jobs will be lost to help cut costs.

The City of Perth has committed to undertake capital works valued at almost $80 million in the next financial year as part of its 2011/12 budget.

The City of Melbourne has received a AAA/A-1+ credit rating, with Standard & Poor’s attributing the achievement to Council’s ‘strong balance sheet’ and ‘solid economy.’

The South Australian Government has announced $276.3 million in spending on the state's regions, with particular aim to support economic, social and environment sustainability of  communities.

Western Australian Local Government Minister John Castrilli has rejected claims that increases to electricity prices would result in a rate hike of as much as five per cent for Western Australian households, saying that opposition claims are 'totally unsubstantiated'.

Griffith University has been  appointed as the Australia and New Zealand sub-regional secretariat of a United Nations global partnership on waste management.

Victorian Parliamentary Secretary for Regional and Rural Development Damian Drum has launched an investment strategy aimed at attracting over 10,000 jobs in Geelong.

A new Rockhampton Region Investment Brief has been launched by the Queensland Local Government Minister Paul Lucas, providing a ‘blueprint’ for the region’s priority infrastructure needs.

The Western Australian State Government has called for applications for its $75 million Royalties for Regions scheme.

The Federal Government has announced a $5 million nationwide spending package to improve accessibility of public facilities across the local government sector.

The Northern Territory Government has announced a $1.3 million package for grants to shire and municipal councils for the construction of infrastructure projects.

Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has quelled fears of an impending household rates hike, saying that the rates will not rise above inflation levels.

The New South Wales Government has announced a $168,000 grant to Parramatta’s Smart City consortium to create a ‘virtual market place’ to allow workers and residents of the area to purchase goods and services away from a single transaction point, such as a register or eftpos machine.

The Brisbane City Council has shed over 350 jobs in under a year as the council attempts to halt the funding hemorrhaging and protect its bottom line.

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