The Victorian Government has announced the establishment of the Urban Renewal Authority Victoria and the appointment of its board of directors.

The new Authority will take the place of VicUrban.

Western Australian Minister for Local Government John Castrilli has slammed the state’s local government system, accusing it of holding back the state’s influence across the country and broader Asian region.

The Adelaide City Council has called for public input for Picture Adelaide, the next stage of the Adelaide: One City, Many Futures initiative.

Western Australia’s Department of Local Government is seeking public contribution for discussions on the future of Perth’s metropolitan area as part of the Metropolitan Local Government Review Panel’s examination of the local government structure and governance models.

A partnership between the South Australian state and local governments has seen global library software provider SirisiDynix selected for the SA's One library Project.

Minister for Regional Australia Simon Crean has called on political and community leaders to help embed the Federal Government’s ‘bottom-up’ approach to coopoerative federalism, saying that participation will give regions a greater say in the way Australia is governed.

The New South Wales Government has flagged the possibility of reform in the local government sector after State Minister for Local Government Don Page told the NSW Local Government Association’s annual conference that changes to the sector are necessary.

Politicians and business groups are calling for reform to local government election laws following the election of two shire presidents through names being drawn from a hat.

The Queensland Government has released the $125 billion Connecting SEQ 2031 transport plan, which outlines the region’s transport vision for the next 20 years.

The Local Government Association of NSW has elected a new president, office bearers and 20 executives at the annual LGA conference.

The Federal Government has released its State of Australian Cities 2011 report, finding that residents of Australia’s major cities are using less electricity, leaving their car in garage more often in favour of catching public transport, producing less household waste and raising children who are staying at home until an older age.

The Federal Government has released the final program guidelines for the Digital Government Program, which will make funding available to councils in the first 40 communities in the National Broadband Network’s (NBN) rollout.

Albury City Council has released a public consultation draft of the Our Future: a community sustainability strategy document.

The South Australian Government has released the Renewable Energy Plan for South Australia, providing an agenda for future growth of the state’s renewable energy sector.

The Western Australian Local Government (WALGA) has welcomed commitments made by the State Government to clarify street lighting tariff changes and introduce a more transparent billing process.

The Federal Government has opened the new Crisis Coordination Centre (CCC) in Canberra, which will serve to improve the government’s capability to respond to large-scale natural disasters or acts of terrorism.

The Federal Government has launched the $30 million Illawarra Region Innovation and Investment Fund, which will support businesses with innovative projects in and around the Wollongong area.

The Local Government and Shires Associations of NSW (LGSA) have praised the NSW Government for meeting its election promise to remove the concept of a 'body politic' from the Local Government Act (NSW) 1993.

The City of Greater Geelong will commence work on a new Environment Management Strategy to provide strategic direction on environmental management in the Greater Geelong region.

The first Environmental Upgrade Agreement has been signed under the City of Melbourne’s 1200 Building Program, opening the doors for significant investment in retrofitting Melbourne’s commercial building sector.

The Queensland Government has passed its Waste Reduction and Recycling Bill through parliament that will aim to halve the amount of rubbish directed to landfill within a decade while creating thousands of green jobs while seeing millions of dollars invested into recycling and resource recovery programs.

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