The Federal Government has a threatened to ‘blackball’ councils that finish Commonwealth-funded infrastructure projects behind schedule or over budget.

The approach by the Federal Government follow recommendations made by the Auditor-General that funding from the $1 billion Regional Development Fund (RDF) be allocated only to councils capable of delivering complete projects on time and on budget.

The hard-line decision comes as the previous $1.1 billion Regional and Community Infrastructure Program was found to be riddled by slow decision making and spending by the local governments that received the federal funding.

The Victorian State Government has announced its intentions to review the current boundaries of the Latrobe City Council. 

Tasmania’s Burnie City Council has announced a push for tougher code of conduct laws for local government following a spate of defamatory exchanges between its aldermen.

Local government is being challenged to take bold action on climate change and to show strong community leadership at a recent national roundtable held at the University of Technology.

The Federal Government has released the nation's first ever dedicated sustainable population strategy which sets out the framework, backed by new funding for a sustainable Australia.

The City of Sydney has announced a $180 million redevelopment of the city centre’s light rail in what will be the single largest investment in the area since the 2000 Olympics.

The Federal Government has announced a $4.3 billion injection for regional Australia in the nation’s budget.

The Victorian Government has announced a $31 million injection for the Latrobe Valley in the state’s east following the release of the Victorian Budget.

The Federal Government has announced the formation of a new National Urban Policy, providing $181.4 million designed to ‘progress a range of practical measures which will promote more productive, sustainable and liveable cities.’

Delegates from over 120 Western Australian councils have convened in Perth to ‘address challenges likely to impact on their communities in the next 20 to 50 years’.

The Municipal Association of Victoria has released its brief on the Victorian State Budget, outlining the allocation of state funds for local councils throughout the state.

The Adelaide city council has published a draft plan to “rebuild Adelaide as a world class city for all South Australians”, planning high levels of capital works to create an “outstanding city of distinctive character and exciting design”.

The Victorian Government’s 2011-12 budget has provided $500 million over the next for years for the Regional Growth Fund, a new initiative promised by the Coalition last year as an election policy.

The NSW Government has announced that local government elections for Shellharbour City Council and Wollongong City Council will be held on 3 September this year, restoring local representation three years after the Councils were sacked by the Labor State Government.

The Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government Simon Crean has announced the category winners for this year’s National Awards for Local Government.

Queensland’s Townsville and Gympie Councils’ requests to alter electoral arrangements have been officially referred to the independent Change Commission by the State’s Deputy Premier and Minister for Local Government Paul Lucas.

The Federal and Northern Territory Governments have announced a $30 million package to provide sustained employment for up to 530 Indigenous Australians.

The Gosford City Council has moved to reject Coca Cola Amatil’s (CCA) bid to extend its 66 megalitre water extraction rights in the region.

SA's Local Government Association will face a fresh election for its President following the unexpected withdrawal of Whyalla Mayor Jim Pollock for family reasons.

The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) has published 31 corruption prevention recommendations for Burwood Council and other New South Wales local governments.

New analysis shows governments across Australia are spending at least four times more on building roads and bridges than on public transport infrastructure.

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