The Western Australian State Government will contribute more than $145 million to local roads in Western Australia in 2011-12, an increase of more than $9 million on the past financial year.

Transport Minister Troy Buswell said the funding, derived from State motor vehicle licence fee revenue, would be allocated to councils in several categories, including road project grants ($70.994 million) and direct grants ($15.439 million).

“This is the State’s contribution to the upgrading and maintenance of local roads throughout WA,” Mr Buswell said.

The Climate Commission says failure to act against climate change in the next 10 years could lead to major disasters on the New South Wales far south coast.

The Queensland Government has announced the appointment of  Queensland public servant Jack Noye as Director-General of the Department of Local Government and Planning.

Low Carbon Australia and Wagga Wagga City Council are to cooperate on energy efficiency in the first agreement of its kind for regional Australia and the second major agreement for the new agency.

The Federation of Ethnic Communities' Councils of Australia (FECCA), in partnership with the Multicultural Communities Council of South Australia inc. with be hosting the "Advancing Multiculturalism" conference on the 17-18 November 2011 at the Adelaide Convention Centre.

The Hobart City Council has accepted plans from property developer Emmanuel Kalis and Myer to redevelop the site of the old Myer building which was consumed by a fire in late 2007.

The Gold Coast City Council has announced it will cease the use of services from its water retailer after a concerted community campaign against rising water prices.

The Northern Territory Government has announced the go-ahead for the construction of a new housing development area that will deliver 1200 housing lots, including over 300 houses for Defence personnel.

Victorian councils have responded angrily to the Baillieu government’s decision to cut funding to municipal libraries,  and are mounting a campaign against the move.

The South Australian Local Government Minister, Russell Wortley, has announced that an investigation into Burnside Council will be referred to the Director of Public Prosecutions if there is evidence of wrongdoing, reversing his decision earlier this month to abandon the $1.3 million investigation by former auditor-general Ken MacPherson.

The Perth City Council has launched the City of Perth Environment Grants and Sponsorship Program for 2011 that will offer grants to non-government and community organisations to help develop community-based environmental services and programs.

The Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government has launched a new interactive forum for local government practitioners, researchers and other stakeholders to exchange ideas, showcase innovation and provide useful links to resources, research opportunities, collaboration and support.

The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) has welcomed the Federal Government’s decision to discuss and clarify how the proposed carbon tax will affect ratepayers.

The Federal Government has announced that Perth will be classified as a regional centre in a bid to streamline overseas recruitment.

The Western Australian Government has called for a ‘significant change in the way public transport operates’ if it is to deal with the expected exponential growth in demand over the next 20.

The Queensland Government has released its Green Door policy which will see the Government work with local government and referral agencies to accelerate the development assessment of projects that that demonstrate exemplary sustainability performance.

The Federal Government has called for local governments to apply for over $26 million in the latest round of the Healthy Communities Grants.

The Northern Territory Government has launched a new $15 million plan, Alice Water Smart, for the management of Alice Springs’ water supplies.

The Queensland State Government has announced the launch of the Queensland Regionalisation Strategy aimed at controlling growth in the state’s regional areas in the face of increasing regional population growth.

The Western Australian State Government’s plan to reduce the number of local government councils has taken another blow after the City of Nedlands and the City of Subiaco voted to remain independent.

The South Australian Minister for State/Local Government Relations Russell Wortley has announced Commonwealth approval of more than $36 million in grants to fund road works and other local government services.

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