Plans to reshape local government in Tasmania and deliver efficiencies and cost savings have been released for public comment.

The reforms, shaped by an independent panel appointed by the 12 southern councils, will be announced in October,  including a recommendation on a structure which would improve local government services, efficiency and influence.

There has already been extensive consultation between councils and major business and community organisations and an opinion poll commissioned by the Southern Tasmanian Council Authority shows strong public support for council mergers and resource sharing.

Federal and State Governments have announced $195 million in joint funding for reconstruction of key road infrastructure in Queensland's north west.

The Western Australian Government has announced the next round of funding for local communities under the state's Royalties for Regions Grants Scheme (RGS).  

The Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) has voiced its disappointment over the State Government's decision to reject calls by councils to assist in funding to implement the recommendations issued in the Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry.

The Victorian State Government has passed legislation which prohibits the construction of new wind turbines within certain proximity to dwellings and regional centres.

The Federal Government has announced it will be calling for comments from stakeholders on the draft program guidelines for the Digital Local Government Program.

The Western Australian Water Minister Bill Marmion and Energy Minister Peter Collier have finalised an agreement which will see the Water Corporation purchase the entire output from Australia’s first utility-scale solar farm to be built near Geraldton.

Keep Australia Beautiful has published its National Litter Index 2011 report which has found a slight decrease in the national litter rate across the 983 in the 2010/11 period.

The Western Australian Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls has announced his intentions to push for an assessment of the Royalties for Regions - the Country Local Government Fund (CLGF) - scheme to ensure community projects are being properly funded and delivered effectively.

A suburb of Melton, in Victoria’s south, is set to become the first water neutral built up area in the country after construction is completed.

The City of Melbourne has endorsed a draft plan that will see the city strengthen its economic and business ties with India.

The Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government (ACELG) is convening the Second Local Government Researchers Forum to be held on 14 and 15 December 2011. The forum will be held at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS).

The Hobart City Council has undertaken a survey to determine how the organisation can best serve the community and the community’s views on the council’s progress towards achieving outcome identified in the Council’s Strategic Plan to meet its Community’s Vision in 2025 goal..

The City of Sydney has published findings that show the council expects to save $1.3 million a year by overhauling the energy and water performance of major buildings.

No mining exploration will be allowed in and around urban areas of Queensland, including regional centres such as Ipswich, Toowoomba, Beaudesert, Rockhampton, Mackay and St George Queensland, after a new policy was considered by the Queensland Cabinet.

Adelaide City Council’s customer service team has been awarded the 2011 South Australian Contact Centre of the Year (<50 People) at the ATA State Awards.

The Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) has launched a campaign to promote the work local government councils do for their communities.

The Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA) has held its annual WA Local Government Convention, in which a number of councillors received accolades for their strong leadership and their contribution to local communities.

The Western Australian Planning Minister John Day has announced the appointment of 531 local government members to Development Assessment Panels (DAP) across the state.

The Queensland State Government has signed an agreement with the resources sector over sourcing new workers for the industry from coastal areas with high unemployment. The agreement will see local councils assist the State Government in hosting a series of work expos.

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