The Federal Government has officially launched the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme in Sydney.

The Victorian Minister for Local Government Jeanette Powell has said this year’s local government elections stand to revitalise the sector.

Newly elected and returning Mayors in NSW can now seek free, confidential, expert advice from a special mentoring service set up by the Local Government and Shires Association of NSW (LGSA) to help equip them with a greater understanding of Local Government and the necessary skills to lead and meet the needs of their communities. 

The Tasmanian Government has introduced legislation that will implement the key public service reform recommendations of the George O’Farrell review.

The South Australian Government has announced it is seeking feedback on new rules for clear and consistent standards of behaviour in the State’s 68 councils.

The Federal Government has announced the formation of a bi-committee to advise on the future of constitutional recognition of local government.

The Federal Government has announced it will support the Victorian Government’s attempt to position Avalon airport as the state’s second international airport.

The Victorian Government has announced reforms to the State Planning Policy Framework which it says will ensure the protection of the Yarra and Maribyrnong rivers from encroaching developments.

The Victorian Minister for Local Government has acknowledged the crucial role played by women in local government in a luncheon at Parliament House.

The reform of Local Government in NSW must be built on the strengths of the industry and acknowledge the vast and diverse services that councils supply on limited budgets, according to the submission made by the Local Government and Shires Associations of NSW (LGSA) in the first round of consultations led by the Independent Local Government Review Panel.

The Launceston City Council has launched a new online survey aimed at helping develop a new vision for the future of greater Launceston.

If local government bodies are to perform to their fullest extent, the capacity of the executive arm must be significantly strengthened according to new research released by the Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government.

The Western Australia Local Government Association (WALGA) has called for the State Government to introduce a Cash for Containers scheme to combat the high rates of litter in the state.

The Victorian Government has announced a $45 million repair and restore package aimed at addressing the condition of the State’s roads.

The New South Wales Government has announced the State’s councils can now bid for interest subsidies to build on greenfield sites under round two of the Local Infrastructure Renewal Scheme.

The New South Wales Minister for Local Government, Don Page, has urged the State’s newly elected councillors to ‘hit the ground running’ and attend a series of of Councillor Workshops to beld across the State.

Victorian Minister for Local Government, Jeanette Powell, has convened the 2012 Ministerial-Mayors Advisory Panel (MMAP) for the final time ahead of the forthcoming council elections later this month.

Infrastructure NSW has announced the release of the State Infrastructure Strategy, which recommends 70 major projects and reforms that should take priority over the next five, 10 and 20 years in an attempt to drive productivity and economic growth.

The Australian Centre for Excellence in Local Government (ACELG) and the Institute for Regional Development (IRD) at the University of Tasmania are partnering up to create a scoping study to explore the relationship between social enterprises and local governments.

The South Australian Government has received an independent progress report on the State’s Strategic Plan and has been published for the community to access. 

The City of Sydney has urged the New South Wales Government to reject Infrastructure NSW’s recommendation for the redevelopment of George Street, saying the proposal does not reflect what businesses, stakeholders, transport experts and the community wants.

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