Archived News for Professionals in Local Government - October, 2012
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 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 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 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.
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 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 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.