The Federation of Community Legal Centres  has released a new report into council debt collection practices, which it says will help inform further work to guide how local government responds to people facing severe financial hardship.

Parramatta City Council has become the first NSW Council to sign an Environmental Upgrade Agreement (EUA), after signing up for an environmental retrofit of for 10 Valentine Avenue.

The City of Yarra has become Victoria’s first officially carbon neutral council under the federal Government’s National Carbon Offset Standard (NCOS).

The Federal and Tasmanian Governments have announced a co-funded $102 million funding package to support the new Tasmanian Forests Agreement.

The Western Australian Government has announced it has suspended the Shite of Ashburton for a six month period.

The Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) has welcomed planned reform to the Victorian emergency management platform, saying it will set to better align with councils’ existing capacity and expertise.

The Federal Government has released the annual State of the Cities report card, concluding that while the nation’s major cities remain among the world’s most liveable, they are increasingly affected by extreme weather events.

Entries for the 2013 National Awards for Local Government are now open, with awards recognising innovative and new ways local government supports and serve their communities.

The Federal Government’s Grants Commission Financial Assistance Grants has released an issues paper outlining how it proposes to examine the distribution of money to local government bodies.

The full membership of the Joint Select Committee tasked with considering constitutional recognition has been announced following its first meeting earlier this week.

The Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government has announced the appointment of Roberta Ryan as the Centre’s new Director.

Four former Queensland council areas are set to go to the polls on whether or not they want to de-amalgamate and return to their old shire boundaries.

Following extensive State and local government consultation, the South Australian Government has released its Metropolitan Growth Project, which will form the basis of future development in metropolitan areas hugging the Adelaide CBD.

The Victorian Government has announced it is actively seeking new members to join the newly formed Victorian Adaptation and Sustainability Partnership ministerial advisory committee.

The Victorian Government has opened a $50 million fund aimed at supporting the development of iIntegrated Water Cycle Management (IWCM) projects across the State under the Living Victoria initiative.

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