Adelaide City Council has announced a suite of city planning reforms and 77 new proposed heritage listings.

Announced by SA Premier Jay Weatherill, State Minister for Planning John Rau and Adelaide Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood, the measures aim to boost city development and encourage innovative architecture.

“Council is committed to working with the State Government to demonstrate that city development and sensible heritage protection can work together,” said Lord Mayor Yarwood.

The Local Government Association of South Australia (LGSA) has released a discussion paper canvassing a range of issues facing Local Government, including accountability and standards of conduct.

The Local Government and Shires Associations of NSW (LGSA) has discussed concerns over the impacts on coal mining and coal seam gas extraction on local communities at a meeting of 13 northern NSW councils.

Sydney has begun the demolition of the old royal South Sydney Hospital site in Zetland, marking the beginning of the first steps of the $8 billion 278-hectare Green Square development.

The Western Australian Government has announced new community engagement resources are now available on the integrated Planning and Reporting website aimed at supporting local governments.

The Western Australian Government has announced plans to streamline how local governments deal with local level misconduct allegations.

 A new book has been published that demonstrates that the future of Australia’s country towns is not all doom and gloom, with local communities taking control of their future.

New South Wales Minister for Local Government, Don Page, has told a conference on women in local government that more women are needed in councils to better reflect their communities.

The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) has announced it has partnered with the Australian Logistics Council, Australasian railway Association, Bus Industry Confederation, Cyclin Promotion Fund, National Heart Foundation, International Public Transport Association and the Planning Institute of Australia to form a taskforce to improve planning and transport systems.

Victorian Minister for Local Government, Jeanette Powell, has convened the inaugural 2012 Local Government Ministerial-Mayors Advisory Panel (MMAP).  

Local Government Minister Don Page has announced the establishment of an independent expert panel to investigate structural arrangements affecting the financial sustainability of councils across NSW.

The New South Wales Government has announced it will seek to introduce legislation that will ensure that a person can only serve in one elected position in either State Parliament or a council.

The Federal Government has announced the full list of appointments to the Regional Development Australia Western Australia branch.

The Federal Government has announced a $25 million fund to help local people fight joblessness and poverty.

The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) has met with a Kenyan delegation as part of its visit to Australia to seek advice on how to optimise a devolved system of government.

The Victorian Government has announced it will spend $5.5 million to reduce the amount of organic food waste dumped in the state’s regional and rural landfills as part of its new ‘Conserve, Invest and Save’ initiative.

Western Australian Local Government Minister John Castrilli has directed the Department of Local Government to undertake an inquiry into matters relating to the governance of the City of Canning.

The Local Government Association of Tasmania has hit out at the lobby group pushing for reform of the Local Government sector in Tasmania. 

The Local Government and Shires Associations of NSW (LGSA) have come to the defence of councillors and mayors in NSW who have also been elected by their communities as Members of Parliament, saying that the NSW Government should let communities vote for the best people to represent their communities.

The Urban Policy Forum has held its inaugural meeting in Canberra, marking the first step in advising the Federal Government on the implementation of its National Urban Policy.

The Tasmanian Minister for Climate Change, Cassy O’Connor, has addressed the Australian Coastal Councils Conference in Hobart, outlining her vision for a Tasmanian Coastal Act that would aim to provide a strong management and planning framework for the state’s coastal areas.

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