The Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government has released a new working paper which suggest how local government bodies in Australia might independently improve revenue streams in the medium to long term.

The Queensland Government has announced it has secured additional flood support funding under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements, and will see funding delivered to farmers in the Central Highlands, Rockhampton, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Western Downs and all of Logan local government areas can now apply for Category C assistance, and enhanced disaster loans for primary producers under Category D. 

The Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA) has delivered a 1,500 person petition to the State Parliament calling for the development of a cash for containers scheme.

Outgoing President of the Local Government Association of South Australia (LGA) has urged the state’s councils to apply for a share in the $3 million in funding under the State Government’s program for household waste recycling.

Mayor David O’Loughlin has been named as the next President of the Local Government Association of South Australia.

The Local Government and Shires Associations of NSW (LGSA) will become one single association called Local Government NSW (LGNSW) this Friday 1 March 2013, representing all 152 councils throughout NSW.

The Victorian Government has announced community consultation on draft council rating guidelines will conclude this week with a series of public meetings in Melbourne.

Population decline, financial and infrastructure delivery challenges faced by councils, and the need for a more collaborative approach in service delivery by all levels of government were key issues discussed at the Annual Conference of the Western Division Councils in NSW* held in Nyngan on 25-26 February.

The Queensland Government is encouraging the state’s citizens to contribute to the future shape of the State, with the Government launching the Queensland Plan.

The Queensland Government has announced that the pre-polling booths have opened for the four areas seeking to de-amalgamate from their regional councils.

Local government leaders, innovators and achievers have been celebrated at the annual LGPro Awards dinner in Melbourne last week, with State Minister for Local Government Jeanette Powell commending the largest pool of nominations ever fielded in the awards.

The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) is continuing the push for constitutional recognition as it prepares to make its final case before the second public hearing of the Joint Select Committee charged with investigating the likelihood of Australians voting ‘yes’ in a possible referendum over the issue.

The Queensland Government has promised better community engagement, more field inspections, audits and a ‘firm approach to industry non-compliance’ as part of a new coal seam gas management plan.

The Ratings Practices in Local Government report conducted by the Victorian Auditor-General has been tabled in the State Parliament earlier this week.

More effort to diverting e-waste from landfill will be a key effort under the new Australian/New Zealand Standard for electronic waste announced by Standards Australia earlier this week.

The New South wales Government has announced ‘tough new measures’ to bolster the regulation of the coal seam gas industry in the State.

The Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT) has begun distributing the final copy of the state-wide Tasmanian Local Government Workforce Report to the State’s councils.

The South Australian Government has announced it will overhaul the state’s planning system in a bid to establish Adelaide as ‘one of the world’s great small cities’.

The Victorian Minister for Planning, Matthew Guy, has urged Melbourne’s metropolitan councils to continue to take a leading role in the ongoing community consultation over planning for Melbourne’s growth and development over the next 40 years.

The National Broadband Network Co (NBN Co) has switched on major services across Tasmania, with eight new NBN Digital Hubs, seven Digital Enterprises, and five Digital Local Government Programs coming online across the State.

The Queensland Government has announced it will begin consulting with industry and local government bodies to ensure that legal protection for councils from inappropriate development on flood prone land.

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