Archived News for Professionals in Local Government - April, 2013
The Queensland Government has announced that the state’s councils have applied for nearly $1 billion worth of funding from the $80 million Betterment Fund initiative.
The Queensland Government has once again devolved into shrieking, bellicose rhetoric in continuing its self-proclaimed ‘war on green tape’ after State Environment Minister, Andrew Powell, announced changes to the management of flying fox roosts in urban areas.
The Queensland Government has published its official response to the impressive 155 recommendations contained within the much awaited Independent Commission of Audit’s Final Report.
The Tasmanian Government has announced the passing of legislation through the State Parliament which delivers protection for 137,000 hectares of forest with high conservation value, including the iconic areas of Tyenna, Hastings, Picton and the Upper Florentine.
Sydney is home to all four of the nation’s most densely populated areas, all surrounding the city’s central business district according to the latest figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
The Federal Government has announced it will provide a further $200 million for the extension of a plan that provides landholders and farmers with funding to stop the flow of chemicals into the Great Barrier Reef.
The Victorian Government has released a new strategy which it claims will see an increased regional and rural focus of the state’s public servants and policy making.
A large number of councils in New South Wales are in dire financial straights, with 25 per cent classified as being in a ‘weak’ or ‘very weak’ financial state according to a new report prepared by NSW TCorp for the State Government.
The NSW Independent Local Government Review Panel has handed down its discussion paper into the proposed future directions of the state’s local government sector.
Local government bodies stand to gain significant strategic benefits from establishing an in-house research team, according to a new discussion paper released by the Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government (ACELG).
Australians will be happier, healthier and safer if they look after the nature spots in their cities, new research from the University of Queensland (UQ) has found.
The Victorian Government has promised that rate payers will be getting the ‘best value’ following the release of the Victorian Local Government Best Practice Procurement Guidelines 2013.
A new report from Queensland’s Auditor General has found that the state’s councils are facing heightened financial difficulties as successive State Government policies hit hard.
The New South Wales Government has announced the release of a new Planning White Paper, which Premier Barry O’Farrell says will result in the ‘biggest overhaul of the State’s planning system in over 30 years’.
The Queensland Government has outlined a new building code which it says will save homeowners up to $2,000 and will streamline the development application process for building over, or near, sewers, water mains and stormwater drains on domestic home sites.
The Queensland Government’s decision to withdraw water dividends and tax equivalent payments has provoked an angry response from Gladstone Regional Council, who has accused the Government of a $4.19 million per annum grab’.