Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mayors, CEOs and councillors have joined Queensland Ministers to discuss financial stability, constitutional recognition and the upcoming Federal election at the Indigenous Leaders Forum in Cairns this week.

The majority of Australian voters would support constitutional recognition of local government, according to the latest Nielsen poll.

The Victorian Government has handed back responsibility for 21 strategic sites to their local metropolitan councils.

The Federal Government has introduced legislation before Parliament that will seek to allow a referendum on local government recognition in the Australian Constitution.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has announced it has gratned authorization to a number of innter-Sydney councils to jointly tender and contract for the processing of dry recyclable materials (DRM).

The Federal Government is calling for private companies to register their interest in developing and operating the Moorebank Intermodal Terminal.

The New South Wales Government has outlined a new plan that will deliver brand new ferries, wharves and extra services starting later this year as part of a program aimed at modernising the city’s iconic mode of transportation.

Overt racism may well be on the decline around the country, but it still remains part of daily life for all too many Victorians according to a new report released by the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission.

The Tasmanian Government has announced it will inject a further $500,000 to continue a major overhaul of the state’s planning system.

The Tasmanian Government has passed major local government reforms through the State’s Legislative Council which will now see the delivery of ‘all-in, all-out’ council elections.

The New South Wales Government has officially launched the state’s new biosecurity strategy, with Premier Barry O’Farrell calling on residents to work with government agencies to ensure the sate maintains its ‘excellent biosecurity status’.

The Queensland Government has announced it has revoked the Bundamba to Swanbank Development Area (SDA), and will hand back planning control of the corridor to Ipswich City Council.

The Queensland Government has announced it has ‘laid the groundwork’ for the delivery of a uniform registration system for local government providers of community housing.

The Federal Government is calling for applications for more NBN backed initiatives under round five of the Digital Enterprise Program (DEP).

The Tasmanian Government has announced it will work with the state’s councils to progressively roll-out a new rating and valuationg system following the release of a report into the sector.

The Victorian Government has rolled out its new $1 billion Biodiversity Conservation Strategy, which it says will serve the needs of both the housing industry and the state’s biodiversity.

The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) has called for bi-partisan support of the forthcoming referendum on local government recognition in the Constitution.

The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) has welcomed the delivery of the Federal Budget, saying its increased spending for local initiatives comes at a crucial time for communities.

The Federal and South Australian Governments are seeking public feedback on three new mining and infrastructure plans that will aim to guide the rollout of major transport, logistics, energy and water projects in regional South Australian.

As the branch of government closest to the people, it is the role of the nation’s local government bodies to take a stand against violence against women, according to the President of the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) Bill McArthur.

The Northern Territory Government has slated $6.2 million for Local Government reform in the 2013 Budget.

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