Archived News for Professionals in Local Government - June, 2013
Victoria’s Local Government elections in 2012 were marred by poor voter turnout and political bad behaviour, now the Local Governance Association has released their report on what went wrong.
A new regional competitiveness index has been launched, collating detailed information on the strengths and weaknesses of many local governments and regional shires.
The Federal Minister for Regional Services, Local Communities and Territories, Catherine King has announced more funding is available for remote and isolated airstrips to get a facelift.
Queensland is reopening the Somerset Spillway Common which had been closed since sustaining damage in the 2011 floods, and is unveiling a plan to transform the Somerset region's network of dams into a natural tourism attraction.
The Commonwealth is sending $150 Million in new funding to local governments to improve community infrastructure, because as Minister Anthony Albanese puts it, “local councils are better positioned than the Commonwealth to establish local priorities for community developments.”
The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) is out with its 2013-14 State of the Regions Report. And it is calling on the Commonwealth to help local governments mitigate against costly natural disasters.
Australia knows global warming better than most other countries, especially after the hottest January ever. Sydney aims to lead the country in solving the problems that cause global warming.
Lehman Brothers Holdings in America is blocking Lehman’s Australian unit from paying its creditors including Local governments, churches and charities as much as $225 Million.
The University of Melbourne is announcing the launch of the new Melbourne School of Government (MSoG), which it hopes will provide the Asia Pacific’s next crop of political leaders.
72 New South Wales councils will share in $38.7 million in State Government funding to help them improve resource recovery, tackle waste and improve their local environment.
The Victorian Government has announced red tape cuts which it says will deliver a streamlined approval process to the delivery of major projects throughout the state.