Archived News for Professionals in Local Government - October, 2014
The West Australian Local Government Association says forced mergers will cost councils from $4.1 to $7.2 million per amalgamation, and the State should step in to help.
There is concern over big gaps in government reports on how often Australians' private internet and phone records have been accessed by law-enforcement, and one city council is becoming the poster child.
The Bureau of Meteorology has released the Australian Groundwater Explorer - a new online groundwater data tool that gives a comprehensive picture of Australia's groundwater resources.
Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce has released a green paper on agricultural competitiveness, listing 27 dams and irrigation projects that may warrant Commonwealth involvement.
Governments representing about 40 per cent of the global economy are negotiating against the interests of freedom, universal health and human rights – and the private talks on peoples’ future will soon continue in Australia.
Local governments typically have the greatest power to directly influence lives, and some councils are using that connection to help lift residents out of poverty.