The Queensland Services Union wants a better look at the Mackay Regional Council’s new private consulting partnership.

The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) says the Direct Action plan is going to need a fair bit more work if it is to truly help communities.

The WA Opposition says a man central to the redefining of Perth’s council boundaries had some serious conflicts of interest.

A push is on to take a 0.05 per cent tax from big financial transactions instead of levying GST across the board.

In a move described as everything from a pork-barrelling to a sea-change, 250 Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) jobs will move from Canberra to Geelong.

The New South Wales Minerals Council says the industry cannot afford to cover coal trains to protect environmental and human health, and says fireplaces are a bigger risk anyway.

A new compensation scheme has been opened for NSW farmers, which will see the state opened up for new coal seam gas (CSG) mining licences.

Many big investors still consider climate change as a “load of rubbish” and a risk that they “don't need to think about”, one insider says.

Victorian authorities are looking into claims of corruption in the state’s Liberal Party.

Local Government NSW (LGNSW) is helping the state’s councils with their asbestos issues, as Federal assistance stops at the border.

The Victorian Local Governance Association has lodged its submission to the Victorian Local Government Electoral Review, seeking word on the state of some much-needed reforms.

WA councils say the State Government is ignoring a clear public safety issue, by failing to help when whale carcasses wash ashore.

One tropical council has banned future coal-seam gas projects amid fears it will affect water quality.

Monash University has undertaken a twenty-year running investigation into the health effects of the Hazelwood mine fire.

The Federal Government’s Green Army has been mobilised, and one of its first missions will see young unemployed people helping to restore the Tuggerah Lakes in New South Wales.

Five remote Queensland councils have formed a water alliance, joining forces to save money while keeping pace with changes in regulation and management.

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