Lobby groups say the Federal Government’s focus on Northern Australia could reinvigorate their campaign for the Urannah Dam in North Queensland.

A respected hydrologist has told New South Wales farmers that they have nothing to fear from coal seam gas (CSG) operations in the Pilliga forest.

The WA Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) will work with the Royal Automobile Club of WA (RAC) on an investigation of the true cost of traffic congestion in Perth.

The Australian agriculture sector remains one of the highest-risk places to work, and authorities are holding special events to try to reduce the toll.

A commission of inquiry will investigate the former Queensland LNP government's closure of the Barrett Adolescent Centre in Brisbane, and the subsequent deaths of three high-risk teenagers.

The stoush in the Federal Government over the approval of a massive coal mine in New South Wales continues, and it appears no one wants to take responsibility for granting the green light.

The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) will not rest in its quest to fix the Financial Assistance Grants scheme.

Environment Minister Greg Hunt has approved the huge – and hugely contentious – Shenhua Watermark coal mine in New South Wales, sparking outrage from his colleague Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce.

The Queensland Government will hand down its Budget next week, and councils want to make sure they are not brushed-over.

Councils in country Victoria are facing a review of their operations and viability by the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC).

There are claims this week that mental health patients in rural and regional areas could wait months to see psychologists, due to problems with the Government's new Primary Health Networks (PHNs).

Independent Queensland Senator Glenn Lazarus has threatened to grab the Prime Minister Tony Abbott's genitals if he does not limit coal seam gas (CSG) exploration.

Researchers have found significant levels of prescription drugs in water samples from Sydney Harbour.

The Federal Government finally released its long-awaited Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper over the weekend, which includes hundreds of millions of dollar set aside for new dams, roads and other infrastructure.

Research shows one in seven New South Wales children are now living in poverty.

Councils nationwide are celebrating the ALP's proposal to direct revenue from the first two years of the fuel excise indexation, about $1.1 billion, towards additional Roads to Recovery funding.

Many New South Wales councils have refused to put forward merger proposals by the State Government’s June 30 deadline, and are outraged at a lack of consultation.

There is push on for Victoria’s Latrobe City Council to mark itself as a strong advocate of same-sex marriage.

The United Nations' World Heritage Committee will not place the Great Barrier Reef on its “in danger” list.

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