Western Australia’s first Development Assessment Panel (DAP) has met in Broome.

Planning Minister John Day said the first meeting of the Kimberley Development Assessment Panel was an important milestone in the State Government’s planning reform agenda.

“This is a significant chapter in WA’s development - Development Assessment Panels streamline processes previously hindered by red tape, which can result in costly delays to development,” he said.

The Victorian Government has announced the formation of the interim Local Government Ministerial-Mayors Advisory Panel (MMAP) with the appointment of five mayors drawn from the five council groupings in the state.

A discussion paper on whether local government should be recognised in the Australian Constitution has been released by the Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Local Government for public consultation.

Bond University’s Institute of Sustainable Development & Architecture - has just completed a study that shows how ‘green buildings’, are not only good for the environment; they’re also good for the people working in them.

A consortium of environmental groups, community groups and government agencies headed by the Sunshine Coast Council has been awarded the prestigious 2011 Australian National Riverprize.

The Queensland State Government has announced an ambitious $14.3 million project to provide long-term flood protection for Charleville, in the state's south.

The Queensland Government has unveiled an $8.4 million spending package for Natural Resource Management (NRM) groups and local councils across the state to assist in the recovery of flood damaged waterways.

The Western Australian Government has questioned the growing number of uncontested vacancies within the state’s local government system, finding that 42 of the state’s 138 local governments will not hold an election because of lack of competition, with a further 7 councils having unfilled positions.

Four Adelaide councils have taken out the top honours at the prestigious South Australian 2011 Excellence in Stormwater Awards.

In a submission to the Underwood Review, the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) outlined its argument for a simpler “new generation” planning system with an eye to reduce cost and time consumption.

 Melbourne’s City of Boroondara’s Waste and Recycling Centre has been named Australia’s best at the 2011 National Transfer Stations Excellence Awards.

The United Nations has lauded South Australia’s waste management systems, describing the state’s efforts as international best practice.

The Queensland State Government as announced $13 million in funding for new or upgraded waste management infrastructure for councils in the state.

The Tasmanian State Government has announced a review into the number of councillors in two southern councils.

The largest floodplain mapping initiative in Queensland's history – built on the latest technology and supported by both new and historic data - is underway.

Victoria’s Auditor-General has issued a report assessing the effectiveness of councils in business planning and budgeting for major capital works and recurrent services of four major councils.

New South Wales’ Division of Local Government has exposed systemic bias in the employment practices in councils across the state.

The National Water Commission has released its assessment of water reform progress in Australia, calling on governments to stay the distance on their reform commitments.

The South Australian Government has published a major update to the state’s Strategic Plan.

The Productivity Commission has released an issues paper for the study on Business Regulation Benchmarking: Role of Local Government  to assist interested parties and citizens in preparing submissions to the Commission.

The Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities has launched the four-week consultation period for the Product Stewardship (Televisions and Computers) Regulations exposure draft.

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