There have been no fond goodbyes after the former leader of the South Australian Liberals changed sides this week.

Department officials have been asked to to explain how a $1 billion cut to increases in council payments will affect regional Australia, and some are less-than-happy with the answer.

A South Australian mayor is facing three charges of illegal land clearing, after he knocked down a large tract to lease for farming.

Victorian councils are trying to resuscitate a referendum the Abbott Government says is dead.

The Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) has lodged its appeal against a Supreme Court decision on the way councils can charge rates.

Rural doctors say the proposed Medicare co-payment will add an extra weight to their already over-burdened shoulders.

The man in charge of enhancing the stormwater systems of regional West Australian communities says local councils need to plan for future water needs.

A huge flood began in Victoria this week but luckily, it was intentional.

A grassroots group supporting Australian workers and industries has unveiled new products to keep energy costs down for small operations.

China has given its local governments a small power boost, letting them sell and repay their own bonds for the first time.

Some Victorian Councils are concerned that a new website for comparing rates and other performance measures will make certain regions look bad.

The architect of Australia’s significant education funding reforms has lamented their deterioration, just a few years after being put in place.

Some West Australian councils are now considering legal action over their forced merger.

The Federal Government’s inquiry into the economic future of the northern half of Australia has been touring the region, talking to various groups about the path to a successful tomorrow.

As the tough federal budget continues to take a bashing, a new report may show how government businesses can find some more room to move.

The Federal Environment Minister has defended his decision to give state governments more power over mining approvals.

Community complaints have forced one mining company to check for contaminated water near its Bendigo mine site.

The Federal Government says it will review a draft World Heritage Committee decision, which rejects an application to delist some Tasmanian forests.

Many rue the idea of having to leave the comfort and convenience of urban living for work in regional areas, with many having to be paid considerably more to “go rural”.

Comcare, the workers’ compensation insurance body, has put out a handy tool to help reduce the psychological damage of rapidly changing workplaces.

Very few have escaped the cost-cutting blade in the latest federal Budget, and Local Government assistance appears to be another victim.

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