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National assembly Delegates respond to the address by Mark Coulton MP

Canberra was host to almost 900 mayors, councillors and chief executive officers last month at the 25th annual National General Assembly of Local Government (NGA) hosted once again by the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA), the sector’s national peak body. Read more >

TurtleCare volunteers make a world of difference

TurtleCare volunteers make a world of difference Volunteers like Carolyn Ufer work tirelessly to save the critically endangered Loggerhead Turtle, ensuring as many hatchlings survive to increase their breeding population.

Sunshine Coast, Queensland, has more than 1500 local volunteers who have so far this year donated over 15,000 hours of their valuable time and skills towards Council’s volunteering program. Read more >

World heritage secured for Budj Bim

World heritage secured for Budj Bim Budj Bim joins the Great Barrier Reef, Sydney Opera House and Kakadu National Park to be Australia’s 20th icon on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Photograph courtesy Visit Victoria.

The protection of one of Australia’s most important indigenous cultural sites has been secured with this month’s historic UNESCO World Heritage listing. Read more >

No warning for Levy hike – President’s comment

No warning for Levy hike – President’s comment Local Government Association of South Australia President, Mayor Sam Telfer

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Local businesses urged to reduce waste to landfill

Commercial waste charges will rise with Queensland Government’s waste levy, effective since 1 July, but will not impact households.


Local businesses can expect to pay more for kerbside waste collection and waste disposal at landfill and transfer stations.

Burdekin Shire Mayor, Lyn McLaughlin, said the new levy would apply to all types of waste that ends up in landfill (unless specific exclusions apply) and that Council would be responsible for the collection and payment of the levy to the State Government.

“This new Queensland waste levy will have no direct impact on the costs incurred by local households, as Council will receive an annual advance payment from the State Government to reimburse us for these costs.

“However the charge for a standard commercial 240 litre bin will rise by about $47 a year.”

The Queensland waste levy will be applied to all commercial and industrial waste that is disposed in the landfill. This includes kerbside bins and self-haul taken to transfer stations or landfill.

It will be charged at $75/tonne (ex GST) for general waste and will be charged in addition to the usual council fees charged at the transfer station and landfill facilities. Higher levies apply for regulated wastes.

The Mayor said Burdekin businesses were being encouraged to reduce their levy liability by reducing waste and taking the time
to sort and recycle.

“Not only is recycling good for the environment, it’s good economics.

“Burdekin residents can already dispose of a range of items for free at our waste management facilities. To be eligible, all waste must be sorted and separated into different waste categories prior to disposal.” 

Fresh food returns to Coonalpyn

Fresh food returns to Coonalpyn The Heart Foundation is joining forces with Council in a bid to improve health outcomes in the Coorong district.

An innovative new partnership project being delivered by the Coorong District Council, South Australia (SA), will bring weekly deliveries of fruit, vegetables and meat back to Coonalpyn residents for the first time since the local supermarket was closed in 2010. Read more >

This month

National assembly

Canberra was host to almost 900 mayors, councillors and chief executive officers last month at the 25th annual National General Assembly of Local Government (NGA) hosted once again by the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA), the sector’s national peak body. Read more >


Editorial

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TurtleCare volunteers make a world of difference

Sunshine Coast, Queensland, has more than 1500 local volunteers who have so far this year donated over 15,000 hours of their valuable time and skills towards Council’s volunteering program. Read more >


World heritage secured for Budj Bim

The protection of one of Australia’s most important indigenous cultural sites has been secured with this month’s historic UNESCO World Heritage listing. Read more >


No warning for Levy hike – President’s comment

Read more >


Local businesses urged to reduce waste to landfill

Commercial waste charges will rise with Queensland Government’s waste levy, effective since 1 July, but will not impact households. Read more >


Fresh food returns to Coonalpyn

An innovative new partnership project being delivered by the Coorong District Council, South Australia (SA), will bring weekly deliveries of fruit, vegetables and meat back to Coonalpyn residents for the first time since the local supermarket was closed in 2010. Read more >


Threatened species added to the list

Northern Corroboree Frogs, Swift Parrots, Regent Honeyeaters and two species of rare orchids are now listed as ‘critically endangered’ in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) to align with national listings. Read more >


Keeping track of assets

Central Highlands Regional Council, Queensland, is investing $2.1 million in an ongoing physical asset condition program. Read more >


Red Tape cut from tendering processes*

THE CouncilWise local government software and support business has been approved by Queensland’s Local Buy platform, opening up significant new opportunities for the Tasmanian based information technology (IT) company. Read more >


Food, glorious food - The Good Oil by Rod Brown

Food and tourism are the cornerstones of many regional economies, so it makes sense to chase development opportunities where the two sectors intersect. Read more >


Toodyay celebrates with its first mural

A new inclusive changing places building, built in the Shire of Toodyay, Western Australia, is the site of the town’s first mural. Read more >


Taiwan visit presents international opportunities

Redlands Coast businesses were on the global smart cities stage as part of a Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) delegation to Taiwan led by Redland City Mayor Karen Williams. Read more >


Environmental grants benefit local groups

Nineteen local groups will receive just under $340,000 through the latest distribution of Coffs Harbour City Council, New South Wales, Environmental Levy funding. Read more >


Hobart International Public Works Conference*

IPWEA presents two conferences in one 25-29 August, 2019 Read more >


Councillor profiles - Mayor Lucinda Congreve Brimbank City Council

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Councillor profiles - Mayor Ron Ismay Hindmarsh Shire Council

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Partnership righting environmental wrongs

The first of more than 47,000 native trees, shrubs and ground cover plants has gone in as part of efforts to revegetate 26 hectares of the important Franklin Vale Creek catchment. Read more >


High Achiever - John Lac, Co-ordinator of Engineering Assets Ku-ring-gai Council

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High Achiever - Margaret Diebert, Manager Operational Facilities Liverpool City Council

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Dual names recognise Aboriginal heritage

The City of Melville, Western Australia, is mid-way through installing nine new dual name signs at five places of Aboriginal heritage significance. Read more >


Welcome to Sun Country’s Discovery Weekend

In a novel approach to tourism local residents of Moira Shire, Victoria, will be the targeted guests in the upcoming Discovery Weekend being held on 27 and 28 July at tourist spots right across the shire. Read more >


How Coca-Cola Amatil leveraged its ‘People Solutions’*

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New funding cycle, new strategy*

The Federal Election is over and we are now at the start of a three year Australian Government funding cycle. Read more >


Homelessness outreach program awarded

A homelessness outreach program has netted Inner West Council the Community Partnerships and Collaboration Award at the New South Wales Local Government Excellence Awards. Read more >


Hunt for country doctor gets a boost

The District Council of Kimba’s push to attract a permanent general practitioner is set to reach a wider audience thanks to a $20,000 cash injection from the South Australian Government. Read more >


Have your say in review of 10 years of emergency management reform*

The Inspector-General for Emergency Management (IGEM) invites individuals and organisations to contribute to the review of 10 years of emergency management reform. Read more >