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Sale of toll road should buy better public transport

Sale of toll road should buy better public transport

New South Wales’ sell off of the Sydney Motorway Corporation will help fund the final stage of the WestConnex Motorway but locals expect to see the windfall reinvested locally in public transport. Read more >

State Budget boosts local jobs

State Budget boosts local jobs

The Palaszczuk Government has announced the 2017-18 State Budget is giving regional Queensland a major boost with $200 million over two years earmarked for Works for Queensland program. Read more >

In transition

In transition Australia’s longest-lived mining city, Broken Hill, is now turning to tourism as a key economic driver.

Regions around the country are in economic transition and local governments are helping their communities to embrace economic diversity while building on regional strengths. Read more >

Go plastic free this July

Go plastic free this July Reusable coffee cups are an easy way to cut down on waste.

By 2050 it is estimated there will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans. To stop the waste, the nation is asked to make the pledge and be Plastic Free this July. Read more >

Capturing local history

Capturing local history Mayor Jack Dempsey discusses the project with Council Tourism Services Officer Ainsley Gatley (left) and Creative Regions Associate Producer Sasha Mackay in front of the Anglican Church of Christ.

Creative Regions is working with Bundaberg Regional Council to develop a history trail for the Bundaberg CBD area. Read more >

Looking ahead - President’s comment

Looking ahead - President’s comment Mayor David O’Loughlin ALGA President

The 2017-18 Federal Budget last month saw the government deliver on its promise to councils to restore indexation to Financial Assistance Grants (FAGs), worth around $836.5 million over the next four years – a good result for local government. Read more >

This month

In transition

Regions around the country are in economic transition and local governments are helping their communities to embrace economic diversity while building on regional strengths. Read more >


Editorial

Local governments across Australia breathed a collective sigh of relief on budget night as the Federal Government decided to reinstate local government Financial Assistance Grants (FAGs) indexation. Read more >


Go plastic free this July

By 2050 it is estimated there will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans. To stop the waste, the nation is asked to make the pledge and be Plastic Free this July. Read more >


Capturing local history

Creative Regions is working with Bundaberg Regional Council to develop a history trail for the Bundaberg CBD area. Read more >


Looking ahead - President’s comment

The 2017-18 Federal Budget last month saw the government deliver on its promise to councils to restore indexation to Financial Assistance Grants (FAGs), worth around $836.5 million over the next four years – a good result for local government. Read more >


‘Internet of Things’ creates smart park

Bins that alert the City when they are almost full, sensors that monitor weather and noise conditions and car parks that tell drivers if there are vacant spaces are part of a digital innovation trial being undertaken by the City of Joondalup in Western Australia to create Australia’s smartest park. Read more >


Increasing first aid training

Noosa Council celebrated Heart Week by promoting Walking Groups in Tewantin and Pomona and providing first aid training for 60 hardworking local volunteers. Read more >


Building community one dollar at a time

In a win-win for council and community, Cessnock City Council in New South Wales is matching funding for community projects dollar-for-dollar. Read more >


GivingBackathon prompts social change

The City of Armadale in Western Australia has hosted its inaugural GivingBackathon to design solutions for social problems. Read more >


Bruce Highway – an economic, technical and political dilemma - The Good Oil by Rod Brown

The Bruce Highway is Queensland’s major north-south road corridor, connecting key centres from Brisbane to Cairns over 1700 hair-raising kilometres. Read more >


Fresh take on mental wellbeing

Breaking the silence and starting conversations about mental health in an innovative program titled FRESHminds has earned Sunshine Coast Council special recognition from Local Government Managers Australia. Read more >


Councillor profiles - Mayor Julie Low District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula, South Australia

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How to move a library

The Armidale War Memorial Library moved premises recently, which involved relocating 84,000 items. Read more >


Councillor profiles - Mayor Lachlan Clyne City of Unley, South Australia

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Men’s discussion group proves a winner

A Men’s Discussion Group in Knox City Council is helping to form connections and friendships between older men in the area. Read more >


Photo competition drives local pride

Residents of Aurukun Shire Council in Queensland have celebrated the people and places they most love about their region. Read more >


Show must go on

In the midst of the clean up after Cyclone Debbie, Whitsunday Regional Council has stepped in to ensure the local Annual Proserpine Show will go ahead. Read more >


Diversity standard seeking feedback

The Australian Standard for Welcoming Cities is open for consultation and feedback until 30 June. Read more >


CCTV improves community safety

Broome Shire Council has undertaken a significant CCTV project to improve safety across the region. Read more >


Heading towards zero

Mornington Peninsula Shire in Victoria has plans to become a national leader on road safety. Read more >


Setting new records*

Records and information management in local council is not often renowned for innovation. Read more >


Moving to activity based working

Northern Grampians Shire Council is one of only a handful of local governments that has embraced Activity Based Working (ABW). Read more >


Welcoming visitors an economic boon

The City of Adelaide’s innovative approach to welcoming Chinese visitors to the city has been recognised at a local government awards ceremony. Read more >