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Students protect migratory shore birds

Students protect migratory shore birds Abbotsford students show Mayor Helen McCaffrey the signage featuring their artwork, at the launch of the Dog Saves Bird campaign at Hen and Chicken Bay.

The NSW City of Canada Bay Mayor Helen McCaffrey has commended the efforts of Abbotsford Public School students who have provided the artwork for a series of environmental awareness signs as part of the Dog Saves Bird campaign. Read more >

Road funding reform must include local government says WSROC

Road funding reform must include local government says WSROC Image by Tim J Keegan via Flickr.

The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has called for the Australian Government to review the way local roads are funded as part of its infrastructure funding reform. Read more >

92 businesses participate in award winning project

92 businesses participate in award winning project

Ninety-two businesses across New South Wales have signed up to participate in this coming year's Free Cuppa for the Driver scheme. Read more >

Emergency housing a welcome early Christmas gift

Emergency housing a welcome early Christmas gift

Isaac and the Central Highlands Regional Councils have announced a timely joint commitment to advocate for better affordable housing followed closely by the news that 31 houses in the area will be donated to the Salvation Army by rail freight operator Aurizon. Read more >

Smart and smarter

Smart and smarter

Australian cities and regions – such as the Hunter in New South Wales – are becoming part of a global push to become technologically smarter. Read more >

New Evocities chair and spokesperson

New Evocities chair and spokesperson The Evocities campaign aims to change perceptions of life in a regional city.

The Mayor of AlburyCity has been announced as the new chair of Evocities, a campaign encouraging metropolitan residents to move to one of seven regional cities in New South Wales. Read more >

This month

Smart and smarter

Australian cities and regions – such as the Hunter in New South Wales – are becoming part of a global push to become technologically smarter. Read more >


Editorial

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New Evocities chair and spokesperson

The Mayor of AlburyCity has been announced as the new chair of Evocities, a campaign encouraging metropolitan residents to move to one of seven regional cities in New South Wales. Read more >


Tidy towns in the Territory

West Arnhem Regional Council (WARC) has once again been recognised as a leader in environmental sustainability at the 2016 Territory Tidy Towns Awards ceremony. Read more >


Coffee cups spread anti-violence message

To coincide with White Ribbon Day, the City of Melton ran a Coffee Cup Campaign encouraging residents to reject violence against women. Read more >


Diversity celebrated across Victoria

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Aggression will not be tolerated

Tweed Shire Council has spoken out against aggression directed at Council staff. Read more >


Coastal attraction

Four local governments in mid-west Western Australia have brought together diverse stakeholders to increase visitor numbers to the coastal area. Read more >


Books in unexpected nooks

Gold Coast City Council is taking books to the people in an effort to promote the benefits of reading. Read more >


Swimming upstream made easy

Ipswich City Council recently became home to Queensland’s longest ‘fish ladder’ to help native fish swim upstream. Read more >


Solar funding secured

Wodonga Council has secured a grant to conduct a feasibility study into developing a large-scale solar farm. Read more >


The New BRR Fund underwhelms at $75 million/year - The Good Oil by Rod Brown

The Stronger Regions Fund has morphed into the Building Better Regions Fund (BRRF), and the new guidelines were released in late November. Read more >


Getting involved on Australia Day*

Bring your community together this Australia Day with the Australian Citizenship Affirmation. Read more >


Mapping made easy

Tweed Shire Council in New South Wales has introduced improved mapping tools, providing easy-to-access information for residents and businesses. Read more >


Making a splash

The City of Stirling in Western Australia has plans to create an iconic beachfront destination, starting with a new outdoor pool. Read more >


Fighting food insecurity

As part of the recent Anti-Poverty Week, residents of the City of Darwin donated almost 279kg of groceries to Foodbank NT. Read more >


New life for sand mining site

Through a voluntary planning agreement, Sutherland Shire Council in New South Wales is helping to address demand for housing and maintain valuable open space. Read more >


Record number of female mayors

At Victorian local government elections in October there was a significant increase in the number of female councillors elected, including a record number of mayors. Read more >


Councillor profiles - Councillor Cynthia Axford, Mayor District Council of Barunga West, South Australia

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Councillor profiles - Councillor Bruce Green, Mayor, Cit of Port Lincoln, South Australia

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Fully licensed beach an Australian first

Western Australia has come of age with Australia’s first ever liquor licence for alfresco beach dining granted to Bathers Beach House in Fremantle. Read more >


New guide for increasing accessibility in local government

The guide is available for councils to provide improved support for people with a disability. Read more >


Crash card

A card that logs motorcyclists’ details, produced by Hornsby Shire Council, is now being rolled out across New South Wales. Read more >


Recognition for traditional owners

Ballina Shire Council’s interpretive signage project is helping to fortify the relationship with the local Aboriginal community. Read more >


Council’s high achievers - Rebecca Want de Rowe, Alderman, the City of Darwin, Northern Territory

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Council’s high achievers - Waste Management Team Central Desert Regional Council, Northern Territory

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