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President's column

THIS WEEK's COAG meeting will be discussing a range of important issues, not the least of which is the child sexual abuse inquiry and the implications for Local Government.

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Recyclables outlook continues to worsen

THE RIPPLES from China's waste import ban and the depressed recyclables market are continuing to spread, with further stockpiling of council collections a near inevitability.

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NSW councils 'need to lift reporting standards'

LOCAL Government in NSW is not doing enough to demonstrate competent service delivery to its constituents, says the state's Auditor-General.

Latest News

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Tasmanian voters offered up 'sweetened' TasWater deal

THE TASMANIAN Liberal Party has unveiled a 'sweetened' TasWater takeover plan it claims will advantage councils and save consumers around $110 a year on average.

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Support key to making cities more walkable and cyclable

COUNCILS must secure strong political and public support for walking and cycling to ensure the infrastructure they provide is better patronised, university researchers say.

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Mount Isa City Council calls for cheaper air travel

THE MOUNT Isa City Council says high-priced air travel is holding back efforts to attract new jobs and investment to Queensland's Gulf Country.

Regional voting changes under the microscope

THE GRATTAN Institute has published a paper looking at regional patterns of Australia's economy and population as part of a wider study of political fragmentation.

National Stronger Regions fund 'used as pork barrel'

FAIRFAX Media has claimed Coalition-held seats with high levels of socio-economic advantage have been major beneficiaries of the National Stronger Regions Fund.

News in brief

WEST AUSTRALIAN Premier Mark McGowan says a new independent board to improve the analysis and transparency of major state infrastructure projects will begin work next year.

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Tasmanian voters offered up 'sweetened' TasWater deal

THE TASMANIAN Liberal Party has unveiled a 'sweetened' TasWater takeover plan it claims will advantage councils and save consumers around $110 a year on average.

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Support key to making cities more walkable and cyclable

COUNCILS must secure strong political and public support for walking and cycling to ensure the infrastructure they provide is better patronised, university researchers say.

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Mount Isa City Council calls for cheaper air travel

THE MOUNT Isa City Council says high-priced air travel is holding back efforts to attract new jobs and investment to Queensland's Gulf Country.

Regional voting changes under the microscope

THE GRATTAN Institute has published a paper looking at regional patterns of Australia's economy and population as part of a wider study of political fragmentation.

National Stronger Regions fund 'used as pork barrel'

FAIRFAX Media has claimed Coalition-held seats with high levels of socio-economic advantage have been major beneficiaries of the National Stronger Regions Fund.

News in brief

WEST AUSTRALIAN Premier Mark McGowan says a new independent board to improve the analysis and transparency of major state infrastructure projects will begin work next year.

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