Local government Archive

Report finds potential for fraud, corrupt practices, and misuse of position by Councillors in 32 of Victoria’s 79 Councils (8 November 2013)

An independent report by Victoria’s municipal watchdog, the Local Government Investigations and Compliance Inspectorate, into the use of ward funds by 32 of Victoria’s 79 councils has found that some councillors risk breaching the law. Victoria’s Minister for Local

Panel of Administrators appointed to Rural City of Wangaratta Council (30 October 2013)

Victoria’s Minister for Local Government, Mrs Jeanette Powell, has announced the appointment of a panel of administrators to lead the Rural City of Wangaratta Council until the 2016 municipal elections. The appointment follows the dismissal of the Wangaratta Council

Victoria’s 40 year planning strategy released, and ‘new’ Melbourne Planning Authority launched (14 October 2013)

AN independent body that will give advice to the State Government on planning matters was launched last week. The Melbourne Planning Authority has been created to implement Plan Melbourne – the Victorian State Government’s the new 40-year planning blueprint

Local government reform in Western Australia (14 October 2013)

Western Australia’s Local Government Minister, Mr Tony Simpson, has announced that local government reform is progressing strongly with merger proposals from 19 Western Australian metropolitan councils. Mr Simpson said the proposals were a key step in the Western Australian

Planning in Victoria: new Rural Zones aim for greater flexibility (17 August 2013)

Victoria’s Minister for Planning, Mr Matthew Guy, has approved the final stage of [planning] Zone Reforms by releasing the Government’s final Rural Zone proposals. Victoria’s six Rural Zones include the Farming Zone, Rural Living Zone, Rural Activities Zone, two

Mr Petro Georgiou to lead review of Victoria’s local government electoral system (14 August 2013)

Victoria’s Minister for Local Government, Ms Jeanette Powell, said the aim of the review is to deliver strong and effective local democracy and ensure councils continue to be responsible and accountable to their local communities across Victoria. Mrs Powell

Victoria’s reformed Residential Planning Zones take effect (3 July 2013).

Changes to Victoria’s urban planning framework take effect from 1 July 2013. These include reformed residential planning zones – the Residential Growth Zone, General Residential Zone and Neighbourhood Residential Zone – as well as changes to the existing Mixed

Planning system reform in Victoria: new commercial and industrial planning zones approved (3 July 2013)

Victoria’s Planning Minister, Mr Matthew Guy, has announced what he called “one of the most significant state economic reforms through the approval of the reformed Commercial and Industrial planning zones”. Mr Guy said that the commercial and industrial zones

Queensland planning reforms: State Assessment and Referral Agency launched (3 July 2013)

Queensland’s Acting Premier, Mr Jeff Seeney, has announced the launch of  State Assessment and Referral Agency (SARA) and a new approach to managing development applications. “My department is now the single point for state assessment or referral of these

Victoria: Government announces further reforms to land use planning zones (6 May 2013)

Victorian Planning Minister, Mr Matthew Guy, today released a package of reforms designed to provide significant new opportunities for ’employment land’ to be redeveloped to its highest and best use. “Five existing business zones will be consolidated into two