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It would be fair to say that there is generally a low take up of alternative dispute resolution methods, such as mediation, in the local government context. This could reflect concerns about the accountability and transparency of the process. It may just be a general...read more
In August 2017 the Federal Minister for Regional Development announced reforms to the Regional Development Australia (RDA) programme. This was in response to the findings and recommendations of the independent review of RDAs conducted in late 2016. This article looks...read more
In an earlier post we took an in depth look at the changes for management of Crown land by local councils. These changes will be introduced under the Crown Land Management Act 2016, which will come into full effect next year. We recommended that local councils would...read more
For many local councils and not-for- profits, a successful grant application can be the difference between a great idea getting off the ground or being shelved forever. With the State Government opening up significant funding opportunities under the Regional Growth...read more
Earlier this year the Sustainable Procurement Guide for local government was released by Local Government NSW. This Guide was developed in partnership with the NSW government and aims to drive sustainable procurement practices through the local government sector. With...read more
Many of our projects involve stakeholder or community engagement as a core element. From this experience, we have come up with our five top tips on how to get the most from your community during the engagement process: 1. Respect your community First and foremost,...read more
Earlier in the year the Federal government announced details of its Regional Jobs and Investment Packages. This will see $220 million invested into the regions across Australia. The aim of the programme is to diversify regional economies, stimulate long-term economic...read more
We have written previously about the proposed changes to community participation in the NSW planning system under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment Bill 2017 (the draft Planning Bill 2017). In this article we explore in more detail the proposal to...read more
In the budget this week, the Federal government announced the extension of the Building Better Regions Fund with an additional $200 million to be devoted to this program over the next four years. This takes the total fund up to $500 million. This is part of the...read more
Cemeteries and crematoria – Planning for death – Why do local councils need to take a strategic view?
Why do councils operate cemeteries and crematoria? Cemeteries and crematoria are an important, though often overlooked, component of a local council’s services. Is this because their existence is related to one of the certainties of life (i.e. death and taxes)? Or...read more
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