Topic: Local government

New Geelong Council A Step Closer Despite Liberal Lies

The Legislative Assembly has passed the City of Greater Geelong Amendment Bill 2017, bringing the Geelong Citizens Jury’s recommendations one step closer to being implemented. The Bill, which passed the Legislative Assembly on Thursday, despite being opposed by the Liberals and Nationals, will implement the council structure the Geelong community wants if it passes the […]

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Helping Councils Become More Environmentally Friendly

The Andrews Labor Government is making it easier for local councils to reduce their carbon footprint by choosing more environmentally friendly suppliers. Minister for Local Government Natalie Hutchins today announced funding for a group of councils to trial a system that will help council’s choose greener suppliers. Melbourne City Council received $32,500 to work with […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Local Government

Better Supporting Our Regional Councils

The Andrews Labor Government is allocating $1 million to develop a Regional and Rural Council Sustainability Program, so regional Victorians can benefit from stronger local governments. The Minister for Local Government Natalie Hutchins announced the program at the Rural Councils Victoria conference today. As part of the Victorian Budget 2017-18, the fund will co-operatively develop […]

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Giving Geelong The Council It Wants

The Andrews Labor Government is getting on with delivering the council structure the Geelong community wants. Minister for Local Government Natalie Hutchins will this week introduce the City of Greater Geelong Amendment Bill 2017 into the Victorian Parliament. The Bill implements the structure recommended by the Geelong Citizen’s Jury, with the new structure to be […]

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Of Course We’re Tackling Gorse (And Other Weeds)

The Andrews Labor Government continues to support rural and regional councils in managing weeds along Victorian roadsides. The Victorian Budget 2017-18 provides $5.39 million for local councils to manage roadside weeds and pests. This includes $2.66 million for the 2017-18 financial year, with a further $2.73 million for 2018-19. Roadsides can be a breeding ground […]

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Women To Take The Lead In Councils

Minister for Local Government Natalie Hutchins has used a speech to the Australian Local Government Women’s Association to encourage women in Victorian councils to make the most of leadership opportunities. Speaking at the annual women mayors event, Ms Hutchins urged female leaders to support other women working in local government and encourage them to take […]

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Councils Taking Action For Greener Vehicle Fleets

Minister for Local Government Natalie Hutchins has announced $33,200 for a program led by Nillumbik Shire Council to develop a plan for more environmentally friendly vehicle fleets. Nillumbik received the funding to work with Darebin City, Manningham City, Moreland City and Yarra City councils to conduct a feasibility study to assess how emissions from their […]

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New Program To Boost Women’s Leadership In Local Government

Minister for Local Government, Natalie Hutchins has today launched a new mentoring program designed to encourage more women to seek election and provide support to women in local government. The Andrews Labor Government provided $20,000 to the Australian Local Government Women’s Association (ALGWA) for a mentoring program to encourage and support women elected to their […]

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Grants Available To Stamp Out Illegal Graffiti

Victorian councils can now apply for grants of up to $25,000 to work with their communities to prevent graffiti vandalism. Minister for Police Lisa Neville announced the latest round of grants this morning in front of an iconic 345-square-metre street art project on Fitzroy’s Fry’s Storage building. Featuring some of Australia’s most iconic street artists […]

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Local Government Mayoral Advisory Panel Selected

Minister for Local Government Natalie Hutchins has unveiled the make-up of her third Local Government Mayoral Advisory Panel. Thirteen Mayors have been selected for the panel and will meet with Ms Hutchins four times in 2017. The Mayors will provide advice on a wide range of matters of interest to the local government sector, including […]

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