Donnybrook-Balingup councillors resign, state government set to intervene

Donnybrook-Balingup councillors resign, state government set to intervene

A regional Western Australian town has been left without a council after more than half the elected members stood down. Key points: More than half of the Donnybrook-Balingup council has resigned A councillor claims elected members and staff were targeted by “bullying” and “intimidatory behaviour” It is possible the entire council could  be dissolved Five out of … Read more

Riverina’s Hay Plains fill with floodwater to form inland sea at Booligal

Riverina’s Hay Plains fill with floodwater to form inland sea at Booligal

The flattest place in the Southern Hemisphere is turning into a vast inland sea as floodwater from two major river systems and months of rain transform the landscape. Key points: Floodwater from the Lachlan and Murrumbidgee rivers, along with persistent rain, have created an inland sea on the Hay Plains Families are being split apart due to numerous … Read more

Dog attacks in NSW blamed on irresponsible breeders, COVID-19 lockdown

Dog attacks in NSW blamed on irresponsible breeders, COVID-19 lockdown

More than 1,000 dog attacks were reported across New South Wales in three months, with the high figure attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic and irresponsible breeders. Key points: There were 1,150 dog attacks reported across NSW between April and June Blacktown local governman area had the highest number of attacks with 81 A dog behaviourist says COVID-19 lockdowns … Read more

Unsuccessful City of Adelaide lord mayoral candidate Rex Patrick raises concerns over suspected illegal voter activity

Unsuccessful City of Adelaide lord mayoral candidate Rex Patrick raises concerns over suspected illegal voter activity

A candidate who unsuccessfully ran for Adelaide lord mayor at the South Australian local government elections has raised concerns with the electoral commissioner over allegations of illegal voter activity. Key points: Jane Lomax-Smith has been provisionally elected Adelaide Lord Mayor Rex Patrick says alleged voting irregularities could have affected the close result The electoral commissioner says ballots were checked … Read more

Vancouver council prioritizes hiring police officers, psychiatric nurses to tackle prolific crime

Vancouver council prioritizes hiring police officers, psychiatric nurses to tackle prolific crime

Police officers block off East Hastings Street at the scene of a police involved shooting in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, on July 30.DARRYL DYCK/The Canadian Press Vancouver’s new council will have as a first priority the hiring of 100 new police officers and 100 new psychiatric nurses that was central to its successful election … Read more

Safe cycling is a necessity in cost-of-living crisis London

Safe cycling is a necessity in cost-of-living crisis London

A s a resident of Kensington & Chelsea, I was really pleased to see that Centre for London recommends — in a report commissioned by the council — installing cycle lanes on Kensington High Street. With the protected bike lane in 2020, I noticed a surge in cycling including more women and children. I also … Read more

As Toronto’s renter population grows, a majority-homeowner city council sparks concerns

As Toronto’s renter population grows, a majority-homeowner city council sparks concerns

Condo towers dot the Toronto skyline on Jan. 28, 2021. According to 2021 census data released last month, 48.1 per cent of the city’s residents live in rental housing.Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press The current crop of Toronto city councillors is more white and more male than the citizens they govern. But there’s also a less … Read more

At large or ward elections?

At large or ward elections?

It has been 20 years since Niagara Falls adopted an at-large system of electing city councillors. And after two decades, there remains a debate as to whether it has proven to be successful. Supporters of the at-large system, which sees the top eight vote recipients, plus the successful mayoral candidate, win a seat around the … Read more

Brisbane City Council releases new Flood Information Online tool

Brisbane City Council releases new Flood Information Online tool

The overland water flows responsible for unexpectedly flooding thousands of homes in February this year have been added to a new flood map for Brisbane.  Key points: Brisbane City Council’s new Flood Information Online tool is live It includes mapping of 2022 flooding A competition encouraging people to download Brisbane’s weather app has been extended … Read more

Apartheid-era South African flag removed from Cooma display after years of backlash

Apartheid-era South African flag removed from Cooma display after years of backlash

A New South Wales council is set to replace an apartheid-era South African flag after community backlash and pleas from the country’s officials. Key points: The old flag was flown in Cooma from 1959 as part of a historical display about the Snowy Hydro Scheme The South African High Commission has been calling for the council … Read more