Brisbane councillor Margaret de Wit has been elected as the new Local Government Association of Queensland, tipping Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O’Connell in a secret ballot.

Former Chief of the Australian Defence Force (ADF), Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, has been appointed to the Defence SA Advisory Board.

The Queensland Government has welcomed the Local Government Association of Queensland’s (LGAQ) decision to back uranium mining in the State.

Whirehaven Coal’s Maules Creek Coal Project has been granted approval by the New South Wales Planning Assessment Commission, subject to what it calls ‘stringent conditions’.

North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation (NQBP) has announced the release of the Abbot Point Voluntary Cumulative Impact Assessment (CIA), which it believes is the first collaborative study of its kind undertaken in Australia.

The New South Wales Government has announced it introduce a strengthened code of conduct covering councillors and council employees across the State’s 152 local government areas.

The South Australian Government has announced work has begun on the $439 million Snowtown II site.

The Tasmanian Government has announced the state’s first sea level allowances and statewide coastal inundation mapping in a bid to offset the effects of shifting sea levels.

The Tasmanian Government has tabled legislation before State Parliament that will establish a single, statewide water and sewerage corporation.

The Western Australian Government has upped  work on the State’s five-year Healthy Rivers action Plan (HRAP), following the planting of two million native seedlings along the Swan Canning Riverpark area.

The newly minted Northern Territory Government has outlined its key priorities for the coming months, with Chief Minister Terry Mills saying a number of key reforms are on the agenda.

Qantas’ CEO, Alan Joyce, has announced it will invest $30 million to upgrade its heavy maintenance facilities in Brisbane.

Oil and petroleum giant BP has announced it has started work on the construction of the $20 million expansion of its Largs North Terminal.

The Queensland Government has announced it will convene a three-member implementation committee to oversee the recommencement of uranium mining in the state.

The South Australian Government has welcomed the breaking of the political deadlock that will allow for the progression of the nationally harmonised Work Health and Safety legislation.

The Tasmanian Government has announced it is seeking almost $900 million for 22 strategic infrastructure projects in its latest submission to the Federal Government’s Nation Building 2 Program (NB2).

CommSec has released its highly anticipated quarterly State of the States report, with Western Australia declared the shining star of the Australian economy, coming either 1st or 2nd out of seven of the eight key indicators.

The South Australian Government has released a new literacy and numeracy discussion paper, saying it is an important step towards creating consistency in programs taught across the state’s schools.

The Productivity Commission has published a draft report that has found that regulation and ownership arrangements of electricity networks ‘require overhaul’ to create a more consumer-orientated energy market.

The South Australian Government has announced the formation of a parliamentary inquiry into the possible use of solar thermal energy.

The Tasmanian Government has introduced legislation that will implement the key public service reform recommendations of the George O’Farrell review.

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