UK local government declared “major incident” as thousands ignore social distancing to flock to beach

Story By: Helene Fung, Picture Courtesy: Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole Council Thousands of people have ignored social distancing requirements and flocked to the beach at the beachside town of Bournemouth, causing the local council to declare a “major incident”, and urged people to leave the town. This happened on Thursday (local time), on the second…

Amendments to Local Government Act to support Covid-19 response

Local governments will be supported in new changes to legislation that will help them respond to the coronavirus crisis. The Local Government Act 1995 will be amended to assist councils deal with the COVID-19 outbreak, enabling them to be more agile to changing local conditions. The Local Government Amendment (COVID-19 Response) Bill 2020 amends the…

Landslide Victory For Pro-Democracy Parties In Hong Kong’s District Council Elections.

Picture Courtesy: TMHK/Frances Hui Hong Kong citizens have rejected the Pro-Beijing Parties at the ballot box yesterday, with Pro-Democracy won with a landslide victory at a scale never seen before. The election was held peacefully yesterday despite the city was overshadowed by months of demonstration, due to the embattled Carrie Lam Government’s relentless push for…

Kwinana Prepares For Music Concert Under The Stars

Kwinana will be hosting the Tianqi Lithium Symphony Spectacular performed by Perth Symphony Orchestra, returning on the 1st, December this year. The symphony will feature popular music themes such as Pharrell, James Bond, Nirvana and Metallica. The 55-piece orchestra will create an ultimate music experience for audiences in a friendly environment on Calista Oval from…

New individual suspension legislation for Local Governments

New legislation passed will now allow the Minister for Local Government to suspend or dismiss individual council members, as opposed to previously only being able to take action against an entire council. Council members who are failing to appropriately perform their duties and are affecting the local government’s ability to function effectively will face tougher…

UPDATE: Protests against Outer Harbour off Kwinana

Over 50 protesters gathered outside Cockburn City Council last night, demonstrating against the development of an outer harbour off Kwinana. Protest spokesperson, Tim Barlow, commented today on the result of the meeting. He said the result was surprising. “It was more than expected,” Mr Barlow said. A lot of protestors left the meeting thinking their…

Perth Lord Mayor & Councillors Suspended Immediately

Months of allegations and plenty of meetings finally lead to the eventual suspension of the City of Perth Council and Lord Mayor, as announced by Minister David Templeman. “The Councillors and the Lord Mayor of City of Perth are now suspended immediately. The operations and decision making of that council will now be made by…