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A twice-weekly bulletin of the major stories from the world of local government in Australia, brought to you by the Victorian Local Governance Association.
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2nd May 2021 (#17)

2nd May 2021 (#17)

2021-05-0112:26

In this episode:A review announced into the culture of local government in Victoria;Funding for Victorian Councils to employ staff to work with business on COVID Safe practices;A trial of e-scooters on the way;A CEO resign, another loses an unfair dismissal case, and yet another is appointed in a big week of senior executive news;And the NSW Council saying no to Netflix.Links:1. Cultural review of Victorian local government2. Funding for business concierge staff3. E-scooter trial this year4. Baw Baw LED streetlight rollout5. Mike Hill Fellowship launched6. Hume wants more info on quarantine proposal7. Greater Hamilton Digital and Smart Agriculture Festival8. Surf Coast green lights $39M aquatic and health centre9. VLGA employment opportunity10. Adelaide CEO Mark Goldstone resigns11. Suppression order lifted on Logan unfair dismissal case12. Northern Beaches wants shark nets removed13. Byron Bay Shire says no to Netflix - see Mayoral Minute 8.214. Fremantle Oval plan gets go-ahead from Council15. Kiama Council appoints Jane Stroud as CEO16. Logan councillor reprimanded, Deputy Mayor reelected17. Resilient Australia Awards open for 202118. Extension to Ministers' Awards for Women in LG NSW19. UK Council loses court bid to stay online20. 'No Mow May' in Rochester21. Silent Town Crier Championships in BritainThe Local Government News Roundup is brought to you by the Victorian Local Governance Association. VLGA Membership is available for all Councils, plus there are Associate Business membership and Associate Individual memberships available. Check out www.vlga.org.au for more details.
28th April 2021 (#16)

28th April 2021 (#16)

2021-04-2714:23

In this bulletin:The loss of jobs from a phase out of native timber logging quantified;The launch of a campaign to Fix the Calder;A new addition to a popular regional Victorian tourism attraction;A CEO's suspension lifted, and a public inquiry into financial management at a NSW Council.Plus, a look at the new Drought Resilience Hub concept from a Gippsland perspective, and lots more from around the world of local government.Links:1. Job losses from phase out of native timber logging2. Fix the Calder campaign3. New addition to silo art trail4. New artworks launch in Horsham5. Recycled glass asphalt trial in Greater Shepparton6. VLGA Leading the Agenda7. Drought Resilience Hub announced; Gippsland welcomes chance to be node leader8. Public inquiry for Central Coast council9. Kalgoorlie-Boulder CEO reinstated10. Queensland Auditor General report on financial health of Councils11. Heritage Council NSW committee applications12. LGNZ welcomes review of local government13. Nebraska cap on property tax blocked14. Glasgow joins Circular Cities NetworkThe Local Government News Roundup is brought to you by the Victorian Local Governance Association, your go-to organisation for governance news, knowledge and training. Subscribe to the VLGA Connect series of interviews and panel discussions on YouTube or your preferred podcast app.
25th April 2021 (#15)

25th April 2021 (#15)

2021-04-2515:55

In this bulletin:A new 16 member gender equality advisory committee established in Victoria;  A council named one of the best places to work in Australia and New Zealand; The latest CEO appointment news from around the country, And declarations of housing and climate emergencies.Plus a preview of a VLGA Connect interview with Andrew Greaves, the Victorian Auditor-General.Links:Victorian Gender Equality Committee appointedMaribyrnong/Western Bulldogs dealSurf Coast appoints CEOWyndham appoints Acting CEOCampaspe Port of Echuca management modelNillumbik makes ‘best place to work’ listStrathbogie declares climate emergencyVicHealth/Councils phasing out kids sport junk foodPoppy joins the Shepparton's Mooving Art herd  VLGA events pageVAGO 2019-20 audit resultsVAGO local road maintenance auditVLGA Connect episode 161 - Youtube, or podcastCity of Prospect CEO resignsWingecarribee GM  readvertisedGold Coast to readvertise CEO positionLaunceston election priority ListSunshine Coast accelerator programTweed declares housing crisisNZ local  government reviewGlobal study of sexism in politics Saskatoon $100M plus project fundingThe Local Government News Roundup is brought to you by the Victorian Local Governance Association, your go-to organisation for governance news, knowledge and training. Subscribe to the VLGA Connect series on YouTube or on your preferred podcast app.
21st April 2021 (#14)

21st April 2021 (#14)

2021-04-2013:46

In this bulletin:A multimillion-dollar fund for rapid response housing projects in Victoria;A new initiative to support Aboriginal businesses and employment in central Victoria;A councillor cleared of inappropriate conduct, while another is called on to resign;And the Australian city to be immortalised in a board game.Plus a preview of a VLGA Connect interview with Julie Reid, the new Executive Director of Local Government Victoria, and lots more from around the world of local government.Links for this episode:1. ESC reports no higher rate cap applications2. Death of Cardinia Shire Councillor Ray Brown3. Victoria rapid response housing projects4. Aboriginal Business Capability Initiative5. Horsham trials new gravel sealing product6. ALGWA Vic conference expects record numbers7. VLGA Gender Equality Councillor Briefing8. Tea Tree Gully Mayor called on to resign; Mayor refuses to stand aside9. South Burnett councillor cleared10. Toowoomba welcomes High Court decision11. Townsville hydrogen export deal12. Wongan-Ballidu Shire President resigns13. Huon Valley interim GM arrangements14. Tamworth Monopoly deal15. London council to remove cycle lanes16. Research shows UK Council COVID deficits17. Las Vegas could ban non-functional grassThe Local Government News Roundup is brought to you by the Victorian Local Governance Association, bringing you an extensive library of interviews and panel discussions on topical issues for local government. Watch on YouTube or subscribe to the podcasts.
18th April 2021 (#13)

18th April 2021 (#13)

2021-04-1715:12

In episode 13, local government reaction to the announcement of a container deposit scheme for Victoria;  another council expresses disappointment with the state government over a potential West Gate Tunnel spoil disposal site; the latest councils to declare a climate emergency; Fraud charges against former councillors dropped; and a possible delay to the return of elected Councillors to a troubled NSW Council. Plus a preview of a new Roundup Extra focussed on an innovative Sunshine Coast project, and lots more from around the big wide, wonderful world of local government.Links for this episode:1. Container Deposit Scheme design announced; MAV responds; VISY recycling upgrade2. Moorabool Shire responds to EPA approval3. New Mornington Peninsula councillor confirmed 4. Growing Suburbs Money for Casey and Cardinia5. Climate emergency in Macedon Ranges; and potentially for Strathbogie 6. Moreland EV charging stations in demand7. 5G arrives in Ararat 8. Gold Coast CEO resigns; Fremantle CEO to step down soon9. LGAQ calls for independent inquiry over Logan case10. Central Coast return of councillors may be deferred11. $38M admin centre for Maitland12. Bitter disappointment for Dungog Shire13. Cancer Institute NSW shade research project 14. Indiana to penalise cities over monument vandalism 15. UK COVID support grants extended 16. Canada mayors join forces on mental healthThe Local Government News Roundup is brought to you by the Victorian Local Governance Association, bringing you an extensive library of interviews and panel discussions on topical issues for local government. Watch on YouTube or subscribe to the podcasts.
14th April 2021 (#12)

14th April 2021 (#12)

2021-04-1313:48

In this episode:A Victorian Council to take on the state government decision in the Supreme Court;New figures confirm the fastest growing municipalities in the country;A new councillor for Mornington Peninsula, and a new South Australian CEO announced;I speak with the Mayor Monash City Council about that Council’s social housing priorities;Plus lots more from around the world of local government across Australia and internationally.The Local Government News Roundup is brought to you by the Victorian Local Governance Association, home of the VLGA Connect series of local government focussed interviews and podcasts. Links for this episode:1. Hume City Council launches Supreme Court action2. Wyndham City the fastest growing in Victoria; third fastest in Australia3. Mornington Peninsula countback result4. Brimbank's $8 billion plan for Sunshine5. CCTV cameras for Southern Grampians6. Monash social housing priorities7. Greater Hobart Mayors call for better public transport8. New CEO for City of Marion, SA9. SA Heritage Reform Advisory Panel announced10. Bega Valley break-ins could lead to CCTV and removal of cash payments11. NSW Scholarship recipients announced12. Midcoast funded to protect Manning River Helmeted Turtle13. Ipswich included in 2032 Olympics proposal14. $37M plan to upgrade Fremantle Oval15. Calling 9-1-1 on irresponsible pet owners in Minnesota16. New rules for property  tax increases in Nebraska17. World Economic Forum showcases Adelaide and other international cities
11th April 2021 (#11)

11th April 2021 (#11)

2021-04-1015:38

In this episode:Victorian councils taking a stand on responsible dog ownership and tree vandalism;A joint campaign to tackle ageism;The search for dark matter takes a big step forward in rural Victoria;Finalists announced for the MAV Technology Awards; Plus lots more from around the world of local government across Australia and internationally.Links for this episode:1. Greater Shepparton animal owner prosecutions2. Bayside tree vandalism3. Queen Victoria market revitalisation project4. Councils tackling ageism together5. Review of Building Legislative and Regulatory System6. Stawell underground lab moves ahead7. Roundup Extra: Interview Cr Murray Emerson8. MAV Technology Awards Finalists9. Geelong Arts Industry Development Fund10. New Dandenong Recreation facility management model11. VLGA upcoming events12. Kalgoorlie-Boulder CEO suspended13. Cockburn commercial food waste trial14. Sunshine Coast automated waste collection system15. Townsville Laboratory Services accreditation16. Bayside and Georges River Councils shared services17. Eurobodalla renewable energy agreement18. Cumberland economic statement released19. Wingecarribee executives depart20. Devonport 40th birthday celebrations21. Top 50 Smart City Governments22. UK parental conflict funding23. NYT: If you build it, they will bikeThe Local Government News Roundup is brought to you by the Victorian Local Government Association, home of the VLGA Connect series of interviews and podcasts.
7th April 2021 (#10)

7th April 2021 (#10)

2021-04-0714:33

In this episode:A preferred route chosen to link Seymour to the Great Victorian Rail Trail;Sydney’s Inner West Council appoints a new General Manager;The mayor of Subiaco to remain popularly elected;And I’m joined by the Chair of Melbourne’s Metropolitan Transport Forum to hear about that group’s advocacy aims ahead of the Victorian State Budget.Plus lots more from around the world of local government across Australia and internationally.Links for this episode:1. Mitchell Shire preferred Rail Trail route2. Port Phillip communal glass recycling trial extended3. Golden Plains considering public holiday change4. Metropolitan Transport Forum advocacy plan5. Infrastructure Australia Regional Strengths and Gaps Project6. Subiaco Mayor to remain popularly elected7. Shire of Carnarvon appoints CEO8. Inner West Council appoints General Manager9. NSW Government funds regional councils e-planning adoption10. Shoalhaven wins two IPWEAA Australasia Awards11. NSW Local Government Week awards open12. City of Adelaide People's Choice architecture prize13. LGA -SA opens nominations for EPA Board position14. Charlottesville, VA can remove conference statues15. Conversation.com survey of mayoral attitudes to public spacesThe Local Government News Roundup is brought to you by the Victorian Local Governance Association, home of the VLGA Connect series of local government focussed interviews and podcasts.
4th April 2021 (#9)

4th April 2021 (#9)

2021-04-0415:20

In this episode:A $2 billion development underway in Melbourne’s north;Concept designs released for a new rail bridge for Melbourne Airport Rail;Victoria’s new Gender Equality Act leading the way for the rest of the country;The new Victorian Mayoral Advisory Panel announced;General Manager movements in New South Wales;And lots more from around the world of local government across Australia and internationally.Links for this episode:1. $2B New Epping development2. Melbourne Airport Rail bridge concept design; Brimbank responds3. Maribyrnong changes polka dot trial4. Whitehorse disappointed in LXRP compulsory occupation5. Greater Bendigo launches gastronomy guide6. VLGA Connect interview with Dr Niki Vincent7. Mornington Peninsula exiting Family Day Care8. Kingston wants EGM cap lowered9. Minister's Mayoral Advisory Panel announced10. Government support to keep Mildura Airport operational11. Broken Hill appoints General Manager12. Dubbo CEO retires13. Inner West interim CEO steps down early14. Wagga Wagga Council wins court case15. Tamworth trials new wastewater treatment technology16. Qld government funding for landfill infrastructure17. Redlands supports Brisbane Olympic bid18. Cassowary Coast Council terminates Dunk Island Spit lease19. Townsville spends $1M with Indigenous businesses20. SA minister refers project to Coastal Protection Board; Onkaparinga response21. TasCAT inaugural President appointed22. UK Regulator alleges anti-competitive behaviour23. Ranchi, India bans cars on Saturdays24. Chicago to build eSports StadiumThe Local Government News Roundup is brought to you by the Victorian Local Governance Association, home of the VLGA Connect series of local government focussed interviews and pod
31st March 2021 (#8)

31st March 2021 (#8)

2021-03-3012:18

In this episode:A win for Mornington Peninsula in the fight against a controversial gas line proposal; new smart city projects from Geelong and Yarra; the first 5-star green star train station in Melbourne; and Blue Mountains Council safe from dismissal. And lots more from around the world of local government across Australia and internationally.Links for this episode:1. Decision on proposed gas pipeline project ; Morn Pen Shire response.2. Greater Geelong Smart City Strategic Framework3. Yarra install's new smart benches4. Reservoir Station achieves 5-star Green Star rating5. Colac Otway secures land for future open space and sports facilities6. Campaign to promote living in regional Australia7. Final report released on public inquiry into Blue Mountains council8. Blue Mountains Council named most animal friendly9. Penrith wants Castlereagh Corridor built10. NSW Local Government Excellence Awards extends nominations11. Northern Beaches consults on EV charging station rollout12. Tweed Shire warning on water meter thefts13. South Australia regional airport master plan14. Fremantle explores a discount care for ratepayers15. UK Supporting Families program16. UK plan to pay for cigarette litter clean up17. $2.2 billion Canada Community Building FundThe Local Government News Roundup is brought to you by the Victorian Local Governance Association, home of the VLGA Connect series of local government focussed interviews and podcasts.
28th March 2021 (#7)

28th March 2021 (#7)

2021-03-2710:58

In this episode:Former councillors and officers found to have engaged in serious corrupt conduct; a new multi-million dollar aquatic centre opens; CEO appointments in Victoria and Queensland; a new tool to help councils meet climate change obligations in their Council Plans; the US city that has abandoned tolls in favour of electric vehicles; and lots more from around the world of local government around Australia and internationally.The Local Government News Roundup is brought to you by the Victorian Local Governance Association, home of the VLGA Connect series of local government focussed interviews and podcasts.Links for this episode:1. Macedon Ranges CEO appointed2. Gippsland Regional Aquatic Centre launched3. NAGA Climate Change guide4. Brimbank pushes for Calder upgrade 5. Youth invited to name new Cardinia centre6. Western Water biogas facility opened7. First sod turned for Footscray Hospital8. ICAC findings against former councillors and officers9. Bayside No Cruise Ship campaign gets support10. Isaac Regional Council CEO appointed11. Ipswich Acting CEO appointed12. Cairns new CEO starts13. Maryland County renaming commission survey14. Seattle abandons congestion pricing15. Tucson polices recycling behaviour
24th March 2021 (#6)

24th March 2021 (#6)

2021-03-2411:38

In this episode,  Victoria’s new Chief Municipal Inspector announced; a VAGO report on road network management finds room for improvement; the Deputy Prime Minister in Wangaratta; CEO and General Manager news; and items of interest from interstate and overseas.This program is brought to you by the Victorian Local Governance Association - vlga.org.auLinks for this episode:1. New VictorianChief Municipal Inspector: https://tinyurl.com/ucn77db32. VAGO report on Council road management: https://tinyurl.com/8he6j4vk3. IBAC Operation Esperance resumes: https://tinyurl.com/eny7pwjk4. Wangaratta opens two major projects: https://tinyurl.com/yrabd56t5. Vic funding for outdoor dining: https://tinyurl.com/mu2yvpv36. Knox CEO Tony Doyle to leave: https://tinyurl.com/49c7tt8y7. VLGA Hart Awards: https://tinyurl.com/3fe3jn348. Perth's Light it Up program: https://tinyurl.com/5scd3z6k9. NSW flood support group: https://tinyurl.com/y2kwcb8y10. NSW Women in LG awards: https://tinyurl.com/b76whst411. Warren Shire new GM: https://tinyurl.com/3ew5unsf12. Huon Valley Gm resigns: https://tinyurl.com/22rd9wve13. Pop-up ABC newsroom in Liverpool: https://tinyurl.com/y4h6km2b14.  Byron Bay rail corridor restoration: https://tinyurl.com/49n4h6m215. UK Welcome Back Fund: https://tinyurl.com/2vthhp9r ; https://tinyurl.com/522j5ee416.  NZ Housing Fund announcement: https://tinyurl.com/32d7k28u ; https://tinyurl.com/3wtypph417. Roadbotics interactive US city road maps: https://tinyurl.com/fedjryaz
21st March 2021 (#5)

21st March 2021 (#5)

2021-03-2011:06

In this episode, the launch of an Australian first initiative for a Victorian region; a clampdown on out of control rubbish dumping; yet another Victorian Council CEO is moving on and a former returns; we look at some of the current advocacy asks from Councils around Victoria; plus items of interest from interstate and overseas including a court date for Toronto City Council.LGNR is brought to you by the Victorian Local Governance Association.Links for this episode: Central Victorian World Heritage Bid: https://tinyurl.com/yk7axbc2Port Phillip park decision: https://tinyurl.com/3tbdtsbzHume crackdown on rubbish:  https://tinyurl.com/3tsve84mMildura CEO to leave:  https://tinyurl.com/45x878tcKingston Interim CEO appointed: https://tinyurl.com/yhd6tekvMaryborough rail service advocacy:  https://tinyurl.com/398x69t4Frankston push for government departments:  https://tinyurl.com/xzak3cefGreater Shepparton budget asks: https://tinyurl.com/tj7ucc6La Trobe City in Canberra: https://tinyurl.com/34xdp4f9Mornington Peninsula opposes AGL project: https://tinyurl.com/ywxa7f2yNew WA LG Minister: https://tinyurl.com/w8zzecarCanterbury Bankston billion-dollar vision:  https://tinyurl.com/w9d7rah7SA regional tourism strategy:  https://tinyurl.com/w2fwme9cQLD feral pest control funding: https://tinyurl.com/jjc8xz9dBoulder, CO gun ban blocked: https://tinyurl.com/2wn7m9cjNZ winter grazing continues: https://tinyurl.com/2cxdr96zToronto City Council challenge in Supreme Court:  https://tinyurl.com/5dvurvyeFeedback and news stories to lgweeklynews@gmail.com
18th March 2021 (#4)

18th March 2021 (#4)

2021-03-1716:01

In this episode, the Victorian Ombudsman finds that five more Councils may need to refund parking fines; a $23 million investment in new innovation hubs for Melbourne’s north; TEDx is all systems go in Warrnambool; we meet the new CEO of LGPro Victoria, Jill Brown, and much more.LGNR is brought to you by the Victorian Local Governance Association.Links to stories from this episode:1. https://preview.ombudsman.vic.gov.au/our-impact/news/more-parking-fines-in-doubt-after-ombudsman-follow-up-report 2. https://www.latrobe.edu.au/news/articles/2021/release/new-hubs-are-catalysts-for-innovation , https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/new-science-hubs-support-bio-and-tech-innovation3. https://www.warrnambool.vic.gov.au/news/new-date-tedxwarrnambool 4. . https://www.olg.nsw.gov.au/media-releases/fairer-rating-reforms-introduced-to-parliament/ 5. https://statements.qld.gov.au/statements/91691 6. https://www.premier.sa.gov.au/news/media-releases/news/state-planning-commission-chair-thanked-for-contribution 7. https://www.smartbrief.com/original/2021/03/5-public-sector-technologies-watch 
15th March 2021 (#3)

15th March 2021 (#3)

2021-03-1419:56

In this episode: A NSW Council suspended and an interim administrator appointed; the Municipal Association of Victoria elects a new board and we speak to its new President; Tamworth forced to cancel this year’s Taste Tamworth Festival; a call for gaming venue hours in Victoria to be reduced; and another resignation from a Victorian Council CEO, as well as a Councillor and an administrator.LGNR is brought to you by the Victorian Local Governance Association.Links to stories from this episode:1. https://www.getregional.com.au/wingecarribee-shire-council-suspended/2. https://www.pyrenees.vic.gov.au/About-Pyrenees-Shire-Council/News-Media/Municipal-Association-of-Victoria3. https://www.tamworth.nsw.gov.au/about/news/latest-news/2021/march-2021/taste-tamworth-festival-2021-cancelled-due-to-covid-19-restrictions14. https://www.vec.vic.gov.au/about-us/media/reminder-victorians-asked-to-explain-why-they-didnt-vote5. https://www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au/News-Media/Dingo-management-update6. https://www.brimbank.vic.gov.au/news-and-events/media-releases/media-releases-2021/march-2021/media-release-brimbank-council-calls7. https://statements.qld.gov.au/statements/916438. https://lgnsw.org.au/Public/News/News21/03/031121_green_grants.aspx9. https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/support-next-generation-women-councils10. https://www.colacotway.vic.gov.au/News-media/Colac-Otway-Shire-Chief-Executive-Advises-of-Resignation11. https://www.mornpen.vic.gov.au/About-Us/News-Media-Publications/News-Media/Councillor-Fraser-%E2%80%93-statement-from-the-Mayor12. https://www.whittlesea.vic.gov.au/about-us/news-publications/latest-news/statement-from-chair-administrator-ms-lydia-wilson/13. https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-essex-5634097214. https://www.local.gov.uk/lga-responds-age-uk-research-impact-lack-social-care-during-pandemic15. https://apnews.com/hub/local-governments
10th March 2021 (#2)

10th March 2021 (#2)

2021-03-1007:19

The Local Government News Roundup is brought to you by the Victorian Local Governance Association.Today, Chris Eddy speaks with Cr Linda Scott, President of the Australian Local Government Association about the Federal Opposition Leader's pledge to give local government a seat at the national cabinet, and calls on the Prime Minister to follow suit.Also, the NSW government looking to encourage a more diverse sector at this year's council elections; a Victorian Council votes to take one of its councillors to an arbitration process;the national peak body setting a gender target for senior Council roles; an annual award to recognise NSW longest-serving female mayor;  and the Australian communities joining a global marine debris tracking movement.Links:1. https://alga.asn.au/local-government-representation-in-national-cabinet-will-boost-recovery-efforts/2. https://www.olg.nsw.gov.au/media-releases/changes-to-encourage-more-women-to-run-for-council/3. http://baysidenews.com.au/2021/03/09/councillors-seek-arbitration-to-resolve-facebook-dispute/4. https://lgprofessionalsaustralia.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/LOCAL-GOVERNMENT-SETS-GENDER-TARGET.pdf5.https://www.olg.nsw.gov.au/media-releases/ministerial-releases/local-government-legends-stellar-career-immortalised-in-womens-awards/6. https://apnews.com/article/north-america-gulf-of-mexico-mississippi-river-environment-pollution-0104e7d79aceea26a5efb8d67990cca87. https://www.debristracker.org/dataFeedback and news stories to lgweeklynews@gmail.com
8th March 2021 (#1)

8th March 2021 (#1)

2021-03-0706:37

This week, a new CEO announced for City of Hobart; Councils to be offered a new glass recycling bin; a council asked to show why it shouldn't be suspended; and NSW Councillors warned about behaviour.This episode is brought to you by the Victorian Local Governance Association, home of VLGA Connect - www.youtube.com/VLGAInc, and buzzsprout.com/1064071Links for this episode:1: www.olg.nsw.gov.au/media-releases/…-put-on-notice/2: wastemanagementreview.com.au/visy-annou…facturing/3: www.abc.net.au/news/2021-03-03/m…carribee/132104384: www.tasmaniantimes.com/2021/03/hobar…igsby-new-ceo5: alga.asn.au/effective-urban-res…l-government-level/6: https://www.infrastructureaustralia.gov.au/listing/media-release/infrastructure-australia-adds-record-number-new-investment-opportunities-support-covid-19-recovery7: earther.gizmodo.com/california-city…w-ga-18463794388: https://www.hume.vic.gov.au/Residents/Things-to-See-and-Do/Latest-News/Media-Releases/Hume-City-Council-appoints-Roslyn-Wai-as-interim-CEO9: https://www.gippslandtimes.com.au/story/7152644/former-council-chief-lyndon-webb-dies-after-a-short-illness/Feedback and news stories to lgweeklynews@gmail.com
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