June 1999 Edition

  • Pioneering Native Title work continues

    In 1997 Redland Shire Council and Quandamooka Land Council (QLC) created history when they signed a Native Title Process Agreement. The Agreement marks a unique but logical approach to negotiating a native title claim and is the first agreement of its type in Australia between native title claimants and a Local Government authority.
  • Sailing into history

    Redland residents and visitors will be able to witness the spectacle of a full sized replica of Matthew Flinders' sloop 'Norfolk' sailing into Moreton Bay come July. The event is part of the nationwide Matthew Flinders Bicentenary celebrations.
  • Green and Grow in Redland

    A premier event of Redland Shire's 50th Anniversary celebrations will be the region's first major horticultural expo. Redland Green and Grow Expo, will showcase products and services of nurseries, and associated horticultural and environmental industries.
  • Award winning customer service

    Complementing its recent organisational restructure, Redland Shire Council has identified the need for a customer call centre. This is currently being set up to accommodate 10 staff.
  • Encouraging local plants for a sustainable future

    The 14 hectare Redlands Indigiscapes Centre (RIC), first proposed in 1996, is well underway. The Centre, the first of its kind in Australia, is a key educational and botanical facility for displaying and interpreting the habitats and plant communities of the local region.
  • Safe solution to mozzie attack

    At their best mosquitoes can ruin an outdoor evening. At their worst they spread debilitating diseases, such as malaria and Ross River fever. Unfortunately, use of chemicals to stop them breeding can be damaging to the environment and have the potential to create even further health problems in the long run.
  • Wormpower

    Redland's Cleveland Sewerage Treatment plant is at the forefront of moves towards ecological sustainability. The Cleveland plant is home to the biggest Local Government worm farm in Australia.
  • Protecting an island paradise

    As well as the popular North Stradbroke Island, Redland Shire also has Russell, Lamb, Macleay, Perulpa, Peel, Coochiemudlo and Karragarra Islands within its boundaries. These all lie within one of Queensland's most important ecological, recreational, cultural and economic resources, Moreton Bay. This area has national and international significance, formally recognised in 1993 as the Moreton Bay Marine Park.
  • Reducing diesel emissions

    A pilot program to test the viability of using gas powered diesel trucks at Western Australia's City of Gosnells is proving highly successful.
  • Greenhouse Action? These Australian Councils say YES!

    Local Governments around the world are responding to the threat of climate change by joining the Cities for Climate Protection TM campaign: an innovative program which assists Local Governments and their communities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 300 local Councils around the world involved in this campaign. But of all the countries that have taken part, Australia has seen the fastest rate of growth and now has 60 CCP Councils.
  • Students care for the bush

    Queensland's Toowoomba City Council has enlisted the help of an enthusiastic group with a vested interest in protecting and improving local bushland. School groups throughout the City are being encouraged to undertake a number of different educational projects which focus on the local environment.
  • Regional development served by smoother access to cadastre

    Local Government bodies are developing a more attractive business environment and enhanced community structure by increasing access to cadastral information through the Business Entry Point (BEP) initiative.
  • Redland celebrates 50 years of achievements

    Wednesday 9 June marked the 50th Anniversary of the first meeting of Redland Shire Council. It was also the official launch of six months of activities to celebrate this milestone.
  • Vision 2005

    Early in 1995 Redland Shire Council began one of the most extensive community consultation processes ever undertaken by a Queensland Council. The project was designed to determine how the community wanted the Shire to develop in the next 10 years, taking into account the possibility of the Shire accommodating an extra 40,000 people during the 1995-2005 period.
  • Planning an attractive and prosperous future

    Rapid growth in recent years has made it imperative that Redland Shire Council undertakes careful planning so the Shire retains the features which attract people to the area in the first place. As the growth eases, new economic opportunities need to be encouraged to provide ongoing employment.
  • Organisational structure to deliver what the community wants

    Once the community had clearly indicated the outcomes it expected Council to deliver, it was vital to have the right organisational structure in place to achieve this. Similar to the development of the Vision 2005, a high level of consultation with staff was a hallmark of this reform process.
  • Raising LG awareness among the young

    An innovative Young Citizens Program has been established in Redland Shire to raise the awareness of primary and high school students about Local Government. The program also aims to show the students how they can make a difference in their local community.

  • Managing towards 2005

    The change of format for the 18th Institute of Municipal Management National Congress, held recently in Canberra, was certainly endorsed by delegates.
  • Editorial

    The release of the Howard Government's first Budget in this, its second term, could well be described as 'the Budget you are having when you are not having a Budget'. Most commentators agree the real Budget will be brought down when, and in spite of recent deals with the Democrats, if the Tax Package is passed.
  • President's comment

    In each edition, we feature the views of a Local Government Association President. The following is from Councillor Tom Pyne AM, President Local Government Association of Queensland.
  • Moonee Valley wins Management Challenge

    Moonee Valley City Council, representing Victoria, has won the 1999 Australasian Active Learning Management Challenge. This year 82 teams and almost 500 Local Government managers participated in this highly regarded professional development exercise.
  • QLD Local Government Week

    Councils across Queensland celebrated Local Government Awareness Week during May. Many Councils used this opportunity to better inform their residents and ratepayers about the work they undertake in the community.
  • Benchmarking for greater efficiency best protection for positive reform

    The reform message is being taken to remote communities throughout the Northern Territory. Chief Executive Office of Coomalie Community Government Council, Jeff Colver is currently visiting remote communities to promote benchmarking and other measures to improve efficiency.
  • Rewarding innovation in Local Government: Minister launches national Awards

    Over 700 Local Government representatives gathered at the 18th IMM National Congress in Canberra to hear the Hon Senator Ian Macdonald, Minister for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government, launch the 1999 National Awards for Innovation in Local Government. Speaking at the Launch of this year's Awards, Senator Macdonald expressed his admiration for the work done by those working in Local Government and their key role in building sustainable Australian communities.
  • SA Councils take up Jobs Challenge

    Councils in South Australia are at the forefront of moves to create new jobs. Jobs Challenge 98 is a partnership between the State Government and the SA Local Government Association, formulated last year. It aims to create 1000 new jobs in local communities.

  • Technology upgrade for improved service

    With 28% of residents having internet access, it is not surprising that community surveys have shown that Parramatta residents would prefer to do as much business with Council as possible using this facility.
  • Environmental Insight from CivicView*

    CivicView, the fully integrated Local Government management package, that has been developed by Insight Informatics and Kempsey Shire Council, can incorporate a Geographical Information System (GIS), such as MapInfo, in a way that has huge potential for environmental applications.
  • Ecologically sustainable development in practice

    Redevelopment of the Balmain Power Station site has provided Sydney's Leichhardt Municipal Council with the opportunity to put Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD) principles into practice.
  • Regional development served by smoother access to cadastre

    Local Government bodies are developing a more attractive business environment and enhanced community structure by increasing access to cadastral information through the Business Entry Point (BEP) initiative.
  • Parramatta - the Centre of Sydney

    Parramatta is a primary centre in the Greater Sydney Region, second only to central Sydney in the size of its workforce and range of functions. With rapid growth in the Greater West, Parramatta is now both the geographic and demographic centre of metropolitan Sydney. Over the next 30 years, the population of the region is expected to exceed two million and Parramatta's workforce will more than double.
  • Prosperity and livability

    Parramatta has a brilliant future. Inward investment is creating many new jobs, bringing greater prosperity to the whole region.
  • A tidy reputation to uphold

    Parramatta is not resting on its laurels after winning the 1998 Metro Pride Award. The award, which is presented to the tidiest metropolitan Council from Sydney, Wollongong or Newcastle, establishes a reputation which must be upheld.
  • A blueprint for Parramatta's future

    Developed in close consultation with the State Government and a number of other stakeholders, not the least being the community, the Draft Parramatta Regional Environmental Plan (REP) is a blueprint for the City's future development as Sydney's second primary centre.
  • Sharing the Olympic spirit

    From almost any highrise building in Parramatta's CBD you can see the hive of activity at Homebush Bay &endash; home of the Sydney 2000 Olympics. As the closest major centre to the Olympic site, Parramatta is also gearing up in preparation for this once in a lifetime event.
  • Cutting edge service delivery

    Council's mission is 'to be recognised as the best local Council in New South Wales'. In line with National Competition Policy, Council aims to deliver more effective, value for money services.
  • Working with the community

    Parramatta's intention is to work with the community and encourage people to participate in making the City a better and safer place in which to live, work or visit.
  • The events centre of Sydney

    Recognised as the cultural and heritage centre of the west, Parramatta boasts a range of entertainment facilities. With an increasing number of quality restaurants and outdoor cafes adding to the cosmopolitan atmosphere of the City, Council plans to make the most of the opportunities major events can bring to the community.
  • City of Trees

    Parramatta Council is keen to substantially increase the number of trees in the City and by the end of this financial year 16,000 new plantings will have been established.
  • Restoring the River to its rightful place

    When the first European settlers travelled up the Parramatta River looking for more suitable land to grow their crops, they did not anticipate the stress that would ultimately be placed on the River and its environs. Community surveys have pinpointed rehabilitation of the River as a high priority. With an anticipated increase in development, Council is determined to offset any additional stresses to this environment.
  • Partnerships and networking pays off

    Parramatta City Council has established two Boards to promote growth and development &endash; the Parramatta Economic Development Board (PEDB) and the Parramatta Tourism Marketing Board (PTMB).
  • Al fresco heritage

    The opening of the Parramatta Heritage Centre in November 1998 has provided a focal point for local residents and visitors to experience Parramatta's rich history.
  • One stop shop for environmental concerns

    Warringah Council, on Sydney's northern beaches, is seeing the benefits of combining all its environmental services - from bushland works to waste education to catchment works to dogs and cats - under the one umbrella.
  • Australia's first drumMUSTER at Gunnedah

    Australia's first drumMUSTER collection was held last month at Gunnedah Shire Council in NSW. drumMUSTER is the national program for the collection and recycling of empty, cleaned, non returnable crop protection and animal health chemical containers.
  • Park and ride

    The trick for public authorities, which want to convince commuters to opt for public transport, is to find a way of making it more attractive than using a private car. With this in mind, member Councils of the Shore Regional Organisation of Councils (SHOROC), in Sydney's inner north, have launched 'Park and Ride'.
  • Greenhouse Action? These Australian Councils say YES!

    Local Governments around the world are responding to the threat of climate change by joining the Cities for Climate Protection TM campaign: an innovative program which assists Local Governments and their communities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 300 local Councils around the world involved in this campaign. But of all the countries that have taken part, Australia has seen the fastest rate of growth and now has 60 CCP Councils.
  • Oops, no excuses

    While many Councils provide facilities for dog owners to clean up the indelicate messages their pets leave behind its not easy to ensure everyone uses them. However, Victoria's City of Yarra has preempted many of the excuses proffered by issuing a free 'Oops! Pet Mess Pick-Up Kit' to all dog owners in the City.

  • Managing towards 2005

    The change of format for the 18th Institute of Municipal Management National Congress, held recently in Canberra, was certainly endorsed by delegates.
  • Editorial

    The release of the Howard Government's first Budget in this, its second term, could well be described as 'the Budget you are having when you are not having a Budget'. Most commentators agree the real Budget will be brought down when, and now if, the Tax Package is passed. The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) has labelled the 1999-2000 Budget as 'uninspiring for local Communities' and 'starting the process of isolating the Federal Government from local Communities'.
  • President's comment

    Each edition we feature the views of a Local Government Association President. The following is from Councillor John Jago, President, Victorian Local Governance Association.
  • Moonee Valley wins Management Challenge

    Moonee Valley City Council, representing Victoria, has won the 1999 Australasian Active Learning Management Challenge. This year 82 teams and almost 500 Local Government managers participated in this highly regarded professional development exercise.
  • Outstanding entries in engineering awards

    Judges of the IMEA - NSW Division 1999 Engineering Excellence, Awards, said the calibre of the projects submitted were once again outstanding.
  • 24 hour library service

    A petition presented to Victoria's Manningham City Council requesting additional library services in the eastern section of the City has resulted in a 24 hour a day 'virtual library'.
  • Tasmanian safe haven for refugees

    Tasmania's Brighton Council has spent just over a month preparing for 370 Kosovan refugees. Council's main role was to address the impact the refugees' arrival would have on the local community and any infrastructure requirements.
  • NSW engineers conference and field days

    The 8th Annual Conference and Engineers Field Days '99 was staged by the Institute of Municipal Engineers Australia (IMEA) - NSW Division from 2-8 May. Using the theme 'Twenty Twenty Vision', the Conference sessions, over the first three days, were followed by the Field Days with over 400 indoor and outdoor exhibitors.
  • New Water Directorate

    Following the corporatisation of many water utilities, the NSW Division of the Institute of Municipal Engineering Australia (IMEA) has recently encouraged and assisted the establishment of a Water Directorate.
  • Community partnership saves lives

    Smoke detectors will be supplied and fitted to the homes of older people under the Victorian City of Greater Bendigo's Community Save a Life Project'.
  • Provider handbook for supported residential services

    A Service Provider Handbook for Supported Residential Services (SRS), has been developed by Victoria's Hepburn Shire Council and the Department of Human Services. The handbook aims to clarify the respective roles of both organisations and in doing so, provide a better service to those in supported residential care.
  • IMEA/RTA Local Government Road Safety Project

    Now in its sixth year the IMEA/RTA Local Government Road Safety Project continues to raise the priority of road safety in local government primarily through support for the development of road safety strategic plans with links to Council management processes. This project forms one key element of the Local Government Road Safety Program. Joining the project in 1994, the Motor Accidents Authority provides funding for Council road safety activities and planning projects and sponsors the annual Local Government Excellence in Road Safety Awards Scheme.
  • Rewarding innovation in Local Government: Minister launches national Awards

    Over 700 Local Government representatives gathered at the 18th IMM National Congress in Canberra to hear the Hon Senator Ian Macdonald, Minister for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government, launch the 1999 National Awards for Innovation in Local Government. Speaking at the Launch of this year's Awards, Senator Macdonald expressed his admiration for the work done by those working in Local Government and their key role in building sustainable Australian communities.