Whyalla fights for its ratepayers
Located on the Upper Spencer Gulf in South Australia, Whyalla Council is fighting a new $105 annual levy on the City’s ratepayers, which it believes is cost shifting of State Government responsibilities.
Women, finance and super
Leading practitioners and academics in the superannuation and finance fields will discuss and illustrate the importance of Women, Finance and Super in a session at the 19th Women, Management and Employment Relations Conference.
Queensland’s Local Government Week drives along – despite government roadblocks
From 28 May to 2 June, Queensland Councils and their local communities will celebrate Local Government Week 2007 with the theme ‘Roads – Driving Queensland, Pathways to Progress’. This year’s celebrations take on a special significance after the Queensland Government’s shock announcement on 17 April that it is imposing forced amalgamations on the State’s 157 Councils.
Alternative transport helps our planet
More than 7,000 people turned out for Thuringowa City Council’s Better Earth Expo staged at its Riverway precinct in March. As the region’s biggest ever environmental expo, the event saw a host of fun activities, exhibitions and presentations for the whole family.
Reorganising Local Government complexity The UK Experience by Malcolm Morley* UK Local Government is complex, particularly where there are Parish or Town Councils, District or Borough Councils and County Councils all operating within the same areas – each Council having its own separate responsibilities and each competing for the mantle of community leader.
In each edition we feature the views of a Local Government Association President. The following is from Councillor Col Sullivan, President of the New South Wales Shires Association.
Water issues online
A free online radio program is highlighting the importance of water, sustainability and the environment. H2oToday is a weekly program featuring the latest developments for water professionals, practitioners and those with an interest in a more sustainable approach to water management.
Water use in road works – a community wide issue
In March, the Civil Contractors Federation of Victoria, the Municipal Association of Victoria and the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia hosted the Use of Potable Water for Road Works Summit. The forum addressed the ongoing issue of using potable water on road construction and maintenance projects.
Regional support – example of 80/20 rule The Good Oil * by Rod Brown Last month, the Department of Family and Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FACSIA) announced 78 grants under its Local Answers program. The grants are to basically do good things to help rural communities cope with the social stresses of the drought.
Changes to rating disadvantaging NSW regional Councils
Councils in regional New South Wales are facing the loss of millions of dollars in rate revenue, with State legislation separating land and water for rating purposes. Under the separation, land that includes a water provider, such as a dam or a creek, is valued for rating purposes minus that provider. This decreases the value of the land and therefore Councils’ rate raising capacity.
NT calls for improved information flows
More than 70 delegates from over 30 Councils met in Alice Springs on 18–19 April for the General Meeting of Local Government Association of the Northern Territory (LGANT) General Meeting.
Coffs Harbour to buy all renewable energy
In a move that will help cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent, Coffs Harbour City Council will source only renewable energy for all future electricity needs.
Councillor Profiles is a regular feature. This month we feature two Councillors from New South Wales.
Councils unite to win Australian Technical College
Over the past few years, one of the biggest issues facing communities in Perth’s southeast region has been youth unemployment. This year, the Cities of Gosnells and Armadale plan to change that with the first intake of students to the Australian Technical College – Perth South.
Queensland to undergo historic reform
With more than 1,100 Councillors, Queensland’s 125 local Councils and 32 Indigenous Councils are to undergo their first sweeping reform in more than a century.
Message from the Minister
Welcome to my latest column for this important Local Government publication. Recently, I attended two meetings that I would like to report on – the Local Government and Planning Ministers’ Council (LGPMC) and the Commonwealth Local Government Forum.
Governance activities on the ground: Monitoring the Aceh elections
Aceh’s local elections, held on 11 December 2006, were an historic event for the Indonesian province. The culmination of a two year peace process, it was the first time the Acehnese people were able to directly elect their own governor, and the first time independent candidates were permitted to run in the polls.
Councils working through difficult times
Is your community suffering from drought? Does your community have too many difficulties to know what to do next? Then you can take heart from the experiences of the Goulburn-Mulwaree and the Campaspe Shire Councils.
Fixing the black spots on Australia’s roads
The Australian Government will spend $345 million over six years to fix about 2,300 dangerous locations on Australia’s roads. The extra spending will save lives and reduce the number of road accidents.
Connected Intelligence – the single solution for LG
With its well established reputation for enterprise software solutions, Technology One has recently released its Connected Intelligence (Ci) platform, which upgrades the company’s “best in class” applications to provide a single seamless system using one common database.
Innovative solutions abound at Logan City Council
In April, Logan City Council announced its 2006 Employee Innovation Awards. Major prizes went to staff involved in developing and constructing two new pieces of equipment: a mobile sewage pumping facility and specially designed truck steps.
Geraldton Aquarena leads the way
Earlier this year, eight people from across Western Australia gathered at the Geraldton Aquarena for a Pool Operations Training course.