Editorial: long term planning key to sustainability
With recent Local Government financial sustainability studies, at both the national and state level, key findings are that, across the board Councils are struggling with an ever increasing infrastructure backlog, and this is throwing doubt on a number of Councils’ ongoing financial viability.
Recognising LG’s high achievers
At the 2007 Local Government Managers Australia National Congress in Hobart, Local Government FOCUS invited delegates to nominate individuals or teams from their Council who are improving Council’s operations or enhancing service delivery within their community. In this edition, we showcase the first two of our high achievers for 2007.
What are you not doing? The UK Experience by Malcolm Morley* Risk is often defined as an event that might occur in the future that might impact on the ability of an organisation to achieve its objectives. This is a perfectly reasonable definition, and a two by two matrix often goes with this definition to enable practitioners to identify risk in terms of likelihood of occurrence and impact.
Flinders Ranges Council
Flinders Ranges Council covers an area from Mount Brown Creek in the south to Arkaba in the north, a distance in excess of 100 kilometres.
The buzz factor The Good Oil * by Rod Brown You spend a few days or hours in a city, or a country town, and you can feel the buzz – in other words, it’s a go ahead, confident place, where people and companies really connect and share common values. I suspect a locality’s buzz ebbs and flows, and that it affects people differently.
Councillor Profiles is a regular feature. This month we feature two Councillors from Northern Territory.
Young managers lead the way
Each year, Local Government Managers Australia (LGMA) Queensland recognises the contribution and efforts of young managers in Local Government who have made innovative and valuable contributions to their community and their workplace through the Young Manager Award for Leadership and Management Excellence.
Torres Youth Council continues strong growth
Torres Shire’s Youth Council provides an important link between youth and Local Government. The Youth Council was reactivated in 2006 to promote discussion of important topics among local youth and enhance the development of community leadership skills.
Pathways centre looking forward
South Australia’s City of Playford continues to provide ‘pathways’ for Indigenous youth through its Marni Waendi Indigenous Transition Pathways Centre.
In each edition we feature the views of a Local Government Association President. The following is from Councillor Paul Bell, President of the Local Government Association of Queensland.
Walk, cycle, play in Caloundra
Caloundra residents can enjoy their unique natural environment while staying healthy with the recent release of a guide detailing the City’s many bikeways, pathways and parks.
Vote 1 for roads and transport: Delivering on the Local Government strategy
In opening this year’s National Local Roads and Transport Congress, President of the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA), Councillor Paul Bell, said the recent Newcastle floods highlight the importance of infrastructure maintenance. Staged in Newcastle from 8–10 July, the theme of this year’s conference was ‘Vote 1 Roads and Transport: Delivering on the Local Government strategy’.
Everybody willing to pitch in
We like to say that Darwin is dynamic, different and diverse. As such, the duties of Elected Members and office staff are certainly different with everyone pitching in for the annual pre cyclone season clean up.
Darwin to host national Sister Cities Conference
Sister Cities has been a vital part of Darwin City Council for 25 years, and Darwin is hosting the annual Australian Sister Cities Association Conference at the Darwin Entertainment Centre from Sunday 30 September to Wednesday 3 October 2007.
Territory dress code
The Territory has a dress code all of its own to take into account the tropical temperatures.
Working with other Councils in the Top End
Members of the Tiwi Islands Shire Transition Committee visited Darwin City Council recently to meet with Elected Members and staff and attend a Transition Committee Meeting.
Darwin and Kalymnos mark their silver anniversary
Darwin and Kalymnos in Greece have been Sister Cities for 25 years. To celebrate this, Acting Lord Mayor Dorothy Fox welcomed the Lord Mayor of Kalymnos, Georgios Roussos, and his delegation to Darwin in June.
On 19 February 1942 Japanese forces began a bombing campaign of Darwin that claimed more than 240 lives and devastated a large part of the city.
Darwin is Australia’s northernmost capital city and probably the most cosmopolitan in Australia with more than 60 nationalities and some 80 ethnic groups represented.
ALGA’s National General Assembly heads north
In addition to the Australian Sister Cities Association conference, Darwin is also looking forward to hosting delegates to the Australian Local Government Association’s 2007 National General Assembly from 26–29 November.
Cosmopolitan city celebrates 50 years
On 1 July 2007, Darwin City Council commemorated its 50th anniversary with birthday celebrations and placing of a time capsule in Darwin’s Civic Park.
Difficult times bring out the best in people By Janet Dore* On Friday 8 June 2007 the world watched as the coal ship Pasha Bulker swept to shore in heavy seas at Newcastle’s Nobbys Beach. But while our attention was focused on the beach an even greater threat to Newcastle and the Hunter was building.
Brighton introduces flat rating system
Located approximately 25 kilometres northeast of Hobart in Tasmania, Brighton Council has introduced a fairer flat rate system that is set to revolutionise the way rates are struck throughout Tasmania.
Forbes goes hi-tech to address skills shortage
Located within the central western slopes of New South Wales, Forbes Shire Council is using global positioning system (GPS) technology to reduce the survey and set out time required for road construction.
Innovative wall for new foreshore
Gold Coast Council’s Broadwater Esplanade program has received national attention for using an innovative material in its latest redevelopment.
New generator line delivers added performance and reliability*
Built with V-Twin Engines offering renowned performance and reliability, the SUBARU V-Twins deliver magical high power with smooth, reliable torque, improved breathing at high RPM, and low fuel consumption, compared to conventional side valve engines.
Enhancing recycled water efficiency
Finding the water to maintain Council park and streetscape assets in drought stricken circumstances has instigated a whole new way of doing business for Kogarah Council.