Responding to the challenge The UK Experience by Malcolm Morley* Local Government in England will have to make £4.9 billion of efficiency savings by 2011 on top of the £3.3 billion projected to be achieved between 2004–05 and 2007–08. This is the stark requirement of the recently published comprehensive spending review.
Online training for Randwick City’s Councillors
Randwick City Council is pioneering the way new and prospective Councillors gain skills in the functions and processes of Local Government with the development of a new online training program.
Brisbane River on the road to recovery
After almost two centuries of neglect, the Brisbane River is now in recovery mode as a result of a suite of water protection strategies implemented by Brisbane City Council.
ITCRA (Information Technology Contract & Recruitment Association) is now nine years old and welcomes new members who share its commitment to the recruitment industry.
Reality television comes to Local Government
When the producers of the FOX8 reality television series ‘The Singing Office’ decided to showcase the work of Local Government in Australia, they looked for a Council that nobody thought was fun and funky enough to sing and dance on national television. Enter Bayside City Council.
MAV award winners announced
Winners of the 2007 McArthur Management Services Local Government Fellowship and Vision Super Human Resources Study Scholarship were announced at the MAV Annual Dinner on 1 November 2007.
Bluett Awards announced
The A. R. Bluett Memorial Awards for 2007 were announced at the Local Government Association of New South Wales annual conference in October.
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.
NSW Councils look to the future
Climate change, planning, Local Government reform and dealing with the impacts of the drought will be the focus for New South Wales Councils and their communities over the coming year, according to President of the Local Government Association of New South Wales (LGSA), Councillor Genia McCaffery.
Councillor Profiles is a regular feature. This month we feature two Councillors from South Australia.
Mount Isa ramps up dog inspections
Mount Isa City Council officers recently surveyed all houses in Mount Isa and Camooweal to ensure all animals are registered. Council used the survey strategy in an attempt to decrease the amount of stray dogs and dog attacks. It recorded the number of registered animals in Mount Isa and Camooweal, pet owners with permits and pet owners with appropriate fencing for their animals.
Plebiscites also declared for NT
In September, the Federal Parliament passed legislation overriding Queensland laws on Council referendums. On 17 October, Prime Minister John Howard announced that the Federal Government will also offer similar plebiscites for communities in the Northern Territory.
Understanding Generation Y’s mindset in the workplace jungle With Gen Y guru – Peter Sheahan Peter Sheahan, Gen Y guru and Australia’s popular keynote speaker, will make his final presentation in Melbourne at LGPro’s Customer Service Conference on Friday 23 November at Bayview Eden, Queens Road, Melbourne.
Newcastle installs world’s first ClimateCam
Earlier this year, Newcastle City Council erected a huge electronic billboard in the City Square telling residents exactly how much greenhouse gas they have produced in the past hour.
In each edition we feature the views of a Local Government Association President. The following is from Councillor Bill Mitchell, President of the Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA).
Editorial: No response to 10 Point Plan
The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) through its election document ‘A 10 Point Plan to Reinvigorate Local Communities’ has called on major political Parties to commit to the Constitutional recognition of Local Government, provide one per cent of direct taxation revenue to Councils and establish a Local Community Infrastructure Renewals Fund.
Port Augusta seeks mining boom answers
No one is sure what to expect from the rapid growth in the mining industry, which is becoming more evident in South Australia’s north. Regional cities such as Port Augusta are experiencing significant growth, which is being attributed to the growth in the mining and resources sector. While this is certainly welcomed by Council, it wants to adequately prepare the City for the future.
Ningaloo Reef to get research centre
The Shire of Exmouth is working with the Gascoyne Development Commission (GDC) to establish a world class research facility for the Ningaloo Reef.
Saving trees and minimising risk
Decaying and ageing trees can cause a number of problems for Councils – not least being the threat of death or serious injury, as well as extensive damage to buildings and property.
Time to move on investment hubs The Good Oil * by Rod Brown An overseas colleague recently asked me where the main economic hubs were in Australia. She said she knew about Sydney, Melbourne and Perth, but after cruising the various websites she was more confused than ever. I replied that there’s no consensus or considered view on this.
New economic development model reaps rewards for Wagga Wagga
Wagga Wagga City Council in New South Wales has adopted a unique economic development model. Rather than using traditional inhouse or development corporation models, Council has engaged a private company to provide the City with economic development services.
Camel ride operators smooth the bumps in tourism management
Located in South Australia’s largest mountain range, Flinders Ranges Council includes approximately 4,200 square kilometres of the magical Flinders Ranges. Its townships of Quorn, Hawker and Cradock have a range of tourism operators who target various markets, including intrastate, interstate and international visitors.
Coburg initiative puts billion dollar plan into action.
The Coburg Initiative covers an area of some 35 hectares of which 12 hectares is in Council ownership and a further three hectares is owned by the State Government. One of its primary aims is to rejuvenate the residential opportunities within the central activity precinct and increase modern housing options, as well as integrating new community facilities into the hub of village life.