City Deal gives new heart to Launceston
The Federal Government’s 2016 Smart Cities Plan is up and running with the first three Memorandums of Understanding signed towards the end of last year committing all tiers of government to develop collective plans for growth in regional cities.
Yass Valley welcomes touring party from Nepal
Yass Valley Council hosted staff from the Nepalese Financial Comptroller General Office today, providing them with an insight into financial risks, sustainability, asset management and revenue management, as well as a background on local government, particularly remote and rural councils.
West welcomes Minister
The new Minister for Local Government in Western Australia, David Templeman MLA, can be expected to make a smooth transition to the role.
Employment pathways for refugees
The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) will target refugees and asylum seekers to fill training positions in skills shortage areas.
Councils call for affordable housing
A group of councils in Melbourne’s east is calling for the Federal Government to commit to funding the National Affordable Housing Agreement (NAHA) in the upcoming Budget.
Keeping the grass greener
The grass will be greener on Knox City Council sports-fields thanks to an innovative stormwater harvesting project.
Solar farm creates regional jobs
A streamlined assessment process at Central Highlands Regional Council, Queensland has helped attract a solar farm that will create a significant jobs boost for the region.
An end to plastic bags
The Douglas Shire is leading the charge towards a single-use plastic bag-free Queensland.
Councils lead on climate and energy*
Despite the national debate about renewable energy targets, state and local governments are responding to community concern about climate change by taking action to reduce carbon emissions while developing local and regional climate change adaptation approaches.
Unique campaign reduces waste
Redland City Council is partnering with Griffith University to develop a unique social marketing campaign to reduce the amount of food waste that goes in local bins.
Council buys airfares to secure flight path
Southern Grampians Shire Council in Victoria has pledged to purchase $15,000 worth of pre-paid tickets to help secure the return of a passenger air service between Melbourne and Hamilton.
Former editor launches Hollywood book
Former Local Government Focus national editor Kevin Brianton recently introduced his book Hollywood Divided: The 1950 Screen Directors Guild Meeting at the Wheeler Writers Centre in Melbourne, Australia.
Supporting the koala population
The New South Wales Government has implemented a statewide plan to help the declining koala population and local governments, such as Coffs Harbour City Council, have a key role to play.
NeatStreets: Smart Tools for Asset Monitoring*
NeatStreets, not just a simple app… The developers (PepperStack Global Pty Ltd) have now made it into a community-engagement platform called ‘The NeatStreets Platform’ which asset owners around the world can now use for fault reporting and maintenance operations.
Staying social in emergency events
The Shire of Esperance in Western Australia is strengthening community relationships and providing safety information through the use of social media.
Keeping remote communities connected
Burketown may be located in remote North West Queensland, however it offers some the latest technology to ensure its community and visitors enjoy quality infrastructure, services and lifestyle.
Cloud in the field boosts efficiency
A decision by Lake Macquarie City Council in New South Wales to prioritise putting tablet technology in the hands of its outdoor staff is proving the benefits of cloud-based storage systems in the field.
King Island chooses MAGIQ*
King Island Council in Tasmania has chosen to implement the MAGIQ Enterprise council management system from MAGIQ Software.
Cracking the code
Local residents of Sunshine Coast Council in Queensland are being encouraged to learn about coding and programming to increase economic opportunities in the region.
New communications link unifies networks
Providing consistent services to all parts of the Dubbo Regional Council area will now be easier for staff based in any of Council’s offices or locations following the commissioning of a new data communications link between Dubbo and Wellington.
Incubating young entrepreneurs
Young entrepreneurs across the Southern Downs region in Queensland are being invited to pitch ideas and gain business skills in an innovative new program.
Intelligent community recognised globally
The City of Ipswich in Queensland has been recognised as a global leader in the application of digital innovation after being named among the world’s Top 7 Intelligent Communities at a conference in Taiwan.
Councils say business management is easy*
PULSE is a newly built Business Process Management (BPM) software solution, created by Local Government Software Solutions Pty Ltd (LGSS) for the Australian Local Government Market.
Western Downs Regional Council (WDRC) in Queensland has embraced the digital age to ensure its road maintenance is faster, more efficient and ultimately delivering a more responsive service to its community.
Starting up a region
Entrepreneurs and innovators in the Gympie Region are set to benefit from an innovative program aimed at growing start-up businesses.
Using data to avoid disaster
Mackay Regional Council in Queensland is about to embark on a project that will improve its decision-making processes in emergency events.
Electronic forms: are you 100% online?*
Many councils in Australia enthusiastically started migrating their paper-based processes to the online environment and created a few electronic forms. However, progress has stalled and the councils were unable to extract further value from their digital transformation move. Why?