Mayors learn smart lessons in Singapore
Efficient public transport, smart technology and innovation, and the delivery of cost effective civic services were just part of the lessons seven South East Queensland (SEQ) Mayors and Councillors will bring back to their respective councils following a successful business mission to Singapore.
Ban the bag in the west
A State-wide ban on single use plastic bags would reduce litter and contamination and has the support of the Local Government sector according to the Western Australia Local Government Association’s (WALGA).
Councillors turn down large pay rise
The Mayor and Councillors of Liverpool City Council in metropolitan New South Wales are keeping their pay packets in check – rejecting a potential rise of $20,000 and $5000, respectively.
Motor vehicle concessions remain
Councils in Western Australia (WA) have been given a reprieve with the State Government’s announcement that they will not stop the motor vehicle licensing concessions planned for this financial year.
State Budget boosts local jobs
The Palaszczuk Government has announced the 2017-18 State Budget is giving regional Queensland a major boost with $200 million over two years earmarked for Works for Queensland program.
Regions around the country are in economic transition and local governments are helping their communities to embrace economic diversity while building on regional strengths.
Go plastic free this July
By 2050 it is estimated there will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans. To stop the waste, the nation is asked to make the pledge and be Plastic Free this July.
Capturing local history
Creative Regions is working with Bundaberg Regional Council to develop a history trail for the Bundaberg CBD area.
Looking ahead - President’s comment
The 2017-18 Federal Budget last month saw the government deliver on its promise to councils to restore indexation to Financial Assistance Grants (FAGs), worth around $836.5 million over the next four years – a good result for local government.
‘Internet of Things’ creates smart park
Bins that alert the City when they are almost full, sensors that monitor weather and noise conditions and car parks that tell drivers if there are vacant spaces are part of a digital innovation trial being undertaken by the City of Joondalup in Western Australia to create Australia’s smartest park.
Increasing first aid training
Noosa Council celebrated Heart Week by promoting Walking Groups in Tewantin and Pomona and providing first aid training for 60 hardworking local volunteers.
Fresh take on mental wellbeing
Breaking the silence and starting conversations about mental health in an innovative program titled FRESHminds has earned Sunshine Coast Council special recognition from Local Government Managers Australia.
How to move a library
The Armidale War Memorial Library moved premises recently, which involved relocating 84,000 items.
Welcoming visitors an economic boon
The City of Adelaide’s innovative approach to welcoming Chinese visitors to the city has been recognised at a local government awards ceremony.
Local governments across Australia breathed a collective sigh of relief on budget night as the Federal Government decided to reinstate local government Financial Assistance Grants (FAGs) indexation.
Water project recognised for innovation
Manningham City Council in Victoria has received a prestigious Engineering Excellence award in recognition of its lead role on the Bolin Bolin Integrated Water Management Project.
Taking the pledge to waste less
Port Pirie Regional Council is the first regional council in South Australia to “take the pledge” to send less to landfill.
Antelco launches ReuZitTM recycled water products*
Antelco, a world leading Australian manufacturer of micro irrigation products, has launched the ReuZitTM range of products specifically for the domestic and small commercial waste water and non-potable rain water market.
Remote town tidies up
Proud residents of the remote Northern Territory community of Areyonga visited Tasmania last month to compete in this year’s Tidy Towns ceremony.
Zapping weeds with technology
New technologies, including a mobile app, in-house developed data capture and mapping processes, are helping the City of Onkaparinga in South Australia tackle a deep-rooted problem – weeds.
A barbie in the park is as Aussie as it gets*
Barbecuing outdoors is a great Australian tradition, and there is nothing better than spending a sunny day with family and friends at the local park cooking up a few snags on the public BBQ.
Adapting infrastructure for climate change
Northern Beaches Council in New South Wales is ensuring local infrastructure – including the area’s many surf life saving clubs – will be resilient in the face of climate change.
Innovative project cleans creek
The Northern Midlands Council is partnering with NRM North in consultation with other agencies, to develop a long-term open space plan for Sheepwash Creek, which flows through the western side of Perth, Tasmania.
In partnership with Worm Lovers and Food Compost Food, the City of Stonnington in Melbourne has worked with local Owners Corporations to help set up communal worm farms at three apartment buildings.
Swimming pool goes green
The 68kW solar system on the roof of the Mount Gambier Aquatic Centre was switched on earlier this month, making it one of the ‘greenest’ swimming pools in Australia.
Conserving rural environments
To improve conservation values in its rural areas, Hume City Council has committed to a grant program for landowners and environmental community groups.
Embracing solar for heritage buildings
Installing a photovoltaic system on the Newcastle Museum was no straightforward task for Newcastle City Council (NCC). As a heritage-listed site, the former railway workshop that houses the museum posed unique challenges.
The Western Alliance for Greenhouse Action (WAGA) has launched an innovative web tool to inform local governments and communities about climate change impacts and responses in the west of Melbourne.
Fresh look at remote waste
The rubbish adding to landfills in the Northern Territory’s Big Rivers region could soon be providing financial and environmental benefits to its three Regional Councils, thanks to a collaboration driving a rethink on remote waste management.
Run silent, run deep at Applecross*
For those exercise junkies in the Perth suburb of Applecross, the impressive new set of steps installed by Landmark Products at Heathcote Reserve are a welcome sight. But the news is also good for nearby residents.
Waterwise council earns top gong
The City of Mandurah in Western Australia has received the highest recognition in the State Government’s Waterwise Council Program, having been awarded Platinum status at a special event recently.
This car is electrifying*
For BMW, sustainability isn’t just about emission-free motoring. It goes beyond the vehicle’s day-to-day use, and extends to factors such as supply chain, production, service life and recycling.
Restoring roadside vegetation
Glen Innes Severn Council in the New England region of New South Wales is managing local roadside vegetation and stamping out invasive weeds.
Educating on biosecurity
The City of South Perth has run a series of successful workshops on woodland protection and sustainability.
Sustainability communication goes online
The City of Unley in South Australia has taken its commitment to environmental sustainability into the digital realm with the creation of five short videos for its social media channels.
AWRE returning to Melbourne for 2017*
Off the back of a record Sydney show in 2016, the Australasian Waste & Recycling Expo (AWRE) will return to Melbourne from the 23-24 August 2017 at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre.