Collaboration is key to budget repair
A cooperative approach is a central theme in the budget submission by the Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA) for consideration by the State Government.
Focus on liveability needs social infrastructure
Western Sydney has entered a golden age according to NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, in her address to the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) Annual General Meeting last week.
Councils congratulate incoming Government
The Queensland election is finally over giving Premier Aanastaccia Palaszczuk’s Labor Party two seat win and the go ahead to form government. A reshuffle of key ministerial positions means a new look cabinet will be announced tomorrow with men and women equally represented.
Local governments are playing a key role in preventing harm from poker machines in their communities.
New premises for creative group
A Sunshine Coast community group that offers low-cost creative activities as a means of therapy and social interaction has received a major upgrade to its premises.
Dignity for vulnerable women
Women experiencing vulnerability will now have access to free sanitary items thanks to the City of Darwin and Share the Dignity’s implementation of the Northern Territory’s first Dignity Vending Machine.
Contest shines light on diversity
Blacktown City Council in New South Wales has hosted the inaugural Diwali Festival of Lights Competition to recognise and celebrate the thriving local Indian community.
Welcoming migrants in rural areas
A recent Welcome Weekend that showcased the Southern Grampians Shire to migrant families currently living in Melbourne and Adelaide was a great success.
New South Wales councils will be able to form new voluntary Joint Organisations from next year.
New sports courts to benefit remote town
A $1.5 million sporting facility will be built in the Northern Territory town of Borroloola with a grant from the McArthur River Mine (MRM) Community Benefits Trust.
Design with nature: Reconnecting people and place*
With the relentless growth of our cities, population and climate challenges, there has never been a more pressing need to promote new techniques and designs for greening our cities, communities and dwellings.
Quality tourism services recognised
The District Council of Yankalilla has proven its Visitor Information Centre is one of the best in the state after winning a prize at the SA Tourism Awards for the second consecutive year.
Partnership across the border
The Murray River, once seen as a division between NSW and Victoria, is now a symbol of unity, thanks to a historic cross-border partnership between two large regional councils that straddle the river.
Youth Hub takes out state award
A collaborative project aimed at supporting Bundaberg region youth as they successfully transition from school to further education, training and employment has received state honours.
Supporting early learning
To help plan an early years learning hub in Logan, Logan City Council in Queensland recently led a fact-finding mission to southern states to view existing flagship centres.
From the ashes
The Shire of Northampton in Western Australia is celebrating the rejuvenation of a local park after a fire a few years ago.
Strengthening indigenous relationships
For its work in collaborating with the local Jerrinja people, Shoalhaven City Council in New South Wales received the Council Partnership of the Year award at the 2017 Local Government Aboriginal Network Awards.
Urban forests get smart
A collaborative project is aiming to enhance the management of urban forests by utilising data.
Busting road fatigue
Over 23 local council areas are working together to implement the 2018 Free Cuppa for the Driver scheme in a bid to reduce tired drivers and fatigue related crashes on roads in Western NSW.
Local youth become recycling champions
When Break O’Day Council, a small, rural municipality on the East Coast of Tasmania, decided to introduce recycling, they faced some big community education issues – local young people provided the answer.
Upgrades for local business
Brimbank City Council in Victoria is taking part in an innovative funding model to allow local companies to undertake environmental building upgrades.
New technology solves old problem
In preparation for the delivery of Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council’s $2 million water main replacement program, the New South Wales council is trialling new water busting technology.
Master your payroll*
Payroll is caught in a complex web of compliance issues that cannot be overlooked. From a legislative perspective alone, payroll calculations are either impacted or regulated by rules around taxation, superannuation, leave accruals & terminations.
Printing a solution in 3D
When a millimetre made the difference between success and failure, the 3D printer in Ipswich Library was an important tool for an internal Ipswich City Council project.
Increasing customer satisfaction
Enhancing the customer service experience for residents and visitors was the driving force behind the recently launched Customer Service Plan by the City of Greater Geraldton, Western Australia.
Sustainability excellence recognised
Campbelltown City Council in New South Wales has been recognised for its commitment to sustainability at the Local Government NSW (LGNSW) Excellence in the Environment Awards.
Solar farm to boost jobs
Burdekin Shire Council has approved the development of a $280 million Burdekin Solar Farm at Clare, paving the way for hundreds of new jobs – including for local women and young people.
Smaller councils need to work even smarter*
Yass Valley Council located in the beautiful Southern Tablelands of New South Wales and bordering Canberra the national’s capital, has chosen to implement the MAGIQ Enterprise Council management system to achieve greater efficiency and productivity, and deliver better outcomes for its community.
Tourism goes virtual
A new virtual reality touring experience will give visitors a taste of what Victoria’s Swan Hill region has to offer.
Locals become face of city
Frankston City Council in Melbourne is supporting local traders during sinfrastructure improvements through the Faces of Frankston campaign.
Tackling single-use plastic
Cutting community use of plastic bags was the aim of an awareness campaign launched in August by the Shire of Dardanup in Western Australia, just prior to the State Government’s announcement of a ban on single-use plastic bags.
Native beehive scoops major award
Ku-ring-gai Council’s program has won the Communication, Education and Empowerment Award at the LGNSW Excellence in the Environment Awards.
Up an app ’em
Mosman Council in Sydney has expanded an app for residents to highlight recreation information such as oval closures, more walks and cycling routes.
Top honours for waste team
The Waste Education team at Western Metropolitan Regional Council in Western Australia were awarded the Environmental Action Award at the recent United Nations Association of Australia WA gala.
The Planning and Environment Department at Muswellbrook Shire Council in New South Wales has been recognised by the Planning Institute of Australia.
Solar farm eclipsing coal
A 5MW solar farm at a waste management centre will increase Newcastle City Council’s renewable energy generation capacity tenfold.
City of Canada Bay innovates protection of infrastructure*
A metropolitan local government authority the City of Canada Bay is situated in the Inner West of Sydney, NSW. Formed in December 2000 following the merger of Concord and Drummoyne Councils, it owns and manages not only the region’s stormwater drainage assets but also a growing private underground electrical network.
Biodiversity through the roof
A three-year project to restore 25 hectares of bushland on private land in Tweed Shire is entering its final stages, with plant diversity trebling in some areas.
Yarra Ranges turns the key to get its search priorities correct*
Outlining the background to the implementation of iFerret, Yarra Ranges enterprise systems business analyst, Michelle Harris explains “we had an overwhelming need to find information for Freedom of Information (FOI) requests, our email archive was very large and information was stored in various locations in network drives, rather than the corporate document management system.
Keeping IT agile
The City of Unley in South Australia has reformed its IT department, moving the focus to driving business transformation and organisational efficiency.
Going coconuts for coir pots
As an innovative solution to plastic pots, the City of South Perth’s nursery is trialling 100 per cent biodegradable pots made from natural fibres.