December 2017 Edition

Breaking News

  • 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.

Articles

Editorials

Feature: Efficiency and Sustainability

  • Curtin goes up on work placements
    The City of Stirling in Western Australia has worked with six Curtin University students to implement new health and safety projects.
  • Timely checks reduce procurement risk*
    By Rob Cook
  • Future directions - From the City of Launceston
  • 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.
  • Wildflowers and history on display
    The Shire of Toodyay, just a short trip from Perth in Western Australia, is making its mark as a tourism destination.
  • Excellence in planning
    Randwick Council in Sydney took home two gongs at the Planning Institute Australia Awards for Excellence held in November.
  • Park leads in sustainability
    A park upgrade in Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council (QPRC) in New South Wales has been recognised for its innovative and sustainable design.
  • Pedal power promotes sustainability
    In Western Australia, City of Gosnells staff members are pedalling their way to a more efficient future, with the addition of eBikes to the City’s fleet.
  • Have you reviewed your Will lately?*
    If you have a will, have you reviewed your will recently?
  • 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.
  • Planning excellence
    The Planning and Environment Department at Muswellbrook Shire Council in New South Wales has been recognised by the Planning Institute of Australia.
  • Encouraging sustainable developments
  • 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.
  • Environment officers work with councils
    In a pilot program in Victoria, Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Officers are working with selected councils to monitor local pollution.
  • Applications Open for 2018*
    Master of Local Government Scholarship available
  • Stormwater harvesting saves
    A new stormwater harvesting and reuse system at a sports oval in Willoughby Council in New South Wales is estimated to save upwards of $10,000 per year.