March 2018 Edition
- Historic walkway a Royal honour
Queensland’s City of the Gold Coast Mayor, Tom Tate, has unveiled an historic gift to his Royal Highness, Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, presenting the final marker for the city’s Commonwealth Walkway.
- Census profiles Victorian local leaders
The Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) has released the results of the 2017 MAV Councillor Census.
- Infrastructure plan for highly livible corridor
The New South Wales Government has released a draft of four major future road and rail infrastructure corridors which they say will help establish the Western Sydney Parkland City.
- Current code of conduct not good enough
The investigation into Melbourne’s former lord mayor, Robert Doyle’s behaviour has found that the council was not a safe workplace for the two councillors involved.
- Conduct unbecoming
The recent resignation of Melbourne’s Lord Mayor raises questions about councillor conduct and the mechanisms by
which councillors are held accountable.
- Cultural diversity crown winner
City of Greater Dandenong, on the southeast edge of Melbourne is now Australia’s most culturally diverse community.
- Electric super highway
Noosa Shire Council has plugged into the State’s Electric Super Highway, giving eco-tourism and Noosa’s emissions-reduction efforts a welcome boost.
- 358 new trees
Blacktown City Council, New South Wales, has planted 358 trees along Carlisle Avenue, in Mt Druitt, as part of a project to “green” the major transport corridors throughout the wider city.
- The real value of local government - President’s comment
- Home grown training
King Island Council will pilot a new vocational technical and further education (TAFE) course hoping to entice local youth to stay on the island.
- ALGWA bursary supporting women
The Australian Local Government Women’s Association (ALGWA) Victorian Branch has announced that applications are now open for the 2018 Bursary Award for women working in Local Government.
- Small beginnings
City of Sydney Lord Mayor, Clover Moore, has re-opened the popular playground on Redfern’s Kepos Street, following upgrade work over summer.
- The future of community engagement is online*
Community engagement is facing a turning point, and technology is now one of the best assets you have to get your community involved.
- Locks a lift for cyclists
City of Fremantle’s Community Safety Team will be giving out free D-locks in an effort to reduce bike theft.
- Contempt for politicians – how might we improve their standing? - The Good Oil by Rod Brown
‘It’s difficult to overstate the sense of contempt I have for many politicians – the sense of entitlement, the egotistical attitude of superiority, the double standards, the doublespeak.’
- Garden honours the ones left behind
The City of Ballarat has been gifted with a new memorial to honour the families of Australian soldiers.
- Council jobs not all alike
West Arnhem Regional Council workers have joined Kakadu Rangers in completing their annual snake catch training at Kakadu Park Headquarters.
- Northwest festival goes local
Western Australia’s Town of Port Hedland has announced that its popular North West Festival will continue in 2018 using a new management model.
- Wright Book Box opens the next chapter
Canberra’s newest Book Box has been officially opened in Wright, creating an inviting space for people from the southern reaches of the Molonglo Valley to meet new people and to share their favourite books.
- Asset management empowering sustainable change*
Given that asset management is a critical role for Local Government, this will be of interest to YOU.
- Councillor profiles - Victoria Brown President of Shire of Esperance
- Councillor profiles - John Daw President Mundaring Shire Council
- The magic of storytelling
Queensland’s Sunshine Coast Council Library has launched the first of ten First 5 Forever story seats to be rolled out progressively across the region.
- Food vans are tailor made
Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council has recently granted $50,000 to the Cootamundra Lions Club through the New South Wales (NSW) Government’s Stronger Communities Fund.
- Trending in 2018*
Two trends developing in grants and funding in 2018 will be greater scrutiny of your project and shorter deadlines for submission.
- National street skate championships
The New South Wales Central Coast will host the first ever Australian Skateboarding Federation (ASF) sanctioned Australian Championships of Street Skateboarding on April 28.
- Provoking talk
Fraser Coast Council is provoking residents to talk about disaster management and to have a plan of action for what-if natural disaster strikes.
- Countdown for Asia-Pacific region’s most exciting conference begins*
April 2018 is going to be an exciting month for the geospatial industry as Asia-Pacific’s most premier conferences; GeoSmart Asia and Locate are joining hands to come together in Adelaide, Australia, from April 9-11, 2018.
Feature: Information & Communication Technology
- The future is now
City of Ipswich, Queensland, has treated residents to a taste of the future with a chance to ride on a futuristic electric self-driving shuttle that was on display last month.
- Procurement technology enhances relationships*
By Rob Cook
- Future directions - By Simon Kuttner, Media & Communications Officer – Longreach Regional Council
- Lighting the way
Mornington Peninsula Shire in Victoria will install more than 10,700 high-performance, energy efficient LED street lights across the Peninsula as part of a bulk upgrade project.
- Camera network in the spotlight
The City of Perth’s surveillance centre CityWatch monitors over 320 CCTV cameras and has been effective for monitoring major events.
- All systems go
Lake Macquarie City Council in New South Wales is implementing new digital systems to improve core services and operations.
- Body worn cameras are a deterrent
Town of Claremont rangers and parking officers are among the first in Western Australia to utilise body worn cameras during their day-to-day activities.
- Science savvy students set to ruffle some feathers
Logan City Council Libraries are joining forces with Griffith University for a series of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) workshops.
- Achieving best practice*
The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder in Western Australia has selected the MAGIQ Performance software product to achieve ‘best practice’ delivery of its financial, regulatory, and strategic reporting and planning processes.
- Digital records management
Cardinia Shire Council was excited to welcome eCloud Business Services (eCloud) to the Cardinia Civic Centre, in the Victorian town of Officer, to establish the Cardinia Digitisation Centre.
- Doing our bit: Mosman 1914-1918
Mosman Library Service in New South Wales, has acknowledged the centenary of the First World War with an innovative online resource.
- iPads and biscuits
Coffs Harbour City Council, New South Wales is introducing a novel way for residents to learn about getting connected while doing it.
- Portal gives easy access
City of West Torrens, South Australia is delivering information to local residents via an interactive portal on Council’s website.
- Council launches cyber respect campaign
Redland City councillors have taken a unanimous stand against disrespectful online behaviour by publicly committing not to ‘sledge’ on social media, and encouraging others to do the same.
- The real world information challenge*
City of Gosnells has taken up the information challenge and asked iFerret to search out all relevant documents across a dataset and improve efficiency in that process.
- Local art goes on the map
Cairns Regional Council is developing a website to map arts and cultural facilities and features.
- High-tech saleyards lead the way
Southern Grampians Shire Council, Victoria, has given the go ahead for Radio Frequency Identification Device (RFID) readers to be installed at the Hamilton Regional Livestock Exchange.
- IT equipment donated to U3A
City of Knox has gifted the local University of the third age (U3A) some surplus Information Technology (IT) equipment.
- Seniors switch on with digital classes
City of Darwin Libraries have launched a digital literacy program for seniors.
- Language no longer a barrier
City of Greater Geraldton has embraced its non-English speaking community and visitors providing access to interpreters at numerous local public amenities.
- Smart data warehouse drives business intelligence
Redland City Council has introduced data warehousing, an initiative that was seen to be essential for improving performance, through better and more intelligent business decisions.
- MyMosman app has even more
Mosman Council, New South Wales has expanded its popular resident app MyMosman to give users an even better experience.
- Museum enters digital age
Western Australia’s Town of Claremont has brought the olden days to the new age by digitising more than 100 years of history.
- Riverina Science Festival receives boost
Wagga Wagga City Library will once again coordinate the Riverina Science Festival in August 2018 thanks to a funding boost of $18,492 from the Federal Government.
- Library gets e-Smart
Broome Public Library has become Western Australia’s latest library service to achieve accreditation through the Alannah & Madeline Foundation’s e-Smart Libraries framework.
- Exciting arts initiative
New South Wales’ Penrith City Council’s has launched an exciting new arts Initiative - the DiG (Digital) Maker Space Program.
- Watch council meetings from home
East Gippsland Shire Council, Victoria, began live streaming its council meetings in February using the first meeting of the year to trial the new technology.