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.
The recent resignation of Melbourne’s Lord Mayor raises questions about councillor conduct and the mechanisms by
which councillors are held accountable.
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.
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.
City of Sydney Lord Mayor, Clover Moore, has re-opened the popular playground on Redfern’s Kepos Street, following upgrade work over summer.
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.
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.
Fraser Coast Council is provoking residents to talk about disaster management and to have a plan of action for what-if natural disaster strikes.
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.
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.
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.