Landmark renewable energy agreement
Eighteen councils have signed a landmark agreement that will see 20 percent of councils’ retail electricity from renewable sources from 1 July 2019.
Motion passed for FIFO and DIDO workforce to be counted
Queensland councils have supported a push by Isaac Regional Council for a change to government funding to recognise both resident and serviced populations in resource communities, at the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) annual conference in Brisbane this week.
Calls for a new system in merged councils
The Local Government NSW Annual Conference has adopted a proposal raised by Dubbo Regional Council to address complaints with the ward system which created confusion for voters in the last local government elections.
New funding agreement for WA roads
A new road funding agreement between Western Australia’s state and local governments will give councils access to a greater share of the money targeted for road building and maintenance.
Standing up for saying 'no'
Lord Mayor, Gordon Bradbery AM, said, I Belong in the Gong is about saying no to harassment and letting people know who they can ask for help if they experience confronting or threatening behaviour.
Making safe places
The week that candle lit vigils across Australia marked the violent death of Melbourne woman, Eurydice Dixon, City of Ballarat representatives were in Canberra to receive a National Award for Local Government for an innovative community safety project Right to the Night.
Safe city recognised
Toowoomba Region, Queensland, has achieved international accreditation as an Australian Safe Community after the final assessment by the Australian Safe Communities Foundation.
Five smart cities vie for award
The Cities of Brisbane, Adelaide, Ipswich, Sunshine Coast and Canterbury-Bankstown have been shortlisted for the top prize at the inaugural Australian Smart Cities Awards.
Mayors blaze the Sale Trail
Mayor Carol Adams from the City of Kwinana and Mayor Barry Sammels from the City of Rockingham are updating their attire all in the name of a good cause.
Coastal sewerage gets facelift
Central Coast Council, New South Wales, is investing $1.47 million this financial year to upgrade and improve the performance of the Central Coast’s sewerage infrastructure.
Rubber roundabout a first
Tweed Shire Council, New South Wales, installed its first rubber roundabout as a test model on 4 October.
Key partnership for rural councils
Victoria’s fastest growing rural councils have entered into a partnership with the Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) to manage population growth across the region.
City of Darwin staff and contractors continue to complete infrastructure and playground repairs in parks and open spaces, following Cyclone Marcus in March this year.
Community conservation program
The Shire of Jerramungup, Western Australia, is using social media to help with conservation efforts within the community.
Community engagement shapes city
A record number of residents have provided their thoughts and feedback on projects being conducted by the City of Canterbury Bankstown, New South Wales, or impacting it, over the past 12 months.
A recharge and a coffee to go
City of Fremantle, Western Australia, continues to be a leader in sustainable transport installing new electric car charging points at Fremantle’s Cappuccino Strip car park.
Critical sporting infrastructure
The City of Ballarat, Victoria, has a plan to become one of Australia’s first councils to strive towards having female friendly facilities in all its sporting facilities.
Gender Board appointment
Boroondara City Councillor and National President Australian Local Government Women’s Association (ALGWA), Coral Ross, has been appointed Deputy Chair of the newly formed Australian Gender Equality Council (AGEC).
Drop in for help
Noosa Council, Queensland, has teamed up with a range of agencies and not-for-profit organisations to launch a one-stop shop giving vulnerable locals easy access to essential services.
Age friendly businesses
Businesses that provide goods and services to older people or people with a disability are being encouraged to join Melville Age Friendly Accessible Businesses (MAFAB) network and become a FAB business!
Festival empowers community
The pristine top end town of Mapoon recently celebrated the Paanja Festival, proudly supported by Mapoon Aboriginal Shire Council.
Heart Safe City
Dubbo, New South Wales, is leading the way in being a Red Cross Heart Safe City with almost 100 Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) across the community according to Mayor of Dubbo Regional Council, Ben Shields.
Mental health first aid
Mount Alexander Shire Council, Victoria, has placed youth mental health high on the agenda, working to train more than 50 of its staff and 200 local students in mental health first aid this year.
Future proofing budgets and reputations*
The Royal Commission into Financial Services and the upcoming Royal Commission into Aged Care reflect the vital importance of effective complaints handling and dispute resolution mechanisms to all sectors.
Equipping women to become leaders
The Cassowary Coast Regional Council, Queensland, is helping to equip more women across the organisation with the practical tools and skills required to become a future leader or manager.
Winner on the global stage
Tourism in Queensland’s Douglas Shire has been given a big green tick, winning a place on the United Nations endorsed Global Sustainable Tourism Council’s top 100 list of most sustainable destinations.
Embedding values in the workplace
Following on from the launch of the City of Perth Corporate Values – Teamwork, Commitment, Courage and Respect, the City’s Human Resources team organised wellbeing workshops to embed these values.
‘Conversations Matter’ in the Coorong
Coorong District Council, South Australia (SA), is forging a new way in suicide prevention, with a proactive approach to mental health awareness and community mobilisation.
Creating a culture of learning: ‘Ready Set Grow’
Georges River Council, New South Wales, is an amalgamated council working strategically to integrate and grow a positive, high-performing culture by introducing a council-wide learning program: Ready Set Grow!
Gaining workplace skills
Moree Plains Shire Council, New South Wales, is providing teenagers the chance to gain work skills and experience through paid employment.
Incubator for ideas
Onkaparinga Youth Enterprise Hub (OYEH) is an incubator for South Australian innovators, change makers, creatives and entrepreneurs aged under 30.
Drones fly Council into the future
Ballina Shire Council, New South Wales (NSW), is flying high since six staff now have their ‘wings’ after graduating with their Remote Pilot License from TAFE NSW.
Lift literacy for safety
During a recent update to the performance review process at West Tamar Council, Tasmania, written feedback was sought from staff which identified that many employees struggled with literacy and numeracy skills.
Female staff find their voice
Ballina Shire Council, New South Wales, is empowering women in the workplace by developing their confidence and communication skills.
Press Start: for positive social gaming
Glen Eira City Council’s Press Start program is a first-of-its-kind, innovative youth gaming program developed by the Victorian Council in partnership with local young gamers.
On top of the relay for third year
Central Highlands Regional Council’s Relay for life team came out on top for the third year in a row raising just over $8,000 for the annual fundraiser for Cancer Council Queensland.
Get help from Lynda
Fairfield City Council, New South Wales, is supporting residents to reach their personal and professional learning goals and increase career prospects through the City’s libraries with the recent arrival of ‘Lynda’.
Supporting the Army Reserves
Cook Shire Council, Queensland, Workshop and Fleet Manager, Scott Johnson, scored a trip aboard the tall ship Young Endeavour, after being nominated for an Australian Defence Force recognition program.
Tweed and Kenya share a glass
A volunteer from Tweed Shire Council, New South Wales, travelled to western Kenya last month to upgrade Safewater plants built by the Tweed Kenya Mentoring Program (TKMP), now in its 13th year of operation.
Young voices join council
A new Youth Council will give young people in Brimbank, Victoria, a stronger voice in decision-making.
Wellbeing program inspires staff
Not many local government employees can say they have met inspirational, former Rugby League professional, Alex McKinnon, or enjoyed a spot of rock’n’roll line dancing during their workday.
Every drop counts
Rockhampton Regional Council is on track to reach their 2018 target of saving 1000 lives in the Red 25 Blood Donation Challenge.
Improving parks for all
Kiama Municipal Council, New South Wales, has many beautiful parks and reserves that need to be managed to ensure the health of the trees, shrubs and other plants, as well as for community safety.