October 2018 Edition

Breaking News

  • 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.

Articles

Editorials

Feature: Training and professional development

  • 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.
  • Future directions - By Candy Choo CEO, LGPro WA
  • 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.
  • Degrees of flexibility: Local government degrees launch online at UTS*
    Interested in further study, but struggling with work-life balance?
  • 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.
  • Proactive partnership supporting electrical safety
    Each year up to 80 electrical apprentices join inspectors from Access Canberra on worksites as part of a proactive program to upskill and enhance safety.
  • Keeping track of your mobile assets*
    Azentro Telematics is the leading Teletrac Navman Dealer in Australia.
  • 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.

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