July 2019 Edition

Articles

Editorials

Feature: Financial sustainability & asset management

  • A modern slant on asset management
    Thanks to an ongoing focus on asset management, the City of Nedlands, Western Australia, is making strides in developing its forward works programs using evidence-based data and whole-of-life costings.
  • CCC audit highlights need for robust procurement*
    By Phil Stark
  • Road to the future
    One of Australia’s fastest growing suburbs marked a major milestone recently when Liverpool City Council, New South Wales, opened a key route to the local train station.
  • Built to last
    Early this year, the road crew from the Shire of Dandaragan, demonstrated why it is one of Council’s most highly valued assets.
  • Local government contributes to national Data Standard development*
    Development of a nationally harmonised Data Standard to enable local councils and road agencies to collect and share asset management data across Australia has involved pilot projects with local councils in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and the Northern Territory.
  • Transition to mobile software
    Clarence City Council, Tasmania, has transitioned to the innovative mobile software solution of OneCouncil.
  • Budgeting and reporting in the Cloud*
    MAGIQ Software has announced its market leading MAGIQ Performance budgeting, reporting and planning suite is now available as a native Cloud software application.
  • Leading in waste management
    With a long record of innovation in waste management, MidCoast Council’s new integrated waste management facility at Tuncurry is a multi-award winner, most recently recognised as a finalist in two categories at the New South Wales Local Government Excellence Awards.
  • Switching on Darwin – construction complete
    The construction of Switching on Darwin, the nation’s largest smart city project, has been completed on time and on budget.
  • Best in the west
    City of Armadale’s long standing Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ray Tame capped off a stellar career and celebrated his transition to retirement last month, by receiving the Institute of Public Administration Australia, Western Australia Leader of the Year Working in Local Government award.
  • Bellbird Community Hall upgrade complete
    Bellbird Community Hall has received a much needed upgrade and is more accessible to everyone utilising this important community asset.
  • Building Nations symposium*
    Big Names, Big Issues, Big Ideas: join us at New Zealand’s premier infrastructure conference
  • A positive budget
    Cook Shire Council, Queensland, has chosen to adopt a ‘responsible and realistic’ budget for the coming year prioritising renewal of existing infrastructure and maintaining services.
  • Smarter parking for the city centre*
    Warrnambool City Council, Victoria, has chosen CellOPark to modernise parking in the regional city’s central business district.
  • Emergency management software benefits road users
    Central Highlands Regional Council in partnership with QIT Plus is leading the way as the first Queensland council to go live with emergency management software Guardian IMS.
  • A visit from the Minister
    A new program supporting small business is being rolled out across New South Wales the Minister for Finance and Small Business, the Hon Damion Tudehope MLC, told Member for Wollondilly Nathaniel Smith and Wollondilly Council representatives in a meeting with local small business operators.
  • New HR approach delivers injury free year
    Changing the way the 700 strong workforce at City of Gosnells, Western Australia, approaches safety and on the job risk has resulted in a year without lost time through injury.
  • FunSearch helps highlight free council assets and events*
    Australian technology start-up and Destination Marketing company, FunSearch.com.au is a new ‘location aware’ photo and video search engine that allows councils across the country to promote all manner of council assets and green spaces to both locals and travellers alike.
  • Stay connected – maintain control*
    The new Chain of Responsibility (CoR) laws will mean that incident investigators will focus on all measures that could have reasonably been taken to avoid a trailer separation.
  • Minimal Rates rise
    For the 24th consecutive year, Brighton Council, Tasmania, will keep its rate increase in line with inflation with the general rate rise again pegged to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for 2019-20.
  • Green light for financial management
    Somerset Regional Council was one of only 13 councils across the state to score top marks for financial sustainability and management following the release of the 2017/18 local government audits by the Queensland Audit Office (QAO).
  • Yarra’s waste revolution
    A revolution has come to the City of Yarra, Victoria, with 1300 households in the area trying a Victorian-first new waste and recycling collection.
  • Recycled waste paves the way
    Central Coast Council, New South Wales, has expanded its war on waste to include constructing a road from recycled soft plastic, glass and toner cartridges.
  • Innovation continues at former college
    Mount Alexander Shire Council, Victoria, has proposed repurposing the former Castlemaine Secondary College campus as a new training, education and business incubator hub.
  • Can it be done?*
    In early 2019, an unsealed road in outer suburban Melbourne was going to be subjected to increased traffic volume of up to 3500 VPD. This was required due to the construction of a new estate and the subsequent upgrade of a sealed road leading to it.
  • Close the loop on waterwaste*
    RegenAqua™ is a wastewater treatment system at the cutting edge of innovation in municipal tertiary wastewater treatment.

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