Councils still work towards equity
“Progress towards 50:50 is not inevitable,” Virginia Haussegger AM told the annual Australian Local Government Women’s Association Networking Breakfast at the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) National Assembly.
Councils muster recycling pride
The District Council of Orroroo Carrieton in South Australia has taken out the top prize of the MobileMuster awards this year.
Reconciliation effort rewarded
A walking trail in the Rural City of Wangaratta has won the top award for Indigenous reconciliation for Victorian local governments.
New website accessible for all
Digital accessibility for all, whether that be for people with disability, those who are ageing, or residents who are culturally and linguistically diverse, is the aim of the City of Cockburn’s new website.
High commendation for dunny run
A Tweed Shire Council accessibility project that evaluated accessibility of public toilets has earned national praise for combining the expertise of Council staff with the lived experience of people with a disability.
Burning right tonight
The ACT Government has called on residents to remain wary of the air pollution caused by wood heaters.
Banning the bag
City of Canada Bay has become the first council in New South Wales to officially offer support to Clean Up Australia’s #BanTheBag campaign.
New head for LG Professionals
The Chief Executive Officer of City of Palmerston in the Northern Territory, Mr Ricki Bruhn, has been formally inducted as the 2017-2018 LG Professionals Australia National President.
Gluten free audit a success
The City of Busselton in Western Australia has carried out a local ‘gluten free’ test with pleasing results.
Fast tracking high-rise fire safety checks
In the wake of the Grenfell fire tragedy in London, the Inner West Council is fast tracking a fire safety audit of all high-rise with external cladding within the New South Wales local government area.
A discussion on the ground at the National General Assembly centred on the lack of female speakers on panels – particularly those focused on technology.
Community hub fit for all seasons
The tiny community of Adjungbilly – 60 kilometres from Gundagai in Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council – has a community hall that can now be used comfortably all year round, thanks to a grant from the Stronger Communities Fund.
The Shire of Esperance in Western Australia recently upgraded 60-year-old rollers and is improving the safety of the staff that operates them.
A ten-year Capital Works Program of Sunshine Coast Council is delivering key infrastructure projects and successfully leveraging grant funding.
Streamlining asset management workflows
Eighteen months ago Tablelands Regional Council in Queensland officers drew a line in the sand and looked to transform how the organisation delivered asset management.
Exposure to wood good for the heart, the head and healing*
Planet Ark has completed a new report – Wood – Nature Inspired Design – which outlines the importance of connecting buildings with the natural world and how with ‘nature connected design’ (also called biophilic design) and using wood we can bring nature indoors and provide a healthier, happier environment
Roadmap for economic growth
Tea Tree Gully Council has adopted an economic framework that focuses on support for small businesses and methods to attract new investment to the South Australian community.
Brimbank City Council in Victoria has developed and adopted the use of cutting edge technology, artificial intelligence and CCTV to monitor and maintain the ongoing maintenance of its stormwater pipe assets.
Roof upgrade saves thousands
A thermal insulation upgrade to the roof of the local entertainment and convention centre will save the Mackay Regional Council between $10,000 and $15,000 per year.
LED lighting to save millions
The Local Government Association (SA) is working towards transitioning councils to LED street lighting, with projections of saving South Australian communities up to $196 million over a twenty-year period.
Tropical urbanism scoops highest accolade
An award-winning collaborative study into tropical urbanism in Cairns has claimed the title of Australia’s Best Planning Idea – Small Project at the 2017 Planning Excellence Awards.