Focus On... Best Practice
- Engaged staff key to improved business excellence
In 2010, during the development of Queanbeyan City Council’s suite of Integrated Plans, the Long-Term Financial Plan highlighted the need for Council to re-examine how it did business in order to remain sustainable into the future.
- Co-working spaces catch on
Modelled on successful shared spaces in Sydney and Melbourne, the Majoran Distillery — a co-working shared space for digital entrepreneurs — was launched in September 2012 in Adelaide.
- Future directions in best practice
From Fraser Coast Regional Council, Queensland. Following three years of planning and almost nine months of night work, the program to roll out Microsoft’s Windows 7 across the Fraser Coast Regional Council is winding up.
- Excellence in communication
The Forbes Shire Council in New South Wales has taken out the Award for Excellence in Communication at the LGSA Annual Awards Ceremony held in August this year.
- Open spaces key to healthy communities
Councils right across Australia are facing the demands of a growing population and the need for higher density housing, while recognising the crucial role of open spaces in maintaining healthy communities.
- Council wins stormwater infrastructure award
The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters has been awarded the Stormwater Industry Association (SIA) ‘Excellence in Infrastructure’ Award, for the state-of-the-art stormwater management system, which was engineered and installed as part of the major redevelopment of Dunstone Grove-Linde Reserve in Stepney.
- Council launches events website
Finding, submitting or simply browsing events in the Bundaberg Region has just become easier with the launch of Bundaberg Regional Council’s new events website.
- Bush Internet on the move
A simple idea and a bit of know-how have led to the creation of a mobile satellite unit that promises to change the future of communications in the bush.
- Kingston City Council embraces social media
Kingston Council in Victoria has actively engaged with the many forms of social media, recognising them as powerful and strategic forces of communication in the contemporary world.
- Construction kickstart
A campaign to kick start construction jobs has begun, with Gold Coast City Council launching a major infrastructure charges reduction package that could create more than 4000 jobs and add more than $4 billion in developments to the city over the next four years.
- Community approach to business sustainability
Living in a small hinterland village that straddles both a major highway and two local government areas has its challenges, however the residents of Nabiac in New South Wales have set a clear course in achieving their vision of a ‘Vibrant Rural Village’.
- Commitment to project management awarded
The Shire of Campaspe’s commitment to project management has again been recognised at the Project Management Achievement Awards, receiving the Judges Commendation Award for the restoration of the Red Gum Memorial Archway in Echuca.
- Innovative approach to road stabilisation
Campbelltown City Council’s cost effective and sustainable road pavement stabilisation projects have been recognised for excellence and innovation at the inaugural AustStab Awards of Excellence 2012, held in Melbourne in August.
- Continuous improvement program reaps rewards
The City of Tea Tree Gully in north-eastern Adelaide, thanks to its Innovate 2 Excel (I2E) continuous improvement program, is quickly discarding inefficient and outdated work practices.
- WOMBAT strictly prohibited
Many people think public servants sit around crashing computers and jamming photocopiers, but at Lismore City Council the staff have a healthy sense of humour and a genuine desire to make their workplace better.
- Top honour for City of Mandurah
A proactive approach to the new Western Australian Building Act has landed the City of Mandurah with a top honour at the annual WA Branch of the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors Awards.
- Best practice OHS in saleyards*
Livestock saleyards present a unique high-risk environment in terms of Workplace Health & Safety Management.
- ISO 9001 Quality - Sustaining Continuous Improvement*
Continuous improvement efforts either take an evolutionary approach, involving small ‘incremental’ improvements over time, or attempt a more revolutionary ‘breakthrough’ improvement.