Focus On... Best Practice

  • Landfill gas management means a healthier environment
    New methane gas disposal technology ensures Bundaberg Regional Council remains at the cutting edge of environmentally sustainable waste management initiatives.
  • Boosting business investment
    The adoption of a new Business Investment Policy by Tweed Shire Council in June is already encouraging new investment in the Tweed.

  • Future Directions - Penrith ‘transformers’ set to revamp urban space with one-year park installation
    Using best practice tactical urbanism – short term action to create meaningful long term change – business, community and creatives have come on board for Penrith City Council’s Make My Park Pop project.

  • Best practice: Enterprise Risk Management*
    Historically, risk management has tended to focus on the negative – how do we identify what might go wrong? How bad will things get if it does? How can we stop it?
  • Holroyd City Council joins Westmead Alliance
    The recently announced Westmead Alliance of Parramatta’s major health and research institutions has received a welcome boost from neighbouring Holroyd City.
  • Outstanding project management rewarded
    The Shire of Campaspe has won prestigious awards for two key community projects.
  • Council sacking raises concerns for democracy
    The Victorian Local Government Association (VLGA) and the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) have expressed disappointment at the removal of Wangaratta City Council by Victorian Minister for Local Government, Jeanette Powell.
  • Data at your fingertips
    Have you checked out the Regional Australia Institute’s online index and interactive map [In]Sight yet?
  • Real life skills and fun
    When Laura Denmeade applied for a Redland City Council traineeship last year, she never expected her role description would include feeding live crickets to frogs.
  • Website lists practical sustainable activities
    Sunshine Coast residents keen to help themselves and the region become more sustainable can now pitch in via a new online resource.
  • Regionwide connectivity boost
    Scenic Rim Regional Council is investing $300,000 in 2013/14 to deliver a Wide Area Network project aimed at enhancing the level of service provided to its communities in a rural region spanning more than
4200 square kilometres.
  • Funding to help biodiversity study
    Eungella will be part of an international scientific study that will help monitor the impacts of climate change on the biodiversity of the picturesque national park.
  • Best practice award for playground
    The City of Ryde has received an award at the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) Awards for the successful delivery of the all-inclusive playground Livvi’s Place at Yamble Reserve.
  • Broome rangers judged best in WA
    Professionalism and compassion under difficult circumstances has made the Shire of Broome Rangers the top team in the state.
  • Buttonderry landfill site judged Australia’s best
    Wyong Shire Council’s Buttonderry Waste Management Facility has taken out the major prize at the Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA)’s 2013 Landfill and Transfer Station Innovation and Excellence Awards.
  • Swim school makes a splash.
    The Ashfield Aquatic Centre turns 50 this year and while the pool itself may be old, the people and programs are on the cutting edge of Local Government.
  • Ice pigging the water mains
    The task of keeping Wingecarribee Shire’s network of water mains in tip top order just got a little smarter with the introduction of a clever cleaning solution.
  • Central West librarian contributes chapter in international library publication
    Central West Libraries’ Librarian Ros Dorsman has received a copy of a library textbook titled Marketing Library and Information Services: A Global Outlook in which she has written a chapter.
  • Eastern beaches councils up for top environmental awards
    Two Sydney eastern beaches councils – Randwick City Council and Waverley Council – have been nominated as finalists in the prestigious Banksia Sustainability Awards.
  • Smartphone app provides smarter service
    Moorabool Shire Council has won Project of the Year at the 2013 Local Government Information and Communications Technology (LCICT) Group Awards for implementing a smartphone-based aged care rostering system.
  • iFerret uncovers the facts to ensure good corporate governance at Randwick Council*
    The ability of a purpose-built search engine to find and deliver an electronic “package” of documents to meet a range of information needs is proving to be the icing on the corporate governance cake for one of NSW’s oldest councils.
  • Records team is nation’s best
    Logan City Council’s efforts to integrate almost 200,000 records from the former Allconnex Water have been acknowledged with a national award.
  • New solar power system cuts costs
    The solar power system installed in Kempsey Shire Council’s depot is providing good benefits to Council with savings in electricity costs and the reduction in greenhouse gases.
  • Road puzzles solved*
    Treating pavements with PolyCom Stabilising Aid delivers comparable results to traditional stabilising methods with regard to strength but also imparts a high degree of water resistance and all–important flexibility.  It is significantly more cost effective, there are no cure-time constraints and the pavement is re-workable at anytime. All ground improvement work with PolyCom Stabilising Aid can be achieved using standard construction plant or stabilising machines.
    It’s all about improving and preserving the dry strength of the available material.
  • Program guides Shire’s future leaders
    Eleven students from secondary schools and alternative education institutions across Cardinia Shire have graduated from Council’s 2013 Young Leaders program.