Focus On... Tourism & Economic Development

  • Social enterprise on the coast
    With a growing interest in social and community enterprise on the Central Coast of NSW over the last few years, Wyong Shire Council is working hard to help educate and assist the community implement their own initiatives.
  • City of Melbourne’s partnership with Enviropoles gets results*
    With approximately 880,000 people visiting City of Melbourne’s CBD everyday, the city relies on a strong cigarette litter management strategy. Enviropoles have been a  driving force within this strategy, with 320 units located across the CBD, collecting an estimated 730,000 butts per month.
  • Future Directions - City of Palmerston’s Vision for a new city
    An estimated 50 percent population increase over the next ten years, 2,500 new residential allotments in five years and a brand new shopping precinct in two years – not many councils in Australia could envisage such an aggressive growth phase as what is likely to occur in Palmerston.
  • Collaboration the key to tourism growth
    Collaboration and partnership are the foundations of a new five-year tourism strategy being driven by the City of Onkaparinga.
  • Where memories are made
    Coffs Coast Marketing, a unit of the Coffs Harbour City Council with the charter to market the region to visitors, is celebrating a five percent increase in domestic visitation and 51 percent increase in international visitors to the Coffs Coast.
  • Arrow Alpha wayfinding signs Michael Silvy, City of Mount Gambier
    Mount Gambier’s rich history and location midway between Adelaide and Melbourne on the Limestone Coast make it an ideal destination for tourists. Famous for its Blue Lake, the City also boasts the ‘Lady Nelson’ Visitor and Discovery Centre, Engelbrecht Cave, Crater Lakes Complex and numerous playgrounds, parks and gardens. Tourism generates over $100 million in annual expenditure, and the City acknowledges the importance of tourism by investing heavily in community infrastructure.
  • Gold Coast City’s economic future
    The Gold Coast is faced with a challenge many young cities encounter – how to grow beyond traditional industries and transition to a mature economy less reliant on population growth and population driven industry sectors.
  • QANTAS-MONA partnership a good deal for Tasmania
    The Lord Mayor of Hobart Alderman Damon Thomas has called a joint announcement by QANTAS and the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) a great deal for Tasmanian Tourism.
  • Mentoring program helps develop rural councils
    After just five months, participation in a mentoring program has produced tangible results for a Southern Grampians Shire Council staff member and the organisation as a whole.
  • Council staff join community volunteers for Graffiti Removal Day
    Shoalhaven City Council staff joined community volunteers and Rotary Down Under members removing further vandalism within the Nowra CBD as part of Graffiti Removal Day held last Sunday.
  • More apps for waste services in the cloud*
    This year’s Resource and Wastes Management exhibition in Birmingham saw a major change in companies looking for new systems. In 2012 visitors were not sure what cloud-based technology was all about. This year companies large and small have realized there’s a sea change going on in systems, and are coming through looking specifically for new cloud systems and mobile apps.
  • Ballarat to go global
    The World Institute of Training and Research for the Asia Pacific Region’s Vice Director, Dr Ron van Oers, visited Ballarat in September to sign an agreement with the City of Ballarat.
  • Great expectations: New brand to drive jobs, growth in Greater Hamilton*
    Southern Grampians Shire Council has unveiled a striking new logo and name – Greater Hamilton – in a bold bid to arrest population decline and attract investment.
  • Energy study brings power to the people
    A number of households in Baw Baw Shire will participate in a two-year scientific study to monitor and reduce their energy consumption.
  • Fremantle closes in on $1 billion of new development
    Proving it’s not just the local AFL footy team boosting the port city’s fortunes, the City of Fremantle has compiled figures that show the current pipeline of public and private investment in Fremantle is edging towards $1 billion.
  • Queensland Plan puts regional population growth back on the agenda
    The Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) has applauded the Newman Government’s move to encourage greater population growth in regions outside southeast Queensland.
  • New initiative to boost local economy
    The Shire of Mt Marshall has implemented an innovative pilot program to encourage tourists to shop at local businesses.
  • 50th birthday celebrations
    The Australian Local Government Women’s Association (ALGWA) in Victoria celebrated its 50th birthday in style, with a reception at the Melbourne Town Hall on October 24.