Focus On... Environmental Management
- WESROC call to preserve urban forest
The Western Suburbs Regional Organisation of Councils (WESROC) highlighted the importance of Perth’s Urban Forest at the launch of its Climate Smart adaptation series, at the Grove Library in March.
- Future Directions - Burnie’s waste journey – Gary Neil, Director, Works and Services
Over the last 20 years, Burnie has transformed itself from a place that had a reputation as a dirty industrial town into a city that embraces it natural values and promotes innovation.
- Water A-plenty
The days of sub-standard, dirty tap water and praying for rain are a thing of the past for the residents of Gunning and Dalton, in the NSW Southern Tablelands and Upper Lachlan Shire Council
- Broadwater nutrients under the microscope
The City of Gold Coast recently delivered the findings to an extensive investigation into the health of the Broadwater Catchment, an important recreational environment and an economic resource for many residents and visitors to the Gold Coast.
- Community garden grows
The Eastern Park Community Garden in Baw Baw Shire continues to progress thanks to six successful working bees organised by Growing Together Baw Baw in April and May.
- Landfill levy a win
The Western Australia Local Government Association (WALGA) have nominated a $13 per household increase to the metropolitan Landfill Levy as one fee hike in the State Budget that the community should support and endorse.
- SMART Playground excels at Good Design Awards*
The 2014 Good Design Awards Festival held their gala event on the 28th of May to announce the winners of the Good Design Awards, in association with Vivid Sydney.
- Steel water reservoirs secure
Armidale’s steel water reservoirs have undergone extensive refurbishment to preserve the 60-year design life of the structures.
- Beneficial bushcare study
Shoalhaven City Council Deputy Mayor, John Wells has welcomed the results of a recent study into the social and biodiversity benefits of the area’s Bushcare Program.
- Clean energy from trash
The City of Sydney has drafted a waste management plan that could see rubbish that would previously have been sent to landfill converted into renewable gas energy.
- 25 years of Bushcare
This year Hornsby Shire Council is celebrating 25 years of their volunteer Bushcare program, which has been running since 1989 and is one of the largest programs of its kind in New South Wales.
- Environmental assessment tool
As part of its Business Environmental Assessment Project, the City of Belmont has recently developed a new Geographic Information System (GIS)-based tool for assessing local businesses’ environmental practices.
- Solar-thermal saves thousands
The Town of Victoria Park recently installed a Solar-Thermal Hot Water system at its ‘Aqualife’ aquatic facility.
- Construction requirements the sensible approach
The Western Australia Local Government Association (WALGA) has announced their support for new special construction requirements for new homes built in bushfire prone areas recently detailed by the state government.
- Innovative biomass boiler
The Mount Gambier Aquatic Centre Biomass Boiler has been awarded the 2014 South Australian Aquatic Innovation Award.
- Compactor extends landfill life
The purchase of a $1.2 million compactor will see an extension to the lifespan of the South Hedland Landfill Facility, ensuring the site can meet the forecasted demand of the Town of Port Hedland’s growing population and economy.
- Shining a light on smart lighting
Colac Otway Shire Council has given approval to fund new LED streetlights in its Smart Lighting program.
- Recycled art on display
Artists are raiding the hard waste collection for Hornsby Shire Council’s Returned to Glory art exhibition that displays recycled art.
- Sports center wins national awards
The Glen Eira Sports and Aquatic Centre has been recognised at the 2014 Property Council of Australia/Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation & Excellence Awards, being presented with the Ryan Lawyers Award for Best Tourism and Leisure Development.
- Scrapping food waste
Every household in Randwick City could soon be putting out a kitchen food scraps bin each week for collection along with the normal rubbish, recycling and green waste services.
- Sun shines on environmental lesson
Penrith’s youngest environmentalists are learning first hand how they can save energy and reduce their carbon footprint after Council installed solar panels at one of its largest facilities.
- Smoking out pollutants
Orange City Council has launched a new scheme aimed at reducing pollution from wood smoke by encouraging homeowners to replace outdated wood and solid fuel heaters.
- Community input on ‘Gasfield free’ signs
Tweed Shire Council has long held a stance against unconventional gas exploration in the Tweed and, if supported by the community, will install ‘Gasfield Free’ signs at various locations throughout the shire.
- Upgrade for Headland Park
Headland Park on North Stradbroke Island is set to receive a $500,000 upgrade.
- Hardwood sculpture unveiled
Adelaide Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood has unveiled Sculptor Ant Martin’s transformation of a tree trunk at Glover Playground during a ceremony on Saturday May 24.
- Catch a carp for a cause
Campbelltown is hitting out against invasive species with their second annual Catch a Carp competition at Eagle Vale pond.
- Park Swings to success
One of Logan City Council’s newest parks has been shortlisted alongside the best in the state.
- Binning the waste
Cessnock City Council has offered their residents the opportunity to upgrade their recycling bins.
- Feral pig population cut
Almost 500 destructive feral pigs have been eradicated in Douglas Shire Council over the past 12 months as part of a joint initiative to limit the widespread damage they cause.
- Major park redevelopment
Community open space in Tweed Heads South has been enhanced by a new playground and public recreation area at Arkinstall Park.
- South proves resillient
A joint initiative from the cities of Holdfast Bay, Marion, Mitcham and Onkaparinga in South Australia has completed an initial assessment into the regions economic, environmental and social vulnerabilities associated with climate change.
- Fantastic up-cycling
A series of up-cycling art workshops, hosted by Tea Tree Gully Council, demonstrated how everyday plastics can be transformed into an array of imaginative artworks.
- Sharks kept at bay
The City of Cockburn has received an overwhelmingly positive response to the Eco Shark Barrier trial at Coogee Beach, which ended in April.
- Proposed Mackay parkland project revealed
A new wedding garden, playground shade shelter and additional car parks are only some of the features proposed in Sarina Parklands’s Field of Dreams Masterplan.
- Council staff says yes to tap
Ipswich City Council staff members have participated in a pilot program titled ‘Love your reusable water bottle’.
- Ping-Pong to bring new life to park
Randwick City Council has commenced work on the playground revamp at Frank Doyle Park in Randwick which will include the first outdoor, all weather ping pong table in the eastern suburbs of New South Wales.
- Reach bottom line with road maintenance savings*
With the release of the tough new federal budget, there’s more pressure than ever to cut costs to meet the bottom line.
- Pan tilt zoom (PTZ) cameras are saving lives*
Integrated PTZ camera systems from Prospect Environmental and Prospect Red Alert are making a positive difference to Councils, emergency services, and those living in in remote areas.
- aquafil™ water bottle refill stations help conserve water*
Central Highlands Water and the City of Ballarat have come together in a community partnership and created the Wendouree Drinking Fountain project.