Focus On... FOCUS on community services, leisure, parks & gardens
- Robots get kids talking in code
Small Western Queensland towns are embracing big technology, thanks to coding and robotic workshops held in local libraries.
- Teens transform local park
A public mural instigated by Clarence Valley Council in regional New South Wales is preventing vandalism and promoting culturally inclusive attitudes.
- Keeping the community active
The City of Onkaparinga in South Australia has partnered with Life Be In It to host an Active Community Cup for the third year running.
- Future Directions - By Bridget Johnstone, Tourism & Community Development Officer, District Council of Cleve
- Collaboration builds age friendly communities
Six local governments in the Wheatbelt and Great Southern regions of Western Australia have co-operated to deliver an aged housing project spanning six shires and eight town sites.
- Greening the city centre
Mackay Regional Council is rolling out an urban greening program as part of its city centre revitalisation project.
- City of Subiaco puts on Sunday best
The rich retail history of the City of Subiaco’s town centre has been brought to life in vivid colour in a new nine-metre public artwork.
- Growing steady
A joint initiative between Willoughby City Council and local residents is connecting neighbours and promoting community gardens.
- SportsTurf can help you with sportsfields*
- No rules, no recipes
A cooking program hosted by Dorset Council in Tasmania is encouraging men to become confident in the kitchen.
- Sculpting accessible art
Frankston City Council is building on its reputation for stunning beachside sculpture by implementing a new collection of public artworks.
- Land purchased for parks and reserves
The City of Gosnells in Western Australia places great value on the benefits of high quality public open space.
- A community of foodies
In remote South Australia, Roxby Council is ensuring its residents stay informed about healthy food choices.
- Reconnecting river and community
Katherine Town Council is rejuvenating the area around the Katherine River and its Hot Springs.
- Training brains at the library
A brain training program at Gunnedah Shire Council Library was initially aimed at older residents, but has expanded due to high demand.
- Improving customer service
Coffs Harbour City Council is seeking to improve its customer service, by gaining direct input from the people it serves.
- Art workshops help bridge the gap
As part of this year’s NAIDOC week, world-renowned contemporary Aboriginal artist Lloyd Hornsby Gawura hosted art workshops across Isaac Regional Council.
- Cooling down the city
The City of Perth aims to plant approximately 450 new trees annually for the next four years to help cool its streets and public spaces.
- From beer to books
Bega Valley Shire Council found a creative solution for a pub that was up for sale.
- Wood encouragement policy good for the community and planet*
Local, state and national governments around the world are working hard to find ways to help tackle climate change. Local governments in particular are often leading the way with energy saving and green building. Building with responsibly sourced wood can help meet climate change targets as well as bringing other benefits like increased speed of construction and exceptional thermal insulation properties, meaning buildings consume less energy.
- First free disc golf park for South Australia
The Disc Golf craze has taken off in South Australia and the state’s first free park was recently opened in Tintinara.