Focus On... Best practice

  • Innovative road edge repairs
    They are not quite the holy trinity but three City of Ipswich, Queensland, workers are doing some pretty divine work when it comes to road maintenance.
  • Sell your expertise and surplus capacity*
    By Rob Cook
  • Future directions - By Logan City Council Development Assessment Manager, Stephen Ball
  • Shire of Wiluna selects MAGIQ Documents*
    The Shire of Wiluna in Western Australia has selected MAGIQ Documents to achieve its records and document management requirements and significantly improve community and stakeholder access to Council information.
  • Stadium-sized sustainability
    Manningham Council’s premier new Mullum Mullum Stadium in Victoria is changing the game with sustainable design a key feature of this facility.
  • Following the KISS principle
    Sometimes the simplest solution to a problem just happens to be the best one, and that was the case for Broken Hill City Council (BHCC), when they set about live streaming their monthly Council meetings.
  • Can you trust your data?*
    Every organisational unit has amassed large amounts of data, so much so, we specifically reference the magnitude using terms like, data ‘warehouse’ or ‘lake’. 
  • 2018 National Local Roads and Transport Congress*
    ALGA’s Roads and Transport Congress in Alice Springs is just months away with an exciting program planned for delegates.
  • The smart war on waste
    The District Council of Yankalilla, an hour south of Adelaide, recently combined their war on waste campaign with Smart City innovation with the installation of their first Smart Bin Clean Cube at Second Valley.
  • TSA working to increase rubberised road building knowledge base*
    Australian Local Government Authorities are the focus of a knowledge building program delivered, in cooperation, by Tyre Stewardship Australia (TSA) and the Australian Asphalt Paving Association (AAPA).
  • Puppies boost social profile
    More than 1,000 people braved wet and dreary weather to enjoy a new City of Gosnells, Western Australia, event – all thanks to the power of social media.
  • Awarded app gets even better
    Mosman Council’s innovative MyMosman resident app has been acknowledged with a win in the Local Government New South Wales awards held last month.
  • Digital customer service for all councils*
    Good service delivery in local government is an area that many councils struggle with, especially in the digital space.
  • Community’s voice is the key
    The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Western Australia, released the Kal City Centre Place Plan to the community for consultation last month.
  • ‘Gardens for Wildlife’ goes state-wide
    Knox City Council’s highly successful Gardens for Wildlife (G4W) program will be used as a role-model across Victoria with the assistance of the State Government and RMIT University.
  • Berri solar farm
    Berri Barmera Council, South Australia, is planning a $25 million, 10 megawatt (MW), Renewable Energy Solar Generation Facility.
  • A place of learning
    Aurukun’s library has become a place of learning for young and old community members through a partnership between Aurukun Shire Council and Education Queensland.
  • Adopt a Street Tree spreads its roots
    Western Downs Regional Council, Queensland, has called on residents to help keep their towns beautiful by participating in the new ‘Adopt a Street Tree’ program.
  • Conference sets new horizons*
    Coffs Harbour City Council is organising the 21st Local Government Information Technology Conference at Opal Cove Resort, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, 28-30 November 2018.
  • Leading the way in bushfire mitigation
    In the Shire of Jerramungup, Western Australia, in December 2012, more than 11,000 hectares of bushland at Bremer Bay was destroyed by fire.
  • Open Data Hub proves a big hit
    One year on the City of Darwin Open Data Hub has proved highly successful with 12,179 views for information on a range of data.
  • Mobile app improves road maintenance
    Committed to exploring how Smart City ideas can be implemented in Lake Macquarie, New South Wales, Council has transformed its road maintenance processes by developing a custom-made software system using mobile technology.
  • Roads of the future*
    Is the future of re-sheeting unsealed roads viable any more?
  • Magnetic Island walkway protected against salt corrosion*
    A world first Australian product – Emesh – was used by the Townsville City Council to reinforce 3,500 square metres of combined pathway on Magnetic Island.
  • Recycled plastic path trial
    In a Victorian first, Hobsons Bay City Council will trial Emesh, a 100 percent recycled plastic fibre product used to reinforce concrete as part of the Skeleton Creek Trail upgrade.
  • Drainage nets post goes viral
    City of Kwinana, Western Australian, made Facebook fame last month with a post about the success of its drainage nets, which has gone viral with over 2.5 million people all over the world reached in 48 hours.
  • How wood can help councils to reduce carbon emissions*
    Timber is the only major building material that helps tackle climate change.