Focus On... Efficiency and sustainability

  • The value of contract decisions
    The City of Gosnells has received an outstanding social procurement award from Western Australian Disability Enterprises, recognising the City’s efforts to contract disability organisations for parks operations and tree services.
  • Disaster ready
    Logan City Council, Queensland, has successfully staged a mock evacuation exercise to fine-tune its Disaster Management capability.
  • Do you really understand your suppliers?*
    For many years, the focus for procurement has been squarely on efficiency: helping the organisation by securing key goods and services more cheaply, quickly, easily and with the most convenience.
  • Future directions –By Lisa Neal, Procurement Manager Northern Beaches Council
  • Community consulted on action plan
    Alice Springs Town Council, Northern Territory, has released its ‘Climate Action Plan’ for community consultation.
  • State wide upgrade of e-waste facilities
    The Victorian Government has declared a ban on e-waste effective from 1 July 2019.
  • Wind farm powers big bank
    Inverell Shire Council, New South Wales, has welcomed the announcement that Sapphire Wind Farm will provide power to the Commonwealth Bank (CBA) under a new 12 year deal.
  • Back on Track
    Northern Cape York Peninsula and the islands of the Torres Strait is a vast and sparsely populated region that is truly beautiful one day and perfect the next.
  • A breakthrough in eco-friendly weed control*
    Contact Organics is pleased to announce that the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) has approved LocalSafe™ Weed Terminator herbicide.
  • Cat trapping praised
    Hornsby Shire Council, New South Wales, has received praise from Federal Minister for the Environment, Melissa Price, for its innovative feral cat management program.
  • Urban forest grows
    A collaborative community effort to put more local plants in the ground is transforming the Barossa Valley, South Australia’s, Tanunda East landscape into an ‘urban forest’.
  • City owns broadband network
    The Gold Coast City Council, Queensland, has signed its first commercial deal to allow access to council’s fibre optic cabling - a major win for ratepayers.
  • Economic diversification for sustainable future
    Innovative economic diversification projects are underway in northern Western Australia (WA).
  • MAGIQ Performance Version 5 released*
    MAGIQ Software has announced a major new release of its market-leading MAGIQ Performance Suite of budgeting, reporting and strategic planning software.
  • Leading the sustainable way
    City of Canning, Western Australia (WA), has announced the rebranding and reinvigorating of its Canning River Eco Education Centre (CREEC) program from January 2019.
  • Road upgrade links communities
    West Arnhem Regional Council is currently completing the final few km of works on Murganella Road as part of Stage two of the major road project carried out in 2018.
  • Students get a handle on mental health
    Benalla Rural City, Victoria, received entries from 35 year 8 students for its Live4Life competition, which encourages young people to submit a creative project to increase understanding, reduce stigma and improve mental health knowledge.
  • Gas extraction cleans tip site
    Redlands City Council, Queensland, has announced Stage 2 of the Birkdale Landfill Gas extraction project which captures methane for electricity generation.
  • Practicing Sustainable Development Goals
    Director of the United Nations (UN) Information Centre, Christopher Woodthorpe, has had a first-hand look at how City of Newcastle, New South Wales, is implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on a recent visit.
  • Recycling audit shows education is key
    A Willoughby City Council, New South Wales (NSW), survey of resident’s bins has found plastic bags and soft plastic remain the most frequent contaminants in recycling bins.
  • More trainees and apprentices
    Fraser Coast Council, Queensland, is about to recruit 11 new trainees and apprentices thanks to a grant through the Local Government Association of Queensland from State Government’s First Start Program.
  • Socialising with customers
    After a successful trial in 2017, Lake Macquarie City Council, New South Wales, has expanded its customer service platforms to include social media.
  • Recycling options grow
    Australian Capital Territory (ACT) participated in last month’s National Recycling Week, to help raise awareness of good recycling behaviours along with the environmental and economic benefits of recycling.
  • User-friendly online tool
    Brimbank City Council, Victoria, has developed a new user-friendly tool that helps calculate and pay a Development Contributions Payment (DCP) through a simple online process.
  • Combining for road upgrade
    Mid-western Regional Council, New South Wales (NSW), has completed an $18.7 million upgrade of Ulan Road, connecting Mudgee to mining operations and the Golden Highway.
  • Improved services and savings recognised
    Inner West Council, New South Wales, has received recognition for it’s continued efforts to harmonise and improve services at the annual Local Government Procurement Awards.
  • Sensor network fights congestion
    Western Sydney City Deal councils have received $700,000 for the Western Sydney Parkland Sensor Network project in round two of the Federal Government’s Smart Cities and Suburbs program.
  • Service standards launched
    Banyule Council, Victoria, has committed to deliver better customer service and quicker responsiveness to its community.
  • Regional cities unite
    An alliance of New South Wales (NSW) regional cities will create a united voice to influence State Government policy and investment on issues such as population growth, regional infrastructure and investment.
  • Tree app grows on residents
    Residents of Mosman, New South Wales, can now easily find all the information required for the management of trees via a newly launched app called Trees Mosman.
  • Sculptures in the garden
    Mid-western Regional Council, New South Wales, will soon have three new artworks to add to its public art collection as a result of acquisitions from the annual Sculptures in the Garden event at Rosby Estate.
  • Solution to single use plastics
    Central Coast Council, New South Wales, is waging a war on single use plastic bags and is looking to partner with local fruit and vegetable suppliers to provide customers with free reusable produce net bags.
  • Disability Action Week success
    From golf to hip-hop, Cairns Regional Council’s Disability Action Week, held in September, provided a range of activities to promote inclusion.
  • Retail development promises jobs boom
    Construction is poised to begin on a landmark 30,000 sq m retail centre in Lake Macquarie, New South Wales, set to create more than 600 full-time jobs once complete.
  • Sustainable design policy
    The City of Greater Bendigo, Victoria, will become the fi rst regional council to have an Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD) policy added to its Planning Scheme.