Combined voice of Tas LG
With the protracted review process and uncertainty of further
amalgamations, the Local Government Association of Tasmania invited
the Institute of Municipal Management, the Institute of Municipal
Engineering Australia and the Local Government Community Development
Association to join with it in staging a joint Annual Conference.
Titled 'Local Government - A New Beginning', the combined Conference
was a first for Australian Local Government.
recognition of the many ways people in Local Government are
creatively responding to the needs of the communities they serve, the
1998 William Adams Boral Resources Local Government Awards for
Excellence were presented at Tasmania's Local Government Annual
Conference. Twenty-three entries were received, with Awards presented
in four categories plus an Overall Award.
The fact that almost
one in four Queensland voters were prepared to move to the extreme
right, electing candidates from a Party espousing, in the most part,
sketchy policies, certainly has led to a rethink by the major
Parties. For some years, Local Government has been trying to channel
information through to the other spheres of government about what is
happening in communities. The Australian Local Government Association
has long argued that it is vital it is represented at key policy
forming forums to feed through how policies are impacting on the
ground and what people are saying. Maybe now the other spheres will
finally sit up and take notice.
Each edition we
feature the views of a State Local Government Association President.
The following is from Mayor Sue Smith MLC, President of the Local
Government Association of Tasmania.
Coffs Harbour hosts national IT 98
Coffs Harbour City Council, in association with
the local Southern Cross University, will again host a national
information technology conference in September. Titled 'Productivity,
Power and Performance' the Conference has been specifically tailored
to meet the needs of Local Government.
Tracking Australia's ancient
Although it is just over 200 years since European
settlement, the pace of development, among other factors, has
obliterated much evidence of Australia's ancient culture. This is
particularly true in our major cities. But sites do still remain,
even in built city environments, showing another way of life existed
on this continent before the British arrived.
Geelong - smart move
The City of
Greater Geelong has appointed eleven highly accomplished, high
profile, 'ambassadors' to promote the City's virtues and attract new
residents and investment. Together with an extensive television
advertising campaign, Council hopes the ambassadors will convince
people from Melbourne and elsewhere that a shift down the Princes
Highway has much to offer.
Towards Year 2000 compliance
Governments, industry and private companies across the globe have
been looking into the effect the Year 2000 date change problem will
have. While the Year 2000 date change problem is raising different
issues for corporate business, government, smaller enterprises and
the general community, there is a single common thread that affects
everyone. Time is running out!
Parramatta Road beyond 2000
Sydney's oldest and most significant transport routes, Parramatta
Road, is to be revamped. This major project will involve all Councils
along the 23 kilometre stretch from The Broadway in Sydney to Church
Street in Parramatta.
Working out agreements - a practical
'Working out Agreements: A Practical Guide to Agreements
between Local Government an Indigenous Australians' was launched
in Canberra on 3 June by the Hon Peter Baume AO, Professor of
Community Medicine at the University of New South Wales and former
Federal Minister for Aboriginal Affairs.
Making agreements central to the native
The National Native Title Tribunal publishes a
comprehensive guide on how to make agreements, with actual draft
examples, on its Internet site at www.nntt.gov.au All information is
provided free of charge, and can be downloaded from the site at
Council offices and printed for circulation among elected
representatives, staff and the public.