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|Editions > 2004 > June||Sunday May 19, 2013 - Melbourne Time: 09:52:26|
Cost shifting recommendations
Local Government amalgamations are again in the spotlight in New South Wales and Victoria. Amalgamations are often essential. The council boundaries that were often set up in the 19th Century do not make for good government in the 21st. Change is often needed, healthy and long overdue. While the reasons for change are often undeniable, the process of change is often unfair and even brutal.
In each edition we feature the views of a Local Government Association President. The following is from Councillor John Legoe, President of the Local Government Association of South Australia.
The Jabiru Town Council marked National Sorry Day on 26 May with a formal statement of recognition, an apology and a commitment to Aboriginal reconciliation. The statement represented the first formal acknowledgment by Council that the Mirrar people are the traditional owners of Jabiru.
Renmark Paringa Council in South Australia’s Riverland region recently celebrated the milestone of 100 Years of Local Government. Council marked the occasion, 100 years to the day after the first ever Council meeting, by hosting a gala dinner which saw 180 invited guests celebrate in style.
The Good Oil by Rod Brown*
IPWEA/RTA Local Government Road Safety Strategy
A regular feature, this month we have interviewed two Councillors from Tasmania.
Regional visitor information centres and increasing tourism dollars
New tax legislation to be introduced by the Federal Treasury in the June Parliamentary sittings could sound the death knell for future public/private partnerships.
The recent Federal budget was well received by the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA). It addressed several concerns for local communities, including additional funding for important transport, environment and human services initiatives.
Tasmania’s 92nd Local Government Annual Conference provided the forum for the State’s new Premier, Paul Lennon, to make his first official address to the sector. The Premier referred to a new optimism sweeping Tasmania.
A mentoring program that recruits volunteers from the community to work with under performing students has been named Tasmania’s top Local Government project. Launceston City Council’s Co-Pilots Mentoring Program was awarded the 2004 Tasmanian Local Government Gold Award for Excellence at the recent Tasmanian Local Government conference.
The 2004 Road System and Engineering Technology Forum will be held at the Bardon Conference Centre in Brisbane on 4–6 August. The technology forum has grown from humble beginnings in 1995 with an attendance of around 80 to in excess of 400 delegates from the Department of Main Roads, Queensland Transport, Local Government and private consultants.
Strategic focus to close sustainability gap
The Australian Government has released its new land transport plan, AusLink describing it as the equivalent of two Snowy Mountains Schemes. It earmarks $11.8 billion for land transport spending, which will include a massive upgrade of Australia’s east coast road and rail systems.
More than 300 Local Government, State and Territory Governments, industry groups, private sector and community groups took part in the first stage of a consultation into Australia’s planning system during May.
The New South Wales State Government and the Opposition have clashed over council amalgamations focusing on a special investigation squad set up by the Local Government Minister.
The Local Government Minister, Tony Kelly, will be the keynote speaker at a conference looking at structural reform options being implemented by Councils in New South Wales. The Councils Working Together Conference will be held in Wellington on 24–26 June. It is being hosted by the Strategic Alliance of Wellington, Blayney and Cabonne Councils.
Randwick City Council’s memorial to the victims of the Bali bombings has won a Special Community Service Award. Organised by the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia NSW Division, the 2004 Excellence Awards were presented at its annual conference which was staged in Sydney on 23–26 May.
|FEATURE - FOCUS on Environmental Management|
Dakota Industries specialises in the design and manufacture of steel containers for the waste industry. With its new state of the art manufacturing plant in Penrith, Dakota is able to manufacture high volume product in short lead times. Using modern manufacturing technologies, it offers quality collection bins at competitive prices.
The UK Experience by Malcolm Morley *
The City of Tea Tree Gully Urban Landscape Master Plan has created a shift in Local Government thinking. Landscape is often used as an equivalent term for terrain, although in its generally accepted sense it is a much broader concept that includes visual, artistic and cultural aspects of the surface of the land as well as the physical environment.
After installing several million metres of drip tube, specifically into sub-surface drip systems, the proof that Greene Eden Watering Systems work – and work well – became distinctly obvious to during water restrictions introduced last summer.
Smiths Lake Reserve redevelopment
Overcoming acid sulphate soils with new ViroSoil™ technology
Leading the industry in environmental products
After more than 9,000 volunteer hours the rehabilitation of the Manly lagoon in Sydney has been recognised as one of the finest examples of environmental management in Australia. Manly Council’s Manly Environment Centre Hop in and Help Manly Lagoon restoration project was supported by over 1,500 local volunteer workers. This project took out the 2003 National Awards for Local Government prize in the Local Agenda 21 category.
Alexandrina Council in rural South Australia has successfully integrated its environmental, economic and social goals into its strategic planning process. Local Agenda 21 Project Officer, Graham Webster, said the project is a solid demonstration that smaller, rural councils are able to engage in and benefit from sustainability planning, such as that provided by applying Local Agenda 21.
Kaikoura proves small can be green
G-Team cleans up Ashfield
A Federal Government program that works with Local Governments across Australia is scoring points in oil recycling. More than 400 oil collection points have been set up in Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia and a further 300 are under construction.
Local Government involvement
in natural resource management
Redland Shire Council in Queensland is asking residents, business operators and developers to consider how they can help prevent contaminants and pollutants entering stormwater drains, and eventually its waterways. Mayor Don Seccombe said while rainfall is a natural and harmless occurrence, the pollution that it gathers from roads, parking lots, buildings and other urban structures is not.
Earth Carers is a community education program that aims to improve community knowledge and skills in waste minimisation at Local Government level. The program has been introduced in Perth’s western suburbs by the Western Metropolitan Regional Council. This includes the councils of Subiaco, Cottesloe, Claremont, Peppermint Grove and Mosman Park. The City of Nedlands also participates in the program.
Sustainability, triple bottom line and state of the environment reporting – these terms are moving quickly into the everyday vocabulary of Local Government. While these concepts represent an exciting new way of doing business for Councils, many are still asking the fundamental question, “Where do we start?”.
A ten week promotion by Latrobe City Council and its Litter Prevention Taskforce has helped reduce the use of supermarket plastic bags across the municipality. Major supermarkets in this Victorian regional city are reporting a massive reduction in their purchases of plastic bags, with some claiming plastic bag use has decreased by one third over the past six months.
Rod Cuevas may need to start thinking about a career change following his starring role in Hornsby Council’s new sustainability video. Developed in collaboration with local production company Arrow Films, A Vision for Sustainability showcases this New South Wales Council and its community’s environmentally friendly initiatives that don’t cost the earth. Local resident Rod Cuevas and his family have worked with Council to develop a property management plan for their five hectare block in Arcadia to make the property cleaner, more beautiful and productive.
|FOCUS PROMOTION - Maroochy Shire Council|
Maroochy – the centre
of the Sunshine Coast
Maroochy Shire is the largest and most central area of the Sunshine Coast. Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Northern New South Wales are within easy travelling distances, while regional urban centres such as Caloundra, Noosa, Caboolture, Gympie and Maryborough are close neighbours. Maroochy is close enough to enjoy easy access to all that metropolitan Brisbane has to offer, yet far enough away to offer a pristine environment with modern services, amenities, and a relaxed lifestyle.
Thriving local economy
It’s an exciting time and a new era for Maroochy Shire as the community welcomes a new Council and Mayor who will guide the Shire over the next four years. The face of the Maroochy Shire Council team changed following the Local Government election held on 27 March. The new Council comprises 12 Councillors under the leadership of new Mayor, Councillor Joe Natoli.
A major issue faced by not only Council but also the Maroochy community is the long term water quality and overall health of the Maroochy River and its catchments. The health of the Maroochy River was recently highlighted with the release of the 2003 Ecosystem Health Report Card. Part of the Healthy Waterways Ecosystem Health Monitoring Program, the Report Card provides health ratings on South East Queensland waterways.
The Maroochy River pilot will provide an integrated and comprehensive approach to water quality improvement that is measurable and which can be used as a demonstration site to assist in furthering improvements in the Shire’s waterways. The proposed pilot project that was presented to Council comprises three interrelated components.
Maroochy is poised at a critical point on its path to the future. There has never been a more important time to shape the Shire for the communities of today and tomorrow. For a number of years, Maroochy has been the fifth fastest growing of 675 Local Governments throughout Australia. The prospect of a relaxed lifestyle set in a wonderful backdrop of sand, sun and lush greenery has been a strong factor in the wave of migration to Maroochy.
Maroochy Shire initiates Sea Change Summit
Maroochy Shire Council always knew its Public Participation Program was a winner, but an international award has now formally recognised Council for its efforts in involving the community in decision making. In March this year, Maroochy Shire Council was awarded the ‘Organisation of the Year’ in this year’s International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Core Values Awards.
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