Engineering shortage starting to hurt Local Government
Local Government is calling on greater Federal Government assistance to ease mounting pressure on water infrastructure. Across the country, issues concerning water are coming to the fore and the clear message is that we must find better ways to preserve water supplies. The problem is being exacerbated with the deterioration of much of the existing water infrastructure built in the postwar period.
In each edition we feature the views of a Local Government Association President. The following is from Councillor Lynn Mason, President of the Local Government Association of Tasmania.
In March, bronze portraits of two of the biggest names in Australian motor racing were unveiled at the National Motor Racing Museum at Mount Panorama, signalling an important new direction for one of the country’s most significant motor sport collections.
Construction of a multi million dollar, multi purpose Bendigo Exhibition Centre is nearing completion with the huge new building set to open in July, in time to host Australia’s largest sheep show.
Reducing accidents a top priority at Geraldton
The Good Oil by Rod Brown*
Local Governments in Northern Tasmania are planning for a rise in building and planning applications from the development of a proposed major paper mill. George Town Mayor, Councillor Lawrence Archer, said there is a need to be prepared for a steep increase in building and planning applications to house both construction and long term employees.
Engaging communities during Qld Local Government Week
More work was needed before a second National Packaging Covenant (NPC) could gain general support from Local Government, Australian Local Government Association President, Councillor Paul Bell, said last month.
A regular feature this month featuring two Councillors from Victoria.
Women are putting their best feet forward in the Northern Grampians Shire Council and are getting recognised for it. Previously a traditional male dominated Council structure, the administrative team has recently gone through a transformation with many women being promoted from within and attracted to the organisation from metropolitan Melbourne.
The UK Experience by Malcolm Morley *
|FEATURE - FOCUS on Engineering & Technical Services|
The redesign of Gobba Lake in Western Australia’s City of Bayswater embraces the best in environmental design and thinking. The lake, located in former wasteland, is now at the cutting edge of environmental design.
Newcastle believes it has Australia’s first solar powered fountain with a 22 year old fountain now powered by the sun. The Pacific Park Fountain in inner Newcastle was donated to the people by the Newcastle Herald in 1982 to commemorate the City's 125th anniversary.
Greater recycling and better environmental management are some of the key features of new sewerage works in Coffs Harbour. As a popular tourist destination and area for retirees and seachangers, catering for an increasing population is an ongoing issue for Council.
Two Local Governments in Melbourne - Moonee Valley and Brimbank - have adopted an innovative approach to swimming pool design. Rather than start from scratch, both have decided to refurbish and revitalise existing buildings Both have commissioned Peddle Thorp Architects to look at tired, old swimming pools.
Renewing a sewerage system is a huge undertaking and Launceston’s sewerage system, begun in the 1860s, is among the oldest systems in Australia. Group Manager Infrastructure, Geoff Brayford, said over time the system proved unable to cope with the flows generated by heavy rainfall, city growth and development in the catchments.
You only get one chance every two years to attend the major event of the public works calendar. The IPWEA Adelaide International Public Works Conference is to be held from Sunday 21 to Thursday 25 August 2005 at the Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide, South Australia.
The move by North Sydney Council to introduce a sliding scale of residential parking permits has been applauded by the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA). The President of ALGA, Councillor Paul Bell, said the scheme has lower fees for smaller vehicles and higher fees for large, four wheel drive and eight cylinder vehicles.
City of Casey operator takes out Caterpillar Challenge
Rainwater tanks and other water sensitive design measures are being increasingly adopted to assist with Total Water Cycle Management (TWCM) in urban catchments. As part of a range of initiatives, Kogarah Council was recently handed a rebate cheque from Sydney Water after installing rainwater tanks in 12 schools within its boundaries.
An interview with Patrick Murphy, Director Works and Technical Services, Boonah Shire Council, Queensland.
For the past 25 years George Negus has been at the forefront of Australian political journalism earning considerable recognition as an international correspondent and charming audiences with his wit, humour and incisive style. IPWEA is looking forward to George’s take on the conference theme – Celebrating 100 Years of Achievement – where he will focus on the outstanding achievements from public works engineers over the last 100 years, together with celebrating current achievements and challenges in this competitive environment.
The Barossa Council in South Australia will drain the lake at Victoria Creek Park, Williamstown as the first step of a major upgrade program of the park. Barossa’s Chief Executive Officer, Judith Jones, said Council wanted to clean the lake of silt before the onset of winter and undertake remedial work on the existing retaining wall.
Lake Macquarie Mayor, Councillor Greg Piper, is tackling climate change and water conservation by having an energy and water REFIT kit installed in his family home. Councillor Piper is encouraging households in Lake Macquarie to play their part in reducing their impact on the environment.
BART - a tool for modelling asset renewal
Local Governments will be able to save water, help their communities and cut their water bills thanks to the Australian Government’s Community Water Grants, the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell and the Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation, Senator Ian Macdonald said. The Prime Minister, John Howard, officially launched the program on World Water Day in March with the Hon Gary Nairn MP and Mayor Roger Norton of Cooma-Monaro Council in attendance.
Launceston will this year host Local Government’s leading transport conference, the National Local Roads and Transport Congress, to be held on 3–5 July. This year’s program, themed Unifying Local Government’s transport agenda, will cover a range of core policy and operational issues for both metropolitan and regional/rural delegates.
A Local Government in Melbourne has taken steps to recycle trees damaged in February’s record breaking storms. City of Port Phillip Mayor, Councillor Darren Ray, said trees felled in the storm will be recycled as picnic tables, seats, fences and bollards – and maybe even art works.
Local Governments could benefit greatly from better water management and a new series of manuals aim to help them achieve that goal. In recent moves in Queensland, Wide Bay Water Corporation, a commercial arm of Hervey Bay Council, has deferred an augmented dam for seven years and saved an estimated $4.6 million in interest on capital expenditure.
Cowra Shire Council’s Waste Minimisation Communication Strategy is leading Local Government in educating and assisting communities to eliminate waste. Cowra Shire Council’s General Manager, James Roncon, said the recently released strategy has set the benchmark for Local Government.
|FOCUS PROMOTION - The Kimberley Councils|
Discovering the Kimberley
The four Local Governments in the Kimberley zone – the Shires of Broome, Derby/West Kimberley, Halls Creek and Wyndham-East Kimberley – meet three or four times a year. Recognising a huge potential to do more together, at its annual forum in 2004, the Kimberley Group of Councils embarked on a process to develop a strategic plan for the region.
Tanamai Road – a vital link for local communities and tourists
Fringed by the Indian Ocean at Broome’s popular Cable Beach is Minyirr Park. With 22 kilometres of colour coded walking trails, the park is a joint project between the Shire of Broome and its traditional owners represented by the Rubibi Land Heritage and Development Group.
Wyndham – East Kimberley has two main townships. Established in 1864, Wyndham is the oldest town in the Kimberley while Kununurra is the youngest, established in 1961. Tourists can gain an understanding of the efforts of pioneers in settling this remote and wild region, while Kununurra is a modern, purposely built town to service agricultural expansion with the introduction of Ord River Irrigation Scheme.
With its two main towns, Derby and Fitzroy Crossing located 260 kilometres apart, the Shire of Derby/West Kimberley has its work cut out in providing community services.
In 2003, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) identified 11 sites to introduce a whole of government approach in providing improved local services for remote communities. The Western Australian site is located within the Shire of Halls Creek. Tjurabalin Region has four local communities and some 1,000 residents. It is a region comprising land handed back to its traditional owners in 2001 by the Commonwealth Government.
Growth industries moving from strength to strength
On 22 November 1904 Broome held its first Local Government election. To mark the Centenary of this, last November a large crowd joined Council staff and Councillors in the Shire’s grounds to celebrate this event.
Home of the Curtin RAAF base, Derby has the longest airstrip anywhere in the Southern Hemisphere. Alongside the RAAF strip is the Shire of Derby/West Kimberley’s airstrip that is able to take 60 seater jets. Working with local mining interests, the Shire has drawn up a business plan to attract a regular jet service into Derby. Owned and operated by Council, the Derby airport and runway were upgraded two years in preparation for this move.
Upgrade for Derby Wharf
New visitors centre for Broome
As a thriving community with many young families, the Shire of Wyndham-East Kimberley is investing in a range of improved and new facilities. A new youth facility is in the final design stage. This 1.6 million dollar complex has been designed around what young people said they needed. Council has been working closely with young people particularly through its local Youth Advisory Council.
After 25 years of lobbying for Federal and State funding has paid off with work now commenced on a swimming pool complex for Halls Creek. Council will make up the funding shortfall. Stage 1 includes a 25 metre pool, wader’s pool, kiosk, change rooms and managers office. Stage II will provide two undercover basketball courts. Both stages are expected be completed early in 2006 at a total cost of 6.7 million dollars.
© Eryl Morgan Publications Pty Ltd - Last update:
Another site by Newline Development Pty Ltd.