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2005 – The challenges ahead
Following the defeat of former ALGA President, Ms Rae Perry, at Local Government elections in Victoria in November, President of the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ), Councillor Paul Bell, was elected by the ALGA Board of Directors to fill the casual vacancy.
Australia’s three spheres of government have acted quickly to provide aid to tsunami ravaged areas in South Asia and Africa. Within the devastated areas and around the world, the human spirit – first of bravery and sacrifice and then generosity and direct on the ground support – has risen out of this disaster. Local Governments and their staff in Australia are, and will continue to be, involved. Through this recovery program they will be building even stronger bridges than those constructed of steel and cement, bridges that draw people together permanently through both the good and bad times.
International and national experts will take the stage as keynote speakers at LGPro’s 2005 Annual Conference to be held at Melbourne Park Function Centre on 16–18 February 2005. Contributing to the conference theme, ‘Building Tomorrow’s Communities Today’, the opening address will be delivered by international strategic planning expert, Clem Sunter, who will discuss Games Foxes Play – Planning for Extraordinary Times.
Local Government FOCUS recently commissioned the Centre for Local Government Research to undertake a survey about Local Government publications with Local Government representatives. Telephone surveys were conducted with randomly selected Chief Executive Officers (and equivalent), Mayors, Councillors and Senior Council staff from Councils across Australia.
Adelaide recognised for its heritage work
Whittlesea Council in Victoria has unveiled a new golf course that meets both the needs of discerning golfers and stringent environmental standards. Graham Marsh, one of Australia’s golfing greats and internationally renowned course architect, launched the Growling Frog Golf Course in December.
The Good Oil by Rod Brown*
The influx of eight million visitors each year to Manly beaches on Sydney’s north shore has meant that firm steps need to be taken to preserve one of Australia’s most beautiful and popular tourist attractions. The Manly community of 38,000 must handle this influx which every day of the year could seriously damage the environment.
The community is strongly supporting a move by Alice Springs Town Council to be the safest and tidiest town in the Northern Territory.
Visions of Australia is one of the Australian Government’s most successful cultural programs. It provides funding to tour exhibitions of a wide range of cultural material, from art and craft, social history and science, to artefacts and items of Indigenous heritage. Since its inception in 1993, it has provided almost $19.6 million in grants for more than 500 exhibition projects across the country.
Mount Barker Council’s Community Library in South Australia has won the 2004 Jim Crawford Award for Innovation in Libraries with series of programs reaching into the community. The award is named in honour of the late Jim Crawford, Chairman of the Libraries Board of South Australia from 1977 until 1987, who established the blueprint for development of the public library system.
Launceston City Council has teamed up with public and private sector groups to create a new tourist attraction in Tasmania. Council’s Riveredge project won the Tourism Development category of the 2003 National Awards for Local Government.
A meeting of Mayors and Councillors from eight Councils in inner Sydney has called for action on increasing traffic and transport congestion in the region. The meeting unanimously agreed to call on the New South Wales Premier Bob Carr to urgently seek solutions to mass transit problems in their Local Government areas, including Sydney, Marrickville, Canada Bay, Leichhardt, Randwick, Waverley, Botany and Woollahra.
A group of 20 people will soon find out how much impact they have on the environment. Footprints – tread lightly into the future is a sustainable lifestyle initiative run jointly by Lane Cove, North Sydney and Willoughby Councils. The program is assisted by a $60,000 grant from the New South Wales Government’s It’s A Living Thing program.
Brisbane ranked Australia’s cleanest city
South Australian ratepayers have saved more than $2 million and will continue to save more than half a million dollars a year as a result of a two year program providing improved online services. An initiative of the Local Government Association has 60 of the State’s 68 councils using one sophisticated web publishing system.
Renewal project in Dallas and Broadmeadows
Green Streets is Australia’s first integrated sustainable mainstreet program. This unique program fuses economic, environmental, social and cultural elements to create sustainable behaviour change within the small to medium business sector. The aims of the program are to reduce both the costs and associated environmental impacts of the small business sector by raising awareness of environmental issues, finding solutions and inspiring action.
The Productivity Commission has warned that Local Governments will struggle under current funding arrangements to properly provide as Australia’s population ages. Responding to the release of the Commission’s draft research report, then Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) President, Councillor Rae Perry, said Local Government faced serious budgetary pressures.
Two new initiatives show that Local Government Associations are blazing a trail in Internet development. Both the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) and the Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT) have developed products to help all Local Governments.
Councils and their residents quick to assist tsunami
The UK Experience by Malcolm Morley*
The Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) has called for wind farm operators to pay a fair share of property taxes. The Association presented its case to a State Government panel considering changes to the Electricity Industry legislation recently.
Push button safety in Perth
|FOCUS PROMOTION - Bega Valley Shire Council|
The official opening of the upgraded Tathra Sewage Treatment Plant represents a major step forward in the Bega Valley Shire’s development according to Mayor David Hede. Cr Hede said the $4 million upgrade had delivered a key piece of infrastructure for Tathra, both as a township and a popular holiday destination, while at the same time achieving important environmental outcomes.
Comment is being sought on one of the most important documents in Bega Valley Shire’s 24 year history. The Shire’s Draft 20 Year Plan was approved for public exhibition late last year with steps now being taken to ensure as many people as possible get the opportunity to comment on the document before the exhibition period closes at the end of March 2005.
The establishment of a new Customer Service and Administration Section is enabling Bega Valley Shire Council to provide a more consistent approach in its dealings with customers according to section manager Kylee Cowgill.
Staff from Bega Valley Shire Council and the NSW Premier’s Department are continuing work on the Shire’s new Social Plan for 2005–10. The aim of the partnership between Council and the Premier’s Department is to create a stronger link between the needs identified in the Social Plan and the work of NSW Government agencies.
Work is expected to start early this year on redevelopment of the Bermagui Community Hall to incorporate a new Bega Valley Shire Council branch office and library, a Rural Transaction Centre, Community Technology Centre and visitors’ information centre.
Judges from the Keep Australia Beautiful Clean Beach Challenge have confirmed what Bega Valley Shire residents have known for decades: the region’s beaches are among the best in NSW, if not Australia. A number of Bega Valley Shire beaches were recognised at a regional level in this year’s Clean Beach Awards including Tathra Beach, which was named best overall beach on the NSW South Coast and Merimbula’s Main Beach, which was highly commended.
Steady progress on major projects
Memorandum of Understanding remains a source of great pride
A unique partnership between Bega Valley Shire Council and a local philanthropic body designed to maximise the amount of funding going to local community groups has entered its fifth year.
Bega Valley Shire Council has extended the hand of friendship to one of the newest nations on earth – Timor-Leste. In October last year, Council formally endorsed the establishment of a friendship arrangement between the Bega Valley Shire and the Barique/Natarbora region in Timor-Leste.
It has been a busy 12 months for Bega Valley Shire Council planning staff. The planning services section was restructured to help deal more efficiently with an ever increasing number of development applications and significant progress was made on a number of important planning initiatives.
Bega Valley Shire’s Access and Equity Committee has been making a real difference over the past two years. The committee was established by Council in 2002 to ensure that people with a disability or with limited mobility have input into Council’s planning and decision making processes.
The Bega Valley Regional Gallery is attracting national interest with its annual portrait prize. This year will be the fourth year the gallery has hosted the annual Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award, named after the local portrait artist who provides more than $13,000 in prize money each year.
Bega Valley Shire’s Youth Council is helping to spread the word on one of the most important issues facing young people today: road safety. Youth Councillors, working in conjunction with local organisations including Auswide Projects and the Far South Coast Community College, have used a $10,000 grant from the Motor Accidents Authority (MAA) to produce a road safety film using local actors.
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