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|Editions > 2005 > June||Sunday May 19, 2013 - Melbourne Time: 12:22:52|
Joondalup takes out 2005 Management Challenge
Corruption, unethical practices and corporate fraud have placed an increasing focus on good governance and quality of leadership. Keynote speaker at the 24th National Congress of Local Government Managers Australia (LGMA), Ivan Deveson, warned of a ‘tsunami of corruption on its way to Australia’.
A key issue raised at the International Asset Management Conference staged in Melbourne in May was that the old way of preparing budgets, of simply taking last year’s figures and adding or subtracting a few per cent, is no longer sustainable. Aptly described as looking in the rear vision mirror, delegates agreed that this must be discarded in favour of a strategic, forward looking, service driven approach.
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 60th anniversary of the Cowra Breakout featured prominently at the recent Local Government and Shires Associations of New South Wales cultural awards. Other winners included Bathurst, Baulkham Hills, Canterbury, Clarence Valley, Coolamon, Fairfield, Great Lakes, Hastings, Lane Cove, Tweed, Central West Regional Organisation of Councils, Southern Councils Group, Western Sydney and two joint entries from Manly and Pittwater and Fairfield and Holroyd.
Small towns, strong communities shine
The Good Oil by Rod Brown*
The 2005 Council’s Working Together conference will be hosted by Murray Shire Council, at the Moama Bowling Club on July 14 and 15. This year’s conference will include an informative and thought provoking program, concerning Local Government strategic alliance issues.
Federal Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads, Jim Lloyd, recently launched a new manual which aims to assist Local Governments across Australia achieve best practice in governance. Developed by Australia’s peak accounting body, CPA Australia, and supported by Local Government Managers Australia (LGMA), the Excellence in Governance for Local Government manual is designed so Mayors, Councillors, and senior management can quickly and easily assess their governance performance and management practices.
Boulia bounces into the record books all for a good cause
A regular feature, this month we feature two Councillors from Queensland.
IPWEA Engineering Excellence Awards
IPWEA/RTA Local Government Road Safety Strategy
By Richard Perrin *
Emergency First Response is a global CPR, Automated External Defibrillation (AED) and First Aid training organisation with more than 26,000 instructors world wide, providing CPR and First Aid courses to the layperson, community groups and in workplaces.
The UK Experience by Malcolm Morley *
|FEATURE - FOCUS on Environmental Management|
Redland Shire Council in south east Queensland has recently completed a successful local business eco-efficiency pilot program. Based on the Queensland Environmental Protection Agency’s ‘ecoBiz’ program, the pilot was recently awarded the Local Government Initiative of the Month by the International Council of Local Government Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI).
In recent times, dwindling fish numbers has become an issue in many river systems along the eastern seaboard. This has resulted in Kempsey Shire Council being selected by the NSW Department of Primary Industries to be part of a trial for its Stream Health – Road Crossings and Fish Passage Project.
An interview with Greg Waller, Director Development and Environmental Services at Salisbury City Council
Fremantle tackles plastic bags use
A set of performance management indicators that reflect triple bottom line issues developed by Townsville City Council’s business unit, Citiwater, is gaining international attention. Citiwater is recognised as being among Australian and international leaders in working to supply and treat water on a sustainable basis – environmentally, socially and economically.
Hornsby’s GM wins national Baton sustainability prize
By Daniel Blair*
Australia has voted. IWT’s award winning new technology, KISSS (Kapillary Irrigation Sub Surface Systems) recently won the people’s choice on the ABC’s New Inventors. It is rapidly attracting attention around the nation. KISSS has proved to be up to 60 per cent more effective than other drip line technology, subsequently reducing irrigation and watering bills by up to 60 per cent.
Ownership of water will be a key theme at the 61st National Conference presented by the Murray Darling Association. The conference will be held at the RSL Club in Dubbo, New South Wales. The conference theme and program will explore the current topic of water ownership and the likely impact of the proposed separation of water and land titles across the Murray Darling Basin.
Darwin City Council is working to protect the City’s natural resources for future generations with the development of a community focused Environmental Management Plan (EMP) and an Environmental Management System (EMS) to cover its own organisational practices. Environment Manager, Angelika Hesse, said Darwin is perhaps Australia’s only capital city with an abundance of native fauna, clean air and pristine waterways.
In recent years, Launceston City Council has been working hard to complete major improvements along the North Esk River and to build a walkway. In cooperation with the State Government, Council commenced an environmental audit of properties in St Leonards Road as part of a continued focus on improving the environment in the area.
Aerosol recycling award for Baulkham Hillse
Many Local Governments are looking to recycling treated water to increase water conservation. Frankston City Council has received a grant of $250,000 in the first round of the Victorian Government’s $10 million Stormwater and Urban Water Conservation Fund for a project to use treated effluent to irrigate the City’s major recreation reserves.
The Barossa Council has recently awarded tenders worth nearly $2 million for the upgrade of the Nuriootpa and Tanunda septic tank effluent disposal schemes (STEDS). This move will further add to its reputation as a leading South Australian Council in the maintaining and upgrading of ageing effluent treatment and disposal infrastructure.
AlburyCity has been focusing on combining safe and environmentally friendly design. These are not always compatible, especially when it comes to issues such as building orientation, situating living spaces, and the placement of windows and doors.
|FOCUS PROMOTION - City of Townsville|
The City of Townsville has emerged as one of Australia’s most dynamic regional centres, with its relaxed lifestyle attracting more than 3,000 new residents per year and a strong economy spurring significant new investment in infrastructure and services.
Townsville forges vibrant tourism reputation
The beginning of the City of Townsville occurred on 15 February 1866, when the township was declared a Municipality and the Council was incorporated under the Municipalities Act of 1858.
‘CONCERT’ – a certified Council success story
Townsville City Council vehicles are running on E – that’s E for Ethanol not for empty. Council has made the switch to a more sustainable fuel with 200 of its 315 strong fleet of vehicles now using 10 per cent ethanol blended fuel – E10.
The Strand is Australia’s cleanest beach
Green Townsville shrugs off ‘Brownsville’ tag
Townsville to again lead national commemoration of 1945
Victory in the Pacific
When it comes to sport, Townsville punches well above its weight at a national level. While pundits are heralding a golden era for the North Queensland Cowboys in the National Rugby League, experts in the National Basketball League are also tipping 2005 to be the year of the Townsville Crocodiles.
Over the past decade, Townsville’s city fathers have worked tirelessly on strategies to establish the region as a centre for base metals processing excellence. These strategies have focused on the critical areas of energy, industrial land, transport infrastructure, water and a skilled workforce.
Fishing is Queensland’s most popular past time and Townsville City Council has responded to the community’s interest by establishing a Fishwatch Advisory Committee. The Committee has been set up as a network for local fishers and community interests to discuss recreational fishing and the conservation of fish stocks in the Townsville area.
While the Brisbane community is celebrating its victory over the Federal Government on the proposed sale of valuable community land known as ‘Poo Corner’, it seems the war over the disposal of other lucrative government sites around the State has just begun. And it seems popular Kissing Point at the northern point of Townsville’s Strand has emerged as the next battleground, with all spheres of government arming themselves for offensive on the possible future sale of this land.
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