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LG leadership in the face of adversity
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) produces statistics on economic, social and demographic issues that affect all Australians.
To assist its Council members in assessing the real costs of operations and delivering services, the Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT) has recently released its first Council Cost Index.
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, the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) announced that it had appointed Adrian Beresford-Wylie as its Chief Executive. He will take up this post on 1 May.
Mount Barker makes the top five
The Heart Foundation and Kellogg are providing $30,000 and recognition to award initiatives that help create healthy communities.
Australia's premier community based environmental action program, the Australian Tidy Towns Awards 2006, has been won by Collie in Western Australia, making this the third win for WA in the past ten years.
The Good Oil by Rod Brown*
The community of Western Australia's City of Rockingham has raised $35,000 for the tsunami devastated village of Telwatta in Sri Lanka. Together with a further $10,000 collected by the Perth Sri Lankan community, the funds have gone into reconstructing the village.
Councillor Profiles is a regular feature. This month we are featuring two Councillors from the Northern Territory.
Palmerston - a place for people
Competition was fierce but friendly at the Western Australian Department of Infrastructure's first suburban Parliamentarians Bike Ride for Cycle Instead Bike Week 2006. Held in March in the City of Gosnells, it was the first time the event has been held outside of Perth CBD.
Located in northern Queensland, the Thuringowa Library has introduced new technology for sight impaired residents. The Audio Navigator is a hand held device, similar in size to a remote control. It allows users to listen to recordings of books and daily news services.
The 18th Women, Management and Employment Relations Conference on workplace relations, negotiation and equal opportunity will be held on 27-28 July 2006 at the Sofitel Wentworth Sydney
Crows Nest Shire Council in south east Queensland has captured the imagination of the community with an innovative, holistic natural resource management (NRM) project that mixes planning, policy, on ground works and incentives.
The UK Experience by Malcolm Morley*
Melbourne certainly put on a great show
|Feature - FOCUS on Technical Services and Engineering|
A formula for building bridges
Transport experts attending the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) Transporting Communities into 2030 Conference gave a healthy report card to the Melbourne 2030 policy framework but felt Vancouver had the edge as most liveable city for its strong focus on integrated metropolitan planning and community engagement in decision making.
Future Directions is a regular feature. This month we interviewed Brendan Dowd, Director Technical Services Darwin City Council, Northern Territory.
By Peter Diprose*
Staff input improves new maintenance truck
Bland Shire Council's Asset Management Policy and associated Road Hierarchy and Service Levels were adopted by Council in March. They are the crucial first steps in an organisation wide approach to effective asset management that focuses on service delivery to the community.
The funding backlog is a national issue as Councils struggle with limited finances to meet works costs and manage risks. In 2002, South Australia's City of Charles Sturt recognised a significant shortfall in the state of its road network and realised the importance of making long term financial decisions to meet service levels and community expectation.
Taking a statewide approach to the Infrastructure Asset Renewal Gap
Volvo has introduced a three model G900 motor grader range, engineered from the ground up by Volvo with help from industry experts - its customers.
Local Government's key forum for roads and transport issues - the National Local Roads and Transport Congress, will be held in Alice Springs on 9-11 July. Core issues for delegates will include the development of a national Local Government roads and transport strategy.
Townsville City Council, together with its business unit, Citiwater, is relocating and upgrading its Horseshoe Bay wastewater treatment plant on Magnetic Island. The new plant will protect the ecosystems of both Magnetic Island and the surrounding World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
Water supply and its useage rates extremely high on the agendas of most spheres of government. To better understand and plan for future needs, the Lower Murray Working Group is researching all available information on what Australian Councils are doing to reuse water and in particular potable reuse.
The New South Wales Premier, Morris Iemma, recently announced government approval for the ReAqua™ Hyrate demonstration plant at Beverley Park Golf Course.
|Focus Promotion - The City of Playford|
The City of Playford is the most northern Local Government area of metropolitan Adelaide. Formed in May 1997 as a result of an amalgamation of the former City of Elizabeth and the District Council of Munno Para, the City is one of South Australia's largest Councils covering a large and diverse area of 364 square kilometres of urban and rural areas.
Providing optimum services now and into the future
By Tim Jackson CEO
By Wendy Campana, LGA (SA) Executive Director
Financial sustainability - it can be done
The new Munno Para Library Service is proof that financial constraints can lead to innovative ways of funding community services.
Playford Civic Centre makeover
The Playford North Urban Regeneration Project is the most significant urban regeneration/development project in metropolitan Adelaide. The project encompasses all aspects of residential development and community life to redress issues currently evident in the Peachey Belt, an area encompassing Smithfield Plains and Davoren Park in the northern part of the City of Playford.
Elizabeth Regional Centre revitalisation
Population policy: Prosperity through People
An amalgamation of two Councils - each with its own set of major assets such as civic buildings, depots and staff accommodation - involves dealing with the passionate attachments of their respective communities. But it is essential to avoid duplication of assets because they will become severely under utilised and in the end prevent the realisation of the operational and financial efficiencies of amalgamation.
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