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|Editions > 2006 > December||Sunday May 26, 2013 - Melbourne Time: 11:17:10|
Australia's regions: the gap still growing between rich and poor
2006 has seen a number of firsts for Local Government as well as ongoing challenges. The following summarises our opinions on how Local Government continues to step up to the mark.
In each edition we feature the views of a Local Government Association President. The following is from Councillor John Rich, President of the Local Government Association of South Australia.
A Decade of Difference: Journeys taken and the Road Ahead is the theme of the 10th National Conference of the Case Management Society of Australia (CMSA). It will be held in Melbourne on 15-16 March 2007.
Fourteen young people from Holroyd City graduated from an innovative project at a Mayoral ceremony in November. The Peer Education Project targets young people aged 15 to 19 and encourages them to contribute to the wellbeing of their communities.
Located approximately 100 kilometres south of Darwin in the Northern Territory, Coomalie Community Government Council recently installed a mobile skate ramp. Skateramps Australia's Mobile Fun Box is the first to be installed in the Northern Territory.
*By Karen Coombs
Established in 2001, the King Island Youth Action Group (KIYAG) provides a forum for 12 to 25 year olds to represent the views of King Island's young people.
The Good Oil by Rod Brown*
The City of Greater Bendigo is working with the Bendigo Traders Association (BTA) to launch a promotional fund to market businesses in the city centre.
Townsville flag raised at Rockhampton's City Hall
Belmont to host next transplant games
Councillor Profiles is a regular feature. This month we profile two Councillors from Western Australia.
At the 2006 Local Government Managers Australia National Congress in Perth, FOCUS invited delegates to nominate individuals or teams from their Council who are improving their Council's operations and meeting community needs. In this edition, we showcase two more of our high achievers for 2006.
Austral Bricks has added an Embodied Energy and Life Cycle technical paper to its series of technical papers on clay bricks. Austral Bricks' Group Technical and Engineering Manager, Cathy Inglis, said all manufactured products have an embodied energy component.
In what is thought to be an Australian first, the Charles Sturt Library Service has replaced its old traditional library cards with a new Community Card. All library members and users of community centre programs have been issued with the card.
Economic Development Australia
The UK Experience by Malcolm Morley*
Other Councils may be interested in adopting Business Sw@nline for their small business customers. The City of Swan is using the Australian Government's Regulation Reduction Incentive Fund to make life easier for its local small business community and builders.
|Feature - FOCUS on Business Efficiency and Sustainability|
Technology the key to public place management
New South Wales' Auburn Council has developed a key policy planning document - Auburn 2030. The document is a long term vision reflecting the expectations and future needs of the Auburn community.
Various Councils are rolling out digital signature solutions which are putting them at the forefront of delivery documents both internally and to third parties. With today's Councils burdened by labour and paper intensive processes the call to cut costs and improve efficiency and services has never been higher.
A paperless workplace - fact or pulp fiction?
Future Directions is a regular feature. This month we interviewed Penny Holloway, President LGMA NSW and General Manager North Sydney Council, NSW.
Eight Western Australian Councils have been recognised in the State Minister for Local Government and Regional Development's Financial Management Awards. Some 32 Western Australian Local Governments competed in the awards, which were announced in August.
Douglas Shire Council's recently adopted planning scheme, designed to manage future development on the ecologically unique Daintree Lowlands, has received the highest honours at the Australian Planning Institute's annual Queensland Awards for Excellence.
The City of Fremantle has adopted global Kyoto targets and committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions between 2008 and 2012 to at least 5.2 per cent below 1990 levels.
Helping a mate in need
"Legal practice is global," says Head of La Trobe Law School, Professor Gordon Walker. "Real life challenges, such as the Australian US Free Trade Agreement, the Chinese demand for energy resources and the European Union's status as Australia's leading trading partner, mean that many legal and non legal professionals need to expand their knowledge to respond to such issues."
By Phil Hughes*
City of Darebin is going places
The Local Government Association of South Australian (LGASA) in collaboration with Standards Australia has developed new governance guidelines for the State's 68 Councils. The guidelines were approved at the LGA's Annual General Meeting in October and represent an Australian first.
Hobsons Bay City Council is using its Customer Service Team as an in house "temp" agency, placing highly skilled and well trained officers into temporary positions throughout the organisation.
The City of Melville has taken out the Local Government Water Efficiency Category of the Western Australian Water awards 2006. Held in Perth in October, the Awards were presented by the Western Australian Department of Water and the Water Corporation.
At its annual conference in October, the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) recognised Local Government efforts to develop sound risk management practices, with Glen Eira City Council taking out the Civic Mutual Plus (CMP) Award for Excellence.
|Focus Promotion - 13th National General Assembly of Local Government|
Pushing the agenda
The ALGA has commissioned PricewaterhouseCoopers to prepare a report titled, A Practical Way Ahead: National Financial Sustainability Study of Local Government. Its findings were released on 4 December and can be accessed at www.alga.asn.au
Some of the key resolutions debated and carried. A full list of all Resolutions is available on the ALGA web site at www.alga.asn.au
A snap shot of key issues raised in the addresses by various Federal MPs at the General Assembly.
Next year the National General Assembly on Local Government will be staged in Darwin from 26-29 November. In inviting delegates to the Northern Territory next year, Local Mayor of Darwin, Peter Adamson, said that it is anticipated that the General Assembly will be just as successful as in 2002 when Alice Springs hosted the event.
Councils on show
Following its successful lobbying of the Federal Government over a number of years for additional roads funding, ALGA launched its National Roads and Transport Strategy during the General Assembly. This strategy acknowledges that Local Governments are not only concerned about roads but meeting their responsibilities across wider transport issues.
|The 2006 Local Government award winners|
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