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|Editions > 2006 > November||Saturday May 25, 2013 - Melbourne Time: 01:49:15|
Councils engaging with their younger residents
In various parts of Australia, planning issues continue to be a sticking point between Local Government and their State counterparts. Earlier this year, the New South Wales Government's changes to its Environmental Planning and Assessment Act increased the Minister for Planning's powers to intervene in local decision making, thereby reducing the ability of Councils and their communities to shape the future of their localities.
In each edition we feature the views of a Local Government Association President. The following is from Alderman Kerry Moir, President of the Local Government Association of the Northern Territory.
A first for Western Australia
Hornsby Shire Council's Waste Services Branch has just completed a comprehensive study into community attitudes to recycling which has culminated in a 40 page marketing strategy.
Mayor of Maribyrnong, Councillor Janet Rice, has won the Cycling Promotion Fund's national 'Award for Contribution to Cycling by a Politician' for her efforts to promote and practice cycling as an alternative to car travel.
Tweed Shire's longest serving employee retires
Councillor Profiles is a regular feature. This month we feature two Councillors from the Northern Territory.
When bushfire season comes to the south of Western Australia, tough, reliable and safe equipment for quickly building firebreaks and clearing burning trees and other material is essential.
More than 200 delegates attended the Local Government Association of South Australia's (LGASA) Annual General Meeting in October. Following reports on both Council and LGA progress, delegates supported the LGA's ongoing Financial Sustainability Program.
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 of our high achievers for 2006.
After starting as a funeral fund for Melbourne postal workers in 1905, membership of APS Benefits today offers a wide range of financial services, such as mortuary benefits paid within 24 hours of notification and the Everyday Unsecured Loan or Special Purpose Loan.
WA Council helps students explore local cultures
Staging its annual conference in the Blue Mountains, the New South Wales Local Government Association (LGA), together with the NSW Shires Association, has called for a formal partnership with the State Government.
Some 270 delegates representing 71 Councils attended the Municipal Association of Victoria's annual conference in Melbourne on 26 October. Minister for Local Government, Candy Broad, said that this year's conference agenda clearly reflected the changing issues jointly facing local communities, the States and nation as a whole.
NSW Procurement is proud to present two significant procurement events at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre on 22-23 November. Contracts on Show, has been an annual exhibition for New South Wales Government contracted suppliers, offering a unique opportunity for procurement professionals and government buyers from State, Local and not-for-profit organisations to view and understand goods and services available.
The UK Experience by Malcolm Morley*
Registration for this year's Australian Local Government Flower Garden Awards will remain open until the end of the year so that councils will have maximum opportunity to enter.
The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) is proud to announce its fifth National Conference, titled Building Australia's Future, to be held at the Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort from 23-26 September 2007.
|Feature - FOCUS on Tourism and Economic Development|
Traditional town centres are the life blood of any community. As focuses for economic, social cultural and community activities they touch every aspect of urban life. The 2007 Mainstreet Conference will provide an opportunity for all people who work in or with town centres to learn, network and exchange ideas on what makes these areas tick.
Lose yourself in Melbourne
Revitalisation strategy receives international recognition*
Future Directions is a regular feature. This month we interviewed Liam Carroll, Manager Economic Development and Business Services at Darwin City Council, Northern Territory
Located in north eastern Victoria, Indigo Shire Council is currently undertaking a review of its Planning Scheme, including its Municipal Strategic Statement. This strategic statement is Council's key document guiding land use planning and development in the Shire.
Railway monument and museum lifts tourism and town pride
Most regions in Australia are now facing water restriction measures of some level. Restrictions in some areas are stricter than others but the time has come where we all must face the fact that watering turf for leisure activities is a privilege and, as such, must be respected.
The Good Oil by Rod Brown*
Outdoor Brochure Holder gets the massage out there…puts brochures where and when they are needed*
Calendar gives new focus to Frankston Alive
The National Local Government Economic Development Conference is set to launch the nation's first national professional body for economic development and practitioners in Local Government: Economic Development Australia (EDA).
Rockhampton City Council is offering guided tours of its historic Southside Cemetery. Held during the winter months, the tours focus on fascinating stories of people buried in the cemetery, including famous and infamous identities, as well as burial customs and practices in Rockhampton's early history.
Launceston City Council has considered community concerns about air pollution, effluent outfall, traffic increases and water usage that could arise from the proposed Gunns pulp mill. Gunns Ltd is proposing to construct and operate a bleached Kraft pulp mill at Longreach on the Tamar River.
Thuringowa hosts inaugural Festival of Learning
As one of the most progressive rural towns in the Riverina region in New South Wales, Temora Shire Council is in the process of revitalising its under utilised World War II airport.
In October, the City of Fremantle captured people hook, line and sinker with its annual Blessing of the Fleet ceremony. The Blessing of the Fleet is an old and revered tradition that has been passed down from generation to generation, showing the epitome of loyalty and solidarity among the fishing community.
Located less than two hours from Sydney, Shoalhaven City Council's main shopping and business centre, Nowra, will soon become a cultural hub for the south coast region of New South Wales. Council recently accepted a tender from Edwards Construction Pty Ltd to construct a new multi purpose Cultural and Convention Centre.
Most communities are full of people with fabulous ideas for new businesses. Yet close to two thirds of all businesses fail within their first two years. Without a network of commercially viably businesses, communities are in real trouble.
By Ross Moody*
Clexan-Peak Personnel is an Australian owned company specialising in the recruitment of professional, technical and industrial personnel (contract and permanent). The principles and consultants have extensive experience in providing and delivering a range of recruitment services.
In September, Brisbane Lord Mayor, Campbell Newman, and Caboolture Mayor, Joy Leishman, signed an historic agreement that will kick start investigations into underground water on Bribie Island, located 70 kilometres north of Brisbane.
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Whyalla: where the outback meets the sea
Project Magnet provides flow on benefits for entire City
Mayor Jim Pollock said that with Whyalla's economic position strengthening, many changes are happening across the City.
Council has adopted a Foreshore Master Plan that will see Whyalla's entire foreshore precinct completely revamped over the next four to five years. With the master planning process finalised, the project has now move to the detailed design stage.
Formed in 1980 following the closing of the shipyards, the Whyalla Economic Development Board (WEDB) was established to strengthen and diversify the economic, commercial and employment base of Whyalla.
Caterpillar's longest serving dealer in Australia, Cavpower, has established a greater presence in Whyalla as a result of an exploration boom currently occurring in South Australia.
Whyalla is currently in the process of constructing a $1.8 million commercial harbour to service its expanding aquaculture industry at Fitzgerald Bay.
Whyalla is leading the way with water recycling and water harvesting initiatives to reduce reliance on the River Murray. As an area that receives an average of just on 271 millimetres annually, Council has shown an active commitment to the future direction of water conservation since the early 1990s.
A new kerbside recycling program is set to kick off in Whyalla in coming months. The scheme will introduce a three bin pick up system, including general waste, recycling and green waste bins.
In March, Whyalla's Council owned Child Care Centre received a Start Right, Eat Right Award from the South Australian Department of Health. The new state wide award recognises childcare centres that provide healthy meals and varied foods, as well as trained staff who promote good eating habits.
Whyalla's Youth Council comprises 15 young people aged between 12 and 25 years. The group votes in its own Mayor, holds monthly meetings and essentially runs as a conventional Local Government organisation.
Tourist attractions for everyone
Council will develop a large, centrally located area of vacant land into a sustainable 'Eco-City'. After purchasing the land for a very fair price in 1997 when development was slow, Council came up with the idea of an eight star energy efficiency rating residential estate.
Snapper championships attract tourists and locals alike
Group Manager Development, Stewart Payne, said that a rapid increase in the value of development approvals passing through Council is the strongest indicator that things have turned around for the City.
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