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Financial sustainability demands a national, strategic approach
Speaking at the recent Financial Sustainability Summit organised by the Municipal Association of Victoria, Chief Executive of the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA), Adrian Beresford-Wylie, said that the Local Government sector has enormous opportunities for additional Federal funding by demonstrating the array of ways Councils can assist the Australian Government in meeting its national objectives.
North-south railway corridor study released
In each edition we feature the views of a Local Government Association President. The following is from Councillor Genia McCaffery, President of the New South Wales Local Government Association.
Keeping Hornsby beautiful reaps rewards
The Municipal Association of Victoria has organised an evening seminar featuring Neil Hughes, one of the stars of the highly acclaimed 7Up documentary series that has followed the lives of 14 British people from 1964 when they were aged seven through to adulthood.
Getting the job done right*
The Good Oil by Rod Brown*
By John Clark*
Councillor Profiles is a regular feature. This month we feature two Councillors from Queensland.
LGMA New South Wales, in conjunction with the Sydney Morning Herald, announced the winners of the 2006 Management Excellence Awards for Local Government during its recent annual conference.
The Local Government Managers Australia (LGMA) New South Wales Division staged its annual conference in Port Macquarie on 13-15 September. With the theme "Working in the Council of the Future", LGMA President, Steve McGrath, said with the skills shortage Councils are already very different organisations than even a few years ago.
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.
The South Australian Local Government Association's 2005 Independent Inquiry into Financial Sustainability in South Australia was a first for Australian Local Government. This statewide inquiry investigated and made recommendations on the long term financial viability of Councils and since has led to other State Associations running their own similar inquiries.
According to the Western Australia Local Government Association (WALGA), local communities are facing a decline in living standards as Local Government is starved of the profits emerging from the State's continuing economic boom.
The UK Experience by Malcolm Morley*
Small and home-based businesses in southeast South Australia wanting a council permit to burn rubbish or drive large trucks on local roads can now do so by going to the website of the District Council of Grant and filling out the form. This demonstration project has been helped by the Australian Government's $50 million Regulation Reduction Incentive Fund.
|Feature - FOCUS on Best Practice|
Mackay City Council has transformed a 38 hectare parcel of land into one of the most advanced waste management facilities in Queensland. The Paget Waste Management Centre, located in the industrial hub of the city, is the centrepiece to Council's $21 million Integrated Waste Management Strategy.
Burnside's national aged care award
Maroondah goes the extra mile
Continuous improvement and reform are recurring themes for Local Governments. Moves towards competitive, flexible and managerial models of public administration are forcing political leaders and managers to face challenges such as sophisticated regulation of privatised utilities, managing contracted services and active engagement with citizens.
Future Directions is a regular feature. This month we interviewed Phil Pearce, CEO of Mildura Rural City Council in Victoria.
Redland Shire Council has taken out the 2006-07 Local Government Mutual (LGM) Risk Management Excellence Award. Presented at the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) Annual Conference in August, the award recognises innovation and initiatives in risk management.
With more than 1,200 staff working in a number of different locations, Townsville City Council has installed a digital signature appliance. CoSign provides Townsville with an integrated solution to improve workflow, enhance document security and enable paperless business processes within Council and with its third party suppliers.
Located on the south east coast of New South Wales, Bega Valley Shire is in the process of upgrading its wastewater treatment systems. The Bega Valley Sewerage Program (BVSP) aims to meet environmental obligations and cater for population growth over a planning horizon of 20 years.
Opening in August 1996, the City of Fremantle's Service and Information (S&I) Centre has recently celebrated ten years of helping the community. Located on the ground floor of Council's Town Hall Centre administration building, the S&I Centre has played a vital role in the past decade as the first point of contact for residents, ratepayers and visitors to Fremantle.
New wok assists Asian restaurants to save water in southern Sydney
A locally produced booklet that shows the safe way to use motorised scooters and wheelchairs has been updated and reprinted to help people throughout Victoria. The booklet is an initiative of the City of Greater Bendigo and Loddon Shire Rural Access program.
Having provided asset management, billing, permits, licensing and customer relationship management solutions for Local Government in Australia since 1995, Hansen International Australasia has recently launched Hansen Financials.
Located in western Melbourne, Wyndham City Council has received $300,000 from the Victorian Government to help fund the new $4.6 million Tarneit Community Centre. The State Government funding is a result of Council's successful grant application through the Department of Victorian Communities 'Building Stronger Communities' grants program.
Penrith City residents will soon have the opportunity to comment on Council's draft Management Plan for the City. The plan details services and projects that Council will undertake during the next 12 months.
Victorian Councils connect through new WebNetwork
Increasing community safety
At Australia Post we are proud of our longstanding association with the Australian Local Government Association and are pleased to be sponsoring the 2006 National General Assembly of Local Government. Australia Post's network of Licensed Post Offices (LPOs) plays a central role in the social and commercial fabric of their local community.
With high water consumption levels in the Huon Valley, Council has introduced policy mandating the installation of a rainwater tank for each new dwelling constructed on a building lot within a water district.
|Focus Promotion - Gwydir Shire Council|
New Shire quickly comes of age
Challenges and opportunities win through
To help boost the economic and social viability of the Shire, in the organisational restructure of Council, economic development, tourism, recreation and leisure have all been brought together in the one division.
"The new Council had some strong building blocks to work from," said General Manager, Max Eastcott. "The former Shires had nurtured staff who were dedicated and committed, while the community is certainly one that dreams things and then makes things happen.
"Since amalgamation, staff have fully embraced a learning and development culture," said Leeah Daley, Human Resource Manager. "Teamwork and sustainability is our key focus. The notion of a job for life can no longer be assumed, so staff fully recognise the benefits of upgrading and extending their skills."
A reconciliation project undertaken by Indigenous and non Indigenous residents provides a place for people to reflect on one of the less glorious events of our shared history since European settlement.
A cooperative venture, involving Gwydir Shire Council, New England Institute of TAFE, Bingara Central School, Warialda High School, Adult Learning and the University of New England, has the primary goal of promoting lifelong learning.
Warialda Engineering and Welding is about to launch its Davis Starlifter into the United States of America market. The company, owned by Mick Davis, currently employs 12 people including five apprentices.
Roxy Theatre lights up again
With its population spread over a considerable area, Gwydir Shire aims to provide as many services as possible for children and families. Youth Services Coordinator, Suzy Webber, said participation in Youth Week, running Youth Leadership camps, festival workshops and Blue Light Discos and are just some of the activities Council offers.
Work out Warialda
Following amalgamation, Council has regularly engaged in community consultation highlighting the need for a greater focus on resources and maintenance.
Gwydir Shire acknowledges the crucial role carers play in the community. With the aid of a $40,000 grant, Council, together with Hunter New England Health, has established a Carer Support Project.
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