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Pushing the agenda in 2007
At the 2006 National General Assembly in Canberra, Local Government FOCUS invited delegates to showcase their Council's achievements by entering our competition to win a full page feature for their Council during 2007.
2007 is certainly going to be an interesting year. Being a Federal election year (expected around September/October), it was surprising that neither the Prime Minister nor Opposition Leader found the time to speak at the recent 2006 National General Assembly of Local Government.
All systems go at recent G-20 meeting using DIGIMIC*
In November, the Heart Foundation and Kellogg (Australia) Pty Ltd presented a 2006 National Heart Foundation Kellogg Local Government Award to New South Wales' Hay Shire Council. Council received the National Category Winner Award for the Provision and Use of Facilities to Improve Heart Health for its Hay Health and Fitness community gymnasium.
John So voted World's Best Mayor
The Good Oil by Rod Brown*
The Local Government Association of Queensland's Economic and Regional Development Conference, Home Grown - Economic Development, will be staged at the Radisson Resort in the Gold Coast from 7-9 March 2007.
Once again, an exciting program has been set for LGPro's 2007 Annual Conference to be held at Melbourne Park Function Centre from 14-16 February.
Youth show bags spread the word
Youth services + library services = verbYL
Kicking off at the Municipal Association of Victoria's annual conference in October last year, the National Australia Bank (NAB) offered delegates the chance to benefit a nominated community program by winning $1,000 to host a community event, attended by one of NAB's Sporting Ambassadors. Mayor Gary Bird from Horsham Rural City Council submitted the winning entry that was drawn at the conference dinner.
By Jeff Oughton*
Bundaberg City Council
Councils back community harmony around Australia
Holroyd City Council has taken out a national award for its safety system in the 2006 National Awards for Local Government. Abbreviated to Holsafe, Holroyd's Safety System of Innovation won the Local Government Leadership for Injury Prevention and Management Category.
The City of Mitcham has taken out the South Australian 2006 Australian Safer Communities Award for innovation and best practice in community safety for its Mitcham Bushfire Risk Management Plan.
Located ten kilometres from Sydney's CBD, the City of Canada Bay is supporting a trial by Cleanaway, Firepower and Techenomics to improve fuel consumption and reduce emissions. Due to commence in January 2007, the trial aims to reduce exhaust emissions and the volume of fuel used by Cleanaway through its waste contract with the City of Canada Bay.
Smart WaterMark promotes water wise products
Trained mediators demonstrate effective communication techniques in and out of mediation. They are better able to listen, facilitate group discussions, manage conflict, negotiate and support others in dispute.
Coffs Harbour recruits record number of female lifeguards
In a first for Australia, Adelaide City Council and the South Australian State Government have entered into a Social Sustainability Partnership Agreement. Established in 2005, this agreement guides Council and State Government actions to develop an enjoyable social environment in Adelaide's CBD.
The Monitor delivers core communication
Pittwater Council successfully moved a motion regarding supply of broadband services at the 2006 Local Government Association of New South Wales Annual Conference. The motion proposed that the New South Wales Government make it compulsory for developers constructing dwellings in new residential land releases to provide necessary communications infrastructure.
The Bendigo Community Telco has been sited in the Australian Local Government Association's 2006-2007 State of the Regions report as an example for Local Government to follow in keeping up with the move to the broadband super highway.
Metro Manila seeks links with Australian Councils
Wollongong City Council has issued a discussion paper aiming to gain support for Federal taxation incentives for investors in community infrastructure.
In the December edition of FOCUS we ran an article on Fremantle City Council committing to the Kyoto protocol. After much investigation, we have found that there is no register of other Australian Councils that have also committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions through these principles.
Council assistance required in fox DNA project
In November, Mayors, Councillors and CEOs representing Councils with an interest in sustainable forestry from across Australia unanimously agreed to form a National Timber Councils Taskforce.
The UK Experience by Malcolm Morley*
There is a lot to be excited about in the Gold Coast/Tweed Region as the two Councils have been working diligently since the beginning of the year to make it easier for small and home-based businesses operating in the regions to comply with Council requirements for licences and permits.
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