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|Editions > 2007 > March||Wednesday May 22, 2013 - Melbourne Time: 11:02:31|
NT's reform package aiming to deliver for remote communities
With the run up to the Federal Election in full swing, a recent Newspoll survey published in The Australian newspaper found 82 per cent of respondents said water planning was a key issue placing it ahead of health, education and the environment.
In each edition we feature the views of a Local Government Association President. The following is from Councillor Dick Gross, President of the Municipal Association of Victoria.
Randwick City Council was recently announced the winner of the annual AR Bluett Memorial Award. The prestigious award is considered to be the highest accolade a New South Wales Council can aspire to and has been in existence since 1945.
New Bombing of Darwin video launched
In February, Hepburn Shire Council in Victoria responded to the drought situation with a community forum - Getting Through: Stock Feed and You.
The Good Oil* by Rod Brown
Councillor Profiles is a regular feature. This month we interviewed two Councillors from Victoria.
Shire of Derby/West Kimberley
A record number of delegates attended the 2007 Local Government Professionals (LGPro) Annual Conference staged in Melbourne from 14-16 February. The theme, In the Public Interest, provided delegates with scope to discuss the needs of communities and how to address them.
As an acknowledgement of the outstanding contribution made by the professionals working in Local Government in Victoria, LGPro announced the winners of its awards for excellence at its annual conference dinner.
With the massive investment in infrastructure in the post war baby boom period coming to the end of its life, Australian Local Government is faced with a once in a generation infrastructure challenge in the next decade and beyond. The Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia (IPWEA) responded to this challenge in February with the launch of a new DVD.
An aerosol art workshop held in January has transformed an old Wakefield Regional Council Depot shed into a work of art.
History showcased on new pedestrian bridge
The word is going out for Mayors to bat for community harmony by taking part in Crickids Australia's Biggest Cricket Game on Harmony Day on 21 March. Crickids, Australia's Biggest Cricket Game, is an attempt to set the national record for the most people participating in cricket games on the same day.
During January, Shoalhaven City Council put on Tapstar, a series of water wise educational shows for primary school children in the area. Held at a local shopping centre, the theatre play featured water saving mascot - Tapstar, and a host of other characters, including Fred Faucet and the Drippettes.
The recycled water pipe systems (purple pipes) in Pimpama and Coomera on the Gold Coast will be flowing with Class A+ recycled water for toilet flushing and outdoor use by Christmas 2008.
The Shire of Yarra Ranges has received $50,000 in Federal Government funding to further develop a personal emergency plan kit. Launched in April 2006, the kit is designed to assist older residents plan appropriate responses to emergencies that occur around the home.
Gatton Shire's Deputy Mayor, Councillor Janice Holstein, recently graduated from a Diploma in Local Government Administration course. Provided by the Local Government Association of Queensland, the course is specifically designed for Local Government employees and elected members.
Research released on 23 February by Local Government Managers Australia (LGMA) reveals the current practices in performance management among Local Government managers.
Books by the barrow load
Last October a delegation from Gold Cast City Council attended the launch of the 47th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in Florida. The two cities have held a sister city relationship for the past 26 years.
Councils across Victoria are being urged to showcase 'shady' initiatives within their communities. As well as helping to protect their residents from skin cancer, Councils could win recognition in the 2007 SunSmart Shade Awards.
Speaking at the recent Negotiating Native Title Forum held in Melbourne on 26 and 27 February, President of the National Native Title Tribunal (NNTT), Graeme Neate, said that in the 15 years since the landmark Mabo decision there has been a number of positive outcomes but these have come at significant financial and emotional costs.
The UK Experience by Malcolm Morley*
Last October, talks between 16 Local Governments and three native title claim groups commenced as part of a process towards agreement in the region on native title. The three participating claim groups are the Port Curtis Coral Coast claimants, the Gangulu People and the Iman People.
|Feature - FOCUS on Information Technology & Communications|
Burwood Council in metropolitan Sydney has streamlined its processes through the introduction of digital signatures.
Hobsons Bay City Council and Nillumbik Shire Council are just two Local Governments that have installed IronPort's C100™ email security appliance. IronPort® Systems, Inc. is the leading email and web security products provider.
Alert system connects the police with the local community
Future Directions is a regular feature. This month we interviewed Karen Vought, Chief Information Officer, Gold Coast City Council, Queensland.
IECOM Group Pty Ltd is offering Local Government world class state of the art solutions that will revolutionise the way HR and other information workers access, analyse and use enterprise data to move business forward.
Thirty Victorian Councils are participating in a project led by Whittlesea City Council that will allow small and home based businesses to identify and understand the need for various Local Government licenses, permits and registrations.
IT2007 is scheduled for 13-16 November 2007 in beautiful Coffs Harbour, New South Wales. The conference provides a forum for Local Government managers and support staff to network, learn and exchange ideas.
Mackay City Council is using an innovative online tool that provides residents and ratepayers with access to a wide variety of information on land and property, planning and land use, services and infrastructure and community facilities.
Located midway between Sydney and Newcastle in New South Wales, the City of Gosford has developed an IT solution to manage its performance reporting.
South Australian residents are finding it easier to contact their local Councillor following a Local Government Association of South Australia (LGASA) initiative to showcase them on the internet.
With support from Film Victoria and the Australian Council for the Arts, the Frankston Arts Centre has created Graffiti Online. This website allows youth to share ideas via an online forum and view digital artwork by participants of Graffiti Online workshops.
The Film and Television Institute WA (FTI) is assisting Fremantle residents aged 55 and over to develop a series of three minute films that depict personal and local histories or situations and events.
Recognising that some of its elected members have not had the benefit of growing up in the computer age where computer literacy is now taken for granted, and have not been required to use computers as part of their employment, has lead to the Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT) to organise a series of full day workshops.
New communications infrastructure has been installed across South Australia's District Council of Yorke Peninsula to provide high speed communications to major business and population centres in the region.
Coffs Harbour introduces GIS technology to all local high schools
As Local Government consolidates its national efforts to secure more sustainable funding arrangements, billions of dollars worth of ageing infrastructure continues to present a significant challenge for Councils across the country.
GIS keeps track of Council trees
Federal Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, Senator Helen Coonan, has invited remote Indigenous communities to apply for funding under the new $36.6 million Backing Indigenous Ability telecommunications program.
Top consulting groups are backing the automation of business processes still mired in the paper intensive mindset of the 20th century. A recent report by Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) New Zealand highlighted the importance of automating key business processes that aren't already supported by software systems.
The New England Strategic Alliance in northern New South Wales is meeting the challenges of Local Government reform with a new IT based efficiency and performance measurement system.
With lifestyles continually changing and becoming busier, Pine Rivers Shire Council has introduced a number of new technologies to enhance the services it provides.
To help families better understand the Internet and associated security issues, Victoria's Wyndham City Council ran a forum for parents in March. It aimed to assist parents in developing strategies for managing Internet usage in the home.
|Focus Promotion - Hobsons Bay City Council|
Located at the northern end of Melbourne's Port Phillip Bay, and stretched over 20 kilometres of open bay frontage is the city of Hobsons Bay.
Putting the wheels in motion for a healthy community
Hobsons Bay City Council has proudly entered into a rural friendship alliance with Buloke Shire Council in Victoria's northwest, bridging the gap between city and country communities. Since establishing the alliance both Councils have formed a strong bond, which has included staff exchanges and the promotion of joint initiatives.
From dedicated green thumbs to gardening novices, the Laverton Community Garden is uniting residents from across Hobsons Bay.
Hobsons Bay City Council, the Victorian Government, Victoria Police and local community members are working together in partnership to revitalise and strengthen the Laverton community.
Students assist Council to monitor local waterways
A sustainable community
A selection of Hobsons Bay's smaller shopping precincts are receiving a new lease of life thanks to the Council's Vibrant Villages art program. The Vibrant Villages program aims to enhance the physical, economic and social activities in local neighbourhoods by upgrading key facilities and creating a site specific artwork.
Laverton Community Children's Centre provides a great start to life
Hobsons Bay City Council is a proud supporter of life long learning and is committed to providing learning opportunities to residents of all ages. A shining example of this is the $4.2 million Altona Meadows Library and Learning Centre, which was officially opened in February 2006.
Hobsons Bay City Council is again taking the Council to the people as it embarks on the second year of its revolutionary Mobile Customer Service Program.
The historic streetscape of Nelson Place, Williamstown is being transformed to its original early 1900s glory through a groundbreaking verandah reconstruction project.
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