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The decision by Local Government Managers Australia (LGMA) to stage its 2007 National Congress and Business Expo in Hobart certainly paid off, with delegate and exhibition numbers surpassing recent years.
The 15th Australasian Management Challenge sponsored by GEAC involved 127 teams from Councils across Australia and New Zealand.
Last month Federal Treasurer, Peter Costello, announced that the Productivity Commission will commence a study into Local Government’s own revenue sources.
In each edition we feature the views of a Local Government Association President. The following is from Councillor Col Sullivan, President of the New South Wales Shires Association.
A free online radio program is highlighting the importance of water, sustainability and the environment. H2oToday is a weekly program featuring the latest developments for water professionals, practitioners and those with an interest in a more sustainable approach to water management.
Together with the Launceston Tamar Valley Tourism Association (LTVTA), Launceston City, West Tamar and George Town Councils have launched a tourism and marketing toolkit.
In March, the Civil Contractors Federation of Victoria, the Municipal Association of Victoria and the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia hosted the Use of Potable Water for Road Works Summit. The forum addressed the ongoing issue of using potable water on road construction and maintenance projects.
The Good Oil * by Rod Brown
In April, the Local Government Professionals (LGPro) Public Relations Network met at the Whittlesea City Council Offices for its bimonthly meeting.
In a move that will help cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent, Coffs Harbour City Council will source only renewable energy for all future electricity needs.
Over the past few years, one of the biggest issues facing communities in Perth’s southeast region has been youth unemployment. This year, the Cities of Gosnells and Armadale plan to change that with the first intake of students to the Australian Technical College – Perth South.
Councillor Profiles is a regular feature. This month we feature two Councillors from New South Wales.
Balranald Shire covers approximately 21,400 square kilometres and includes Balranald, the township of Euston and the localities of Kyalite, Oxley, Hatfield, Clare and Penarie.
More than 70 delegates from over 30 Councils met in Alice Springs on 18–19 April for the General Meeting of Local Government Association of the Northern Territory (LGANT) General Meeting.
In March, President of the Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT), Mayor Mike Gaffney, released a new report into the financial sustainability of Tasmanian Councils.
Councils in regional New South Wales are facing the loss of millions of dollars in rate revenue, with State legislation separating land and water for rating purposes. Under the separation, land that includes a water provider, such as a dam or a creek, is valued for rating purposes minus that provider. This decreases the value of the land and therefore Councils’ rate raising capacity.
With more than 1,100 Councillors, Queensland’s 125 local Councils and 32 Indigenous Councils are to undergo their first sweeping reform in more than a century.
From 28 May to 2 June, Queensland Councils and their local communities will celebrate Local Government Week 2007 with the theme ‘Roads – Driving Queensland, Pathways to Progress’. This year’s celebrations take on a special significance after the Queensland Government’s shock announcement on 17 April that it is imposing forced amalgamations on the State’s 157 Councils.
More than 7,000 people turned out for Thuringowa City Council’s Better Earth Expo staged at its Riverway precinct in March. As the region’s biggest ever environmental expo, the event saw a host of fun activities, exhibitions and presentations for the whole family.
The UK Experience by Malcolm Morley*
Located on the Upper Spencer Gulf in South Australia, Whyalla Council is fighting a new $105 annual levy on the City’s ratepayers, which it believes is cost shifting of State Government responsibilities.
Leading practitioners and academics in the superannuation and finance fields will discuss and illustrate the importance of Women, Finance and Super in a session at the 19th Women, Management and Employment Relations Conference.
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Northgate HR is pleased to announce the recent launch of its flagship payroll and HR product, ResourceLink.
Earlier this year, eight people from across Western Australia gathered at the Geraldton Aquarena for a Pool Operations Training course.
In April, Logan City Council announced its 2006 Employee Innovation Awards. Major prizes went to staff involved in developing and constructing two new pieces of equipment: a mobile sewage pumping facility and specially designed truck steps.
Future directions is a regular feature. This month we interviewed Russell Peate, CEO District Council of Grant, South Australia.
With its well established reputation for enterprise software solutions, Technology One has recently released its Connected Intelligence (Ci) platform, which upgrades the company’s “best in class” applications to provide a single seamless system using one common database.
Brisbane City Council residents are using mobile phones to photograph damaged Council property and text them to Council to be fixed.
The City of Ryde has broken tradition and held a Committee of the Whole meeting outside of Council Chambers.
An independent report has assessed the City of Gosnells as currently being in a sound financial position compared to other Perth Local Governments.
Following the 2006 summer bushfires in Victoria, Murrindindi Shire Council in the State’s outer north central held a Bushfire Recovery Roadshow.
Tenix Solutions offers a unique solution to completely manage the parking infringement lifecycle that can be tailored to suit Councils both large and small.
The Australian Government through its business program delivery division, AusIndustry, established the $50 million Regulation Reduction Incentive Fund to provide Local Government Authorities (LGAs) with incentives to reduce the compliance burden on small and home based businesses.
The Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT) recently released its second Council cost index to assist Councils with their rate setting deliberations.
Established in May 1992 as a separate New South Wales Local Government area, Pittwater Council borders the Narrabeen Bridge to the south, Tasman Sea to the east, Barrenjoey Headland to the north and Coal and Candle Creek to the west.
Clarence Valley Council in New South Wales is using a Councillors’ Tours Program to reach its constituent population, which is spread over an area of 10,440 square kilometres.
Distributed Technology System’s QSE IMS is a comprehensive and easy to use quality, safety and environment workplace management system that has a proven record within local Councils and similar organisations.
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The Australian Government will spend $345 million over six years to fix about 2,300 dangerous locations on Australia’s roads. The extra spending will save lives and reduce the number of road accidents.
Welcome to my latest column for this important Local Government publication. Recently, I attended two meetings that I would like to report on – the Local Government and Planning Ministers’ Council (LGPMC) and the Commonwealth Local Government Forum.
Aceh’s local elections, held on 11 December 2006, were an historic event for the Indonesian province. The culmination of a two year peace process, it was the first time the Acehnese people were able to directly elect their own governor, and the first time independent candidates were permitted to run in the polls.
A new website that gives you up to date information about regulation reviews being undertaken across the Australian Government is now available.
Is your community suffering from drought? Does your community have too many difficulties to know what to do next? Then you can take heart from the experiences of the Goulburn-Mulwaree and the Campaspe Shire Councils.
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