2017 Features List

Each edition of FOCUS features one area of Council activity. Deadlines for submitting editorial is the last Friday of the month prior to Publication.

EditionFeatureDescription
January 2017 National Issues • Environmental sustainability & climate change
• Infrastructure, roads & asset management
• Rural & Regional Australia
• Financial sustainability & inclusive communities
• Broadband & communications
• Community engagement
• Recreations & the arts
February 2017 Human Resource Management, OH&S • Skills shortage, recruitment, courses & seminars
• Rehabilitation programs & OH&S courses
• Performance appraisals & other HR initiatives
• Work/life balance
• Training materials, inhouse, offsite & online training
• Safe work practices & safety products
• Insurance, security & risk management
March 2017 Information & Communication Technology (ICT)

• The latest software & hardware
• Internet, broadband & telecommunications development
• 24/7 services, CCTV & security
• Online training
• Innovations in information technology, including electronic lodgements
• GIS, GPS, VoIP & social media

• Libaries

April 2017 Engineering, Public Works & Community Infrastructures • Innovations in road design
• Water, drainage & other infrastructure
• Waste management & litter control
• Parks & gardens
• Traffic management & road safety
• Trucks & fleet, quality assurance
• Asset management & GIS mapping
May 2017 Administration & Management Systems • Latest software systems
• State of the art office equipment
• Quality assurance/performance monitoring
• Financial management & procurement, benchmarking
• Human resources, staff development & risk management
• Contract management & customer service
• Training & courses
June 2017 Environmental Management • Climate change & a carbon economy
• Water conservation
• Recycling & waste management
• Landcare, open space, parks & gardens, bushcare
• Energy & resource efficiency
• Coastal & stormwater management
• Environmental health & environmental audits
July 2017 Financial Sustainability & Asset Management • Roads & infrastructure, facilities management, innovative business practices
• Trucks & fleet
• Civil engineering & public works
• GIS & asset management techniques
• Software packages
• Debt management, budgeting, accountability & transparency
August 2017 Community Services, Leisure, Parks & Gardens • Innitiatives & innovations in community development programs
• Recreation & the arts
• Parks & gardens, urban & open spaces
• Libraries
• Social planning
• Cultural & economic development
• Customer service
September 2017 Best practise • Quality assurance
• Business development
• Telecommunications & information technology
• Services & products putting Local Government at the cutting edge of best practice
• Community engagement including social media
October 2017 Training & Professional Development • Innovative courses & seminars
• Staff development, performance appraisals
• Work/life balance, other HR initiatives & risk management
• Training videos & publications
• Inhouse & offsite training, online & distance education
• Community services, supporting youth
• Promotion of mental health
November 2017 Tourism & Economic Development • Regional development & ecotourism
• Economic development at a local or regional level
• Joint ventures between Local Government & the private sector
• Mainstreet projects
• Parks & gardens, public open spaces
• Job creation programs
• Cultural & community development
December 2017 Business Efficiency & Sustainability • Customer service, efficiency enhancing products & services
• IT & management systems
• Procurement, financial services & resource sharing
• Insurance
• Training programs
• Climate change & environmentally friendly business practices