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Mural update unveiled

Mural update unveiled A section of the updated mural featuring Sir Charles Kingsford Smith

Randwick City Council has unveiled a recently updated mural that honours Australian aviation legend and Kingsford namesake, Sir Charles Kingsford Smith. Read more >

Natural Resources Commission’s Draft Report

Gunnedah Shire Council has supported the recommendations of the Natural Resources Commission’s Draft Report into the Active and Adaptive Cypress Management in the Brigalow and Nandewar State Conservation Areas following a recent Council meeting.

Following Council’s consideration of the Mayoral Minute, Mayor Owen Hasler emphasised the significance of the Gunnedah communities’ involvement in preparing submissions in support of the recommendations.

“It is essential that as many interested people as possible write in support of the six recommendations of the draft report.

“There is likely to be considerable organised opposition by Green groups determined to ‘lock-up’ the whole Brigalow Bio region despite considerable evidence which suggests that it is being further degraded by lack of active management of the areas.

“We continue to risk losing the things we value, such as threatened species, with the current ‘business-as-usual’ approach.”

The draft report makes the following key recommendations:

Implement active management such as ecological thinning and targeted grazing in combination with controlled burning and pest control in the State Conservation Areas, to maintain and improve environmental outcomes.

Where appropriate, seek cost recovery and cost sharing opportunities to offset management costs and deliver benefits to local industries and communities.

Develop and implement an adaptive management plan for the State Conservation Areas and make the plan a requirement under legislation.

Review governance arrangements in the State Conservation Areas to reduce duplication and develop better cross-tenure collaboration between land managers in the Brigalow and Nandewar region.

“What needs to happen is a pro-actively managed approach including ecological thinning with the residue products, which is the logged timber, made available commercially in order to recover the costs of the environmental management,” said Mayor Hasler.

“Such changes in the management of the Conservation Areas will allow local timber mills to maintain sustainable commercial operation while the priority is the improved environmental and ecological outcome for these important community assets, a “win-win” for the local communities and the environment.”

Winter sleep out a success

Winter sleep out a success (from left) Vanik Khachaturian, Mayor Roy Maggio, Julie Worsley at the Mayor’s Winter Sleepout

City of Ryde Mayor Councillor Roy Maggio was joined by a committed number of residents who participated in the Mayor’s Winter Sleepout on Saturday 19 July as part of the Mayor’s fundraising effort for Australia’s homeless.
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E-Waste recycling success

Baw Baw Shire Council’s E-Waste recycling program has collected over 113 tonnes of E-waste in the past financial year.

E-Waste is waste that results from disposing electronics, which can be highly toxic if left in landfill.

Items that can be recycled such as televisions, mobile phones and computers are often disregarded as waste.

This type of waste contains useful resources such as glass, copper and aluminium that can be reused multiple times.

The free E-Waste recycling program saves toxic waste and chemicals being left in landfill and reuses the valuable resources so that raw materials in the ground can be left for future generations.

Baw Baw Shire Council’s program is run in partnership with TechCollect, one of the three free national E-Waste recycling services.

All Transfer Stations located at Trafalgar, Erica, Lardner and Neerim South have been collecting and recycling E-Waste since 2008.

Baw Baw Shire Mayor Councillor Murray Cook was excited that the program is making a difference to the environment and has been well adopted by the community.

“Baw Baw Shire Council is committed to reducing pollution and promoting recycling, so it is great to see that the community are taking action to prevent unnecessary waste ending up in landfill.

“By reusing these valuabe resources rather than having to mine for raw materials we are capable of creating a sustainable environment for future generations to enjoy.”

Recognising Council's high achievers - This month from Victoria

Recognising Council's high achievers - This month from Victoria The Bass Coast Shire environment team (From left) David Martin, Liza Horsburgh-Price, Vicki Formosa, Rhiannon Grinham, Diana Whittington,
Derek Hibbert, Deirdre Griepsma

Bass Coast's Enviroment Team,
Bass Coast Shire Council, Victoria Read more >

Recognising Council’s high achievers - This month from Victoria

Recognising Council’s high achievers - This month from Victoria Martin Fidler, Manager, Community Wellbeing, City of Greater Dandenong, Victoria

Martin Fidler, Manager, Community Wellbeing
City of Greater Dandenong, Victoria Read more >

This month

Local Governments welcome refugees

Councils across Australia are welcoming new citizens into their community by adopting refugee friendly policies to stop racism. Read more >


Editorial

As Australians, we can no longer stand for the lives of asylum seekers being used as a political bargaining chip. Read more >


Have your say... Letters to the editor

This is your chance to speak up about current issues affecting your council. Please forward your letters to editorial@lgfocus.com.au Read more >


#ItStopsWithMeBendigo

The City of Greater Bendigo has pledged to end racism in their community with over 500 residents signing the ‘Racism. It Stops With Me’ pledge. Read more >


Candidates critical to voter turnout - President’s comment

Almost without exception, following every round of Local Government elections in Western Australia there are media stories criticising voter turnout.
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Connecting local businesses

An Australasian first that demonstrates the power of councils partnering with other organisations has now won an innovation award. Read more >


Indigenous youth film nominated

Inverell Shire Council’s youth project titled Yillambu-Yilaathu (Gamilaaray Translation: Past - Present) was nominated for the Local Government Arts and Culture Awards and was selected as a finalist in the category of “Community Participation in Arts and Culture, Aboriginal Arts and Culture” Read more >


Council meetings webcast

Mid-Western Regional Council residents now have the opportunity to tune into council meetings, which will now be broadcast live online.
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Why not a productivity drive on road construction? - The Good Oil by Rod Brown

The major report by the Productivity Commission (PC) on Public Infrastructure was recently released, 900 pages of solid stuff.
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Councillor profiles - This month from South Australia

Sandra Wauchope, Mayor,
Mount Remarkable District Council, South Australia Read more >


Councillor profiles - This month from South Australia

John Trainer, Mayor,
City of West Torrens, South Australia Read more >


Smart Blocks save power in flats

Adelaide City Council has teamed up with Smart Blocks to encourage apartment owners and building managers in the City to become champions for energy efficiency and save on energy costs in the process. Read more >


Cobb & Co coach service anniversary

Maranoa Regional Council is inviting people to take a journey of a lifetime with the Cobb & Co Commemorative Trail Ride, celebrating the 90th anniversary of the last Cobb & Co Coach Service in Australia. Read more >


The Longreach Story reprinted

Longreach Regional Council recently launched a re-print of the Longreach Story. First published in 1987, the publication by Angela Moffat traces the history of the Longreach district from its prehistory through to 1986. 
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Recognising Council’s high achievers - This month from Victoria

Martin Fidler, Manager, Community Wellbeing
City of Greater Dandenong, Victoria Read more >


Recognising Council's high achievers - This month from Victoria

Bass Coast's Enviroment Team,
Bass Coast Shire Council, Victoria Read more >


E-Waste recycling success

Baw Baw Shire Council’s E-Waste recycling program has collected over 113 tonnes of E-waste in the past financial year. Read more >


Winter sleep out a success

City of Ryde Mayor Councillor Roy Maggio was joined by a committed number of residents who participated in the Mayor’s Winter Sleepout on Saturday 19 July as part of the Mayor’s fundraising effort for Australia’s homeless.
Read more >


Mural update unveiled

Randwick City Council has unveiled a recently updated mural that honours Australian aviation legend and Kingsford namesake, Sir Charles Kingsford Smith. Read more >


Natural Resources Commission’s Draft Report

Gunnedah Shire Council has supported the recommendations of the Natural Resources Commission’s Draft Report into the Active and Adaptive Cypress Management in the Brigalow and Nandewar State Conservation Areas following a recent Council meeting. Read more >