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Climate risk

Climate risk Cr Bryan Payne, Cr Simon Brooks, CEO of the South East Councils Climate Change Alliance Dominique La Fontaine, Special Counsel at Minter Ellison Sarah Barker, Shire Mayor David Gill, Cr Rosie Clark and Cr Antonella Celi attend the Climate Change Risk presentation.

In early February, a group of councillors and senior officers from Mornington Peninsula Shire, Victoria, attended a presentation about the financial and liability risks to Council, business and the community if climate change action and mitigation is not integrated across Council activities now.  Read more >

Growing regional agtech startups

Growing regional agtech startups AgFrontier businesses will be a feature of the upcoming Emerald AgTeCH19 and Mungindi AGTeCH20 events.

The Central Highlands Development Corporation (CHDC) and X-Lab will lead a ground-breaking new program to nurture the growth of agtech startups operating from inland Queensland and Northern New South Wales (NSW). Read more >

Key industrial site launched

Key industrial site launched Muchea Industrial Park in the Shire of Chittering.

The Muchea Industrial Park in the Shire of Chittering is set to become one of Western Australia’s largest and key industrial sites. Read more >

Shepp Square shows initiative

Shepp Square shows initiative Melbourne’s Fed Square becomes Shepp Square in a bold project to showcase Shepparton in a new market place.

Greater Shepparton City Council, Victoria, took home the Special Projects Initiative award at the Local Government Professionals 2019 Awards for Excellence in Melbourne on Thursday, 21 February. Read more >

Facing disasters – President’s comment

Facing disasters – President’s comment Mark Jamieson, Local Government Association Queensland

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Another port needed to manage growth

The City of Kwinana, Western Australia (WA), has welcomed Infrastructure Australia’s 2019 Infrastructure Priority List, released 14 February, which continues to recognise the need to improve Port facilities to support the State’s container trade.

Infrastructure Australia (IA) identified that the current container port in Fremantle will be limited by urban development that constrains the road and rail connections into the Port. 

It said projected growth could see Fremantle reaching capacity in around 15 years and recognises the importance of addressing these constraints if WA is to be serviced by an efficient supply chain.

City of Kwinana Mayor, Carol Adams, said she was buoyed by Infrastructure Australia’s report which further demonstrated the importance of the Outer Harbour in alleviating some of these pressures being realised in Fremantle. 

“The Infrastructure Australia report recognises State Government’s commitment to the Westport Project and the City hopes to see the timely development of a container terminal at the Outer Harbour in Kwinana, which would be the catalyst for much needed economic growth and more importantly, local jobs to the region.

“The importance of a congestion free and safe rail and road network supporting the State’s container port is critical and the Outer Harbour offers a solution to the highly congested road and rail in Fremantle.  

“A relocation of these activities to Kwinana will ensure that the port’s operations are appropriately supported by the Kwinana Industrial Area and Latitude 32, which will provide capacity for growth and long term certainty that the State’s major port operations will not be further constrained by ongoing urban encroachment.  

“A new port in Kwinana will position the state to take full advantage of the battery metal boom and the City is excited to see these ideas progress and hopes the Westport taskforce will contribute to the body of work undertaken by IA when the Westport Strategy is released later in the year.”



This month

Climate risk

In early February, a group of councillors and senior officers from Mornington Peninsula Shire, Victoria, attended a presentation about the financial and liability risks to Council, business and the community if climate change action and mitigation is not integrated across Council activities now.  Read more >


Editorial

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Growing regional agtech startups

The Central Highlands Development Corporation (CHDC) and X-Lab will lead a ground-breaking new program to nurture the growth of agtech startups operating from inland Queensland and Northern New South Wales (NSW). Read more >


Key industrial site launched

The Muchea Industrial Park in the Shire of Chittering is set to become one of Western Australia’s largest and key industrial sites. Read more >


Shepp Square shows initiative

Greater Shepparton City Council, Victoria, took home the Special Projects Initiative award at the Local Government Professionals 2019 Awards for Excellence in Melbourne on Thursday, 21 February. Read more >


Facing disasters – President’s comment

Read more >


Another port needed to manage growth

The City of Kwinana, Western Australia (WA), has welcomed Infrastructure Australia’s 2019 Infrastructure Priority List, released 14 February, which continues to recognise the need to improve Port facilities to support the State’s container trade. Read more >


Cultural diversity week

Cultural Diversity Week will be celebrated throughout Hobsons Bay from 16-24 March with a program of free and fun activities celebrating the cultural diversity of the community. Read more >


Greater protection for Namadgi’s wetlands

Unique wetlands in Namadgi National Park are now listed as ‘endangered’ to help protect to native habitats and wildlife and the quality of drinking water in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). Read more >


Big savings and great efficiency*

A new local government innovation is bringing impressive cost savings to the sector and dramatically improving information technology services. Read more >


Pick your sport in Port Pirie

Port Pirie Regional Council, South Australia, has delivered local residents an unparalleled gift with the opening of the town’s new sports precinct. Read more >


In case you missed it - National Resources Statement – The Good Oil by Rod Brown

Last month, the federal Minister for Resources, Senator Mat Canavan, released the first National Resources Statement for two decades. There’s a fair bit of motherhood in it. Read more >


Childcare shortage addressed

Town of Port Hedland, Western Australia, has endorsed action to tackle growing concerns regarding increasing childcare shortages in the shire. Read more >


Kids hit their stride during walk to school

Baw Baw Shire kids have shown getting to school is a walk in the park with more than 1,190 local students from 12 schools participating in VicHealth’s Walk to School program. Read more >


Junior Landcare Warriors

Cessnock City Council, New South Wales, is a proud supporter of the ‘Junior Landcare Warriors’, 12 Kurri Kurri Scouts who have taken on a rehabilitation project in one of the local parks. Read more >


Women and girls invited onto the team

Lockyer Valley Regional Council has secured a $500,000 grant through the Female Facilities Program, offered through the Queensland Government’s Get in the Game funding program to see female-friendly amenities and change room at Gatton’s Cahill Park. Read more >


Councillor profiles - Jacki Ball President Shire of Dumbleyung

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Councillor profiles - Jim O’Neill Mayor East Fremantle

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Rural road upgrades a priority

The City of Busselton, Western Australia, has successfully applied to the Federal Government to accelerate receipt of $3.7 million through Roads to Recovery 2019-2024. Read more >


Silo art trail grows

Goondiwindi Regional Council, Queensland, has announced the first stage of the Yelarbon Silo Art project will be completed by 30 June 2019. Read more >


Trial treatments for laneways

City of Palmerston, Northern Territory, is trialling treatments in 11 laneways across three Palmerston suburbs to discourage anti-social behaviour. Read more >


Safety boost for Douglas roads

Motorist safety has revved up after several guardrails have been repaired by Douglas Shire Council, Queensland. Read more >


A first for accessibility

New, fully accessible public toilets in Mornington, Victoria, are home to the first Exceloo Changing Places facility in the country. Read more >


Govhub gets green light

Central Bendigo is set to be transformed by the development of a $90 million GovHub. Read more >


Historic town hall revived

Albany City Council, Western Australia, has begun a program to activate and revitalise the city centre with the repurposing and rejuvenation of the historic Albany Town Hall. Read more >


Prepare your fleet for the future*

Why is good fleet management important? Read more >


Landscape Irrigation conference and exhibition*

The Landscape Irrigation Conference, Gold Coast Convention Centre, 18-20 June 2019. Read more >