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Looking forward

A referendum on national recognition of Local Government was once again called for when almost 900 delegates congregated in Canberra last month for the annual National General Assembly of Local Government. Read more >

Little Black Book

Little Black Book Events and Recreation Portfolio Councillor, Deputy Mayor Darren Everard and the Fraser Coast Mates launching a new community health resource.

Every man, no matter their age, should have a Little Black Book: a guide to men’s health services on Queensland’s Fraser Coast. Read more >

Fresh perspective on engaging communities*

The practice of community and stakeholder engagement continues to evolve and expand, and the International Association of Public Participation (Australasia) Conference is the key event for engagement and communications professionals to be updated on the latest developments and to share learnings with other engagement practitioners.

This year, the conference will be held on the sunny Gold Coast in October.

With a theme of ‘Shake it Up!’ the conference will present a fresh perspective on community and stakeholder engagement practice over two and a half days, with a focus on future and alternative thinking, engaging with First Nations and diverse communities, risk and outrage management, and the decision-makers’ perspective.

Sessions on youth engagement, behaviour change, tech tools and the emerging digital engagement landscape will also be on offer.
There will be keynote presentations, interactive and experiential workshops, master classes, learning labs and of course the presentation of the Core Values Awards at the conference gala dinner, where projects demonstrating exceptional engagement practice are recognised.

The conference will bring together engagement practitioners, community development practitioners, communications and marketing professionals and academics to explore the practice of engagement, and is generally attended by delegates from both the private and public sector, across a diversity of industries and regions in Australia, New Zealand and ASEAN countries.

All are welcome to attend – both IAP2 Australasia members and non-members. The event will be held at the stunning InterContinental Sanctuary Cove from 23-25 October. Special conference accommodation rates are available.

Discover more or register at iap2conference.com.au.
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3D printing helps reduce landfill

3D printing helps reduce landfill Need a prototype or a new part for your blaster? Print it at the library.

Thanks to the new 3D printing service offered by Mackay Regional Council Libraries, Queensland, innovators, creators, inventors, fixers and designers now have a cheap and easy way to create parts, test prototypes and tinker with designs. Read more >

Charging ahead against climate change

Charging ahead against climate change Council Sustainability Officer James Chan presents Energy Savings Challenge winner Justin O’Hare with his prize, a vertical planter kit.

Northern Beaches Council, New South Wales, has introduced a range of incentives to encourage residents to take part in an innovative program to save energy in their own homes and lower their carbon footprint. Read more >

This month

Looking forward

A referendum on national recognition of Local Government was once again called for when almost 900 delegates congregated in Canberra last month for the annual National General Assembly of Local Government. Read more >


Editorial

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Little Black Book

Every man, no matter their age, should have a Little Black Book: a guide to men’s health services on Queensland’s Fraser Coast. Read more >


Fresh perspective on engaging communities*

The practice of community and stakeholder engagement continues to evolve and expand, and the International Association of Public Participation (Australasia) Conference is the key event for engagement and communications professionals to be updated on the latest developments and to share learnings with other engagement practitioners. Read more >


3D printing helps reduce landfill

Thanks to the new 3D printing service offered by Mackay Regional Council Libraries, Queensland, innovators, creators, inventors, fixers and designers now have a cheap and easy way to create parts, test prototypes and tinker with designs. Read more >


Levies increase as rate capping tabled - President’s comment

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Charging ahead against climate change

Northern Beaches Council, New South Wales, has introduced a range of incentives to encourage residents to take part in an innovative program to save energy in their own homes and lower their carbon footprint. Read more >


Naracoorte Caves stories

Naracoorte Lucindale Council has devised an innovative way to promote South Australia’s only World Heritage site, the Naracoorte Caves. Read more >


Partners in art

Port Augusta City Council has been selected by Country Arts South Australia (SA) to establish a new Creative Communities Partnership Position. Read more >


Late night trading in Chinatown

Chinatown has come alive in the Shire of Broom, Western Australia (WA), as late night trading continues each month until August with food, shopping, free children’s and street entertainment, live music and other attractions until 8pm. Read more >


Tourism industry set to grow

The Southern Downs and Granite Belt’s budding tourism industry is set to grow according to a new report. Read more >


The gift of Christmas

Two New South Wales Councils have demonstrated the true meaning of Christmas by joining forces to decorate the streets of Moree for a traditional Christmas in July celebration. Read more >


Lessons from southeast Asia - The Good Oil by Rod Brown

Escaping the freezing winter is a serious pastime for Canberrans, so I headed to south-east Asia in June for some sun and a yarn with the locals. Read more >


National roads specs for rubber roads*

Millions of waste tyres could soon be headed for a new life not on, but as part of Australia’s road infrastructure. Read more >


Councillor profiles - Mayor Kim O’Keeffe City of Greater Shepparton

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Councillor profiles - Mayor Mark Eckel Mildura Rural City Council

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Wharf wins three design awards

The Koondrook Wharf in Victoria’s Gannawarra Shire, has won three categories of the 2018 Victorian Architecture Awards announced in Melbourne on 29 June. Read more >


Get future-ready at AHRI convention*

Connect with new ideas and trends that will transform the human resources (HR) profession and your business, at the Australian HR Institute’s National Convention and Exhibition in Melbourne from Tuesday 28 August to Friday 31 August. Read more >


High Achievers - Works Manager, Shire of Victoria Plains Robert Edwards

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High Achievers - City of Swan Business and Tourism Services

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Celebrating Indigenous heritage

Glenelg Shire, Victoria, celebrated National Reconciliation Week in 2018 by shedding light on the region’s rich aboriginal culture, with the release of the first ever documentary dedicated to the Shire’s local Indigenous history. Read more >


Five top issues facing Regional Australia*

Mackay Regional Council looks forward to hosting the 2018 Sustainable Economic Growth for Regional Australia (SEGRA) conference, 22-25 October. Read more >


Social media study

The City of Logan, Queensland and the City of Canada Bay, New South Wales have been chosen as the only two councils in Australia to take part in a ground-breaking study on social media interaction between ratepayers and local government. Read more >


Regions need help

‘More action is needed to help struggling rural and remote regions innovate’ is the central message of the State of the Regions Report released at the Regional Cooperation and Development Forum in Canberra last month. Read more >


LG Focus competition winner

This year’s LG Focus Booth competition winner at the ALGA National General Assembly Expo18 wins a full page in Local Government FOCUS to promote their Council’s achievements. Congratulations to the winning Council Central Desert Regional Council, Northern Territory. Read more >


Women singled out for new award

Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government, Dr John McVeigh, used the National Awards for Excellence in Local Government gala dinner to announce a new national award that will encourage more women in local government. Read more >


Delegates meet with Ministers

Maranoa Regional Council capitalised on their visit to Canberra last month supplementing attendance at the National General Assembly of Local Government, by meeting with ministers, senators and senior advisors. Read more >


ALGWA networking breakfast

Australian Local Government Women’s Association (ALGWA) honoured one of its own at this year’s networking breakfast held annually in Canberra, as an adjunct event to the National General Assembly of Local Government. Read more >