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Recycling fallout continues

Recycling fallout continues

The Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) is warning that China’s ban on certain types of recycling material could see all Victorians facing a rate increase above the State-imposed rate cap. Read more >

Water is a hot topic

The Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) has waded into the Murray Darling Basin water fight accusing the Greens and Federal Labor of playing short term politics with the allocation of economically vital water resources.

LGAQ chief executive Greg Hallam said local communities in southwest Queensland would reap the grim consequences of Labor senators supporting the efforts of the Greens to deny the State’s irrigators a fair allocation of water from the Murray Darling system.

The Greens move to disallow changes aimed at ensuring a less onerous allocation to irrigators is economically irresponsible and should be stopped in the Senate by all other parties, including Labor.

“The impact of cutting back on these allocations will be an enormous blow to towns and centres in the Northern Basin river system.

“The Murray Darling Basin Authority has endorsed a reduction in water recovery targets from 390GLs to 320GLs in the Northern Basin based on sound science and extensive community consultation. That decision should stand and not be trashed for short term political gain.

“If the Greens have their way farms will close, jobs will be lost and families will move away after generations working on the land.

“Is this the outcome Labor wants?”

What’s the deal?

What’s the deal?

The Federal Government continues to roll out its City Deal policy but who will see the real benefits? Read more >

Migrants take the plunge

Migrants take the plunge The programs will help increase beach safety skills.

Migrants to the Sunshine Coast will be able to safely enjoy the region’s quintessential beach lifestyle thanks to the Migrant Swim and Beach Safety Awareness Program, which starts in February. Read more >

Recycled rubber roads

City of Gold Coast will trial a locally designed asphalt mix containing recycled tyres or crumbed rubber, in a first for the Queensland city.

Acting Mayor Donna Gates said used tyres are turned into small rubber balls which are melted down and added to the bitumen (the glue that holds asphalt together).  

“This recycled rubber is being used successfully elsewhere around the world. In California, it is legislated that recycled tyres have to be used in their asphalt mix.”

Councillor Gates said the test section of road, chosen for its good drainage and high traffic, would be monitored over coming years
for performance.

“These kinds of roads are typically designed to last 20 years, so we’ll use this one as a test and see how it performs.”

The Australian Asphalt Pavement Association and the Australian Road Research Board will emissions test the asphalt (for any pollution) while the City will carry out structural testing on a regular basis.

Dr Laszlow Petho from Fulton Hogan, the City’s contractor, designed the asphalt mix for the trial.

Muscle Creek restored

Muscle Creek restored Muswellbrook Shire Council’s Landcare Coordinator Nicholas Alexander at a National Tree Day planting.

Muswellbrook Shire Council with the support of local community groups and volunteers is returning the much-abused Muscle Creek to its former glory. Read more >

This month

What’s the deal?

The Federal Government continues to roll out its City Deal policy but who will see the real benefits? Read more >


Editorial

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Migrants take the plunge

Migrants to the Sunshine Coast will be able to safely enjoy the region’s quintessential beach lifestyle thanks to the Migrant Swim and Beach Safety Awareness Program, which starts in February. Read more >


Recycled rubber roads

City of Gold Coast will trial a locally designed asphalt mix containing recycled tyres or crumbed rubber, in a first for the Queensland city. Read more >


Muscle Creek restored

Muswellbrook Shire Council with the support of local community groups and volunteers is returning the much-abused Muscle Creek to its former glory. Read more >


Heritage listing wins a grant

City of Fremantle’s West End precinct has become the largest single place to be permanently included in the Western Australian Register of Heritage Places, with four properties receiving State Government grants. Read more >


Clearly focusing on opportunity in an election environment - President’s comment

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Council works with local school

A partnership between Tasmania’s West Tamar Council and Launceston Christian School has resulted in the construction of a new multipurpose oval. Read more >


Good Fish on the menu

Following a pilot project undertaken by the Surf Coast Shire in Victoria, sustainable seafood will be plated up around Australia. Read more >


Hub to focus on cyber security

The City of Joondalup in Western Australia has welcomed a commitment from the State Government to provide $800,000 in funding to support the establishment of a Joondalup Innovation Hub. Read more >


National Awards for Local Government (the Awards)*

Every day, local governments throughout Australia are working hard and are dedicated to bettering the lives of every day Australians and their communities. Read more >


New bike hub opened

The Town of Gawler in South Australia has completed improvements to the outdoor facilities in Gawler’s Pioneer Park, which includes the construction of the Gawler Bike Hub. Read more >


Moonee Valley hosts the bees

Moonee Valley City Council is proud to be the first Victorian council to host bee hives on council building roofs through a ground-breaking ‘Moonee Valley Bees’ program. Read more >


Library marketing innovation

Ryde Library Services in New South Wales has won the prestigious Marketing Award for Public Libraries for its March to a Million promotion. Read more >


Council awarded for savvy marketing

A push to increase tourism in the Ipswich region has secured Ipswich City Council national recognition at Economic Development Australia’s 2017 Awards for Excellence. Read more >


Tap into government funding for business

Mount Alexander Shire Council will host a free information session for local businesses on how to tap into government funding. Read more >


Councillor profiles - Rachel Chambers Mayor of North Burnett Regional Council

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Councillor profiles - Bill Ludwig Mayor of Livingstone Shire Council

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Serious business

Aiming to raise awareness of the counter-cyclical investment opportunities, the City of Perth has launched Perth’s first dedicated investment website. Read more >


HR certification leads to promotion*

Two years after they began the AHRI Practicing Certification program, a team of talented public sector human resources (HR) professionals graduated at the AHRI Public Sector Conference in August last year. Read more >


High Achievers - Dr Mark Kingston Senior Program Leader Biodiversity Policy, Natural Resource Management; Tweed Shire Council

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High Achievers - Library Team Bega Valley Shire Council

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Exporting local talent

Rockhampton Regional Council in Queensland is supporting local businesses to reach the Chinese market. Read more >


Curbing bad butt behaviour

Port Douglas Shire Council conducted a cigarette butt audit early this year uncovering more than 2,200 discarded butts. Read more >


City network a boost for business

Up to 50,000 Queensland businesses will have access to cheap, high speed internet next year, thanks to a Gold Coast City Council project for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Read more >


Bike sharing picks up speed

Six councils across Sydney have established a uniform set of rules for bike share companies in a bid to improve public safety and ensure that bike usage continues to increase. Read more >


Hooked on Portland locked in for next year

Portland’s inaugural Hooked on Portland festival attracted more than 10,000 people to the region including international tourists, booking out accommodation, adding more than $2 million to the local economy over three days. Read more >


e-Waste increase

Central Coast Council in New South Wales recently engaged a new e-waste contractor reduce the amount of electronics headed to landfill. Read more >


Cane toad hitch hiker

New South Wales Central Coast Council’s Biosecurity Officer, Paul Marynissen was called to collect and identify an unwanted tourist after a local business discovered a cane toad in a shipment from Queensland. Read more >


Putting the spotlight on Longford

The heritage town of Longford in Tasmania’s Northern Midlands Council is scoring winning points in its campaign to become a more inviting visitor destination, with the achievements to date focused on the town’s picturesque Village Green. Read more >