July 1996 Edition

  • Helping Local Government help business

    With regulation at all levels impacting significantly on the ability of business to do business, it has been estimated reforming Local Government regulations could save in excess of $400 milion.
  • Streetwatch, streetwise

    In a first for the Northern Territory, Tennant Creek Town Council has won a National Innovation Award. Winning the National Rural Award and the Community Services category, its unique program called Streetwatch has achieved 'unprecedented levels of community participation'.
  • Progressive 'CARS'

    A software package which monitors, records and responds to customer requests, has taken out the overall National Innovation Award for Baw Baw Shire Council in Victoria. Also the winning category of Management Best Practice, Baw Baw's Customer Action Request System (CARS) monitors and responds to customer requests and allows this information to be fed into Council's planning processes.
  • Model code for residential development

    Developed over the past seven years in conjunction with all levels of government, the community and the residential development industry, the Australian Model Code for Residential Development (AMCORD) gives practical advice to Council planners, elected members, industry practitioners and professionals on better methods and practices to achieve good urban design.
  • Planning for a growing community

    In area, the Shire of Swan is the largest Council in the Perth Metropolitan area. Its population of around 75,000 has doubled in the past ten years. Rapid population growth is expected to continue, largely from one particular development known as Ellenbrook. As this development is not an extension of an existing urban area, and is remote from existing services and facilities, Council decided it warranted special treatment from a financial planning point of view.
  • 10 Year Program at Waggamba reaps rewards

    Located in south eastern Queensland, on the NSW border, Waggamba Shire covers 13,872 square kilometres. With the rapid expansion of its cotton industry, Council was well aware that if it was to provide a road network to cater for this increased production, an accurate picture of needs and necessary finance was required. Therefore in 1989, Council began preparing a Ten Year Road Program.
  • Performance indicators may determine mergers

    Although the majority of South Australian Councils have commenced negotiations for voluntary amalgamation with their neighbours, some have not. Councils that have indicated they have no intention of merging or that have made little progress may find the Local Government Boundary Reform Board determining their future.
  • Message from the Minister

    New Federal Minister, Warwick Smith believes a partnership with Local Government is essential to the maximisation of the welfare of local communities and Australia's overall economic and social performance.

  • Training for WA's new Act in full swing

    WA's new Local Government Act came into being on 1 July 1996. Gone is the prescription of what a Council could do. Now each Council has a general power to 'provide for the good government of persons in its district'.
  • More Councils merge in SA

    Port Pirie City & District Council and the District Council of Grant were established on 1 July. Following the City of Port Adelaide Enfield and the District Council of Kapunda and Light, they are the next Councils to voluntarily amalgamate under South Australia's Local Government structural reform program.
  • East Torrens a web leader

    A leading Council in this area, East Torrens, located in the Adelaide hills and with a population of 7,000, has been at the forefront in assisting other Councils to get onto the web. Council also provides free Internet access to all local businesses.
  • City and country working together

    Antipathy between the country and the city can be quite marked in Australia. To bridge this gap, the City of Canning in Western Australia is encouraging the exchange of goodwill, ideas, trade and commerce between the city and country in a program called 'Getting to Know You'.

  • Model code for residential development

    Developed over the past seven years in conjunction with all levels of government, the community and the residential development industry, the Australian Model Code for Residential Development (AMCORD) gives practical advice to Council planners, elected members, industry practitioners and professionals on better methods and practices to achieve good urban design.
  • Capital evaluation project moves ahead

    The Standing Committee on Local Government Financial Management is working with a number of Victorian Councils to develop capital evaluation guidelines for assessing capital projects. The guidelines and software will give Councils the techniques, procedures and skills to vigorously analyse and prioritise proposed projects.
  • Holistic approach to asset management

    Rather than merely complying with requirements under the Local Government Act 1993, Warringah Council uses a holistic approach to asset management. It has also formed an information exchange group with asset managers from neighbouring Councils to network on best practice and discuss key issues.
  • Message from the Minister

    New Federal Minister, Warwick Smith believes a partnership with Local Government is essential to the maximisation of the welfare of local communities and Australia's overall economic and social performance.
  • Helping Local Government help business

    With regulation at all levels impacting significantly on the ability of business to do business, it has been estimated reforming Local Government regulations could save in excess of $400 milion.
  • Streetwatch, streetwise

    In a first for the Northern Territory, Tennant Creek Town Council has won a National Innovation Award. Winning the National Rural Award and the Community Services category, its unique program called Streetwatch has achieved 'unprecedented levels of community participation'.
  • Progressive 'CARS'

    A software package which monitors, records and responds to customer requests, has taken out the overall National Innovation Award for Baw Baw Shire Council in Victoria. Also the winning category of Management Best Practice, Baw Baw's Customer Action Request System (CARS) monitors and responds to customer requests and allows this information to be fed into Council's planning processes.

  • Editorial

    Challenges for Australian Local Government to be more competitive are certainly increasing from across the Tasman. A company run by a New Zealand Council operating under the business name 'Manukau Works' has won a $7.5 million contract to manage Bayside City Council's parks and gardens for the next three years.
  • New Mayors look at economic development

    New Mayors and Deputy Mayors from five inner Melbourne Councils recently spoke to business representatives and other invited guests about the role they believe Local Government should play in the region's economic development.
  • Devonport's asset investment strategy

    To improve the return from its investment of $270 million in infrastructure assets, Devonport City Council has implemented a comprehensive asset management system. The objective was to extend the life of infrastructure assets to reduce the present rate of asset consumption to a level that the community was able and willing to pay.
  • Financial squeeze widens

    According to the Municipal Association of Victoria, the partial loss of sales tax exemption could cost Victorian Councils between $8.5 and $30 million. Councils do not want to have to pass on the results of funding cuts and the partial loss of sales tax exemptions to their communities, when the State Government has the capacity to absorb the impact of the deal struck at the recent Premiers Conference