August 1998 Edition

  • Graphic message promotes pedestrian safety

    A pedestrian safety campaign sponsored by the Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (SSROC) aims to halt an increasing number of pedestrian deaths and injuries occurring on local roads.
  • Pedal power goes swimmingly

    A partnership between the City of Unley and BikeSouth in South Australia has resulted in an increase in pool and bicycle use. This has fostered healthier lifestyles, particularly among the young.
  • A society for all ages

    With 1999 designated as the International Year of Older Persons, the Office of Seniors Interests in Western Australia is calling on Councils to let them know about events they are planning to celebrate this.
  • Local Government's crucial role in community sport and recreation

    The Australian Sports Commission is the national government body responsible for the funding and development of sport at all levels in Australia. The Commission has identified that Local Government is the largest provider of sport and recreation programs and facilities in Australia.
  • Active Australia Resource Kit

    For many local Councils there is a great deal of interest in the Active Australia concept and how it might impact upon the policies and practices of Council. To provide Councils with the answers and information on how to do this, the Australian Sports Commission, with funding support from the National Office of Local Government has produced a resource kit.
  • Aussie Sport

    AUSSIE SPORT is one part of Active Australia aimed at achieving quality junior sport and the development of young people through sport. Councils have an important role in assisting local sporting clubs, schools and community groups to develop active young Australians.
  • Funding for pilot projects

    Local Government throughout Australia is an important provider of sport and recreation infrastructure and services to the community. In recognition of Local Government's role in the Active Australia framework, funding has been made available to the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) from the National Office of Local Government's Local Government Development Program (LGDP).
  • Local Government Network

    A key aspect of the Resource Kit is the information on the Active Australia Local Government Network. Councils are being encouraged to join this network to show they have made a commitment to, and demonstrated a recognition of, the Active Australia vision and goals in their policies and practices.
  • Being active - it's never too late!

    The Never Too Late! Program is a joint initiative of the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) and the Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA). The Program provides funding to organisations who propose to modify their sport and recreational activities to enable veterans to participate in new and existing physical activity opportunities.
  • Sport and Recreation in Local Government - a case study resource

    The Sport and Recreation in Local Government Case Study resource brings together over 150 case studies of successful sport and recreation projects and initiatives. They have been drawn from material collected from local Councils and sport and recreation organisations throughout Australia over recent years.
  • ASC's Disability Education Program

    The Australian Sports Commission's (ASC) Disability Education Program has been conducting disability awareness workshops with local service providers for three years.
  • Active Australia Awards

    The sport and recreation industry is emerging as one of Australia's major service industries. As an emerging service industry it is important that the organisations and people, both paid and voluntary, working hard to ensure enjoyable, safe experiences for all Australians are recognised for their good practices and achievements. The Active Australia Annual Awards will recognise good practices in sport and recreation organisations.
  • Facilities information planned for the internet

    The management and development of sporting facilities is a major activity in Local Government but all too often the wheel is reinvented because there is insufficient exchange of information about sporting facility management and development. The need to exchange information has been recognised by the Standing Committee on Sport and Recreation (SCORS) and its standing subcommittee, the Australasian Facilities Committee (AFC).
  • Quality coaching

    According to the recently released Australian Bureau of Statistics report, titled 'Sport and Recreation 1996/97', at least 4.1 million Australians are involved in playing sport each year and over 600,000 Australians are involved in coaching, instructing or teaching sport. At the moment, there is no legal requirement for a coach to have a minimum coaching standard before they can coach. In other words, anyone can coach! This raises the concern regarding how it can be ensured that coaches provide safe and quality experiences for sport participants?
  • Active Australia SportSafe

    The Australian Sports Injury Prevention Taskforce has presented its report, 'SportSafe Australia: A National Sports Safety Framework'. The report provides broad guidelines for Australians to participate in sport in the safest possible environment.
  • Creating parks for people

    Open space, parkland and preservation of precious indigenous species of flora are all important to the Council and residents of Maroochy Shire in Queensland. A series of public meetings, conducted around the Shire, has given Maroochy residents input to Council's Open Space Strategy.
  • Library services to meet increased demand

    With one of the highest rates of library usage in Queensland, Toowoomba City Council has allocated increased funding to this service to meet residents' demands.
  • Charting new waters in Community Services

    Local Government Community Services staff and Councillors from across Australia will gather in Sydney in October for the 7th National Conference on Local Government and Community Development. This biennial event, staged by the Local Government Community Services Association of Australia (LGCSAA), will run from 14-16 October at the Wesley Centre in Sydney.
  • Palmerston develops a cultural focus

    After 16 years concentrating on building up the infrastructure necessary to sustain and develop a new and rapidly growing population, Palmerston Town Council in the Northern Territory is now turning its attention to issues of cultural and social development.
  • Balancing community needs with fiscal responsibility

    Queensland's Redcliffe City Council believes that bringing in a responsible budget does not necessarily negate the need to meet community needs. Council believes this year's budget successfully combines the two objectives.
  • 'Spirit of Kala' lives on

    To celebrate its centenary, the Shire of Kalamunda has decided to restage a play written by senior citizens seven years ago. Titled, The Spirit of Kala's Past, the play was originally part of a Community Arts Project. It is based on extensive research by the seniors group into the district's early European history.

  • Tas amalgamations proceed

    The Tasmanian Government's announcement, in June, that Local Government amalgamations will go ahead, has seen the State's 29 Councils reduced to fourteen. Six Councils, West Coast, Circular Head, Hobart, Glenorchy, Flinders Island and King Island, remain unchanged, while the remaining 23 will form eight new Councils.
  • Best Value supersedes CCT in UK

    Jenny Tibbitts, Organisational Development Officer with Blue Mountains City Council, recently returned from a three week study tour to the United Kingdom. She is the inaugural recipient of the Institute of Municipal Management/Task Software SOLACE Research Scholarship.
  • Editorial

    After '18 years of dark days of Conservative Government with Compulsory Competitive Tendering (CCT), competition and curtailed spending', the election of the Blair Government in 1997 has brought a new vision for Local Government based around the concept of Best Value. Although Best Value is less prescriptive than CCT which it replaces, Whitehall is very much calling the tune. The Blair Government has categorically told Councils if they were unable or unwilling to work to the modern agenda, it will have no choice but to look at other partners to take over their role.
  • President's comment

    Each edition we feature the views of a State Local Government Association President. The following is from Councillor Ken Pech, President - Western Australia Municipal Association.
  • Working for a sustainable future

    Committed to Local Agenda 21, Mandurah and its surrounds, is the perfect location for a national forum to address the issue of sustainability. Organisers chose Mandurah to host the Conference, titled 'Planning for Sustainable Futures', because of the City's clear commitment to sustainability in planning decisions.
  • Gold Coast's National Award for water conservation

    Gold Coast City Council has won a national environment award for its outstanding water conservation program - Waterwise. The Banksia Awards have become known as Australia's premier environment awards and recognise the achievements of individuals, companies and government agencies.
  • Business and government get together in NT

    Plans to celebrate Tennant Creek Town Council's 20th anniversary are coming to fruition. For one week, in September, the Town will be the focus of Australia wide attention hosting a national conference examining the future economic prospects for the Northern Territory on 16-17 September.
  • Bike education just as important in small towns

    Investment by the Shire of Perenjori in a Bike Ed Unit for local children has been a great success. Although Perenjori is a small rural community where traffic would not be expected to be a major problem, the fact that a major road train route runs through the town means it is imperative that children know how to treat roads with respect when riding their bicycles.

  • Being active - it's never too late!

    The Never Too Late! Program is a joint initiative of the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) and the Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA). The Program provides funding to organisations who propose to modify their sport and recreational activities to enable veterans to participate in new and existing physical activity opportunities.
  • Sport and Recreation in Local Government - a case study resource

    The Sport and Recreation in Local Government Case Study resource brings together over 150 case studies of successful sport and recreation projects and initiatives. They have been drawn from material collected from local Councils and sport and recreation organisations throughout Australia over recent years.
  • ASC's Disability Education Program

    The Australian Sports Commission's (ASC) Disability Education Program has been conducting disability awareness workshops with local service providers for three years.
  • Active Australia Awards

    The sport and recreation industry is emerging as one of Australia's major service industries. As an emerging service industry it is important that the organisations and people, both paid and voluntary, working hard to ensure enjoyable, safe experiences for all Australians are recognised for their good practices and achievements. The Active Australia Annual Awards will recognise good practices in sport and recreation organisations.
  • Facilities information planned for the internet

    The management and development of sporting facilities is a major activity in Local Government but all too often the wheel is reinvented because there is insufficient exchange of information about sporting facility management and development. The need to exchange information has been recognised by the Standing Committee on Sport and Recreation (SCORS) and its standing subcommittee, the Australasian Facilities Committee (AFC).
  • Quality coaching

    According to the recently released Australian Bureau of Statistics report, titled 'Sport and Recreation 1996/97', at least 4.1 million Australians are involved in playing sport each year and over 600,000 Australians are involved in coaching, instructing or teaching sport. At the moment, there is no legal requirement for a coach to have a minimum coaching standard before they can coach. In other words, anyone can coach! This raises the concern regarding how it can be ensured that coaches provide safe and quality experiences for sport participants?
  • Active Australia SportSafe

    The Australian Sports Injury Prevention Taskforce has presented its report, 'SportSafe Australia: A National Sports Safety Framework'. The report provides broad guidelines for Australians to participate in sport in the safest possible environment.
  • Melbourne assists the homeless

    With a widening gap between the rich and poor, a growing number of people are finding themselves without adequate shelter. The need to find the right solutions prompted the City of Melbourne to commission the RMIT University's Department of Social Science and Social Work to conduct a major study. Released in July and titled 'A Public Life' this report looked at the extent and nature of homelessness.
  • Tas community info

    A statewide community information network to augment the work of Councils is the aim of a new initiative of Glenorchy City Council. Glenorchy has invited other Tasmanian Councils to become partners in their Community Info-line.
  • Nature Reserve an educational experience

    A partnership between Liverpool City Council and the local TAFE College has resulted in comprehensive signage to identify significant remnants of Cumberland Plain, in a new four hectare nature reserve.
  • IT in Maternal and Child Health

    Maternal and Child Health care has stepped into the new age through the innovative use of technology at the City of Whitehorse in Melbourne.
  • Partnerships in action

    A Community Partnerships program at the City of Wyndham in Victoria has proved highly successful, with a number of projects completed ahead of expectations. The program has also led to an increased understanding by the community about the logistics involved for Council in providing local facilities and projects.
  • Charting new waters in Community Services

    Local Government Community Services staff and Councillors from across Australia will gather in Sydney in October for the 7th National Conference on Local Government and Community Development. This biennial event, staged by the Local Government Community Services Association of Australia (LGCSAA), will run from 14-16 October at the Wesley Centre in Sydney.
  • Graphic message promotes pedestrian safety

    A pedestrian safety campaign sponsored by the Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (SSROC) aims to halt an increasing number of pedestrian deaths and injuries occurring on local roads.
  • Major world conference has important messages for LG

    Local and State Government employees throughout Australia will have the opportunity to attend an international conference that will examine global developments in accessibility and transport for older people and people with disabilities.
  • Skate moves

    Skating is very popular with young people. It is low cost, develops coordination skills and is lots of fun. However finding a place to skate safely without annoying or injuring others can be a problem.
  • Local Government's crucial role in community sport and recreation

    The Australian Sports Commission is the national government body responsible for the funding and development of sport at all levels in Australia. The Commission has identified that Local Government is the largest provider of sport and recreation programs and facilities in Australia.
  • Active Australia Resource Kit

    For many local Councils there is a great deal of interest in the Active Australia concept and how it might impact upon the policies and practices of Council. To provide Councils with the answers and information on how to do this, the Australian Sports Commission, with funding support from the National Office of Local Government has produced a resource kit.
  • Aussie Sport

    AUSSIE SPORT is one part of Active Australia aimed at achieving quality junior sport and the development of young people through sport. Councils have an important role in assisting local sporting clubs, schools and community groups to develop active young Australians.
  • Funding for pilot projects

    Local Government throughout Australia is an important provider of sport and recreation infrastructure and services to the community. In recognition of Local Government's role in the Active Australia framework, funding has been made available to the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) from the National Office of Local Government's Local Government Development Program (LGDP).
  • Local Government Network

    A key aspect of the Resource Kit is the information on the Active Australia Local Government Network. Councils are being encouraged to join this network to show they have made a commitment to, and demonstrated a recognition of, the Active Australia vision and goals in their policies and practices.

  • Tas amalgamations proceed

    The Tasmanian Government's announcement, in June, that Local Government amalgamations will go ahead, has seen the State's 29 Councils reduced to fourteen. Six Councils, West Coast, Circular Head, Hobart, Glenorchy, Flinders Island and King Island, remain unchanged, while the remaining 23 will form eight new Councils.
  • Best value supersedes CCT in UK

    Jenny Tibbitts, Organisational Development Officer with Blue Mountains City Council, recently returned from a three week study tour to the United Kingdom. She is the inaugural recipient of the Institute of Municipal Management/Task Software SOLACE Research Scholarship.
  • Editorial

    After '18 years of dark days of Conservative Government with Compulsory Competitive Tendering (CCT), competition and curtailed spending', the election of the Blair Government in 1997 has brought a new vision for Local Government based around the concept of Best Value. Although Best Value is less prescriptive than CCT which it replaces, Whitehall is very much calling the tune. The Blair Government has categorically told Councils if they were unable or unwilling to work to the modern agenda, it will have no choice but to look at other partners to take over their role.
  • President's comment

    Each edition we feature the views of a State Local Government Association President. The following is from Councillor Brad Matheson - President, Municipal Association of Victoria.
  • Historic Centre depits everyday life

    We have all marvelled at the opulent lifestyles depicted in grand heritage homes, but at Rosny Historic Centre in Tasmania's City of Clarence it is the lifestyle of ordinary folk that is preserved for posterity.
  • River pioneers' history preserved

    Swan Hill Rural City Council is to spend over $60,000 revamping one of the district's premier tourist attractions. The popular Swan Hill Pioneer Settlement recreates life as it was in the days when the Murray River was an important part of the national transport system.
  • Young people and the future

    Our management of the natural environment is the primary legacy we leave future generations. Muswellbrook Shire Council in NSW has given young people a say in that management through its inaugural Upper Hunter Enviro Youth Forum.
  • Councils benefit from energy agreements

    Riverina Eastern Regional Organisation of Councils (REROC) has taken advantage of the newly deregulated electricity market. Through an agreement with supplier, Great Southern Energy, the 12 New South Wales Councils anticipate a cost saving of $300,000 in the first year of the contract.