December 1998 Edition

  • Tasmania's new partnership deal

    Jim Bacon's new Labor Government is promising Tasmanian Councils a new deal. Through separate Partnership Agreements with each of the State's 29 Councils, the two spheres will work together 'in Tasmania's economic recovery'.
  • Capital City governance

    In South Australia, a new Capital City Bill comes into place later this month. The Bill results from a Governance Review, concerning State/Capital City relations, that reported earlier this year. One of the recommendations, now contained in the Bill, is the establishment of a Capital City Committee.
  • Editorial

    Describing it as 'tax reform Black Friday for Councils and their communities across Australia', President of the Australian Local Government Association, Councillor John Campbell, believes all Local Government's concerns about being locked out of the recent Premiers' Conference have been realised.
  • President's comment

    Each edition we feature the views of a State Local Government Association President. The following is from Mayor Ron Yuryevich, President Western Australian Municipal Association.
  • Outback Highway gains momentum

    A proposed new transport corridor traversing Australia from the south west to the north east is set to add an important link to the national road network. It will also open up the Centre to far reaching development potential.
  • Your feedback is appreciated

    Management and staff at Local Government FOCUS would like to thank readers who took the time to complete our 1998 Survey. Once again we received a range of responses from elected members and officers, across all States and Territories and from metropolitan and rural Councils.
  • Safer WA: a community approach

    In August, during Local Government Week, an agreement was signed by the then President of the Western Australian Municipal Association (WAMA), Ken Pech, and the Premier, Richard Court, acknowledging that both spheres of government have an important role to play in tackling crime in local communities. The 'Safer WA' agreement commits both spheres to work together to make communities safer.
  • Alcohol policy leads to better health and reduced crime

    With twice the State average of alcohol consumption, the Shire of Broome in Western Australia decided to develop a policy to minimise problems stemming from alcohol abuse. Council's Community Development Unit, which oversees the policy, coordinated a community response to the problem. This led to the development and implementation of a comprehensive action plan.
  • CCT the other side of the ledger

    In the October '98 edition of Local Government FOCUS a report from the 'CT 1998 Competing Solutions' Conference gave the reader the impression that compulsory competitive tendering had been an unqualified success, producing unprecedented efficiencies and improvements to Council services. Closer scrutiny of the CCT juggernaut in Victoria, however, allows plenty of room for another general conclusion.

  • Cost effective water filtration

    Crow's Nest Shire Council recently completed construction of its second water treatment plant which will filter water for the 1,300 residents of Crow's Nest township. The facility was designed and constructed by Council staff.
  • CivicView for the new millennium

    The City of Caloundra, one of Australia's fastest growing centres, after an exhaustive evaluation of available Local Government software packages, has chosen the CivicView product from Insight Informatics.
  • Low cost promotion

    Self promotion can create a more positive and cooperative attitude in the community and higher morale and productivity internally. However, small Councils simply do not have the same level of resources to devote to promotion as big City Councils. But, there are many low cost methods of achieving the same results as a public relations department.
  • Learning based on real life experience rather than theory

    The City of Unley in South Australia has developed a management training manual which reverses the common teaching method by beginning with a real life situation rather than theoretical examples.
  • Automated purchasing

    With the introduction of the ANZ Visa Purchasing Card your Council can now streamline its current purchasing methods.
  • Small Shires share and save

    Tammin and Kellerberrin Shires in Western Australia have set out to overcome some of the problems faced by small Councils through an innovative sharing agreement. With the intention of maintaining excellence in service provision and client satisfaction, the two Councils have integrated their financial services to achieve cost reductions and better productivity for both organisations.
  • Staff empowerment means 'doing better business'

    Faced with implementing the numerous changes taking place in Local Government, together with a major restructure, Rockhampton City Council acted to offset the uncertainty, suspicion and potential for low morale that major change can create among staff.
  • WAMA's inaugural best practice awards

    The Town of Kwinana, the Shire of Swan and the City of Bunbury recently won the Alcoa of Australia Leadership in Best Practice Award in the inaugural 1998 Western Australian Municipal Association Awards for Best Practice in Local Government.
  • Message from the Minister

    Welcome to this special issue of National Perspective. I am delighted to present to you the winners of The National Awards for Innovation in Local Government for 1998.
  • About the Awards

    The National Awards for Innovation in Local Government (NAILG) are a Commonwealth Government program established to foster and acknowledge continuous improvement and innovation in the local government sector. The Awards offer the opportunity to raise awareness and disseminate information about alternative and 'smarter' ways of delivering outcomes and services to the community.

  • Tasmania leads the way in new State/Local partnership deal

    Jim Bacon's new Labor Government is promising Tasmanian Councils a new deal. Through separate Partnership Agreements with each of the State's 29 Councils, the two spheres will work together 'in Tasmania's economic recovery'.
  • Editorial

    Describing it as 'tax reform Black Friday for Councils and their communities across Australia', President of the Australian Local Government Association, Councillor John Campbell, believes all Local Government's concerns about being locked out of the recent Premiers' Conference have been realised.
  • President's comment

    Each edition we feature the views of a State Local Government Association President. The following is from Councillor John Jago, President Victorian Local Governance Association.
  • Community partnership to clear graffiti

    Maroondah City Council recently received a VicSafe Community Safety and Crime Prevention Award for the successful implementation of its Graffiti Strategy Pilot Program. Council has reduced the incidence of graffiti by 80 percent.
  • Lagoon rescue to green a district

    A project to rehabilitate a local lagoon at Sorell in southern Tasmania will ultimately transform the region through effluent reuse as irrigation.
  • Councils aim to turn the tide on climate change

    Halting rising seas and the erratic weather extremes predicted to accompany global warming lie behind the worldwide linking of Local Government into the Cities for Climate Protection (CCP) program.
  • Investors respond to Council encouragement

    Programs to offset trends to unemployment, by encouraging business investment, are paying off for Victoria's Hume City Council. Located on the northern outskirts of Melbourne, Hume recorded the second highest level of commercial and industrial development outside the CBD for the year 1997/98.
  • Feedback appreciated

    Management and staff at Local Government FOCUS would like to thank readers who took the time to complete our 1998 Survey. Once again we received a range of responses from elected members and officers, across all States and Territories and from metropolitan and rural Councils.
  • CCT the other side of the ledger

    In the October '98 edition of Local Government FOCUS a report from the 'CT 1998 Competing Solutions' Conference gave the reader the impression that compulsory competitive tendering had been an unqualified success, producing unprecedented efficiencies and improvements to Council services. Closer scrutiny of the CCT juggernaut in Victoria, however, allows plenty of room for another general conclusion.

  • Tender provides Council Information Centre

    Victoria's Frankston City Council has a new Council Information Centre, courtesy of an innovative approach to competitive tendering. As part of its tender for the provision of parking services in the City, Wilson Services offered to open a Frankston City Council Information Centre in the Central Activities District.
  • CivicView for the new millennium

    The City of Caloundra, one of Australia's fastest growing centres, after an exhaustive evaluation of available Local Government software packages, has chosen the CivicView product from Insight Informatics.
  • Students review Council work practices

    This year, Pittwater Council in NSW had assistance from an unusual consulting source. Under an initiative developed by the Quality Council of Australia, known as the E-Scheme, a group of students from Pittwater High School reviewed an aspect of Council operations.
  • Tip 'op shop' a money spinner

    Where better to locate a second hand shop than at Council's tip. Every day people with unwanted goods, useable or not, take them to tips adding to the volume of landfill. To break this cycle, at Kiama's Minnamurra Waste Disposal Centre all goods which may be of use to someone else are retrieved, recorded on a computer data base and then resold.
  • Message from the Minister

    Welcome to this special issue of National Perspective. I am delighted to present to you the winners of The National Awards for Innovation in Local Government for 1998.
  • About the Awards

    The National Awards for Innovation in Local Government (NAILG) are a Commonwealth Government program established to foster and acknowledge continuous improvement and innovation in the local government sector. The Awards offer the opportunity to raise awareness and disseminate information about alternative and 'smarter' ways of delivering outcomes and services to the community.