July 1999 Edition

  • Doing business with Council

    A new Customer Centre presents a friendly and efficient face to people seeking information or doing business with Council. The aim is to provide customers with a single point at which they can complete transactions with Council.
  • Conference City of Australia

    Adelaide's compact size and world class facilities make the City an ideal venue for conferences and conventions, giving it the capacity to be the 'conference city' of Australia.
  • Education a key plank in Council's economic strategy

    Education is one of the major planks of Adelaide City Council's five year Economic Development Strategy.
  • Arts a driver of urban renewal

    The Adelaide City Council's strategy to transform the West End into the arts centre of Adelaide has been given the seal of approval with the State Government's arts funding body, ArtSA, moving into the refurbished West's Coffee Palace in Hindley Street.
  • Living in the city is easy

    As each new apartment block and warehouse renovation moves off the drawing board and on to the streets of Adelaide, more and more people are being offered the chance to live in the heart of the City.
  • Wingfield Centre helps reduce waste

    Twelve kilometres north of the CBD lies Wingfield, Adelaide's waste management centre. One of the largest waste management facilities in Australia, this 94 hectare site combines recycling, gas extraction, power generation, plant rehabilitation and education.
  • Committed to the environment

    To ensure the protection and enhancement of the city environs, including its renowned Park Lands and Squares, Adelaide City Council has introduced an Environmental Management Plan, called Local Agenda 21.
  • Quality waterways a priority

    Adelaide City Council is taking an active role in ensuring the quality of its waterways is sustained.
  • Maintaining Adelaide's unique heritage

    The City's mix of heritage buildings and houses are one of Adelaide's most attractive and distinctive features. Nearly 20% of the City's buildings are listed on heritage registers.
  • Ratepayers have a say on rates

    The need to reconcile different rating systems inherited from former municipalities prompted South Australia's City of Playford to undertake extensive community consultation on options for a new system. Council felt that, as the toughest and most important issue since its inception in 1997, it was vital to have community input.
  • Bonus NCP funding

    Hard work by Council's Finance section and business units has earned more than half a million dollars of Federal Government funding for Maroochy Shire Council.
  • Young cities planning for infrastructure replacement

    Cities where infrastructure has been installed in a relatively short period of time face a difficult problem when it comes to asset management according to Darwin City Council's Director of Corporate Services Marten Tieleman.
  • WA budgets continue to improve

    Western Australia's annual review of municipal budgets has resulted in five Councils receiving Certificates of Excellence for ratings of over 94%.
  • Linking pavement management to GIS

    Queensland's Logan City Council has linked its Pavement Management System (PMS) with its Geographical Information Systems(GIS) to provide information about its road system in a graphical format.
  • Accurately costing all activities

    In response to the introduction of National Competition Policy (NCP) and Councils being more open to market forces, Tweed Shire Council has adopted Activity Based Costing (ABC).
  • National award for asset management manual

    With over $600 million in infrastructure assets and an annual depreciation of around $13 million per annum, Melbourne's City of Maroondah identified that even a small increase in the effectiveness of its recurrent and capital expenditure would produce marked savings. As a result, Council embarked on a program titled 'Total Life Cycle Asset Management'.
  • Rehabilitating infrastructure

    A new inter disciplinary research centre established at the University of Technology, Sydney aims to address problems which stem from the aging of Australia's infrastructure assets. Launched in March, the Centre for Built Infrastructure Research based at the Australian Technology Park in Redfern includes expertise in Engineering, Science and Design, Architecture and Building.
  • Capital city with a clear vision

    Lord Mayor, Dr Jane Lomax-Smith, describes Adelaide as a 'very civil city.' Having resided in England and America, the Lord Mayor emphasised this is the place she has chosen to live.
  • Promoting Adelaide

    In heading up Adelaide City Marketing, Janet Campbell's role is to promote and coordinate all there is on offer in Adelaide. City Marketing offers advice, ideas and planning assistance to people and organisations staging various events.
  • City at heart of the State

    With over 90% of the State's population residing in Greater Adelaide, the City of Adelaide sees itself as having broader responsibilities than most Local Governments including other Capital City Councils.

  • Native title: a new guide for LG

    With assistance and support from the National Native Title Tribunal and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission, the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) has prepared a detailed guide to working with native title for Councils.
  • Editorial

    At the recent Tasmanian Local Government Conference, Futurist Dr Peter Ellyard, referred to the 'death of national government and birth of community'. However, on the issue of community leadership he said we tend to put managers into positions where leaders are needed.
  • President's comment

    Each edition we feature the views of a Local Government Association President. The following is from Mayor Rosemary Craddock, President of the Local Government Association of South Australia.
  • Quality certification a first

    Gold Coast City Council's Water Directorate has become Queensland's first water authority with its entire operations meeting strict environmental and management standards.
  • Australians urged to keep the places that shape us

    In the lead up to the new millennium all Australians are being urged to protect their heritage. The combination of three major events&emdash;the Olympics, the millennium and the anniversary of Federation&emdash;gives us an unparalleled opportunity to reflect on our identity and on the places which help to shape our national character.
  • Domestic violence and the workplace

    Brisbane City Council is demonstrating a positive commitment to staff by endeavouring to address domestic violence issues through the workplace. An estimated one third of families suffer domestic violence and this impacts on work performance and absenteeism. The Committee is developing action plans and other strategies to tackle the issue in Council's workplace and the wider community.
  • Foreshore works to improve environment

    Works designed to remove algae and odours from the City of Albany's foreshore lakes will bring the added bonus of improved recreational and aesthetic value.
  • Seed funding promotes new jobs in Alice Springs

    Alice Springs Town Council has allocated $28,500 to support an initiative which will provide local young people with employment , skills and business expertise. Through its Community Grants Scheme, Council aims to provide seed funding to assist new businesses and employment opportunities in the Town.
  • Kiwis help Toowoomba 'fix it'

    Toowoomba City Council is enlisting the help of residents in tracking matters which need attention in the City. Mayor Tony Burke said that Council was making it easier for residents to report problems by providing them with a reply paid 'Fix-It' form.
  • Comprehensive corporate information via intranet system

    Queensland's Caboolture Shire Council has developed an intranet system for its internal communications. This follows a determination to introduce electronic Quality Assurance based on ISO 9001.
  • BEP solutions for Internet payments

    Local Government bodies can now more easily identify, select and procure products and services for enabling online service delivery through the Business Entry Point initiative.

  • Committed to the environment

    To ensure the protection and enhancement of the city environs, including its renowned Park Lands and Squares, Adelaide City Council has introduced an Environmental Management Plan, called Local Agenda 21.
  • Quality waterways a priority

    Adelaide City Council is taking an active role in ensuring the quality of its waterways is sustained.
  • Maintaining Adelaide's unique heritage

    The City's mix of heritage buildings and houses are one of Adelaide's most attractive and distinctive features. Nearly 20% of the City's buildings are listed on heritage registers.
  • Budget reporting made clearer

    Burwood Council in NSW has developed an integrated budget reporting system to overcome shortcomings in traditional Local Government end of financial year reporting processes.
  • Low cost bridge database

    Eurobodalla Shire's Works Division has developed a low cost management system for its extensive bridge and major culvert assets.
  • Satellite technology to boost asset management

    Victoria's City of Whittlesea is testing the satellite based Global Positioning System as a means of managing the City's $100 million in assets.
  • Parramatta Road to become an Information Highway

    Sydney's Inner Metropolitan Regional Organisation of Councils (IMROC) is to create a geospatial planning database for Parramatta Road and the tributaries to the Parramatta River. It is to be known as Sydney's Information Highway.
  • Managing bridge assets

    Tasmania's Derwent Valley Council now manages its bridge assets using a Tasmanian Company. Tas Span Pty Ltd provides all the services Council needs to keep these vital assets in shape.
  • Accurately costing all activities

    In response to the introduction of National Competition Policy (NCP) and Councils being more open to market forces, Tweed Shire Council has adopted Activity Based Costing (ABC).
  • National award for asset management manual

    With over $600 million in infrastructure assets and an annual depreciation of around $13 million per annum, Melbourne's City of Maroondah identified that even a small increase in the effectiveness of its recurrent and capital expenditure would produce marked savings. As a result, Council embarked on a program titled 'Total Life Cycle Asset Management'.
  • Rehabilitating infrastructure

    A new inter disciplinary research centre established at the University of Technology, Sydney aims to address problems which stem from the aging of Australia's infrastructure assets. Launched in March, the Centre for Built Infrastructure Research based at the Australian Technology Park in Redfern includes expertise in Engineering, Science and Design, Architecture and Building.
  • Capital city with a clear vision

    Lord Mayor, Dr Jane Lomax-Smith, describes Adelaide as a 'very civil city.' Having resided in England and America, the Lord Mayor emphasised this is the place she has chosen to live.
  • Promoting Adelaide

    In heading up Adelaide City Marketing, Janet Campbell's role is to promote and coordinate all there is on offer in Adelaide. City Marketing offers advice, ideas and planning assistance to people and organisations staging various events.
  • City at heart of the State

    With over 90% of the State's population residing in Greater Adelaide, the City of Adelaide sees itself as having broader responsibilities than most Local Governments including other Capital City Councils.
  • Doing business with Council

    A new Customer Centre presents a friendly and efficient face to people seeking information or doing business with Council. The aim is to provide customers with a single point at which they can complete transactions with Council.
  • Conference City of Australia

    Adelaide's compact size and world class facilities make the City an ideal venue for conferences and conventions, giving it the capacity to be the 'conference city' of Australia.
  • Education a key plank in Council's economic strategy

    Education is one of the major planks of Adelaide City Council's five year Economic Development Strategy.
  • Arts a driver of urban renewal

    The Adelaide City Council's strategy to transform the West End into the arts centre of Adelaide has been given the seal of approval with the State Government's arts funding body, ArtSA, moving into the refurbished West's Coffee Palace in Hindley Street.
  • Living in the city is easy

    As each new apartment block and warehouse renovation moves off the drawing board and on to the streets of Adelaide, more and more people are being offered the chance to live in the heart of the City.
  • Wingfield Centre helps reduce waste

    Twelve kilometres north of the CBD lies Wingfield, Adelaide's waste management centre. One of the largest waste management facilities in Australia, this 94 hectare site combines recycling, gas extraction, power generation, plant rehabilitation and education.

  • Local leadership in Tasmania

    President of the Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT), Tony Bisdee, welcomed a record number of delegates to the 87th Local Government Annual Conference staged in early June. Once again this was a combined Conference hosted by LGAT, the Institute of Municipal Management, Institute of Municipal Engineering Australia and the Local Government Community Development Association.
  • Editorial

    At the recent Tasmanian Local Government Conference, Futurist Dr Peter Ellyard, referred to the 'death of national government and birth of community'. However, on the issue of community leadership he said we tend to put managers into positions where leaders are needed.
  • President's comment

    Each edition we feature the views of a Local Government Association President. The following is from Councillor Tony Bisdee, President Local Government Association of Tasmania.
  • Contractors with environmental responsibility

    Victoria's Surf Coast Shire is endeavouring to include its contractors as partners in responsible environmental management. In May, Surf Coast launched its Environmentally Aware Contractors Accreditation Scheme (EAC).
  • Brighton top Tas Council

    This year the Tasmanian Local Government Excellence Awards introduced a new category for a Council Project/Innovation. The inaugural winner was Brighton Council.
  • Kit for community development

    The Local Government Community Development Association of Tasmania has assembled a kit featuring community development projects from 12 Councils across the State. The Kit, presented in an attractive colourful format, highlights the great variety of community development activities.
  • Building Unit expertise sought nationwide

    As home to a vibrant artistic community, Victoria's picturesque Mount Alexander Shire boasts a number of unusual and innovative building designs. This has led to a growth in expertise in the Mount Alexander Shire Building Unit which has the job of certifying the structures as safe and in line with building regulations.
  • Australians urged to keep the places that shape us

    In the lead up to the new millennium all Australians are being urged to protect their heritage. The combination of three major events&emdash;the Olympics, the millennium and the anniversary of Federation&emdash;gives us an unparalleled opportunity to reflect on our identity and on the places which help to shape our national character.
  • BEP solutions for Internet payments

    Local Government bodies can now more easily identify, select and procure products and services for enabling online service delivery through the Business Entry Point initiative.