August 2000 Edition

  • Big bang starts sporting reconciliation

    The best way to initiate grassroots reconciliation and cross cultural participation in sport is with a bang. Crackers Keenan provided just that when he agreed to conduct a football coaching clinic organised by Mataranka Community Government Council through the Active Australia program.
  • Community response to drugs issue

    'We've all got a drug problem, let's find a real solution' is the theme Brisbane City Council used in a broad based community awareness campaign. The campaign aimed to stimulate public debate and dispel some of the stereotypes surrounding illicit drugs.
  • Taking books to the outback

    The Ali-Curung mobile library service is part of the Tennant Creek Public Library Service. It fulfils a long held desire of the remote community of Ali-Curung for greater access to reading material.
  • Over 50s return to school

    There are more wise heads and grey hairs in the classrooms of Unley thanks to an innovative volunteer scheme. The successful program is a partnership between South Australia's City of Unley and seven local primary schools.
  • Active Australia Local Government Network

    Councils in the Active Australia Local Government Network are committed to improving the quality of the sport, recreation and physical activity opportunities available to their communities. Over 400 councils in Australia have become members of the network or have registered their interest in the network. Many are instigating some interesting initiatives.
  • Opening doors at the City of Salisbury

    The City of Salisbury's Growing for Gold program is central to helping sporting clubs and recreation centres achieve the goals of Active Australia. Growing for Gold encourages children and their parents to visit local clubs and to try sports free of charge.
  • Active Australia Local Government pilot projects

    In recognition of the contribution Councils can make to Active Australia, the National Office of Local Government and the Australian Sports Commission funded 15 Active Australia Local Government Network members to carry out Active Australia projects.
  • Raising the money

    When the Shire of Katanning in regional WA decided to develop a regional standard sport and recreation facility in 1994, it was faced with a difficulty familiar to most Councils &emdash; how to raise the $1.1 million needed to complete the project.
  • Councils feature in campaign to boost Active Australia

    An extensive Active Australia promotional campaign to support the sport and recreation industry and to help build on the legacy of the Sydney Olympics has started. The year 2000 presents the sport and recreation sectors with possibly their best ever marketing opportunity to capture and retain public interest.
  • Proactive Council wins Active Australia Award

    Salisbury City Council in South Australia, one of the most proactive Councils in the Active Australia Local Government Network, won the Local Government section of the 1999 Active Australia Awards.
  • Volunteers

    The Volunteer Involvement Program was first released in 1993 aiming to encourage and support sport and recreation organisations to develop, promote and embrace excellence in volunteer management policies.
  • Active Australia Day

    Sunday, 29 October 2000
    Active Australia Day is part of the national Active Australia initiative. The Day provides a great opportunity for Councils to demonstrate their support for active communities by providing an avenue for sport and physical activity providers to link with potential members.
  • Harassment-free sport strategy

    Unfortunately, no area of society is immune from the problems of harassment and abuse. That includes sport &endash; even sport at the community level.

  • Local Government joins nationwide Centenary of Federation celebration

    In 2001 Australia celebrates its 100th anniversary as a nation. The celebrations for the Centenary of Federation will feature activities and projects involving all Australians. Many of the celebrations will involve local Councils and Shires.
  • Flying our flag with pride

    Townsville City Council will add colour to the celebrations for our Centenary of Federation with a number of events planned for next year. It was in Townsville on 16 September 1901 that the Australian flag was, for the first time, hoisted to a masthead by our inaugural Governor General, Lord Hopetoun.
  • Editorial

    Since commencing publication in 1985, FOCUS has promoted best practice examples developed by Councils, large or small, urban or rural, as they endeavour to provide the best possible services for their community, at the same time making optimum use of available resources. Not only are communities looking to Local Government to deliver a range of services vital to their quality of life, they are also wanting Councils to demonstrate leadership and advocacy on their behalf.
  • President's comment

    Each edition we feature the views of a Local Government Association President. The following is from Councillor Jamie Edwards, President, Western Australian Municipal Association
  • Ten percent growth reverses trend

    Warroo Shire Council in South Central Queensland is mindful of the population drift to larger urban communities that is occurring in many regional and rural parts of Australia. In answer to the rural downturn that has affected many areas, Council has successfully undertaken various projects designed to encourage tourism and assist other industries to flourish.
  • CEO wins major award

    Chief Executive Officer of Perth's City of Wanneroo, Kath White, recently took out the Shell Corporate and Government Award in the 2000 Telstra Western Australian Business Women's Awards.
  • Focusing on service excellence

    The City of Port Adelaide Enfield has developed a highly successful call centre that delivers quality customer outcomes. The call centre was set up on a trial basis in August 1997 and commenced operations on a proper footing on 1 January 1998. It operates from 8.00 am to 5.15 pm daily.
  • Getting off the sheep's back &endash; a Kiwi perspective

    Keynote speaker at the 'Future of Country Towns' conference at Bendigo on 28-30 June, Ifor Williams' mission is to raise awareness of the role that clusters can apply in economic and community development .
  • Preventative health program a winner

    Preventative health in Western Australia has been taken to a new level, with the launch of the Change for Life program. This is a unique Local Government initiative designed to improve productivity, reduce absenteeism and work related injuries, and save costs.
  • Renmark to highlight the economic potential of regional South Australia

    The District Council of Renmark Paringa, in collaboration with the State Government of South Australia, is organising a National Conference titled 'Economic Potential of Regional South Australia and its Impact on the National Economy". To be staged on 18-20 October 2000, the theme is 'Regional Australia &endash; Shaping the 21st Century'.
  • Competitive Internet services for Orana

    Councils and communities in the Orana region of New South Wales have combined forces to obtain excellent Internet Service Provision (ISP) at competitive prices.
  • SurfLink

    SurfLink Corporate Services is a business unit of the Surf Coast Shire formed in 1995. SurfLink has developed software for its own application and now markets and distributes this throughout Australia. The software business unit is a strategic alliance between SurfLink and Icon Global Solutions P/L.

  • Opening doors at the City of Salisbury

    The City of Salisbury's Growing for Gold program is central to helping sporting clubs and recreation centres achieve the goals of Active Australia. Growing for Gold encourages children and their parents to visit local clubs and to try sports free of charge.
  • Active Australia Local Government pilot projects

    In recognition of the contribution Councils can make to Active Australia, the National Office of Local Government and the Australian Sports Commission funded 15 Active Australia Local Government Network members to carry out Active Australia projects.
  • Raising the money

    When the Shire of Katanning in regional WA decided to develop a regional standard sport and recreation facility in 1994, it was faced with a difficulty familiar to most Councils &emdash; how to raise the $1.1 million needed to complete the project.
  • Councils feature in campaign to boost Active Australia

    An extensive Active Australia promotional campaign to support the sport and recreation industry and to help build on the legacy of the Sydney Olympics has started. The year 2000 presents the sport and recreation sectors with possibly their best ever marketing opportunity to capture and retain public interest.
  • Proactive Council wins Active Australia Award

    Salisbury City Council in South Australia, one of the most proactive Councils in the Active Australia Local Government Network, won the Local Government section of the 1999 Active Australia Awards.
  • Volunteers

    The Volunteer Involvement Program was first released in 1993 aiming to encourage and support sport and recreation organisations to develop, promote and embrace excellence in volunteer management policies.
  • Active Australia Day

    Sunday, 29 October 2000
    Active Australia Day is part of the national Active Australia initiative. The Day provides a great opportunity for Councils to demonstrate their support for active communities by providing an avenue for sport and physical activity providers to link with potential members.
  • Harassment-free sport strategy

    Unfortunately, no area of society is immune from the problems of harassment and abuse. That includes sport &endash; even sport at the community level.
  • Council offices become an art gallery

    When Meander Valley Council consolidated its customer service at Westbury it decided to upgrade the public areas and, at the same time, provide a display space for artwork created by its talented community.
  • City welcomes young people

    A few years ago the City of Melbourne seriously considered banning skating and skateboarding in the central activities district. Instead the SkateSafe Program was introduced. This program has improved safety, decreased property damage, increased access opportunities and encouraged young people to use and enjoy the city.
  • Community development a boon for Brighton

    As part of a region identified as 'Australia's lowest level of well being', Brighton Council's Bridgewater Gagebrook Urban Renewal project (BURP) developed a number of community based strategies to improve the quality of life, community pride and the self esteem of people living in the area.
  • Community input vital in planning

    Providing opportunities, infrastructure, and services to support their community in the face of change was a considerable hurdle for Victoria's Baw Baw Shire Council. Forty five percent of the Shire's population live in townships of less than 500 people. This means that a blanket prescription would not necessarily provide for the unique needs of the small, scattered, communities.
  • Making information accessible

    Knox City Council has become only the second Victorian Council to make ratepayer information available in audio format for people who cannot read standard print. Council now has its quarterly newsletter Horizons available on CD, as well as information on waste and recycling services and rates.
  • Active Australia Local Government Network

    Councils in the Active Australia Local Government Network are committed to improving the quality of the sport, recreation and physical activity opportunities available to their communities. Over 400 councils in Australia have become members of the network or have registered their interest in the network. Many are instigating some interesting initiatives.

  • Local Government joins nationwide Centenary of Federation celebration

    In 2001 Australia celebrates its 100th anniversary as a nation. The celebrations for the Centenary of Federation will feature activities and projects involving all Australians. Many of the celebrations will involve local Councils and Shires.
  • Court on the cusp of history

    Corowa Shire is proud of its history as the 'Birthplace of Federation'. Situated in south west New South Wales along the Murray River, Corowa has a population of 5,300 people. It was in 1893 that Sir John Quick put forward a motion at a conference in the Corowa Court House that paved the way towards the federation of the Australian States.
  • Editorial

    Not only are communities looking to Local Government to deliver a range of services vital to their quality of life, they are also wanting Councils to demonstrate leadership and advocacy on their behalf. Councils are ideally placed to draw stakeholders together to address various community matters, including economic developmentå, environmental management and social issues.
  • President's comment

    Each edition we feature the views of a Local Government Association President. The following is from Councillor Peter Woods, President New South Wales Local Government Association.
  • A mark in time with Stonnington Heritage Trail

    On the eve of the celebration of Federation the community of Stonnington has been asked to turn their minds to contemplating those significant people, places and events that have contributed to making the City what it is today.
  • Win a first for Local Government

    For the first time in the Award's history, a member of Local Government has taken out the New South Wales Award for Public Sector Accountant of the Year.
  • Huon Valley waters run clean

    Marine scientists have given one of Australia's most lucrative fish farming production sites an environmental all clear. They have called for an environmental monitoring strategy to guide the long term use of Tasmania's famous Huon Estuary.
  • Putting all the parts together

    Griffith City Council, in central New South Wales, is developing a fully integrated growth strategy plan for the next 30 years.This is a comprehensive and integrated 30 year land use, infrastructure and financial plan.
  • Council and community celebrates win

    How often we forget that capacity building at the local level is achieved by maximising local advantages and having the people on the ground to connect the dots. The same problem surfaces overseas, which is why numerous development agencies in Europe and the USA are busy facilitating the development of industry clusters &endash; each specialising in building on the inherent advantages of their local communities.
  • Getting off the sheepıs back &endash; a Kiwi perspective

    Keynote speaker at the 'Future of Country Towns' conference at Bendigo on 28-30 June, Ifor Williams' mission is to raise awareness of the role that clusters can apply in economic and community development .
  • Renmark to highlight the economic potential of regional South Australia

    The District Council of Renmark Paringa, in collaboration with the State Government of South Australia, is organising a National Conference titled 'Economic Potential of Regional South Australia and its Impact on the National Economy". To be staged on 18-20 October 2000, the theme is 'Regional Australia - Shaping the 21st Century'.
  • Competitive Internet services for Orana

    Councils and communities in the Orana region of New South Wales have combined forces to obtain excellent Internet Service Provision (ISP) at competitive prices.
  • Coffs Harbour takes out Prime Ministerıs Environment Award

    A range of planning measures and environmental initiatives introduced in recent years, has led to Coffs Harbour City Council winning the Sustainable Communities Award in the inaugural Prime Minister's Environment Awards.
  • International Cities and Town Centres Conference

    The International Cities and Town Centres Conference will be staged in Hobart from 3-6 September 2000. As the second oldest city in Australia, Tasmania's capital offers a great blend of heritage, lifestyle, scenery and vibrant culture.
  • Penrith seizes Olympic opportunity

    The golden opportunity of the Olympics has been seized by Penrith City Council with the launch of its biggest bid yet to market Penrith Valley to the world.
  • SurfLink

    SurfLink Corporate Services is a business unit of the Surf Coast Shire formed in 1995. SurfLink has developed software for its own application and now markets and distributes this throughout Australia. The software business unit is a strategic alliance between SurfLink and Icon Global Solutions P/L.