‘Local Renaissance: New Ideas, Real Opportunities, Exciting Partnerships’ was the theme for the Local Government Association of South Australia (LGASA) 2002 Conference. President, Mayor Johanna McLuskey, welcomed delegates, particularly a number of international guests and the leaders of various Youth Councils who had been encouraged by the Councils to attend.
Young people in Renmark Paringa have let their Council know that they want to be involved in the development of their area and community. Through the Renmark Action Committee for Youth (RACY), they are addressing a variety of community issues.
With its conference theme, ‘Local Renaissance: New Ideas, Real Opportunities, Exciting Partnerships’ the Local Government Association of South Australia presented several international speakers, providing delegates with an overview of Local Government models in operation elsewhere in the world. From South Africa, Chief Executive of the Foundation for Public Management and Development, F M ‘Lucky’ Mathebula, using Nelson Mandela’s famous statement, told delegates that he believes ‘the last mile of the long walk to freedom’ is the transformation of Local Government.
Blacktown City Council has embarked on a rebranding and renaming of its Blacktown Olympic Centre to Blacktown Olympic Park – Sydney. The primary purpose for the rebranding is to reposition Blacktown Olympic Park – Sydney as a state of the art sports facility for local, interstate and overseas visitors. This is particularly important after the Sydney 2000 Olympics, to ensure it provides ongoing social and economic benefits for Blacktown City.
Geraldton’s best gardeners gathered in September at Ryan’s Garden and Aquarium Centre for the City of Geraldton’s annual gardening competition. The competition is an initiative of Geraldton’s Tidy Towns Committee, which revamped this year’s competition by expanding the number of categories, and renamed the event City Wide Pride.
Progress requires a change in attitude by governments. That is the message retiring President, Councillor Peter Woods gave to delegates at the Local Government Association of New South Wales Annual Conference.
At the 2002 Local Government Managers Australia National Congress in Sydney, FOCUS invited delegates to nominate an individual and team from their Council who are excelling in their field and promoting the organisation’s corporate goals. In this edition we showcase two more of the competition winners.
With the Mary River being one of its biggest assets, Tiaro Shire Council in the north of Queensland, is proposing the development of a freshwater aquarium. Still very much in its infancy, but nevertheless with the potential to grow into a major tourist attraction for the region, the proposal for the Mary River Freshwater Aquarium is expected to be a major economic boost to the region.
Local businesses and residents will benefit from a new publication recently launched by the Tea Tree Gully Council. The City of Tea Tree Gully Business and Community Directory contains comprehensive listings of local businesses, Council services and facilities, and sporting and community groups, all colour coded for easy reference.
Ashfield Municipal Council in NSW, along with a local health service provider, has received a state award for its unique job training program focused on providing employment for people with disabilities.
The Commonwealth Government has a range of initiatives in place to attract migrants to areas of Australia seeking higher levels of skilled migration. These initiatives are collectively referred to as State specific and regional migration initiatives. The outcome of the 2001-02 migration program indicates that increasing numbers of skilled migrants continue to go to regional areas of Australia under these initiatives.
With the development of its performing arts and cultural centre, the Gunnedah district is well on its way to establishing Gunnedah with a state of the art cultural precinct. The Shire of Gunnedah is located in the north west of New South Wales in the Upper Namoi Valley region. It has a population of approximately 12,812 people and is some 450 kilometres from Sydney.
With the extension of the its Home for the Aged under way, Mid Murray Council has predicted that it will provide direct and indirect gains. The $1 million extension at the main centre of the community owned Mid Murray Home for the Aged in Mannum will increase occupancy from 10 to 33 beds.
AusIndustry, the Commonwealth Government’s business unit in the Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources, provides a range of incentives for Australian business to foster investment and become more innovative and internationally competitive.
Who can argue against creating or supporting a sustainable community? The only problem is: What is a sustainable community?The definition of sustainable community is like the Yeti, much talked about but never seen. This creates real problems because everybody thinks that they know what a sustainable community is, but few can actually define it.
In marking the bicentenary of Englishman Matthew Flinders and Frenchman Nicholas Baudin’s ‘meeting’ at Encounter Bay, South Australia, in 1802, the District Council of Yorke Peninsula, along with the South Australian Tourism Commission and three other participating Councils, held a celebration and re-enactment of Flinders’ voyage of the SA coast, entitled Encounter 2002.
In October, Maroondah businesses were provided with a multitude of information and discussion forums through a series of workshops that were all part of Maroondah City Council’s Business Week 2002. Participants of Maroondah’s Business Week workshops were treated to a number of expert speakers from various organisations and companies.
Tasmania’s Kentish Council is playing a key role in the development of the region’s tourism industry by establishing a special tourism committee. The Cradle Mountain Tourism Association is a working group comprising business representatives and individuals that provides a commercial tourism service in the Cradle Mountain precinct. The group aims to develop and implement a marketing and development plan that will again establish Cradle Mountain as the pre-eminent natural holiday destination in Tasmania.
The National Museum of Australian Pottery, Australia’s first museum dedicated to 19th and early 20th century Australian pottery, is looking for a permanent home. Established in 1995, the National Museum of Australian Pottery became the first fully accredited private museum in Australia, under the Museum Accreditation Program (MAP), in 1998.
Cyclists will soon be able to ride all the way from Old Timers on the South Stuart Highway, along the Todd River and through to the Alice Springs Telegraph Station, in what will surely be one of the most scenic leisure activities available at Alice Springs.Alice Springs Town Council has committed $70,000 for the completion of the bicycle track along the Todd River.
I am always proud to say that I’m the Minister for Local Government. I have also said many times that it is my belief that decisions about local matters should be made at the local level. I believe there is considerable potential for Councils to play a greater role in the provision of services direct to their communities. Councils are, after all, best placed in our government structure to understand and address the needs of their people. They are closest to the community.
The City of Sydney’s world famous New Year’s Eve celebrations will have a new look in 2002 under recently appointed Artistic Director, Leo Schofield. He will work with the City of Sydney’s inhouse creative and technical production team to produce a spectacle that showcases the City and its magnificent harbour.
A group called the Regional Business Development Analysis Panel is currently interviewing people across Australia – to get ideas on how the Federal Government can improve the regional business environment and reduce impediments to growth. A report will go to our political masters around March next year. I am currently writing a submission to this panel on behalf of Clusters Asia Pacific Inc. The submission argues that there are three golden rules in generating investment in any region.
When approached by the Blackall Woolscour Association to assist with the revitalisation of one of Australia’s culturally important icons, Blackall Council, along with the local community, jumped at the chance.