Editorial - State Government development agendas pressure Local Government
In various parts of Australia, planning issues continue to be a sticking point between Local Government and their State counterparts. Earlier this year, the New South Wales Government's changes to its Environmental Planning and Assessment Act increased the Minister for Planning's powers to intervene in local decision making, thereby reducing the ability of Councils and their communities to shape the future of their localities.
In each edition we feature the views of a Local Government Association President. The following is from Alderman Kerry Moir, President of the Local Government Association of the Northern Territory.
Recognising LG's high achievers
At the 2006 Local Government Managers Australia National Congress in Perth, FOCUS invited delegates to nominate individuals or teams from their Council who are improving their Council's operations and meeting community needs. In this edition, we showcase two of our high achievers for 2006.
Financial planning for APS Local Government members*
After starting as a funeral fund for Melbourne postal workers in 1905, membership of APS Benefits today offers a wide range of financial services, such as mortuary benefits paid within 24 hours of notification and the Everyday Unsecured Loan or Special Purpose Loan.
NSW Councils call for an IGA with State Government
Staging its annual conference in the Blue Mountains, the New South Wales Local Government Association (LGA), together with the NSW Shires Association, has called for a formal partnership with the State Government.
Collaboration key to State/Local Government relations
Some 270 delegates representing 71 Councils attended the Municipal Association of Victoria's annual conference in Melbourne on 26 October. Minister for Local Government, Candy Broad, said that this year's conference agenda clearly reflected the changing issues jointly facing local communities, the States and nation as a whole.
Contracts on Show and Procurement Forum*
NSW Procurement is proud to present two significant procurement events at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre on 22-23 November. Contracts on Show, has been an annual exhibition for New South Wales Government contracted suppliers, offering a unique opportunity for procurement professionals and government buyers from State, Local and not-for-profit organisations to view and understand goods and services available.
JUNK... The UK Experience by Malcolm Morley* We all suffer from it whether its via our email or through the letterbox. Junk mail has become a scourge of everyday life. Despite research indicating that a significant proportion of the junk mail delivered to our offices and homes is never read companies still see it as an important element of their marketing mix.
Flower garden awards entries encouraged
Registration for this year's Australian Local Government Flower Garden Awards will remain open until the end of the year so that councils will have maximum opportunity to enter.
Feature: Tourism and Economic Development
Enhancing town centres
Traditional town centres are the life blood of any community. As focuses for economic, social cultural and community activities they touch every aspect of urban life. The 2007 Mainstreet Conference will provide an opportunity for all people who work in or with town centres to learn, network and exchange ideas on what makes these areas tick.
Indigo tackles rural planning issues
Located in north eastern Victoria, Indigo Shire Council is currently undertaking a review of its Planning Scheme, including its Municipal Strategic Statement. This strategic statement is Council's key document guiding land use planning and development in the Shire.
Retaining green parks, reserves and leisure areas*
Most regions in Australia are now facing water restriction measures of some level. Restrictions in some areas are stricter than others but the time has come where we all must face the fact that watering turf for leisure activities is a privilege and, as such, must be respected.
Alternative energy - time to get serious The Good Oil by Rod Brown* Resources boom. Sunny people. The world's most liveable cities. A very stable democracy. Why don't the international money markets recognise our potential? We have millions of tonnes of coal and wheat to export, once global warming and the drought recede! And limitless supplies of iron ore, alumina and natural gas! And don't forget our special relationship with the USA, Britain, Japan and China.
Information on demand: Outdoor Brochure Holder gets the massage out there…puts brochures where and when they are needed* It has been said that information is power - but to be of any use the massage needs to be readily accessible where and when it is needed. The Outdoor Brochure Holder presents and protects all manner of printed material in the field.
Economic development gets its first national body
The National Local Government Economic Development Conference is set to launch the nation's first national professional body for economic development and practitioners in Local Government: Economic Development Australia (EDA).
Historic cemetery guided tour
Rockhampton City Council is offering guided tours of its historic Southside Cemetery. Held during the winter months, the tours focus on fascinating stories of people buried in the cemetery, including famous and infamous identities, as well as burial customs and practices in Rockhampton's early history.
Launceston's support for Pulp Mill has conditions
Launceston City Council has considered community concerns about air pollution, effluent outfall, traffic increases and water usage that could arise from the proposed Gunns pulp mill. Gunns Ltd is proposing to construct and operate a bleached Kraft pulp mill at Longreach on the Tamar River.
Fremantle's blessing of the fleet
In October, the City of Fremantle captured people hook, line and sinker with its annual Blessing of the Fleet ceremony. The Blessing of the Fleet is an old and revered tradition that has been passed down from generation to generation, showing the epitome of loyalty and solidarity among the fishing community.
Nowra to become the cultural heart of the Shoalhaven
Located less than two hours from Sydney, Shoalhaven City Council's main shopping and business centre, Nowra, will soon become a cultural hub for the south coast region of New South Wales. Council recently accepted a tender from Edwards Construction Pty Ltd to construct a new multi purpose Cultural and Convention Centre.
Motivating budding entrepreneurs
Most communities are full of people with fabulous ideas for new businesses. Yet close to two thirds of all businesses fail within their first two years. Without a network of commercially viably businesses, communities are in real trouble.
Part time work for students By Ross Moody* Part time work in Councils for students studying engineering may be another tool in addressing the skills shortage and at the same time give students a taste for working in Local Government.
Recruitment made easy*
Clexan-Peak Personnel is an Australian owned company specialising in the recruitment of professional, technical and industrial personnel (contract and permanent). The principles and consultants have extensive experience in providing and delivering a range of recruitment services.
Improving key facilities
Mayor Jim Pollock said that with Whyalla's economic position strengthening, many changes are happening across the City.
Redevelopment to change city image
Council has adopted a Foreshore Master Plan that will see Whyalla's entire foreshore precinct completely revamped over the next four to five years. With the master planning process finalised, the project has now move to the detailed design stage.
Economic Development board drives Whyalla forward
Formed in 1980 following the closing of the shipyards, the Whyalla Economic Development Board (WEDB) was established to strengthen and diversify the economic, commercial and employment base of Whyalla.
Leading the way with water initiatives
Whyalla is leading the way with water recycling and water harvesting initiatives to reduce reliance on the River Murray. As an area that receives an average of just on 271 millimetres annually, Council has shown an active commitment to the future direction of water conservation since the early 1990s.
New scheme reduces waste to landfill
A new kerbside recycling program is set to kick off in Whyalla in coming months. The scheme will introduce a three bin pick up system, including general waste, recycling and green waste bins.
Childcare centre promotes good health with new menu
In March, Whyalla's Council owned Child Care Centre received a Start Right, Eat Right Award from the South Australian Department of Health. The new state wide award recognises childcare centres that provide healthy meals and varied foods, as well as trained staff who promote good eating habits.
Whyalla's Youth Council comprises 15 young people aged between 12 and 25 years. The group votes in its own Mayor, holds monthly meetings and essentially runs as a conventional Local Government organisation.
Whyalla - the home of legends
Council will develop a large, centrally located area of vacant land into a sustainable 'Eco-City'. After purchasing the land for a very fair price in 1997 when development was slow, Council came up with the idea of an eight star energy efficiency rating residential estate.