May 2007 Edition

  • Whyalla fights for its ratepayers
    Located on the Upper Spencer Gulf in South Australia, Whyalla Council is fighting a new $105 annual levy on the City’s ratepayers, which it believes is cost shifting of State Government responsibilities.
  • Women, finance and super
    Leading practitioners and academics in the superannuation and finance fields will discuss and illustrate the importance of Women, Finance and Super in a session at the 19th Women, Management and Employment Relations Conference.
  • Queensland’s Local Government Week drives along – despite government roadblocks
    From 28 May to 2 June, Queensland Councils and their local communities will celebrate Local Government Week 2007 with the theme ‘Roads – Driving Queensland, Pathways to Progress’. This year’s celebrations take on a special significance after the Queensland Government’s shock announcement on 17 April that it is imposing forced amalgamations on the State’s 157 Councils.
  • Alternative transport helps our planet
    More than 7,000 people turned out for Thuringowa City Council’s Better Earth Expo staged at its Riverway precinct in March. As the region’s biggest ever environmental expo, the event saw a host of fun activities, exhibitions and presentations for the whole family.
  • Reorganising Local Government complexity
    The UK Experience by Malcolm Morley*
    UK Local Government is complex, particularly where there are Parish or Town Councils, District or Borough Councils and County Councils all operating within the same areas – each Council having its own separate responsibilities and each competing for the mantle of community leader.
  • Editorial: Reform jeopardises LG trust in intergovernmental relations
    Last month Federal Treasurer, Peter Costello, announced that the Productivity Commission will commence a study into Local Government’s own revenue sources.
  • President’s comment
    In each edition we feature the views of a Local Government Association President. The following is from Councillor Col Sullivan, President of the New South Wales Shires Association.
  • Water issues online
    A free online radio program is highlighting the importance of water, sustainability and the environment. H2oToday is a weekly program featuring the latest developments for water professionals, practitioners and those with an interest in a more sustainable approach to water management.
  • Tourism toolkit to maximise marketing opportunities
    Together with the Launceston Tamar Valley Tourism Association (LTVTA), Launceston City, West Tamar and George Town Councils have launched a tourism and marketing toolkit.
  • Water use in road works – a community wide issue
    In March, the Civil Contractors Federation of Victoria, the Municipal Association of Victoria and the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia hosted the Use of Potable Water for Road Works Summit. The forum addressed the ongoing issue of using potable water on road construction and maintenance projects.
  • Regional support – example of 80/20 rule
    The Good Oil * by Rod Brown
    Last month, the Department of Family and Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FACSIA) announced 78 grants under its Local Answers program. The grants are to basically do good things to help rural communities cope with the social stresses of the drought.
  • Changes to rating disadvantaging NSW regional Councils
    Councils in regional New South Wales are facing the loss of millions of dollars in rate revenue, with State legislation separating land and water for rating purposes. Under the separation, land that includes a water provider, such as a dam or a creek, is valued for rating purposes minus that provider. This decreases the value of the land and therefore Councils’ rate raising capacity.
  • Tasmania releases review of financial sustainability
    In March, President of the Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT), Mayor Mike Gaffney, released a new report into the financial sustainability of Tasmanian Councils.
  • NT calls for improved information flows
    More than 70 delegates from over 30 Councils met in Alice Springs on 18–19 April for the General Meeting of Local Government Association of the Northern Territory (LGANT) General Meeting.
  • Balranald Shire – a gateway to spectacular national park
    Balranald Shire covers approximately 21,400 square kilometres and includes Balranald, the township of Euston and the localities of Kyalite, Oxley, Hatfield, Clare and Penarie.
  • Coffs Harbour to buy all renewable energy
    In a move that will help cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent, Coffs Harbour City Council will source only renewable energy for all future electricity needs.
  • Whittlesea stages LGPro PR Network seminar
    In April, the Local Government Professionals (LGPro) Public Relations Network met at the Whittlesea City Council Offices for its bimonthly meeting.
  • Councillor Profiles
    Councillor Profiles is a regular feature. This month we feature two Councillors from New South Wales.
  • Councils unite to win Australian Technical College
    Over the past few years, one of the biggest issues facing communities in Perth’s southeast region has been youth unemployment. This year, the Cities of Gosnells and Armadale plan to change that with the first intake of students to the Australian Technical College – Perth South.
  • Queensland to undergo historic reform
    With more than 1,100 Councillors, Queensland’s 125 local Councils and 32 Indigenous Councils are to undergo their first sweeping reform in more than a century.
  • Local Government leadership: the power and the passion
    The decision by Local Government Managers Australia (LGMA) to stage its 2007 National Congress and Business Expo in Hobart certainly paid off, with delegate and exhibition numbers surpassing recent years.