August 2007 Edition

  • Hume opens five star green building
    In July, Hume City Council opened one of Australia’s greenest office buildings, setting the bar high for all future Local Government and business multi storey office buildings.
  • Pictorial manual addresses skills shortage and asset management
    Following a number of staff movements and retirements, Blacktown City Council wanted to be proactive in addressing the loss of corporate knowledge and experience in the areas of pavement evaluation, identification of appropriate treatments and the prioritising of works.
  • Whyalla moves to diesel fleet
    Located on the upper Spencer Gulf in South Australia, Whyalla Council will progressively replace its fleet of six cylinder petrol fuelled sedans with four cylinder diesel driven vehicles.
  • Belmont takes top honours in customer service
    Western Australia’s City of Belmont has taken out the Local Government division of the 2006/2007 Customer Service Institute of Australia Excellence Awards for customer service.
  • Warringah plans long term
    Warringah Council has used a Long Term Financial Strategy (LTFS) to identify gaps between current funding capabilities and future required funding levels for the sustainable management of its assets.
  • Councillor profiles
    Councillor Profiles is a regular feature. This month we feature two Councillors from Western Australia.
  • Recognising LG’s high achievers
    At the 2007 Local Government Managers Australia National Congress in Hobart, Local Government FOCUS invited delegates to nominate individuals or teams from their Council who are improving Council’s operations or enhancing service delivery within their community.
  • Fremantle builds on its ‘green’ crown
    The City of Fremantle is continuing its proactive approach to climate change. Council has not only adopted the Kyoto Protocol, but has initiated programs, such as Travel Smart and Living Smart, to reduce the harmful impact greenhouse gases have on the environment.
  • A cities program?
    By Rod Brown
    Interesting to note that the Council of Capital City Lord Mayors is lobbying the Federal Government for a partnership to boost productivity, attract business investment, skill up the workforce and promote innovation. Laudable aims.
  • Funding sought for safe transport initiative
    Launceston City Council is currently seeking national funding for a community safety program aimed at enhancing crime prevention and public transport. Council has applied for funding in partnership with State owned passenger transport company, Metro Tasmania.
  • President’s comment
    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.
  • Queensland amalgamations slash Council numbers
    Last April, the Beattie Government commenced a review of Queensland Councils, scrapping the Local Government Association of Queensland’s self reform process and raising major concerns among many Councils and their communities.
  • Premier faces backlash in the bush
    In Barcaldine for a ceremony marking the removal of the Tree of Knowledge, Premier Peter Beattie faced a hostile reception as a result of the recently released Queensland Local Government Reform Commission report.
  • Editorial: Amalgamation not the answer?
    The Beattie Government asserts that its recent moves to halve the number of Councils in Queensland from 157 to 73 has been done to improve the financial viability of Councils and make them stronger. This is based on the premise that larger Local Government units are more economically sustainable.
  • Getting the message across
    In July, I spoke at a conference organised by the Government’s Communities and Local Government Department. The title of the conference was, ‘Making a real difference: The role of research in delivering improvements in Local Government practice’.
  • Local Government works towards future vision
    The third Future of Local Government (FOLG) Summit was staged in Melbourne in June. Three frameworks were discussed and endorsed to help Councils across the nation share an agreed vision for the future.
  • Innovative partnership model for infrastructure development
    Cardinia Shire in southeast Melbourne took out the prestigious Local Government Professionals Award for Excellence in the Community Assets and Infrastructure division for its Connecting Cardinia project.
  • $13.8 million funds boost for communities and emergency volunteers
    Local communities and emergency service volunteers across Australia will share a $13.8 million funding boost as a result of the latest round of grants under the Australian Government’s ‘Working Together to Manage Emergencies’ initiative.
  • Rockhampton focuses on roads maintenance and management
    An unusual looking high tech vehicle is working on streets across Rockhampton as part of Council’s commitment to a ten year plan to continue rebuilding and upgrading City roads.
  • Frankston planning for a greener future
    Frankston City Council is celebrating ten years of action in tackling greenhouse gas emissions. Council was one of the first Local Governments in Australia to sign up to the International Cities for Climate Protection program and one of the first in Victoria to develop a Sustainable Public Lighting Action Plan (SPLAP).
  • Recycling – Easy as 1.2.3.
    During the first six months of 2006, Hornsby Shire Council’s Waste Management Team conducted a broad scale community consultation into the future direction of its waste services
  • Sowing the seeds for a sustainable future – with Ricoh and Earthkeepers™*
    Ensuring the earth’s future viability needs affirmative action today from businesses and the community. It also means educating and empowering the adults of tomorrow.
  • The Darling, the drought and the dust*
    The Murray Darling Association invites you to take part in its 63rd National Conference and Annual General Meeting.
  • New bore site generating 2.5 million litres of water per day
    In June, Brisbane Lord Mayor, Campbell Newman, tapped into one of the City’s oldest natural water supply systems to help beat the worst drought and water supply crisis in living memory.
  • Balanced funding and spending key to sustainability
    It took more than the usual public exhibition process for Newcastle City Councillors, staff and ultimately the community to get a handle on the issues of infrastructure maintenance, service reductions, rate increases, cost shifting and increasing Local Government responsibilities that culminated in the City’s 2007/2008 Management Plan.


  • Council commits to community initiatives
    Children and young people in the City of Randwick helped to design the artwork and paint two State Transit buses in a unique project that aims to enhance young people’s connection to the local community.
  • Recovering, recycling and reusing
    In May 2007, Randwick City Council won a prestigious award for its new recycling centre. The centre processes building and road construction material as well as organic garden waste.
  • Celebrating 150 years
    Randwick’s rich and diverse heritage is steeped in the history of this country. Prior to European settlement there was an extensive Indigenous community living a traditional lifestyle, taking advantage of the plentiful coastal location.
  • The ICARE values journey
    In late 2004, Randwick City Council began a concerted effort for organisational renewal and performance improvement. At the heart of the renewal strategy was the development and implementation of a strong set of corporate values.
  • Save the planet – starting in Randwick
    Local Councils are reducing emissions of harmful greenhouse gases by changing their own practices, and through direct assistance, subsidies or rebates to residents and businesses.
  • Walking the new coast way
    Randwick City has 29 kilometres of rugged coastline along the Pacific Ocean and the north east shores of Botany Bay, with spectacular cliffs and the iconic beaches.
  • Taking it to the streets
    A new Council initiative that combines old fashioned face to face contact with leading technology has added a new dimension to Randwick City Council’s community liaison.
  • Mayor Paul Tracey said ...
    Randwick City Council has made outstanding progress in the last year, initiating major changes in the way Council operates and in our achievements and improvements for the residents and the whole City of Randwick.
  • Well trained Councillors
    Randwick City Council’s new Councillor Online Training Program is a first for Local Government in Australia.
  • Radio irrigation helps conserve water
    Dan Gleeson Gardens in Thuringowa now has a water wise radio irrigation system thanks to the Australian Government’s Community Water Grants.
  • Randwick City – a snapshot
    Randwick City, in the eastern suburbs of Sydney, is bounded by Centennial Park in the north, the Pacific Ocean to the east and Botany Bay in the south.
  • Integrated planning framework
    In June 2006, after five year’s research and community consultations, Randwick Council adopted a visionary 20 year Randwick City Plan.
  • New recreation facility to revitalise mining town
    The Shire of Coolgardie in Western Australia is embracing its biggest change period since the Western Mining Corporation revitalised its old mining town, Kambalda, in the 1960s.
  • Community consulted on future Civic Centre needs
    Nillumbik Shire Council in outer Melbourne has embarked on a community consultation process to determine a long term solution to its Civic Centre requirements.
  • Living in Randwick
    A City is nothing without its people – those who live in it, shape it and enjoy it. We wanted to show where our City is heading through the eyes of a new born child, following her first 20 years, so we created a DVD and called it ‘Anna’s story’.
  • Campbelltown youth know their limits
    Campbelltown City Council in South Australia is proving to young adults that they can have a great night out without getting blind drunk, through its gutsy alcohol awareness program, ‘Know Your Limits’.
  • Citizens’ jury complements Council decision making process
    In what is believed to be a first for Victorian Local Government, Surf Coast Shire has used a citizens’ jury to recommend actions about how Council manages roads, stormwater drainage and roadside vegetation in one of its townships, Aireys Inlet.
  • Mapping the way your community thinks and acts
    Maps are second nature to most Local Governments. Councils all over Australia use many types of strategic planning and land use maps along with various types of overlays.
  • Upgrades protect coastal environs
    Chapman Valley Shire Council is in the process of upgrading and improving its premier nature based camping area, Coronation Beach. This work will protect and restore the coastal environs.
  • Maribyrnong food businesses learn about food allergens
    Maribyrnong City Council is working with local food businesses to assist them in identifying food allergens in the foods they prepare and sell.
  • New interactive play equipment wowing Launceston shoppers
    Earlier this year, Launceston City Council unveiled interactive play equipment in Brisbane Street Mall as part of a wider strategy to make the CBD more family friendly. So far the move has proved very successful.
  • Game plan to help environment
    A unique new board game at the Cobb & Co Museum in Toowoomba is enticing visitors to have fun while learning about the environment.
  • Rockhampton develops dynamic film program
    Rockhampton City Council has developed a film program to educate and entertain residents of Central Queensland, with films to be shown at the Walter Reid Cultural Centre.
  • Show me the money!
    The City of Geraldton, together with the Shire of Greenough and the Department of Sport and Recreation, recently hosted a series of workshops aimed at assisting sporting groups to secure money for their club.
  • Sydney Park works include playground for all
    A playground that will delight children of all ages and abilities is the central project in the next stage of works for Sydney Park.
  • $8 million sports facility a boost for Whitehorse
    The City of Whitehorse is developing an $8 million multipurpose indoor sports facility that will provide a major boost to sporting facilities in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs.
  • Hello, neighbour!
    From 26 May to 3 June, Manly Council, located on Sydney’s north shore, encouraged residents to give their support to a new Sydney wide community event called Know Your Neighbour Week.
  • Hurstville golf course takes new direction
    Hurstville City Council is currently developing a management plan for its golf course to ensure it is used to its full potential.
  • Process overkill jeopardises community development initiatives
    While all spheres of government realise the need for process, far too often process can take control of what was well intentioned policy and strangle it to the point that it fails. The consequence is that people and places miss out.
  • Using DNA to track down dangerous dogs
    In June the City of Port Phillip began trialing a new DNA dog attack kit that enables animal management officers, livestock owners and police investigators to collect DNA evidence from saliva, blood and hair at dog attack crime scenes.
  • Macedon Ranges equal access adventure playground*
    Located an hour’s drive from Melbourne in Central Victoria, Macedon Ranges Shire recently completed the installation of an adventure playground for children of all abilities.
  • ‘Heads up’ to Bendigo’s new pedestrian maps
    Located in the exact geographic centre of Victoria, the City of Greater Bendigo is preparing to introduce a new world class pedestrian signage system throughout the city centre.
  • Aquatic centre vision fulfilled in Alice Springs
    Following the announcement of a $4 million commitment by Federal Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Mal Brough, Alice Springs Town Council’s vision for a multipurpose Indoor Aquatic and Leisure Centre will now be fulfilled.
  • Closing the generation gap is child’s play in Hobsons Bay
    Hobsons Bay City Council and the TLC Aged Care Marina facility have joined forces to create Hobsons Bay’s first ever ‘intergenerational playgroup’.
  • Youth lobbying sees skate park upgrades installed
    Jabiru Town Council has used a Northern Territory Department of Sport and Recreation grant to upgrade its local skate park.
  • Future directions in leisure, parks and gardens
    An interview with Joel Johnson, Manager Trees, Parks and Aquatic Facilities, City of Sydney, New South Wales
  • Local communities and sporting clubs benefit from Active After-school Communities program extension
    The Active After-school Communities (AASC) program, developed by the Australian Sports Commission (ASC), provides primary school aged children with access to free, structured physical activity in the after-school timeslot.