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.
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 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
‘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.