‘SkillsMatch’ – ICT skills monitoring system*
ITCRA’s groundbreaking work in establishing the National ICT Skills Monitoring System – SkillsMatch has resulted, for the first time in governments now having access to real time data on the supply and demand of IT skills and other key workforce issues.
Australian Sustainable Cities awards finalists announced
Keep Australia Beautiful has announced the finalists for the inaugural Australian Sustainable Cities Awards 2007. The Sustainable Cities program is part of the Keep Australia Beautiful ‘Australian Sustainable Communities’ Awards, which comprise Tidy Towns, Sustainable Cities and Clean Beaches.
Local Government shines at emergency management awards
The Local Government Association of South Australia (LGASA) is among the winners of this year’s South Australian division of the Australian Safer Communities Awards. Announced in September, the awards recognise best practice and innovation by organisations and individuals that help to build safer communities across 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.
Green fuel set to reduce Brisbane bus emissions*
Neumann Petroleum, Australia largest independent fuel company, is supplying clean burning biodiesel for the Brisbane City Council’s CitySmart Biodiesel Bus Trial – which aims to reduce vehicle emissions and improve fuel efficiency.
Time for bright ideas – in alliance mode The Good Oil * by Rod Brown We have been doing the rounds of various Federal agencies, and there is a great opportunity between now and Christmas to dust off your iconic ideas that might attract Federal interest.
Shellharbour recognised for its links with Indigenous communities
Shellharbour City Council was recently recognised for its outstanding work with Indigenous communities, being named Council of the Year at the New South Wales Local Government Aboriginal Network Conference in Coffs Harbour. Held annually, the conference provides a forum for New South Wales Councils to discuss issues relating to Aboriginal communities from a local perspective.
Councillor Profiles is a regular feature. This month we feature two Councillors from Victoria.
ALGA’s election strategy: A 10 point plan
With speculation running rife about when the Federal election will be called, early in September the Australian Local Government Association launched its election strategy, ‘A 10 Point Plan for the Reinvigoration of Local Communities’.
Editorial: Federal election looms
At the time of going to press the date for the Federal election had not been set, but if the political punters are correct, by the time this edition reaches Councils it is likely the campaign proper will have commenced. With many feeling that we have been in quasi campaign mode for most of this year, when it is called should bring a sigh of relief!
In each edition we feature the views of a Local Government Association President. The following is from Councillor Genia McCaffery, President of the Local Government Association of New South Wales
Integ provides alternative to traditional telephony and communications*
Integ’s Telephony as a Service (iTaaS) is an on demand IP telephony solution, designed specifically for multi site organisations. The service offers Local Government an alternative to traditional premise based telephony, providing certainty, security and the most up to date communication features.
Qld plebiscites to move ahead
In September, Federal Parliament passed legislation to override Queensland laws on Council referendums, ensuring residents can have their say on proposed amalgamations.
New NT boundaries confirmed
The Local Government boundaries for the nine new Northern Territory Shire Councils and four Municipal Councils have been announced and will come into effect on 1 July 2008.
More time for extra security measures at regional airports
According to the Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA), prosperity of two of this State’s most critical industries – mining resources and tourism – had been under threat from the Federal Government’s new baggage checking requirements at regional airports.
Mount Gambier encourages ‘safe parties’
During September, the City of Mount Gambier Youth Advisory Committee delivered the Red Cross SAVE A MATE program to local high schools and area schools. Under the program, two Red Cross SAVE A MATE trainers delivered workshops on Alcohol and Other Drug Emergencies (AODE).
Leichhardt supports East Timor
Representatives from Leichhardt Municipal Council in Sydney recently travelled to East Timor to observe the historic parliamentary elections. The representatives, who are members of Leichhardt’s ‘Friends of Maliana’ group, also provided support for projects Council has initiated in Maliana and assisted with the rebuilding of this new nation.
Councils can’t get no satisfaction The UK Experience by Malcolm Morley* One of the biggest challenges I faced in working with private sector organisations as a management consultant was to get them to recognise reality.
Addressing the skills shortage
A national committee comprising representatives across the peak Local Government professional groups has developed a sector wide strategy to help Councils deal with the impact the skills shortage is having on their operations.
Technology Improves Frontline Services
The City of Stirling is continually striving to develop and enhance its services for the benefit of both the staff and the wider community. One particular effort in the streamlining of operations is through the use of laptop technology.
Located just 12 kilometres north of Perth’s Central Business District, the Regional Centre of Mirrabooka is set to spring to life with a major multi-million dollar redevelopment.
Development Revives Economy and Retains Heritage
Traditional ‘Main Street’ centres, once the focus for bustling community life, are back in favour with a trend away from large shopping centres and malls. Many people prefer to shop in the local ‘main street’, finding it offers more personalised service and a friendlier environment with a sense of community and local ‘character’.
Community Spirit Soars
The City of Stirling hosts a number of events over the spring and summer months, with the primary goal being to encourage community celebration and foster social interaction.
The City of Stirling is working on an exciting project to revitalise Scarborough beach precinct and create a premier coastal community comprising a mix of residential, commercial and tourist accommodation.
Are your employee appraisals lacking performance? By Gary Bourke* A high performance culture is a priority for most organisations. Organisational gurus such as Drucker, Kaplan, Goleman and others have told us for years about the fundamental need for an effective employee review and support system to underpin organisational efficiency and keep everyone heading in the same direction.
Drought vs Sport: Can sport survive?
As a result of low winter rains and the ongoing threat to sporting facilities across Victoria, the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) has joined forces with ten peak sporting and industry bodies.
Pool safety program
A program to ensure the safety of public swimming pools recently won a commendation at the New South Wales Statewide Risk Management Excellence Awards for Local Government. The awards promote awareness and innovation leading to risk reduction.
Councils go green with digital signatures*
With the issue of global warming growing in importance, it is becoming clearer that an environmentally friendly approach will have a positive effect on the bottom line of Local Governments.
Mitchell improves customer service
Located in central Victoria, Mitchell Shire covers over 2,800 square kilometres and has a population of approximately 33,000 people. With such a large area, some residents have had to travel up to 40 minutes each way to carry out their Council business at the Shire’s one Council office.
NSW Councils excel in excellence awards
In conjunction with the Sydney Morning Herald, the Local Government Managers Australia – New South Wales division announced its 2007 Local Government Management Excellence Awards in September.
Indigo Shire calls on residents to adopt street trees
With no end to the drought in sight, Indigo Shire Council in northeast Victoria is calling on its residents to adopt any trees on nature strips adjacent or adjoining their property, and to water and mulch them whenever they tend to their own gardens.
Wide Bay Water tackles southeast Queensland’s water crisis
Water management authority Wide Bay Water Corporation recently opened an office in Brisbane to help tackle southeast Queensland’s water crisis. Located in Springwood, Logan City, the office is the result of a partnership with Logan Water and Logan City Council.
Single Bin Recycling Saves
The City of Stirling is the only local government in Western Australia that provides a single bin recycling service to its residents.
Stirling Leads the Way in Acid Soil
Land developments around Spoonbill Shearwater Reserve, Stirling, have resulted in acidification of sulphidic soils, releasing various previously stable soil minerals, including iron and arsenic, into local groundwater flows.
The City of Stirling is known for being innovative and progressive and this publication presents a small selection of some of the initiatives we are currently involved in.
Stirling Meals on Wheels Caters for All
The City of Stirling provides a highly successful Meals on Wheels service to residents who are aged or have a disability through its Food Services unit, the largest in the Southern Hemisphere.
Stirling – the City of Choice
With a thriving population fast approaching 185,000 and a total land area of nearly 100 square kilometres, the City of Stirling is one of Western Australia’s major local government authorities.