A groundbreaking agreement has been signed between the UK Government and the Local Government Association to establish a framework of principles for how Central and Local Government will work together to serve the public.
People from all parts of Central Victoria recently gathered at a workshop in Mount Alexander Shire to explore ideas for increasing transport accessibility and mobility in the region.
Improving local sustainability
Local Governments across Victoria are busy progressing environmental programs and strategies to improve local sustainability. Around $1.8 million of funding has been allocated to 16 local projects involving over 50 Councils and other stakeholders through the Victorian Local Sustainability Accord.
What are your assets doing tomorrow?*
Maintaining an inventory of assets and their condition, defining optimal replacement strategies and meeting statutory reporting requirements are all objectives the Asset Manager must achieve.
Two wheels are better than four
It is certainly a case of two wheeled transport being better than a fuel guzzling Council car for Bertrand Cadart, the French expatriate Mayor of Glamorgan Spring Bay on Tasmania’s east coast.
Ingham revitalisation project sets precedent for Qld
The ‘Our Town, Our Future’ strategy for Ingham was the most awarded revitalisation project in Queensland in 2007, after receiving a total of six State and international awards for its innovation in community planning, process and communication.
Douglas Shire Council leads the way
With a population of just 11,000 people, fields of lush sugar cane and borders with the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree rainforest, Douglas Shire is one of the prettiest Shires in Australia.
Councillor conduct reforms to improve governance
The Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) has welcomed the release of a discussion paper by the Minister for Local Government, Richard Wynne, detailing a range of proposed reforms to support Councillor conduct and strengthen local governance.
Bridgetown-Greenbushes wins road safety award
Western Australia’s Shire of Bridgetown-Greenbushes recently received the Local Government Road Safety Award at the third International Road Safety Conference staged in Perth. With this year’s event hosted by Western Australia’s Road Safety Council, the conference aims to reduce human and financial losses from road crashes.
Back in November, we began describing hubs that could comprise a pan-Australia development framework to spark local and foreign investment. First cab was Queensland, with 12 hubs. Second up is New South Wales, which is fascinating because of its population, resource base, international recognition and the reticence of the NSW Government to chase investments.
Showcasing FOCUS winners
At the 2007 National General Assembly in Darwin, Local Government FOCUS invited delegates to showcase their Council’s achievements by entering our competition to win a full page feature for their Council in 2008.
Editorial: the year ahead
A change of guard at the Federal level, the release of the Productivity Commission’s draft report — Assessing Local Government Revenue Raising Capacity — with a final report due in a few months, and increasing national and international attention to combating climate change present a raft of challenges and opportunities for Local Government as we enter 2008.
Record crowds expected for environmental gathering
Australia’s leading environment and sustainability conference, Enviro 08, is expecting record crowds this year. To take place in Melbourne from 5 to 7 May, the conference theme is ‘Facing the Challenge’.
Community harmony in Ashfield
As part of the research undertaken in Phase One of the Community Harmony Project, Dr Amanda Wise and the Centre for Research on Social Inclusion undertook a pilot project with Ashfield Municipal Council in New South Wales
StepOne to shed light on LAMP program
The Local Area Multicultural Partnership (LAMP) Program is promoting access, participation and cohesion in Queensland’s culturally diverse society. Established in 1998, the project is a partnership between State and Local Government and the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ).
Community Harmony at your fingertips
On March 28, Macquarie University and the Australian Government’s Department of Immigration and Citizenship Partnerships Program will launch StepOne – an online Community Harmony Guide that will assist Councils and community groups to implement community harmony initiatives in their local areas.
Some guiding principles
Building harmony and community cohesion is not just about ‘CALD communities’. Too many ‘harmony’ projects forget to include Anglo Celtic Australians. Don’t just include the ‘converted’. Try to engage those less comfortable with difference.