NSW Councils offer planning alternatives
The Local Government and Shires Associations of New South Wales have put forward a number of alternative planning reforms which aim for faster development decisions without compromising the character of neighbourhoods or community input.
Perth hosts breakfast for PM and Ministers
Perth’s Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi said that a breakfast function on 21 January with Prime Minister Kevin Rudd at Council House was a great honour and she is confident that it represents the start of a strong working relationship with the new Federal Government for Perth and Western Australia.
Funding key to addressing road safety
Road funding for local road networks could play a key role in addressing road safety issues across Western Australia, with 68 per cent of serious crashes currently occurring on local roads.
Green garden helps keep waterways clean
Located at the northern end of Port Phillip Bay in Melbourne, Hobsons Bay City Council has installed an innovative, environmentally friendly garden that uses rainwater to keep plants and grass watered, while filtering the runoff.
Wyndham City Council
At the 2007 National General Assembly in Darwin we invited delegates to share their Council’s projects and initiatives to win a full page feature in FOCUS. This month we feature Wyndham City Council from Victoria.
Qld Councils call on State to refund lost rates
President of the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ), Councillor Paul Bell, said a failure by the Queensland Government to efficiently administer its land valuation system will cost five Councils $15 million in rate refunds.
A delegation from the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) visited China from 2 to 12 December 2007 as a guest of the Chinese Peoples Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC).
Councillor Profiles is a regular feature. This month we feature two Councillors from Queesland.
Greater Shepparton signs MOU with Lijiang
Located two hours north of Melbourne, Greater Shepparton City Council has established a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Lijiang City in China. Signed late last year, the agreement will pave the way for export, tourism and education opportunities.
Creative ways to save water
Last year, Campbelltown City Council in South Australia ran the ‘Creative Ways to Save Water’ competition to promote water saving initiatives in the community.
Technology showcase joins Enviro*
Enviro 08 will host the largest exhibition of innovative environmental technologies ever staged in Australia. As Australia’s leading industry and business to business environmentally focused conference and exhibition, this year Enviro will be enhanced with the inclusion of the Australian Technology Showcase (ATS).
In each edition we feature the views of a Local Government Association President. The following is from Councillor Dick Gross, President of the Municipal Association of Victoria.
New faces in Canberra
This month, with Federal Parliament sitting for the first time since the election of the Rudd Government, FOCUS put various questions to the new Minister for Local Government, Anthony Albanese, and the Shadow Minister, Warren Truss.
VLGA’s online Councillor education program
This month, the Victorian Local Governance Association (VLGA) together with online training centre Learning Seat launched Australia’s first comprehensive digital training and professional development centre for Councillors and Mayors.
Coffs Harbour forms relationship with Kyogle
Coffs Harbour City Council on New South Wales’ northern coast is to form a Sister City/Country Council relationship with Kyogle Council as a way of sharing expertise, experience and resources.
Iris Hardie’s balancing act
Iris Hardie began her working life as a trapeze artist with Silvers travelling circus. Now 83 years old, she’s still juggling the responsibilities of a demanding full time role as a property officer with Pittwater Council.
Safe and easy access to equipment*
Cargo Drawers Australia (established 1987) manufactures an exciting and innovative range of rollout Cargo Drawers for all styles of vehicles.
Beware of underground power cables*
It is not just traditional excavation activities that require the use of the Dial Before You Dig service. Energy Safe Victoria has issued a safety alert to warn landscapers, gardeners and others nationally to be aware of the dangers when hammering star pickets into the ground.
Get smart and stay safe
With more than 1,000 employees, Wollongong City Council is using an online OH&S program to ensure its policies and procedures can be accessed by staff across the organisation.
Adelaide workers fit and healthy
With more than 850 staff, Adelaide City Council has a strong, ongoing commitment to the health and safety of its workers. Over the past three years, Council has built an intensive and holistic Employee Health Program.
Water packs for outdoor workers
More than 140 of Maribyrnong City Council’s outdoor workers have been sporting eyecatching orange water backpacks, as part of Council’s Sun Protection Policy for Council staff.
Kondinin Shire looks to the skies
The Shire of Kondinin is working with the Federal Government’s Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) program to provide local Indigenous people with employment opportunities.