March 2008 Edition

  • Sustainability strategies to integrate community needs, services and assets
    The fifth National Local Government Asset Management and Public Works Engineering Conference has a new enhanced program with three concurrent conference streams.
  • Lifting the burden

    Albert Einstein once said, “Not everything that counts can be counted…and not everything that can be counted, counts.”
  • Surviving the communication jungle
    The 2008 National Local Government Public Relations and Communication Conference will be held in Sydney’s CBD from Wednesday 7 May to Friday 9 May 2008.
  • WALGA launches new plan for the future of Local Government
    A new plan for the way Local Government operates in Western Australia was launched on 28 February.
  • Rock to success
    The City of Rockdale is hosting the 2008 Australian Local Government Women’s Association 55th NSW Annual Conference, from Thursday 3 April to Saturday 5 April.
  • Mitchell builds on community relationships
    Mitchell Shire Council in Central Victoria has appointed Catherine Watts as its first Community Relations Officer (CRO).
  • Jondaryan purchases Mobile Lip Ramp
    Jondaryan Shire is the latest Council to purchase a Mobile Lip Ramp from Skateramps Australia.
  • What if…?
    The 2008 LGPro Annual Conference centred around the theme ‘What If…?’ and sparked much discussion on the progress Local Government can make in reconciliation following the Federal Government’s recent formal apology to the Stolen Generations and Indigenous people.
  • Latrobe cleans up at LGPro awards
    At its annual conference dinner in February, LGPro announced the winners of its Awards for Excellence, which acknowledge the outstanding contribution made by Local Government professionals in Victoria.
  • Storm front brewing with NT’s reform process
    With the Northern Territory Government’s announcement on 12 February that the proposed Top End Shire will not be formed and subsequent resignation of the Local Government Minister, Elliot McAdam, other Councils are now questioning the Government’s processes and timetable for bringing in the reforms.
  • A hop, skip and a jump to Qld Local Government Week 2008
    From 4 to 11 June, Queensland Councils and their local communities will celebrate Local Government Week with a theme of ‘Good Health’, featuring the tag line ‘Active Bodies, Healthy Communities’.
  • Councils mark Federal apology for past government policies
    A number of Councils hosted special events on 13 February to coincide with the Federal Government’s acknowledgement of Australia’s history and the delivery of an apology for past government policies.
  • Councillor profiles
    Councillor Profiles is a regular feature. This month we feature two Councillors from Northern Territory.
  • Transport expert gets on his bike in Fremantle
    In February, former Bogota Mayor and international transport expert, Dr Enrique Penalosa, visited Fremantle to share his insights on sustainable modes of travel.
  • ARA seminar to focus on sustainability*
    The 2008 Australasian Reporting Awards ‘Seminar on Reporting’ will focus on addressing stakeholder’s expectations on sustainability issues, including environmental considerations, governance, and occupational health and safety.
  • Albanese pushes integrated transport
    The Good Oil * by Rod Brown
    The new Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Anthony Albanese, gave a thoughtful and straight shooting address to the National Press Club on 20 February.
  • Councils to switch off for Earth Hour
    At 8pm on 29 March 2008, millions of people around the world will unite and switch off for Earth Hour.
  • Darebin hosts ALGWA State Conference
    The 2008 Australian Local Government Women’s Association State Conference, to be held in Melbourne on Thursday 17 April, will celebrate the 45th Anniversary of ALGWA’s activities in Victoria.
  • President’s comment
    In each edition we feature the views of a Local Government Association President. The following is from Councillor Bruce Miller, President of the New South Wales Shires Association.
  • Editorial: The broadband challenge
    The Rudd Government’s election promise to work with the private sector to build a national broadband network that will deliver fibre to the node technology to 98 per cent of Australian homes and businesses is certainly a big undertaking.
  • Telecommunications shortfalls - What it is costing many communities
    The 2007­–2008 State of the Regions (SOR) Report, released last November, identified a loss of $3.2 billion and some 33,000 jobs to Australian businesses in the preceding 12 months due to inadequate broadband infrastructure.

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