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.
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.
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.
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.
Darebin’s Byteback™ program
Residents and small businesses in Victoria’s City of Darebin can now dispose of unwanted computers and related equipment through Council’s new Byteback™ program at the Darebin Resource Recovery Centre.
Online DAs for home based and small businesses
As a Regional City under the New South Wales Government’s Metropolitian Stategy, Penrith City Council’s economic development program is underpinned by the need to provide quality jobs for its 85,000 strong workforce
Future directions in information technology
Bankstown City Council’s Manager Corporate IT Services, Maria Cabrera, said IT managers need to provide all Council staff with resources and tools that will enable them to meet their business objectives.
Open source software: the way of the future?
The Shire of Busselton’s Senior IT Officer, Paul Hamilton, said with an ICT budget that is tight at the best of times, open source software (OSS) is the way of the future for his Council.
Calling all Councils
The IT conference team at Coffs Harbour City Council needs your story at their highly successful IT conference in November.
E-waste collection off to a flying start
Leading Sydney recycler WSN Environmental Solutions and Bankstown City Council have welcomed the success of the free E-waste Collection Service trial running over two weeks from Saturday 23 February to Sunday 9 March.
Going ‘soft’ for the sake of your Council’s business
For Information Technology (IT) departments to best meet the business needs of their Council they first require a very good understanding of what those business needs are, and second, be very good at communicating with their colleagues from other areas of Council. In short, they need good ‘soft’ skills.
A sustainable future
The Town of Vincent is committed to the principles of environmental, social and economic sustainability, and is dedicated to achieving and promoting sustainable outcomes throughout its everyday functions and responsibilities.
Award winning Vincent
Vincent is honoured to have had its efforts awarded over many years, receiving plaudits across a number of fields and for a range of initiatives and activities.
Local focus with a broad outlook
The Town of Vincent’s outlook extends past the community’s immediate needs of today to the long term sustainability of the Town.
Disaster task allocation made easy
A software solution for Disaster Coordination Centres, providing electronic management of information received and dispersed during a disaster operation, has been developed by Phill Glindemann and Chris Madsen, formerly from Whitsunday Shire Council.
Innovative Census data solutions*
The 2006 Census of Population and Housing provides detailed Demographic data for Australia down to Collection District (CD) geographic level.
On track for a great career in IT
For many people, the mechanics and makeup of a computer hard drive are mind boggling, but for Northern Grampians Shire Council’s IT Desktop Services Officer, Matthew Tulloch, it’s all in a day’s work.
Electronic lodgement leading the way
Saving time, space, money and frustration are the proven end results of Western Australia’s City of Swan led project for residential building applications to be submitted online.