April 2008 Edition

  • ALGA’s national constitutional summit
    The achievement of formal recognition remains one of the most cherished goals of Local Government, so that it can finally take a seat at the federalism table as an equal partner with the States and the Commonwealth.
  • Calling for action
    The UK Experience by Malcolm Morley*
    Petitions relate to issues that matter to local people. England is a nation of petitioners and Councils throughout England have to respond to petitions about everything from speed humps to bonfires to social care.
  • Northern Territory LG reform process update
    By Ron Banks*
    Eight new Shire Chief Executives are now in place as the Northern Territory gears up for the biggest reform in Local Government in its 30 year history of self rule.
  • Funding risk to local participation on environment
    The support that Local Government provides to communities involved in environmental protection is under threat, due to new methods of allocating funding for environmental programs
  • Active opportunities for children
    All around Australia nearly 150,000 children are playing sport and getting active thanks to the Active After-school Communities (AASC) program.
  • Losses to NSW Council investments from sub prime melt down minimal
    With numerous private sector organisations from major banks to superannuation fund managers, investment firms and various listed corporations directly and indirectly affected by the US sub prime mortgage melt down, a report commissioned by the New South Wales Government has found that losses to Local Government from their investments is minimal.
  • Local solutions to meet global challenge*
    Enviro 08 will take place in Melbourne from 5 to 7 May, with registration and program details now available online.
  • Local Government sustainability
    This is the first in a series of articles by Ron Exiner* looking at approaches Local Government can take to cement its place as a vital sphere of government for communities as well as an equal partner in our Federation.
  • Latrobe Council: A place of diversity
    Located on Tasmania’s northwest coast, Latrobe is a municipality of diversity. It is a blend of old and new, urban and rural, boasting a rich history and maintaining the natural environment that has made it the ‘Platypus Capital of the World’.
  • Innovative joint use community facilities worldwide example
    Located in western Melbourne, Melton Shire Council recently opened its new state of the art Civic Centre/Library and Leisure Centre in one of its major growth centres, Caroline Springs.
  • Queensland elections cement LG reform
    Sweeping reforms of Local Government in Queensland have come into effect following Council elections on 15 March. The reforms cut Council numbers from 157 to 73. The 73 Councils comprise 37 continuing Councils – unchanged in terms of area, and 36 new Councils – changed in area by amalgamation or boundary change.
  • Traineeships provide a leg up in Local Government
    Located 55 kilometres south west of Sydney, Campbelltown City Council is one of the Macarthur region’s highest employers of local residents. Council is set to provide further career opportunities, through a renewed agreement with the Aboriginal Employment Strategy (AES).
  • Tas to attract and upskill staff
    Following the Local Government Association of Tasmania’s (LGAT) General Meeting in March, Tasmania’s Local Government sector will tackle the skills shortage issue head on.
  • Councillor profiles
    Councillor Profiles is a regular feature. This month we feature two Councillors from West Australia.
  • Whittlesea commemorates Sorry Day
    Local schools in Melbourne’s north now have the opportunity to commemorate the Federal Government’s apology to the stolen generations.
  • Moet is in Gippsland, isn’t it?

    My wife recently asked a 35 year old work colleague here in Canberra where he grew up. He replied ‘Country Victoria’. She asked where exactly, and he remained evasive. “It must be Moe, then!” she laughed.
  • StepOne Community Harmony workshop in Melbourne
    Victorian Local Government officers working in the areas of multicultural policy, community cohesion and anti racism are invited to a free practitioners’ workshop on a new innovative online toolkit promoting Local Government community harmony initiatives.
  • President’s comment
    In each edition we feature the views of a Local Government Association President. The following is from Alderman Kerry Moir, President of the Local Government Association of Northern Territory.
  • Editorial: coping with service demand increases
    This rapid increase in the demand for Local Government services is occurring in an environment where there has been little change over many years in the way Local Government raises or acquires revenue to meet all these responsibilities.
  • Earth Hour goes global

    Between 8pm and 9pm on Saturday 29 March, every capital city in Australia, and many other localities, participated in Earth Hour, achieving at least a 1,000 megawatt reduction in energy use across the national grid.

Feature: Engineering and Technical Services

  • Climate change for Local Government
    The IPWEA NSW Annual Conference is a major event for the Public Works Industry, providing a venue for interaction, learning, workshops, discussion and networking opportunities.
  • Adelaide home to the world’s first solar powered bus
    Adelaide City Council has raised the standard in international sustainability with the introduction of the world’s first solar powered electric bus.
  • Australia’s greenest road: Melbourne responds to climate change
    In March, Australian physical services company, CityWide, laid the path to a greener future, constructing the nation’s first low emission road in the City of Melbourne
  • Casey is CALM in a crisis
    City of Casey Mayor, Councillor Janet Halsall, and Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, Anthony Byrne, recently launched the new Casey Alert Location Manager system. Known as CALM, the computer based system will support Council’s emergency management and recovery function.
  • Ryde introduces waste collection tags
    With new legislation and ambitious State Government recycling targets in place, the City of Ryde in New South Wales has introduced a new electronic waste system to better monitor waste collections.
  • Ongoing plant use analysis leads to major savings
    Mitchell Shire Council in central Victoria expects to save up to $220,000 over ten years, following its decision to purchase a crawler excavator for its works unit.
  • Levy enables beautification works
    Located on the Southern Tablelands of New South Wales, Snowy River Shire recently commenced work on the first stage of the Jindabyne Beautification Program.
  • Enviro friendly diesel fuel technology
    Queensland’s Redland City Council is working with local firm, Terra Fuel Technologies, on a project that brings Council’s diesel vehicles closer to an environmentally sustainable solution.
  • 50 years producing quality machinery
    From humble beginnings in 1958 as a portable office in the back of Terry Crommelin’s EH Holden Ute, Crommelins has developed into a market leader producing and representing quality and reliable machinery.
  • Technical skills training delivered to your desk*
    Local Government technical staff must keep up to date with advances in the design, construction and maintenance of road pavements and their asset management and environmental impacts
  • Drought tolerant turf keeps sporting grounds green
    Located in Melbourne’s inner northern suburbs, the City of Darebin’s sportsgrounds will stay green despite the drought, with the planting of new drought tolerant turf at several key sporting fields.
  • HR initiatives improve Works Department
    For the past 18 months, the Meritorious Empowerment Principle has been evolving at Alice Springs Town Council, having a positive impact on staff relations and the implementation of works
  • Extended reach spray guns*
    Cormack Anest Iwata has recently launched the latest generation of high transfer efficient, lightweight spray guns with extended nozzles. Based on the popular W101
  • Increasing safety on local roads
    Southern Midlands Council (SMC) has joined 22 other Tasmanian Councils in entering a partnership agreement with the State’s Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources (DIER) to increase safety on local roads.
  • Guiding Councils in public works safety
    Councils are being urged to display their free copies of the National Guide to Public Works and Services Safety 2008 to communicate key health and wellbeing information to their staff and contractors.
  • New cycling safety awareness resource for migrants and refugees
    In December, Launceston City Council launched an innovative educational resource designed to help newly arrived migrants with cycling and road safety.
  • Keep it simple & sensible asset management
    Local Governments throughout Australia have been practicing and applying asset management for decades. However in the past five to seven years, Asset Management has entered a new phase, creating hype, discussion and uncertainty about implementing ‘Strategic Asset Management’ (SAM).
  • Councils mark World Water Day
    World Water Day on 22 March was an occasion for Councils to highlight their achievements. Declared by the United Nations, World Water Day began in 1993 as an international day to highlight the need for water conservation.
  • Strategy to protect valuable roadside native vegetation
    Greater Shepparton City Council in northern Victoria recently reviewed its roadside management strategy to ensure valuable native vegetation remains protected.
  • Contaminated soil testing assists students
    Two different soil types from the old Nowra gas works site will go to the University of South Australia for extensive testing.
  • Lightweight, lockable manhole lids key to water industry OHS
    MidCoast Water has produced a new design that has the potential to reduce the injury risk associated with the handling of traditional manhole covers.
  • Future directions in engineering and public works
    An interview with Ian Lindsay, Works Manager, Jabiru Town Council, Northern Territory
  • Gold Coast to be carbon neutral by 2020
    Gold Coast City is leading by example in the battle against climate change, with the adoption of a ‘carbon neutral by 2020’ target for its day to day operations. Council formally adopted the target in December.
  • Eco friendly toilets for remote locations
    The provision of affordable public amenities in remote locations, such as boat ramps, campsites and frequently used tourist destinations is an issue for many Councils.
  • The future of waste management
    South Australian Councils recently backed key recommendations for the future direction of waste management in the State at the Local Government Association (LGASA) President’s Forum in Adelaide.
  • The little house of sustainability
    Residents of Randwick, Woollahra and Waverley Councils in the eastern suburbs of Sydney will soon have firsthand access to practical tips on sustainable living following the launch of a Sustainability Demonstration House in March.