June 2008 Edition

  • Budget 2008–9: how Local Government has fared
    The Rudd Government’s first Budget will deliver a surplus of $21.7 billion in 2008–09, the highest surplus as a percentage of GDP for over a decade.
  • Crommelins wins ‘supplier of the year’*
    At the recent Hire and Rental Industry Association annual convention at the Gold Coast in May, Crommelins Machinery has again been voted the ‘supplier of the year’.
  • The three Cs
    The UK Experience by Malcolm Morley*
    Councils have three key roles: community leader (advocate, influencer, place shaper, developer of a shared vision for the aspirations and achievement of the communities served and holder of others to account), solutions enabler (commissioner and initiator of service interventions by itself and others) and service provider (low cost provider of services).
  • Transportable buildings custom built for a range of purposes*
    Designing and manufacturing custom built transportables, Another Room has a range of buildings to suit Council specifications, from worksheds, and storage spaces to office buildings.
  • NSW pro developer planning changes facing wave of opposition
    The Local Government and Shires Associations of New South Wales has challenged the State Government to take its new pro developer laws to NSW residents
  • Neumann helping Gold Coast go green*
    Neumann Petroleum is helping the Gold Coast become cleaner and greener through a trial of biodiesel with Gold Coast City Council.
  • Biker librarians roar into NSW towns
    A congregation of leather clad librarians, including three Gosford City Council staff, have descended on country towns in New South Wales as part of the 1,200 kilometre Biblio Turismo 2008 motorcycle tour.
  • New Act for NT
    Legislation enabling the reform of Local Government in Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory was passed by the NT Parliament in May.
  • Switch to digital - creating a more secure environment for your employees*

    Two-way radio technology in Australia is experiencing a revolution. Digital radio and its wide ranging ancillary benefits is changing the way companies communicate while boosting productivity and providing a safer workplace.
  • Council supports Burma and China relief efforts
    Logan City Council in southeast Queensland is encouraging and supporting community effort to help the victims of the recent cyclone in Burma and earthquake in China.
  • Young manager leading the way
    Each year, Local Government Managers Australia (LGMA) Queensland presents the Young Manager Award for Leadership and Management Excellence.
  • Wakefield Regional Council: opportunity, affordability, diversity, proximity
    Located north of Adelaide, Wakefield Regional Council is part of the vibrant Adelaide Plains region, which is creating many exciting opportunities for both business and local residents.
  • $40,000 bequest gives Freo City Library a boost
    Fremantle City Library is boosting its stock of large print books for the elderly and sight impaired thanks to a bequest of almost $40,000.
  • IPWEA/RTA Local Government Road Safety Strategy
    The IPWEA/RTA Local Government Road Safety Strategy works to raise the priority of road safety in Local Government.
  • TIPWEA Engineering Excellence Awardsitle
    The Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia (IPWEA) NSW Division recently conducted the 2008 NSW Excellence in Engineering Awards.
  • Sustainability – political representation
    This is the second 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.
  • Darebin Enterprise Centre wins international award
    The Darebin Enterprise Centre Ltd (DECL) has taken out the Business Incubator of the Year – Non Technology Award at the National Business Incubator Association (NBIA) convention in Texas, USA. Announced in May, the award recognises DECL as the world’s best business incubator.
  • Councillor profiles
    Councillor Profiles is a regular feature. This month we feature two Councillors from Victoria.
  • Alcoa Foundation fellowship
    Ross Povey, Director Planning and Development, at the City of Stirling has been awarded a Conservation and Sustainability Practitioner Fellowship from the Alcoa Foundation.
  • Mao-tai diplomacy

    Australia’s minerals export boom to China did not happen overnight. In 1986, our Ambassador to China convinced Canberra to organise a series of technical missions to advise the Chinese on the best technology for their ageing lead and zinc smelters, alumina refineries, steel mills and so forth.
  • Wondai launches history
    ‘Heartbreak, Hope and Harmony, a history of Wondai Shire’, was launched at the Wondai Memorial Hall by then Mayor, Councillor David Carter, on 13 March just two days before Council was amalgamated with its neighbouring Shires to become part of the South Burnett Regional Council. The launch was the last official act of Wondai Shire Council.
  • Recognising councils’ top performers
    At the recent Local Government Managers Australia National Congress at the Gold Coast, Local Government FOCUS invited delegates to nominate individuals or teams from their council who are excelling in their field and meeting organisational goals and community needs.
  • Torres Shire – Australia’s hidden treasure
    As the northernmost Queenland Council, Torres Shire comprises all of the State lying north of latitude 11 degrees south, including part of Cape York Peninsula, together with many of the the islands of Torres Strait.
  • Road safety awards for WA councils
    In May, five Western Australian councils were recognised for leadership in road safety at the 2008 Transport and Roads Conference held in Perth. The Local Government Road Safety Awards acknowledge achievements by Local Government in the area of road safety.
  • President’s comment
    In each edition we feature the views of a Local Government Association President. The following is from Councillor Bill Mitchell, President of the Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA).
  • Queensland wins Management Challenge
    Moreton Bay Regional Council has delivered the first win for a Queensland council in the Australasian Management Challenge.
  • Editorial: climate change initiatives critical year round
    Another World Environment Day has come and gone with Local Governments around the nation joining with their communities to mark the day with a variety of activities and, in many cases, launching new and innovative programs.
  • LGMA pursues capacity building
    With the theme, ‘The world is local: Local Government no boundaries’, this year Local Government Managers Australia (LGMA) contributed $20,000 to carbon offset programs as a result of greenhouse gases produced through the staging of its Congress and Business Expo at the Gold Coast from 25 to 28 May.

Feature: Environmental Management

  • Sustainability issues on a day to day basis

    Climate change, drought, waste management, recycling, resource efficiency and reporting obligations are just a few of the significant issues facing councils, industry and business today.
  • Climate change – the challenge

    The Murray Darling Association invites you to take part in its 64th National Conference and Annual General Meeting.
  • Ballarat Botanical Gardens irrigation project
    Stormwater run off from one of Ballarat City Council’s housing estates, Lake Gardens, is now being used to water the Ballarat Botanical Gardens. The initiative has overcome the expensive and time consuming process of carting water to keep historic plantings alive.
  • Strategic transport planning: the new paradigm
    The Municipal Association of Victoria is hosting a national conference on strategic transport planning from 20–21 August at Spring Street Conference Centre, 1 Spring Street, Melbourne.
  • Launceston approves carbon offset project
    Consumers in western countries are becoming more aware and concerned about the potentially negative environmental effects of energy intensive lifestyles. As such, carbon offsetting as part of a ‘carbon neutral’ lifestyle is fast gaining appeal and momentum.
  • Smart approach to alternative transport
    The City of Melville in the southern suburbs of Perth has just completed an eight month initiative encouraging workers to use alternative forms of transport to get to their workplaces.
  • Businesses get the sustainable advantage
    A growing number of businesses in Hornsby Shire are saving money and helping the environment by signing up to Council’s Sustainability Advantage Program.
  • Lush conditions with reduced water consumption
    Frogs and other fauna and flora at the City of Whittlesea’s Growling Frog Golf Course will soon enjoy lush conditions, with reduced water consumption.
  • Web game helps teach water conservation
    With water storages at critically low levels around the country, Coffs Harbour is one of several councils using a new interactive web based game to teach residents about water conservation around the home.
  • Brisbane’s bike hire scheme rolled out
    Brisbane City Council is in the process of developing a public bike hire scheme that will be similar to successful European models in Paris and Barcelona. Council is currently requesting proposals on the scheme.
  • Climate change

    The expected rate of sea level rise will have a significant impact on the infrastructure of Australian coastal and tidal councils. This will present significant infrastructure challenges for Local Government.
  • Save money and the environment
    During April and May, Hurstville City Council hosted a free five week course to help educate the local community on how to save money and the environment. Titled Enviro-Works, the course was held for two hours every Tuesday evening over the five week period.
  • Valuing the environment

    Hosted by the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ), the first National Local Government Environment Conference will focus squarely on the environmental challenges facing councils across the nation. This carbon friendly conference will be staged in Cairns from 9–11 July.
  • London’s combined heat and power: sustainable renewable energy
    With London one of many cities predicted to go underwater as a result of melting ice caps, Council has laid down the challenge of cutting its carbon emissions by 60 per cent by 2025.
  • Recognising high food safety standards
    Located on the northern beaches of Sydney, Manly Council is well known for its wide range of food and dining experiences.
  • Whyalla commits to recycling
    Although Whyalla’s low rainfall and arid climate are currently compounded by the national drought, it is fast becoming a ‘green’ city.
  • Climate change: count down to point of no return
    “We are heading towards a very different world in the future.” That was the warning scientist and environmentalist, Dr Tim Flannery, issued in his keynote address to delegates at the recent Local Government Managers Australia National Congress.
  • Celebrating the work of Local Government in the fight against climate change*
    On World Environment Day, Thursday 5 June, ICLEI Oceania joined more than 280 councils across Australia and New Zealand in celebrating the achievements and ongoing work of Local Government in the fight against climate change.
  • Recycling solutions for fluorescent lighting and electronic waste*
    In late 2007, Veolia Environmental Services launched RecyclePak© – an innovative pre paid recycling system for fluorescent tubing. Fluorescent lights are 100 per cent recyclable, however, in the past small quantity recycling of fluorescent tubing from multiple sources has always been a challenge.
  • Rebate offer for NSW councils*
    The Department of Environment and Climate Change NSW (DECC) is offering New South Wales councils up to $5,000 to promote its Climate Change Fund rebates to residents.
  • Taking action on climate change
    Darebin Council has taken the lead on reducing greenhouse emissions with its Climate Change Action Plan and a commitment to being carbon neutral by 2020
  • Future directions in environmental management
    An interview with Christine Materia, Natural Resources and Environmental Management Coordinator, at the Local Government Association of Tasmania
  • Thinking outside the square
    An exhibition at the LibraryMuseum in AlburyCity is emphasising the benefits of reducing, reusing and recycling. Box World is a miniature city made almost entirely out of recycled materials.
  • Tasmanian Mayors launch draft bicycle network plan
    In May, Mayors of the five greater Hobart councils of Brighton, Clarence, Glenorchy, Hobart and Kingborough launched the Draft Hobart Regional Arterial Bicycle Network for public consultation.
  • Climate change – the challenge
    The Federal Government will deliver nearly $1.9 billion to Australia’s Local Governments through financial assistance grants in 2008–09. This is an increase of nearly 4.5 per cent over 2007-08 and maintains the value of the grants.
  • Call for comments on Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program
    From next year’s Budget, the Government will fund a Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program to strengthen local economies and improve the quality of life within local communities.
  • Infrastructure Australia
    Infrastructure Australia is the Government’s independent advisory body, charged with national coordination of infrastructure.
  • Regional Development Australia established
    On 13 May 2008 Minister Albanese announced the establishment of Regional Development Australia (RDA) with an allocation of more than $17 million this year to ensure effective engagement with communities.
  • Major Cities Unit focuses on urban development
    On 30 April 2008 the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, the Hon Anthony Albanese MP, announced that the Government would establish a Major Cities Unit within the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government to renew the Commonwealth’s focus on the nation’s cities and on urban development.
  • Public amenities
    Poor bladder and bowel control is a significant health condition that has physical, social and economic implications for women and men of all ages as well as children, carers, families and the community. Therefore, the Australian Government, through the Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA) funds the National Continence Management Strategy to help improve community awareness of incontinence.
  • Building better regions
    The Government is providing $176 million over four years for a range of regional infrastructure election commitments which have been identified by local communities as priorities for their regions.
  • Office of Northern Australia to assist economic development and growth
    The Australian Government has established an Office of Northern Australia (ONA) within the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government with funding of $2 million per year over four years.
  • COAG: working in partnership with Local Government
    The Government has established new working groups under the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) arrangements which will see greater cooperation between jurisdictions and Local Government on major issues.