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).
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.