Invitations have been sent to the Mayor or Shire President at each of the nation’s 565 councils to attend the first meeting of the Australian Council of Local Government (ACLG), to be staged at Parliament House, Canberra on 18 November.
In each edition we feature the views of a Local Government Association president. The following is from Mayor Mike Gaffney, President of the Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT).
I hadn’t realised that Vietnam’s GDP/head was lower than that of China’s. Nor had I appreciated the friendliness and the work ethic of the Vietnamese people. It all came into focus last month, when I was in Vietnam as part of a consultancy team advising on integrated planning and development opportunities.
Roads report backs political focus
Long overdue political focus on community infrastructure funding is backed by a new report into the deterioration of the local road network in Western Australia.
Meeting in the week following Statewide Local Government elections, and shortly after Nathan Rees became State Premier and carried out his front bench shakeup, amid worldwide concern with the US financial markets meltdown, Local Government Managers Australia (LGMA NSW) New South Wales state conference was staged in Penrith from 17 to 19 September.
Management excellence awards for NSW
The Local Government Managers Australia NSW 2008 Excellence Awards were announced at its annual conference dinner on 17 September. Some 39 projects were submitted from Councils across New South Wales.
Recognising LG’s high achievers
At the 2008 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 improving their council’s operations or enhancing service delivery within their community.
Shoalhaven leads the way in student engagement*
A Career Advice Australia Local Community Partnership and Shoalhaven City Council have successfully developed and implemented an Adopt a School program. With 22 Year 10 students from Nowra High School participating, it aimed to promote interest in careers in town planning.
Technology aids camera installation in Mildura
Installation work on a network of safety cameras in Mildura Rural City Council’s CBD proceeded swiftly and unobtrusively, thanks to the use of an Australian first fibre optic technology.
Dirt Jump Park opened at Launceston
Worldwide since the late 1970s, mountain biking has experienced a rapid growth in popularity, but in Tasmania the majority of growth has been in the last decade.
LGAQ: new Local Government Act is bold reformist
President of the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ), Councillor Paul Bell, has said the draft Queensland Local Government Act contains bold moves aimed at modernising and providing increasing flexibility for the operation of a diverse range of councils across Queensland.
Going Public 2008*
Some of Australia’s most powerful women will convene in Sydney on 20 and 21 November for Going Public 2008 – a benchmark national conference for elected representatives and women working in the public sector and government at Local, State and Federal levels.
Logan wins two national e-learning awards
Logan City Council’s Information Services Branch has been recognised for excellence in staff software and computer training at the LearnX Asia Pacific 2008 E-Learning and Training Awards.
Future directions in best practice
Noelene Duff believes working to a limited budget and ensuring environmental sustainability is at the fore, are pressures felt daily by Local Government leaders.
State of the art meeting and conference systems*
You may not be aware, but Bosch is the world’s leading manufacturer of conference systems. Its range includes the flagship product DCN, which is available with wired and wireless Delegate Units, or your system can be a combination of both.
Preparing for an ageing population
An ageing population and loss of young people from rural communities is significantly impacting on the population size and makeup of many communities. This is one of the findings of Hepburn Shire Council’s Positive Ageing Strategy.
Dorset benefiting from switch to Civica*
Dorset Council, in northeast Tasmania, is streamlining business processes and improving financial and other reporting after going live with Civica’s Authority Local Government management solution.
Copyright obligations – the overlooked risk*
Compliance, corporate governance and risk management all play an important part in managing councils’ financial and operational risks. But have you stopped to consider the hidden risk of copyright infringement?
Taking a wide view of sustainability
When AlburyCity’s Information Management Team proceeded down the path of a sustainability health check of its operations, the first thing that Team Leader Rikk Price found was no fewer than 23 definitions for ‘sustainability’.
Frontier Software: flexible and functional*
Conceived in Melbourne in 1983, Frontier Software’s flagship product, ‘chris’ (Complete Human Resource Information System), is the result of almost three decades of investment in technologies and people sharply focused on the provision of world class, integrated HR and Payroll Management software solutions.
Masterplanning: overcoming the challenges
In developing a masterplan for the Cairns Botanic Gardens, Cairns Regional Council’s Senior Project Officer, Kathryn Johnson, said community consultation, early identification of potential issues, and developing relationships with statutory authorities was critical.
Illegal dumping under investigation
With cases of illegal rubbish dumping on the rise, the City of Port Adelaide Enfield in metropolitan Adelaide has introduced a range of initiatives to reduce incidences both on the kerbside, and in parks and open spaces.
Integrated water management solution*
Bentley’s water product line of software provides water professionals with advanced engineering tools to map, plan, design, maintain, analyse, manage, and operate water distribution supply, municipal sanitary sewers, urban stormwater collection, and roadway and civil site drainage.
Pilot project makes beaches more user friendly for all
With a number of popular beaches located within close proximity of Perth’s CBD, three Local Governments have worked together to develop a series of best practice guidelines to ensure that access for all abilities is available.
New image builds unity for Fraser Coast
Fraser Coast Regional Council is using a multifaceted approach, incorporating strategic marketing and communications, to build unity and regional pride among its recently amalgamated residents.
With long term sustainability a primary goal for Local Government, effective lifecycle management of high value infrastructure assets has become increasingly important.
Forward thinking pays off
The City of Whittlesea is now entering an exciting and challenging phase of growth. With an extensive planning framework in place, Council’s vision for a ‘complete city’ is now taking shape.
Growth area councils make a united front
With one in four Australians currently living in a metropolitan growth area, and that figure expected to rise to one in three in the next 20 years, the National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) was formed to ensure these people are supported with the necessary facilities and infrastructure.
Looking after our precious resource
Water is a major focus for Whittlesea Council. Its 2006 Sustainable Water Use Plan sets an ambitious goal to reduce relative potable water use by 25 per cent by 2015 and 50 per cent by 2030, based on 2001 usage.
Innovative water savings at golf course
In what is considered to be a first in the golf industry, Council is constructing a turf nursery and sub surface irrigation project at its mulitple award winning Growling Frog Golf Course in Melbourne’s north.
Sustaining sport during drought
The City of Whittlesea recently became home to Australia’s first ‘Soccer Real’ synthetic turf soccer pitch, enabling local clubs to continue playing sport during the drought.
Jobs for a complete City
As one of the fastest growing municipalities in Melbourne, one local job per household is the ambitious goal for Whittlesea.
Innovation in access
With a commitment to providing equitable access to all residents and visitors to the City, Council has installed innovative trail access gates in two highly frequented parks.
Council’s rural township of Whittlesea has experienced much activity in recent years, thanks to funding from the Victorian Government’s Community Building Initiative (CBI).
Working towards a better future
To provide young people, families and children with the best possible future, Council is improving support and services through the Whittlesea Community Futures Partnership.
Summit brings young people’s voice to the fore
Local young people had the chance to have a say and help shape their community at the third annual Youth Summit hosted by the City of Whittlesea in partnership with Kildonan Uniting Care.
City’s youth on the EDGE
In August, a new youth services hub ‘EDGE – Services for Young People’, was officially opened at a shopping centre in one of the City’s major growth areas.