SA delivers some good news amid financial turmoil
South Australia’s Local Government Finance Authority (LGFA) has defied the current uncertainty in global financial markets, delivering a profit of $5.2 million – its second highest since being established in 1984.
Rate pegging under review in NSW
New South Wales Premier, Nathan Rees, told delegates at the Local Government Association Annual Conference staged in Broken Hill from 25 to 29 October that he will consider the removal of rate pegging.
Editorial: global financial crisis effects climate change policies
In March this year, an Australian National University (ANU) poll found that respondents ranked the environment first, followed by the economy, when asked what were the dominant problems facing this nation. However in ANU’s most recent poll, this result was reversed, with the economy being placed slightly ahead of environment.
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 the Northern Territory.
Over the horizon: IPAA Qld’s 2008 Annual Public Sector Conference
In October, more than 200 people looked over the horizon at ways of creating a more modern, efficient and effective public service during the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) Queensland’s Annual Public Sector Conference at the Brisbane Hilton.
Frankston: Australia’s most sustainable city
Located 40 kilometres south of Melbourne, the City of Frankston has taken out the overall national Keep Australia Beautiful (KAB), Australian Sustainable Cities Award for 2008
‘Nugget’ Coombs was the chief adviser to a string of Prime Ministers a few decades back. And old timers still sing his praises. He was quoted on occasions as saying that a “good bureaucrat makes other people’s dreams come true”.
Australian Security Fencing: Protecting your interests*
Australian Security Fencing Pty Ltd (ASF) was established in 1988. A family business located in Western Sydney, ASF manufactures and installs a range of high security fencing and electric detection systems for industrial, commercial and Government applications.
An old friend visits Balranald
A trusty employee of Balranald Shire Council from 1944 to 1974, Norma Male recently returned to the town for the official opening of Council’s new office extension, which has been named in her honour.
Councillor Profiles is a regular feature. This month we feature two Councillors from Western Australia.
WA councils take out State environment awards
The Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council (EMRC) has been announced the winner of two 2008 WA Environment Awards for its work in the areas of resource and waste management and biodiversity conservation.
Neil Crompton a new face at BTS*
Australia’s best known motorsport commentator, Neil Crompton, has taken up a role as the public face of Boylan Traffic Solutions.
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.
Making sport sustainable with artificial turf*
Climate change is a reality and is an issue for all communities and industries in Australia, including football and cricket, which require an oval to be in a condition that is both usable and safe.
With around 70 per cent of its area either a national park or nature reserve, residents of Hornsby Shire are right behind Council’s Earthwise program.
Tapex artificial turf a headturner*
The dramatic acceleration in the swing to artificial turf has seen it appear everywhere from the bowling greens to the backyards of Australia.
Broken Hill hosts NSW LGA annual conference
In opening the recent New South Wales Local Government Association 2008 conference, Association President, Councillor Genia McCaffery, pointed out that many delegates had only been elected for two months – just as the global financial meltdown took hold.
South Australian Local Government in good shape
Staged in Adelaide from 23 to 24 October, the Local Government Association of South Australia’s (LGASA) 2008 Annual General Meeting featured two days of discussions on good governance, services, planning and financial management issues.
Spiralling inflation has reduced the real terms value of money that councils receive in grants from Central Government and through Council Tax.
MAV meeting future needs
President of the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV), Councillor Dick Gross, said that Local Government is working in collaboration with the State Government to reform business practices and harness greater efficiencies.
“Why should I bother about Local Government elections? I don’t know enough about the candidates and voting won’t make much difference. Council services will still be provided, and anyway, the Council doesn’t affect my life much!”
Campbelltown group tour program a success
Campbelltown City is located less than an hour southwest of the Sydney CBD and 2.5 hours north of Canberra, with Wollongong and the Illawarra approximately 45 minutes to the southeast.
Economic Development Australia national awards for 2008
The 2008 Economic Development Awards (the ED Awards) were presented at a gala dinner in Brisbane on 8 October. Attended by more than 250 economic development managers from Local Government, regional development agencies and State departments, as well as Councillors from across Australia, the awards ceremony was held on the evening of day one of the National Economic Development Conference.
Proposed trail from Victorian goldfields to the Murray
The City of Greater Bendigo and the Shire of Campaspe are set to undertake a $30,000 study to assess the feasibility of developing a unique, 95 kilometre ‘Goldfields to the Murray’ walking and cycling trail to link Bendigo and Echuca.
Btech wins war on graffiti*
Unfortunately, graffiti is on the increase Australia wide, and dealing with the problem results in a high cost issue to the community and directly impacts on the budgets of Local Governments.
Hornsby Shire is the second largest Local Government area in the Sydney region. Located on the Upper North Shore, it takes in land from Epping to Wisemans Ferry and Brooklyn, and has a population of more than 150,000 people.
Robert Ball is a qualified Local Government Clerk and is currently General Manager of Hornsby Shire Council, having commenced in 1992. He started his career in Local Government in 1964 and has been employed previously by Rockdale and Waverley Municipal Councils.
Housing strategy to meet future demand
Council is currently preparing a Housing Strategy. This aims to identify areas suitable for the provision of additional housing to assist in meeting its housing obligations into the future.
Draft Ku-ring-gai and Hornsby subregional employment study
In 2007/08 Council commissioned a study of local land strategies to identify opportunities to meet the State Government employment targets for the region, and describe the potential for economic growth to complement population growth.
Where city meets country
Just a stone’s throw from the bustling urban areas of the Shire is an oasis of natural environs, ranging from the pristine waters of the Hawkesbury River as it meanders through the east and northwest sectors of the Shire through to the rugged cliff tops of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.
Hornsby Shire Council has led the way in Local Government by developing and implementing a number of comprehensive environmental education and review programs with the aim of protecting the natural environment and minimising energy and water use by the local business community.
Culture in the Bushland Shire
Hornsby Shire – the Bushland Shire – is home to many artistic people and Council is looking to encourage, promote and extend the creative offer of the region.