November 2008 Edition

  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • Carbon offset program for Perth
    The City of Perth is taking the lead in countering the effects of carbon emissions through a major tree planting program.
  • 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
  • Doberman or dream deliverer?

    ‘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
    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.
  • Lessons from Earth Hour—the ‘give it a go’ campaign

    Earth Hour, the Banksia Award winning global climate change initiative of World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Australia, is arguably one of the world’s most effective public awareness raising campaigns.
  • Everyone a winner with new disability inclusion project
    In October, Western Australia’s Acting Minister for Disability Services, Dr Graham Jacobs, launched a project that could provide the start for our next paralympic champions.
  • 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.
  • Hornsby’s Earthwise
    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.
  • Counting the cost

    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.
  • The importance of Local Government elections

    “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!”

Feature: Tourism and Economic Development

  • Migrant settlement has positive impact on Whyalla population
    Over the 2007/2008 financial year, the number of new migrant workers in South Australia’s City of Whyalla doubled from the previous year.
  • 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.
  • Future directions in tourism and economic development
    An interview with Kym Fuller, Manager Community and Economic Development, Central Darling Shire Council, New South Wales.
  • Fremantle reaches into its heart for Mainstreet 2009 Conference
    Fremantle Western Australia has an enormous heart so it is no wonder that from 15 to 19 March 2009 it will host the 7th National Mainstreet Conference 2009 – Rediscovering the Heart.
  • 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.
  • ‘Smart infrastructure’ protects regional identity and lifestyle*
    The long term lifestyle and identity of regional communities hinges on investment in ‘smart infrastructure’.
  • Ingham catalyst project sets ‘smart infrastructure’ benchmark for Queensland
    Located in North Queensland, Hinchinbrook Shire’s ‘Our Town Our Future’ strategy is believed to be Queensland’s most awarded project, having taken out seven State, national and international awards
  • 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.
  • $1 land grab tackles housing, land and skills shortage
    Richmond Shire in outback Queensland has sold seven blocks of land for $1, with the aim of overcoming housing, land and skills shortages.
  • 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 snapshot
    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.
  • Strong leadership
    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.
  • Indoor stadium attracts international users
    In 2002, Hornsby recognised the need for a multi purpose sports stadium to be built in the Shire. The preferred site was an old brick works site located at Thornleigh.
  • Becoming sustainable
    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.