Speaking at the recent Australian Council of Local Government (ACLG) meeting in Canberra, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd told delegates that one of the three key objectives of the first ACLG meeting was “to receive your input on our election commitment to the Constitutional recognition of Local Government, rather than us simply imposing our view”.
In November 2008 I had the pleasure of visiting Belgrade in Serbia on behalf of the Council of Europe to talk to representatives from Local Governments from around Serbia about economic development and performance management.
Call for more balanced reporting on LG
This is the fifth 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.
City of Stirling
The City of Stirling is Western Australia’s largest local government with a booming population of over 187,000 and an annual budget in excess of $192 million.
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.
Emergency awareness projects success in national safer communities awards
Local Governments from several states have been successful in this year’s Australian Safer Communities Awards sponsored by Emergency Management Australia. A total of 16 awards were presented by the Australian Attorney-General, The Hon Robert McClelland MP, in Parliament House, Canberra on Tuesday 11 November 2008.
Councillor Profiles is a regular feature. This month we feature two Councillors from Tasmania.
Geopark creates sustainable tourism opportunities
Covering almost 30,000 square kilometres from southeast South Australia to the western districts of Victoria, the Kanawinka Geopark, or ‘Land of Tomorrow’ as it translates from the local Indigenous language, was recently declared a UNESCO Global Geopark.
Sunshine Coast has Queensland’s best
One of the senior managers of the Sunshine Coast Regional Council was recently awarded the Local Government Manager of the Year Award by Queensland’s Local Government Managers Australia (LGMA Queensland).
The Mayors’ Summit in Canberra highlighted the perception, from a significant section of the media and the community, that the $300 million for Local Government infrastructure was further pork barrelling, and money in brown paper bags.
New ALGA President
Councillor Geoff Lake was elected President of the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) at the Association’s Annual General Meeting in Canberra on 19 November.
In each edition we feature the views of a Local Government Association president. The following is from Mayor Joy Baluch, President of the Local Government Association of South Australia.
Editorial: 2008 in focus
2008 saw the first 12 months of the new Rudd Labor Government. Elections in the Northern Territory and the ACT resulted in the incumbent Labor Governments just getting over the line, however in Western Australia there was a changing of the guard with a Liberal National Party coalition coming to power.
Measuring carbon and waste
Moreton Bay Regional Council is going green this Christmas, measuring carbon outputs and implementing the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Public Place Recycling program to reduce and recycle waste
Booklet outlines City role
A City of Gosnells publication giving the community a chance to find out how their City works and where Local Government fits into the Australian system has been a big hit. A reprint has just been produced.
Switch your thinking!
Western Australia’s Cities of Armadale and Gosnells and the Serpentine Jarrahdale Shire are working together as the South East Regional Energy Group (SEREG) to develop partnerships with business, industry and residents.
Ipswich maintains service delivery edge
Queensland’s Ipswich City Council has worked with the Queensland Partnership Group (QPG) to develop a strategy that will greatly improve customer service across Council’s rates and service delivery teams.
Bendigo commits to improved customer service
Victoria’s City of Greater Bendigo has launched a new Customer Service Charter that details the City’s commitment to improving its services and the way in which it responds to requests from its customers.
Many Local Governments have set ambitious corporate greenhouse gas reduction targets as part of their climate change program, yet are a long way from achieving those targets.
Digital wireless innovation*
Do you need a wireless conference system for your Council Chambers that does not force you to compromise on features, functionality, security and performance?
Guardian on duty in Darwin
Darwin City Council is now online with new computer software and systems in place to better respond to community needs in the event of a cyclone.
A year of action for Local Government and ICLEI Oceania*
2008 has been a busy year for ICLEI Oceania and its Local Government partners. A special ICLEI Oceania event held during the Australian Local Government Association’s Local Government Constitutional Summit on 9 December will see the launch of two reports, a new social sustainability project, and the recognition of council achievements in ICLEI programs throughout the year.
Kogarah depot to ‘solar on’
Kogarah Council in the southern suburbs of Sydney has installed solar energy technologies and devices at its work depot with the aim of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
WSN honoured for superior waste technology
Leading Sydney recycling company, WSN Environmental Solutions, has been honoured by the New South Wales Government for its leading edge waste processing technology in Sydney’s southwest.
Responsible solution for spent CFL, HID and fluorescent lamps*
The latest in technology for the recycling of fluorescent tubes, CFL (compact fluorescent) and HID (High Intensity Discharge) lamps is now available in Australia. Sustainable solutions provider, Chemsal, provides a full collection, disposal, resource recovery and depackaging service for a wide range of lamps.
Coffs’ fresh budget approach
Coffs Harbour City Council will use a new budgeting strategy to help identify its top priorities for spending and saving in 2009–2010.