January 2009 Edition

  • Free translating and interpreting services

    The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) provides the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National) for people who do not speak English and for the English speakers who need to communicate with them. TIS National has access to more than 1300 contracted interpreters across Australia, speaking more than 130 languages and dialects.
  • The value of 2009

    In 2009 it is vital that the whole of the public sector looks to work together to ensure that it delivers value for the communities that it serves.
  • Australia’s economic future
    Speaking at the Australian Local Government Association’s National Constitutional Summit in December, Chief Economist and Former Vice President for BT Funds Management, Dr Chris Caton, said that while 2009 will be a better year for investors than 2008, the Australian economy will clearly get worse before it gets better.
  • Living smart in Kalamunda
    Residents of the Shire of Kalamunda in Western Australia recently had a unique opportunity to take affirmative action in their everyday lives by participating in the creation of a sustainable community.
  • The City of Prospect
    The City of Prospect has once again taken the lead in helping its community adapt to climate change.
  • Can your council better Monash’s record for diversity?
    Following Victorian Local Government elections last November, Monash City Council in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs has five Councillors aged under 30 years, and five women.
  • Darebin reduces energy use

    Darebin City Council in Melbourne is on target to reduce its corporate greenhouse gas emissions by 20 per cent on 1995 levels by 2010.
  • Australia’s top councils honoured at mobile phone recycling awards
    Lismore City Council, Moonee Valley City Council, the City of Stirling and Lockhart Shire Council were praised for their mobile phone recycling efforts at the MobileMuster Local Government Awards, presented in Melbourne last December.
  • Sustainability Revolving Fund secures future for Penrith residents
    Penrith City residents and future generations will reap the benefits of Council’s Sustainability Revolving Fund, which aims to ensure sustainability is affordable into the future.
  • Airport upgrade at Orange
    Orange’s airport is currently undergoing significant upgrades, such as the development of increased car spaces, the addition of a new exit and improved passenger comfort.
  • 2009 – the challenges ahead: Implications of the global financial crisis and gearing up for a low carbon emissions economy
    As we begin 2009, there is no doubt the global financial crisis will continue to be a dominating factor.
  • Editorial: avoiding the gloom of economic downturn
    The State of the Regions report released last December states that the impact of the global financial crisis, climate change and moving towards a low carbon emissions economy, as well as the ongoing issue of inadequate broadband infrastructure, will continue to widen the gap between regions in Australia doing well and those not sharing the same benefits.
  • New young voice for Local Government
    Local Government’s peak body, the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA), has elected the youngest President in its 50 year history as it moves to fill a much larger role, as Paul Lewer* reports.
  • Identifying smart localities

    As a callow youth, I was led to believe that Victoria was the smartest State in the Commonwealth. In an insulated environment, who could ever question Premier Bolte or the Melbourne Sun?

Feature: Local Government Constitutional Summit

  • All round support essential
    Researcher Scott Bennett said that while the process to amend the Constitution is easy to understand, the general community holds very little knowledge on it.
  • What the politicians said
    A wrap up of what the politicians present at the Summit had to say.
  • Delivering a better, stronger Federal system
    “You are deciding on some of the most practical and important changes to our system of government I have seen in my lifetime,” Dr A J Brown told delegates.
  • Keys for success
    Professor George Williams, the Anthony Mason Professor of Law at the University of New South Wales, told delegates that he is confident constitutional recognition is achievable and prospects for success are quite high so long as the campaign is run properly.
  • Summit Declaration
    Summit Declaration
  • Fast facts
    Some fast facts to help you get your head around the the task ahead.
  • Summit resolution
    Delegates of this Local Government Constitutional Summit resolve
  • Unanimous support for constitutional recognition summit declaration
    The overwhelming majority of delegates agreeing to a set of principles regarding constitutional recognition of Local Government, as well as their unanimous endorsement for the Summit Declaration spelling out these principles in more detail, has been described by the President of the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA), Councillor Geoff Lake, as both a remarkable achievement and an historic juncture for Local Government.