Councils are increasingly online in their efforts to connect with their communities. It is now standard practice for council websites to provide 24/7 information and offer residents online options to pay bills, register pets and access other services.
Diversity challenge hots up
Last month Victoria’s Monash City Council laid down the challenge to any other council that could better it regarding the diversity of its Councillors.
Councillor Profiles is a regular feature. This month we feature two Councillors from Victoria.
Combining technology and art
When Queensland’s Etheridge Shire Council decided to refurbish its Council Office foyer late last year, CEO Les Edmistone asked staff for ideas for a feature wall behind the front counter.
Addressing sustainable infrastructure challenges
Local Government nationally must continue to improve its asset management practices to ensure its infrastructure is sustainable and to meet the constraints posed by financial and climate change challenges.
McKinlay Shire Council
2009 has been wet. There is no simpler way to explain the start to the year. And while some have experienced trying times during the New Year, this rain will be of great benefit looking into the coming months.
Editorial: country living makes people happier
The latest Australian Unity Wellbeing Index (refer page 5) has found what most rural and regional people have always known – that living outside of major urban centres will make you happier.
In each edition we feature the views of a Local Government Association president. The following is from Councillor Bill Mitchell, President of the Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA).
New program brings diversity into focus
A new program to support communities in their efforts to address cultural, racial and religious intolerance has been launched by the Parliamentary Secretary for Multicultural Affairs and Settlement Services, Laurie Ferguson.
The Government’s announcement on 3 February of an additional $500 million to expand the Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program was a welcome surprise. It was especially so for those councils that had made submissions on 23 December for the $50 million then on offer, because they are first in the queue. The rest of you are likely to miss out.
Local Government welcomes latest stimulus package
The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) has applauded the key role the Federal Government has identified for Local Government in its $42 billion stimulus package announced on 3 February.
Preparing for growth
Auburn Council has actively undertaken the preparation of a range of studies and planning projects to plan for this anticipated growth. These projects include the following.
Involving our diverse community
Auburn Council is committed to inclusive engagement with its community and employs a range of techniques to ensure genuine participation and communication with residents and the local business community about issues and decisions affecting their lives.
Fashion designers incorporate fine hand crafted items by local Hazara Women
The intricate embroidery skills of an Afghan women’s group in Auburn are now part of international fashion designers’ collections. Tina Kalivas and Joshi Jones are just two of the designers that have used the traditional embroidery, weaving and beading by the Hazara Women of Auburn in their fashion designs.
Auburn’s Water Saving Action Plan
Saving water has become a priority in New South Wales, this is why, in 2007, Auburn Council developed a Water Savings Action Plan (WSAP) outlining how Council could manage water more sustainably.
Achieving better outcomes for the Auburn community
In their citation when awarding Auburn Council the Local Government Section Winner, the trustees of the AR Bluett Award stated, “The Auburn Local Government Area is one of the most disadvantaged in New South Wales and the Council has responded to the critical role that Local Government can play in the social and cultural development of its local community.
Message from Mayor Irene Simms
This past year has been a very successful year for Auburn Council. We have been able to plan and develop new programs that meet the needs of our community.
Local residents looking for work were able to meet prospective employers and find out how to get the job they want through a series of activities held during Employment Month in Auburn in May 2007.
Drawn to Auburn
To turn a graffiti prone area into a public artwork, Auburn Council library and community development staff developed an art project called Drawn to Auburn.
Meerkat approach to OHS
The City of Belmont has become the first Local Government in Western Australia to be presented the Diamond Distinction in Safety Award (DISA), receiving the award last December.
Operation happy feet
Located in the upper reaches of the Spencer Gulf in the Southern Flinders Ranges of South Australia, Port Pirie Regional Council has received the top State regional award for its ‘Operation Happy Feet’ program.
APS Benefits to assist with education rebates*
Did you know that you can claim up to $750 in tax rebates per child on eligible education expenses? The rebate for children attending primary school can be up to $350 per child, while for a child attending secondary school, the rebate can be up to $750.
Tasmania’s shining achiever
Kingborough Council’s Senior Environmental Health Officer, Abyilene Dobson, was recently selected as a finalist in Tasmania’s 2009 Young Australian of the Year Award.
Leader in event management training*
The Australian Centre for Event Management (ACEM), University of Technology, Sydney is a leader in event management education, training and research. The centre offers a range of high quality, innovative products and services that are designed to promote best practice in event management.
Campbelltown commits to OHS promotion and awareness
Campbelltown City Council in New South Wales employs more than 675 permanent staff and around 200 casual staff. It is self insured for Workers Compensation and has implemented an OHS Management System, in line with the requirements of the National Self Insurer OHS Audit Tool.
Future directions in human resources
With the economic crisis leading to job cuts across the country, the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) is encouraging workers who have lost, or fear losing, their job to turn to Local Government for possible alternative employment.