Providing community confidence during a crisis
During 2008, Victoria’s Local Government Professional’s (LGPro) Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) involved 24 young managers, representing city, regional and rural councils, and from across the various Local Government professions.
I am currently reading an excellent book by Chris Patten with the title, ‘What Next? Surviving the twenty-first century’.
Four generations of Mayors
Local Government seems to run in the blood of Richmond Valley Council Mayor, Col Sullivan, but it is commitment to his community that attracted him to the role, rather than his family history.
ASU sees climate change becoming an economy saver
The bitter lessons of climate change have never been more evident than the past few months. Firestorms in a drought ravaged Victoria and floods in Queensland are evidence of extreme weather behaviour that appears here to stay.
PR conference – directing power and change
In welcoming just over 100 delegates to the National Local Government Public Relations and Communications Conference, held in Melbourne on 19 and 20 February, then President of the Local Government Public Relations Association, Chris Marks, said that the profit of just over $6,000 from this conference would all be donated to the Victorian Bushfire Appeal.
New image for Geraldton-Greenough
The City of Geraldton-Greenough in the Mid West region of Western Australia has undertaken a marketing and communications review to ensure high quality communication and information sharing with all stakeholders.
All a Twitter about social media by Andrea Ferris* The first time I heard about Twitter was in June 2008 during a night out with some friends and yes, a good proportion of fine wine had been consumed!
Councillor Profiles is a regular feature. This month we feature two Councillors from South Australia.
Council airports fly away by Christopher Conolly* Goulburn Mulwaree Council and Gunnedah Shire Council in New South Wales are pursuing investment in their communities through innovative new airport projects. Both councils have adopted projects that will enhance the productivity of their airports through transactions with third parties.
Dealing with Canberra The Good Oil by Rod Brown* Some of my Local Government colleagues have sworn off applying for Federal grants. They are heartily sick of the level of detail, the pedantry, the paternalism and the delays.
Fourth city confirmed for Northern Territory
Northern Territory Chief Minister, Paul Henderson, has announced that Alice Springs, Darwin, and the satellite city of Palmerston will be joined by a fourth Territory City by 2014.
Manly sees red over litter
Litterbugs were under ‘red alert’ in Manly this summer, with Council’s bright red uniformed volunteer LitterGuard beach patrol officers on duty for the season.
In each edition we feature the views of a Local Government Association president. The following is from Councillor Bruce Miller, President of the New South Wales Shires Association.
Feature: Information Technology and Communications
Melbourne’s moves to Green IT
With some 1,400 desktop and laptop computers, Melbourne City Council recognised that power wastage from terminals not being switched off at night needed to be addressed.
Better access to documents
Victoria’s Baw Baw Shire Council has 400 staff and services a population of just over 39,000 people. Located south east of Melbourne, the Shire comprises a number of towns and villages, rural and rural residential areas.
Shellharbour’s eDA: dynamic and multifunctional
Shellharbour City Council’s Electronic Development Application (eDA) enables applicants to lodge a development application online and then track Council’s processing of the application through to its conclusion.
Three minute server restore saves days
The IT team at Great Lakes Council in New South Wales breathed a collective sigh of relief recently when their fallback backup system restored the drive in a crashed server within three minutes.
Out there 4 U
Out There 4 U - Community Online is a one stop global leisure and recreational website for listing and finding out about joining groups or clubs, finding a concert or park, local community events or activities.
Mobile computing unit boosts efficiency
As a growth council in Melbourne’s north, Whittlesea City Council staff often find themselves working in new areas and require up to date map data to aid navigation.
Free website encourages information sharing
Bundaberg Regional Council’s Manager Assets, Wayne Eddy, recently set up a free website to encourage cooperative information sharing across councils. Having gone live last October, the Local Government and Asset Management (LGAM) Knowledge Base already has over 900 pages of information.
Decision imminent on high speed broadband network
Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, is confident that a contract for the rollout of the Australian Government’s National Broadband Network will be signed this month.
CENTAMAN is a market leader in computer systems for the Local Government, tourism, leisure and attractions markets.
Ku-ring-gai’s state of the art telecommunications overhaul
In February 2008, Ku-ring-gai Council in Sydney’s north went live with a new telecommunications system servicing all its main offices and remote sites. In the following interview Council’s IT Manager, John Giovinazzo, explains how this was achieved.
Virtualisation technology provides benefits for Armadale
The City of Armadale is recognised as one of the top five growth regions in the Perth metropolitan area. Its Information and Communications Technology (ICT) team manage a data centre of more than 25 servers and a desktop fleet of 250 PCs and laptops.
Sustainable service excellence
Covering 720 square kilometres in southeast Victoria, Mornington Peninsula Shire is implementing an enterprise content management (ECM) solution to underpin its information management strategy.
Technology driven council upgrades AV*
Sutherland Shire Council recently upgraded the audio visual (AV) equipment in its chambers, opting for a Bosch Conference and PA solution, chosen for its capabilities in providing integrated conference facilities, including microphone management, electronic voting and video display in one package.
Victor Harbor’s state of the art library
The construction of its new Library in 2007 provided the City of Victor Harbor with an opportunity to incorporate state of the art library technology into the complex.