21st Women, Management and Work Conference*
Presented by Macquarie University managing constant CHANGE at work, its challenges and implications for employees and employers is the theme of the 21st Women, Management and Work Conference to be held in Sydney on 30–31 July 2009.
Melville shines at LGMA Finance Awards
In February, two City of Melville staff members were recognised for excellence in finance at the Western Australian Local Government Managers Australia (LGMA) Finance Professionals Conference.
Green Team to combat emissions
Located on the Southern Tablelands of New South Wales, Snowy River Shire Council has established a Green Team to provide leadership on environmental sustainability issues.
One of the most demanding and important areas of responsibility and activity for councils is the safeguarding of children. As the quotation from Hugh Cunningham states: “Children become the victims or the beneficiaries of adult actions.”
Hour of dark lights the way
On Saturday 28 March, hundreds of millions of people in more than 4,000 cities in 88 countries across the world ‘voted Earth’ by switching off their lights between 8.30pm and 9.30pm.
National Tidy Towns finalists for 2009
The national finalists in the Keep Australia Beautiful, Australian Tidy Towns Awards have been announced and will now compete to become Australia’s Tidiest Town 2009.
A Taste of Harmony
Sixty councils and Local Government Associations from across Australia participated in the first ever ‘A Taste of Harmony’ last month.
Derwent Valley Council
The Derwent Valley is located 36 kilometres northwest of Hobart, or a 30 minute relaxing drive along the banks of the fabulous Derwent River – the major geographic feature of the region.
National push to keep waterways butt free
From 23 to 27 March, the annual Butt Free City campaign ran across 16 Australian cities to help educate the public about the environmental, social and economic impacts of butt littering.
Letter to the editor: Thanks from Murrindindi
On behalf of Murrindindi Shire Council and our community, we extend our thanks to the Australian Local Governments and communities who have given so generously in the aftermath of the bushfires in our Shire.
In each edition we feature the views of a Local Government Association president. The following is from Councillor Paul Bell, President of the Local Government Association of Queensland.
Construction to begin on Alice Springs solar station
As a town that enjoys one of the highest levels of sunlight in the world, Alice Springs is keen to take advantage of the solar opportunities available to it. Accordingly, Alice Springs Town Council has taken a lead role in coordinating the Alice Solar City Project, which is part of the Federal Government’s $94 million Solar Cities Program.
CivEnEx is your show
The Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia (NSW) is delighted to extend an invitation to attend the 54th Annual Engineers Field Days – CivEnEx 2009 – to be staged from 21 to 23 May at Western Sydney International Dragway, Eastern Creek.
Incidents still happen*
It is essential that any excavation project includes the lodgement of a Dial Before You Dig enquiry as part of the process. The Dial Before You Dig service in Australia is a unique service. At this point in time, there is nothing quite like it in the world.
Perth is not unlike any other capital city in Australia in that it is facing unprecedented pressure from sprawling urban growth and population increases.
Hume’s office building wins another award
At the recent Local Government Professionals (LGPro) awards for Excellence, Hume City Council took out the ‘Community Assets and Infrastructure Initiative – Projects over $1 million’ category for its five star municipal office building.
Creative solution for boat ramp dilemma
South Australia’s Mid Murray Council has come up with an inventive way of adapting its boat ramps to enable their continued use in these times of low river levels.
New look for favourite park
Located on the east coast of central Queensland, Mackay Regional Council is in the process of revamping several of its parks.
Using GIS/GPS to monitor and maintain drainage pits
Inspections and works orders of drainage infrastructure comprising 36,000 pits and hundreds of kilometres of pipes are now considerably easier for Frankston City Council with the implementation of a customised GIS application connected to GPS.
The Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia’s (IPWEA) Melbourne International Conference, to be held at the new Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from 6 to 10 September, promises to be the highlight of the year on the world public works calendar.
New infrastructure asset management course*
The Centre for Pavement Engineering Education (CPEE) and the University of Tasmania will be offering a Graduate Certificate in Infrastructure Asset Management beginning this year in June.