April 2009 Edition

  • 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.
  • Applications open to run Australia’s first Centre of Excellence for Local Government
    The Federal Government has invited universities to apply to become the home of Australia’s first Centre of Excellence for Local Government.
  • 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.
  • BounceBack SMS service scores national recognition
    In March, Blink Mobile Technologies was Highly Commended in the ‘Innovations in Communications’ category of the ATUG Communications Innovations Awards.
  • Safeguarding

    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.”
  • Local Government and climate change
    An interview with Peter Dormand, City Energy and Resource Manager at Newcastle City Council.
  • 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.
  • Cutting edge playgrounds at competitive prices*
    There has been vast change in playground equipment in recent years, especially after European playground standards were adopted here in Australia.
  • CeBIT 2009 - Showcasing the potential and power of ICT*
    Moves by Local Governments to bypass the established carriers and take control of their own broadband needs will come under the spotlight at this year’s CeBIT Australia 2009 Global Conference Series.
  • Councillor profiles
    Councillor Profiles is a regular feature. This month we feature two Councillors from New South Wales.
  • Grumpy sense of self reliance

    On 18 March there was a Matter of Public Importance debated in the House of Representatives. The topic was Regional Australia, and the discussion ranged over hill and dale.
  • Ti Tree celebrates opening of new store
    It’s been a long time coming, but Ti Tree residents recently celebrated the opening of their very own community store.
  • Read all about it – Rockhampton welcomes new regional library
    After more than a decade of planning, the Rockhampton Regional Library was officially opened in February.
  • 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.
  • President’s comment
    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.
  • Rollout of $800 million investment in local communities begins
    Announcements of funding approvals under the Federal Government’s $800 million Community Infrastructure Program have commenced.
  • Editorial: High Court challenge highlights need for Constitutional recognition
    Earlier this month there was much publicity about the G20 world leaders meeting in London, where they agreed to a course of action to tackle the global financial crisis including strategies to rein in risky financial practices.

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