It is in difficult economic times like these that there is a danger of a kneejerk response based upon expediency rather than priorities.
LG to play key part in COAG reforms
The 30 April meeting of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) has set the path for Local Government to play a key role in reviewing Australia’s emergency management arrangements, and in future planning for Australia’s major cities.
Hobsons Bay City Council has applauded the Federal Government’s decision to allocate $9 million to the Community Chef project.
Embracing the future
As a small Local Government covering only 4.9 square kilometres in the western suburbs of Perth, the Town of Claremont is in the midst of an exciting period.
Skate park designed for all
With its flowing curves, stairs, rails and a distinctive protruding sphere feature that is skateable from inside and out, Knox Skate and BMX Park is a sports mecca in a municipality where almost 40 per cent of the population is aged under 24 years.
An observation in my last article that I had failed to find much Local Government social media activity in Australia had Ian Roberts, a Wyong Shire Council Communications Officer, hot on my email tail.
Local Government and community road safety
Local Government has an important role to play in road safety, acting as a significant contributor to the maintenance of road safety standards. It also provides people with a ready channel of communication to voice their concerns about road safety.
Hepburn Shire calls for television recycling program
A national TV take back scheme is urgently needed, according to Hepburn Shire Council in Central Victoria. At its April meeting, Council supported Councillor Jon Barrell’s idea for a scheme to ensure old televisions are recycled.
Great response to NT softball competition
More than 16 women’s teams representing every community in the Central Desert Shire are competing in the Central Desert Shire Softball Tournament. Each team is hoping to represent the Shire in the NT Softball Championships in August.
Ararat Rural City Council
Ararat Rural City Council is subdividing a 30 hectare parcel of land five kilometres east of Ararat, as part of its vision to create a world standard Ararat Renewable Energy Park.
Councillor profiles is a regular feature. This month we feature two Councillors from Queensland.
Local Government celebrates Harmony Day
From Bollywood dancing to storytelling to visiting places of worship, councils around Australia hosted a myriad of events during March to celebrate Harmony Day in their communities.
There is a distinct shift in Federal industry and regional funding arrangements, and it has major implications for local councils in Australia.
Burnie – Tasmania’s port of call
Burnie in Tasmania’s northwest is fast becoming the port of call for the State’s cruise ship visits. This past cruising season, from 4 November to 29 March, cruise ship visitors injected around $6.9 million into the region’s economy.
In each edition we feature the views of a Local Government Association president. The following is from Councillor Bill McArthur, President of the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV).
TMAs – U-MAD if you don’t*
Working in live traffic and closing lanes has always been a risky business. Despite warning signs, cones and flashing arrow boards being deployed, there is still a significant risk of motorists ploughing though the cones and into the rear of maintenance vehicles, or worse still, into the work zone.
At the inaugural meeting of the Australian Council of Local Government last November, one of the announcements made by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd was that the Federal Government would provide up to $8 million in funding for a Centre of Excellence for Local Government.
Editorial: Centre of Excellence – ownership an issue?
Eight million dollars via a Federal Government grant for the new Centre of Excellence for Local Government is a good start, but spread over a five year period this funding will provide just $1.2 million per year.
It’s a busy time for Launceston City Council with many major projects taking shape or nearing completion.
State of the art aquatic centre
One of the centrepieces of Launceston City Council’s 10 Year Major Works Program is a new regional aquatic centre to replace the 1950’s municipal pool at Windmill Hill.
Location, location, location
Launceston Aquatic’s location in East Launceston is arguably the best in the country. Sitting on top of Windmill Hill, the floor to ceiling window design takes advantage of the stunning views of the city, nearby mountains and the beautiful Tamar Valley.
A sustainable facility
Contained almost totally within the ‘footprint’ of the old pool, Launceston Aquatic has been designed to have the least possible impact on the environment.
Access for all
One of the Launceston City Council Recreational Planning Principles is to ensure equitable access to recreation opportunities regardless of age, gender, sexual preference, mobility or ethnicity.
Phenomena Factory is Australia’s newest and most exciting interactive science centre, located at Launceston’s Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, the largest regional museum and art gallery in the country.
Feature: Administration & Management Systems
Clean hands save lives – and that’s a fact*
As concerns for the spread of swine flu increase day by day, you might be asking yourself what you can do to prevent the spread of infection within your own workplace, home or school.
Pay and HR solutions your way*
Empower Masterpay Pty Ltd is a leading provider of Pay and HR solutions through innovative product development, quality service and support.
Located between Sydney and Canberra in New South Wales, Goulburn Mulwaree Council is using a web based tool to simplify the reporting process for management and executive staff.
Keeping data secure is essential to maintain privacy, but it also assures that information is protected from unauthorised disclosure, modification or destruction.
First call resolution ‘fact V fiction’
By Rum Charles* First call resolution has long been talked about within Local Government circles. Some claim it simply cannot be done, a few claim to have implemented the fabled ‘First Call Resolution’ with exceptional results.
New horizons for SA rating professionals
The successful attraction and retention of skilled employees is affected not just by economic and technological changes, but also by population and generational changes.
IP Surveillance in Action (IPSiA) 2009 is a one day seminar, taking place in Brisbane on Friday 12 June, showcasing some of the world’s leading IP based CCTV equipment.
Copyright obligations – the overlooked risk*
Compliance, corporate governance and risk management all play an important part in managing councils’ financial and operational risks. But have you stopped to consider the hidden risk of copyright infringement?
Software streamlines contract management*
Last month’s edition of Local Government FOCUS ran a story on the risks councils face when they outsource work to external contractors (see ‘Engaging contractors: Do you know your council’s safety obligations? A Victorian case study’)
Business as unusual in Wellington
With a series of natural disasters recently occurring across the country, disaster recovery and emergency management are at the forefront of most councils’ minds.