June 2009 Edition

  • IPWEA National Conference – a highlight on the world public works calendar
    The Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia (IPWEA) International Conference, to be held at the new Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on 6–10 September, promises to be the highlight of the year on the world public works calendar.
  • Transition Towns: addressing the most important question of the 21st century
    On 4 June the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) convened a meeting to discuss the role of Local Government in facilitating the takeup of the Transition Town (or city or neighbourhood) initiative across Victorian communities.
  • Anyone for dancing?

    The ongoing annual efficiency savings target for councils of three per cent has just been increased to four per cent and warnings have been given that future Government financial settlements for councils will be ‘challenging’.
  • Baw Baw selects RecordPoint for VERS compliance*
    Unique World’s RecordPoint has been selected by Victoria’s Baw Baw Shire Council to deliver its $300,000 Electronic Document Management Environment (EDME) solution based on the Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (MOSS2007) platform.
  • Come alive in Logan
    The many attributes of Logan are being shared with the world through music, with the City’s new Logan song launched on 21 May.
  • Study points to new model for community service delivery in remote Australia
    Social services in Australia’s most remote and economically depressed regions are poorly coordinated, duplicated or ad hoc because they are too often delivered by agencies without a physical presence on the ground. That is the implication of a new study into services in Central Darling Shire in the far west of New South Wales.
  • Road safety highlighted at IPWEA NSW Excellence Awards
    For the first time in the history of the Institute of Public Works Engineering of Australia (IPWEA) Excellence Awards, two Local Government Excellence in Road Safety Awards have been presented.
  • Young manager leading the way*

    Each year, Local Government Managers Australia (LGMA) Queensland presents the Young Manager Award for Leadership and Management Excellence.
  • Smart Peak Urban Futures Conference: How can our car-dependent urban areas become sustainable?
    The Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) is convening a national conference on urban sustainability, ‘Smart Urban Peak Futures’, on 19 and 20 August 2009 at the Treasury Theatre in Melbourne.
  • Wireless broadband enhances public safety and surveillance*
    Technology has enhanced the capabilities of governments and public safety officials around the world to keep communities and citizens safe.
  • City of Melville
    As one of Western Australia’s most sought after residential addresses, the City of Melville is located eight kilometres southwest of Perth CBD. The City has a population of just under 99,800 people, and this is expected to increase to 107,000 by 2015.
  • Sustainable Local Government and the GFC

    Councils all over Australia are in the process of developing their budgets for the next financial year. This year, they are doing this in times of unprecedented (at least in recent times) economic pressure. There is much talk about ‘living within our means’, ‘tightening our belts’ and ‘looking after our ratepayers’.
  • Randwick’s ongoing journey to excellence
    Randwick City Council has implemented an ongoing review and process improvement strategy that has put it well on its way to becoming a leading organisation.
  • Osprey family moves to purpose built nest
    Coffs Harbour City Council has been successful in relocating a pair of young ospreys that had established their nest on a light at Council’s velodrome last year.
  • Sunshine Coast calls on design industry to assist with new brand
    Queensland’s Sunshine Coast Regional Council is calling on local graphic designers to get their creative juices flowing as it moves into the second phase of its search for a new brand and logo.
  • Councillor Profiles
    Councillor Profiles is a regular feature. This month we feature two Councillors from Northern Territory.
  • Onkaparinga holds the right formula for reducing risk
    The City of Onkaparinga’s forward thinking approach to managing risk for Council events has been recognised, with Council recently receiving the Local Government Association of South Australia’s (LGASA) risk management incentive award for its event management procedures.
  • Recognising councils’ top performers
    At the recent Local Government Managers Australia National Congress in Darwin, Local Government FOCUS invited delegates to nominate a staff member or team from their council who is excelling in their professional field by improving their council’s operations and enhancing services for their community.
  • Jobs Fund

    The hottest game in town is the Jobs Fund – $650 million of Federal grants for community infrastructure and related needs. The fund is ostensibly for seven priority regions most affected, or likely to be affected, by the global financial crisis.
  • Regional Australia faces new frontiers*
    Having delivered the resource boom, regional Australia must now look to secure a thriving and sustainable future in the current global economic climate, with the full support of all spheres of government.
  • President’s comment
    In each edition we feature the views of a Local Government Association president. The following is from Councillor Felicity-ann Lewis, President of the Local Government Association of South Australia.
  • ALGA applauds the removal of legacy waste from CPRS
    The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) has welcomed the Federal Government’s response to council concerns regarding waste emissions and the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS).
  • Clarence youth get crash course in safety
    A dramatic mock crash event, combined with the presence of the Brain Injury Association of Tasmania and Headway Support Services, brought home lifesaving safety messages to young drivers at a recent Road Safety Expo in the City of Clarence.
  • Balancing infrastructure, demographics and economics
    The Local Government Managers Australia (LGMA) National Congress was staged from 24 to 27 May. With the theme ‘Creating Our Future – Messages with Solutions’, this was the first time LGMA had selected Darwin as the venue.
  • Editorial: water sensitive cities the way of the future
    Our environmental management feature in this edition highlights a variety of projects and initiatives showing the proactive stance numerous councils are taking to protect the planet now and for future generations.

  • Moreland’s zero carbon target
    Late last year, Zero Carbon Moreland was launched as the first major plank of the Moreland Solar City project.
  • Change begins in your own backyard
    Community facilities play a critical role in Moreland’s overall objective to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Summit focuses local action on clean, green city
    World Environment Day marks a beginning for future action on Moreland’s streets, as Council officers continue to work hard in anticipation of a Community Summit set for later this year. The summit will bring together community members and Council officers to discuss issues and solutions for cleaner streets in Moreland.
  • Council officers dig in for green world
    On World Environment Day, Moreland City Council officers rolled up their sleeves and got their hands dirty for a great cause – adding a splash of green to a local park.
  • Local councils cooperate to combat climate change
    Moreland City Council Mayor Councillor Lambros Tapinos has urged residents and commercial sectors, particularly building and construction, to become involved in the cleanup and greening of their city.
  • Residents inspired by Coburg Ambassadors
    Ambassadors are bringing a grassroots call to action to residents and traders in Coburg’s Sydney Road trading precinct, putting a helpful face to the push for a cleaner, healthier central city.
  • Moreland cleans up for World Environment Day
    One hundred days of action to clean up for World Environment Day, has made its mark on the streets of Moreland, transforming a tired community into a force to be reckoned with.
  • Stakeout catches dumpers in the act
    A blitz on notorious spots for rubbish dumping nabbed more than 20 people in one weekend, offloading broken items and waste on a charity store. It also caught several people dumping trash in parks and on nature strips.
  • A little extra goes a long way
    Two Rapid Response teams make short work of removing or painting over graffiti; street cleansing teams are working harder than ever to manage dumped rubbish and Council hosted community planting and litter clean up days are proving successful.

Feature: Environmental Management

  • SHOROC councils support regional e-waste ban
    With the phasing out of analogue television expected to result in millions of old television sets being disposed of by households across Australia, the Shore Regional Organisation of Councils (SHOROC) is proposing a ban on the collection and disposal of electronic waste (e-waste) to landfill from 1 January 2010.
  • Information and training sessions
    The Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre (ACE CRC) is conducting a national program of information seminars and training workshops on how to incorporate future sea level rise projections into coastal planning codes.
  • Shredder smashes green waste recycling
    Green waste recycling skyrocketed at Port Hedland’s landfill site in April, thanks to a pilot program initiated by Pilbara Regional Council (PRC).
  • Sea level rise: all part of the plan*
    Sea level rise is firmly on our radar as one of the major consequences of climate change. As the science improves and climate models become more accurate we are becoming increasingly aware that no matter which way we look at it, sea level is rising and will keep rising into the foreseeable future.
  • Hassle-free environmental reporting at South Perth*
    A streamlined process for environmental reporting has been implemented over the past 12 months at the City of South Perth. Management and Councillors now have access to regular environmental report cards that detail the current energy, water and greenhouse performance of the organisation.
  • Huon Valley’s water and sewerage services look to the future
    A new era in the delivery of water and sewerage services to the Huon Valley will begin on 1 July. Huon Valley Council will officially hand over its entire water and sewerage network, valued at over $65 million, to new corporation Southern Water.
  • Local Government and climate change
    An interview with Peter Dormand, City Energy and Resource Manager at Newcastle City Council
  • Holdfast Bay turns rubbish to handrails
    The City of Holdfast Bay is trialling the use of recycled plastic posts and handrails at various beach access locations. Located 11 kilometres southwest of the Adelaide CBD, Holdfast Bay is Adelaide’s premier seaside destination.
  • WSN welcomes CPRS changes on landfill waste emissions
    Leading Sydney recycler and waste management business, WSN Environmental Solutions, has welcomed the Federal Government’s changes to the way waste is treated in the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS).
  • Impact of rising sea levels on community infrastructure
    Research undertaken by 40 students at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) has found that much of Melbourne’s bayside residential areas are under threat from predicted sea level rises resulting from climate change.
  • Orange secures its water supply
    Orange City Council is harvesting stormwater for potable use as part of its recently completed $4.9 million Blackmans Swamp Creek Stormwater Harvesting Scheme project.
  • North Steyne named Australia’s Cleanest Beach for 2009
    North Steyne Beach in Manly Council in New South Wales has been announced Australia’s Cleanest Beach for 2009 at the annual Keep Australia Beautiful Australian Clean Beaches Awards.
  • Droughtproofing of parks a priority
    Fast tracking the implementation of synthetic sports surfaces, stormwater harvesting and the planting of warm season grasses and drought tolerant plants have all been identified as priority droughtproofing projects for the City of Melbourne in 2009/10.
  • Dairy Effluent Assessment Program to protect environmental health
    Tasmania’s Circular Head Council is undertaking a Dairy Effluent Assessment Program to determine how well local farms are managing their dairy effluent.
  • Future directions in environmental management
    An interview with Andrew Paxton, Manager Sustainability, Knox City Council, Victoria
  • The waste management challenge*
    In a rapidly changing landscape, Local Government faces many challenges surrounding recycling and waste management.
  • CCP funding ends but local action continues
    After 12 years of supporting ICLEI Oceania’s Cities for Climate Protection (CCP) program, the Federal Government has announced it will cease funding at the end of this financial year.