August 2009 Edition

Feature: Community Services

  • Bluewater Lagoon a clear success
    With its crystal clear waters, tropical landscaping, waterslide and children’s play area, Mackay Regional Council’s $12.7 million Bluewater Lagoon is the envy of many across the nation.
  • Enjoying life in the outdoors
    Afternoon sea breezes, idyllic temperatures and a tropical climate make for an attractive outdoor lifestyle in the Mackay region. So it’s no surprise that enhancing outdoor amenities is high on the radar of Mackay Regional Council.
  • Leading the way in sport and recreation
    The Mackay region is home to many successful sports personalities, such as Olympic champion Cathy Freeman, World ranked tennis player Nicole Pratt, and rugby league greats Dale Shearer, Martin Bella and Wendell Sailor.
  • Council takes out top state library awards
    For two consecutive years, Mackay Regional Council’s libraries have booked up some prestigious state awards. In 2007, they took out the Queensland Public Library Association (QPLA) Public Library of the Year award, followed by the 2008 QPLA Library Achievement of the Year
  • Infrastructure primes Mackay as the ultimate event hub
    Mackay Regional Council has launched itself as a top shelf player in the events arena, thanks largely to the successful running of the Mackay Region Festival of Arts
  • Gardens on show
    Mackay’s Regional Botanic Gardens will be on show in October as over 300 delegates converge on the city for the 2009 Botanic Gardens Australia and New Zealand Congress.
  • New entertainment and convention centre makes business dealings a pleasure
    In its opening two weeks, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd stepped foot on its freshly laid carpets, rock sensation Jimmy Barnes took to its stage and acrobats winched themselves to the ceiling to allure the audience at Mackay’s biggest dance party to date
  • Message from Mayor Col Meng
    With unspoilt coastal beaches, a safe family friendly swimming lagoon and a state of the art convention centre, the Mackay region’s rapid growth and natural beauty have caught the eye of the rest of the country.
  • Snapshot
    Mackay Regional Council was created on 15 March 2008 as part of the Queensland Government’s Local Government Reform Process.
  • PM gives his seal of approval
    It has been referred to as one of this nation’s real treasures but the newly completed Mackay Water Recycling Project was no ordinary sewage treatment initiative.
  • Stirling scoops customer service award
    Western Australia’s City of Stirling was recently recognised at the 2009 Australian Telecommunications Awards (ATA) as the Western Australian Teleservices Centre of the Year in the under 50 full time employees category.
  • Synthetic Sports Surfaces: are they a credible alternative?*
    The dual demands of encouraging sports participation and reducing water usage is creating a facility provision challenge across all spheres of government, sport and industry peak bodies.
  • Flavours of the world in Sydney’s backyard
    In July, more than 35,000 foodies from all over Sydney attended Bankstown Bites to enjoy the international culinary mix of locally prepared foods, which Bankstown is fast becoming famous for.
  • Look for the positives

    The number of people ill and dying from swine flu in England is increasing.
  • Natural grass turfed to the kerb
    In response to the ongoing drought, the District Council of Loxton Waikerie has installed synthetic grass in all median strips across the Waikerie township.
  • Shoalhaven tackles weeds
    The New South Wales Threat Abatement Plan for Bitou Bush recently received a highly commended award for Australasia from the Society for Ecological Restoration International.
  • Youth mag hits the streets
    In June, the first edition of Melton Shire Council’s quarterly youth magazine ‘No Restrictions’ was distributed to local students in years six through to 12.
  • Toowoomba installs second skate park
    Toowoomba Regional Council in the Darling Downs region of Queensland is in the process of installing its second Skateramps Australia skate park.
  • Domestic violence – it’s not our game
    Carpentaria Shire Council is receiving a myriad of accolades for its ground breaking and highly successful ‘Domestic Violence—it’s not our game’ campaign.
  • Status of 500 sports grounds available by SMS*
    Having just implemented the BounceBack SMS service in their tenth council, the team from Blink Mobile Technologies are on a roll making sure councils all over the country have access to this innovative and time saving customer service.
  • Monash launches online economic profile
    It is vital for councils to understand the economic role and function of their area and how this interacts with their residential and community services. This information is needed to develop housing and economic development strategies, as well as transport planning and local area promotion.
  • Innovative and creative playgrounds*
    At Playspace we are always striving for creative excellence and innovation in the manufacture of our products.
  • Supporting community sport*
    After the dust settles on the sports funding allocations that occur at Federal and State budget time and the commitments made for developing sporting facilities to promote economic stimulus, it is often grassroots sport that is still left contemplating its future. And that is where the Australian Sports Foundation Ltd (ASF) can assist.
  • Port Macquarie sets the stage to embrace new era
    After much anticipation, Port Macquarie-Hastings Council in northeast New South Wales has opened the doors to its Glasshouse Arts, Conference and Entertainment Centre.
  • Pool blanket to slash emissions
    Greenhouse emissions generated at Maroondah City Council’s Ringwood Aquatic Centre (RAC) will be slashed by 280 tonnes a year following the recent installation of a pool blanket.
  • AlburyCity exchanges weeds for native plants
    Residents who bought weeds to the AlburyCity Waste Management Centre on 1 and 2 August were rewarded with five free native plants as part of an initiative that aims to reduce weeds across the City.
  • Land purchase part of urban koala rescue
    Redland City Council in southeast Queensland has purchased two hectares of land to be protected as koala habitat.
  • Australian Made FIFA recommended soccer field*
    Located 25 kilometres west of Melbourne, CRC Caroline Springs recognised that sport plays a big part within their local community and recently decided to invest capital into a synthetic soccer field.
  • Partnerships help Queensland community stay fit and active
    Southwest Queensland’s largest regional centre, Roma, is building a healthy and fit local community through Active Roma, an exciting partnership between Local, State and Federal organisations, including the Australian Sport’s Commission’s Active After-school Communities program.
  • Australian invention to catch graffiti vandals in the act*
    Originating in Australia in the 1980s, E-Nose technology was developed by scientists at the CSIRO, the University of Sydney and UNSW. These pioneering scientists are now members of E-Nose Pty Ltd.
  • New Huon Valley pathway improves access to Franklin
    Huon Valley Council recently completed stage three of a four phase project that will eventually result in a footpath snaking along the entire length of the thoroughfare in one of its townships.
  • Tea Tree Gully – looking after man’s best friend
    Tails are a-wagging in the City of Tea Tree Gully, with Council recently having opened a third dog park.
  • Copenhagen style bicycle lane for Adelaide
    Adelaide City Council is constructing a new bicycle lane in one of its main streets – Sturt Street. The lane is similar to those common in Copenhagen, Denmark, where there is a strong cycling culture. It positions the bike lane between the footpath and on street parking.
  • Midnight Basketball a slam dunk for Geraldton-Greenough
    The City of Geraldton-Greenough in the midwest region of Western Australia is engaging young people and diverting them from potentially dangerous situations through its Midnight Basketball program.
  • Boroondara plans community garden for popular reserve
    In planning for the redevelopment of one of its reserves, Boroondara City Council in Melbourne’s east has earmarked a place for a community garden. 
  • Using pets to create healthy communities
    With 63 per cent of Australian households estimated to have some type of pet, it is safe to say Australia is a nation of pet lovers.
  • BrowseAloud
    While the internet is a great tool for those who can read, accessing information on screen can be a formidable experience for many people.
  • New city plan sets healthy goals for Logan
    Logan City Council is demonstrating that public health is a number one priority with the establishment of a community health action plan.
  • Future directions in community services
    An interview with Phillipa Major, Acting CEO and Director Corporate and Community Services, MacDonnell Shire Council, Northern Territory
  • Living well: developing aged friendly communities
    Like most developed countries, Australia has an ageing population and a negative stigma attached to nursing homes. People are delaying the move to institutions, on average, relocating at around 85 years of age.
  • Melville encourages community cohesion and reduces graffiti
    The City of Melville in southern Perth has come up with an innovative project that is not only beautifying its streetscapes but is also reducing Council’s financial expense in the removal of graffiti damage on bus shelters.