Government 2.0, or the Government’s journey to adopt the Web 2.0 approach in Australia, is riding on the back of popular social media success stories from the tools themselves – Facebook and Twitter – to the people who use them, like President Obama in his election campaign.
IPWEAQ Excellence Awards 2009
Each year since 2002, the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia, Queensland Division Inc. (IPWEAQ) has presented Excellence Awards to encourage excellence in the innovation, development, completion and management of Local Government and public works projects.
Over the last few months I’ve interviewed a range of leaders in organisations that have significantly cut their energy use, asking them how they have achieved their energy savings
Recognising LG’s high achievers
At the 2009 Local Government Managers Australia National Congress in Darwin, Local Government FOCUS invited delegates to nominate individuals or teams from their councils who are improving operations or enhancing service delivery within their community.
New President for LGAT
Mayor of West Tamar Council, Barry Easther, has succeeded in his bid to become the new President of the Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT).
In each edition we feature the views of a Local Government Association president. The following is from Councillor Barry Easther, President of the Local Government Association of Tasmania.
Graffiti: costs to society off the wall
Vandalism and graffiti impose huge costs to society, not only in dollars but also through danger to human lives, increased fear of crime, loss of services and a lowering of the quality of life in our communities.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.