Public lighting – reducing energy use and emissions By Bruce Rowse* Proven technology exists to more than halve public lighting energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. Right across Australia 80 watt mercury vapour street lights are used and are the predominant form of minor road lights. They can be easily recognised by the ‘flower pot’ type fitting, and are also used in the decorative light poles found in many new developments.
Central Desert Shire sees school attendance as vital in nurturing future leaders
The Northern Territory’s Central Desert Shire Council will help boost school attendance by supporting only those sports carnivals that are held during the school holidays and on public holidays. Sponsorship, Shire managed sporting facilities and in kind support from Shire employees, such as sports and recreation officers, will only be available for events that take place over a long weekend or outside the school term.
ASC making sport more inclusive
The twin themes of ‘active communication’ and ‘internal buy in’ are essential elements for success that resonate across all Australian Sports Commission (ASC) Community Sport programs. These range from Indigenous Sport and Disability Sport to All Cultures and Women and Sport, where ASC works with sports groups to make them accessible and increase participation.
Merging thoughts The UK Experience by Malcolm Morley* Council revenues are likely to slump by more than £4 billion due to the recession according to a recent study. In a time of increasing demand for services this creates a ‘perfect storm’ that has to be weathered.
Knox manager honoured for leadership
Knox City Council’s Manager of Strategic and Economic Development, Kim Rawlings recently took out the inaugural ‘Sally Isaac Women in Local Government Leadership Award’ at this year’s LGPro awards.
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.
National funding to support local Barossa women through breast cancer treatment
Local women in South Australia’s Barossa area undergoing treatment for breast cancer can now access a new and unique service courtesy of seeding grant funding from the Polo Ralph Lauren Pink Pony Campaign. This campaign is an international initiative that aims to address disparities in care for women with breast cancer.
IPAA Queensland opens awards to individuals
For the first time, individuals within the public sector will be recognised for their achievements by the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) Queensland inaugural Public Sector Excellence Awards.
Councillor Profiles is a regular feature. This month we feature two Councillors from Victoria.
WA council elections back in community control
The potential for major political parties to manipulate Western Australian Local Government elections has been dealt a blow following legislation to return to the first past the post voting system being passed by the Western Australian Parliament in August.
Climate change data for sub regions
With record high temperatures for August in northern New South Wales and south east Queensland, bushfires already on the south coast of New South Wales, the warmest winter on record for most of the southern regions of Australia and warnings of soaring temperatures and acute fire danger again this summer, whether you are a firm believer in climate change or a sceptic, extreme weather events – fires, floods or cyclones – are definitely happening around us.
In each edition we feature the views of a Local Government Association president. The following is from Councillor Genia McCaffery, President of the Local Government Association of New South Wales.
Anyone for marbles? The Good Oil by Rod Brown* A national economy is a mosaic of integrated regional economies. And these regional economies are essentially basins of attraction for private and public sector investments, that in turn drive economic activity and wealth.
Feature: Training and Professional Development
Balancing a healthy working life
Glen Eira City Council takes a holistic approach to employee health, encompassing the social, physical and mental aspects of wellbeing and how work affects all three.
Tales of the unexpected
A critical attribute of an employer of choice is the ability to notice and acknowledge the efforts of the people who make up the organisation.
Grooming for leadership
Glen Eira City Council’s Manager Statutory Planning Mark Stanojevic remembers the day he started at Glen Eira more than 10 years ago.
We care about our carers
“I have great work-life balance,” said Town Planning Assistant, Amanda Connolly. “I work part time with two children, roughly 20 hours a week in school hours. That enables me to drop my kids off at school every morning and I don’t work Fridays.
Developing great careers
Glen Eira’s job secondment program provides opportunities for employees to act in higher level positions when a supervisor or manager is away and also to work in different departments from their own.
Star apprentice in training culture
After 10 years working in hospitality Adrian Hewitt knew it was time to get out of the kitchen. “It was still a passion but I was working six and seven days a week and it was time to change direction,” he said.
A brighter green future
The staff of Glen Eira City Council are keen to be green and do their bit to reduce Council’s environmental footprint. The offices all have recycling facilities for cans, paper, cardboard and printer cartridges and there is an eco-buy policy that includes recycled paper.
A sense of purpose
Keeping employees happy, engaged and interested is paramount. The diversity of Council responsibility means there is a great diversity in the roles of Council officers.
Good to great – investing in people
Glen Eira City Council takes an integrated and innovative approach to talent management in recognition of the contribution its people make to the success of the organisation. The ‘cycle of learning’ encouraged and facilitated by Council transcends the state of the economy and short term employment trends.
Stirling nurtures staff to meet strategic goals
The City of Stirling is striving in its effort to become a learning organisation.?Having recently introduced a new performance management tool and a competency framework, the City is focusing its efforts on introducing a blended learning approach to development within the City.
Creating a winning workplace
It is difficult to pinpoint an exact definition of ‘employer of choice’ as the components of what makes a workplace appealing are changing rapidly. However there is a common theme among the myriad interpretations – it represents the development of human capital.
Recruiting young blood and retaining wise heads
With the world rapidly changing and personal demands continually increasing, CEO of Brisbane City Council, Jude Munro, said organisational resilience can be built by increasing our understanding of each other’s situations.
Dubbo awarded for safety excellence
Dubbo City Council is increasing staff awareness of safe driving and operating procedures and reducing vehicle damage and personal injury through its Safe Driving Policy.
Night Patrol Officers life saving training
Armed with the difficult task of ensuring community safety and attending domestic disturbances and other incidents during the late hours of the night, it is crucial that Central Desert Shire’s Night Patrol Officers are up to date with training across a range of areas.
Training for Zero Harm
Queensland’s Rockhampton Regional Council has developed an innovative behavioural management program. Implemented last March, the program reflects Council’s commitment to being a Zero Harm organisation, where the safety of employees, volunteers, contractors and the public is its first priority