November 2009 Edition

  • Tough times, smart solutions
    A record 530 delegates attended this year’s Local Government Association of New South Wales Conference in Tamworth to tackle the theme, ‘Tough Times, Smart Solutions’.
  • Stirling announces new Mayor live by ‘Tweet’
    Lagune interlocking wet area mats are ideal for swimming pool surrounds, showers, spas, saunas and changing rooms.
  • LEDs successfully used to replace fluorescent lighting
    by Bruce Rowse*
    LED (light emitting diode lighting) – as now commonly found in bicycle lights, torches and garden lights – is widely acknowledged as the lighting of the future, but when will that future arrive? Or is it already here?
  • Canada Bay tops 2009 Sustainable Cities Awards
    New South Wales’ City of Canada Bay has taken out the overall Keep Australia Beautiful Australian Sustainable Cities award.
  • Are there enough pirates?

    The day before writing this I was a pirate captain – hopefully no photos exist! The reason I was in this role was to assess bids from innovators (pirates) for funding (treasure) for projects from various councils and their partners that would improve efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Stirling announces new Mayor live by ‘Tweet’
    Western Australia’s City of Stirling has used its Twitter site to make a live announcement of its new Mayor and Deputy Mayor, following a special council meeting to elect the two in October.
  • Accountability, transparency and representation
    In opening the Annual Conference of the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) held in Melbourne on 29 October, Deputy President Councillor Sam Alessi said that the conference theme – accountability, transparency and representation – are vital ingredients to ensure councils are meeting the highest standard of governance in these challenging and complex times.
  • Landcare award for Murray Darling Association
    Recently appointed National President of the Murray Darling Association (MDA) Ken Rogers from Dubbo City Council, and Upper Murray Darling Catchment Manager, Adrian Wells, attended the 2009 NSW Landcare Awards where they accepted the Local Government Partnership Award.
  • Stirling scoops national telecommunications award
    The City of Stirling has been recognised in the national Australian Telecommunications Association (ATA) Awards as the top contact centre in Australia with under 50 full time employees.
  • Murray Matthews: WA Ranger of the Year
    Murray Matthews has taken out the WA Rangers Association 2009 Ranger of the Year Award, presented at a recent formal dinner in Geraldton.
  • Salisbury walks its way to a happier, healthier community
    South Australia’s City of Salisbury is helping the local community take steps to improve their health through its commitment to offer health programs that are accessible, easy and fun to participate in, such as Heart Foundation Walking.
  • 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.
  • Editorial: the time to act is now
    In late October the House of Representatives Climate Change, Water, Environment and the Arts Committee tabled its report, Managing our Coastal Zone in a Changing Climate: the Time to Act is Now.
  • President’s comment
    In each edition we feature the views of a Local Government Association president. The following is from Councillor Bill Mitchell, President of the Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA).
  • Funding to improve women’s participation in LG
    As part of its commitment to the 2010 ‘Year of Women in Local Government’, the Federal Government will provide $490,000 for a range of projects to help improve the participation of women across the nation’s councils and shires.
  • FNQ – relaxation that you can’t fake

    I’ve been going to Far North Queensland (FNQ) since the 1950s – my mum was one of 12 kids from Gordonvale, so we have fond memories of catching mud crabs, eating prawns and mangoes; mossie nets; family gatherings fuelled by XXXX; roll-your-owns and everyone saying ‘eh’.
  • Disaster recovery trends in Local Government ICT
    Technology Indicators, an independent research company that provides ICT benchmarks to Local Government, has recently completed a study into disaster recovery (DR) trends.
  • AlburyCity’s community wood fired oven scoops national award
    AlburyCity’s community wood fired oven has scooped a national award recognising the significant role it plays in bringing neighbours and communities together.
  • Councillor profiles
    Councillor Profiles is a regular feature. This month we feature two Councillors from New South Wales.

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