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?
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.
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.
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.
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’.
When Kym Fuller, Community and Economic Development Manager from Central Darling Shire, called me in 2008 to ask if I would like to be involved in helping inject a ‘sense of pride’ back into the Shire, it took me about ten seconds to say yes.
Community celebrates TYTO Precinct opening by Dan Hoban* Hinchinbrook Shire Council Mayor Pino Giandomenico officially opened Stage One of the TYTO Precinct in recent celebrations held at the $10 million development.
Future directions in tourism and economic development
Regional collaboration, environmental consideration and maintaining strong relationships with both the community and tourism operators are key to the success of a strong tourism industry, according to the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River.
Doco highlights Tassie’s French connection
Following a visit by French television network Reseau France Outremer last December, Glamorgan Spring Bay Council in southeast Tasmania is now reaping the rewards of a 52 minute documentary
Olympian helps promote Mackay
Mackay Regional Council’s very own Olympic gold medallist and PR Administrations Officer, Linda MacKenzie, has helped fellow Council staff to sell the virtues of the Mackay region.
Playspace innovation and design*
Playspace has always aimed at achieving the highest quality product and maintaining the highest playground standards. The company designs and produces all its own products and employs its own teams of skilled personnel to complete the entire project.
Adelaide goes 3D
Anyone who can connect to the Internet can now take a stroll or flight through ‘virtual’ Adelaide.
MOU strengthens Hobart as an education centre
Hobart City Council and the University of Tasmania (UTAS) are working to promote Hobart as a centre of educational excellence, offering world class educational opportunities and facilities.
Flavours of Macarthur showcased in new cookbook
Nutella pizza, Queen of Spain cupcakes and a rack of lamb in puff pastry are just some of the culinary delights unveiled in a new cookbook showcasing restaurants in the Macarthur region, located an hour southwest of Sydney CBD.
Community arts display space in Redland
Redland City Mayor Melva Hobson has launched the Redland Performing Arts Centre’s Community Arts Display Space to celebrate arts within the Redland community.
Darwin CBD undergoes renewal and revitalisation
Darwin City Council is working with the Federal Government, the Northern Territory Government and the private sector to revitalise the economic growth, social and cultural development of Darwin city.