December 2009 Edition

  • Government and Opposition views on CIP
    The Federal Government’s Community Infrastructure Program (CIP) recently passed $1 billion, with a second round of funding for councils worth $220 million announced in October at a joint meeting between the Australian Council of Local Government and the Local Government and Planning Ministers’ Council.
  • 10 years on from Moree
    Keynote speaker at the recent National Local Roads and Transport Congress in Mackay, former Deputy Prime Minister John Anderson said that as far back as 1992 the then Transport Minister in the Keating Government shelved a report into the ‘too hard’ basket that some $3 billion would be required to bring the nation’s local roads up to scratch.
  • Book review: self help guide to improving your communication skills
    by Corinne Morgan*
    Whether it is in our professional or personal life, there is little argument that good communication skills are vital.
  • Growing business confidence as CivEnEx gears up for another bumper expo in 2010
    The Institute of Public Works Engineers NSW (IPWEA) says the Federal Government’s infrastructure spending and other public sector programs continue to boost demand for equipment and services. It also believes that business confidence generated by this support has started to flow on to the private sector
  • Council united

    I recently visited the home of Manchester United, the English Football Premier League Champions. The stadium had over 75,000 people in it. The vast majority were supporting Man U, as the team is colloquially known. The noise was incredible, with the fans willing their team on.
  • Clarence partnership agreement a life saver
    Clarence City Council in southeast Tasmania has announced a three year partnership agreement with Surf Life Saving Tasmania to continue the provision of lifeguard services during the busy summer months at Clifton Beach.
  • Spatial technology streamlines asset data collection
    Hume City Council staff have recently developed a Spatial Roads and Pavements Asset Management Application that streamlines the collection and processing of asset information.
  • Record growth in Stirling
    With a record number of 435 building applications (BAs) lodged in October, the City of Stirling in the northern suburbs of Perth believes this is a good indication that consumer confidence has returned and that the economic downturn is a thing of the past.
  • Speed highlighted as the key factor in roadwork zone injuries*
    A roadworker safety hotline in Queensland has highlighted the critical need to curb speed at roadwork sites.
  • Local Government again takes national Safer Communities Awards
    Councils in South Australia and in Victoria have won awards in this year’s Australian Safer Communities awards, presented by the Attorney-General Robert McClelland in Canberra earlier this month.
  • HR evolution

    Hosted by the Municipal Association of Victoria on behalf of all State and Territory Local Government Associations, the third biennial National Local Government Human Resources Conference was staged in Melbourne from 18 to 20 November. HR managers from councils around the nation attended.
  • Airport runway upgrades critical for connection to mainland
    The Shire of Torres in far north Queensland requires urgent funding to enable an overhaul of its Horn Island Airport.
  • Darebin City Council finalist in safety awards
    Darebin City Council’s Corporate Safety Committee was the only Local Government finalist in the recent WorkSafe Victoria Awards 2009.
  • 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.
  • Councillor profiles
    Councillor Profiles is a regular feature. This month we feature two Councillors from Queensland.
  • Getting along with each other at work

    Avoiding difficult conversations is something that many of us learn from our experiences of the pain felt when we confront someone’s behaviour.
  • E-planning pilot to fast track NSW planning
    Twelve New South Wales councils have entered into a joint Electronic Housing Code Pilot Project with the New South Wales Department of Planning and the Local Government and Shires Association of New South Wales (LGSA).
  • Whyalla to combat economic climate through upscaled marketing campaign
    Whyalla Council has produced a promotional video and high quality website to help market remaining sites at its newly developed Whyalla Industrial Estate.
  • Melton residents pay library fines with food
    Library patrons of Melton Shire Council in Melbourne’s west will be able to make a difference to families in need this Christmas.
  • Lost and found in Avoca Beach

    I spent a couple of days on the New South Wales Central Coast in late November – surely one of the most pleasant places on this continent because of its forest, inlets, beaches and proximity to Sydney.
  • Flinders cemetery records come to life
    Community members gathered at Flinders Shire’s Hughenden Cemetery in October to hear that the cemetery records were in the best shape they’d been in for more than 100 years.
  • Roads Congress calls for whole of government national transport vision
    Delegates at the Australian Local Government Association’s 10th National Local Roads and Transport Congress have called for a detailed intergovernmental national strategic transport vision to respond to population projections of 35 million by 2049 and a doubling of freight volume by 2020.

Feature: Business Efficiency and Sustainability