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.
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.
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.
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.
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 is a regular feature. This month we feature two Councillors from Queensland.
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).
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.
Kingborough staffer to attend global gathering
Kingborough Council’s Senior Environmental Health Officer, Abyilene McGuire, has been selected to attend the?United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark from 7 to 18 December 2009.
Local Governments and cities have steadily increased their presence at, and influence on, global meetings on climate change over the last few years. And the upcoming Conference of Parties at Copenhagen in December will bring some of that hard work to fruition.
Marrickville sees green at aquatic centre
In November, Marrickville Council in Sydney’s inner west approved the installation of a $200,000 solar array at its Annette Kellerman Aquatic Centre (AKAC). The installation is set to make the development the most ecologically sustainable aquatic centre in Australia.
A study by IBM published in Forbes magazine in July 2009 says that while many companies want to reduce their carbon footprint, many do not have the measurement systems in place.
Are we being too cautious about sea level rise?*
Climate change is uncertain. However, we already live in a world of uncertainty. We cannot be sure what the weather will be like next month, whether our house will burn down during this year, or even whether we will be alive to witness these possible events.
APS delivers for members*
The Australian Public Service Benevolent Society (APS Benefits) is a not for profit organisation providing a wide range of services to Local Government employees, as well as their family and friends.
Logan’s diesel truck goes green
Using world first smart technology, Logan City Council in southeast Queensland is participating in a diesel emission reduction trial.
Moonee Valley staff awarded for five centuries of service
Moonee Valley City Council has proved to be a great place to work after long serving staff were awarded for more than five centuries of service. A total of 59 Council staff across the organisation have reached various milestones to receive a Long Serving Staff Award this year.
Climate change and coastal communities
The Federal Government has appointed Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) President Councillor Geoff Lake to a seven member Coasts and Climate Change Council to be chaired by Professor Tim Flannery.
High quality, ecofriendly copy paper*
Nature’s Paper was established to supply high quality, ecofriendly A4 and A3 copy paper made from wheat straw. Its wheat straw paper looks, feels and performs like standard copy paper and is priced similar to standard copy paper.
Library website mirrors an actual visit
The City of Cockburn Public Library and Information Service is using an online system that can mirror a reader’s experience during a physical visit to the library.