With the United Nations Climate Change Conference ending in only a ‘letter of intent’ rather than a binding agreement to limit global warming to a maximum of two degrees Celsius above preindustrial times, the challenge remains of how the issue of climate change is to be dealt with in practice.
Coastal walk opens in Kiama
Located 120 kilometres south of Sydney, Kiama Council recently opened a new section of the Kiama Coast Walk, providing the general public with access to previously unavailable coastline areas.
Conversations in Kingborough
A mobile red couch was a great conversation starter in Kingborough, Tasmania, last year, with young people taking a seat to share their views on the area’s transport issues.
Stronger focus needed on free access and inclusion
With almost one fifth of Australians living with some form of impairment, and one in 12 children suffering a disability, Local Government must do more to ensure full and free access is available to everyone.
Recharge scheme: ‘you have the power!’
More than half of Victoria’s 79 councils are demonstrating their commitment to support users of mobility aids through a Recharge Scheme initiated by Nillumbik Shire Council in 2006.
Liquor Accord recognised for injury prevention
Following the highly successful relaunch of the Town of Vincent’s Liquor Accord, the initiative has been Highly Commended in the Injury Prevention category of the Injury Control Council of Western Australia (ICCWA) Awards.
LG to take stronger action on alcohol
The launch of a new resource by ICLEI Oceania aims to provide councils with greater confidence and clarity when addressing alcohol related harms in their municipality.
GreenFields makeover for Brimbank*
On 15 December 2009, the Federal Member for Maribyrnong, Bill Shorten, officially opened the Keilor Park synthetic turf facility in Melbourne’s Brimbank City Council.
Climate change remains strong on the agenda for 2010
The economy is recovering from the global financial crisis and councils are still working to finalise major projects funded under the Federal Government’s $1 billion stimulus package, but President of the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA), Councillor Geoff Lake, said that climate change will be the issue for Local Government in 2010.
The Productivity Commission’s (PC) final report on gambling hits Ministers’ desks on 26 February and councils should be paying close attention because communities throughout Australia will face major problems if this issue is not handled intelligently.
History of women in the top job
Overall, Local Government has a low representation of women as Councillors and Mayors. Of the 1,468 elected Councillors in New South Wales, just 396 are female, with 31 women Mayors and one Lord Mayor.