February 2010 Edition

  • Is there a silver lining?

    Temperatures plummeted to minus 18 degrees Celsius in Scotland and many places in England had prolonged sub zero temperatures with six to ten inches of snow in January 2010.
  • Journey to Constitutional recognition steams ahead
    The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) has welcomed comments by the Federal Government that it is currently considering four referendum questions, including one dealing with recognition of Local Government. The questions would be put to voters during the next Parliamentary term.
  • Green initiative to create Sustainable Suburbs
    Moonee Valley City Council is calling on its residents to step up and take the Sustainable Suburbs challenge to help reduce its environmental footprint.
  • Campbelltown hosts carbon neutral event
    Campbelltown City Council in the Macarthur region of New South Wales recently hosted its first ever entirely sustainable event.
  • Bayside cleans up beaches and reduces carbon footprint
    Located just south of Melbourne’s CBD, Bayside City Council stretches more than 17 kilometres across the foreshore of Port Phillip Bay.
  • National waste and resource agreement
    Australia’s Federal State and Territory environment ministers have agreed to a new national policy on waste and resource management, following the biannual meeting of the Environment Protection and Heritage Council (EPHC) in Perth in November 2009.
  • Adelaide to host 2010 LGMA National Congress
    The Local Government landscape over the past 12 months has experienced unprecedented challenges and change. The global financial crisis, extreme consequences of climate change, structural reform and the ability of councils to service their communities has galvanised Local Government leaders to re-invent and re-invigorate the way they think and do business.
  • Port Hedland young leaders gain lifelong leadership skills
    Young people from the Town of Port Hedland in Western Australia have contributed substantially to the community and gained lifelong leadership skills through Council’s first ever Young Leaders Program, held during 2009.
  • Improving the energy efficiency of Australia’s office buildings
    The Australian Government will introduce new laws from mid 2010 making it mandatory for office building owners to disclose their energy efficiency information.
  • Shoalhaven works towards a greener future
    Shoalhaven City Council was successful in gaining Federal funding covering part of the cost of the installation of a grid interactive solar system on the roof of the Mollymook Surf Life Saving Club.
  • New look for Tweed Shire Council brings operations together
    Located in northern New South Wales on the Queensland border, Tweed Shire Council recently launched its new brand with a ‘One Council – One Brand’ approach to unify all departments, activities, assets, services, products and facilities.
  • Mount Barker leading the way in wastewater reuse
    South Australia’s District Council of Mount Barker is leading the way in treating wastewater to provide an alternative source of water supply and achieve other ecological benefits for the region.
  • City of Greater Dandenong
    Known as ‘The City of Opportunity’, the City of Greater Dandenong has long been recognised as the capital of Melbourne’s southeast region. Its current population of 130,000 people is served by a regional catchment area, with a projected growth rate of 26 per cent by 2
  • 1 in 120 children have autism*
    With the growing number of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) – current prevalence 1:120 – it makes good sense to offer support for those working with young children and adolescents with autism.
  • Challenger teams with Cockburn to boost worker skills
    With campuses across the southwestern metropolitan area of Perth, Challenger TAFE has partnered with the City of Cockburn to deliver onsite management training as part of an innovative workplace training initiative.
  • Ecofriendly boardwalk on North Stradbroke Island
    One of the Redlands’ most popular tourist destinations – the North Gorge Walk at Point Lookout on North Stradbroke Island – recently received a $220,000 facelift with the installation of a world first ecofriendly boardwalk.
  • Multi Purpose Complex a dream come true for Ashburton
    At five years old, sports mad Onslow twins Keenan and Rashard Tucker are probably a little too young to understand what all the fuss in their town was about when a contract was recently awarded for the construction of a Multi Purpose Complex (MPC).
  • Councillor Profiles
    Councillor Profiles is a regular feature. This month we feature two Councillors from the Northern Territory.
  • Hold lunch at work – for harmony’s sake!
    Australia’s 22 million people come from more than 230 different countries, and this March will see Aussie workers lunch together during Australia’s biggest celebration of cultural diversity at work.
  • Poor fellow my country

    Former Prime Minister Bob Hawke was asked by Andrew Denton on the ABC’s ‘Enough Rope’ what advice he had for approaching life.
  • Launch of 2010 Year of Women in Local Government
    Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Anthony Albanese called for all Australian councils to better reflect the communities they seek to represent when he officially launched the 2010 Year of Women in Local Government yesterday in Sydney.
  • President’s comment
    In each edition we feature the views of a Local Government Association president. The following is from Councillor Paul Bell, President of the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ).
  • Editorial: the case for women in Local Government
    With the Year of Women in Local Government officially launched on 20 January, we are sure to see more promotion and encouragement of women being involved in councils than we have ever seen before.
  • Councils gear up for Harmony Day
    This month Local Governments around Australia are getting ready for Harmony Day on 21 March. Harmony Day is a celebration of Australia’s cultural diversity and since 1999 many councils have used the day to promote the arrangements they have in place to manage cultural diversity at the local level.

  • Seedpods – Sustainability in early childhood centres
    Five early childhood centres and Blue Mountains City Council sustainability educators have been working together to produce sustainability education sessions that tackle the classic environmental concerns – waste, water and energy usage, increasing understanding about the natural world and developing a ‘sense of place’ among child care practitioners and children.
  • Water for Life
    ‘Water for Life Sustainable Gardens’ in the Blue Mountains has been an extremely popular project.
  • Climate change risk assessment
    Blue Mountains City Council was successful in obtaining a Local Adaptation Pathways Program grant of $30,000 from the Federal Government Department of Climate Change to undertake a Blue Mountains Climate Change Risk Assessment.
  • A sustainable organisation
    Council continues to focus on improving its own corporate environmental performance and is creating a culture that reflects its community endorsed 25 year City Vision of working towards sustainability. In response, Council is focusing on a ‘Sustainable Council Leading a Sustainable City’
  • Business Advantage
    Assisting businesses to improve their profitability, address business and lifestyle issues, recognise the importance of their location and to move up to another level requires an innovative, purpose built, flexible learning program.
  • Regional business clusters secure economic futures
    Blue Mountains City Council hosted the first ‘Better Future Economic Development Forum’ in July 2008.
  • Self drive experience links visitors with World Heritage area
    The Greater Blue Mountains Drive (GBMD) is an award winning ‘self drive’ experience that links visitors with the spectacular natural attractions within the World Heritage Area and other complementary experiences in the region.
  • Reconnecting to Country project
    Blue Mountains City Council has received a total of $1 million in grant funding from the New South Wales Environmental Trust Urban Sustainability Program for a ‘sister city’ type relationship linking two water catchments and two local Aboriginal communities.
  • Blue Mountains Cultural Centre
    Blue Mountains City Council is undertaking an exciting development for the region with the construction of the new Blue Mountains Cultural Centre in Katoomba.
  • Local Climate Local Change Conference 2010
    Blue Mountains City Council is hosting the inaugural Local Climate Local Change Conference in 2010.

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