Based upon an idea I wrote about in an English Local Government publication, a national project was initiated.
Discovering the Silver Lining
Victorian Minister for Local Government Richard Wynne said the theme of the 2010 Local Government Professionals (LGPro) Conference, ‘Discovering the Silver Lining’, was fitting, as councils have come a long way in the last 12 months.
Cockburn scores planning awards trifecta
Western Australia’s City of Cockburn was recently recognised at the annual Planning Institute of Australia (WA Division) Awards for Planning Excellence, scoring honours in three categories.
Rockhampton region – real, relevant, rewarding
Don’t just dream about a tropical winter in sunny Central Queensland – register now to be inspired and challenged at the Sister Cities Australia (SCA) 2010 National Conference in the Rockhampton Region from 11 to 14 July.
Innovative teamwork saves water
A landmark venture between Knox City Council and an international company is breaking new ground in council and community partnerships, while saving millions of litres of water along the way.
West Tamar Council is a dynamic council situated in the beautiful Tamar Valley in northern Tasmania. By Tasmanian standards, it is a medium size council with approximately 22,000 residents.
Logan City is on the move
A partnership between Queensland’s Logan City Council and Yellow Cabs will see the benefits and opportunities of Logan spread far and wide.
Launceston tool kit assists event organisers
Launceston City Council has unveiled a new Event Tool Kit to assist organisers at all levels of experience to plan and stage a successful event. The kit is one of many initiatives Council has implemented to develop and support a dynamic calendar of events for residents and visitors to the city.
Councillor Profiles is a regular feature. This month we feature two Councillors from the Western Australia.
Fire safety training for Snowy River staff
With the everyday threat of fires in the workplace, Snowy River Shire Council recently engaged the Rural Fire Service (New South Wales) to deliver a fire safety training session for staff.
Councils combat discrimination
In the lead up to Harmony Day on 21 March, Local Governments in South Australia, New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia have received over $230,000 under the Diverse Australia Program.
Recycling Kamilaroi style
Merinda Recyclers Pty Ltd, a division of Quirindi Aboriginal Corporation, is starting to forge ahead at its new facility at the Liverpool Plains Shire Council landfill site in Quirindi.
The Regenesis project is a three year project that aims to promote the establishment of local native trees, shrubs and grasses to achieve the twin objectives of sequestering atmospheric carbon and improving biodiversity within the Liverpool Plains Shire.
With the amalgamation of Local Government areas in the northwest of NSW creating the new Liverpool Plains Shire Council in mid 2004, new opportunities to better utilise existing assets were quickly explored.
The Liverpool Plains Shire Council has strategic alliances with New England and Northwest Tourism. The Shire has taken the lead in developing the regional marketing plan and actively exhibits at consumer shows promoting the area.
Tr@ceR Mobile Mapping
Council’s inhouse developed, Tr@ceR Mobile Mapping Program recently won the prestigious National Local Government Award for Innovation in Natural Resource Management.
The Tr@ceR EDMS journey
The old adage ‘necessity is the mother of invention’ certainly holds true at Liverpool Plains Shire Council and the Tr@ceR EDMS program is testament to this. Council had been considering the idea of purchasing an off the shelf electronic document management system (EDMS) for ten years or more without success.
Councils to be recognised for mobile phone recycling efforts
Since the 2004 creation of Liverpool Plains Shire Council the organisation has been successful in winning 23 state and national awards covering many facets of Council’s activities, including tourism, information and technology, management, the environment, economic development and culture.
Feature: Information Technology and Communications
Connecting young residents
Located on the urban rural fringe 20 kilometres northwest of Melbourne, Hume City Council is assisting its younger residents in their educational development and helping them to stay connected with the global world through an innovative PC Award program.
Councils to be recognised for mobile phone recycling efforts
MobileMuster, the official recycling program of the mobile phone industry, is calling on local councils who have helped promote and collect mobile phones for recycling over the last year to enter the 2010 MobileMuster Local Government Awards.
A frustrated member of an executive leadership team recently threw his hands into the air and sarcastically lamented, “…we are the Kings of dormant data”!
Increasing focus on Greening ICT
With our reliance on ICT ever increasing, and the cost of ICT energy beginning to outweigh equipment costs, it is more crucial than ever for organisations to focus on ‘Greening ICT’.
New technology for Fraser Coast libraries
Library users and staff in Queensland’s Fraser Coast Regional Council area are experiencing improved services with the introduction last September of new technology in all of the region’s five library branches.
Shire of Gwydir in NSW looks to benefits of Authority*
Gwydir Shire Council in north western NSW is anticipating working more efficiently, giving residents access via the Internet and having a failsafe disaster recovery setup after agreeing to implement Civica’s Authority enterprise software application.
Fast, reliable and cost effective telecommunications*
A fast and effective telecommunications system is a vital part of any local council’s infrastructure, providing connectivity between council offices and local facilities, including libraries and council depots; enabling voice and internet connection; as well as the transfer of data between council sites.
ICT savings for Victorian councils
The Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) recently announced that Telstra will deliver significant cost savings to Local Government over the next three years through group purchasing of telecommunications services.
Partnership program connects the coast
Southeast Queensland’s Sunshine Coast Regional Council has partnered with a range of stakeholders and other spheres of government to deliver high speed, competitively priced broadband services to the region.
More cameras – safer suburbs
South East Queensland’s Moreton Bay Regional Council is using funds from the Federal Government to upgrade and expand its closed circuit television (CCTV) technology and public lighting.
Future directions in ICT
An interview with Neill Hocking, Director Infrastructure and Technology, City of Whittlesea, Victoria
Burwood uses hi tech to enhance community safety
Over the last 12 months, New South Wales’ Burwood Council has rolled out a complex program of CCTV cameras and urban lighting that is proving extremely successful and becoming the benchmark for all neighbouring councils in the Inner West of Sydney.