April 2010 Edition

  • Pubs as hubs
    The pub has been a cornerstone of communities in England for many years. Soap operas, such as the long running Coronation Street, have revolved around the pub.
  • Prospect’s digital strategy declared Australia’s best
    Federal Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, has declared the City of Prospect’s Digital Economy Strategy the best in Australia.
  • Local Government’s vital role in our democratic system
    Speaking at the National Press Club on 31 March, Australian Local Government Association President, Councillor Geoff Lake, said the primary focus of his address was to highlight the role that councils play in Australia’s system of government and – more importantly – the role they might play in the future.
  • Maribyrnong’s Phoenix Youth Centre celebrates its first birthday
    Maribyrnong City Council’s Phoenix Youth Centre is celebrating its first birthday this month.
  • Ashfield appoints first female GM
    At its full meeting in March, Ashfield Council appointed its first female General Manager, unanimously offering Vanessa Chan a five year contract.
  • Women as leaders: navigating the maze*
    Macquarie University presents the Women, Management and Work Conference to be held in Sydney on 29 and 30 July 2010. The focus of the leading women’s conference in Australia is ‘Women as Leaders’ and how to ‘Navigate the Leadership Maze’.
  • Making cities liveable*
    The 2010 Healthy Cities Conference, Making Cities Liveable, will be held at Stamford Plaza Brisbane from 12 to 13 July.?It will be held over two days, with optional tours and workshops?on 14 July.
  • The way forward for women in 2010
    In opening the 2010 Australian Local Government Women’s Association (ALGWA) – Victoria Conference, City of Melbourne Councillor Cathy Oke highlighted the importance of role models and mentors.
  • People deserve as much space as cars
    Planners should give priority to helping people move around cities, rather than just catering for car movements.
  • $4.9 million for healthy communities
    The Federal Government has recently announced 12 Healthy Communities grants, totaling $4.9 million, to tackle overweight and obesity in local communities.
  • District Council of Kimba
    The District Council of Kimba is located in the northeastern portion of South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula
  • Councillor Profiles
    Councillor Profiles is a regular feature. This month we feature two Councillors from the Tasmania.
  • Summit to provide strategic focus for Local Government
    The Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) is hosting the sixth national ‘Future of Local Government (FOLG) Summit’ on 23 and 24 June 2010 at the Regent Theatre, Melbourne.
  • New President for WALGA
    City of Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard has been elected President of the Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA) after the outgoing President Councillor Bill Mitchell stood down from the role.
  • Barcaldine eagerly awaits arrival of tourist season
    Barcaldine Regional Council and its communities are anticipating and welcoming the start to the tourist season as travellers begin to arrive in Western Queensland.
  • Federal Department for National Development urgently required

    Leading demographer Bernard Salt has calmed fears that Australia’s population growth over the next 40 years will significantly impact on our environment and living standards.
  • Thumbs up for Armidale
    The Federal Minister for Tourism Martin Ferguson has congratulated tourism businesses in Armidale, New South Wales, for achieving one of the highest satisfaction ratings from visitors, compared with other selected destinations across Australia.
  • Clean Beaches award for Onkaparinga
    South Port Noarlunga Beach on the southern fringe of Adelaide in the City of Onkaparinga has been announced as the Overall Winner of the Keep Australia Beautiful Australian Clean Beaches Awards for 2009/2010.
  • President’s comment
    In each edition we feature the views of a Local Government Association president. The following is from Mayor Barry Easther, President of the Local Government Association of Tasmania.
  • Editorial: climate change and infrastructure
    As our planet continues to warm, the effects of climate change are becoming more and more evident.
  • Local Government delivering for communities
    On 31 March, Australian Local Government Association President Councillor Geoff Lake addressed the National Press Club, the first time a representative from Local Government has been invited to do so.

  • Responsible pet ownership
    A move to partner and promote responsible pet ownership in the community is a driving force behind two new initiatives at the City of Whittlesea.
  • Drought proof sportsground a winner
    Years of drought across Australia has created many challenges for councils in their attempts to maintain sportsgrounds for their communities. Thanks to a new partnership and some innovative thinking, the City of Whittlesea has come up with an impressive solution.
  • Home sustainability and youth development
    A new project that engages the skills and enthusiasm of young people to help reduce household energy consumption and promote sustainability across the community in hundreds of homes has been launched in the City of Whittlesea.
  • LEADing the way on diversity
    The City of Whittlesea has been awarded a major new program by the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth) aimed at improving community understanding and acceptance of cultural diversity.
  • Bubup Wilam
    A new early learning centre specialising in Aboriginal culture and identity opened late last year in Lalor, with the support of the City of Whittlesea, the Victorian Government’s Department of Planning and Community Development, and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.
  • Access all abilities – a new TRAC for Whittlesea
    Turning an ageing, but much loved swimming pool into a state of the art recreation facility accessible for the entire community isn’t an easy job.
  • Broadband opportunities abound
    Federal Broadband Minister Senator Stephen Conroy recently joined industry leaders and visionaries at a high level conference held by the City of Whittlesea to showcase the potential of the Federal Government’s National Broadband Network (NBN) and how it will transform community life.
  • Billion dollar boost for Whittlesea
    Over the next two years, in excess of $1 billion will be invested in the City of Whittlesea, with work underway on the South Morang Rail Extension and the Wholesale Fruit and Vegetable Markets in Epping.
  • Representing the nation’s growth areas
    The National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) is a group that represents 25 of Australia’s fastest growing municipalities.
  • Are broken pit lids eating your budget?*
    The City of Whittlesea is a rapidly growing and diverse community. At present, it has the third most culturally diverse population in Victoria and is among the State’s fastest growing municipalities.
  • Reconnecting communities
    In early 2009, bushfires swept across Victoria, devastating 78 communities and 400,000 hectares of land

Feature: Engineering and Public Works

  • Are broken pit lids eating your budget?*
    If your council is like most, broken pit lids are a constant hassle that are chewing through your budget and wasting resources.
  • Permanent anti graffiti coating protects council assets*
    Nanokote EcoBarrier is a unique, permanent anti graffiti coating manufactured using the latest developments in nanotechnology.
  • Cyclone Ului highlights the value of Guardian software

    As severe tropical Cyclone Ului maintained its path for a direct hit on the Whitsundays in March, the Whitsunday Disaster Management Group was quick to put a Guardian Control Centre into action.
  • New boardwalk provides access for all
    A wider range of Ryde residents can now enjoy The Field Of Mars Reserve, following the recent opening of a new equal access, elevated boardwalk.
  • Technical skills training delivered to your desk*
    Technical staff must keep up to date with advances in the design, construction and maintenance of road pavements and their asset management and environmental impacts.
  • Tidy Towns People’s Choice Awards
    Tidy Towns, the iconic competition that has been putting Australian towns on the map for more than 40 years, has announced that for the first time, it will be asking people to vote for their favourite town in a partnership with GPS brand, Navman.
  • Sniffers protect polluters from prosecution*
    Odour pollution accounts for over 60 per cent of complaints from the community, according to Local and State Government environmental protection agencies.
  • Tree preservation in order for Hornsby
    On 31 March, Hornsby Shire Council celebrated the 50th anniversary of its Tree Preservation Order – a motion put forward in 1960 by then Councillor Max Ruddock, the father of the current Member for Berowra, Phillip Ruddock.
  • New infrastructure asset management course*
    The Centre for Pavement Engineering Education and the University of Tasmania are offering an industry specific four unit Graduate Certificate in Infrastructure Asset Management.
  • Population growth key challenge facing our roads
    Having addressed both the Urban Transport World international conference in Sydney and the Australian Roads Summit in Brisbane in the last two months, Australian Local Government Association President (ALGA), Councillor Geoff Lake, has made it clear that the forecast population increase will be the major challenge for the future of the country’s roads.
  • Melton synthetic surfaces a hit with the community
    Located 19 kilometres west of Melbourne, the Shire of Melton recently launched two synthetic surface reserves, thanks to funding from the Federal Government’s Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program (RLCIP).
  • Sediment control – improving stormwater quality*
    Unsealed road networks can produce large amounts of sediment and a good proportion of this sediment will end up in our creeks and rivers. Once in our waterways it can cause environmental harm to plants and animals as well as lowering the overall quality of our water.
  • Logan cracks down on abandoned trolleys
    Queensland’s Logan City Council is set to introduce new laws requiring retailers to have shopping trolley containment systems in place by July, in a bid to rid the streets of abandoned trolleys.
  • National asset management and public works conference
    The seventh National Local Government Asset Management and Public Works Engineering Conference, auspiced by the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) and Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia, will be held at the Regent Theatre in Melbourne on 13 and 14 May 2010.
  • Footpaths made safer*
    Footpaths! Something we all use and take for granted, but something councils receive a lot of complaints about and can be costly to maintain.
  • Fairfield uses recycled road in maintenance innovation
    Fairfield City Council is trialling the use of recycled construction waste in a number of road reconstruction sites. If it works well, Council will use the mix on other roads across the City.
  • Weighty topic for waste industry
    Chain of Responsibility (CoR) is a reality for anyone involved in transportation
  • Bottle Bubblers flow in Port Macquarie-Hastings
    In February, Port Macquarie-Hastings Council turned on its first ‘Bottle Bubbler’ water station, as part of a campaign to reduce plastic water bottle waste.
  • Monash Council Chambers come to life
    The City of Monash is set to turn green, with the announcement of a ‘Living Roof’ to be created atop the Monash Civic Centre.
  • Planting out to deter graffiti vandals
    As an inner city suburban council, the City of Stirling in Western Australia knows the significant effect vandalism has on the feeling of safety and the perceived fear of crime within the community.
  • Carpark saves Australia’s dunes
    In what is believed to be an environmental first for Australia, Clarence City Council in southeastern Tasmania has designed, developed and managed the construction of a carpark using a breakthrough recycled glass product.