COAG meeting recognises importance of Local Government
Local Government will benefit from the most recent meeting of the Australian Council for Australian Government (COAG), with the Commonwealth and the States acknowledging the various roles it plays in primary and preventative health care, as well as housing affordability.
Sports Without Borders
Barriers such as cost, cultural appropriateness, transport, language, and a lack of familiarity with systems and structures influence the capacity of newly arrived migrant and refugee young people to participate in community sport and recreation activities.
Vic councils a State collection agency
With the Victorian Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Innovation, Gavin Jennings, recently announcing a price hike for landfill levies in metropolitan Victoria, the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) has expressed a growing frustration at the number of State Government policy costs and levies being imposed on Local Government.
MoU ensures the future of roads in WA’s Mid West
Mid West Regional Council (MWRC) and Main Roads WA have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will ensure the future participation of six councils within the region’s road network development.
Councillor Profiles is a regular feature. This month we feature two Councillors from the Victoria.
Added versatility from newest portable skate park
Skateramps Australia has launched its latest addition to its portable skate facilities. ‘Skate Events’ provides an instant skate facility for communities, however small or remote, enabling skaters of all levels of expertise to enjoy this activity.
The roof insulation saga has morphed into a wider problem for the Rudd Government now that the Building Education Revolution (BER) is coming unstuck. While Education Minister Julia Gillard expresses ‘deep pride’ in the $16 billion BER program, most of us have local examples of real wastage.
Beechworth wins national Tidy Towns award
At a ceremony at Government House Canberra in April, the Victorian town of Beechworth was announced the Overall Winner of the Keep Australia Beautiful Australian Tidy Towns Awards for 2009/2010.
In each edition we feature the views of a Local Government Association president. The following is from Councillor Bill McArthur, President of the Municipal Association of Victoria.
Editorial: Australia’s population debate
The recent appointment of Australia’s first ever Population Minister is a clear indication of the far reaching implications that the continuing growth of our nation will have.
Working with our communities to build a climate resilient future
Staging its first national environment conference on 15 and 16 April, the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) brought together a range of keynote speakers, and invited delegates to put forward their ideas and actions to date for building a climate resilient future.
Listening and delivering
Burwood remains a high traffic area in Sydney and Council is required to plan for continuous maintenance of its roads and footpaths.
Enfield Pool a splashing success
It’s the oldest freshwater Olympic pool in Sydney, but judging by the record number of young learn to swim enrolments, it is certainly the place to be for the cool kids of Burwood.
Youth Activities engage future leaders
Burwood Council hosts a detailed program of creative, social and fun activities, engaging younger residents on issues and solutions for the local community.
Hidden historic gems in the CBD
You don’t need to travel far to discover Burwood’s rich historic past – a new heritage walk map developed by Council shows all the treasures available around the CBD.
Crime prevention with CitySafe program
In a move to provide a safer enjoyment of the area for residents and visitors, Burwood Council has been rolling out a complex program of CCTV cameras that is proving successful and becoming the benchmark for all neighbouring councils in the inner west of Sydney.
Seniors keep active in Burwood
Whether seniors enjoy a refreshing yoga session, a knitting class or a regular social trip to an exciting location, Burwood offers a range of programs to ensure they pursue a healthy lifestyle and remain active participants in the community.
Multilanguage and hi-tech for the Library
Burwood Library continues to evolve, growing its technology facilities and its multicultural collection. Library users can now enjoy an extensive collection of books and services, catering for all ages and cultures within the community.
Experience the change – experience Burwood
Burwood has changed a lot over the last ten years, turning into a lively business and shopping centre during the day, and a vibrant dining and entertainment destination in the evening. Its the perfect mix of old meets new.
Feature: Administration & Management Systems
StreetScene asset patrol to assist in City upkeep
This month, the City of Stirling in metropolitan Perth is embarking on a new ‘StreetScene’ process to inspect assets within the city. The process will initially focus on the City’s two key tourism precincts of Scarborough and Beaufort Street.
For many areas within Local Government, Certificate III and Certificate IV are already a prerequisite for many positions, and more positions are beginning to require some form of certified training.
Postgraduate mid year intake at Deakin University*
Don’t wait until next year to commence your studies. In such a competitive environment, there has never been a better time to upgrade your skills with a postgraduate qualification from Deakin University.
Rockhampton reflects commitment to staff
Rockhampton Regional Council recently saw 30 of its employees graduate with Certificate IV in Frontline Management, demonstrating its commitment to staff development.
Baw Baw serving its citizens well
In response to its need for a new customer service platform, Baw Baw Shire Council in conjunction with Microsoft has created its own Citizens Service Platform – CouncilRM™ (Council Relationship Management).
New approach to budget delivery
Coffs Harbour City Council has adopted its first Draft Delivery Program and Draft Operational Plan, a new approach to budget delivery which replaces the Management Plan format that most councils have?followed in the past.
SA councils rated for good governance
Local Government Association of South Australia (LGASA) President, Mayor Felicity-ann Lewis, has reaffirmed the commitment of the State’s 68 councils to target excellence.
West Arnhem skills up Community Safety Officers
Located at the topmost part of the Northern Territory, West Arnhem Shire Council is providing its Community Safety Officers (Night Patrol) with an opportunity to obtain a Certificate II in Community Services.
MidCoast Water invests in the future
Gaining experience in their chosen engineering field as part of MidCoast Water’s vacation employment program has provided two university students with a practical introduction to the water and sewer industry.