May 2010 Edition

  • Kwinana celebrates Year of Women
    With 2010 being the year of Women in Local Government, Western Australia’s Town of Kwinana has many reasons to celebrate.
  • 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.
  • Cruising and surfing

    One weekend in March, hundreds of cars and spectators turned up in Harlow, blocking carparks and roads. This wasn’t an organised event but an unauthorised car cruise.
  • Calls for Local Government to step up climate change action
    As former CEO of Nillumbik Shire Council in Victoria and newly appointed CEO/Regional Director of ICLEI – Oceania, Bill Forrest has called on Local Government Australia wide to step up to the challenges of climate change.
  • The many languages of Monash
    Melbourne’s Monash City Council is offering a range of free services to non English speaking residents within its five library branches.
  • Playspace playgrounds the only choice*
    Playspace is dedicated to the idea of play and its vital importance in enhancing the lives of children, families and communities.
  • Affordable housing agreement for people with a disability
    Hepburn Shire Council in Central Victoria has entered a groundbreaking agreement to provide affordable housing for people with disabilities.
  • 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
    Councillor Profiles is a regular feature. This month we feature two Councillors from the Victoria.
  • Up to date RoadInfo for Northern Rivers
    A new website has been launched in the Northern Rivers area of New South Wales to provide drivers with up to date information on road closures.
  • Tom Price vision moves one step closer
    After more than 40 years, the Tom Price town centre in the Pilbara region of Western Australia is set to undergo a facelift.
  • 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.
  • Lessons from the infrastructure splurge

    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.
  • New fire control centre for Hornsby and Ku-ring-gai
    The brand new $4.3 million state of the art Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Fire Control Centre was recently opened in Cowan, located 40 kilometres north of Sydney’s CBD.
  • 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.
  • LGAQ: amalgamation compensation disappointing
    Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) President, Councillor Paul Bell, has described the compensation allocated to amalgamated councils as disappointing.
  • President’s comment
    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.
  • Improved waste service generates savings
    Following a comprehensive review of its garbage collection, Burwood Council decided to partly outsource the service.
  • 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.
  • Benefits of risk management in the integration of Local Government activities*
    Despite being the second smallest council in New South Wales, covering only seven square kilometres, Burwood is geographically at the centre of Sydney’s inner west and is one of its most active, vibrant and multicultural centres.
  • ‘Think Rights’ competition: calling all future leaders
    Burwood Council is currently running a unique competition, engaging young students and residents of Sydney’s inner west by asking them what values or human rights we should all share as Australians.
  • 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.

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