Whittlesea hosts community consultation expert
More than 100 people, including Local Government representatives from around Victoria, recently attended community planning workshops at the City of Whittlesea in Melbourne’s outer north.
After the General Election, with no party able to command a majority in the House of Commons, the options available were endlessly analysed under the glare of television cameras, and drawn out negotiations in private ensued.
Ipswich Council on the prowl
Ipswich Council has had an overwhelming response to its Cats Management Plan, with almost 3,600 cats now registered.
Recognising councils’ top performers
At the recent Local Government Managers Australia National Congress in Adelaide, Local Government FOCUS invited delegates to nominate staff members or teams from their council who are excelling in their professional field by improving their council’s operations and enhancing services for their community
Management Plan to improve health in the Territory
In May, West Arnhem Shire Council’s Gunbalanya community passed a milestone in its campaign against the misuse of volatile substances in the area, with the gazetting of the Volatile Substance Abuse (VSA) Management Plan by the Northern Territory Government.
Pan Da the koala a Redland City star
Redland City Councils star Facebook marsupial, Pan Da the Koala, was once again released into Redlands bushland recently, with a clean bill of health from Australia Zoo hospital, where he spent the previous two months being treated for cystitis.
In opening the Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT) 98th Local Government Conference, Association President Barry Easther said that it is an important time for Local Government as it strives for excellence and uses innovation to shape the future.
Stirling awarded for engineering excellence
The City of Stirling’s unique approach to designing bicycle infrastructure has recently been recognised at the Western Australian Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia (IPWEA) 2009 Engineering Excellence Awards.
New guide to cut deaths and injury in high risk public works jobs
In an effort to reduce injuries and fatalities caused by driver fatigue, Pro-Visual Publishing is reminding Local Government and works officers of the National Heavy Vehicle Driver Fatigue Reforms with the 2010 edition of the National Guide to Public Works and Services Safety.
Editorial: on the way to a fairer tax system
As part of the review into Australia’s Future Tax System (the Henry Tax Review), the Federal Government recently announced its intention to pursue tax reform in a gradual and considered manner.
In each edition we feature the views of a Local Government Association president. The following is from Mayor Felicity-ann Lewis, President of the Local Government Association of South Australia (LGASA).
Chair of the National Steering Committee of the Year of Women in Local Government, Ray Pincombe, said that the Local Government sector will require an innovative workforce to drive change over the next two decades. He was speaking at the opening session of the 2010 Local Government Managers Australia’s (LGMA’s) National Congress and Expo held in Adelaide from 16 to 19 May.
Greenhouse Action Plan progress
Council’s Greenhouse Action Plan (GAP) set a target of reducing emissions of greenhouse gases by 30 per cent, from a base year of 2000 by 2010. The target applies not just to Council’s own activities, but across the whole community.
Wash Against Waste Trailer
As part of the popular Castlemaine State Festival’s journey towards being a carbon neutral event, a local initiative called the Wash Against Waste Trailer was launched last year.
Low energy solar display house
A few years ago, the Mount Alexander Sustainability Group (MASG) saw a need for a local example of an environmentally sustainable home. The aim was to create a home that could assist in educating people of design and material options when choosing to renovate or build their homes.
Locally designed electric car for Mayor
In 2007, as part of a commitment to reducing emissions from Council’s car fleet, the Mayor’s car was changed from a large six cylinder petrol vehicle to a smaller four cylinder diesel car.
Water is Life
Water is Life Mount Alexander (WiLMA) was formed specifically to advocate around the issue of water security and has been successful in raising local awareness. It is a water users’ network of primary producers, industry, business, forestry, river flows and town residents.
Connecting Country is a unique landscape scale project that aims to increase, enhance and restore biodiversity across Mount Alexander Shire. It is being run by the community and involves a wide range of groups and agencies.
Community based Environment Advisory Committee
Last year Mount Alexander Shire established a community based Environment Advisory Committee to provide Council with advice and support on environment and sustainability issues. It will also help to guide Council as a new Environment Strategy is developed and implemented in 2010.
Mount Alexander Sustainability Group maintains momentum
Community members have provided great inspiration and momentum in the journey towards a sustainable future in Mount Alexander. This has been demonstrated by the strong membership numbers for Mount Alexander Sustainability Group (MASG).
Doubling business production while reducing greenhouse emissions is one of the outcomes from the Mount Alexander Shire Maine’s Power project.
Efficient home improvements for older people
A new initiative that aims to make Home and Community Care clients more comfortable in their homes, save them money on energy bills and care for the environment by saving energy and water is now underway across Mount Alexander.
Central Victoria Solar City
The Central Victorian Greenhouse Alliance (CVGA), of which Mount Alexander Shire is a member, wrote the winning business case submission for the Central Victoria Solar City project. It established its commercial arm, ZCO2e, to manage the project and the consortium.
Turning trash into treasure
A new Resource and Recovery Centre recently opened by Wellington Shire Council in Gippsland in eastern Victoria has reached in excess of 40 per cent recovery of waste disposal.
SA councils support renewable energy
Six South Australian metropolitan councils are set to champion renewable energy solutions to communities as a result of a 12 month pilot scheme established by the Local Government Association of South Australia (LGASA) in partnership with ZEN Home Energy Systems.
Port Adelaide Enfield environmental education
South Australia’s City of Port Adelaide Enfield Council is teaming up with KESAB (Keep South Australia Beautiful) environmental solutions to offer residents free bus tours to local waste and recycling sites.
Climate Change and Business Conference
The 6th Australia-New Zealand Climate Change and Business Conference will be held in Sydney from 10 to 12 August. This conference brings together business leaders and policymakers from both Australia and New Zealand to facilitate taking action on climate change.
The natural alternative*
With the emphasis these days being on clean and green, local councils are at the forefront of looking at more environmentally safer alternatives and leading the way in ecofriendly practices.
Hurstville City Council cuts its electricity bills
Hurstville City Council is one of 17 Sydney councils set to save money on their electricity bills after accepting the recommendations of the Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (SSROC) to award a tender for the supply of electricity for large sites and street lighting.
Melville assesses energy use
A new portable kit that measures energy and water consumption in the home is now available for loan at all City of Melville libraries.
Port Augusta promotes water as a healthy choice
Port Augusta Council in conjunction with the South Australian and Federal Governments launched its ‘Water – the original cool drink’ campaign in February this year to encourage local residents to drink healthy products.
Trigeneration key to emission reductions
Electricity could be cheaper and cleaner if regulations blocking local, efficient energy systems in Australia were removed, according to a City of Sydney submission to the Prime Minister’s Task Group on Energy Efficiency.
Randwick street lights go solar
Randwick has become the first council in New South Wales to trial a new solar powered street lighting technology developed by solar lighting company Point Energy Group Australia.