September 2010 Edition

  • Single association for NSW Local Government
    The Local Government Association of New South Wales and the Shires Association of New South Wales have voted overwhelmingly in support of forming a new single association to represent Local Government in New South Wales.
  • Big step forward for Local Government and constitutional change
    The President of the Australian Local Government Association, Councillor Geoff Lake, has welcomed the agreement signed by Labor and the Greens which commits to a referendum being held in this parliamentary term to include Local Government in the Australian Constitution.
  • Are you available?

    A study by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary entitled Valuing the Police identified that in larger police forces, uniformed police staff availability was only 6.4 per cent on a Friday night at half past midnight, 11.3 per cent at 9:00am on Monday morning and 10.9 per cent at 7:00pm on Wednesday evening.
  • Online tool will listen to community
    In August, Western Australia’s City of Melville began trialling a new online tool to encourage the community to offer their opinions on a wide variety of subjects.
  • Navigating the path of change
    In delivering his opening address to the Municipal Association of Victoria’s recent Local Government Technology Solutions Conference, it was only fitting that CEO Rob Spence used his iPad for speaking notes.
  • Manly Water Bubbler Project wins award
    Manly Council’s innovative Filtered Water Bubbler Project has taken out second place from among 30 entries at the recent inaugural Local Government Innovation in Waste Awards.
  • Bushfires funding support for councils welcomed
    The Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) recently welcomed a $38 million partnership support package announced by Premier John Brumby as part of the Victorian Government’s $867.3 million response to the 2009 Bushfires Royal Commission final report recommendations.
  • Leeton Council R Over It
    Leeton Shire Council in the Riverina region of New South Wales has demonstrated a new approach to alcohol management with its innovative ‘R U Over It?’ campaign.
  • Campbelltown boosts learning opportunities
    More New South Wales school students will benefit from the popular online tutoring program, ‘Your Tutor’, following a partnership between Campbelltown City Council’s Library Service and the University of Western Sydney (UWS).
  • Active by Design at Baw Baw
    In an aim to support healthier lifestyles for local residents, Baw Baw Shire Council has introduced the Active by Design project.
  • Unley’s green thumbs get Mayoral recognition
    In June, the City of Unley recognised the hard work of residents protecting street trees at an Adopt a Tree Mayoral Awards ceremony.
  • Recognising LG’s high achievers
    At the 2010 Local Government Managers Australia National Congress in Adelaide, Local Government FOCUS invited delegates to nominate individuals or teams from their councils who are improving operations or enhancing service delivery for their local community.
  • Port Macquarie raises the bar in tertiary education levels
    Port Macquarie Hastings Council is set to become a ‘test’ case in the Federal Government’s bid to raise tertiary education levels in lower socioeconomic areas.
  • NAB publishes Local Government finance report*
    NAB Government Business has released its 2010 Financial Management Insights report, a comprehensive analysis of key financial metrics of Australia’s local councils.
  • Councillor Profiles
    Councillor Profiles is a regular feature. This month we feature two Councillors from the Queensland.
  • Launceston Aquatic improves access
    Residents with additional needs will be able to access Launceston Aquatic’s facilities more quickly and safely following the donation of an additional submersible wheelchair.
  • Do you know any female leaders who champion healthy heart initiatives?
    Nominations are now open for The National Heart Foundation of Australia and the Australian Local Government Women’s Association’s (ALGWA) one off Go Red for Women Leadership Award, to recognise a female leader in Local Government.
  • Tee off for the Year of Women in Local Government
    To celebrate the Year of Women in Local Government, the City of Whittlesea, with the support of the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV), and the Local Government Professionals (LGPro), is proudly presenting a charity golf day.
  • We have a Government – 10 tips to maximise your relevance
    The Good Oil by Rod Brown*
  • Community acclaim for ‘Not Left Behind’ film premiere
    In August, more than 120 people gathered in Daylesford, Victoria for the premiere screening of the locally made film ‘Not Left Behind’.
  • Local Government and multiculturalism
    The second ‘Local Government and Multiculturalism: Innovation and Leadership on the Ground’ conference was held on 27 August 2010 at the Performing Arts Centre in Wangaratta.
  • President’s comment
    In each edition we feature the views of a Local Government Association president. The following is from Councillor Troy Pickard, President of the Western Australia Local Government Association.
  • Rural health crisis costing lives
    In the 21st century, distance should not be a barrier to high quality health care. But according to a recent survey of rural health consumers, more than half the rural population are waiting at least a week and some up to six months for a routine appointment with their GP.

  • Morley themes to guide development
    The City of Bayswater has been working with Morley residents and businesses to prepare a master plan to guide the area’s future development as a ‘strategic city centre’ of regional significance.
  • Development with vision around transport hubs
    The City of Bayswater has been working in partnership with the Western Australian State Government to look at the potential for transit oriented development (TOD) around the City’s train stations.
  • Volunteers at the heart of the community
    The Australian Meals on Wheels Association celebrated National Meals on Wheels Day on 25 August 2010.
  • An eventful City
    The City of Bayswater organises a range of high profile and exciting events that attract people from across the region. Amongst the best known are the Avon Descent finish line event and the Autumn R
  • Commitment to service and innovation
    The City of Bayswater prides itself on its record of customer service and tradition of innovation.
  • Mayor’s message
    The City of Bayswater represents a vibrant, multicultural community of around 56,000 residents and over 2,000 businesses.
  • Major community hub project underway
    Work is underway on a new $22 million community hub for residents and visitors to Maylands. The Maylands Multipurpose Centre is being constructed on the corner of Eighth Avenue and Guildford Road.
  • Coventry Square Markets will boost local economy and employment
    The City of Bayswater has given the green light to the Coventry Square Markets development that will take place adjacent to the Centro Galleria Shopping Centre in Morley.
  • From main drain to babbling brook
    The City of Bayswater looks after Perth’s largest urban water catchment. With the unflattering name of the Bayswater main drain, this connected series of waterways flows into the Swan River and carries with it the potential for nutrients and other pollutants to enter the river.
  • New home for State ballet
    The City of Bayswater is to become the new home of West Australian ballet. With funding support from the WA State Government, the City recently purchased the heritage listed Senses Building in Maylands to create a vibrant new home for the WA State Ballet Company.

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