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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Congratulations to Lee-anne Graham from the City of Yarra. Lee-anne has won a scholarship awarded by Indigo Training to develop her career and continue her stated mission of developing Access Yarra. Access Yarra is the business unit responsible for the customer contact centre within Council.
Call to play increasing role in Indigenous employment
On 30 July 2010, the Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government (ACELG) released a green paper to explore untapped labour pools, and invest in the recruitment and development of workers from non traditional areas, specifically Indigenous Australians.
On the bus for urban growth management
In August, movers and shakers in the future development of Greater Adelaide set off on a two day bus tour investigating matters pertaining to planning and development.
Construction trainees breaking new ground
Two West Arnhem Shire Council Community Development Employment Project (CDEP) participants have taken a big step in their ongoing training towards certification in the construction industry.
Durability – principles for practitioners*
The Concrete Institute of Australia (CIA) has produced this one day course on Durability Principles based around Australian and International codes and guidelines for general practitioners who seek additional information and knowledge related to the topic.
Postgrad study for engineers*
For Local Government engineers and other technical professionals, postgraduate study can provide essential specialist knowledge, improved professional performance and enhance career prospects.
Casey supports its volunteers
With the aim of dramatically increasing participation rates in volunteering across Council, the City of Casey in Melbourne’s southeast introduced a Volunteer Participation Program.