October 2010 Edition

  • Whose responsibility?
    Caring responsibilities, not only for younger family members, but older relatives, is an issue that is emerging for employees at all councils.
  • Have you got your onion sorted?

    As part of the annual budget build process, which is increasingly becoming an ongoing process, rather than limited to autumn/winter, it is important to develop a number of scenarios based upon target levels of net expenditure reduction.
  • Government 2.0 and the role of location intelligence

    Government 2.0 (Gov 2.0) involves the use of technology to enhance access to and delivery of government services to benefit the public, business partners and employees.
  • Innovative ICT solutions awarded
    The Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) recently announced the winners of its 2010 ICT Awards, recognising outstanding performance in information and communications technology.
  • Fairfield lights up to help the environment
    In a first for Fairfield City Council, nine solar powered pedestrian lights have been installed at Bibby’s Place in the suburb of Bonnyrigg.
  • Murray Darling Association conference report

    The 66th National Conference and AGM of the Murray Darling Association, staged at Beechworth in Victoria on 9 to 11 September 2010, concluded with some very specific outcomes and key messages.
  • Port­ Macquarie improves workplace safety
    Staff at Port Macquarie–Hastings Council have drawn on their knowledge and expertise to find an innovative solution to the potential problems and risks when using, transporting and storing Oxy Acetylene equipment.
  • 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 communi
  • Green Precinct project a blueprint for councils
    Moonee Valley City Council has won a United Nations Association of Australia (UNAA) World Environment Day Award for its Green Precinct Project.
  • SA councils launch ECO ERA website
    In September, seven Adelaide councils launched a new website designed to help residents find ways to be more environmentally friendly.
  • Councillor Profiles
    Councillor Profiles is a regular feature. This month we feature two Councillors from the Western Australia.
  • Records tumble as SA election nominations close
    A record 28.41 per cent of the contenders in the 2010 South Australian council elections are women – an increase of about one per cent on the 2006 elections.
  • Opportunities to empower local communities

    Simon Crean, the Minister for the newly created portfolio, Regional Australia, aims to empower local communities to drive their own regional development investments. And he wants future Governments and Australians to change the way they look at the nation, and to think “regional”.
  • Do you know a female leader who champions healthy heart initiatives?
    Nominations are closing soon 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.
  • Lifeskills program wins national award
    In September, the City of Melville’s Young Men’s Lifeskills program took out top honours at the national LIFE Awards, winning the Public Sector Organisation category for its outstanding contribution to suicide prevention.
  • New Minister and Shadow Minister for Local Government
    Prime Minister Julia Gillard has announced her new front bench with Simon Crean appointed as the Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government.
  • President’s comment
    In each edition we feature the views of a Local Government Association president. The following is from Councillor Heinz Kreutz, President of the Victorian Local Governance Association.
  • Editorial: Parliament welcomes Indigenous heritage
    The first hung parliament in 70 years was officially opened on 28 September with an Aboriginal Welcome to Country smoking ceremony initiating the proceedings.
  • Local empowerment and regionalism
    During the first sitting week of the 43rd Federal Parliament, the Minister for Regional Development, Regional Australia and Local Government, Simon Crean addressed the National Press Club.

  • The Whitehorse community
    Council values the ideas and contribution provided by its local community and regularly provides opportunities for feedback on proposed plans and strategies. Council also has appointed advisory committees that provide regular feedback on the development of specific areas of work.
  • Local Government Community Satisfaction Survey
    Whitehorse City Council once again came top of its class in the State Government’s Local Government Community Satisfaction Survey 2010.
  • What the community thinks
    Whitehorse City Council uses the results from a range of surveys including two annual surveys that are conducted specifically to measure resident satisfaction with Council’s performance.
  • Community events in Whitehorse
    The Whitehorse Spring Festival offers a free day of family fun and entertainment. More than 100 local community groups come together to showcase their activities, including historic displays, parkland conservation groups, community clubs and a diverse variety of arts and craft stalls.
  • Year of Women in Local Government
    Whitehorse City Council has conducted a range of activities and events to celebrate the Year of Women in Local Government.?
  • An employer of choice
    2010 Staff Satisfaction Survey showed an 85 per cent overall satisfaction rate with 82 per cent stated they enjoy coming to work.
  • Commitment to nurturing staff
    Whitehorse City Council values the contribution of its dedicated people in delivering more than 100 different services to 155,000 residents in the community.
  • A unique and diverse City
    The City of Whitehorse is located just 15 kilometres east of Melbourne and covers an area of 64 square kilometres.
  • History of Whitehorse
    The City of Whitehorse was proclaimed in December 1994, following the amalgamation of the former cities of Box Hill and Nunawading.
  • Message from the Mayor
    This year was my second as a Whitehorse Councillor and I was honoured to have been elected by my colleagues in November 2009 to lead Council as Mayor.
  • Local attractions abound
    Whitehorse has many attractions for its residents and visitors to discover and experience including.
  • Financial Sustainability
    Council adopted a rate revenue increase for the 2010/11 Financial Year which allowed Whitehorse to continue to provide quality services and facilities that meet the growing needs of the community.
  • Environmental sustainability initiatives
    Whitehorse City Council recognises the importance of taking local action to ensure we live in an environmentally sustainable community and takes active steps to reduce its contribution to climate change.

Feature: Best Practice