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 (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.
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
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Shared pathway takes out national award
Lake Macquarie City Council has won the National Award for Excellence from Parks and Leisure Australia (PLA) for its innovative work in the construction of Red Bluff Shared Pathway at Eleebana.
Smart access to council information
Tweed Shire Council in northern New South Wales has become one of the first Australian councils to provide a new way for residents with a smart mobile phone to access Council information.
Durability* - Principles for practitione
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.
Awards for multicultural programs
In September, Ballarat City Council in the Central Highlands Region of Victoria received the prestigious Victorian Multicultural Award for Local Government as part of the 2010 Victorian Multicultural Commission Awards for Excellence.
BETA – SITE: Pre fabricated toilets by Furphy’s Foundry*
Newly released and on site at the new bus transfer exchange in Koo Wee Rup Victoria, BETA – SITE represents four key elements these toilets were designed with in mind, durability, functionality, simplicity and DDA 1428.1 compliance.
Smoke testing machine finds cracks in the system
MidCoast Water is using an ongoing program of smoke testing across its service area to improve the efficiency of its sewerage network, reduce its impact on the environment, and save money on treatment costs.
Darwin City Council website success
Darwin City Council’s website recently scored the highest rating in a website usability study of Australia’s capital city council websites.
City of Casey’s mapping system challenge
Victoria’s City of Casey Council required a platform on which it could build an intuitive and easily used mapping system that would spatially locate vulnerable community groups within the municipality during times of emergency.
An innovative works approach
Maranoa Regional Council in southern Queensland is taking part in an innovative program that involves low risk prisoners carrying out maintenance works in the town of Mitchell.
Cardinia goes green with energy saving streetlights
Located between Western Port Bay and the Yarra Ranges on the outskirts of Melbourne, Cardinia Shire Council has officially gone green with the completion of an energy efficient street lighting program across the Shire.
Passport for portable volunteers
In August, the Local Government Association of South Australia (LGASA) launched an initiative to reduce barriers to volunteer movement across South Australian council areas.
Midwest Shires doing ‘WELL’
Western Australia’s Midwest Shires have taken up an opportunity to participate in the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Workplace English Language and Literacy (WELL) Program.
Blue Mountains saves its swamps
Earlier this year, Blue Mountains City Council was recognised with a National Local Government Award in the ‘Innovation in Natural Resource Management’ category for its role as the lead player in the ‘Save our Swamps’ project.