November 2010 Edition

  • Randwick begins building renovations
    Renovation works are now underway at the iconic Coogee Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC) – the first project under Randwick City Council’s Buildings for our Community program.
  • All change
    The UK Experience by Malcolm Morley*
    Now the comprehensive spending review has been announced, we start to get a real feel for the financial challenges to be faced by councils.
  • NSW Local Government leads the way with paid parental leave
    A progressive new Industrial Award has been endorsed by the Local Government and Shires Associations of NSW (LGSA), with NSW Local Government set to become one of the first industries to offer 18 weeks parental leave at full pay to both mothers and fathers as an Award entitlement.
  • Qld councils urged to get on top of asset planning
    Queensland Local Government Minister Desley Boyle has released a new guide to help Mayors and Councillors across the State better understand their responsibilities in managing billions of dollars of community assets under their watch.
  • IPWEAQ Excellence Awards 2010
    Each year since 2002, the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia, Queensland Division Inc. (IPWEAQ) has presented Excellence Awards to encourage excellence in the innovation, development, completion and management of Local Government and public works projects.
  • Green Cities 2011 takes sustainability Beyond Buildings*
    Sustainable communities are no longer a pipe dream; it is increasingly important that they become part of our lives.
  • Local road network in crisis
    The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) has released the findings of an independent study into the funding needs of Australia’s local roads. This estimates that an additional $1.2 billion will need to be spent each year just to maintain the current standard our local road network.
  • 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.
  • Launceston provides Wider Opportunities for Women
    Launceston City Council has launched a Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW) program to encourage more women to build the confidence to return to work.
  • Online resource gives residents 24/7 access to council*
    In October Pitney Bowes Business Insight (PBBI) announced that 30 councils in South Australia have implemented a new website initiative service. This allows South Australian residents to access a central database of services available in their area at
  • Councillor Profiles
    Councillor Profiles is a regular feature. This month we feature two Councillors from the Tasmania.
  • New park opens in Melville
    Melville’s new $4 million Kadidjiny Park was officially opened on 5 November by City of Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey and Federal Member for Fremantle Melissa Parke.
  • It’s raining cats and dogs

    Last year my family bought me Raffa – a chocolate Labrador – to force me to walk more. Phew it’s been a job dragging him out of ponds, away from golfers and showing him the world!
  • Ending employment disparity in one generation
    On 25 October, a 13 year old Indigenous girl from Sydney told the nation that all Australians must help to create real jobs and a better future for Indigenous Australians in this generation.
  • Putting a commitment in spirit into practice
    The Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) is currently conducting a research project into their Refugee Welcome Zone (RWZ) initiative. The aim is to encourage current councils involved, and potential new councils, to put their commitment in spirit to supporting refugees into practice.
  • President’s comment
    In each edition we feature the views of a Local Government Association president. The following is from Mayor Barry Easther, President of the Local Government Association of Tasmania.
  • Editorial: Protecting the Murray Darling Basin
    The release of the Guide to the Murray Darling Basin Plan, which currently recommends an increase to environmental flows of up to 37 per cent, has been met with mixed reactions.
  • Future of the Murray Darling Basin: Getting the balance right
    The Murray Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) released its Guide to the Proposed Basin Plan on 8 October.

  • Creating our region’s future
    The vision of Mildura Development Corporation (MDC) is ‘creating our region’s future’, and since becoming an independent incorporated entity in April 2009, it has made major inroads into achieving this vision.
  • Top destination for business events
    Mildura’s popularity as a destination for conferences and business events is continuing to flourish with another major four day event secured for the city in April 2012.
  • Big names making the move to Mildura
    Although traditionally considered a hub for horticulture and associated industries, the Mildura region is fast attracting investment and development from a new wave of retailers and commercial businesses.
  • All systems go in 2010
    2010 has seen a number of long awaited major projects get underway throughout Mildura Rural City.
  • Plenty of sunshine lures solar investment
    The warm Mediterranean climate and regular sunshine of the Mildura region has been luring families and holiday makers to this part of the world for decades.
  • Mildura Rural City
    Situated in North West Victoria, Mildura Rural City covers almost ten per cent of the state’s area. The region’s landscape ranges from precious Mallee vegetation to broad acre grain properties, intensive horticultural farms and vibrant towns.
  • This city is flying
    With up to 20 regular flights to and from Mildura each week, the region’s excellent air links appeal to tourists and visitors alike.
  • Communities take charge of their futures
    Some of this municipality’s smallest communities are taking big steps towards ensuring their futures as part of Council’s Community Planning process.
  • Tranquil stormwater treatment
    The Etiwanda Wetlands, situated north of Seventh Street in Mildura has a reputation for being a tranquil spot for bushwalking, cycling and bird watching.
  • Skilled migration program proving popular
    A program that assists local businesses to secure staff with specialist skill sets is adding an extra dimension to this region’s economy.

Feature: Tourism & Economic Development

  • Hume enters new tourism partnership
    In July Hume City Council and Sunbury’s local community radio station, 3NRG, entered into a partnership to promote local tourism.
  • Randwick encouraged to ‘Walk It Off’
    Randwick City Council is encouraging businesses and residents in the Kingsford and Kensington areas to join ‘Walk It Off’ ­– a new sustainable transport initiative.
  • Encouraging tourism growth
    Located in western New South Wales, Balranald Shire Council’s Economic Development Committee recognised that the opening of the nearby Yanga National Park in 2009 and an apparent increasing interest in Mungo National Park, was eventually going to impact the area through increasing visitor numbers.
  • Putting theory into practice*
    Classroom theory is one thing, but nothing beats direct experience.
  • How well planned activity centres can enhance economic development
    By Ross Larsen*
    Activity centres are the core areas of a city or town that accommodate a concentration of retailing, business offices, personal and professional services, community facilities and services, urban public open space, and higher density housing.
  • Unley open for business
    Located directly south of Adelaide CBD, the City of Unley has refreshed its approach to attract investment and to make Unley the place to do business. New information packs titled Unley – A Better Place to do Business have been developed to promote the benefits of doing business in Unley.
  • Australia’s latest national surfing reserve
    Manly and Freshwater surf beaches on Sydney’s Northern Beaches were formally declared Australia’s latest National Surfing Reserve at a dedication ceremony on 25 September.
  • Claremont gets a facelift
    Claremont Council has revitalised one of its under utilised and run down precincts through its North East Precinct Redevelopment Project.
  • Promoting sustainable business practices
    Ku-ring-gai, North Sydney and Willoughby City Councils’ Better Business Partnership (BBP) was officially launched with two sustainability events held in October.
  • Tourism flourishes in Sutherland
    Sutherland Shire has been chosen to host the New South Wales Local Government and Shires Association 2011 Tourism Conference.
  • Economic participation in remote areas
    On 1 July the Cooperative Research Centre for Remote Economic Participation (CRC-REP) commenced operations.
  • Alice Springs Masters
    Alice Springs Town Council recently hosted the Alice Springs Masters Games, with Council staff and Alderman joining in the events.
  • Volunteer knowledge boosts local tourism
    In September Visitor Information Centre volunteers from around the Maranoa region came together in Roma to explore the town’s major tourist attractions.
  • Mackay capitalising on opportunities
    Located in north Queensland, Mackay Regional Council is capitalising on the host of positive population, investment and development statistics it has yielded this financial year, and has its sights firmly fixed on implementing a variety of proactive economic development initiatives across the region.
  • Economic Development Community recognises excellence in best practice
    New South Wales Small Business Minister Frank Terenzini launched Economic Development Australia’s (EDA) National Awards for Excellence in Economic Development at a reception at the Novotel Hotel Brighton Le Sands in Sydney on 25 October 2010.
  • Coolgrass*
    Australia’s first synthetic sports field that complies with international standards for AFL football, Cricket Australia and world soccer body FIFA is also the coolest field in town.
  • Paynesville’s Esplanade blitz
    The Paynesville Esplanade Blitz was a one off project to give this East Gippsland town centre a unique facelift and promote community pride in the town.
  • Cowra Entrepreneur Program targets agribusiness
    With training starting on 28 October 2010, the fourth group of the Cowra Entrepreneur Program (CEP) predominantly targeted agricultural service businesses.
  • Future directions in tourism and economic development
    An interview with Hank van Apeldoorn, Manager Economic Development, Balranald Shire Council, NSW.
  • Glenorchy residents see tourism benefits
    A recent survey of Glenorchy residents has shown the municipality sees the benefits of tourism to the local economy, but recognises significant local development is needed.
  • Bellingen’s 2010 Profile shows positive growth indicators
    Each year Bellingen Shire Council produces an economic profile of the Shire designed to assist business and the community to gain an understanding and overview of the Shire from a statistical point of view.