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.
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.
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.
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 www.sacouncilmaps.sa.gov.au
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.