December 2010 Edition

  • Quest for recognition forges ahead
    Prime Minister Julia Gillard has reiterated her promise of a dual referendum on constitutional recognition for Local Government and recognition of Indigenous Australians as the nation’s first people.
  • Airport gateway service to welcome visitors to Launceston
    Launceston City Council’s visitor information and booking service at the Launceston Airport has assisted almost 5,000 people with their enquiries about travel needs, from transport and sightseeing, to accommodation and maps.
  • Senator Barnaby Joyce interview
    In our October edition we featured answers to questions we put to the Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government, Simon Crean. The following is the written responses provided by the Shadow Minister, Senator Barnaby Joyce, to the questions we put to him.
  • Kiama Council’s holiday parks win NSW awards
    Nestled in the Illawarra region of New South Wales, Kiama Council’s five Holiday Parks recently won a string of awards at the New South Wales Caravan and Camping Industry (CCI) Awards.
  • Chemicals: in wrong hands they’re lethal weapons*
    There are over 40,000 chemicals currently approved for use in Australia, and many of these are used daily by Local Governments to fertilise recreational areas, control weeds, and clean public pools, sports centres, toilets and halls.
  • Effective asset management for open spaces - by Ray Ciseau
    In any industry, there are always new ‘buzz’ words and everyone seems to use the latest phrases to stay cool among their peers. Asset management seems to portray an image of being in control, but unfortunately, the reality is that it is just another buzzword.
  • Liverpool celebrates its Bicentenary
    Liverpool City Council hosted a collection of celebratory events to commemorate Liverpool’s Bicentenary year.
  • 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.
  • Four councils take National Safer Communities Awards
    Councils in Victoria, the Northern Territory, Queensland and in Tasmania have won awards in this year’s Australian Safer Communities Awards, run by the Federal Attorney-General’s Department.
  • Councillor profiles
    Councillor Profiles is a regular feature. This month we feature two Councillors from Victoria.
  • Fast, efficient, professional and safe way to join copper tube*
    The Viega Propress press fit joining system has gained wide acceptance by local councils and water authorities since its introduction to Australia in 2006 by Crane Copper Tube
  • ‘The decade of infrastructure’ – quick, write that down! - The Good Oil by Rod Brown*
    Julia Gillard says the next 10 years will be the decade of infrastructure. Nice hype, and it’s a something that local councils should file away for future reference.
  • NSW’s most progressive councils recognised
    Upper Hunter Shire Council and Sutherland Shire Council have taken out the 2009/2010 A.R. Bluett Memorial Award.
  • Record numbers check out new library
    After launching in December 2009, Mount Gambier Library has already been labelled the ‘best smaller city public library in the world’ by industry journal APLIS (Australasian Public Libraries and Information Services).
  • New ALGA President elected unopposed
    Councillor Genia McCaffery has been elected unopposed as the new President of the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) following the Association’s annual general meeting in Canberra on 11 November.
  • President’s comment
    In each edition we feature the views of a Local Government Association president. The following is from Mayor Felicty-ann Lewis, President of the Local Government Association of South Australia.
  • Editorial: Getting the question right
    While there has been widespread publicity about a proposed referendum on recognising Indigenous Australians as our nation’s first people in the constitution, it has been less heralded that Local Government’s constitutional quest has also gained ground.
  • Councils urge smokers to butt out
    Around the globe, smoking has been banned in restaurants, shopping centres and indoor public places, but more and more councils and other government authorities are prohibiting smoking in highly frequented outdoor areas.

  • Bayside offers play time all the time
    With its 17 kilometres of foreshore, world class golf courses and vast parklands, Bayside is Melbourne’s favourite playground. And Council ensures that locals and visitors have plenty to keep them entertained with festivals celebrating everything from food to film.
  • The business of Bayside
    Bayside is not just a wonderful place to live, it’s also a great place to operate a business.
  • Bayside villages cater to all
    Bayside residents love their unique shopping villages.
  • A great place to work
    Bayside City Council staff and the community are enjoying their newly renovated and extended offices in Sandringham.
  • Encouraging better design
    Bayside City Council introduced an annual Built Environment Awards program in 2006 to raise community awareness and understanding of urban design, landscape and heritage.
  • Bayside – a green leader
    Bayside City Council was this year named Victoria’s leading Council for investing in environmentally sustainable products.
  • Our Councillors
    In November 2008, a new Council was elected for the City of Bayside for the next four years.
  • Bayside staff – in pursuit of excellence
    Bayside Council has introduced a Business Excellence Framework to help support the continuous improvement that is critical to sustain a culture of high performance.
  • Proud history, perfect lifestyle
    Dendy Park, Dendy Street, and Dendy Brighton Cinema are all named after the first white landowner in the Bayside area, Henry Dendy.
  • Mayor’s message
    Just a short drive from the city but a world away from the stress, Bayside is a unique part of Melbourne.
  • Supporting our green volunteers
    The 17 kilometres of Bayside foreshore – which stretches from Brighton to Beaumaris – is one of the City’s most loved and utilised attractions so beach cleaning, rubbish removal and caring for coastal vegetation is a high priority for Council.
  • Building a sustainable future
    Sustainability is a key commitment of Bayside City Council and is reflected in significant Council projects such as harvesting stormwater to irrigate sports grounds and improving the quality of stormwater entering Port Phillip Bay,” says Samantha Krull, Council’s Manager City Works.
  • Conversations are making a difference
    Having real conversations with local residents that produce real results for the whole community is a big part of the job at Bayside City Council.

Feature: Business Efficiency & Sustainability