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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
APS delivers for members*
The Australian Public Service Benevolent Society (APS Benefits) is a not for profit organisation providing a wide range of services to Local Government employees, as well as their family and friends.
Eco library for the future
If capturing the imagination of the community and gaining ratepayer involvement in sustainability initiatives is a measure of effective Local Government, then the community support for the pioneering eco features of Western Australia’s Grove library and community centre puts it high on the list of successful local initiatives
Future leaders ensure business continuity
Western Australia’s Shire of Mundaring has undergone an extensive Business Continuity review, getting key players together to review how the organisation would continue in the event of a pandemic.
Characteristics of a good environmental performing council*
At the recent Sustainable Councils Conference in Sydney, delegates found out first hand from Planet Footprint’s Managing Director Andrew Wales which councils in each State are the best environmental performers and what they are doing that makes them the best.
Warringah fires up with soy
In October, Warringah Council in the Northern Beaches region of Sydney had its diesel fleet fire up their engines using Australian made 20 per cent Soydiesel®.
Komatsu’s hybrid excavator
Komatsu’s new concept excavator, the PC200-8 Hybrid, is soon to be launched in Australia. It has already notched up successes in key markets around the world.
Draft community strategic plan available on audio tape
Visually impaired residents in northern New South Wales were encouraged to outline their aspirations and priorities for their Shire, following Tweed Shire Council releasing an audio recording of the draft Tweed Community Strategic Plan 2011/2021.
Fraser coast workers are happy and healthy
Zumba, stress management and massages were the order of the day for Queensland’s Fraser Coast Regional Council staff who recently took part in a Health and Wellbeing Expo organised by their People Development Team.
Melville plays host to Quairading
In October, the City of Melville played host to a visiting contingent from the Shire of Quairading, who came to share and compare experiences in managing rural and metro areas.
Exposing the myths about work life balance - by Natalie Ashdown
One of the most popular goals in workplace coaching programs is to find ‘work life balance’. Work life balance is such an overused term, as far as I am concerned, because many people don’t do ‘balance’ – they are involved in some elaborate juggling act.