January 2011 Edition

  • Move over Google Maps – SA Council Maps is here
    The City of Unley?is one of 30 metropolitan and regional South Australian Councils that have collaborated to launch the SA Council Maps website.
  • Green building retrofit loans
    Some of Australia’s commercial buildings could become more energy efficient as a result of a Memorandum of Understanding signed late last year by Australian Carbon Trust, National Australia Bank (NAB) and Eureka Funds Management.
  • An opportunity to be different? - The UK Experience by Malcolm Morley*
    While many UK Chief Executives would have been thinking over Christmas about the challenges of the financial situation that their councils are in, hopefully many will also have been thinking about the opportunities that will arise during 2011.
  • Marion highlights the art of respect
    The City of Marion in southern Adelaide is fostering the talent of young artists, while keeping graffiti off the streets.
  • A cooler work environment with Thermoshield
    Kempsey Shire Council’s Water Treatment Plant at South West Rocks has recently been prepared and coated with Thermoshield by Climate Change Australia –Thermal Coatings.
  • Scrap the cap, NSW councils say
    New South Wales councils are still calling for the removal of rate pegging, despite a new method of determining the rate cap limit.
  • Is bigger better?
    In a first for Western Australia, the City of Melville has began a new trial to test whether using a 50 per cent larger yellow top recycling bin can increase recycling. Launched in December 2010, the City of Melville is the first to trial 360 litre recycling bins in Western Australia and only the second council in Australia.
  • Torres Shire delivers its ‘best project ever’
    Thursday Island residents are calling recent works to its Engineer’s Wharf and Victoria Parade area as the best ever by Torres Shire Council.
  • All about being bold - The Good Oil by Rod Brown*
    An exciting but uncertain year beckons, with regional development coming to the fore. The Gillard Government may not see out 2011, as Abbott et al try to force a new poll. And Rudd may prove to be an unsettling influence – like Ricky Ponting, he hasn’t realised his time is up.
  • Floods leave multi billion dollar repair bill
    Eleven people have died and more than 200,000 people in 40 communities across Queensland have been impacted in some way by the floods that have hit large parts of the State, leaving behind a damage bill of at least $5 billion.
  • Road shoulders stay strong and tight with PolyCom Stabilising Aid*
    Picture a Central Queensland rural road with heavy traffic volume, and hundreds of light vehicles sharing this road every day with a fleet of coal haulers. Not your usual triples, but 300 tonners with 62 wheels and 16 axles.
  • Flood Education Kit recognised on the national stage
    One of the education measures undertaken by Launceston City Council and the Launceston Flood Authority to ensure residents are prepared for a flood has been highly commended in the Local Government category of the Australian Safer Communities Awards.
  • Editorial: COP16 strikes a deal on climate change
    December’s Conference of the Parties (COP16) International Conference on Climate Change in Cancun Mexico was a far cry from the 2009 COP15 in Copenhagen, Denmark, where more than 100 world leaders and a media frenzy stole the show.
  • Redland tsunami disaster planning goes into operation
    Off the west coast of New Zealand at 8.45am EST on Thursday 18 November, a powerful, magnitude 8.7 undersea earthquake was recorded.
  • Preparing for climate change
    New maps that identify the future impacts of climate change on heavily populated coastal areas will assist communities to prepare for sea level rise.
  • Celebrating women in Local Government
    Speeches about having the courage to go after what you want; an anecdote about locking yourself in the wardrobe while on the phone to a ministerial advisor as your toddlers are bawling outside; and sharing embarrassing stories about breastfeeding at work.
  • The year ahead: constitutional recognition, collaboration and climate change
    As we begin 2011, it is no surprise that climate change is again high on the Local Government agenda, along with planning, transport and health. But according to the President of the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA), Councillor Genia McCaffery, increasing awareness of the need for constitutional recognition will be the year’s main priority.

Feature: National Issues

  • Excellence in advancing the status of women
    South Australia’s City of Salisbury was honoured for its outstanding achievement in advancing women in Local Government at the Local Government Managers Australia (LGMA) SA annual gala awards dinner in April 2010.
  • Creative, strong, inclusive and diverse women at Wagga Wagga
    In December 2009, New South Wales’ Wagga Wagga City Council pledged their support for the Year of Women in Local Government (YoWiLG) by forming a committee of five women officers and coordinators to work together to develop a schedule of events to run through 2010.
  • 2010 program partners
    To assist the Year of Women in Local Government (YoWiLG) National Steering Committee (NSC) with the development and implementation of the YoWiLG program of activities, a Partners’ Program was launched in February 2010.
  • WOW
    The City of Whittlesea is among a number of councils identified in 2010 as a benchmark for excellence in advancing women in Local Government and leadership roles both within the organisation and the community.
  • Management Challenge a conversation starter
    The Local Government Managers Australia (LGMA) Management Challenge is designed to provide executive development for current and emerging Local Government leaders
  • Breakfast with a difference
    Breakfast with a difference was the event the Shire of Merredin in Western Australia held to celebrate the launch of the Year of Women in Local Government.
  • A vision for the future
    Former Minister for the Status of Women Tanya Plibersek and former Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Maxine McKew launched ALGWA’s 50:50 Vision – Councils for Gender Equity program at the Australian Council of Local Governments’ dinner held at Parliament House in June 2010.
  • LGPro’s Women’s Professional Development Forum a winner
    Women in Local Government turned out in force to support the Local Government Professionals’ (LGPro) first Women’s Professional Development Forum held to mark the 2010 Year of Women in Local Government (YoWiLG).
  • LGMA National Congress
    As project managers of the Year of Women in Local Government in 2010, Local Government Managers Australia (LMGA) dedicated a series of activities and events to the celebration, promotion and advancement of women in Local Government leadership roles at the its National Congress and Business Expo in Adelaide in May.
  • 2010 YoWiLG Ambassadors
    In 2009, the Year of Women in Local Government National Steering Committee (NSC) undertook a nation wide search for council officers and elected representatives to take on the role of champions and role models for the advancement of women in Local Government.
  • YoWiLG 2010: A year of change
    In 2008, a diverse group of industry leaders met to chart a way forward for women in Local Government in Australia.
  • The launching of a phenomenon
    Then Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Anthony Albanese called for all Australian councils to better reflect the communities they seek to represent when he officially launched the 2010 Year of Women in Local Government in Sydney in January 2009.