The irony of that statement would not be lost on anyone living in flood affected parts of Victoria, New South Wales or Queensland during what has been the wettest period in recent Australian history, or that clean water for drinking and washing down is similarly in short supply after floodwaters abate.
L2P assists young drivers
In partnership with MOIRA Southern Directions Youth Services, Bayside City Council in Melbourne's southern suburbs is assisting young learner drivers to secure their licence through a program titled L2P.
Experience Tasmania's north
Launceston City, West Tamar and George Town Councils have joined forces to create an experience that will change the way visitors experience northern Tasmania.
Melville multiplies eyes on the street
The City of Melville in the southern suburbs of Perth has multiplied its Eyes on the Street, with more than 100 newly trained field staff now gathering intelligence to help local police prevent crime.
NSW Excellence in the Environment Awards announced
A story gathering project, free filtered water bubblers and a swap party that has gone national were just some of the winning projects at the 2009–2010 New South Wales Local Government Excellence in the Environment Awards announced last November.
Team Kokoda: Blind Courage
Three Local Government employees will form part of the 12 person 'Team Kokoda: Blind Courage', when it tackles the gruelling 96 kilometre Kokoda Track in June.
The road to disaster recovery
Almost the size of Italy, and with winds of up to 290 kilometres per hour, Queensland's Tropical Cyclone Yasi was a much bigger storm than Larry in 2006, yet left behind less damage in most areas.
In each edition we feature the views of a Local Government Association president. The following is from Councillor Paul Bell, President of the Local Government Association of Queensland.
Sutherland Shire a hub for arts and culture
Sutherland Shire Council is instrumental in supporting the arts and culture operating two major facilities – the Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre and the Sutherland Entertainment Centre.
Flood risk highlighted by Australian floods
The loss of lives and property through floods in Queensland, NSW and Victoria in January, have highlighted the importance of flood studies for Local Government nationally.
Sutherland Shire to host peak tourism forum
Sutherland Shire Council is making preparations to welcome hundreds of delegates when it hosts the 2011 Local Government and Shires Association Tourism Conference in March.
Using assets to generate income
Shrinking funding sources in the late 1980s and community demand to deliver quality services and facilities were the catalyst for Sutherland Shire Council to develop an innovative funding source to secure its financial future.
Why Sutherland Shire is not a City
Even with a population of just under 220,000 residents, and as a major Sydney metropolitan council, Sutherland Shire still proudly retains its 'Shire' name. In fact, in NSW, to many it is better known as 'The Shire' than it is Sutherland Shire.
Birthplace of Modern Australia
The township of Kurnell, on the shores of Botany Bay in the Sutherland Shire, is considered to be 'the birthplace of modern Australia'.
Agreement paves way for $700m beachside housing estate
Apart from being the site of Captain James Cook's first landing in Australia, and a significant ecological asset, the Kurnell Peninsula has been the site of considerable industrial development over the past hundred years.
Infrastructure a priority in Sutherland Shire
Sutherland Shire Council has undertaken major infrastructure projects worth tens of millions of dollars in the past few years including a major new development at Cronulla at the height of the economic downturn.
Eurobodalla looks out for volunteer safety
A safe system of work developed by Eurobodalla Shire Council to protect volunteer workers on Council worksites has been recognised by the New South Wales Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia (IPWEA).
Infrastructure Asset Management course*
The Centre for Pavement Engineering Education and the University of Tasmania are offering an industry specific four unit Graduate Certificate and eight unit Graduate Diploma in Infrastructure Asset Management.
SA steps up council training
South Australian council members and staff will have the opportunity to undertake more than 230 training and education subjects, including 42 new subject areas in 2011.
APS Benefits delivers for Local Government members*
The Australian Public Service Benevolent Society (APS Benefits) is a not for profit organisation providing a wide range of services to all members of and contractors to Local Government, as well as their family and friends.
Maroondah has employee performance on its RADAR
Since introducing its new performance review and recognition system in late 2009, Maroondah City Council in Melbourne's east has seen a 47 per cent increase in its performance review completion rate.
Inform, consult, involve, collaborate, empower*
Community engagement is a 'must have' competency for anyone who wishes to successfully navigate projects or programs which impact the broader community, or which involve many stakeholders.
Campbelltown health fair
Campbelltown City Council in the Macarthur region of New South Wales is committed to continually improving the health and fitness of all staff and their families.
Management skills boosted at Cockburn Council
Challenger Institute of Technology recently partnered with the City of Cockburn in Perth's southern suburbs to deliver onsite management training, as part of an innovative workplace training initiative.
Flexible HR solutions*
Frontier Software was founded in Melbourne in 1983. The objective of the founders was to create a world class integrated human resource and payroll solution.