February 2011 Edition

  • Water, water everywhere*

    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.
  • Big society and small localism? - The UK Experience by Malcolm Morley*
    As shoppers and consumers we increasingly serve ourselves. We get what we want and then go to a central paying point. We have become part of the value chain process.
  • Sensitive design saves wildlife
    In December, a Tweed Shire Council infrastructure project was recognised in the New South Wales Local Government Excellence in the Environment Awards.
  • Stirling takes out 2010 KAB Sustainable Cities Award
    After a huge competition and months of judging, the City of Stirling in Western Australia has taken out the prestigious 2010 Keep Australia Beautiful Sustainable Cities Award.
  • 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.
  • Disaster management and infrastructure must be focus of Federal Budget
    The rebuilding of infrastructure in flood ravaged areas should not overshadow the need for ongoing funding in the Federal Budget for local roads, active transport, and community infrastructure to address Australia's growing infrastructure backlog.
  • Manningham innovation sets high planning standard for Victoria
    The City of Manningham's multimillion dollar Doncaster Hill Civic Precinct project has been recognised with a series of awards, setting a high standard for planning in Victoria.
  • Iconic Queensland trolley retains historic value
    After a two month absence, Russell Island's historic and popular push trolley was recently bought back to action, after being fitted with new wheels and a new axle system.
  • Celebrate diversity in the most delicious way
    A Taste of Harmony – the biggest workplace celebration of diversity and food on the Australian calendar – will take place from 21 to 27 March 2011.
  • Local Government scooped the pool in 2010 - can you do it again in 2011?*
    Since the Federal Government's Excellence in eGovernment Awards were introduced in 2006 Local Governments have been very well represented with at least one council project receiving a Highly Commended Award in the past five years.
  • Councillor Profiles
    Councillor Profiles is a regular feature. This month we feature two Councillors from the South Australia.
  • Floods and cyclones have a silver lining - The Good Oil by Rod Brown*
    Our sincere condolences to those affected by the floods and Cyclone Yasi. The silver lining is that it's causing a rethink of disaster relief programs, and a reassessment of national priorities.
  • 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.
  • President's comment
    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.
  • Editorial: Unified strength in times of disaster
    Many councils across the country are looking to the future and beginning to rebuild their communities following the recent wide spread flooding.

Feature: Human Resource Managment, Occupational Health & Safety