Changes afoot in SA
Not only has South Australia recently welcomed a new Minister for Local Government Relations, but it is also gearing up for a new Local Government Association (LGASA) President.
Redland City councillors reject pay rise
In southeast Queensland, Redland City councillors have voted to reject a 2.5 per cent pay rise recommended by the Local Government Remuneration and Discipline Tribunal.
One Association for NSW councils
The Shires Association of New South Wales recently met at a Special Conference and agreed to progress the formation of a single association to represent all Local Governments in New South Wales.
Lachlan Shire Young Parents Program wins national award
Amy Johnson from Lachlan Shire in New South Wales has been recognised with a national award from the National Heart Foundation of Australia and the Australian Local Government Women's Association (ALGWA) for her contribution to improving heart health in her community.
Matchmaking service for gardeners
In February, Landshare Australia launched a networking service that introduces people with spare land to others wanting to grow fruit and vegetables, but with nowhere to do it.
Engaging success: leading or following?
In opening the 2011 Local Government Professionals Annual Conference in Melbourne, Victorian Minister for Local Government and Aboriginal Affairs Jeanette Powell said the conference was a timely opportunity for delegates to share their experiences following a series of natural disasters around Victoria.
Online tools reinvigorate democracy
Delivering the keynote address at the recent Local Government Professionals Annual Conference in Melbourne, Partner at the European Institute for Public Participation Simon Dalferth said that relationships with stakeholders are the core business of councils and that public participation is a way to reinvigorate democracy.
Editorial: Is Local Government representative?
While a string of natural disasters has bought together communities across Australia and reflected well on Local Government, recent research by Victoriaís Local Government Professionals (LGPro) Emerging Leaders Program (see article page 8.) shows that there remains a major lack of understanding of operations of council and councillor roles.
In each edition we feature the views of a Local Government Association president. The following is from Councillor Troy Pickard, President of the Western Australian Local Government Association.
Hunter Councils Consultancy Services
This is the newest business activity of Hunter Councils and comprises the provision of strategic consultancy services such as business planning, performance management, community engagement strategy, media strategy and training, general meeting facilitation and economic and tourism development initiatives.
Hunter Records Storage
Hunter Records Storage is a unique and innovative example of Local Government cooperation.
Screen Hunter Central Coast
The Hunter and Central Coast are home to some of the finest and most diverse cinematic locations Australia has to offer.
The Hunter region's councils face increasing political imperatives, legislative obligations, planning system responsibilities, risk management concerns, ecosystem management priorities and community expectations in relation to a broad spectrum of environmental management issues.
Regional Procurement® was formed in 2004 to assist Local Government achieve economies of scale benefits and reduced administration costs related to the tendering process.
The Hunter Councils story - by Roger Stephan*
In the 1990s, Local Government throughout Australia was in an era of profound change. In 1993, for example, a new Local Government Act was introduced in New South Wales that fundamentally changed the way councils operated.
Feature: Information and Communications Technology
Online training first for SA Local Government
The Local Government Association of South Australia (LGASA) has launched a first in training for its elected members with six online training modules to assist new and returning Councillors.
Streamlining IT support services
Recognising IT as an internal business partner and crucial to the business processes of an organisation, Gosford City Council on the Central Coast of New South Wales has implemented Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) processes to improve its service and support to staff.
Evolution of IT at Darwin
An increasing demand for technology, combined with an increase in staff using it has led Darwin City Council to review its entire IT network and prepare a strategic plan for the next three years.
Guardian teams support council neighbours*
With major disaster events this year in sites using Guardian throughout Queensland and the Northern Territory, the value of staff sent in to support neighbouring councils has been very beneficial.
FrankstonTV to improve City image
In a bid to improve Frankston's online image, a campaign has been launched encouraging locals to capture what they love about Frankston on video.
IT solution fits all sizes*
Two councils, one small and the other growing rapidly, have found a common solution to their differing IT challenges.
IT2011 - back to the future*
This highly successful IT conference is going back to where it all began. This year, the IT conference team at Coffs Harbour City Council has decided to revisit our previous venue in Opal Cove resort.
NeatStreets - smart phone application
South Australia's City of Port Adelaide Enfield is one of several councils using a smart phone application to keep up to date with maintenance needs in its community.
Threats caught in the cloud
With 500 email users and 90,000 incoming and outgoing emails every month, it is crucial that Tweed Shire Council in northern New South Wales has an effective network, with high quality filters and spam detection.
Show Me Perth
Finding what is on in the City of Perth has just got a lot easier with the launch of the Council's new website - showmeperth.com.au
SMS reminder service increases immunisation coverage
Baw Baw Shire Council's Public Health Unit has introduced an immunisation reminder service to increase Council's immunisation coverage rate and to reduce the number of infants overdue for their immunisation.