April 2011 Edition

  • Minister announces $1B funding for regional development
    On 3 March, Federal Minister for Regional Australia Simon Crean announced a $1 billion five year program known as the Regional Development Australia Fund in his opening address to a national forum of community leaders.
  • Symposium on the economic impact of natural disasters
    The Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society (AARES) symposium on the Economic Dimension of Floods and Natural Disasters is a great opportunity to learn more about the impacts of the recent flooding in Queensland and of cyclone Yasi.
  • Interpretative signs a great success for Whyalla
    Located at the top of the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia, the City of Whyalla is known as the cuttlefish capital of the world.
  • Governance not service delivery?
    At last year's Future of Local Government Summit the proposition put was that Local Government's core role in the future will be governance, not service delivery. This recognises that Councils cannot 'do' everything and that they need to increasingly focus on facilitating strategic alliances to deliver defined community outcomes.
  • The meat in the sandwich?
    The UK Experience by Malcolm Morley*
    The Coalition Government's new agenda is to change the Big State to the Small State through introducing a localism approach based upon a Big Society. The diagram below seeks to illustrate this new agenda and some of the challenges within it.
  • Fairfield's approach to OH&S
    Fairfield City Council has a robust Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS) that prides itself on a unique and fluid consultation framework.
  • Seniors on sustainability
    Randwick City Council recently launched its first sustainability book, Legacies for a Better World: Seniors on Sustainability, providing tried and tested tips on sustainable living.
  • Bright sparks don't beat about bush
    Councils across Australia are engaging in innovative programs to communicate better, build stronger business and tourism, put on better events, commemorate history, and profile their people, their places and their governments to the world.
  • K-9 KUBE set to revolutionise OH&S
    What has been 18 months in development has come to fruition with the official launch of the K-9 KUBE in Swan Hill on 30 March.
  • A taste of harmony
    With one in four Australian workers coming from overseas, there has never been a more important time to acknowledge and celebrate Australia's diverse workforce. Recently many councils across Australia participated in A Taste of Harmony, an annual event that provides workplaces with the opportunity to celebrate the diversity in their workplace.
  • Councillor Profiles
    Councillor Profiles is a regular feature. This month we feature two Councillors from the Queesland.
  • ALGA calls for dedicated funding as councils deal with natural disasters
    The Australian Local Government Association has called for a separate disaster mitigation fund for Local Government following a series of natural disasters around the country over the past few years.
  • New ways of doing business to meet the needs of local communities
    The National General Assembly of Local Government (NGA) is the premiere Local Government event bringing together around 700 representatives from Councils across Australia to develop policy ideas, meet with key Federal politicians and hear from renowned experts on the key issues affecting Local Government in Australia.
  • Editorial
    The real and immediate impact of climate change has never been more evident than in the last few years in Australia. Councils and communities reeling from recent extreme events need little reminder of this fact.
  • President's comment
    In each edition we feature the views of a Local Government Association president. The following is from Councillor Keith Rhoades, President of the Local Government Association of New South Wales.
  • Discover your strengths at theWomen, Management and Work Conference
    28 to 29 July 2011 at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth
    Are you looking to further your leadership skills and be inspired by leading Australian women? This year's Macquarie University's annual Women, Management and Work Conference will inspire and inform women who are looking for insights and key tips to develop their leadership skills.
  • Business enhancement with 'Claremont NOW'
    The recent opening of Stage 2 of the Claremont Quarter has delivered new opportunities for the entire business community. To help local businesses grow and prosper, the Town of Claremont is inviting people to rediscover Claremont.
  • Brisbane business Summit draws Branson and Giuliani
    Join high profile international keynote speakers, Sir Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin Group and Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former Mayor of New York City, along with some of the world's most influential city and business leaders when Brisbane hosts the 2011 Asia Pacific Cities Summit (APCS) in July 2011.
  • Hornsby's octogenarian has no plans to retire
    Hornsby Shire's Subdivision Inspections Engineer John Bryson has reached the amazing milestone of celebrating his 80th birthday while still working full time. John has worked with Hornsby for 32 years and is well respected by his colleagues and customers alike.
  • RDA Fund - some angles for consideration
    The Good Oil by Rod Brown*
    The big topic of interest at present is the Regional Development Australia Fund. The guidelines were released last month for this $1 billion five year program. Federal Minister Crean says this is a new approach to unlocking the potential of Australia's regions via locally driven, creative solutions to regional needs. And he wants strong, well researched, strategic applications for projects that stack up.

  • Master planning for the future
    To protect the enviable lifestyle and unique character of the Cairns, Port Douglas and Mossman regions, and provide for future growth and development, Cairns Regional Council (CRC) is delivering a number of innovative, long term master planning strategies.
  • Building a new focal point for creativity
    As part of Council's vision for a vibrant community enriched through creativity in all its forms, a new $4.6 million Visitor and Information Centre is under construction at the Cairns Botanic Gardens Precinct.
  • Message from Cairns Regional Council CEO, Lyn Russell
    Managing the challenges of increased population, responding to climate change, protecting and enhancing our stunning natural assets, and providing for the increasing demands and costs of infrastructure – it's all in a day's work for Cairns Regional Council.
  • Fostering economic growth and innovation
    Dedication, smart initiatives and innovative businesses make the Cairns region one of the world's most enviable tropical hubs. CRC is working with the region's business community to plan and implement strategies to help industry become even smarter and more able to take on the challenges and reap the rewards of the future.
  • Keeping the seas clean
    The World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef is the Cairns region's single greatest asset, so it is fitting that Cairns Regional Council's largest ever project was aimed at protecting it.
  • Serving up world class sporting facilities
    Playing host to two international tournaments within its first month of operation in 2010, the new Cairns International Tennis Centre facility has placed Cairns firmly on the map as a sports tourism destination.
  • Spotlight on sustainability
    For the past three years, Cairns Regional Council (CRC) has focused on embedding quadruple bottom line sustainability into everything it does. This considers the environment, the community, the local economy and the regional culture.
  • Preserving the natural environment
    The combination of a disused sand mine site, several sugarcane fields and a patch of remnant rainforest has been resurrected as an abundant vital wetlands.
  • Leading the way in tropical design
    From the pattern of the city streets to the intricate details of balustrades and window dressing, the distinctive style of Tropical North Queensland is clearly reflected in Cairns Regional Council's new Cairns Style Design Guide.
  • Planning for cyclones and natural disasters
    Tropical cyclones and east coast lows have significant and far reaching impacts on the resilience and sustainability of communities along the far north coast of Queensland.
  • Protecting the CBD
    The central business district of Cairns is located close to the sea and is relatively low and flat, with parts of the southern CBD – featuring extensive tourist and residential development – actually below high tide level.

Feature: Engineering & Public Works

  • Victorian first with larger recycling bins
    In a Victorian first, Moonee Valley residents will be able to upsize their recycling bin to a new, larger 360 litre one. Moonee Valley Mayor John Sipek said with residents firmly committed to recycling, this will allow families to recycle even more.
  • Register now for IPWEA's International Public Works Conference
    Held every two years, the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia's International Public Works Conference is the largest public works conference held in Australia. The conference also delivers the largest conference on infrastructure asset management.
  • 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.
  • Marion makes a splash at its new aquatic centre
    Marion City Council is a key partner in the development of what promises to be one of Australia's most successful aquatic centres. Council has contributed $5 million and the land towards the newly opened State Aquatic Centre in South Australia
  • Modelling to test flood mitigation options
    Queensland's Maranoa Regional Council has secured funding to investigate flood mitigation options through flood modelling of the Bungil Creek floodplain. The modelling, to be developed over the next eight months, will map Roma's recent March 2010 flood event (its largest flood event on record), and test the potential impact of a new flood levee and diversion channel system.
  • Sniffer helps to reduce $100M in graffiti costs
    Graffiti is now costing New South Wales communities and Local Governments $100 million each year, say organisers of this year's Graffiti Action Day. This is money that comes directly from the pockets of ratepayers and property owners. It is money not being spent on better things.
  • Restoring economic vitality to the Nambour town centre
    An award winning project from Sunshine Coast Regional Council has made life is easier for shoppers and traders in the Nambour town centre. Nambour in South East Queensland, is 101 kilometres north of Brisbane and has a population close to 10,000.
  • Funding boost for ongoing river rehabilitation works
    Rehabilitation of Coffs Harbour's Orara River system has been boosted by an $11,000 grant from the electricity infrastructure provider TransGrid. The money will be used by the Orara River Rehabilitation Project to help rehabilitate the river near the TransGrid substation at Karangi.
  • Technical skills training delivered to your desk
    Technical staff must keep up to date with advances in the design, construction and maintenance of road pavements and their asset management and environmental impacts.
  • Qld award for Bowen foreshore
    An under used and under appreciated beachfront has been transformed by Whitsunday Regional Council into a major attraction for locals and tourists in Bowen, Queensland.
  • Waste no longer means landfill
    Integrated Recycling (IR) is the latest member of the Integrated Packaging Group and is the link that enables waste plastic to be recreated as engineered endurance products.
  • Markers to increase safety on local beaches
    With the aim of improving emergency response times and safety on its beaches, Warrnambool City Council has installed a series of signs indentifying specific beach areas and entrances along its extensive coastal stretch.
  • More for CIVENEX visitors
    With CIVENEX 2011 shaping up to be the best ever, several exhibitors are encouraging visitors by offering some very enticing door prizes.
  • Tweed kicks a goal with its innovative sports pavilion modules
    An innovative approach to sports pavilion design is set to provide a distinctive character for Tweed sports facilities, while saving Council time and money. Council is finalising a modular approach to clubroom design and construction – known as the Typical Sports Field Pavilion Design – which will provide uniformity for Council owned sporting facilities.
  • Trenchless sewer maintenance ahead of schedule
    Rockhampton Regional Council's innovative trenchless sewer rehabilitation program is continuing to deliver cost effective results in upgrading the region's sewer networks.
  • Future directions in public works
    An interview with Matthew Hill, Manager Major Projects, Wyndham City Council, Victoria.
  • Preventing industrial deafness
    With noise induced hearing loss and 'industrial deafness' a concern for all employees, Bellingen, Gloucester and Port Macquarie-Hastings Councils in New South Wales have joined forces to combat the issue.
  • Five star green rating for Gosnell's Civic Centre
    The City of Gosnells' new Civic Centre has recently received a Five Star Green rating from the Green Building Council of Australia. Completed last year, the Five Star rating is for the design and construction of the Civic Centre that ensures it operates in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way.
  • 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.
  • The rains bring road problems
    The long term drought conditions kept council roads in reasonably good order, but with the return of the rains, not to mention the floods, concrete slabs in roads have started to give problems in many areas.
  • Custom made tool reduces risk with playground maintenance
    When the Playground Maintenance Team at South Australia's City of Onkaparinga identified a potential hazard during a routine playground equipment maintenance check, it got to work to come up with a solution to the problem.
  • A boost for solar power generation in Busselton
    The installation of new solar power systems on two key buildings in the Shire of Busselton will provide a significant boost to the Shire's energy sources and help reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions being released into the atmosphere as a result of Shire operations.