No nuclear to go nuclear
In the wake of the tsunami in Japan and the radioactive discharge from damaged nuclear power plants, it would take a brave individual to state that nuclear power is the way of the future.
Counting front and back The UK Experience by Malcolm Morley* A lot of attention is focused upon whether a staff position is front line or not. A mantra appears to be developing that cutting back office jobs and using the freed resources for the front line positions will somehow go a long way towards solving the problem of public sector cost reduction and protecting service provision.
SA fight for Federal road pledge
The Local Government Association of South Australia (LGASA) is lobbying the Federal Government to continue a supplementary local road funding agreement and to better coordinate regional development plans.
Young Mayor for Frankston
Frankston City Council has elected one of Victoria's youngest ever Mayors with 24 year old Councillor Kristopher Bolam. This follows his recent swearing in as a Justice of the Peace by the State Attorney General and he was already among the youngest to be appointed to that office.
Website launched to reduce impact of drugs
A new national website designed to assist councils to address the impact of drugs and alcohol in their communities was launched by Hobart Lord Mayor Rob Valentine in April.
The recent announcement that seven towns in Tasmania will receive the next wave of the National Broadband Network (NBN) has been met with a mixed reaction. Most are either small rural or regional towns, such as Deloraine, St Helens and Triabunna, or on the fringes of Hobart, such as Kingston Beach and Sorell.
In each edition we feature the views of a Local Government Association president. The following is from Councillor Bill McArthur President of the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV).
Youngsters to get on their bike
Launceston City Council will ensure children are safer on local roads with its new Heritage Forest Beginner Bicycle Track and Invermay Bicycle Lending Program. Designed for those just starting to ride, the bicycle track is an 800 metre figure eight path that will provide many hours of entertainment and exercise for children and their parents.
City of Melville's track record on addressing alcohol abuse The Good Oil by Rod Brown* I am constantly amazed at the amount kids drink these days - a dozen schooners in a sitting is considered quite normal. Add to this the perils of mixing the drug ice and alcohol together, and no wonder we have mounting social and safety problems.
Major projects for the future
A strong emphasis has been placed on the long term financial position of Council and a fiveyear Strategic Financial Plan was introduced in 2010/11 supported by a 10 year financial plan and an Asset Management Strategy.
Wipe Out Graffiti
Residents and local volunteers have joined forces with Greater Shepparton City Council and Victoria Police to wipe out graffiti on public and private property in the municipality.
Living our values
Greater Shepparton City Council is a values-driven organisation with a range of initiatives underway to encourage staff to live the values of leadership, integrity, respect, innovation and teamwork.
Service Excellence awards
One of the many parts of this commitment to excellence was the introduction of years of service and service excellence awards for staff in 2010.
Greater Shepparton City Council's vision is "Greater Shepparton, Greater Future; as the Food Bowl of Australia a sustainable, innovative and diverse community."
Advocacy and Action
While Greater Shepparton is well positioned to meet the challenges of the future, there are a number of key projects requiring support from other government spheres to help the region continue to grow and prosper.
Explore the possibilities
Greater Shepparton is a thriving, vibrant and progressive region to live, work and invest - the possibilities are unlimited with the best of provincial and metropolitan lifestyles on offer.
Senior management team tackles its silos
When Griffith City Council's senior management team sensed they were not meeting the high performance standards they had set for themselves, they called on external consultants to deliver positive change.
Parramatta prides itself on excellent service
An extensive service review at Parramatta City Council has taken out one of the top gongs at the annual Local Government Management Association NSW Management Excellence Awards in 2010.
Best practice courses in conflict resolution
ACDC, the training and professional development service of the Australian International Disputes Centre, has launched its 2011 program, offering a range of best practice courses to manage all types of conflict, complaints and grievances.
Queensland councils deal with natural disasters
Information Technology and data recovery systems at Local Governments stood up well during the recent floods and cyclone in Queensland. It was a time when disaster management plans were put to the test.
Capacity building at Knox
As part of its Vision 2025, Knox City Council has been actively promoting staff training and development programs over the past few years.
Sharing their expertise at Brighton Council
One of the smaller Local Governments among Tasmania's 29 municipalities, Brighton Council, has shown that size is no barrier to organisation excellence or entrepreneurial flair.
Leaders program at Camden
A new leadership program at Camden Council aims to assist with succession planning, improve Council's ability to attract and retain employees and put in place strategies to deal with the challenges it is facing with rapid growth.
New resource to assist HR and change management
A Human Resource and Change Management Plan to assist Local Governments address change management issues while undertaking reform was made available to Western Australian councils earlier this year.