Return of planning powers in NSW
The decision by the NSW Government to return over 60 developments to Local Governments has been welcomed by Local Government Associations, councils and planners. The proposed changes have also sparked calls for a more extensive reform of the planning process.
Prime Minister to address National General Assembly
Prime Minister Julia Gillard will address the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) National General Assembly during the opening session on Monday 20 June. This is the first time in some years that the Assembly has been addressed by the Prime Minister.
New national president for LGMA
The Chief Executive Officer at Greater Dandenong City Council in Victoria, John Bennie was officially appointed Local Government Managers Australia national president on the final day of LGMA's recent National Congress and Business Expo in Cairns.
Tea Tree leads the way in water savings
The City of Tea Tree Gully efforts in gaining water security for its community has been acknowledged with a national award. Council has been named the winner of the Innovative Infrastructure Development category in the 2011 National Awards for Local Government.
ALGA gives qualified nod to budget
The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) has welcomed the maintenance of the Financial Assistance Grants (FAGS) delivered in the recent Federal Budget.
Natural disaster lessons need to be learned
Lessons needed to be learned from the recent spate of natural disasters, according to the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ). Queensland Mayors who have learned a great deal during the recent floods and cyclones should share their knowledge with other Local Government bodies, according to LGAQ General Manager Greg Hoffman.
The scope to act limited - The UK Experience by Malcolm Morley*
All UK councils are now implementing the budget decisions that they took in February prior to the commencement of the financial year in April. Given the financial challenges faced by councils the options to change budget decisions in this year are extremely limited.
Combining health and community care
A $3.6 million community centre in central New South Wales is now regarded as a model for the future delivery of health services and its success has been recognised in the National Awards for Local Government awards.Cabonne Council won the award for its ground breaking Waluwin Community Centre at Molong.
Beware the bolting regions - The Good Oil by Rod Brown*
The Grattan Institute has just released a report recommending that governments should tilt funding towards fast growing regions. Titled "Investing in Regions: Making a Difference", it argues that government funding should steer away from slow growing regions without sustainable economic foundations, towards 'bolting' regions where people and jobs want to go.
Cultural awards for Hurstville City Council
Hurstville's efforts to become an artistic and cultural hub have been given a tick of approval with a series of awards at the Local Government Cultural Awards ceremony held at NSW Parliament House in May.
The population challenge is really underpinning most of the social and political debate in Australia. Scratch the surface of discussion about congestion, the asylum seekers and cost of living and there lurks population pressures.
'Bellofoodbox' a winner for Bellingen
A project that aims to provide fresh, local produce to nearby communities and to foster sustainable agricultural practices has received a financial boost from Bellingen Shire Council.The Bellofoodbox project came a step closer to realising its goals when it recently purchased a mobile coolroom.
The Tweed Link
Tweed Shire Council engages with its community every day in many ways; it is part of Council's core role. For more than 14 years Tweed Shire Council has been at the forefront of a unique communication tool to inform the diverse Tweed community - Council's own newspaper the Tweed Link.
About the Tweeda
Covering an area of thirteen hundred and three square kilometres the Tweed adjoins the NSW Local Government Areas of Byron, Lismore and Kyogle, with the NSW/Queensland border to its north where it divides the twin towns of Tweed Heads and Coolangatta.
The Tweed Shire is an area blessed with great natural beauty, boasting a number of world heritage-listed areas and national parks, as well as a highly scenic coastline and delightful rural villages.
Bray Park Water Treatment Plant
Tweed Shire Council is committed to supplying high quality and safe drinking water. Most of Tweed's water supply is processed at the new Bray Park Water Treatment Plant which incorporates state-of-the- art membrane technology.
Now that's smart – phone access to Council
There's now a smarter way of accessing Tweed Shire Council information for anyone with a smart mobile phone such an iPhone, HTC, Blackberry, any other web-enabled phone or the new iPad.
Marine jewel in the Tweed's aquatic crown
Work on Stage One of the upgrade of Jack Evans Boat Harbour at Tweed Heads is now complete, and the revamped recreational and aquatic playground is open to the public. Tweed Shire Council's $8 million Jack Evans Boat Harbour revitalisation project has created a vibrant recreational and tourism centrepiece for Tweed Heads, which acts as a fitting gateway to the Tweed and New South Wales.
A new era of public consultation by Tweed Shire Council is being guided by a Community Engagement Strategy it adopted last December. The strategy identifies when and how Council will engagement with the community – and who it consults with – as well as explaining the preferred methods of engagement.
Stunning art gallery is world class
No visit to the Tweed is complete without a trip to the Tweed River Art Gallery at Murwillumbah. The Gallery is housed in a large, modern purpose-built facility surrounded by beautiful gardens and lawns. The gallery was established on this site in 2004, and was extended in 2006.
Community Strategic Plan taps into Residents' vision
A flagship community engagement campaign successfully tapped into the visions of Tweed residents, ratepayers and organisations, when Council embarked on stage one of its Integrated Planning and Reporting Framework late last year. A comprehensive campaign, guided by Council's new Community Engagement Strategy, attracted a huge level of public input for the 10-year Tweed Community Strategic Plan.
Council parks get upgrade
Tweed Shire Council is currently working through a park renewal program to ensure park equipment complies with today's standards and community expectations. Old Fingal Head Boat Harbour is the latest in a series of parks to be refurbished along the coast, targeting facilities which are popular among Tweed residents and visitors.
Feature: Environmental Management
Zero Waste Summit*
The 3rd Annual Zero Waste Summit is coming to Melbourne from 15-17 August and will once again highlight the latest strategies to help you improve your council's waste diversion performance, with a focus on organics, commercial and industrial waste, and e-waste.
Rockhampton tackles Giant Rat Tail Grass
The Rockhampton Pest Management Unit is using a variety of techniques to assist landowners to identify Giant Rat Tail Grass (GRT).The grass is an aggressive plant that can reduce pasture productivity and cause natural areas to be degraded. It was originally introduced in the early 1960s via contaminated pasture seed.
Cockburn's commitment to sustainability
Cockburn Council's strong commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and to developing a well rounded sustainability program has been recognised in the 2011 National Awards for Local Government. Cockburn won the Leading Community Climate Change Action Award for its Sustainability and Climate Change Program.
Home Energy Audit Toolkits
Developed through the Southern Tasmania Councils Authority Regional Climate Change Initiative by the Hobart City Council, Home Energy Audit Toolkits offer households a real opportunity to better understand and take control of their energy use.
Permaculture Day celebrated at Pittwater and Randwick
Two councils in metropolitan Sydney recently celebrated the second National Permaculture Day. Permaculture is a design system for sustainable living that can be applied in densely packed urban areas, like Sydney's Eastern Suburbs, as much as it can be in rural areas and on farms.
Carbon price confusion*
With Australian carbon price legislation creeping steadily closer, the confusion in the community continues to build. As Chartered Accountants we are at the coal face of this confusion and we are regularly asked to provide proactive guidance helping our clients transform a significant business risk into an opportunity.
Plastic recycling options increase for Darwin
Darwin residents will now be able recycle virtually any type of plastics due to an expansion of their recycling services. The additional recycling is done through Darwin City Council's waste collection contractors Transpacific Cleanaway.
New environmentally sustainable assessment requirements
Yarra City Council in inner Melbourne is part of a growing group of Victorian councils known as the Council Alliance for a Sustainable Built Environment (CASBE) to introduce Environmentally Sustainable Design requirements for planning permit applications.
Join the Green Star revolution
Local Governments around Australia are taking action to cut greenhouse gas emissions, reduce costs and improve the productivity and health of the community.
Steamling weed management with Tr@ceR
In 2007 Liverpool Plains Shire Council decided to introduce a strategic approach to weed management with the introduction of weed mapping. Council's weed inspector's initially trialled an off the shelf software package however, the program failed miserably to deliver the desired outcomes.
Composting Week at Snowy River
ABC Kids TV sensation Dirt Girl helped children enjoy community celebrations during composting week in Snowy River. Two shows were held in Berridale and Jindabyne on the southern tablelands of NSW, and Dirt Girl also made a surprise visit to the children at Snowy Mountains Day Care.
NATA accreditation for Mackay lab
Mackay residents will now be drinking their water with an even greater degree of satisfaction - not that they ever had any doubts. Mackay Regional Council's Water and Waste Services laboratory recently received accreditation from the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA).
Clean fresh water from the sun*
A Victorian company believes it has found a way to prevent 3.5 million deaths a year from water borne diseases while also cutting emissions of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide. F Cubed, based in Somerton, has been working on its solar powered desalination system for about six years and started selling the units commercially in November.