August 2011 Edition

  • Tackling hoon drivers in West Torrens
    West Torrens Council is taking seriously the spate of hoon driving incidents in South Australia by teaching young drivers about the severe ramifications of car accidents. It staged a 'mock crash' to show young drivers what can happen when a critical accident occurs.
  • Finding services in Frankston
    Finding what facilities and services are close to your house within Frankston City has just got easier for residents with the launch of My Address.
  • Recognising LG's high achievers
    At the National General Assembly of Local Government held in Canberra, Local Government FOCUS invited delegates to nominate individuals or teams from their councils who are improving operations or enhancing service delivery for their local community.
  • Sydney and Randwick councils join forces for light rail extension
    Two Sydney councils will work together to support an extension to Sydney's light rail system, easing gridlocked streets and improving public transport. Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP and Randwick Mayor Murray Matson have agreed to join forces to support the extension of light rail into the CBD and into Sydney's eastern suburbs, with the City of Sydney and Randwick City to formalise their cooperation through an official Memorandum of Understanding.
  • DrillFest 2011 at Rockhampton*
    The Australian Drilling Industry Association is pleased to announce that DrillFest 2011 will be held in Rockhampton on 28 and 29 September.
  • Residents invited to participate in designing streetscapes
    The ideas and vision for residents for local streetscapes will be a key part of the focus of a new Maranoa Placemaking Project. Mayor Robert Loughnan said Council is focusing on improvements to streetscapes in its towns over the next decade including Roma, Mitchell, Surat, Injune and Yuleba.
  • Major reduction in carbon emissions at Lake Macquarie
    Over the last three years, Lake Macquarie Council has reduced carbon emissions by 1018 tonnes, which is the same as taking 255 cars off the road.Since starting its pollution reduction program in 2008, Council has met its ambitious targets, even exceeding them by 102 tonnes this year.
  • Leading the way with lower cost housing
    Between 2007 and 2010, Director Finance Peter Fairlie Jones at the City of Salisbury in South Australia led a multi agency and multidisciplinary team to develop the award winning Brahma Green affordable housing project.
  • Local Governments among the big winners in 2011 Australian Business Awards
    Logan City Council in South East Queensland and Western Australia's Mindarie Regional Council have been named among the country's most progressive organisations in the 2011 Australian Business Awards.
  • Safety solution protects workers from electrocution
    Saving lives and preventing electrocution of its workers was the motivation behind Southern Grampians Shire Council's customised 'height limiter' system, which was named one of the WorkSafe Awards Monthly Champions.
  • LiveWire 2011 - A forum for young and aspiring LG leaders
    Are you interested in change, creating new ideas and energy for Local Government? Well Wollongong City Council has the forum for you - LiveWire Conference 2011 is being held in Wollongong, NSW from 28-29 September this year.
  • Call for all levels of Government to work together to overcome congestion
    A national poll has demanded more attention to issues such as congestion, to reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) Deputy President Felicity-ann Lewis speaking at the Emerging Crises Summit - Cities, Population, Climate Change and Energy in Canberra said that the Federal Government needs to be more involved in local infrastructure planning to assist communities in managing population growth.
  • Outcomes from the Future of Local Government Summit
    The recent Municipal Association of Victoria's Future of Local Government National Summit, held in Melbourne on 29 and 30 June.
  • New forms of governance - The UK Experience by Malcolm Morley*
    Proposals in UK's Localism Bill in England to create elected Mayors with executive powers in the major cities of Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol, Coventry, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Nottingham, Leeds, Sheffield and Wakefield have been dropped.
  • Carbon debate ignites Local Government - Councils seizing the new opportunities
    Local Government has become one of the key battle grounds in the carbon tax debate with the Federal Government and Opposition making wildly different claims about its impact.
  • Land swap in Lockyer Valley
    In what is believed to be an Australian first, the Lockyer Valley Regional Council has unveiled its master plan to relocate residents from the flood devastated community of Grantham to safer ground.
  • Councillor profiles
    This month we feature two councillors from Victoria.
  • Queensland communities boosted by disaster funding
    Queensland communities devastated by cyclones and floods now have greater resources to assist in their recovery and reconstruction efforts, thanks to an initiative inspired by the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ).
  • Editorial
    Local Government faces some major challenges with the proposed introduction of a carbon tax by the Federal Government.
  • President's comment
    In each edition we feature the views of a Local Government Association president. The following is from Mayor Barry Easther, President of the Local Government Association of Tasmania.
  • Conference explores LG's role in creating thriving neighbourhoods
    Local Governments are critical change agents in creating liveable, sustainable communities. They exert influence in planning and are responsible for local service delivery, and so control the key levers for creating such communities.
  • Chinese basketball stars train at Busselton's GLC
    The Chinese National Basketball team visited Busselton recently to participate in an intensive four day training camp at the Geographe Leisure Centre (GLC).
  • Councils celebrate NAIDOC Week
    Local Governments across Australia celebrated National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee Week last month.
  • Pitching to Federal Ministers - The Good Oil by Rod Brown*
    I'm often asked whether councils should write to Federal Ministers to push a particular project or issue. The answer obviously differs according to the circumstances. But there are common lessons and I'm happy to pass them on.
  • Floods and drought - feast and famine
    The 67th Annual Conference and AGM for the Murray Darling Association will be held in Dalby, Queensland from 7 to 10 September.

  • National Local Roads and Transport - Congress in the City of Mount Gambier
    16-18 November 2011 - 'The Blue Lake City'
    Welcome to the City of Mount Gambier, the 'Blue Lake City'. Mount Gambier, located equidistant between the major capital cities of Adelaide and Melbourne, is South Australia's second largest City and is home to a population of over 26,000 people.
  • Mayor's welcome
    On behalf of the City of Mount Gambier I extend to all delegates and partners who attend the Australian Local Government Association's National Road and Transport Congress in the City of Mount Gambier, a warm welcome.
  • Towards 2015 - A Vision for the Future
    A three stage multi million dollar project is underway to redevelop and revitalise three key sites within Mount Gambier, taking the City through to 2015.
  • Innovative development
    The Mount Gambier Library and the development of the Civic Precinct has proven to be a benchmark for community engagement and social inclusion with patrons and well seasoned visitors continuing to reinforce the leading status of the Library on a comparative global scale.
  • The Main Corner engaging with the community
    Completion of the Main Corner Development will strengthen the Civic and Cultural heart of Mount Gambier by providing a powerful presence in the City Centre.
  • A learning community
    The Library aptly supports Council's strategic vision for Lifelong Learning - Live. Learn. Imagine what you are able to achieve in Mount Gambier.The Library is continually running community programs such as baby bounce, school holiday programs, Spotlight sponsored craft lessons and a host of professional development courses for various businesses.
  • Mount Gambier Marketplace - Investing in the future
    Confidence in Mount Gambier's economic future has been echoed by Woolworths Limited with the commencement of its $80 million construction of the Mount Gambier Marketplace. This investment that will create over 1,000 jobs for the local economy and provide the only Big W in a 250 kilometre radius.
  • Implementing public open space and water sensitive urban design strategies
    Public open spaces associated with the Mount Gambier Library and Community Centre project incorporates cutting edge Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) strategies as outlined within the Urban Design and Traffic Management Plan created by the City of Mount Gambier and adopted by Council in 2007.
  • Playtime
    Council is continuing with its five year plan for playground upgrades. $70,000 was provided for the construction of a new playground at the William A Crouch Reserve on Crouch Street South and also for the expansion of the existing playground at Don McDonnell Reserve on Conroe Drive.
  • Local roads - what Council provides
    Council provides a road network in partnership with State and Federal Governments to enable a high level of safety, accessibility and amenity for Mount Gambier. Council's commitment to maintaining this road network is in line with current best practices and to the standards expected by its ratepayers.

Feature: Community Services, Leisure, Parks & Gardens

  • Dorset's family activities a hit on Australia Day
    Promoting fitness, fun, respect for the natural environment as well as community participation and collaboration seems the perfect fit for Australia Day and this is just what north east Tasmania's Dorset Council has been able to do with the annual Bridport Splash.
  • Leadership workshop for young people
    A workshop designed to further develop young people's skills in public speaking, communication, leadership, and teamwork has been a huge success in Greater Bendigo.Over 20 young people aged between 13 and 25 recently participated in a free "Change is up 2 you!" leadership workshop in July.
  • Keeping playgrounds safe using Digital Pens
    Brisbane City Council is responsible for keeping its 2,229 playgrounds safe. Playgrounds can become unsafe through wear and tear or vandalism. Council's playground inspectors conduct around 300 playground inspections per month. These inspectors previously used pen and paper to complete their inspection reports that were then filed using a paper based system.
  • Future directions in community services
    An interview with Jane Frawley Manager Community Services Logan City Council.
  • PVC a better fencing alternative
    While a traditional timber fence looks splendid once freshly installed, unfortunately being constantly exposed to the elements it does fall victim to the accelerated ageing process.
  • Corowa lagoon redevelopment project opened
    Several months ago, Corowa's iconic lagoon was at risk of being washed away, but that was before over 80 volunteers and business sponsors began to transform the area. This enormous undertaking has included rehabilitating and preserving the lagoon with 1,000 'ElcoRock' sandbags, each weighting up to 300 kilograms.
  • Belgravia Leisure - a national leader in community leisure, sports and golf management
    Belgravia Leisure manages over 75 diverse sports, aquatics and leisure venues across Australia with a truly national support network of offices and regional managers.
  • Taree Recreation Centre Project recognised
    Greater Taree City Council has been acknowledged for engineering excellence for its recent upgrade of the Taree Regional Recreation Centre. Council competed against 151 other Local Governments for the prestigious IPWEA NSW 2011 Engineering Excellence Awards and was recently announced the winner for the design and construction of a Local Government Public Works project.
  • Volunteer approach to graffiti
    Emily Post's performance is based largely on what you don't see, rather than what you do. Emily coordinates the efforts of a volunteer group dedicated to graffiti removal from private residential properties throughout Playford in South Australia.
  • Yarriambiack's new skate park takes shape
    After extensive planning, work on the Hopetoun Skate Park is now under way. It is expected that the slab will be laid shortly, weather conditions permitting.
  • International Parks and Leisure conference in Fremantle - 18-21 September
    Parks and Leisure Australia (PLA) is the key professional association that provides a broad range of services to members of the parks and leisure industry.
  • Nursery success at Whitehorse
    Whitehorse Council's nursery team's dedication to ecologically sustainable horticulture led them to be named as the Best Government Nursery in Australia at the national 2011 Nursery and Garden Industry Awards (NGIA).
  • Designing for the community*
    Furphy's Foundry has long been regarded as one of Australia's leading street and park furniture manufacturers. The company also has a growing range of urban design solutions.
  • New e-rostering for smart effective care
    Horsham Rural City Council has introduced electronic mobile phone rostering for the Home and Community Care (HACC) department and its staff.
  • Real drivers of community satisfaction are often obscured
    Honesty and trustworthiness are among the key drivers of community satisfaction, according to a new diagnostic tool.
  • Taking the plunge on long term commitment
    Less queuing, a greater range of facilities and programs and more innovative customer service solutions at Boroondara's five aquatic and leisure facilities are just some of the benefits residents can expect to see in coming years.
  • Aquatic award honour for Tamworth Pools Officer
    Tamworth Regional Council has been recognised for its professionalism with a national award for assisting aquatic facilities across Australia with preventing and dealing with drowning incidents.
  • How the bicycle can transform towns and cities
    With the transport crisis a long term reality for Australian cities, there has never been a better time to improve liveability by embracing the benefits of bicycling, according to Harry Barber, CEO of Bicycle Victoria.
  • Taylor's Gully leads the way in child care
    The Children's Services Team at Northern Grampians Shire Council is leading the way as it embraces the new Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework well before it is formally introduced in 2012. Established by the Victorian Government, the new framework is for children up to eight years old.
  • Katanning excels in multiculturalism
    The Shire of Katanning, with a population of just over 4000, was among a record field of outstanding nominees commended at the 2011 Multicultural Community Service Awards in Perth last month.
  • New aquatic facility at Walgett
    Residents of Lightning Ridge in New South Wales are very proud of their new short course 25 metre heated pool and diving tower.
  • Casey's neighbourhood houses get university marketing boost
    Casey City Council's 12 Neighbourhood Houses and Community Learning Centres are benefitting from the fresh ideas and work of Monash University marketing students in a project that gives much needed recognition to these local organisations. As a part of their studies, students are required to write a marketing plan and implementation guide for actual organisations.
  • Active and healthy at Gold Coast
    Gold Coast City Council's Active and Healthy Gold Coast Program (AHGCP) has grown from a small three month program with 25 activities offered weekly, to 150 activities across 44 weeks of the year.
  • Ku-ring-gai's newest park on the way
    Design plans have been approved for Ku-ring-gai's newest community park at Wahroonga - to be known as Balcombe Park.