December 2011 Edition

Feature: Business Efficiency & Sustainability

  • Shire wins LivCom Award
    The Serpentine Jarrahdale Shire has taken out second place in the prestigious LivCom Awards, in the Project Award (socio economic category), for its Plan for the Future.
  • Western Australia triumphs at 2011 LivCom Awards
    Western Australian Local Governments dominated the award winners list in the 2011 LivCom Awards developed by the United Nations.
  • Consultation on climate change requires positive approaches*
    The Australian Climate Change Adaptation Research Network for Settlements and Infrastructure (ACCARNSI) researchs and evaluates of climate change adaptation tools and application processes in Local Government.
  • Council's risk management at a premium
    Risk management is an important part of management in Local Government and Maroondah City Council is leading the way.
  • The future is green cities*
    As national and state governments struggle with major sustainability issues, local governments can take practical action now – and green buildings are one way that councils can make a difference to the environment, the health and wellbeing of their communities, and their council coffers too.
  • How green is my Moonee Valley?
    Moonee Valley City Council's award winning green shopping system has saved Council an estimated $30,000 a year and saved the environment from 400 tonnes of greenhouse gases a year in a single purchase.
  • Opportunity Knox – prospectus shows the way
    A business prospectus issued by the City of Knox has highlighted the strong economic development potential of the region.
  • Technology 'future proofs' Council
    It has taken three years and thousands of dollars but ratepayers in the Etheridge Shire can rest assured their Council could not be more ready for the future.
  • Financial Service for LG staff*
    Notice the difference a NOT FOR PROFIT financial service provider can make to the members of local government, their families and friends.
  • Living Life Happy and Healthy on the Fraser Coast
    Queensland's Fraser Coast is seen as one of the happiest regions in Australia and staff from Fraser Coast Regional Council are keen to keep it that way, especially within their work environment.
  • Managing assets more effectively and economically*
    The public sector has no choice but to stretch resources as far as possible. With revenues shrinking and infrastructure aging, councils need to get maximum value from existing assets.
  • Praise for Mackay's online City Deals initiative
    One of Australia's leading Internet marketers has praised Mackay Regional Council for establishing its "City Deals" initiative, which is a free, community based online discount scheme.
  • Port Macquarie - Hastings Council pilots centralised purchasing and procurement model
    Port Macquarie - Hastings Council has proven the benefits of a strategic, centralised purchasing and procurement process as a part of a pilot program involving several mid north coast councils In New South Wales.
  • Armidale Dumaresq Council increases productivity
    A massive $2.1 million in productivity improvements in Armidale Dumaresq Council's (ADC) operations has been identified and $1.4 million has been implemented and is operational.
  • Barossa bike path bonanza
    Visitors to the Barossa and Gawler regions will soon have the joy of riding, jogging or walking between Tanunda and Gawler, and the intermediate areas of Rowland Flat, Lyndoch and Gawler East, following receipt of a large Federal Government grant by the Barossa Council to construct a 27 kilometre long shared bicycle and walking path.
  • Local Government Management Solutions*
    Local Government Management Solutions works with a large number of councils across NSW to provide them with expertise in Executive Recruitment and HR Management.
  • Future directions in business efficiency – the impact of NBN
    Kiama Municipal Council is in the fortunate position of being the first Council on mainland Australia to be connected to the National Broadband Network (NBN), with rollout to the majority of the Municipality expected by the end of 2012.
  • Townsville City Council enhances customer service
    Citizens and customers of Townsville City Council will soon enjoy better quality and quicker response times to their questions through a deal signed this week between Townsville and IMC Communications to implement livepro®, a cloud-based knowledge management solution.
  • City of Melville recognised for excellent customer service
    The City of Melville has been recognised for its excellent customer service systems by winning the state and national Local Government Customer Service Institute of Australia (CSIA) Service Excellence Awards.