March 2012 Edition

  • Supporting Women in Local Government
    2010 marked the year of women in local government. This event was dedicated to raising the profile of women and addressing disparities in senior positions.
  • Local government awards countdown begins
    Local governments across the country are working hard for their communities and promoting their achievements, with over 370 entries received for the 2012 National Awards for Local Government.
  • The Mid North Coast Group of Councils fight waste levy
    The Mid North Coast Group of Councils (MIDGOC) has formally objected to the New South Wales Government's waste levy.
  • Busselton becomes a city
    The City of Busselton has been declared Western Australia's sixth regional city.
  • Reframing local communities: from stewardship to leadership*
    What will local government need to be in 2020, 2030…2050? What are the issues local governments are going to face in 10, 20, 30 or 50 years time? How can and, in fact, should local government, elected members and officers, move from a position of stewardship to leadership and how will this shift take place?
  • National Yearof Reading
    Libraries have launched their campaign for the National Year of Reading, with the aim of encouraging children to read more in 2012
  • Mackay turns 150
    Mackay Regional Council will provide $65,000 for community and not-for-profit groups to stage 150th anniversary celebrations with the theme 'our people, our places and our stories'.
  • Heart Foundation Healthy Community Awards for 2012*
    The Heart Foundation Healthy Community Awards showcase councils working to improve heart health, through building a sense of community, encouraging people to be physically active, smoke-free and make healthy food choices.
  • Support for better financial management in local government
    The Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government (ACELG) has released a document that aims to improve councils' financial performance.
  • Councillor profiles
    In recognition of International Women's Day on March 8, this month we profile two women Mayors from Victoria.
  • Asset management conference*
    The 2012 International Local Government Infrastructure and Asset Management Conference, hosted by the Municipal Association of Victoria, will be held on May 2 and 3 at the Melbourne Park Function Centre.
  • Who Manages the hidden workforce?
    An interactive discussion was held at LGPRO Conference held in Melbourne last month around the ever increasing complexities within volunteer management.
  • Budget must boost economy, infrastructure and community
    The Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) is calling on the State Government to invest in productivity and economic performance in its 2012 budget.
  • World class council collaboration
    In a unique local government collaboration, 21 Victorian councils have joined forces to build and operate a world class kitchen that produces Meals on Wheels for their communities.
  • Greater Dandenong gets active
    Greater Dandenong Council has received a two-year $703,000 Federal Government grant to improve community health.
  • EzeScan announces new features*
    EzeScan, Australia's most popular production document scanning software application recently announced a string of new features aimed at further simplifying the scanning process.
  • Strathfield Park water refill station a success!*
    Runners, cyclers and general park users have shown immediate favour to a water bottle refill station under trial by an inner city council of Sydney.
  • Struggle for financial sustainability - President's comment
    Being the last state jurisdiction to undergo a financial sustainability study of its local government sector, the Local Government Association of the Northern Territory (LGANT) is awaiting the outcomes with some trepidation.
  • Safety first for Logan City Council
    A unique pace car is keeping motorists in check and making school zones safer throughout Queensland's Logan City Council.
  • Public campaign on referendum
    The Commonwealth should adopt a public engagement process recommended by the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) for councils to be recognised in the Constitution, an expert panel says.
  • Federal windows in the next 18 months - The Good Oil by Rod Brown
    OK, we're all disillusioned with the federal Labor Party's blood-letting process. Now we want some action for the remaining 18 months.
  • Facebark finds new homes for dogs
    A dedicated Facebook page to boost dog adoption rates at the City of Stirling's Animal Care Facility in Balcatta has been a howling success.
  • Editorial
    Communities are eroded by FIFO workers. While the resource boom has largely shielded Australia from the effects of a volatile global economy, the impact on regional communities has not been entirely positive.
  • Local Councils fight FIFO
    Local governments across regional Australia are fighting the impacts of the fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) workforce on mining communities.

Feature: Information and Communications Technology

  • Councils fight fruit fly
    More than 50 councils across three states are being asked to raise awareness about the world's worst fruit pest.
  • Planning approvals at the touch of a button
    An online housing approval system will reduce approval times for new homes in Coffs Harbour City Council to around a week.
  • Digital TV may cost more for remote residents
    West Arnhem Shire Council has expressed concern that the shift to digital television transmission may increase the cost of free-to-air broadcasts for residents of remote communities.
  • Northern Grampians Shire Council New app for Councillors*
    Northern Grampians Shire Council recently rolled out a new iPad app for use by Councillors and Senior Officers for the distribution of Council documents.
  • Tweed Shire Council launches eTender facility
    Tweed Shire Council has launched an eTender facility to streamline its tender process in line with other benchmark councils.
  • Recite makes the web accessible
    Government Communications Australia (GCA) has become the first Australian organisation to adopt Recite, a revolutionary new service, which opens up the web to users with dyslexia and/or visual impairments, no matter how challenging their disability is or which computer they choose to use.
  • Online cemetery makes tough visits easier
    Adelaide's Centennial Park Cemetery has become the first in Australia to use spatial technology to take its graveyard online.
  • Community ICT training in Monash and Kingston
    A $25,000 technology grant is expected to strengthen ICT skills and understanding among seniors and culturally and linguistically diverse groups in the Cities of Monash and Kingston, south east of Melbourne.
  • Speed up procurement contracts*
    When Yarra Ranges Council decided to improve procurement efficiency, they reviewed and implemented a digital signature PKI electronic system from Secured Signing.
  • My local application
    South Australian local government information could soon be available on smartphones and tablets.
  • Link unites Shire of Murray and Shire of Waroona in times of need
    The Shires of Murray and Waroona in Western Australia have installed a disaster recovery link so that each shire can use the other's infrastructure in times of need.
  • Charleville escapes major flood trauma*
    The levee constructed around Charleville was built to withstand a flood higher than the major flooding on 1997.
  • Online system boosts customer service
    When the phone rings at the City of Boroondara's Contact Centre in Melbourne's inner east, customers can be confident that staff will handle their enquiry quickly and efficiently.
  • Council now offering eBooks and audiobooks
    A recent expansion of Shoalhaven City Library Services will provide registered members with the ability to download audiobooks and e-books direct from the library website.
  • Online Council application e-forms*
    MyOffice24x7 have produced Council specific application eforms to be fully completed and submitted online, eliminating the manual print and post processing. Users are able to fill out eforms for common Council services, such as pet registration and parking permits, online, at any time of the day or night.
  • Innovations in mobile residential systems*
    Integration of Global Positioning System (GPS) vehicle tracking data, onboard mapping and more powerful mobile devices in vehicles enables nearest bin to arm-lift locations to be automatically ticked-off on driver’s on-screen maps.
  • Future Directions in Information Technology & Communications
    An interview with Scott Smith, Information Technology Manager at Tasmania's Brighton Counci.
  • City of Cockburn looks to the past for future planning
    The City of Cockburn's Geographical Information Systems (GIS) team has developed a new program that allows people to view photos and information dating from the 1950s until 2010.