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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.