April 2012 Edition

  • Dancing to the beat of harmony
    Riverside Theatres hosted the first-ever Rhythms of Peace Harmony Day Concert, a unique South Asian and Middle Eastern music and dance performance by young people from Western Sydney.
  • Multicultural Harmony Festival celebration
    "Harmony Day is about unity. It is about embracing our fellow Australians as one, regardless of their cultural difference, ethnic or religious backgrounds," said Coffs Harbour Mayor, Councillor Keith Rhoades, who officially opened the event.
  • Harmony Day highlights in Orange
    A colourful Brazilian tradition which combines acrobatic dancing with 'mostly' non-contact martial arts, was a highlight of this year's Harmony Day in Orange.
  • A creative launch to the Rockdale arts festival
    Rockdale City Council launched the Rockdale Arts Festival in a burst of colour at the inaugural creARTivity event held at Arncliffe Park, Arncliffe on Sunday 11 March.
  • New Candidate Information Seminars
    The Election Funding Authority (EFA) of NSW will be holding Candidate Information Seminars for those interested in becoming a candidate for the upcoming Local Government elections being held on the 8th September.
  • Art in unexpected places
    Art in Public Places, Hobsons Bay City Council unique art program that partners local businesses with artists, is back bigger and better in 2012 with more than 50 artists displaying their work in over 40 businesses and unexpected places.
  • Calls for Local Government recognition
    The Country Mayors Association of NSW is calling on Premier Barry O'Farrell to publicly support the recognition of local government in the Australian Constitution.
  • Councillor profiles
    This month we are profiling two councillors from South Australia.
  • Raise fees not rates
    South Australia's Local Government Association wants to protect ratepayers from subsidising the potential $4.5 million cost of revised State Government building inspection regimes, which come into effect as of 1 July this yea
  • Lift developer cap, increase revenue and fund infrastructure
    The limitations on councils' ability to raise revenue and the State Government imposed caps on developer levies have led to a shortfall in funding for essential infrastructure.
  • Young Manager wins prestigious award
    Redland City Council staff member, Jennifer Haines, has won the LGMAQ Award of Young Manager of the Year for Leadership and Management Excellence in 2012.
  • Women encouraged to stand for Local Government
    With council elections taking place right across Australia in 2012, there is a growing focus on promoting gender equity in Local Government. Representing 50 percent of the population, only a third of councillors' are women. Highlighting the need for proactive campaigns to encourage increased participation by women in the third tier of government.
  • Sunnies for sight day activities a hit at proserpine
    Whitsunday Regional Council's ICEE Sunnies for Sight Day activity in Proserpine was a great success!
  • Local Government Review Panel announced
    March 20th saw the New South Wales Government announce the formation of the Local Government Review Panel. The Local Government and Shires Association (LGSA) have welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Local Government, the Hon. Don Page, as the Panel is to address the serious issue of long term financial viability for local governments.
  • Roma airport opening a soaring success
    Wet weather did not deter an extensive crowd flocking to Roma Airport's opening celebrations on Saturday, 17 March for a fun day of impressive aerial demonstrations, prizes, tasty food and great company.
  • Quicker book borrowing
    New technology is being introduced at the Albury Library Museum that will revolutionise the way that the Library does business. Cutting edge Radio Frequency Identification Technology (RFID) will provide many benefits to library customers and operations, bringing with it improved ways to process and manage the library's collection, and improved collection security.
  • Councils welcome election of Newman Government
    The election of an LNP Government led by Campbell Newman is set to ensure a better relationship between George St and Queensland's 73 local councils.
  • The Canada Bay City Council gives power to the people
    The Canada Bay City Council in NSW, in consultation with The newDemocracy Foundation, is taking a unique step towards community engagement in local government decisions and service provision. The new strategy, which has been approved by Council, mixes contemporary methods of surveying and engagement with an approach that is being overseen by The newDemocracy and involves the appointment of a citizens' panel.
  • Schools on the march
    The Cardinia Shire Council Mobile March initiative saw over 3400 students from 13 local primary schools walking, riding, scooting and skating to and from school as much as they could during the month of March.
  • Memo to Mr O'Farrell - regional development is all about connectivity
    The Good Oil by Rod Brown
    The O'Farrell Government seems to be making a reasonable fist of things, but it will surely be judged on how it tackles three issues: Sydney's transport system, electricity prices and urban and regional development.
  • Dealing with disaster
    Local governments are facing the aftermath of natural disasters right across Australia, from the destruction wreaked by cyclones in Port Hedland to seemingly endless floods across Queensland, Victoria and NSW.
  • Editorial
    One year ago exactly, Local Government FOCUS examined the impact of climate change and natural disasters on local governments and the communities they represent.
  • Reform already under way - President's Comment
    In each edition we feature the views of a Local Government Association president. The following is from Mayor Barry Easther OAM, President of the Local Government Association of Tasmania

Feature: Engineering & Public Works

  • Water quality mission in Kenya
    A team of Tweed volunteers has returned from Kenya after completing a successful seven-week mission to improve health, education and water quality in an impoverished village.
  • MAV: State focus on waste and recycling welcomed
    The Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) has welcomed the Victorian Government's decision to focus Sustainability Victoria's work on waste, recycling and energy efficiency programs.
  • Ambassadors Tours: a life changing experience
    The highly successful Ambassadors Tours programme devised and run by Coffs Harbour City Council has proved to be a life-changing experience for both the volunteer tour guides and participants, in the two years since it began.
  • 2012 Workplace Safety Guide
    Fulfilling their duty to provide industries across Australia with updated health and safety information each year, Pro-Visual Publishing has just released the 2012 edition of the National Guide to Public Works and Services Safety, with the intent on reducing workplace accidents and injury to those involved in the Local Government and Public Works sector.
  • Practical qualifications in road engineering
    Many may not appreciate that Australia relies more on road transport than any other nation in the world, on a per capita basis, and is challenged on critical fronts like few others, given its size, its climatic and geological diversity, and a low population base (but high road length km/head).
  • SunSmart tool provides defence against skin cancer
    SunSmart has launched a new online planning tool, 'Creating effective shade' to assist community groups and councils to ensure adequate quality shade is provided in parks, playgrounds and public open spaces.
  • Meeting the infrastructure asset management challenge*
    Growing importance is being placed on the long-term lifecycle costs associated with the operation, maintenance and renewal of physical assets. This has created the need for skills in the management of infrastructure networks such as roads, water supply, drainage and sewerage.
  • New green building initiative
    An innovative green-building initiative, announced today by Parramatta City Council, is set to create the next generation of modern, efficient and sustainable buildings.
  • Council builds housing for local doctors
    Construction has started on seven new houses for local doctors in Port Hedland, Western Australia, as stage one of the GP Housing Project.
  • Building approvals delayed
    Proper Council decision making could be endangered by Queensland Labor's bid to force councils to wait for development assessment panels to give the green light for major building approvals according to Local Government Association of Queensland chief executive Greg Hallam
  • Council goes slow on the H2O at Yarra Bay
    The grass really will be greener at Yarra Bay soon, with Randwick City Council installing a water tank at Yarra Bay Bicentennial Park and Oval to capture and reuse stormwater.
  • Liverpool City Council tops household recycling in Sydney
    Liverpool City Council has been identified as the top performing Sydney metropolitan council for its recycling efforts in the NSW Local Government annual performance report.
  • Sydney goes green for conference
    The City of Sydney installed fresh green grass, tables, chairs and a giant screen in Sussex Lane to create Pop Sydney – a unique green experience in the heart of the city.
  • Innovative design and sustainability*
    An innovative Australian company is changing the face of our parks, streetscapes and other public places.
  • What travels down the drain does matter
    Campbelltown City Council has launched a project to educate residents on the importance of reducing the impact of stormwater pollution on local waterways.
  • Cooperation on cogeneration reduces costs and carbon
    Late last year, the City of Boroondara Mayor, Heinz Kreutz, officially opened the Asburton cogeneration plant that now generates electricity and heat for the Ashburton Pool and Recreation Centre (APARC).
  • Parks Alive!
    The Unley City Council supported local community groups and individuals in 18 different events across the Council area as part of this year's Parks Alive weekend on March 30 and April 1.
  • Future Directions in Engineering and Public Works at The City of Busselton
    The newly proclaimed City of Busselton is marking its change in status with a series of major construction projects. Covering everything from expansion of the Regional Airport to building a Community Resource Centre, the projects are dedicated to ensuring Busselton's viability and security into the future.
  • Council releases beetle to tackle Madeira vine weed
    Shoalhaven City Council has joined a state-wide biological control program aimed at controlling the difficult environmental weed, Madeira vine.
  • Reducing water use to save millions
    Mackay Regional Council will invest in a number of alternative strategies to cut water use in a bid to save millions of dollars through the deferral of new infrastructure.
  • Councils welcome Crisafulli appointment
    The Local Government Association of Queensland has welcomed the appointment of former Townsville deputy mayor David Crisafulli as Local Government Minister in the Queensland Cabinet.
  • Synthetic turf for reserve
    At its March monthly meeting, the Melville City Council endorsed $1.2 million in capital expenditure to contribute to the cost of installing synthetic turf at the Len Shearer Reserve in Booragoon.