National Year of Reading 2012
Launched in February, The National Year of Reading has hit the ground running, with libraries all over Australia taking up the challenge and promoting the benefits of reading to the community through local and national programs and events.
Barmera Library hosts community storytellers
Barmera Public Library, run by the Berri Barmera Council in South Australia, is celebrating the National Year of Reading by inviting members of the community to share their stories.
Get in to the spirit of reading
The Broome Public Library, in Western Australia's Kimberley, is celebrating the National Year of Reading with a series of events and programs that highlight both the importance and pleasure of reading. Amongst these is the Library's first ever Readathon, set to run for the rest of the year.
Library relocation celebrated in style
Up until as recently as February this year, the future venue for the Mount Isa City Council Library was still in doubt, with a temporary library operating for number of months with limited services while Mount Isa City Council negotiated a permanent site.
Cairns selected as a role model
A United Nations-led program Making Cities Resilient, has selected Cairns as the first Role Model city from the Pacific region.
Women helped to weather the storm
Mackay Regional Council in Queensland is running a unique program dedicated to assisting the women in the region cope with the aftermath of natural disasters.
Talking sense on disaster mitigation
The Local Government Association of Queensland has backed former Gillard Government minister Robert McClelland's call for a smarter approach to funding communities affected by natural disasters.
For the latest in innovation, technology and sustainable solutions, lock in Wednesday and Thursday 10th and 11th of October 2012 and head to LOGOV 2012 to see the latest Public Works products in action at it's new home at the Farm Fantastic site in Caboolture, Brisbane.
A Men's Shed milestone
Starting in 2006, the Australian Men's Shed Association now represents over 650 sheds across Australia, providing a vital resource for men and contributing to healthier communities in general.
Proposed shake up for Council selection
Mayor John Davis and former Mayor, Councillor Reg Kidd of Orange City Council in New South Wales have called for the abolition of group tickets and preferential voting in council elections, arguing that a system where every one ran as an independent would be more democratic.
Interface Councils want more universities
The Interface Councils are eight councils surrounding metropolitan Melbourne that define themselves as 30 percent urban / 70 percent rural, forming the interface between regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne.
Parramatta River City Renewal Project
Parramatta City Council has welcomed Prime Minister, Julia Gillard's announcement of $3.75 million towards the Parramatta River City Renewal Project.
Addressing coordination failure - The Good Oil by Rod Brown
One of the strongest arguments for the federal government being involved in regional development policy is 'coordination failure'. This is economic jargon for the failure of initiatives because of the inability of different stakeholders to coordinate their actions for their mutual benefit.
Delays in disaster classification frustrate councils
Many local governments continue to struggle for the recognition they need to access emergency assistance and funding for disaster recovery. The rural town of Ungarie in New South Wales experienced the worst flood in its history on March 4th 2012, with 72 homes and businesses inundated and 115 properties isolated when the Humbug Creek broke its banks.
In this issue of Local Government Focus we focus on what councils are doing in Administration & Management Systems, and the news is impressive.
Stark gender imbalance
Australia still falls well behind many other western nations in terms of equality for women in accessing resources and opportunities, ranking 23rd in the World Economic Forum Gender Gap Report 2011.
Feature: Administration & Management Systems
New records management system
The Shire of Dandaragan is located about 250km north of Perth in Western Australia, and represents five small towns and their surrounds.
New software assisting Council operations
During a very busy first term, Maranoa Regional Council has implemented a significant number of key software packages to ensure business practices, legislative requirements and system efficiencies are achieved.
Mobile customer service puts residents first
Councils that cover a number of suburbs or towns, with only one or two customer service centres, are discovering the benefits of running Mobile Customer Service (MCS) programs, as are their customers.
One stop shop for Work Health & Safety
The introduction in New South Wales of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 and Regulations has resulted in some important changes to the way health and safety at work is administered.
Reforms lift local government performance
A number of State governments have begun to introduce reforms to planning and building application processes in an effort to increase efficiency and reduce costs. A recent report from the development industry found that Western Australia was leading the way in implementing these reforms.
Sydney Hills welcomes new residents
Mayor of The Hill Shire, Councillor Greg Burnett has welcomed the 2,603 new residents who have moved to the Shire in the last year according to new statistics released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
Thinking ahead on population growth
The Shire of Murray, approximately 80km south of Perth in Western Australia, expects to double its population over the next decade. As a result, the Shire of Murray Council is thinking ahead, with the installation of performance management software Interplan, which is usually utilised by larger Councils.
Manufacturing gets a head start
It's no secret that the Australian manufacturing industry is in crisis and requires a concerted effort from all levels of government to recover some of its former glory.
Phone app makes parking easy
The City of Perth has just made life a whole lot easier for residents, visitors and commuters with an Australian first — a mobile phone application and website that advises of parking availability in the City's car parks.