August 2012 Edition


  • Councils combat Carbon Tax
    July 1st has come and gone and, nearly a month into the new carbon economy, the impact seems to be somewhat less dramatic than anticipated. In major efforts to reduce their carbon liability, local councils across Australia continue to take advantage of a variety of products and technologies that contribute to a reduction of carbon emissions; similarly, there are a number of grant programs, offered by federal and state governments, that can assist councils in putting the necessary changes in place.
  • President's Comment - Getting the best for the community should not be misinterpreted
    In each edition we feature the views of a Local Government Association president. Our August issue features a comment from Councillor Troy Pickard, President of the Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA).
  • Volunteers caring for elderly
    Most councils in Australia appreciate the vital role volunteers play in their communities, with many giving tirelessly of their time and energy across a range of areas.
  • Greater Bendigo Council says NO to violence
    A draft Violence Prevention Plan has been endorsed by the City of Greater Bendigo Council and released for community feedback.
  • Outback arena gets upgrade
    Hughenden in the Flinders Shire in outback Queensland has become one of the top horse performance locations in the State. A recent upgrade of the Hughenden Outback Arena has now ensured that working cow horse events can be held safely at the Hughenden Showground facility.
  • Manufacturing woes - The Good Oil by Rod Brown
    Job losses in manufacturing roll on, with no end in sight. Some pundits reckon that our manufacturers can weather the effects of the high AUD. Piffle, because without strong global supply chains and strategic government intervention, our manufacturing industry is at acute risk.
  • Mapping website sets national benchmark
    A local government geospatial expert has called on Australia’s councils to embrace Geographic Information System (GIS) technology to meet the nation’s growing demand for improved access to government information.
  • Homeless, not hopeless
    Habitat for Humanity, founded in the US in 1976 and now operating on a global scale, is helping to provide homes for the vulnerable in Baw Baw Shire in Victoria.
  • The Care Factor
    The Launceston City Council has launched a new pilot program, aimed at helping young people better engage with each other, their schools, and the wider community.
  • Flood mitigation plans progress
    Maranoa Regional Council has secured Queensland Government funding to develop a detailed design of works for Roma’s flood mitigation strategies.
  • Two directorate model one to watch
    The Shire of Kalamunda has shaken up the world of local government, with the establishment of a Two Directorate Organisational Structure. The Shire is believed to be the only local government of its size in Australia that is operating with such a model.
  • Government policy tools that integrate economic, environmental and social goals*
    The Australian Centre for Excellence for Local Government (ACELG) is partnering with ICLEI Oceania in a research project that ultimately aims to identify government policy tools that help integrate economic, environmental, social and health goals at the local government level.
  • Greening Greater Bendigo
    Residents of the City of Greater Bendigo helped plant over 5000 native trees and shrubs in an area called Maiden Gully as part of National Tree Day celebrations on July 29th.
  • Economic forum energises Launceston’s future
    The Launceston City Council recently hosted an economic forum aimed at finding strategies for boosting the retail and industry sectors in Northern Tasmania, and enhancing employment opportunities.
  • Councillor profiles - Local Government Focus
    This month we are profiling two councillors from the Tasmania.
  • Adelaide to host cycling conference
    In 2014, the City of Adelaide will be hosting the world’s premier cycling planning conference, Velo-city Global.
  • A major overhaul to save City of Sydney $1m a year
    A major overhaul has started on the City of Sydney’s 45 properties, to make them more energy and water efficient, saving more than $1 million a year.
  • Melville’s alcohol drama wins nomination
    The City of Melville in Western Australia was proud to be a finalist in the 2012 Australian Medical Association (WA) and Healthway Healthier WA Awards, nominated for its educational DVD, The Gathering.
  • LGE2013 – Local Government Executives National Conference, 5 – 8 March 2013*
    Coffs Harbour City Council is to host the first ever conference specifically targeted at Council Directors.
    Directors/Executives from the Local Government sector (those that sit immediately under the council GM/CEO level) from throughout Australia will gather to network, learn and exchange ideas at the forthcoming Local Government Executives (LGE) Conference in March 2013.
  • Embrace the bicycle revolution*
    Bike riding has become a major transport option for an increasing number of people in Australia, and its importance as a recreational activity cannot be overstated.
  • Information sessions for potential councillors
    Seventy-nine information sessions will help potential candidates to find out what it takes to stand in the Victorian council elections in October.
  • Recognising local government’s high achievers
    At the Local Government Managers Association Congress in Perth in May, Local Government Focus invited delegates to nominate individuals or teams from their councils who have made a significant contribution to their council and local community.
  • GIS Team, Singleton Council, New South Wales
    General Manager Lindy Hyam nominated the Singleton Council GIS Team, specifically for their achievement in mapping all the Parks & Facilities in Singleton. The Team spoke to LG Focus about their work in mapping and managing Council’s assets.
  • A pocket park with a sense of history
    A secluded pocket park in Sydney’s Darlinghurst is soon to be christened Rosebank Park, after a grand estate that stood on the same site almost 180 years ago.
  • Supporting jobs reform
    Mayor of Hurstville, Cr Steve McMahon has called for sweeping changes to planning laws that could create jobs and save local businesses precious time and money.
  • DRILL 2012: ‘Drilling into the Future’
    DRILL 2012: ‘Drilling into the Future’ is even bigger than Drill 2010, with more features, such as pre-conference workshops and seminars, more exhibitors, and an open afternoon for associated professionals and students.


  • Editorial
    This, the August issue of Local Government Focus, incorporates our feature on Community Services, Leisure, Park & Gardens, and the sheer volume and diversity of submissions from councils has been overwhelming. It’s unfortunate that we can’t run them all, as the activity in this area is not only significant, but is widely varied within and between councils.

Feature: Community Services, Leisure, Parks & Gardens