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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Calamvale’s District Park opens to rave review
Opened on Australia Day 2012, Calamvale District Park in southern Brisbane has provided a vital green space for a growing population and transformed the landscape of playground design.
Tick of approval for environmental levy
Commencing in 2005, Ku-rin-gai Council’s environmental levy has not only benefitted the region’s natural environment but has 80 percent of the community in favour of it continuing into the future.
Walking the talk, environmentally
Lismore City Council Environment Team has been working away quietly and, in the process, they have changed the very nature of the City with cutting edge developments in sustainability.
Libraries embrace the digital age
The digital revolution has brought changes to nearly every aspect of our lives and libraries across Australia are rising to the challenge.
Outdoor library adds new dimension
Randwick City in New South Wales has recently added an outdoor area to the Malabar library, meaning that the smallest library in the City now has a vital new space for patrons.
Funding boost brings library to life
Oakleigh Library and the soon-to-be-opened Mulgrave Library Service Point received some welcome news in July, thanks to the Victorian State Government’s Living Libraries Infrastructure Program.
NSW libraries stay warm over winter
Libraries have become more than just places to borrow books, evidenced by the variety of activities and programs offered by a number of NSW libraries.
Mondo project encourages youth engagement
The Mondo Community Safety and Youth Engagement Project aims to enhance safety, minimise anti-social behaviour and engage with young people in the ‘Mondo Green Space’ – a key civic site in the Penrith City Centre.
Griffith’s Natty Knitters & The Knitted Garden
Throughout July, Parramatta City Library held an exhibition of the amazing Knitted Garden, the work of a group of dedicated knitters and crocheters from Griffith in South West New South Wales.
Oval upgrade kicks off
The Colac Otway Shire Council in Victoria are celebrating the award of a $350,000 grant from the State Government towards a $750,000 upgrade of the Central Reserve playing surface.
Mid Murray wins youth engagement award
Mid Murray Council in South Australia has gained national recognition for its innovative ‘Fun 4 YOUth’ program, winning the youth engagement and participation category in the prestigious 2012 National Awards for Local Government.
Sportsturf – working for you*
SportsTurf Consultants (Aust.) Pty Ltd is the largest consultancy firm in Australia that practices specifically in the area of construction and management of turf surfaces.
Healthier Baw Baw
A project to develop and implement a municipal-wide physical activity and healthy eating initiative in Baw Baw Shire has been funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing.
‘Pop-up’ library increases access
The City of Ballarat in Victoria has initiated a new mobile library service, making it easier for residents in outlying areas to access the range of programs and resources provided by the central Ballarat, Wendouree and Sebastopol libraries.
Adopt-a-tree program creates greener streets
Green Your Street is a free program that aims to improve local streets and neighbourhoods through the planting of trees on nature strips, drawing on community involvement and care.