Facing rising sea levels
With approximately 85 percent of the Australian population living on or near the coast, the issue of climate change adaptation and rising sea levels impacts on the vast majority of local government areas.
Regional and remote area economic training
The aim of the Regional and Remote Area Economic Development Training Program (RRATP) is to provide a positive impact through the sharing of economic development expertise for remote and regional communities of Australia.
Gift of artworks heralds new chapter for gallery
In 2010, local resident and philanthropist Neil Balnaves donated over $1 million worth of paintings from his personal collection to the Mosman Art Gallery in New South Wales, adding to what was already one of the most significant collections held by a local council in Australia.
MAV backs council super fight
The Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) has called for time out on the unbearable cumulative impacts of government reforms and funding cuts, and wants the Australian and Victorian governments to give back.
Picturing Armadale’s past
A new online collection of historical images means that residents of the City of Armadale in Western Australia can learn about and contribute to knowledge of the region’s past.
Local government powerless? - The Good Oil by Rod Brown
Associate Professor Paul Collits, from Southern Cross University in New South Wales, has prepared a thought provoking paper titled ‘Is there a regional Australia, and is it worth spending big on?’, published in the Policy Magazine of the Centre for Independent Studies.*
Think women in Local Government
A campaign calling for 700 women to stand in the Victorian local government elections is making its final dash as Election Day, on October 27th, looms.
Bunyip site for bushfire memorial
Koolangara Park in Bunyip has been selected as the location for a memorial garden to commemorate the loss of life and property during the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires.
Another step toward carbon neutrality
In another step towards achieving carbon neutrality, Maribyrnong City Council has installed three solar systems at Maidstone Community Centre, Maribyrnong Community Centre and Braybrook’s Cherry Crescent Preschool Centre.
Council looks to future
Shoalhaven City Council recently endorsed the Shoalhaven Adaptation Plan, a planning tool designed to increase the area’s resilience and respond to the uncertainty created by the effects of global warming.
Cross border under scrutiny
Investigations and reviews are being undertaken in relation to the unique position that Tweed Shire Council and the Gold Coast City Council face as a result of the two growing regions being split by a state border.
Red tape blocks power at lower prices
Electricity could be cheaper and cleaner if regulations blocking local energy production were removed, the City of Sydney has told a national inquiry into electricity network regulation.
Mayor Sue Doherty South Perth City Council, Western Australia
As an active participant in the life of our community, I was approached to consider running for Council, which I did. So I was successfully elected as a Councillor for the City of South Perth in 2002. I was then elected Deputy Mayor in 2009, and was privileged to become Mayor in 2011.
Review of councils underway
Following the March 2012 announcement by the NSW Government Minister for Local Government, the Hon. Don Page MP, of a review of local government, a panel was appointed and the process is now underway.
Local Government back in force
Reflecting the importance placed by local government on seeking productivity improvements, visitors from 113 New South Wales Councils and eight interstate Councils attended CIVENEX this year.
Council promotes safety first
Shoalhaven City Council will be providing free ‘Safer by Design, training to local volunteers as part of the ongoing Home Safety program.
Leading the green revolution
A trigeneration system is paving the way for Manningham Council in Victoria to realise its long–term vision for a sustainable future.
Freezing out unnecessary waste
The Fridge Buyback Scheme in New South Wales is celebrating a highly successful year of freezing out unnecessary waste, with 10,825 fridges collected during the last financial year.
Rainwater harvest sows sustainable future
The Mount Waverley Reserve, in the Monash local government area in Victoria, is to become the home of a new $320,000 water harvesting plant, which will capture the rainwater run–off from the covered roof of the neighbouring Melbourne Water Reservoir.
Recognising local government’s high achievers
At the Local Government Managers Australia 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.
Community network exceeds expectations
Burwood Council in New South Wales recently announced that its Community Network program, a new public consultation initiative, has exceeded expectations during its expressions of interest phase and will start taking applications in September.
The September issue of Local Government Focus contains, amongst many other things, our inaugural letters page; (page 14) the beginning of a conversation with our readers that we hope will continue well into the future.
Feature: Training and Professional Development
Improving access for all
Two local Councils are working to improve access to buildings, amenities and to tackle mobility issues throughout their regions.
Council’s champion childcare trainee
Gosford City Council’s Childcare Trainee, Ebony Bruns, has been named one of the Trainees of the Year at the 2012 Central Coast Training Awards.
Future directions in training and professional development From Sorell Council Health & Wellbeing Committee, Tasmania. Four years ago, Sorell Council Senior Management asked for volunteers across all departments to form a Health & Wellbeing Committee, to put in place programs that would not only encourage staff to consider healthy lifestyle options, but also to break down barriers between different departments.
Lunch time forums
For a minimal cost, the City of Stirling has helped maximise its professional development opportunities for staff by providing monthly Good Governance Lunch Time Forums.
Leadership Discovery Program
It’s taken 12 months of hard work but Fraser Coast Regional Council has welcomed the first graduates from its inaugural Leadership Discovery Program (LDP).
Great place to work
Creating a great place to work and building organisational capacity is a priority for the City of Melville. To achieve this end, the organisation utilizes the Australian Business Excellence Framework to guide their learning and development culture.
Roll out benefits Ipswich
Ipswich’s small-scale enterprises, community groups, not for profit organisations and residents will all reap the benefits from the National Broadband Network (NBN) early roll out.
Numeracy and literacy training opens doors
Following a number of requests from their outdoor workforce, Southern Downs Regional Council’s Human Resources department set up a numeracy and literacy skills training program, with positive results for all the participants, and for Council.
Effective procurement as a strategic tool
Local government budgets are caught between rising community expectations on the one hand, and capped revenue streams on the other. Valuable or worthwhile projects are sometimes cancelled, simply for lack of funds.
Charles Sturt commits to its leaders
In late 2009, the City of Charles Sturt launched its Team Leader Development Forum, which was created to support and grow leadership skills at Charles Sturt Council.
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.
Port Adelaide Enfield Council’s (PAE) continuous improvement philosophy has led to the implementation of a number of systems to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of its services.
Supporting local service providers through the National Disability Insurance Scheme Written by Brian Lee Archer, Director, IBM Cúram Research Institute. The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is one of the most significant changes in Australian social policy since the introduction of Medicare. The Productivity Commission estimates around 410,000 Australians have significant disabilities requiring ongoing support.
Teaming up for sustainability
The Mayor of Randwick, Councillor Scott Nash and UNSW Vice-President, University Services, Neil Morris have signed a landmark Sustainability Agreement.
A home-grown approach to building talent
Attracting and retaining quality staff isn’t an issue exclusive to large metropolitan Councils; their Regional counterparts face the same challenges compounded by skill shortages and smaller talent pools in their communities.
Getting the crew together
The City of Busselton held its first ever all-staff conference earlier this year and with more than 230 employees across five directorates participating, this was a major logistical feat.
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).
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Regional Australia: raise your voice
Regional Australia makes a significant contribution to Australia’s GDP through primary production, tourism and mining and plays an important role in delivering civic services to regional populations.
Internal promotions aplenty
At Shire of Murray Council in Western Australia, a focus on internal career development and professional development is contributing to a vital and creative workplace.