PS Melbourne’s centenary
The picturesque banks of the Mildura riverfront were alive with festival-goers celebrating the 100th birthday of the PS Melbourne in September 2012.
ALGA turns up heat on referendum
Following the announcement that there would be no referendum on Indigenous recognition at the next election, the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) is putting increased pressure on the Federal Government to take action on the issue of constitutional recognition of local government.
Regional arts fund celebrates 21 years
Over the coming months, Dalby District art enthusiasts will be able to see the many local creative artworks that have been brought to life thanks to funding provided through Arts Queensland’s successful Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF).
Monash awards empowered women
Women from across the City of Monash in Victoria have been recognised for their outstanding contributions to the community at the inaugural ‘Empowering Monash Women Awards’.
Public art project a success
The Cook Shire Council’s Welcome Wall Barra Community Public Art Project, in Far North Queensland, has been a resounding success.
Bushfire survey identifies community’s concerns
Residents of the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River are still concerned about the ability of the natural environment to recover after the November 2011 bushfire, according to a recent survey conducted by the Shire with the assistance of the Bushfire Recovery Working Group.
Love food, hate waste
The Mid-Western Regional Council (MWRC) in New South Wales has conducted a community survey as part of the NSW Government’s Love Food Hate Waste initiative, with some surprising results.
Canberra receives councils’ message
The Local Government Association of South Australia’s two-day delegation to Canberra has highlighted both the need to streamline the interaction between the spheres of government and areas where more research and information needs to be gathered.
City of Ballarat Employment Zone funding
The City of Ballarat, has welcomed an announcement by the Hon. Ted Baillieu, Premier of Victoria and the Hon. Denis Napthine, Minister for Regional Cities to fund the next stage of the Ballarat West Employment Zone.
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.
Youth graffiti art workshops
Dogwood Crossing, in the town of Miles — an innovative centre focused on community, creativity and inspiration situated in the Western Downs region of Queensland — recently hosted a professional graffiti workshop for local young people.
Providing homes for the homeless
More than $7 million is spent annually on health, justice and social services to sustain Sydney’s 246-strong population of people sleeping rough on the streets, according to a new study.
Rethinking relationships in local government
New research from the Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government (ACELG) can assist in rethinking one of the most important relationships in local government — the Mayor as leader of the council, and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) as leader of the council organisation.
Thorny legislation not needed
New Victorian Government grants to help tackle the spread of roadside weeds during the active spring growth period is good news for rural Victorians.
Studio 22 – new space for community groups
The Civic and Community Hub in Darley, in Victoria’s Shire of Moorabool, now offers a specially developed space for community groups, with the official opening of Studio 22.
Councils are always striving to improve their processes and practices, right across the board, thereby enhancing the long-term viability and sustainability of local government and, indeed, that of the communities they serve.
Feature: Best Practice
Engaged staff key to improved business excellence
In 2010, during the development of Queanbeyan City Council’s suite of Integrated Plans, the Long-Term Financial Plan highlighted the need for Council to re-examine how it did business in order to remain sustainable into the future.
Co-working spaces catch on
Modelled on successful shared spaces in Sydney and Melbourne, the Majoran Distillery — a co-working shared space for digital entrepreneurs — was launched in September 2012 in Adelaide.
Future directions in best practice From Fraser Coast Regional Council, Queensland. Following three years of planning and almost nine months of night work, the program to roll out Microsoft’s Windows 7 across the Fraser Coast Regional Council is winding up.
Excellence in communication
The Forbes Shire Council in New South Wales has taken out the Award for Excellence in Communication at the LGSA Annual Awards Ceremony held in August this year.
Open spaces key to healthy communities
Councils right across Australia are facing the demands of a growing population and the need for higher density housing, while recognising the crucial role of open spaces in maintaining healthy communities.
Council wins stormwater infrastructure award
The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters has been awarded the Stormwater Industry Association (SIA) ‘Excellence in Infrastructure’ Award, for the state-of-the-art stormwater management system, which was engineered and installed as part of the major redevelopment of Dunstone Grove-Linde Reserve in Stepney.
Council launches events website
Finding, submitting or simply browsing events in the Bundaberg Region has just become easier with the launch of Bundaberg Regional Council’s new events website.
Bush Internet on the move
A simple idea and a bit of know-how have led to the creation of a mobile satellite unit that promises to change the future of communications in the bush.
Kingston City Council embraces social media
Kingston Council in Victoria has actively engaged with the many forms of social media, recognising them as powerful and strategic forces of communication in the contemporary world.
A campaign to kick start construction jobs has begun, with Gold Coast City Council launching a major infrastructure charges reduction package that could create more than 4000 jobs and add more than $4 billion in developments to the city over the next four years.
Community approach to business sustainability
Living in a small hinterland village that straddles both a major highway and two local government areas has its challenges, however the residents of Nabiac in New South Wales have set a clear course in achieving their vision of a ‘Vibrant Rural Village’.
Commitment to project management awarded
The Shire of Campaspe’s commitment to project management has again been recognised at the Project Management Achievement Awards, receiving the Judges Commendation Award for the restoration of the Red Gum Memorial Archway in Echuca.
Innovative approach to road stabilisation
Campbelltown City Council’s cost effective and sustainable road pavement stabilisation projects have been recognised for excellence and innovation at the inaugural AustStab Awards of Excellence 2012, held in Melbourne in August.
Continuous improvement program reaps rewards
The City of Tea Tree Gully in north-eastern Adelaide, thanks to its Innovate 2 Excel (I2E) continuous improvement program, is quickly discarding inefficient and outdated work practices.
WOMBAT strictly prohibited
Many people think public servants sit around crashing computers and jamming photocopiers, but at Lismore City Council the staff have a healthy sense of humour and a genuine desire to make their workplace better.
Top honour for City of Mandurah
A proactive approach to the new Western Australian Building Act has landed the City of Mandurah with a top honour at the annual WA Branch of the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors Awards.