Critical infrastructure in the spotlight
The Australian Local Government Association’s 2012 National Local Roads and Transport Congress, held in Hobart in November, raised some big questions about Australia’s ailing infrastructure, with the perennial issue of funding at the top of the list.
ALGWA conference looks to an equitable future
Delegates travelled from across Australia to attend the biennial Australian Local Government Women’s Association (ALGWA) conference in Ipswich, Queensland from November 8th to 11th.
Christmas without costing the Earth
Randwick, Waverley and Woollahra councils in New South Wales have launched a unique sustainability initiative, encouraging residents to buy environmentally friendly gifts for Christmas.
Kalgoorlie – Boulder to host ‘Arts on the Edge’
The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, in Western Australia’s Goldfields-Esperance region, has been chosen to host the nation’s most prestigious forum on creativity, culture and regional arts — the 2014 Regional Arts Australia’s national conference and festival.
Funding to prevent violence against women
Melton City Council has welcomed the announcement of $600,000 over three years to fund a collaborative project to help prevent violence against women and their children in the western region.
Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka
Ballarat’s newest tourist attraction, the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (MADE), will offer a unique exploration of issues of democracy, participation and citizenship for all ages.
Braybrook hub gets funding boost
Mayor of the City of Maribyrnong, Councillor Catherine Cumming, has welcomed a funding announcement by the Victorian Government for $1.5 million in capital grants towards the Braybrook Community Hub.
New cultural forum for community arts
The Cultural Development Network (CDN) has recently announced the establishment of the National Local Government Cultural Forum, drawing on local government’s insight into community arts and culture.
Campbelltown honours Filipino hero
In October, the President of the Philippines, Mr Benigno Aquino III, officially unveiled a five-metre tall statue of Filipino national hero, Dr José Rizal, in Rizal Park, Rosemeadow.
Victoria Park records changing social history
The Town of Victoria Park in Western Australia, which was officially gazetted in 1894, has commissioned a written history that captures the significant social history of the town.
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.
Highway app entices travellers
A new travel app, designed for use on iPads, assists visitors to explore Gunnedah and other locations along the Kamilaroi Highway in New South Wales.
LGAQ and MIWROC formalise partnership
The Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday Region of Councils (MIWROC) have formalised their relationship with the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) through the signing of a protocol document at the recent LGAQ conference.
Capital cities lead on bike spending
Bicycle Network’s 2012 Bicycle Expenditure Index (BiXE) shows that Australia’s capital city municipalities are sprinting away from the pack in catering for the bike-commuting boom.
Books head out to sea
Books that are no longer needed by the Newcastle Region Libraries will head to sea with sailors from all over the world, thanks to an arrangement between The City of Newcastle and the Newcastle Mission to Seafarers.
Gender equity in local government
At the recent Australian Local Government Women’s Association (ALGWA) national conference in Ipswich, a number of councils were awarded for their work in redressing the gender imbalance in local government.
Combined effort to protect marine turtles
Bundaberg Regional Council, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Services (QPWS), Gladstone Ports Corporation Bundaberg (GPC) and Burnett Mary Regional Group (BMRG) have joined together in the fight against foxes along the region’s coastlines.
‘Biker’ librarians tour the Riverina
A number of librarians hit the New South Wales highways in November, for the 2012 ‘Riding the Riverina — Biblio Turismo’ three-day motorcycle tour.
More gongs for Kew Court House
The amazing $3.1 million transformation of the Kew Court House and Police Station, from rough diamond to crown jewel, has been lauded yet again, landing the Keep Australia Beautiful Victoria Award for Community Government Partnerships.
Well, December is finally here, and what a huge year it’s been for local government in Australia …
Small town, big ideas
In October 2012, the outback Queensland town of Richmond launched ‘Richmond Uncovered’, a community campaign to promote the small town to a wider audience and encourage population growth.
Melbourne Visitor Centre turns 10
Melbourne’s tourist hotspot celebrates its 10th birthday in October, with directions, advice and details of city hot spots given to millions of visitors over the past decade.
Census to improve workforce planning
The Australian Local Government Workforce and Employment Census is part of a national initiative by federal, state and territory local government ministers to improve local government workforce development.
Cairns trials electric car
Cairns Regional Council jumped at the opportunity to trial a fully electric vehicle for a couple of weeks as part of its vehicle fleet.
Photo comp raises region’s profile
This year, the City of Busselton and the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River joined forces at the Perth Royal Show, to raise the profile of the Capes Region with an innovative and quirky competition.
Improved procurement strategies yield results
Gold Coast City Council’s procurement improvement strategies have yielded exceptional financial results, saving the local government authority more than $18 million over the past two years.
The key communications challenge facing local governments in the 21st century is to work out how to embrace and harness new communications technologies, according to La Trobe University strategic communications lecturer Kevin Brianton.
Shire achieves water milestone
The Shire of Kalamunda in Western Australia has achieved Milestone 5 in the International Council for Local Environment Initiatives (ICLEI) Local Governments for Sustainability Water Campaign™.
Baw Baw supports local business
The sixth annual SP AusNet Baw Baw Business Excellence Awards were held in Warragul in October, showcasing the achievements of local businesses and the ongoing support of the Baw Baw Shire Council.
Creating knowledge jobs in Penrith
A consortium comprised of the University of Western Sydney (UWS) and the Penrith Business Alliance (PBA), and supported by Penrith City Council, has secured $13.5 million of Federal Government Suburban Jobs Program funding.
Energising the Flinders
October saw the official opening of ‘Energising the Flinders’ — A Green Energy Infrastructure Project by the Federal Special Minister of State and the Minister for the Public Service & Integrity, Hon. Gary Gray AO.
Council wins customer service excellence award
The City of Greater Dandenong’s Customer Service team has won the Victorian Local Government category of the Customer Service Institute of Australia, 2012 Customer Service Excellence Awards.
Business winners stand out
Great leadership by businesses in the areas of sustainability and environmental performance were awarded at the City of Belmont’s Business Environmental Awards on the 25th October.
Marrickville Council gets an ‘A’
An independent assessment of Marrickville Council’s financial capacity has found that its financial performance, both current and projected, compares favourably when rated against a range of similar or ‘peer’ councils.
Waste not, want not
Australia’s Community Recycling Enterprises (CREs) divert 152,000 tonnes of waste each year, employ 1500 people and contribute over $56 million to the regional economy.
Changing Waverley’s values
New staff values and a change of direction have brought about innovation, enthusiasm and a fresh approach to work for Waverley Council employees.
Salisbury makes good business sense
The Marketing and Customer Relations division of the City of Salisbury in Western Australia has won a plethora of awards for its innovative marketing strategies.
Best People Development Initiative - UNE Partnerships
Health Purchasing Victoria (HPV), a client of CTS (Contracting and Tendering Services), won the ‘Best People Development Initiative’ award on October 17th, 2012 at the prestigious 6th Annual Procurement Professional Awards in Melbourne.
Small Business Networking Group builds opportunities
A group of small business people from New South Wales’ Central Coast region refused to let a funding hiccup ruin a good thing, forming the hugely successful Central Coast Small Business Networking Group (SBNG).