March 2013 Edition

Articles

  • Have your say... Letters to the editor
    Please email letters to sophieg@lgfocus.com.au.
  • Celebrating the digital future
    While the rollout of the National Broadband Network (NBN) has, once again, become a hotly debated election issue, the new network is being welcomed across rural, regional and urban Australia.
  • Celebrating the world’s wetlands
    World Wetlands Day is commemorated annually to acknowledge the vital role wetlands play in supporting diversity and managing water quality around the world.
  • 100,000 tonnes saved from landfill
    Sydney’s carbon footprint will be significantly lighter with the announcement that 100,000 tonnes of household garbage will be saved from landfill as a result of an agreement made between seven councils in southern Sydney.
  • Planning and thinking as the capital region
    President’s comment
    This year marks 100 years since Canberra was declared as the name of the new capital of Australia. Our centenary year is a time not only to reflect on Canberra’s history as the nation’s capital but also to celebrate the city we have become and look ahead to our second century.

  • The art of women in sport
    Liverpool City Council’s cultural hub, the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, is host to a unique project that looks at the complex issues relating to women and sport through the lens of art and culture.
  • Youth take over Council Chambers
    The Bunbury Youth Advisory Council (YAC) Committee was given support from the Bunbury City Council to hold its first formal meeting for 2013 in the Council Chambers in early February.
  • Industry and Innovation Statement – opportunity beckons - The Good Oil by Rod Brown
    The long-awaited ‘Industry and Innovation Statement’, released last month, provides an intriguing opportunity for local councils, as it stems from the announcement of 10 ‘Innovation Precincts’, with $500 million funding.
  • Meet the people behind the equipment*
    With the contemporary focus on productivity and a return on investment, it makes sense to spend time and effort ensuring that the people and organisations behind your equipment are there to support you.
  • 2013 Heart Foundation Healthy Community Awards
    The Heart Foundation Healthy Community Awards recognise and showcase councils working to improve heart health through building a sense of community, encouraging people to be physically active, be smoke-free and make healthy food choices. 
  • Moreland celebrates carbon neutral milestone
    One hundred years after the first street light was installed in Moreland City Council, the Victorian local government authority is celebrating another major milestone – carbon-neutral certification.
  • Councillor profiles - Local Government Focus
    This month we are profiling two councillors from Tasmania.
  • Wastewater treatment enhances river health
    A new $35 million wastewater treatment plant will support Tweed Shire’s expanding population and enhance the health of local waterways.
    Launched in February, the Banora Point Wastewater Treatment Plant will service the steadily growing areas of Tweed Heads, Banora Point, Terranora and Bilambil Heights. Tweed Shire Council funded the project, with the assistance of a $16.8 million interest-free loan under the New South Wales Government Local Infrastructure Fund.
  • Carbon neutral and beyond
    The second council in New South Wales to achieve carbon neutrality, Leichhardt Municipal Council has released a draft plan that proposes to take the fight against climate change even further.
  • 2013 National General Assembly ‘Foundations for the Future - Twenty 13’
    This year’s National General Assembly (NGA) promises to be politically charged and of critical importance to local government, as the sector unites to plan initiatives for the betterment of our communities.
  • Peter Fitz steps down
    Long serving president of Government Communications Australia (GCA) Peter Fitz has called it a day and was honoured in style at the third annual GCA Awards for Communications Excellence held in Sydney on Thursday 14th February.
  • ‘Inspiration, Innovation, Regulation’
    The 2013 LGPro Annual Conference, held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd February, was an overwhelming success.
  • Funds available for youth week events
    The City of Greater Bendigo is offering seed funds to local young people and organisations wanting to plan, develop and deliver an event in Greater Bendigo to celebrate National Youth Week, which takes place from April 5th—14th.
  • European wasp adopt-a-trap initiative
    The City of Cockburn is calling on residents to play a key role in eliminating European Wasps from Western Australia (WA) by adopting a trap in their garden to catch the invaders.

Editorials

  • Editorial
    Not surprisingly, our feature on Information and Communication Technology has engendered a lot of discussion of the roll out of the National Broadband Network and the associated digital literacy programs that are being funded by the Federal Government.

Feature: Information & Communication Technology (ICT)

  • Online resource for remote councils
    The Australian Centre for Excellence in Local Government (ACELG) has launched an online database of community engagement resources for staff of rural-remote and Indigenous local governments.
  • CCTV strategic plan for WA
    Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA) President, Mayor Troy Pickard has welcomed the commitment of the WA Liberal Party to a strategy that will enhance the role of CCTV technology as a crime prevention and prosecution tool.
  • Interactive map for cyclists
    The City of Boroondara has created a free interactive recreational cycling map to help cyclists navigate the City’s shared bike paths.
  • Innovative Truck Tracker App from Wastedge.com
    Wastedge.com have recently released an iPad app to help councils and contractor supervisors monitor their operations whilst out and about in the field.
  • Study maps councils’ GIS use
    Councils across Australia have participated in a landmark study that will provide a much-needed understanding of the ways local governments use intelligent mapping technology. 
  • Future Directions in Information and Communication Technology
    From Greg Brent, Information Services Manager, The City of Newcastle, New South Wales
  • It’s all ‘app’ening in South Australia
    The Local Government Association of South Australia (LGASA) has partnered with Deloitte Digital and Esri Australia to develop a mobile phone app for South Australian residents, visitors and investors.
  • CCTV for Mirrabooka
    As part of the City of Stirling’s community safety program, 14 new CCTV cameras have been installed in the Mirrabooka Town Centre, bringing the total number of cameras watching over the area to 19.
  • NBN4Bendigo welcomes faster broadband
    The NBN4Bendigo Loddon Mallee Working Group has welcomed news that fixed wireless and satellite networks used by NBN Co. to connect small towns to high speed broadband will be much faster than initially planned.
  • One-stop shop for Wyndham
    Wyndham City’s councillors are now able to access everything they need electronically, through one central and convenient online hub.
  • Randwick launches DA lodgement online
    Property owners in Randwick City who are looking to renovate or modify their homes can now lodge their Development Application (DA) online.
  • Flood Warning ALERT stations installed
    Southern Downs Regional Council recently installed four Flood Warning ALERT stations using funding received from the Queensland Government’s Department of Local Government Grants & Subsidies Cyclone & Flood Warning Subsidy program (LGGSP).
  • ‘Lync’ed anytime, anywhere
    With 700 staff working from 19 different premises, Adelaide City Council wanted to improve its internal communications, making it easier for staff to collaborate and reducing the need to travel between offices.
  • Coffs switches on free WiFi
    Coffs Harbour City Council has provided free WiFi Internet throughout the City Square as part of its city centre marketing strategy.
  • Joint IT tender saves $440,000
    A groundbreaking joint tender has saved four councils in Central West New South Wales more than $440,000 in implementing new information technology systems.
  • Disaster management web client and mobile app available
    As technology is constantly developing so too is Guardian Control Centre’s disaster management software.
  • ShoreTel gains ground in local government sector*
    ShoreTel®, the leading provider of brilliantly simple unified communications platforms, including business phone systems, applications and mobile UC solutions, is continuing to gain market share in the local government sector.
  • Workshops for the tech curious
    In February, Telstra, in partnership with Gosford City Council, ran eight free workshops at the Erina Library to help the community better understand the new digital technologies and how to get connected.
  • Graff app tackles vandalism
    Glenorchy City Council in Tasmania has come up with a novel approach to the perennial issue of graffiti vandalism with the development of an app that collects data and provides vital information to the police.
  • World-class data centre for Townsville
    Setting a new benchmark for regional technology access, James Cook University (JCU) and telecommunications firm, Anittel, have entered into an exclusive agreement for the development of a Tropical Knowledge & Innovation Centre (TKIC) in Townsville.
  • Recent disasters highlight issue of hardcopy backup
    Many councils continue to run the gauntlet when it comes to protecting their valuable hardcopy records. Most sophisticated businesses have a daily offsite data backup solution but, when it comes to physical records, they have no disaster recovery (DR) strategy at all.