Mixed response to ‘mega councils’ proposal
New South Wales councils have reacted to the release of the NSW Independent Local Government Review Panel discussion paper Future Directions for NSW Local Government: Twenty Essential Steps.
Bumper summer at Cataract Gorge
Launceston has basked in the glow of a seemingly endless summer for several months but temperatures were not the only high numbers recorded in the city.
Councils oppose absorption into Perth city
The City of South Perth and Town of Victoria Park have opposed City of Perth’s submission to absorb both suburbs, along with Vincent and parts of Cambridge and Stirling into a greater City of Perth.
Support for Local Government
President’s comment Councillor Margaret de Wit President of the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ)
Students ride free
Shoalhaven City Council Mayor Joanna Gash has launched a statewide first program to provide local students with a free travel service for school approved learning opportunities.
Anyone for Memphis or Nashville? - The Good Oil by Rod Brown
I was recently invited by an American friend, Dr. Stuart Rosenfeld, to think about collaboration on creative economies. Among other things, he’s a Board member of South Arts, a creative arts network covering nine states - Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.
The tall ships are coming
The sight of tall ships on the horizon can stir the spirit of adventure in us all, and Victorians will celebrate that spirit when it welcomes the arrival of nine tall ships into the historic seaport of Williamstown in the inner west of Melbourne, during September 2013, establishing the city’s first major international tall ships festival.
An effective way to get on top of safety*
For three days in June 2013, the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre will be the safety capital of Australia with the Queensland Safety Show (Tuesday 18th—Thursday 20th June 2013). The show will feature nearly 150 safety–centric exhibitors on site and ready to show off the latest innovative solutions focused on keeping Australian workers safe.
Assault on councils’ rating autonomy
The Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) has called new ministerial guidelines to restrict local government’s use of differential rates a direct assault on the autonomy of councils to make decisions about equitable rates for their communities.
Report highlights financial challenges
A report into the accounts of 68 Queensland local governments by Auditor General Andrew Greaves has revealed the extent of financial challenges faced by councils.
At a time when local government is trying to win state support for a referendum to recognise local government in the Australian Constitution, the level of discord between state and local governments across Australia is concerning.
Feature: Administration & Management Systems
George Town Council Mayor Roger Broomhall and Member for Bass Geoff Lyons last month launched the Council’s Electronic Development Application and Building Application (eDABA) Portal to the George Town community.
East Arnhem Shire Council delivers savings
East Arnhem Shire Council (EASC) has delivered over $1.1 million in savings and received a commendation in the 2013 National Awards for Local Government in regional collaborations for the creation of the shared corporate services organisation, Latitude 12.
From Matt Gray Manager IT Infrastructure and Mike Tidey Director Corporate Services, Launceston City Council, Tasmania
Celebration of a community’s resilience
Maranoa Council, emergency services and community groups recently celebrated the resilience of the Roma community on the anniversary of the 2011 floods, with the unveiling of the town’s new Celebration Stones.
New CALD Careers program launched
The City of Ballarat has launched a new service to assist Ballarat’s multicultural community in finding employment and vocational opportunities.
Community Centre opens
Bell residents have celebrated the official opening of the new $1.2 million Bell Bunya Community Centre.
New ShoreTel Dock Transforms iPad and iPhone Into Desk Phone*
Introducing the new ShoreTel Dock, the industry’s first business-grade docking station that transforms smartphones and tablets into desk phones for the mobile generation. This industry-first hardware solution combined with ShoreTel’s mobility application will optimise how people use their iPhones and iPads for work – giving a new meaning to Bring your own device (BYOD).
Sporting clubs’ contribution worth $1.5 million
Southern Downs Regional Council’s Economic Development Unit and Morgan Park sporting clubs have welcomed an offer from the Queensland Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning to utilise their Senior Economist, Rod Strahan, to complete an economic assessment of Morgan Park sporting activities.
Strathbogie a mobile shire
The Strathbogie Shire Council is making effective use of industry-based applications and available technologies to expand its face-to-face customer services to townships.
Swan Hill steps towards Economic Development Strategy
Swan Hill Rural City Council’s Economic Development Strategy has moved closer towards implementation with the announcement that Workforce Planning Australia has been awarded the contract to oversee the Swan Hill Region Workforce Development Strategy.
Base systems change on evidence*
As consultants QRMC observes a great many organisational change management processes. Some are done well, accomplish management and staff buy-in, and ultimately achieve the anticipated outcomes. Others founder on the rocks of rejection, confusion and frustration, resulting in a waste of the resources dedicated to the process, and an unwillingness to explore new horizons in the future.
Water Alliance celebrating collaboration
The Cairns, Townsville, Mackay (CTM) Water Alliance has won the Collaboration Award at the recent Local Government Managers Australia (LGMA) 2013 Awards for Excellence.
MobileMuster, the Australian Mobile Telecommunication Association’s official recycling program, is calling on local councils who have helped promote the program and collect mobile phones for recycling over the last year to nominate for the 2013 MobileMuster Local Government Awards.
Hawthorn Town Hall redevelopment
Peddle Thorp design director Peter Brook said the refurbishment of the Hawthorn Town Hall will help preserve the past and protect the future.
Moss Vale Indoor Aquatic centre takes shape
The gates may have closed on Wingecarribee Shire’s public swimming pools, but weather permitting, the 2012/13 season will be the last year that swimming facilities close come early autumn.
Council launches recruitment drive
Considering the current economic climate and uncertainty surrounding proposed reforms to the New South Wales Local Government structure, Wingecarribee Shire Council’s recent decision to undertake its largest recruitment drive in years may be seen as a bucking of the trend.
Highland bikes head to Namibia
Namibia’s needy are set to benefit from the generosity of Southern Highlands residents with the imminent arrival of a shipping container of local bikes on its shores.
Council history laid bare
Local history buffs can now explore some of the Shire’s past with the transfer of over 750 items from Wingecarribee Shire Council’s Archives to the Local Studies Room at Bowral Library.
From the General Manager
In the three years since I arrived in the Southern Highlands, I’ve been truly captivated by the region.
The Southern Regional Livestock Exchange
Less than two years since Wingecarribee Shire Council opened the gates to the revamped Southern Regional Livestock Exchange (SRLE) cattle saleyard roofing enclosure, and the benefits are already speaking for themselves.