July 2013 Edition


  • Delegates united
    More than 1000 delegates from councils across Australia came together in Canberra for the National General Assembly of Local Government (NGA), united in their commitment to constitutional recognition.
  • Have your say... Letters to the editor
    This is your chance to speak up about current issues affecting your council. Please forward your letters to editorial@lgfocus.com.au
  • Mayors team up to reject ‘Super Sydney’ proposal
    Mayors of six council areas which the Independent Local Government Review Panel proposes to group together into a single ‘Super Sydney council area’ have put forward a joint submission calling for sensible, practical reform to local government in NSW, not simply mergers for the sake of mergers.
  • Parramatta River foreshore lights up
    The Parramatta River foreshore was illuminated for two magical nights in June as Electric Nights brought interactive, electric artworks, performances and traditional Javanese street food to Parramatta.
  • Reform to frame the future - President’s comment
    After much debate and a number of false starts it would seem that structural reform is about to commence in Western Australia (WA).
  • Contribution to Regional Sports Hub
    City of Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett has welcomed the Prime Minister’s announcement of $10 million for the Regional Aquatic and Recreational Facility in Cockburn Central West.
  • Carpool trial in Adelaide CBD
    In a first for South Australia, the State Government, in partnership with Adelaide City Council, will commence a two year trial of a new ‘Adelaide Carpool’ initiative in the CBD.
  • Council and landholders unite
    Native vegetation along the upper Rous River will be better connected through a new project started recently.
  • Landfill Conference*
    The 5th Australian Landfill and Transfer Stations Conference & Expo will be held from 7th to 9th August 2013 at Jupiters Gold Coast.
  • Ode to the Independents - The Good Oil by Rod Brown
    Well the dust still hasn’t settled here, but let’s hope some sanity and decency emerges from the rubble. Among the reasons for the electorate’s discontent with the Gillard government was its inability to explain the Labor policy narrative among the sea of ill discipline and bad behaviour. The similarities to the Australian cricket team are eerie.
  • Councils recognised in e-Waste recycling awards
    MobileMuster – the not-for-profit, mobile telecommunications industry recycling program – proudly announced the winners of the 2013 Local Government Awards presented at the National General Assembly of Local Government in June.
  • On the starting blocks
    The Victorian State Diving Centre will have a new home with the announcement of $10 million in Australian Government funding by the then Minister for Regional Services, Local Communities and Territories, Catherine King, and local member Mike Symon.
  • Connect, include, celebrate!
    The City of Mandurah’s ‘Connect… our community together’ pilot project, supported by the Disability Services Commission, aimed to connect people with a disability who are either approaching or transitioning into retirement with community recreation groups.
  • Councillor profiles - This month from New South Wales
    Dr Michelle Byrne
    Mayor, The Hills Shire, New South Wales
  • Councillor profiles - This month from New South Wales
    Cr Wincen Cuy
    Mayor, Broken Hill City Council, New South Wales
  • Community to benefit from $125 million Casey Cultural and Civic Precinct
    The City of Casey recently announced a visionary plan to create a unique cultural, community and civic precinct at Fountain Gate in Narre Warren.
  • Queensland streamlining development approvals
    The Queensland Government and local government groups are working together on a new program aimed at discovering the best ways of assessing and approving construction projects and applying them across the state.
  • Kiama Council wins national ICT award
    In a ‘David versus Goliath’-style battle, a Kiama Council employee beat Federal, State and Local Government candidates to take out the prestigious national award for ICT Professional of the Year.
  • Recognising Council’s high achievers - This month from Tasmania
    At the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) National General Assembly, Local Government Focus invited delegates to nominate individuals or teams from their councils who are improving operations or enhancing service delivery for their local community.

    Arthur Johnstone - Works Manager, King Island Council, Tasmania
  • Recognising Council’s high achievers - This month from Tasmania
    At the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) National General Assembly, Local Government Focus invited delegates to nominate individuals or teams from their councils who are improving operations or enhancing service delivery for their local community.

    Community Services Team - Circular Head Council, Tasmania


  • Editorial
    A week is a long time in politics. On June 24th, the ALGA and most of the local government sector welcomed the passing in the Senate of the Constitution Alteration Bill, which all but guaranteed that Australians would be voting in a referendum on election day in September.

Feature: Financial Sustainability & Asset Management

  • New bridge is officially opened
    Premier of Tasmania Lara Giddings officially opened the George Town Council’s ‘Egg Island Creek Bridge’ at Hillwood on Thursday the 2nd May.
  • Fly-in, fly-out motion gains backing
    In a significant national win, Isaac Regional Council delegates in Canberra have seen their motion concerning responsible FIFO work practices unanimously endorsed by the National General Assembly in June.
  • Future Directions
    From Abena Attrams – Manager Asset Management, City of Stirling
  • Protecting koala’s homes
    Lismore City Council’s Comprehensive Koala Plan of Management for South-east Lismore has been approved after 18 years in the making.
  • Asset management plans*
    Assetic is an Australian company providing asset investment and management products, implementation, training, support and maintenance services to Local Government and other major organisations.
  • Clean agri-processing industry for Etheridge
    Etheridge Shire Council is poised to get a $2 billion investment boost through the establishment of a world class integrated agri-processing precinct in the district.
  • Auburn pioneers video conferencing
    Auburn City Council is pioneering the use of the National Broadband Network (NBN) to extend the customer service experience through video conferencing and video bookings.
  • Another award for GIS professional
    Business Systems Analyst – GIS at the City of Busselton, James Spath, continues to shine in the field of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), so much so that he has been awarded the National Award of Professional of the Year by the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI).
  • Citizen’s Panel introduced
    Willoughby City Council has formed a Citizen’s Panel to assist in the long term planning of asset expenditure.
  • Port’s new mapping technology platform
    The operators of the world’s largest bulk commodity port have used advanced Geographic Information System (GIS) technology to develop an intelligent multi-layered mapping platform that provides a crystal-clear view of Port Hedland’s existing and future infrastructure.
  • PolyCom Stabilising Aid welcomes Maurice Serruto as new Technical Manager*
    With growing interest amongst local and state government engineers in PolyCom Stabilising Aid for use in road construction and maintenance projects, Maurice Serruto has recently been appointed Technical Manager for the PolyCom network of distributors and agents.
  • Funds for affordable housing
    Tweed Shire Council has welcomed more than $8 million in funding announced by the Australian Government to deliver affordable housing for Murwillumbah.
  • Road corridor management today*
    For Local Government, the road corridor is the most demanding maintenance environment. Inspection schedules, ‘make safe’ requirements, levels of service, risk management and auditable processes are only some of the daily issues impacting on Asset and Works Managers.
  • Report recognises strategic planning
    Bega Valley Shire Council has welcomed a NSW Treasury Corporation report indicating its sound financial performance.
  • Innovation rewarded at CIVENEX
    Sydney International Dragway welcomed yet another successful CIVENEX in May with fine weather across both days.
  • Council launches on-line mapping service
    Cardinia Shire Council has launched a new online mapping service that gives residents access to a wealth of information about their community – without having to leave home.
  • 2013 National General Assembly of Local Government
    What the politicians had to say
    The Hon Anthony Albanese MP - The then Minister for Regional Development and Local Government, Infrastructure and Transport
  • 2013 National General Assembly of Local Government
    What the politicians had to say
    Senator Christine Milne - Australian Greens Leader
  • 2013 National General Assembly of Local Government
    What the politicians had to say
    Senator Barnaby Joyce - Shadow Minister for Local Government
  • Support for women and constitutional recognition
    Kathy Bensted President of the Australian Local Government Women’s Association (ALGWA) hosted the ALGWA National Annual Networking Breakfast, held on Monday the 17th of June in conjunction with the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) National General Assembly.