Women make their mark
Women in Australia are under-represented in local government at senior levels. According to the Women in Local Government Strategy 2009-2012, around one quarter of councillors, one fifth of mayors, one tenth of senior managers and one twelfth of CEOs in local government are women.
High Line founder hopes to inspire others
Robert Hammond, co-founder of New York City’s High Line, a paragon of urban revitalisation, says he and co-founder Joshua David had two dreams for the High Line: that it would become a well–loved park among New Yorkers, and that it would inspire others to start their own projects.
Local Government the grass roots - President’s comment
Local Government in South Australia is going through a quiet revolution,
or to be more accurate an evolution, as the expectations of our
communities increase and as other spheres of government continue to
devolve their responsibilities to Local Government, the ‘grass roots’
sphere of our political system.
Council to address risks raised in ICAC hearing
City of Ryde councillors have endorsed a program of actions relating to the management of confidentiality and code of conduct following evidence heard at the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) hearings in July.
Earth moves for conference opening
A slight tremor felt at the opening keynote address of the 2013 Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (IPWEA) conference in Darwin offered a timely reminder of the central role of public works professionals in managing and maintaining infrastructure in an often volatile and unpredictable environment.
Library design a winner
Library patrons at Bacchus Marsh and Ballan can now purchase a special library bag, with a design by Kristee Trasks, 17, from Bacchus Marsh.
Balancing the environment and sustainable communities*
The Murray Darling Association is a grassroots, non-political and community-based organisation, which interacts with communities, governments and authorities on behalf of local government and the community of the Murray Darling Basin.
With the face of local government changing and responsibilities ever increasing, funding, as always, is a huge concern. For now, at least, there will be no constitutional recognition of local government and federal funding for programs like Roads to Recovery and essential infrastructure across the country may be at risk. It remains to be seen whether Roads to Recovery will remain viable after the federal election.
Feature: Training and Professional Development
Mid-Western Regional Council has launched two scholarships for local women worth $5,000 each.
Tech training for senior residents
Shoalhaven City Libraries will be offering local seniors an opportunity to learn a host of valuable computer skills as part of the upcoming Tech Savvy training program.
Innovation and investment fund for Melbourne’s north
In response to the announcement by Ford that it would cease manufacturing at Broadmeadows in October 2016, the Cities of Hume, Whittlesea, Darebin and Moreland have established the Melbourne’s North Ford Response Joint Task Force to provide regional coordination for the whole of government response for Melbourne’s north.
Mayor welcomes TAFE students
Randwick City Council Mayor Tony Bowen has officially welcomed three new staff members, Randwick TAFE students who are the first recipients of the Randwick Mayoral Career Start Program.
City of lifestyle choice for FIFO workers
Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate has welcomed the findings of a study into the city’s long distance commuter workforce, saying they reinforce the Gold Coast as the destination of choice for lifestyle.
E-Learning the way of the future
Sending public works staff away for TAFE training will soon be a thing of the past for Eurobodalla Shire Council, following a study funded by a $100,000 grant from the Australian Government’s National Vocational Education and Training e-Learning strategy.
Council learns from tour
Two Maranoa councillors have travelled to the USA and Canada for a study tour to gain a deeper understanding of strategies and methods used in communities with established resource industries.
Warringah wins Best Government Contact Centre
Warringah Council has won first prize in the Government Contact Centre Excellence Awards, which recognise government organisations from across Australia and New Zealand that go above and beyond their duty in a bid to increase customer service and satisfaction.
Gosford City Council engineering the future
Gosford City Council is helping to shape the future of engineering talent in Australia – and in turn accessing the highest calibre candidates for projects and future roles – by offering up to 18 University of Technology Sydney (UTS) Engineering Internship places annually.
Mitchell leads the way in professional development
After a period of significant staff turnover and instability, Mitchell Shire Council’s new leadership team has a clear focus on learning and development as a platform to enhanced organisational performance.
Problems with Local Government Outsourcing and Some Solutions* *By George Strohfeldt
Local Government outsourcing in the traditional areas of construction and supply has been in place for many years. However, for most Councils outsourcing of services has been steadily increasing over the past 20 years. Services contracts require contractors to perform work once undertaken by employees before the commercialisation push of the 1990s. Typical services outsourced include maintenance, cleaning, mowing and vegetation control and the like, through to consultancy agreements for professional services.