Australia has a new government, and with it a new minister responsible for local government, Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss. LG Focus asked Mr Truss to tell readers what’s in store for local government under the new leadership.
South Australian Councils will have no difficulty providing a list of shovel-ready projects to fit the State Government’s new strategy to improve job and training opportunities for South Australian communities.
High hopes for new government - President’s comment
The election of the Federal Government on 7 September 2013 presents some laudable opportunities for regional Australia. All councils in the Northern Territory are keen to see these translated into long lasting benefits for their communities.
Integrated Movement Network Strategy
The Town of Victoria Park is believed to be the first Local Government Authority to have developed an Integrated Movement Network Strategy (IMNS) using State Government guidelines it helped to develop.
Costa returns to Coffs
‘Gardening Australia’ host and Coffs Coast friend, Costa Georgiadis is returning for the 2013 Coffs Coast Sustainable Living Festival in November.
High Line already inspiring
Following our September story on New York City High Line founder Robert Hammond’s forthcoming visit to Australia, LG Focus heard from one reader who has already been inspired by the ‘paragon of urban revitalisation’.
Lessons from la France - The Good Oil by Rod Brown
We are nearing the end of our tour of France. I feel like Chevy Chase in that movie heading to Disneyland with his family and mother-in-law in the back seat – except our dear Melva is safe back home in Victor Harbor.
Striking new clubhouse for St Ives
St Ives Football Club’s next soccer season is sure to be a standout after the launch of their brand new clubhouse at Warrimoo Oval, St Ives Chase.
Gippsland freight strategy
Mayors and CEOs from Gippsland’s six councils met with Victoria’s Deputy Premier Peter Ryan and Minister for Public Transport and Roads Terry Mulder last week to discuss a unified freight vision for Gippsland.
Paramount role for councils in disaster management reform
The Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) has welcomed the Newman Government’s determination to ensure that police and emergency services in Queensland work closely and respond as effectively as possible to local community needs during disasters.
Top professional honour for council director
Scenic Rim Regional Council’s Director of Infrastructure Services Patrick Murphy has been recognised with the highest professional honour awarded by his Australian and New Zealand peers.
New member of the Toyota fleet*
Meet the most flexible new member of your fleet – the Toyota RAV4. In fact, there’s a grade and a variant for every type of driver and every type of fleet. Not only does this range provide more versatility, but it also offers more style.
Snowy River leads best practice in waste management
Snowy River Shire Council’s Waste Manager, Sean Crowe, has been acknowledged by peers with an invitation to present to the Waste Expo, Management, Recycling & Sustainability Conference in Melbourne, and the Waste MINZ Conference in New Zealand, both in October 2013.
Tony Abbott has promised to be a prime minister of action. Since coming to office on September 18, he has streamlined ministerial responsibilities and titles, sacked three public service chiefs and promised to cut 12,000 public service jobs over four years. As outlined in our cover story, Mr Abbott wants to be known as ‘an infrastructure prime minister’, and the government has made major infrastructure commitments across Australia.
Council sacking raises concerns for democracy
The Victorian Local Government Association (VLGA) and the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) have expressed disappointment at the removal of Wangaratta City Council by Victorian Minister for Local Government, Jeanette Powell.
Data at your fingertips
Have you checked out the Regional Australia Institute’s online index and interactive map [In]Sight yet?
Real life skills and fun
When Laura Denmeade applied for a Redland City Council traineeship last year, she never expected her role description would include feeding live crickets to frogs.
Regionwide connectivity boost
Scenic Rim Regional Council is investing $300,000 in 2013/14 to deliver a Wide Area Network project aimed at enhancing the level of service provided to its communities in a rural region spanning more than 4200 square kilometres.
Funding to help biodiversity study
Eungella will be part of an international scientific study that will help monitor the impacts of climate change on the biodiversity of the picturesque national park.
Best practice award for playground
The City of Ryde has received an award at the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) Awards for the successful delivery of the all-inclusive playground Livvi’s Place at Yamble Reserve.
Buttonderry landfill site judged Australia’s best
Wyong Shire Council’s Buttonderry Waste Management Facility has taken out the major prize at the Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA)’s 2013 Landfill and Transfer Station Innovation and Excellence Awards.
Swim school makes a splash.
The Ashfield Aquatic Centre turns 50 this year and while the pool itself may be old, the people and programs are on the cutting edge of Local Government.
Ice pigging the water mains
The task of keeping Wingecarribee Shire’s network of water mains in tip top order just got a little smarter with the introduction of a clever cleaning solution.
Smartphone app provides smarter service
Moorabool Shire Council has won Project of the Year at the 2013 Local Government Information and Communications Technology (LCICT) Group Awards for implementing a smartphone-based aged care rostering system.
Records team is nation’s best
Logan City Council’s efforts to integrate almost 200,000 records from the former Allconnex Water have been acknowledged with a national award.
New solar power system cuts costs
The solar power system installed in Kempsey Shire Council’s depot is providing good benefits to Council with savings in electricity costs and the reduction in greenhouse gases.
Road puzzles solved*
Treating pavements with PolyCom Stabilising Aid delivers comparable
results to traditional stabilising methods with regard to strength but
also imparts a high degree of water resistance and all–important
flexibility. It is significantly more cost effective, there are no
cure-time constraints and the pavement is re-workable at anytime. All
ground improvement work with PolyCom Stabilising Aid can be achieved
using standard construction plant or stabilising machines. It’s all about improving and preserving the dry strength of the available material.
Program guides Shire’s future leaders
Eleven students from secondary schools and alternative education institutions across Cardinia Shire have graduated from Council’s 2013 Young Leaders program.