Mayors on bikes
More than 30 mayors and council representatives from as far as Ballarat took part in the 2013 Victorian Local Government Association Mayors on Bikes ride from South Morang to Epping Station in October.
Rail decision increases road safety risks
The Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA) says abandonment of grain freight across Tier 3 Rail lines in the Wheatbelt could increase road safety risks unless significant funding for road upgrades is provided to local government.
A stronger future for local democracy - President’s comment
Almost a year on from our last elections in 2012, local government in Victoria is undertaking the most significant review of local democracy since the 1990s amalgamations. Chaired by respected former federal MP Petro Georgiou OAM, the Victorian Local Government Electoral Review will examine the electoral process, participation, integrity and issues around electoral representation.
Equine program changes lives
The Shire of Bridgetown-Greenbushes, in partnership with the Disability Services Commission (DSC) has developed and implemented an innovative program aimed at helping people with disabilities, and their families, participate more actively in community life.
IPWEAQ Excellence Awards 2013
Each year since 2002, the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia, Queensland Division Inc. (IPWEAQ) has presented Excellence Awards to encourage excellence in the innovation, development, completion and management of Local Government and public works projects. The 2013 Awards were presented at the IPWEAQ Excellence Awards Pentair Gala Dinner at the Pullman Reef Hotel Casino in Cairns on 9th October 2013. They are sponsored by the Queensland Foundation of Public Works Engineering and the Queensland Water Directorate.
Two months since the referendum on constitutional recognition was cancelled, it remains a topic of discussion – namely whether councils will be reimbursed for campaign costs. Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss has told the LGASA ‘Transitions’ conference in Adelaide that the government intended to ensure “local government is not out of pocket as a result of the referendum”.
Feature: Tourism & Economic Development
Social enterprise on the coast
With a growing interest in social and community enterprise on the Central Coast of NSW over the last few years, Wyong Shire Council is working hard to help educate and assist the community implement their own initiatives.
City of Melbourne’s partnership with Enviropoles gets results*
With approximately 880,000 people visiting City of Melbourne’s CBD everyday, the city relies on a strong cigarette litter management strategy. Enviropoles have been a driving force within this strategy, with 320 units located across the CBD, collecting an estimated 730,000 butts per month.
Future Directions - City of Palmerston’s Vision for a new city
An estimated 50 percent population increase over the next ten years, 2,500 new residential allotments in five years and a brand new shopping precinct in two years – not many councils in Australia could envisage such an aggressive growth phase as what is likely to occur in Palmerston.
Where memories are made
Coffs Coast Marketing, a unit of the Coffs Harbour City Council with the charter to market the region to visitors, is celebrating a five percent increase in domestic visitation and 51 percent increase in international visitors to the Coffs Coast.
Arrow Alpha wayfinding signs Michael Silvy, City of Mount Gambier
Mount Gambier’s rich history and location midway between Adelaide and Melbourne on the Limestone Coast make it an ideal destination for tourists. Famous for its Blue Lake, the City also boasts the ‘Lady Nelson’ Visitor and Discovery Centre, Engelbrecht Cave, Crater Lakes Complex and numerous playgrounds, parks and gardens. Tourism generates over $100 million in annual expenditure, and the City acknowledges the importance of tourism by investing heavily in community infrastructure.
Gold Coast City’s economic future
The Gold Coast is faced with a challenge many young cities encounter – how to grow beyond traditional industries and transition to a mature economy less reliant on population growth and population driven industry sectors.
More apps for waste services in the cloud*
This year’s Resource and Wastes Management exhibition in Birmingham saw a major change in companies looking for new systems. In 2012 visitors were not sure what cloud-based technology was all about. This year companies large and small have realized there’s a sea change going on in systems, and are coming through looking specifically for new cloud systems and mobile apps.
Ballarat to go global
The World Institute of Training and Research for the Asia Pacific Region’s Vice Director, Dr Ron van Oers, visited Ballarat in September to sign an agreement with the City of Ballarat.
Fremantle closes in on $1 billion of new development
Proving it’s not just the local AFL footy team boosting the port city’s fortunes, the City of Fremantle has compiled figures that show the current pipeline of public and private investment in Fremantle is edging towards $1 billion.