April 2014 Edition


  • Collaborations
    Local Governments across Australia are reaping the economic benefits of collaboration, particularly in regional areas with cash injections being received in South Australia and Queensland.
  • 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
  • National recognition for advocacy work
    Bankstown City Council has received national recognition for successfully advocating on behalf of its residents, businesses and community groups.
  • Bill passes first reading
    The State Parliament of Victoria has passed the first reading of the Local Government Amendment (Governance and Conduct) Bill 2014.
  • Emergency Awareness Group
    The Pacific Haven residents near Howard in the Fraser Coast Regional Council area are banding together to ensure they are ready to face natural disasters.
  • President’s comment - Empowering Councils’ financial future
    Queensland’s 77 local governments are entering a crucial new phase in their role of ensuring their communities continue to enjoy the benefits of economic growth and a quality lifestyle.

  • Donations for bushfire victims
    Parramatta Lord Mayor Councillor John Chedid has donated $17,000 to be shared between Lithgow City Council and Blue Mountains City Council, areas heavily impacted by bushfires in October last year.
  • Equal funding model for libraries
    Marrickville Council is throwing its full support behind a new funding campaign for public libraries.
  • Library going the extra mile
    It took more than mechanical difficulties with the Swan Hill Mobile Library to keep staff members from delivering this service to rural communities.
  • Commission of Audit – the hidden circus: The Good Oil by Rod Brown
    Most federal programs are in freeze mode until the Commission of Audit process works its way to a conclusion.
  • Graffiti blitz cleaning the street
    An advocacy plan to tackle graffiti will be developed following the results of a recent graffiti blitz presented to Maribyrnong City Council last night.
  • International Women’s Day awards
    Maribyrnong City Council has recognised the incredible work of women who contribute voluntarily to their communities as part of its International Women’s Day celebrations.
  • Night time economy vs clean streets*
    A lively night time economy is a positive for a city. On the other hand, one of the top three concerns resulting from a vibrant nightlife is related to public urination.

  • Councillor profiles - This month from the Northern Territory
    Lynette Jane De Santis, Mayor
    Tiwi Islands Shire Council, Northern Territory
  • Councillor profiles - This month from the Northern Territory
    Sid Anderson, Shire President
    MacDonnell Regional Council, Nothern Territory
  • Seniors saving power
    Thirty-five Community Support Workers (CSWs) will receive formal home energy assessment training as part of a new project at Glenelg Shire Council.
  • Councils to drive community safety
    A State Government action plan seeking to stamp out alcohol and drug related violence has been welcomed by The Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ), which they say will allow communities a greater say in implementing localised solutions to local issues.
  • Financial future highlighted
    Western Downs Regional Council has been singled out in the Queensland Audit Office’s (QAO) Report to Parliament: 2012-2013 audit as being the only Council amongst the 16 listed with higher financial risks in 2011/12 to be operating with a healthy surplus for the second year in a row and to therefore be showing signs of financial improvement.

  • History through food
    A tantalising taste of the history and culture of Western Australia’s Goldfields will come to delicious life at a summit as WA Food Ambassador Don Hancey unites with regional producers, community developers and local hospitality students to ‘represent the region on a plate’.


  • Editorial
    When the average ratepayer walks into their street to find their old and damaged bins uncollected from their cracked sidewalk, the common reaction is “Where on earth are my rates going?”

Feature: Engineering & Public Works

  • $250 million sewerage strategy
    The final piece of Coffs Harbour City Council’s $250m Sewerage Strategy is underway, completing a project that has been under development for over 15 years.
  • Future Directions - South Australia – Port Pirie Regional Council. No waste in overhaul.
    Port Pirie Regional Council has completely overhauled the management of its waste services last year, involving a multi-pronged approach that includes many major changes.
  • Building has begun
    Construction of the Roma Community Hub, a new building to centralise social services for the Maranoa Regional Council is underway.
  • Excellent app for local communities
    No more will many South Australian residents worry that they have the wrong night for rubbish collection.
  • Rejuvenation for rail lands
    Feature landscaping, sculptures, public amenities, feature lighting and an outdoor learning environment are all in the works for the City of Mount Gambier’s major rail lands rejuvenation project.
  • Grow your council with Botanix*
    Botanix Plant Supply is a wholesale nursery dedicated to the production of high quality trees & shrubs at competitive prices.
  • Drainage works improve football field
    A popular football oval in the Wyong Shire Council area will re-open in time for the soccer season after a major upgrade.
  • Healthy infrastructure upgrades
    Cairns Regional council have recently been engaging in infrastructure upgrades focusing on fostering healthy habits in the community.
  • Screen time with a clear conscience*
    Parents in Melbourne already know what studies now confirm: use of smart devices by children under the age of eight is exploding across the industrialized world.
  • Flood mitigation works
    The township of Creswick in the Hepburn Shire was flooded three times within six months in 2010/2011, resulting in significant property loss and disruption to business.
  • Gates open for SES
    Following the push to establish a State Emergency Service (SES) group in Jimboomba’s southwest, Logan City Council has funded and completed a new $170,000 facility.
  • Bartco links with UK firm to extend global reach*
    Australia’s Bartco Traffic Equipment Pty Ltd and UK’s P&D Specialist Services (Holdings) Ltd have launched their two new joint venture companies at the Intertraffic trade fair in Amsterdam, March 2014.
  • Asset management a top priority
    Over the past 12 months a dedicated group of officers from The City of Busselton’s engineering team have developed an overarching Asset Management Plan that has since been endorsed by Council.
  • Water Treatment Plant gets a new lease on life
    A vital infrastructure upgrade at Logan’s largest wastewater treatment plant is now complete, enabling the facility to operate efficiently for the long term.
  • New truck permit laws
    The new Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) came into effect on February 10, meaning that truck operators will need to apply for heavy or oversized vehicle permits to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) instead of local government.
  • The Maintenance Challenge*
    Australia relies on road transport more than any other nation in the world, on a per capita basis.
  • Expansion underway for Caroline landfill
    Work has commenced on a major expansion of the Caroline landfill development near Mount Gambier.
  • NSW Housing unaffordable
    Marrickville Council has requested that the NSW Parliamentary Select Committee Inquiry on Social, Public and Affordable Housing include a proportion of affordable housing in new residential developments.
  • New waste strategy
    The Greater Bendigo City Council has adopted a new Waste and Resource Management Strategy at Wednesday’s Council Meeting, aiming to encourage more recycling and reduce the waste it collects from kerbside collections.
  • Works and Parks on show*
    The Local Government Supervisors Association of WA will be holding its 17th Works and Parks Annual Conference and Trade Exhibition at the unique El Caballo Resort, situated on Great Eastern Highway, Wooroloo, on 14th and 15th , August 2014.
  • Lighting up LEDs
    The City of Ballarat has moved to LED lighting as the new standard for streetlights in the council area.
  • Multiple awards for park
    Ku-ring-gai Council has won two Parks and Leisure Australia regional awards.
  • Firm stance on asbestos
    Redland City Council has tightened asbestos waste management practices at transfer stations to reduce the risk of community exposure.
  • PolyCom Stabilising Aid rock solid under pressure*
    Customers are incorporating PolyCom Stabilising Aid, an Australian made innovation, into the design of pavements allowing cost efficient changes in pavement design by improving sub-grade strength to meet specifications.
  • Quality turf the biologic way*
    For parks and gardens staff the emphasis has always been on turf quality: ‘how to get a great looking turf whilst staying within water budgets and not over-using chemical fertilizers?’
  • Opening the ‘most famous rooms in Australian art’
    “The most famous rooms in Australian art” are now open to the public, after Dame Quentin Bryce AC CVO, the then Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia officially opened the Margaret Olley Art Centre (MOAC).
  • Engineering Study tour to Canada
    The Municipal Engineering Foundation Victoria (MEFvic) has awarded scholarships to five Victorian engineers to attend the American Public Works Association (APWA) Congress to be held in Toronto, Canada, during August this year as part of a study tour.
  • Extra toilets for Coogee Beach
    The number of public toilets at Coogee Beach could be more than doubled as part of a draft plan to be considered by Randwick City Council.
  • Mayors talk up Whitsunday message
    Chair of the Whitsunday Regional Organisation of Councils (ROC) and Mackay Mayor Deirdre Comerford have received assurance that the election funding commitment for the Mackay Ring Road will be honoured in the May Federal Budget from Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss during recent talks in Canberra.
  • Stormwater Engineering Innovation*
    Dalton Consulting Engineers (DCE) is a civil engineering consultancy based in Queensland and Victoria, Australia.
  • SportsTurf can help you with sportsfields*
    Municipal council departments are heavily involved in providing recreation facilities to enable community involvement in physical activities.