May 2014 Edition

Articles

  • Rates risk
    A shadow of doubt is being cast over the reliability of funding for Local Government across the nation as budget pressures increasingly mount.
  • Editorial
    The behavior and ethics of Australia’s elected politicians have been brought into question as all eyes are on New South Wales where the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) highlighted examples of poor conduct.
  • 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
  • Infrastructure need in Melbourne’s north
    A major new report released reveals critical infrastructure gaps in Melbourne’s northern region.
  • Stand against racism
    Marrickville Council has voted to officially oppose the Federal Government’s proposed amendments to the Racial Discrimination Act, taking a stand against racism.
  • President’s comment - Liveable Canberra, liveable future
    Canberra’s recent crowning as Australia’s most liveable city has given widespread recognition to the great community and lifestyle which thrives across the city. It is also the result of government planning and investments over many years which target liveability, not just as an end in itself, but also as a key ingredient in economic growth and good public health. As the sector which feels most acutely the daily demands placed on local infrastructure and services, local government is perhaps the preeminent stakeholder in the liveability arena.

  • Dalwallinu Achievers Awarded
    At a celebratory dinner, attended by Hon. Tony Simpson, Minister for Local Government in Western Australia, Councillor Graham Sanderson and former Councillor Bill Dinnie were acknowledged for their exemplary service to the Shire of Dalwallinu.
  • Putting highlands on radar
    Central Highlands Councils are working hard in the lead up to this year’s Victorian state election to ensure the region’s priorities are high on both government and opposition’s agendas.
  • 150 years of local government
    Armidale Town Hall played host in April to the gala launch of a book celebrating a sesquicentenary of local government in Armidale.
  • Fatality Free Friday
    Willoughby City Council is calling on members of the community to make a Fatality Free Friday pledge.
  • Changing fire mitigation
    The Western Australia Local Government Association (WALGA) has welcomed the release of the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) concept paper looking at rethinking the way fire mitigation efforts are managed.
  • The Commission of Audit leads on the doctrine of minimalism - The Good Oil by Rod Brown
    I am writing this in early May, so I’m assuming that the Budget won’t have been as grim as the Commission of Audit’s prognosis.
  • Councillor profiles - This month from the Tasmania
    Jan Barwick, Mayor
    Tasman Council, Tasmania
  • Councillor profiles - This month from Tasmania
    Craig Perkins, Mayor
    Meander Valley Council, Tasmania
  • Archibald Prize exhibition
    Shoalhaven City Arts Centre will be hosting the Archibald Prize 2013 Regional Touring Exhibition until Saturday the 28th of June.
  • New name for Local Government Professionals
    Local Government Professionals Australia, NSW is the new name of the Local Government Managers Australia, NSW (LGMA NSW) following a recent rebranding  and has adopted a new logo.
  • Respect paid to Neville Wran
    Leichhardt Mayor Darcy Byrne has paid tribute to Neville Wran following the death of the former NSW premier at the age of 87on the 20th of April, 2014.

  • Australian Centenary of Submarines
    Holbrook has laid out the red carpet for visitors over the ANZAC day weekend to celebrate the Australian Centenary of Submarines.
  • Stronger RoadWise presence
    WA Local Government Association President Mayor Troy Pickard has announced that Rodney Thornton has joined WALGA’s RoadWise Program as Road Safety Advisor in the Wheabelt South Region.
  • Compassion for asylum seekers
    Colac Otway Shire Council has urged the Federal Government to seek a more compassionate and humanitarian approach to asylum seekers.

  • Supreme Court rating decision appealed
    The Mackay Regional Council, with the support of the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) and its legal advisors, King & Company, will appeal to the Supreme Court judgment that determined that the council could not impose  differential rates on non-owner occupied residential property.

  • Ratepayers subsidising property development
    The Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) has criticised the Newman Government after it moved to continue the practice of Councils funding the gap between what developers are required to pay towards new urban infrastructure and the real costs.
  • Cycling towards better health
    Bankstown City Council will have a lot more cyclists in the future with The Bicycle Network supplying free bikes to families all across the region
  • Reform funds not enough
    The Western Australia Local Government Association (WALGA) has attacked the State Government’s budget for not allocating enough funds to finance their planned reform of local government.
  • Setting sails for leadership
    Maranoa Regional Council has awarded the Young Endeavour Scheme Scholarship to Mitchell’s Amy Garland.
  • Rare fauna found
    One of Australia’s rarest rodents, the water mouse, has already been found during the largest fauna monitoring project to be undertaken in Sunshine Coast Council – managed environmental reserves.
  • A R Bluett Memorial Award
    The Trustees for the A R Bluett Memorial Award have announced that entries for this year’s award will open on 1 June 2014 and close on 31 July 2014.
  • NT scraps Indigenous jobs
    Indigenous jobs will go and Territory Housing customers will be left in the lurch following a decision by the NT Government to ditch regional councils as maintenance providers.

Feature: Administration & Management Systems

  • Camera to check flood heights
    A new camera installed in the Fraser Coast Regional Council area is going to give residents fast alerts to flooded and closed roads.
  • Future Directions - Innovative communications at Tweed Shire Council
    A communication revolution sweeping through local government has taken some innovative turns at Tweed Shire Council.
  • Talking Difference Studio to tackle racism
    Hobsons Bay City Council’s libraries will be hosting the Talking Difference Portable Studio until June 10 in an effort to address racism.
  • Webby award for best website
    Warringah Council announced today that it has been honoured for Best Community Category website in the 18th Annual Webby Awards.
  • Reduction in forecast rates considered
    Augusta Margaret River Shire Council will shave 0.5 percent off projected rate increases after an amended Long Term Financial Plan was presented at their Ordinary Meeting on Wednesday 9 April.
  • Top Tech Trends*
    Self-service apps, customer and contractor portals and automated truck data capture systems are having a major impact in reducing business administration efforts by eliminating paperwork, preventing double handling of data and speeding up responses.
  • Award for Council Director
    Whitsunday Regional Council’s Director of Corporate Services Graham Jarvis has won an award for procurement at the Local Buy, Government Procurement Professionals Awards 2014.
  • Video calling pilot programs
    Moorabool Shire Council has launched video calling pilot programs in two of its departments.
  • Aurukun ready for business
    The remote Indigenous township of Aurukun on Cape York has opened the Sam Kerindun Snr Business Precinct, a community-driven initiative to help build economic opportunities.
  • Tracking roll out
    Mackay Regional Council (MRC) has recently installed 280 GPS tracking devices across its fleet of light vehicles.
  • Light Rail for Randwick
    Randwick City Council released a draft light rail support plan in response to the New South Wales Government’s CBD and South East Light Rail project which proposes to spend $68 million over five years to increase parking and support the introduction of light rail in Randwick City.
  • Baseball reserve improves security
    Cyril Molyneaux Reserve, located in the City of Casey, is set to receive funding for more than $20,000 funding for safety improvements through a Victorian Government Public Safety Infrastructure Fund grant.
  • Not For Profit financial service*
    The Australian Public Service Benevolent Society (APS Benefits) is a not for profit organisation that provides a wide range of financial services to all government department employees, contractors, their families and friends.
  • Award for bushfire assessment
    Alpine Shire Council’s Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) Plan iPad application has won the Spatial Enablement category at the prestigious Asia Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards.
  • Waste management system grant
    IBM has announced that the City of Ballarat has been selected to receive an IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grant in 2014.
  • New opportunities for indigenous business
    The Northern Territory Government is piloting a new program aimed at assisting Indigenous owned or operated businesses earn tender contracts.
  • Training up leaders
    Rockhampton Regional Council is this year delivering a uniquely tailored Leadership Program to all supervisory and management staff that will enhance their efficiency and create a more effective work environment.
  • Official Illawarra webpage launched
    Minister for the Illawarra John Ajaka joined the Member for South Coast, the Hon Shelley Hancock, the Member for Kiama, Gareth Ward, the Member for Heathcote, Lee Evans, Upper House member Paul Green and the Mayor of the Shoalhaven Jo Gash to launch the official New South Wales Government Illawarra webpage.
  • Building a successful future
    Blue Mountains City Council has set its strategic direction and priorities for the City for the next four years as part of its ongoing commitment to good governance and financial sustainability.
  • What’s great about Gympie?
    Gympie Regional Council has asked residents and local businesses to get behind the What’s great about Gympie? campaign to assist with marketing and branding of the CBD.
  • Launch of investment prospectus
    Since its recent launch The Loddon Mallee Region Investment Prospectus 2014 has attracted attention from government, business and industry.
  • Self-assessment tool for councils
    Seventy New South Wales councils are about to begin using a self-assessment research tool to review their performance.
  • Timber recycled as firewood
    Bendigo based business wood4good has won a contract with the City of Greater Bendigo to harvest waste timber from council owned forestry plantations to sell as firewood.
  • Streamlining tenders
    Councils across Australia are looking to streamline their tendering process with new electronic systems.
  • Bridging the gap*
    Sell and Parker Equipment has unused ex-military bridging systems for sale or rental.