July 2014 Edition

Breaking News


  • Bring Back Financial Assistance Grants
    Almost 900 delegates from councils across Australia came together in Canberra for the National General Assembly of Local Government (NGA), supporting an urgent motion to highlight the impact the Federal Budget’s removal of Financial Assistance Grants (FAGs) will have on their communities.
  • Editorial
    This year was the first National General Assembly this journalist has attended, and I was overwhelmed by the excitement and enthusiasm that I witnessed.
  • 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 leadership on affordable housing
    Local councils from around Australia have united to call for a national policy on affordable housing.
  • Safety message heard by Portland public
    Glenelg Shire Council is taking steps to address the risk of landslides in the area.
  • Financial potholes for South Australia - President’s comment
    This year’s State and Federal Budgets place unfair burdens on South Australian Councils and their communities.

  • United Nations environment award
    The City of Boroondara has won a World Environment Day Award for its investment in biodiversity initiatives.
  • Guide for climate change
    The Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government (ACELG) has released a new resource to assist Australian councils with climate risk assessment and planning activities.
  • SHOROC mayors meet with PM
    SHOROC Mayors and General Managers have met with Prime Minister The Hon Tony Abbott MP and Speaker of the House The Hon Bronwyn Bishop MP to discuss major issues for the Northern Beaches and North Shore in New South Wales.
  • Fleet Software, made in Australia*
    AusFleet has announced an exciting new product - possibly the first Australian owned, built and supported online fleet system covering fleet, workshop management, hire bookings, fuel, servicing, incidents and more.
  • Conflicts of interests waived
    The Western Australia Local Government Association (WALGA) has demanded an explanation as to why the requirement to declare conflicts of interest has been suspended for the group reviewing the structure of metropolitan Councils.
  • Music, pubs and universities - The Good Oil by Rod Brown
    My wife and I headed to the Sunshine Coast for the June long weekend. The communities of Maroochydore, Mooloolaba and Caloundra were roughly as I remember them – good quality restaurants, accommodation, gardens, marine infrastructure, paths, walking trails and signage. A very desirable place.
  • Sydney’s homeless connected
    More than 3500 vulnerable homeless or those at risk of homelessness gathered at Sydney’s Town Hall on Tuesday June 3rd for a day of practical support, entertainment and care.
  • Parks and Leisure National conference*
    Nationally renowned homegrown keynote speakers Tania Major, Glen Jacobs and Paul Hockey have been announced as speakers at Parks and Leisure Australia’s 2014 National Conference.
  • Commitment to South Australia planning reform
    The Local Government Association of South Australia (LGASA) has welcomed planning Minister John Rau’s reconfirmed commitment to South Australia’s planning system reform.
  • Councillor profiles - This month from Victoria
    Barbara Alexander AO, Mayor,
    Benalla Rural City Council, Victoria
  • Councillor profiles - This month from Victoria
    Joshua Morris, Mayor,
    City of Ballarat, Victoria
  • Winners in management challenge
    Warrnambool City Council has won the 2014 Local Government Managers Australia (LGMA) Australasian Management Challenge Finals.
  • A glimpse of opening ceremony
    Talented singers from Lake Macquarie and surrounds wowed crowds during a showcase of the vocalists who will perform at the Lake Macquarie International Children’s Games (ICG) opening ceremony.
  • Local Government wins major class action
    Moree Plains Shire Council is one of 12 regional councils involved in a class action following investments in the complex financial products known as constant proportion debt obligation (CPDOs) that were arranged by bank ABN Amro (now RBS), highly rated by Standard and Poor’s (S&P) and sold by Local Government Financial Services (LGFS) prior to the global financial crisis.
  • Recognising Council’s high achievers - This month from Tasmania
    Jonathan Linden
    Technical Officer – Assets and Finance, Waratah-Wynyard Council, Tasmania
  • Recognising Council’s high achievers - This month from Tasmania
    Windsor Community Precinct project team,
    West Tamar Council, Tasmania

Feature: Financial Sustainability & Asset Management

  • Restoring Willow Court
    Derwent Valley Council is undertaking a major restoration of local heriatge-listed buildings to encourage employment, development and growth in the region.
  • Local Government Procurement Uses TenderLink e-Portal to Reduce Tender Burden for Local Councils in NSW*
    Tendering can be an expensive, time-consuming and risky process - and one that government bodies are obligated to go through when they are spending $150,000 or more.
  • Future Directions - Litchfield Shire Council ­– Planning for Future Needs
    Technology is changing with Litchfield Council in the Northern Territory, redefining what it means to communicate in the workplace.
  • Automated paperless procurement*
    The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder has led the way in the adoption and implementation of IT Visions Automated Paperless Procurement (APP) Cycle workflow solution.
  • Computers now ‘future-proof’
    Hornsby Shire council has completed a major upgrade of its computer system; potentially saving $100,000 a year in current information technology costs, as well a removing the need for regularly replacing computers.
  • Kickstarting economic development
    The Burdekin Shire Council will shift its focus to economic development in an effort to grow the region.
  • Five year dredging wait over
    After more than 10 years of lobbying by Cook Shire Council and local and regional stakeholders, dredging of the Endeavour River swing basin and leads is expected to be completed by mid-September.
  • Safe handling skips*
    Actisafe is now supplying self-tipping skips that use a quadrant on their base fulcrum to assist in the safe handling of materials.
  • Tender awarded for Dubbo Sewage Treatment Plant
    Dubbo City Council has awarded the tender for the upgrade of the Dubbo Sewage Treatment Plant to Cockram Corporation Pty Ltd to the value of $21,596,088 at June’s ordinary meeting of Council.
  • BPAYOnline services reduce carbon footprint
    The City of Gosnells is reducing its carbon footprint and fighting climate change by allowing residents to receive and pay their rates notices online, with the introduction of BPAY View®.
  • Printing money
    Over half a million dollars in savings each year, a major reduction in paper use and a significant drop in power consumption are among the benefits Gosford City Council has welcomed following its recent printer replacement project.
  • The Work Shop finds jobs
    Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson said the council has entered a new chapter in employment opportunities with official launch of The Work Shop training and recruitment center.
  • Sustainable use of new technologies*
    The Federal Government has delivered a tough budget, which means governments and businesses have to be even more innovative to deliver services that meet or exceed customer expectations.

  • Asset and Activity Management Apps*
    New smart phone and tablet technology is rapidly spreading to the frontline workforce, even if only on a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) basis.
  • 2014 National General Assembly of Local Government
    What the politicians had to say.
  • 2014 National General Assembly of Local Government
    Support for 50/50 women in councils
    The Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women Senator Michaelia Cash spoke at the annual Australian Local Government Women’s Association (ALGWA) breakfast in Canberra, saying that she supports diversity in local government.
  • 2014 National General Assembly of Local Government
    E-waste recycling awards for five councils
    MobileMuster, the not-for-profit recycling program of the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association, has announced the winners of their 2014 Local Government Recycling Awards.