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.
This year was the first National General Assembly this journalist has attended, and I was overwhelmed by the excitement and enthusiasm that I witnessed.
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.
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.
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.
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®.
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 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.