August 2014 Edition

Breaking News

  • Choice and control empowers people with disability
    An evaluation report of a self-managed funding pilot shows that giving people with disability the power to manage their supports gave them greater choice of and control over services they receive, Minister for Disability ACT Joy Burch said today.
  • Audit finds major landfill risks well managed but localised risks remain
    In a report tabled in the Victorian Parliament today, Managing Landfills, Auditor-General John Doyle found that Victoria’s landfill management had improved since events in Casey in 2008, but that there was scope for further improvement. Mr Doyle made 15 recommendations in his report and all were accepted.
  • Patchwork links services
    More responsive and accessible community and health services have come to families and young people in Colac after the introduction of the Patchwork computer program.
  • Nominations open
    Nominations for candidates at the 2014 South Australian Local Government Elections are open today, Tuesday, September 2, 2014.
  • Delegation from Central Java
    Logan City Council has welcomed a government delegation from Indonesia by students at Browns Plains State High School and Councillor Cherie Dalley.
  • Local infrastructure under threat
    The Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) has warned that local council infrastructure projects may be put in jeopardy.

Articles

  • Collingwood Town Hall refurbishment*
    In July, Leaps and Bounds Music Festival presented Mikelangelo – The Balkan Elvis at the newly refurbished Collingwood Town Hall. It was part of the Collingwood community celebrating the return of one if its iconic buildings.
  • Local Governments welcome refugees
    Councils across Australia are welcoming new citizens into their community by adopting refugee friendly policies to stop racism.
  • Editorial
    As Australians, we can no longer stand for the lives of asylum seekers being used as a political bargaining chip.
  • 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
  • #ItStopsWithMeBendigo
    The City of Greater Bendigo has pledged to end racism in their community with over 500 residents signing the ‘Racism. It Stops With Me’ pledge.
  • Candidates critical to voter turnout - President’s comment
    Almost without exception, following every round of Local Government elections in Western Australia there are media stories criticising voter turnout.
  • Connecting local businesses
    An Australasian first that demonstrates the power of councils partnering with other organisations has now won an innovation award.
  • Indigenous youth film nominated
    Inverell Shire Council’s youth project titled Yillambu-Yilaathu (Gamilaaray Translation: Past - Present) was nominated for the Local Government Arts and Culture Awards and was selected as a finalist in the category of “Community Participation in Arts and Culture, Aboriginal Arts and Culture”
  • Council meetings webcast
    Mid-Western Regional Council residents now have the opportunity to tune into council meetings, which will now be broadcast live online.
  • Why not a productivity drive on road construction? - The Good Oil by Rod Brown
    The major report by the Productivity Commission (PC) on Public Infrastructure was recently released, 900 pages of solid stuff.
  • Councillor profiles - This month from South Australia
    Sandra Wauchope, Mayor,
    Mount Remarkable District Council, South Australia
  • Councillor profiles - This month from South Australia
    John Trainer, Mayor,
    City of West Torrens, South Australia
  • Smart Blocks save power in flats
    Adelaide City Council has teamed up with Smart Blocks to encourage apartment owners and building managers in the City to become champions for energy efficiency and save on energy costs in the process.
  • Cobb & Co coach service anniversary
    Maranoa Regional Council is inviting people to take a journey of a lifetime with the Cobb & Co Commemorative Trail Ride, celebrating the 90th anniversary of the last Cobb & Co Coach Service in Australia.
  • The Longreach Story reprinted
    Longreach Regional Council recently launched a re-print of the Longreach Story. First published in 1987, the publication by Angela Moffat traces the history of the Longreach district from its prehistory through to 1986. 
  • Recognising Council’s high achievers - This month from Victoria
    Martin Fidler, Manager, Community Wellbeing
    City of Greater Dandenong, Victoria
  • Recognising Council's high achievers - This month from Victoria
    Bass Coast's Enviroment Team,
    Bass Coast Shire Council, Victoria
  • E-Waste recycling success
    Baw Baw Shire Council’s E-Waste recycling program has collected over 113 tonnes of E-waste in the past financial year.
  • Winter sleep out a success
    City of Ryde Mayor Councillor Roy Maggio was joined by a committed number of residents who participated in the Mayor’s Winter Sleepout on Saturday 19 July as part of the Mayor’s fundraising effort for Australia’s homeless.
  • Natural Resources Commission's Draft Report
    Gunnedah Shire Council has supported the recommendations of the Natural Resources Commission’s Draft Report into the Active and Adaptive Cypress Management in the Brigalow and Nandewar State Conservation Areas following a recent Council meeting.
  • Mural update unveiled
    Randwick City Council has unveiled a recently updated mural that honours Australian aviation legend and Kingsford namesake, Sir Charles Kingsford Smith.

Feature: Community Services, Leisure, Parks and Gardens

  • Future Directions - Cairns Regional Council
    Clubs are a vital component of every healthy community. They encourage participation, teamwork, friendship, community pride and personal achievement.
  • Weeds kept at bay
    Douglas Shire Council is winning the war in protecting their World Heritage-listed rainforest from a highly destructive invasive weed.
  • LED street lights save councils
    The Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (IPWEA) have announced that switching to LED street lighting could save Australia’s local councils up to $87 million and prevent 720,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions from entering the atmosphere each year.
  • Museums add value
    A new study has been released which demonstrates the economic impact of Local Government supported cultural facilities in New South Wales.
  • Chinese Culture comes to town
    The Year of the Horse has the newly crowned Gold Coast CBD of Southport galloping into the future, and at the centre of it all will be the city’s newest destination, Chinatown.
  • Art Project
    Laratinga Wetlands is an award winning environmental masterpiece situated in the heart of Mount Barker in the Adelaide Hills.
  • Community accessible to all
    Earlier this year Singleton Council adopted a new Disability Access Plan 2020 and allocated $50,000 in 2014/15 towards its implementation.
  • Flood Markers remember disaster
    Western Downs regional council has officially launched the Chinchilla Flood Markers, which recognise the impacts of the 2010/11 floods and depict the stories of previous floods that have occurred in the area since 1942.
  • Sustainability Award for Architecture
    Melton Library and Learning Hub wins architecture award.
  • Cycleway officially opened
    Cyclists will welcome the new Hilliards Creek crossing Cycleway officially opened by State Member for Cleveland Mark Robinson and Redland City Mayor Karen Williams.
  • Vincent Street's garden make over
    Cessnock City Council will be refurbishing a number of the garden beds that line Vincent Street in Cessnock’s CBD including the removal and replacement of over 15 trees, several of which are Honey Locus’ (Gleditsia tricanthos).
  • Woodland Waters open for business
    The City of Whittlesea’s premier sports ground Woodland Waters, now known as Waterview Community Reserve, is open for business.
  • Clock commemorates natural disasters
    Scenic Rim Regional Council has unveiled a new landmark in Boonah’s High Street with the launch of the Blumbergville Clock.
  • Accessible vegetable garden
    The City of Bunbury and the Life Without Barriers organisation has joined forces to build a small, low maintenance, accessible vegetable garden at the Hay Park Community Hall.
  • Providing respite to seniors and carers
    The City of Belmont’s newest community centre, Harman Park Community Centre, will be formally opened on Thursday, 28 August.
  • Reconnecting the Songlines
    Nillumbik Shire’s Panton Hill Bushland Reserves (PHBRS) form part of the living landscape of the Wurundjeri people and provide an authentic environment to signify their indigenous heritage.
  • Universal access
    The Mibus Memorial Cultural Centre in Horsham is undergoing extensive renovations. 
  • Shop local first
    Mitchell Shire Council is appealing to young residents to spend their pocket money locally to support local retailers. 
  • Aquatic weed management
    Partnerships with key stakeholders and delivery of an innovative project has seen Great Lakes Council make promising inroads into control of an invasive aquatic weed.
  • Solar goes north
    The City of Darwin today launched a state of the art solar system on the roof of Casuarina Library.
  • Pier goes solar
    The Urangan Pier in Fraser Coast Regional Council is going solar powered.
  • Maximising infrastructure lifecycles with MAXI-TUBE®*
    A new range of zinc-alloy coated tubular steel sections have been launched into the Australian market.
  • Three awards, one council
    The City of Melville has been recognised at a special event held by the Institute of Public Administration Australia (WA), receiving three coveted awards for best practice in the areas of Health and Wellbeing, Corporate Social Values and Local Government Leadership.
  • New Library grows patronage
    The new generation Bendigo Library is proving a hit with patronage up almost 26 percent on 2012 levels.
  • Library wins state award
    The Grove Library located in the Shire of Peppermint Grove was announced as the 2014 winner of the Library Board of Western Australia Award for Excellence for their local history “apps”.
  • Perth Library reaches for the sky
    The new seven-level City of Perth Library is taking shape in the Cathedral and Treasury Precinct.
  • AWRE Council Innovation Awards*
    The Australasian Waste and Recycling Expo (AWRE) and Meinhardt, the global multidisciplinary engineering and professional services consultancy, has put a call out to Councils who are leading the way in the waste sector to submit their ideas and initiatives for the AWRE Innovation Council Awards.
  • Indigenous plants green up roads
    A key gateway to Mount Gambier is undergoing an image overhaul, with a new indigenous planting scheme starting to take root.
  • Sweeper rolls through The Hills
    The Hills Shire Council in New South Wales has a new weapon in its arsenal to tackle dirty streets.
  • Top Open Space
    Whitehorse Council’s Box Hill Gardens Multipurpose Area has won the 2014 Architecture Award in the Urban Design category from the Australian Institute of Architects.
  • Creative hub for Sydney
    A $25 million state-of-the-art creative hub featuring dance, theatre, music, film and visual arts facilities will be built in the heart of the city following an agreement between the City of Sydney and property developer Greenland Australia.
  • Skaters stoked with new Youth Precinct
    Local skating talent was on show when the Town of Gawler in South Australia opened its new skate park and outdoor Youth Precinct.
  • Reserve ready for kick-off
    Frost Reserve is now back in action for over 650 Kincumber football players after Gosford City Council, along with Central Coast Football, spent almost $400,000 to upgrade its seven playing surfaces.
  • Art collection has national audience
    Rockhampton is well known for its beef and bulls but may not be a place many would associate with a nationally significant multi million dollar art collection.

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