October 2014 Edition

Breaking News

  • Move intermodal to Badgerys Creek?
    Liverpool City Council Mayor Ned Mannoun is lobbying for the construction of and Intermodal at the planned Badgerys Creek airport, instead of the current plans for construction at Moorebank.
  • Sunbury City Council finalised
    The Napthine Government has completed the formal gazettal of orders establishing the new Sunbury City Council from July 1 2015.
  • Local Government Association of South Australia’s Annual General Meeting
    The Local Government Association of South Australia (LGASA) have announced good results at their Annual General Meeting, however expressed frustration at Federal and State funding cuts.
  • Council rejects super investments
    Leichhardt Council has voted to call on the Local Government NSW Superannuation Board to reverse its decision to invest in nuclear energy and uranium mining.
  • Funding, Productivity and performance at LGAQ conference
    Funding and productivity have been the key themes of the Local Government Association of Queensland’s (LGAQ) annual conference.
  • Enough Pokies campaign
    Hobsons Bay City Council announced its support of the multiagency Enough Pokies in Vulnerable Communities campaign.
  • Councils call for action on FIFO report recommendations
    Central Highlands and Isaac Regional Councils will move a motion at the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) annual conference in Mackay this week calling for action on the FIFO (fly-in, fly-out) report recommendations.
  • ALGA opposes disaster-funding recommendations
    The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) has opposed several key recommendations in the Productivity Commissions draft report into natural disaster funding arrangements.
  • Sights set on growth for state conference
    Proposed changes to disaster management funding, looming White Papers on Federation and Taxation Reform and council proposed amendments to rating categories are expected to be hot topics at the 118th Local Government Association of Queensland's (LGAQ) annual conference.
  • New council boundaries in Western Australia
    The Western Australia State Government has announced its decision on the reform of Perth’s metropolitan local governments, including boundary adjustments and amalgamations.
  • NBN planned for Loddon Mallee
    NBN Co has announced that National Broadband Network (NBN) fixed wireless services will be coming soon to Mildura, Swan Hill, Campaspe, Loddon and Gannawarra Shires.
  • Fairfield City Council pays tribute to Gough Whitlam
    Fairfield City Council has paid tribute to Australia’s 21st Prime Minister, The Honourable Edward Gough Whitlam AC QC, who passed away today aged 98
  • NSW calls to abandon grant freeze
    Local Government NSW will lobby the Federal Government to abandon its decision to freeze the indexation of Financial Assistance Grants, following a unanimous vote by councillors at its 2014 annual conference.
  • Guidelines for climate adaptation
    New guidelines to support Councils preparing for climate changes have been released by the Local Government Association of South Australia (LGASA) for consultation with Councils, communities and other key stakeholders.
  • Reform talk at LGNSW’s Annual Conference
    Local government reform is set to be the main talking point at the Local Government NSW (LGNSW) Annual Conference.
  • Australia's largest Street Lighting Partnership
    Nearly 50 percent of regional Victoria is set to receive safer and more energy efficient street lighting following the launch of the Lighting the Regions project on October 16.
  • Australians trust local government
    According to a national survey by Griffith University, local government remains the most trusted level of government in Australia.
  • Feedback sought for project
    The Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government (ACELG) is looking for feedback on an upcoming project on preventing racism and intercommunity conflict.
  • Australia's largest public library network
    South Australia has completed The One Card Network project, connecting more than 130 public libraries across South Australia and enabling customers to borrow and return items at these libraries with one library card.



  • Editorial
    As we reported in the ‘breaking news’ section on lgfocus.com.au this month, Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss announced the Roads to Recovery funding allocated to local councils.

Feature: Best Practice

  • Rallying to the technology cause
    In September, Coffs Harbour hosted the Australian round of the International Automobile Federation (FIA) World Rally Championship, the Coates Hire Rally Australia, for the third year.
  • City of Casey Believes Good Procurement Relies on More Than Talk, Talk, Talk*
    As with most things in life, communication is key. But within council procurement activities, talk is not enough. Risk must be mitigated by ensuring all ‘talk’ is transparent, consistent and retrievable. The tendering process invariably leads to questions from suppliers, and communication glitches can quickly escalate to a council coming under scrutiny - causing expense, delay and distraction.
  • Future Directions - Banyule City Council
    Stormwater harvesting is proving far more than a storm in a teacup as it delivers multiple benefits to Banyule Council, residents and the environment.
  • Energy efficient fit
    Roper Gulf Regional Council in the Northern Territory will improve the energy efficiency of its nine regional offices following a grant of just over $500,000 from the Australian Government.
  • Online pet registration
    Sutherland Shire Council residents can now register their dog or cat online on council’s website, a first in Australia.
  • Big Roads Grow
    Queensland’s Mornington Shire Council is undertaking a road rehabilitation project, giving locals and visitors a much smoother, safer journey.
  • Rusty shelving can make you sick*
    Food safety has always been critical in the Australian foodservice market.
  • Teamwork brings refreshed website
    Charters Towers Regional Council has launched its refreshed website.
  • Food for the mind
    Coffs Harbour City Library aims to makes sure that every member of the community has access to reading, including the clients of the Uniting Church Soup Kitchen in the city centre.
  • The Internet of Asset Management*
    Society today is all about information.
  • Bouncing to success
    The Caloundra Chamber of Commerce has set a new record in accruing members, now having 400 members.
  • Kicking goals in digital communication
    The City of Unley’s community magazine Unley Life, will be made available to download free on a range of mobile devices.
  • Contributions to Aboriginal community
    Moree Plains Shire Council has been named Council of the Year 2014 at the Local Government Aboriginal Network (LGAN) Conference in Narrandera.
  • Councils boost productivity on road maintenance*
    Council and shire road maintenance crews are cutting the amount of travel time required for road maintenance on their unsealed road networks by using an Australian-made product called PolyCom Stabilising Aid.
  • Preconfigured approach to business intelligence
    TechnologyOne’s preconfigured Business Intelligence solution has enabled Logan City Council to implement the system quickly and easily, and realise immediate time and cost savings.
  • Good news for Glenbrook lagoon
    A seven-year project at Blue Mountains City Council has restored the most polluted waterway in the Blue Mountains into a perfect habitat for aquatic life.
  • Four tonnes of rubbish removed
    Bed frames, mattresses, vertical blinds, hot water systems, tyres and roofing iron were among the items found on Burdekin’s Great Northern Clean Up of the Burdekin River bed.