November 2014 Edition

Breaking News

  • Dismay at Coal Seam Gas permits
    Moree Plains Shire Council’s Mayor Councillor Katrina Humphries has expressed her dismay that the Office of Coal Seam Gas (CSG) could issue permits for CSG exploration without consultation with Council, neighbouring properties, the wider community, and even land owners.
  • SHOROC Announces Priorities for 2015 NSW Election
    Mayors from Manly, Mosman, Pittwater & Warringah have met with the New South Wales Premier, Ministers and MPs to discuss major issues and priorities at the SHOROC (Shore Regional Organisation of Councils) Leaders’ Forum.
  • Walk a mile in her shoes
    To mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and White Ribbon Day, Banyule Council has hosted a ‘Walk a mile in her shoes’ event, which invited men to don women’s shoes and participate in a 1.6km walk against violence.
  • Free Beach Library
    Randwick City Council has marked the first day of summer with the opening of Sydney's first free Beach Library on Coogee Beach.
  • ALGA in Canberra
    Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) President Mayor Troy Pickard has presented Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Jamie Briggs with a copy of the 2014 State of the Local Road Assets Report during a meeting at Parliament House.
  • Working together for South Australia
    South Australian Minister for Investment and Trade, Martin Hamilton-Smith told a Local Government Association of South Australia (LGASA) President's lunch in Adelaide, that South Australia must capitalise on the opportunities presented by our proximity to rapidly expanding economies in the Asia-Pacific Region.
  • Public-Private partnerships progresses
    A specialist oncology treatment centre, indoor gymnastics centre and affordable housing, are some of the facilities that could be built in Warringah using Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs).
  • Team Logan City conquers challenges
    There were plenty of blisters, aching muscles and a dash of exhaustion, but there were certainly no complaints from Team Logan City.
  • White Ribbon Day 2014
    Councils across Australia are raising awareness of violence against women with many hosting White Ribbon Day events today including morning teas, luncheons and staff marches.
  • A Focus on Performance
    The Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT) is helping new mayors and councillors approach their new roles with confidence and professionalism through a numerous training opportunities.
  • Petrol-powered bikes banned on NSW roads
    Petrol-powered bicycles have been banned from accessing New South Wales roads.
  • Probe into 'double dip'
    The Local Government Association of South Australia (LGASA) is surveying all South Australian Councils to try to identify the ‘double dip’ impact of increases in the Emergency Services Levy on Council properties.
  • NSW Councils to review and enhance services
    Local Government Professionals Australia, NSW, through a new business partnership with CAMMS, is enabling councils to now access RevuMap, an intelligent and integrated service review, business improvement, benchmarking and process management tool that enables councils themselves to deliver productivity improvements and bottom line savings.
  • Roads to Recovery and Financial Assistance Grants
    Councils across Australia are currently receiving the latest instalment of the Australian Government’s Roads to Recovery and Financial Assistance Grants funding.
  • Leading and Embracing Diversity
    VicHealth and the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) will be hosting a forum titled 'Leading and Embracing Diversity: Strategies to Reduce Race-based Discrimination'.
  • Proactive approach to housing shortage
    Cook Shire Council is planning to take a proactive approach to a projected housing shortage in Cooktown after a two-day forum identified issues surrounding the local housing sector.
  • New President for Australian Local Government Association
    Mayor of the City of Joondalup Troy Pickard has been elected President of the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) at its annual general meeting.
  • Joint Organisation pilots announced
    New South Wales Minister for Local Government Paul Toole announced the five successful Joint Organisation pilots to be rolled out as part of the NSW Liberal & Nationals Government’s Fit for the Future reforms.
  • South Australia finalises elections
    South Australian councils have welcomed 18 new mayors across the state.
  • Students lay down crosses for Remembrance Day
    As a tribute to the Fremantle servicemen who died in World War One, students will lay crosses with the names of all 849 men who lived in the greater Fremantle area who never returned from the conflict.
  • Tasmanian Local Government election results
    Tasmanians have 14 new mayors across the states 29 councils following the results of the recent local government elections.

Articles

  • Gender equality
    Women’s role in Australian local governments has been given a higher profile following the results of elections and a national award.
  • 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
  • Bridging the job gap
    A state of the art industrial development in Serpentine Jarrahdale’s West Mundijong industrial area promises to deliver over 4,000 jobs during the construction phase and beyond, following the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale’s joint venture initiative with the Department of Agriculture and Food.
  • Revised State-Local Government agreement
    The Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) has signed a revised and strengthened Victorian State-Local Government Agreement (VSLGA) to create a whole-of-State-Government commitment to consult, communicate, and negotiate with local government.
  • Wheels of NSW Local Government reform in motion - President’s comment
    Local Government NSW (LGNSW) held its annual conference from 19–21 October 2014 and the topic that dominated debate was the reform of NSW councils, and the package announced by the NSW Government in September aimed at enticing councils to talk to their neighbours about merging.
  • Heart Foundation Local Government Award
    Whyalla City Council has been recognised for its contribution to tackling heart disease at the 2014 Heart Foundation Healthy Community Awards.
  • New president for Local Government Association of Tasmania
    Mayor Barry Jarvis of Dorset Council has become new President of the Local Government Association of Tasmania.
  • Councils more than roads and rubbish
    Local Government Association of South Australia (LGASA) President Mayor David O’Loughlin has said that people need to get over the myth that Councils are only responsible for roads, rates and rubbish.
  • 75th anniversary of NSW Library Act
    Shoalhaven Libraries have joined facilities across the state in celebrating the 75th anniversary of free public libraries in New South Wales.
  • Celebrating your hometown champions - The Good Oil by Rod Brown
    Driving through France last year it was quite apparent that the rural towns are travelling quite well, at least relative to ours. The weekly markets were abuzz with produce and people, and the bars and restaurants were busy. The west counties of England were much the same.
  • Sale of Civic Triangle
    South Perth is set to gain a new landmark mixed-use development following the $27.31 million sale of the South Perth ‘Civic Triangle’ site.
  • Environmental winner
    The City of Holdfast Bay has been announced as the South Australian State Winner of the Keep Australia Beautiful Sustainable City Awards for 2014.
  • Award finalist
    The Koala Connections program, a joint initiative between Tweed Shire Council and Byron Shire Council, is one of four finalists for a new Natural Environment Sustainability category for the 2014 Green Globe Awards.
  • Councillor profiles - This month from Wagait Shire Council, NT
    President Lisa Marie Stones, Wagait Shire Council, Northern Territory
  • Councillor profiles - This month from Litchfield Council, NT
    Mayor Allan McKay, Litchfield Council, Northern Territory
  • Recognising Councils high achievers - This month from Balranald Shire Council, NSW
    Aaron Drenovski, Balranald Shire Council, New South Wales
  • Recognising Councils high achievers - This month from North Sydney Council, NSW
    Strategic Planning Team, North Sydney Council, New South Wales
  • Parklet Pods
    Skips redesigned as small outdoor dining areas for cafes are being trialed in central Geelong.
  • WWI history brought to life
    Coffs Harbour Library is displaying memorabilia commemorating the tragic story of a young Australian who was one of the first 500 to sign up as soldiers at the start of World War I
  • Grand tea for grandparents
    Shoalhaven City Council has joined forces with the Nowra Family Support Service and the Council on the Ageing (COTA) NSW in hosting Grand Tea for Grandparents events last month.
  • Leadership Academy
    In 2012, Gladstone Regional Council’s Manager People and Performance developed a multi-tier approach to improving general leadership within the organisation and the way it influenced leadership in a volatile, resource driven economy.
  • Fire Awareness Project wins award
    The St Andrews Fire Awareness Project and Nillumbik Shire Council have won the Victorian State 2014 Resilient Australia Award.
  • Winter Wonderland Festival
    Mamma Carmela’s Winter Wonderland at Glenelg was a new event that was held from 28 June until 27 July 2014 positioned on the foreshore of Adelaide’s premier seaside suburb.

Editorials

  • Editorial
    This past month has seen both Local Government New South Wales (LGNSW) and the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) hold their annual conferences.

Feature: Tourism and Economic Development

  • Tourism roundtable
    Penrith Mayor Ross Fowler OAM has participated in a round table discussion with the Deputy Premier and Minister for Tourism and Major Events Andrew Stoner, Stuart Ayres Minister Assisting the Premier on Western Sydney and stakeholders from the tourism industry across Western Sydney.
  • Bore water for greener parks
    Three of Mount Isa’s parks will soon be returned to their lush, green glory while helping save the city’s valuable water supply by switching to bore water.
  • Future Directions - Adelaide City Council
    Adelaide has recently developed and adopted its own Placemaking Strategy, which provides the framework to support the creation of ‘One City, Many Places’ and enhances Adelaide’s reputation as one of the world’s great small cities.
  • Biodiversity milestone
    The City of Mandurah’s location along an ecologically sensitive waterway has meant the council has long recognised the pressures on our natural environment along with compounding social and economic pressures.
  • Environmentally-friendly horse wash down bay
    Sunshine Coast Council has completed an upgrade of the Mooloolah Pony Club wash down bay, making it one of the best facilities in the area.
  • Plan to boost jobs and investment
    The City of Joondalup recently launched its economic development strategy Expanding Horizons at its second Business Forum for 2014.
  • Activation brings people to Town
    Recently The Town of Victoria Park has been focused on activation and with an enabling attitude has facilitated community groups, encouraging them to implement several initiatives that will bring people out and about for a range of fun and engaging activities.
  • Creating generations of enjoyment*
    In 2012 Clarence City Council developed the Simmons Park Master Plan that aimed to revitalise an underutilised waterfront open space into a regional park and playground.
  • Your Dubbo business grants
    Your Dubbo business development grant winner, Adventure Watersports, has utilised their $10,000 grant to expand their offerings, purchasing new equipment to provide services for residents and visitors to maximise use of the Macquarie River throughout spring and summer.
  • Fringe World on its way
    The City of Fremantle Council has agreed to provide sponsorship to enable a ‘Fringe in Freo’ program of performances as part of Fringe World, 2015.
  • Light rail agreement
    Randwick City Council has agreed to enter into a Development Agreement with Transport for NSW (TfNSW) to assist the integration of the CBD & South East Light Rail project into Randwick City.
  • New streetscape for Beerwah
    Sunshine Coast Regional Council has officially unveiled the $5 million streetscape upgrade of Beerwah.
  • Butt Out and Help Out
    In celebration of Butt Free Day, Parramatta City Council has launched a month long campaign titled ‘Butt Out & Help Out’, which aims to raise awareness about cigarette butt littering in Parramatta and surrounding areas.
  • Best playground in Australia
    Wyong Shire Council’s playground at Canton Beach has been named as one of the best in Australia at the Parks and Leisure Australia National Awards.
  • Surfing playspace
    The City of Busselton has won the Award for Play Space (projects between $250,000 - $1 million) for its innovative new Yallingup Play Space At the 2014 Parks and Leisure Australia – WA Awards of Excellence
  • Councils investigate a strategic alliance
    Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury and Penrith Councils are exploring the options of a strategic alliance to support the region.
  • Service delivery review
    In an effort to ensure continuous improvement and the highest possible level of efficiency in service delivery, the Shire of Esperance conducted a service delivery review workshop earlier this month.
  • Tourism strategy to attract visitors to Cape York
    Aurukun Shire Council has developed a new tourism strategy to attract increased visitors to the stunning Cape York Peninsula region.
  • Get bizifyd
    The City of Unley has become the first South Australian Council to trial the Helping Young People Achieve (HYPA) Works youth employment program, Bizifyd, to support younger residents and the local business community.
  • Art of Samoan fire dancing
    The Liverpool Night markets have invited visitors to learn the art of Samoan fire dancing at free workshops.
  • Support services settle in to new home
    With the completion of construction work, Maranoa Regional Council has opened the new $2.56 million Roma Community Hub.
  • Earthco projects wins Premiers award*
    Earthco Projects Pty Ltd has won the Premier’s Regional Recognition Award in the 2014 Premier’s Sustainability Awards for fostering a climate of collaboration to transform road maintenance by using the PolyCom Stabilising Aid.