December 2014 Edition

Breaking News

  • Old Port Hedland Pioneer Cemetery restoration begins
    Restoration works that pay tribute to Port Hedland’s heritage and provide a peaceful place of reflection have commenced at Old Port Hedland Pioneer Cemetery.
  • Mayor welcomes investigation into petrol prices
    City of Greater Bendigo Mayor Councillor Peter Cox has welcomed news the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) will investigate the difference in petrol prices between country and city areas.
  • Grass grows, mowing slows
    Councils across Australia’s east coast are currently managing rapid grass growth after perfect growing conditions.
  • LGNSW accused of living in the past
    Hills Shire Mayor Councillor Andrew Jefferies has claimed Local Government NSW (LGNSW) have wasted taxpayers’ money in attempts to resist reform of the local government sector.
  • Councils pull together for communities
    Councils across the Adelaide Hills face provided vital support to police and the South Australian Country Fire Service (CFS) in efforts to bring bushfires under control.
  • Cessnock says goodbye to Samurai Blue
    After a short stay for their pre-competition training camp, the Japan National Football Team’s visit with Cessnock City Council has come to an end.
  • FIFO, water and roads top Isaac Regional Council’s State priority list
    A commitment to give Queenslanders a choice on where they live and work, as well as increased funding for important water and road infrastructure projects top Isaac Regional Council's priority list for Isaac communities in the lead up to the Queensland state election.
  • Mayor calls for ACCC to investigate petrol prices
    Greater Bendigo Mayor Peter Cox is encouraging the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to use new powers to conduct an investigation into fuel prices in Greater Bendigo.
  • Regional Alliance established
    The Shire Councils of Gingin, Dandaragan and Chittering all unanimously agreed to establish a Regional Alliance at their respective Council meetings in December.
  • Economic mission a success
    Key economic leads for Tropical North Queensland including export opportunities and a potential aviation partnership have been identified during a regional leaders’ mission to China, Hong Kong and Singapore.
  • 2014 Lake Macquarie International Children's Games wrap up
    The 2014 Lake Macquarie International Children’s Games have been full of fierce competition with athletes competing in football, swimming, sailing, athletics and water polo, as well as BMX, which has been included in the International Children’s Games for the first time.
  • LGMA appoints new National CEO
    President of Local Government Managers Australia (LGMA) National Mark Withers has announced the appointment of new CEO, Lauren Oakey.
  • Council climate change projects awarded funding
    Local Government NSW (LGNSW) and the Office of Environment (OEH) have announced the successful recipients of the first round of funding to the Building Resilience to Climate Change Grants, totalling $432,500.
  • Amalgamation discussions begin
    The Tasmanian State Government has begun formal discussions with councils about voluntary amalgamations.

Articles

Editorials

  • Editorial
    The last 12 months for local government have been rife with debate over funding.

Feature: Business Efficiency and Sustainability

  • Building on sustainability
    Mornington Shire Council in Queensland is building a more sustainable future by integrating measures to ensure their core objective remains focused towards innovative infrastructure needs and economic development.
  • Probity Without Paper: MAV uses e-Procurement Toolsets for Better Outcomes*
    Most procurement professionals would agree that robust competition and quality submissions are the desired end-game for the tendering process. So it stands to reason that a key objective for any tendering activity is to ensure that tender advertisements reach as many relevant suppliers as possible - as early as possible.
  • Future Directions - Kiama Municipal Council
    Kiama Council’s NBN IT Manager John Holland has been leading in his field for his instrumental role in the conceptualisation, planning and delivery of Kiama Council’s online project ‘Kiama Connect’.
  • Rock e Plan
    Rockhampton Regional Council’s Rock e Plan is poised to become Council’s one stop shop for all things planning.
  • Efficiency provides return for Councils
    South Australian Councils will receive almost $5 million in special performance bonuses this year from the Local Government Association of South Australian (LGASA) workers’ compensation, public liability and asset insurance arrangements.
  • Responding to Climate Change
    The City of Rockingham has some of the most beautiful coastline in Western Australia, which means it is in the front line of the potential threats of climate change.
  • Helping councils stay green*
    One of Melbourne’s major city councils has turned to Toro Australia to help it improve and maintain its sports grounds, parks and gardens.
  • Free process library for Councils
    Local councils throughout Australia are gaining free access to a new online library that allows them to share their process knowledge and experience with other councils.
  • Pay fines with food
    As part of Hobsons Bay City Council’s sixth Food for fines program, libraries are accepting food such as tinned fruit and vegetables as payment for overdue charges.
  • Innovative data collection technology
    Mornington Peninsula Shire has recently implemented a new approach to asset data management that integrates and streamlines the processes of gathering and recording asset data.
  • Not-for-profit financial services*
    The Australian Public Service Benevolent Society (APS Benefits) is a not for profit co-operative that provides a wide range of financial and professional services to all current and ex-government department employees and contractors, their families and friends.
  • Sister city agreement
    The City of Onkaparinga has recently signed a sister city agreement with Changli and a memorandum of understanding with Luzhou, and is forging strong business links in Beijing and Shenzhen.
  • Redevelopment of business systems
    Mackay regional council is undergoing a major redevelopment of its systems and processes to modernise its business practices and deliver efficient and effective customer services.
  • NSW Large Employer of the Year
    Wyong Shire Council took out the NSW Large Employer of the Year Award and was the only government finalist in the prestigious competition.
  • Sowing the seeds of excellence
    Logan’s Shailer Pioneer Park is regarded as one of Queensland’s best, having picked up an Award for Excellence in the Parks and Open Space Development category at the Parks and Leisure Australia (Qld Region) annual awards in May.
  • Funding shored up for river walls
    The City of South Perth has welcomed the State Government announcement of $500,000 in funding to repair and replace the Swan River walls along the South Perth Foreshore.
  • Lighting up the LED market*
    Australasian LED Pty Ltd is lighting up the Industrial LED market and is fast becoming the champion for switched on Australian and New Zealand consumers.
  • Works begin at North Bank
    The first stage of Launceston City Council’s redevelopment works at the North Bank site have begun with the commencement of foreshore remediation works to rehabilitate the degraded river edge.
  • Customer Service Network Forum
    Cessnock City Council Customer Service Coordinator, Trevor Martin, has hosted this year’s Local Government Customer Service Network Forum.
  • Resilience triumphant
    South Australian Councils have been named Climate Change Champions for the second year in a row.
  • Better beach emergency services
    Surf Coast Shire Council is replacing existing emergency marker signs in the Bells Beach Surfing Recreation Reserve to meet new government standards and improve emergency response times.
  • Dumpers caught on camera
    Illegal dumpers will be caught in the act, following the installation of six CCTV cameras at known dumping hotspots in Randwick City Council.
  • Solar Farm construction begins
    Mayor of Moree Plains Shire Council Katrina Humphries has turned the first sod of dirt of Moree’s Solar Farm development.
  • Graduates of ACELG local government degrees “Fit for the Future”*
    Said Dr Tim Robinson, Director of Sector Engagement and Teaching at the Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government (ACELG) at a graduation ceremony at the University of Technology, Sydney last month.
  • Revolving Sustainability Fund
    South Gippsland Shire Council has recently completed an ambitious project of upgrading streetlights across the municipality.
  • Rural shire wins state tourism award
    Murrindindi Shire Council has won Tourism Victoria’s Local Government Award for Tourism.
  • Redevelopment for Community Centre
    Brimbank City Council is taking the next step towards seeing the $8.9 million redevelopment of Errington Community Centre.

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