February 2015 Edition

Breaking News

  • Seniors Week inspires the community
    As part of Seniors Week 2015, Parramatta City Council will host a range of free events to provide seniors with the opportunity to engage with the community, express themselves and share unique stories and experiences.
  • Valuation Changes Only Half the Story on Mining Tenements
    The Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA) has stated that legislation to reduce rent and rate increases amongst mining tenement holders fails to also address non-payment of legitimate Local Government rates.
  • Heavy vehicle projects funded
    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss has announced the successful projects in the Australian Government's Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program.
  • Public transport & roads number one election issue
    The Shore Regional Organisation of Councils (SHOROC) is calling local candidates for the NSW Election to demonstrate how they plan to fix the transport problems of the Northern Beaches and North Shore regions.
  • Visitors to NSW injecting $53,000 into the State’s economy every second
    Visitors to NSW pump $53,000 into the State’s economy every second – $3.2 million per hour, every hour, each and every day of the year, the LGNSW 2015 Tourism Conference was told.
  • Councils receive $117 million for Roads to Recovery
    Councils nationwide have received $117 million under the Australian Government’s Roads to Recovery Programme to assist with local road construction and maintenance.
  • Council Concern at Misconduct Risk
    Identification of potential risks of misconduct in processes employed by some of the larger metropolitan Councils will benefit Local Governments across Western Australia according to the Western Australia Local Government Association (WALGA).
  • Audit highlights financial challenges for Victoria’s local councils
    The Victorian Auditor-General John Doyle has tabled the Local Government: Results of the 2013–14 Audits report.
  • Audit finds support for local councils inadequate and out of date
    Victorian Auditor-General John Doyle has released the Effectiveness of Support for Local Government report, finding that support activities available to councils are ‘inadequate and out of date’.
  • Ceremony to honour Faith Bandler
    A local ceremony will be held to pay respect to former Tumbulgum and Murwillumbah resident Faith Bandler, a South Sea Islander regarded as one of the world's most influential women.
  • ALGA sets priorities for year ahead
    The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) has established its priorities for the year ahead, with the restoration of indexation of Financial Assistance Grants (FAGs) on top of the agenda.
  • Isaac welcomes FIFO review
    As Mayor of the largest mining region in Queensland hosting two 100 percent fly in, fly out (FIFO) mines, Anne Baker has strongly welcomed Labor’s review of the conditions that allow for 100 percent FIFO workforces.
  • MAV welcomes childcare report
    The Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) has welcomed the Productivity Commission (PC) report into Childcare and Early Childhood Learning, which supports continued Commonwealth investment in preschool programs.
  • Cultural Diversity Week celebrations
    Hobsons Bay City Council is celebrating Cultural Diversity Week with a week of fun and engaging cultural activities across the municipality from March 14 -22.
  • Residents have their say on Randwick city's future
    Randwick City Council has received over 2,000 survey responses in the first week of its extensive community consultation program that asks residents and ratepayers to have their say on the future of the City of Randwick.
  • Reform Vision More Important Than Ever
    The Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA) has called for a clear vision for the future of local government, after the Western Australia State government’s announcement they will step away from many aspects of their metropolitan council boundary reform process.
  • Troy Cassar-Daley and Paul Kelly in Moree for Freedom Ride Celebrations
    Organisers of the 50th Anniversary of the Moree Freedom Ride Celebrations are hosting a free concert with entertainers Troy Cassar-Daley and Paul Kelly on Friday February 20 2015.
  • Australia’s economic and workforce powerhouse
    The Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government (ACELG), based at the University of Technology Sydney, has launched Australia’s first, extensive profile of the local government workforce.
  • Round 3 of Financial Assistance Grants in council coffers
    Local governments across Australia will bank $575 million in untied Australian Government grants as part of the next payment of the Financial Assistance Grant programme.
  • Mid Murray Mayor elected next LGASA president
    Mid Murray Council Mayor Dave Burgess will take the helm of the Local Government Association of South Australia (LGASA) for the next two years from May 1 2015.
  • LGAQ ready to work with new government
    The Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) has announced it is gearing up to pursue a range of outstanding political and policy issues with the incoming Palaszczuk government.

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    Death and taxes aside, there isn't much for Australians to be certain about in our current political climate.

Feature: Human Resource Management, OH&S

  • Perfect WorkCover score
    WorkCover auditors have given Lake Macquarie City Council what they believe to be an unprecedented perfect score on its most recent workplace health and safety audit.
  • Local Government National Awards*
    The 2015 National Awards for Local Government (the Awards) are well underway and submissions are being accepted until 27 February 2015.
  • Young leaders appointed
    Nine young people from the Southern Downs have been appointed to the Southern Downs Young Leaders Program and are looking forward to bringing exciting initiatives to the region as well as tackling youth issues.
  • Future Directions - City of Darwin
    City of Darwin is on a journey to map and grow our constructive work culture.
  • Calls for community to support jobseekers
    Greater Bendigo City Council Mayor Peter Cox is calling on the community to support jobseekers into employment.
  • Digital future with paid parking app
    The City of Gold Coast continues to lead the digital way with the introduction of world-class pay-by-app parking technology.
  • Commitment to prevention of family violence
    Mornington Peninsula Shire Council has formally committed to the prevention of family violence across the peninsula and is developing a three-year prevention implementation plan as part of a broader Community Harm Prevention Strategy.
  • Trainees celebrate final step
    Sixteen trainees celebrated the completion of their certificates with Isaac Regional Council last year.
  • Work inspirations for students
    For three days in September, Wodonga Council was the new workplace for 25 local Year 10 students.
  • Council sponsors student to experience rural life
    In February 2014, Tenterfield Shire Council resolved to participate in the Bush Bursary/Country Women’s Association Scholarship Scheme, which allows a medical student to spend two weeks of rural placement in a Council area.
  • Traineeships demonstrate reconciliation in action
    Malcolm Saunderson is a 19-year-old Kurnai Gunai man from Victoria who says his three-year traineeship with Lismore City Council has set him up for life.
  • National awards for public participation
    The City of Greater Geraldton has won three major awards at the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) Australasia’s 2014 Core Values Awards ceremony in Sydney for Australasian ‘Project of the Year’, ‘Best Planning Project’ in Australasia and ‘Best Research Project’ in Australasia.
  • Fighting the rural brain drain
    The City of Mount Gambier is showing the way to providing career pathways and opportunities for local young people.
  • The power of a not-for-profit*
    Accounting, financial planning, mortgage broking, insurance, personal loans and wills are some of the services that the Australian Public Service Benevolent Society (APS Benefits) offers its members.
  • Grants to help neighbours get together
    Brimbank City Council is encouraging residents to get to know their neighbours by offering grants for activities that will bring people together on annual Neighbour Day on Sunday 29 March.
  • Safety awareness and loud sirens
    Police officers and firemen have entertained and inspired children aged three to eight years old at the City of Melville’s annual Safety and Sirens event.
  • Stepping into the world of directorship
    The Queensland Central Highlands’ peak non-profit organisations have come together to better understand the legal, financial and ethical responsibilities of company directorship and contemporary corporate governance.
  • Road maintenance critical challenge*
    Australia relies on road transport more than any other nation in the world, on a per capita basis.
  • Australias economic and workforce powerhouse*
    The Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government (ACELG), based at the University of Technology Sydney, is launching Australia’s first, extensive profile of the local government workforce.
  • Businesses asked to Keep It Clear!
    Wollongong City Council is asking all business owners and retailers to help provide easy access for all people through the Keep It Clear campaign.
  • Maddocks Local Government Young Planner Award
    Janine Speedy, Strategic Planner at Moonee Valley City Council, has been awarded the Maddocks Local Government Young Planner Award for 2014.
  • Council backs jobs strategy
    Orange City Council has endorsed a new strategy aimed at creating jobs in the Orange region.
  • New face for local youth services
    The Shire of Augusta Margaret River has welcomed Margaret River Senior High School graduate Molly Ryan into the role of Community Development Trainee, a bursary position awarded to a local young person every 12 months.
  • Casserole Club connecting the community
    The City of Boroondara is recruiting cooks and diners to take part in Casserole Club, an innovative meals sharing pilot program that originated in the United Kingdom.