Three decades of service celebrated
Deputy Mayor Russell Lutton (Division 2) and Animals and City Standards Committee Chair, Councillor Graham Able (Division 5) have become the City of Logan’s longest serving Councillors.
City of Fremantle wins national gold
A unique revitalisation strategy, an award-winning festival and events program, planning scheme amendments, an innovative ‘Fremantle. Be part of the story’ marketing program and the growth of quality visitor services and initiatives has resulted in a gold victory for the City of Fremantle at the 2014 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards.
MAV wins violence prevention award
The Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) has won a prestigious international award for its ‘Prevention of Violence Against Women - Leading Change in the Victorian local lovernment Sector’ booklet.
Q ANZAC 100 workshops
Libraries in the Fraser Coast Regional Council area will host free workshops for heritage organisations and residents interested in the preservation of war history, in particular from the First World War.
Koala Connections milestone
The 50,000th Koala Connections tree was recently planted by volunteers in Pottsville as part of the Tweed Byron Koala Connections project.
IMAG_NE a revitalised city centre
A new piece of temporary artwork is encouraging Mackay Regional Council residents to imagine what the City Centre will look like once the revitalisation project is finished later this year.
LGASA CEO new Kangaroo Island Commissioner
The President of the Local Government Association of South Australia (LGASA), Mayor David O'Loughlin said it was with much regret that he accepted a letter of resignation from 'our long serving and highly regarded CEO Wendy Campana'.
ALGA welcomes Tax Discussion Paper
The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) has welcomed the release of the Commonwealth's Tax Discussion Paper and the process to review the way Australia's taxation revenue is collected.
Plight of the pensioners
The Local Government Association of South Australia (LGASA) has launched a statewide petition calling on the South Australian Parliament to commit to maintain and index concessions on Council rates.
Mining related councils get pre-election pitches
The Association of Mining Related Councils (AMRC) in Sydney has heard from both, the Minister for Resources and Energy, the Hon. Anthony Roberts and Shadow Minister for Regional Infrastructure and Services; Regional and Rural Affairs, and Western NSW, the Hon. Mick Veitch MLC at a meeting prior to the NSW State election.
Harmony Day 2015
Councils across Australia are celebrating the 15th annual Harmony Day this Saturday, March 21 2015.
Australia's first nationally heritage listed city
Broken Hill’s outstanding significance to the nation for its role in creating enormous wealth, its enduring and continuing mining, importance to industrial relations and unionism, community resilience and ingenuity as well as its mining and outback landscape has been recognised though a city wide heritage listing.
Major rail investment
Rail Freight Alliance Chair, Councillor Mark Byatt welcomed the multimillion-dollar commitment from the Victoria State Government to upgrades of the Mildura rail network.
Council achieves 5 Green Star rating
Wollongong City Council’s Administration Building in Burelli Street has become the first building in Australia to achieve a 5 Star Green Star Performance rating, signifying ‘Australian Excellence’.
Agreement to build healthy partnership
Improved health and wellbeing within the community is the core aim under a formalised agreement between Cairns Regional Council (CRC) and the Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service (CHHHS).
2015 Heart Foundation Local Government Awards*
The Heart Foundation Local Government Awards recognise and showcase councils who are working to improve heart health through building a sense of community, encouraging people to be physically active, be smoke-free and make healthy food choices.
Regional capitals under microscope
Australia’s regional capitals will soon be put under the microscope, after the Senate announced an Inquiry into the growth and economic potential of regional capitals.
Bringing swimming back to the river
A new initiative launched by the Parramatta River Catchment Group (PRCG), Our Living River, is on a mission to bring back swimming to the entire Parramatta River by 2025.
Where is the community fund?
Interface Councils has called on the Labor Government to follow through on its election commitment for a dedicated fund that would support community infrastructure and get young people living in Melbourne’s outer suburbs moving.
Cashing in on events
Sunshine Coast businesses are making the most of their opportunity to capitalise on the region’s reputation as a leading destination for major events.
Council adopts fit for future initiative
The City of Ryde has endorsed the implementation of a range of actions to proactively respond to the Minister for Local Government’s ‘Fit for the Future’ initiative.
Peri Urban Councils seek a better deal
The Peri Urban Group of Rural Councils has called on the Federal Government to direct funds towards improving the key roads and bridges along with mobile and internet access across the Victorian peri urban region in their 2015/16 Budget.
Searching for Gallipoli connections
Murwillumbah’s Returned Services League sub branch is searching for Tweed residents who have relatives involved in the Gallipoli landing, for a special centenary commemoration on ANZAC Day.
Streamlined Local Environmental Plan
Penrith Council has welcomed the approval of its new streamlined Local Environmental Plan (LEP), which means Penrith can continue its transformation into an economic powerhouse of Western Sydney, while retaining lifestyle and environmental standards.
Summer Series attracts big numbers
More than 88,000 people attended the Hills Shire Council Summer Series of Events, which has been heralded as an outstanding success by Hills Shire Mayor Councillor Andrew Jefferies.
Big boost in childcare centres
The opening of two new facilities in a week by Leichhardt Municipal Council has provided a boost to quality Sydney Inner West childcare.
Mayor returns from East Timor visit
Mayor Councillor Peter Cox says great progress is being made in the Maubisse region of East Timor but more work needs to be done to improve health, education and water quality.
Leading the way in CCTV
Logan City Council’s continued commitment and investment in community safety will be reinforced this month with the opening of a new $1.2 million state-of-art safety camera monitoring room.
The fear of tech-led redundancy in procurement*
It’s impossible to deny the power of technology as a worthy substitute for manual, process-driven tasks. Over the years the computer has replaced the typewriter, the keycard has replaced the bank cheque and the email has replaced the fax – and alongside this change, there’s a constant fear that we might be the next to go due to the adoption of the next shiny new gizmo.
Council reducing emissions and odour
Blue Mountains City Council has fired up a state of the art Landfill Gas Management system at Blaxland Waste Management Facility, to capture landfill gas emissions and help reduce odour at the City’s only landfill.
NCS Chameleon acquires infoXpert*
NCS Chameleon Limited, a software and services business focused primarily on the Public Sector is pleased to announce it has acquired infoXpert Pty Ltd. Following the acquisition infoXpert will merge with NCS Chameleon, further strengthening NCS Chameleon’s position as a significant software and services group across the ANZ market. The merger will be effective from the 9 March 2015.
CCTV helps protect lives and property
The City of Sydney’s CCTV operators tipped off police three times a day last year as they viewed footage of incidents about to unfold, helping to protect the public and giving law enforcers the jump on criminals.
Head in the cloud
In less than 12 months the City of Nedlands in the western suburbs of Perth has seen an IT transformation.
Interactive mapping site
Whitehorse City Council has launched a new interactive mapping site called Whitehorse Maps, which has replaced the previous Mapping – GIS Online site.
Challenge of community engagement
Aurukun Shire Council is overcoming the challenge of community engagement in a remote area of Australia by successfully engaging with its residents via social media.
Exciting changes coming with GIS
Burdekin Shire Council’s Geographic Information System (GIS) is being upgraded in an effort to make it work more efficiently, both in the office and out in the field.
New software in procurement process
An important step was taken in the Maranoa Regional Council procurement process review when it was resolved that a new software system would be acquired as part of a suite of initiatives to increase the efficiency of purchasing activities.
Fraser Coast Libraries are embracing the digital age following the launch of new Emerging Technology equipment in the Children’s Areas in Hervey Bay and Maryborough branches.
Big season set to launch
The community will be treated to a range of exciting and diverse performances in 2015 as the Broome Civic Centre launches a bumper new season, along with a new booking website and logo.
Free cuppa for drivers
Drivers travelling along western New South Wales region roads over the next three months are being encouraged to stop, take a break and receive a free cuppa.
New trucks hit Mackay region roads
New waste and recycling vehicles will enhance Mackay Regional Council’s waste collection services are fitted with the latest in waste collection technology, plus are decked out with professional photograph’s of Mackay’s natural assets to help promote the region.