April 2015 Edition

Breaking News

  • We’re shovel-ready
    Moorabool Shire Council in Victoria is campaigning for the State and Federal governments to fund the Bacchus Marsh package of road works.
  • Budget boost for roads.
    Local Government associations across Australia have welcomed additional funding measures in the 2015 Federal Budget, but have warned the ongoing indexation of the Financial Assistance Grants continues to put pressure on local budgets.
  • Graffiti Act to better reflect cost to community
    The WA Local Government Association (WALGA) has welcomed the proposed Graffiti Vandalism Enforcement Act, which will increase police powers, improve provision for clean-up orders and introduce greater fines and punishment for serial offenders.
  • Every hand helps
    To coincide with National Volunteers Week (11-15 May), Fraser Coast Regional Council Mayor Gerard O’Connell has officially opened the photographic exhibition ‘Every Hand Helps’ at Gatakers Artspace.
  • Wollongong hosts Australia Local Government Women’s Association NSW Conference
    Rain clouds over the Illawarra’s beautiful beaches didn’t cloud the Australian Local Government Women’s Association (ALGWA) NSW Conference held in Wollongong over the first weekend in May.
  • Boost for infrastructure but road funding unsure
    The Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) has welcomed the State Government’s significant investment in local infrastructure as part of theState Budget, but voiced concern about how funding for regional and rural roads will be allocated.
  • Reform reimbursement claim
    West Australian Local Governments have applied for $5.4 million to reimburse their costs relating to the recently abandoned Metropolitan Local Government Reform process.
  • Communities having their say
    South Australian Councils are currently looking to their communities for comment on draft budgets and business plans.
  • Kindergarten funding win
    The Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) has welcomed the Federal Government’s funding boost of $840 million nationally for the continuation of 15 hours of kindergarten for the next two years.
  • Pledge to consult on natural disaster funding
    Queensland councils have welcomed the Abbott Government’s move to consult widely before responding to a Productivity Commission proposal to drastically slash natural disaster recovery funding.
  • LGANT welcomes budget
    Local Government Association of the Northern Territory (LGANT) President Damien Ryan has welcomed the Northern Territority Government Budget announcements.
  • NSW Local Government Excellence Awards
    The New South Wales Local Government Excellence Awards were held on Thursday April 23 with over 300 attendees present to celebrate a night of professional recognition.
  • Acting CEO announced
    Mark Searle, former CEO of the City of Marion, has been appointed as Acting CEO to the Local Government Association of South Australia.
  • Praise for storm heroes
    Hornsby Shire Mayor Steve Russell has thanked the Council and SES workers who were exemplary in their response to New South Wales’ recent once-in-a-decade storm.
  • FIFO inquiry submissions encouraged by Mayor
    Mayor of Queensland’s largest mining region, Anne Baker, is seizing the opportunity to lodge a submission to the state government’s inquiry into Fly-In, Fly-Out (FIFO) workforce practices, and is encouraging the community and local businesses to do the same.
  • Alice Springs: Then & Now
    Alice Springs Town Council has hosted several events to commemorate ANZAC Day.
  • Coo-ee March in Hobart
    All members of the public will be encouraged to participate in a Centenary of ANZAC event through the Coo-ee March as part of the commemorations in the City of Hobart.
  • New art installation charts WW1’s toll on Orange
    Orange Regional Gallery will host a major art installation by acclaimed local artist Victor Gordon, to commemorate World War 1 and the centenary of the Gallipoli landing.
  • South East Queensland waterways on the mend
    The Council of Mayors South East Queensland (SEQ) is inviting the Federal Government to join the Resilient Rivers initiative, a coalition of government and water entities, to fix South East Queensland’s waterways and catchments.
  • Significance of the ANZAC legend honoured
    To kick off Heritage Month, Sunshine Coast Division 1 Councillor Rick Baberowski officially launched the ‘Far From This Land’ exhibition, which commemorates the First World War’s 100th anniversary at Landsborough Museum.
  • Prospect: A Portrait of A City At War
    The Prospect Gallery will be hosting an exhibition titled ‘Prospect: A City At War’ showing a snapshot of the City during World War I.
  • Fremantle’s soldiers honoured for ANZAC centenary
    One hundred years on from the Gallipoli landings, the City of Fremantle will honour Fremantle’s fallen servicemen with Western Australia’s only World War One plaque unveiling on ANZAC Day.
  • Lighting projections to commemorate ANZAC centenary
    The City of Greater Geelong has projected moving images onto the Geelong Town Hall in a special tribute to commemorate the ANZAC centenary.
  • Ensure you are immunised for World Immunisation Week
    The City of Casey is stressing the importance of immunisations and encouraging residents to ensure they are up-to-date with their vaccinations in the lead up to World Immunisation Week.
  • Rates confusion looms
    Outgoing Local Government Association of South Australia (LGASA) President Mayor David O'Loughlin has warned that thousands of Council rates notices may need to be pulped if legislation regarding pensioner concessions on rates is not finalised.



  • Editorial
    In February, Local Government Professionals had more than 800 attendees at their annual conference in Melbourne.

Feature: FOCUS on Engineering & Public Works

  • Funding to flow following Canberra delegation
    The future of South East Queensland’s (SEQ) waterways is looking clearer following successful discussions by the SEQ Mayors in Canberra.
  • NCCs 10th Biennial Bushfire Conference
    More than 200 delegates, including a large contingent from local government, will come to Sydney for the 10th biennial Bushfire Conference to be held on the 26th & 27th May.
  • Future Directions - City of Fremantle
    Fremantle looks to the future with new Integrated Transport Strategy
  • New ponds for Gungahlin
    Australian Capital Territory legislative assembly member Meegan Fitzharris joined members of the local school and Indigenous communities and the Gungahlin community Council to officially launch the Gungahlin Valley Ponds.
  • Collaboration underpins benefits from C-ITS*
    Technology and information systems are reshaping our society: how we interact with each other, how we keep informed about what’s happening in the world and how we go about our lives.
  • Vital considerations for roadside electronic equipment*
    It’s crucial for roadside equipment to be well designed and carefully manufactured with reliable performance and long service life, or it will become very costly to maintain and may need to be replaced much sooner than intended.
  • Rural councils seek new way forward
    Rural councils are working together to develop new ideas and approaches to secure their financial and operational futures and the economic and social futures of their communities.
  • Queens Park receives a royal upgrade*
    In 2009, a Masterplan for Queens Park was developed by the City of Greater Geelong (CoGG) with much community and stakeholder input, identifying many opportunities for development.
  • The war on street signs
    Mosman Council has tackled the abundance of signs in urban areas by removing more than 450 signs in recent months.
  • Bridge funding reallocated
    As a result of recent bridge assessments and identified risks, Cessnock City Council has reallocated funds in the 2014/15 Operational Plan to undertake works on five newly listed bridges in the 2014/15 Bridge Construction Program.
  • New pool taking shape
    Cairns Regional Council is currently undertaking preparation works for a 50m International Swimming Federation (FINA)-accredited swimming pool.
  • Leading development application times
    Wyong Shire Council has the quickest turnaround time for development applications (DA) when compared to similar group 7 Councils and the second quickest of all councils in the Sydney region according to a recent report.
  • JRA Datashare Professional*
    Councils are under pressure to meet increasing expectations with declining revenues and many are reporting a financial sustainability problem.
  • Narrabeen Lagoon trail construction
    Warringah Council has recently completed the multi-use trail around Narrabeen Lagoon, allowing pedestrians and cyclist to circumnavigate Sydney’s largest coastal lagoon for the first time.
  • Road revitalisation minimises environmental impact
    A more environmentally-friendly technique for road slip stabilisation will be used by Council for the first time to restore two frequently-used roads in Tweed Shire.
  • Water bottle refill stations promoting sustainability*
    Local governments providing the public with an alternative water source to disposable plastic bottles
  • Glowing progress on bulk street lighting changeover
    More than 1,700 streetlights in Baw Baw Shire have had globes replaced with energy efficient LED lights since November.
  • Roads roll out
    The Hills Shire Council has reached two new milestones with the laying down of the Shire’s 1,000th kilometre of road and the completion of line marking for one of its wards.
  • Green Army hits Eastfield Park
    A Green Army team commenced work at Eastfield Park, Croydon, where they will carry out a variety of works as part of the Eastfield Park Rehabilitation & Revegetation Project.
  • Open day opens the way*
    The Cootamundra Soil Recycling Facility (SRF) conducted a very successful open day for interested people to walk the site and have the process of soil remediation explained in detail.
  • Council switches to solar
    The Hamilton Indoor Leisure and Aquatic Centre (HILAC) is leading by example and using solar power to reduce its carbon footprint and contribute to a healthier community.
  • Raphael Park floodlighting upgrade
    The Town of Victoria Park has provided an illuminating experience for community members and junior sporting clubs, with the launch of six new floodlighting towers at Raphael Park.
  • Delivering high quality water
    The Burdekin Shire Council has delivered higher quality water to residents living in Ayr and Brandon following the construction of a new pipeline and bore field.
  • Uptipity open for business
    The City of Launceston has officially opened the newly redeveloped Launceston Waste Centre, including new re-sale shop Uptipity.
  • Waste under control
    The City of Boroondara has recently purchased a new yard tractor to handle waste transfers to its busy waste and recycling depot in Victoria.
  • Recover your unsealed roads without re-sheeting*
    Re-sheeting was once the norm when maintaining unsealed roads.