May 2015 Edition

Breaking News

  • LGASA: ‘Substance not spin on planning reform’
    The Property Council SA has released a report that from their own research shows South Australia rates as the equal second best performing State in development and planning.
  • Encouragement for Red Hill Mine approval
    Isaac Regional Mayor Anne Baker has said she is optimistic the State Government is listening to the concerns of regional Queenslanders and the considering negative impacts of 100 percent forced Fly-in Fly-Out (FIFO) following a meeting with the State Development and Natural Resources and Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham and the Coordinator General.
  • Australian Government responds to FIFO report
    The Australian Government has released its response to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Regional Australia report ‘Cancer of the bush or salvation for our cities? Fly-in, fly-out and drive-in, drive-out workforce practices in Regional Australia’.
  • Fit for the Future timeline criticized by LGNSW
    The release of the final Fit for the Future assessment methodology on Friday 5 June leaves just 15 working days for Councils to complete submissions that will be instrumental in determining their future existence, Local Government NSW (LGNSW) has said.
  • Clarence City Council to investigate amalgamations
    Clarence City Council in Tasmania has adopted a series of strict principles to guide its consideration of possible voluntary amalgamation or resource sharing with an adjoining council or councils.
  • Vale Mayor Barry Jarvis
    The Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT) has announced that it is shocked and saddened to hear the news that President Mayor Barry Jarvis passed away yesterday.
  • LEAF celebrates Logan’s green successes
    Inspiration for a greener way of living has been found at this year’s Logan Eco Action Festival (LEAF), with thousands of people enjoying the popular sustainable lifestyle event at Griffith University’s Logan Campus on Sunday May 31.
  • Students provided with Youth Services Information Card
    Burdekin high school students will this week receive a card that could save their life, according to Burdekin Shire Council’s Community Development Manager Tony Vaccaro.
  • Voyage of sustainability drops anchor in Redland City
    Raby Bay Harbour has hosted a fusion of cultures as a traditional Polynesian canoe was welcomed to the Redlands by the area's Traditional Owners, the Quandamooka People.
  • Reconciliation Action Plan ratified
    The Local Government Association of South Australia's Reconciliation Action Plan has been approved by Reconciliation Australia.
  • New LGMA National President announced
    Local Government Managers Australia (LGMA) National has named Dr Shayne Silcox as the 2015 LGMA National Board president, with predecessor Mark Wither’s 12-month presidency complete.
  • National Simultaneous Storytime
    Australia’s largest storytelling session was held today, Wednesday May 27, with a picture book read simultaneously at over 3000 locations throughout the country.
  • National Sorry Day 2015
    Parramatta City Council has held a flag raising ceremony to commemorate National Sorry Day today, Tuesday May 26.
  • Take the pledge for Fatality Free Friday
    The Fatality Free Friday campaign is an initiative to bring attention to the role people can all play in making Australia's roads safer every day of the year.
  • Council funding to support disability infrastructure
    Local Governments in Western Australia will be able to apply for funding to support new infrastructure designed to assist people with a disability.
  • Round two of the National Stronger Regions Fund open
    Local councils and incorporated not-for-profit organisations can now apply for funding of between $20,000 and $10 million for capital infrastructure projects under Round Two of the $1 billion National Stronger Regions Fund.
  • Council calls heeded in WA state budget
    The WA Local Government Association (WALGA) has announced it believes that local governments have been spared some of the more serious consequences of the State’s grim economic position and validates the sector’s ongoing advocacy for a fairer deal.
  • Pensioner concessions covered
    The Local Government Association of South Australia's (LGASA) campaign to protect South Australia's pensioners from bill shock, has had a winning outcome with the State Government announcing it would cover pensioner concessions on Council rates.
  • LGANT welcomes $33.2 million of funding
    LGANT President Damien Ryan has welcomed the $33.2 million of untied federal funding for local government in the Northern Territory as part of the fourth quarterly round of payments under the Financial Assistance Grants programme.
  • Pushing the button on problem gambling
    With an average of $662 lost to pokies per person in Hobsons Bay each year, Council is taking action on problem gambling.
  • Financial Assistance Grants paid out
    Local governments around the country have received a $575 million boost after the Australian Government made the fourth quarterly round of payments under its four-year $9.3 billion the Financial Assistance Grants programme.

Articles

  • What cost pokies?
    Councils are looking to have a greater say in where electronic gaming machines (EGM) are placed in their communities, with recent research suggesting that the tests used to determine licenses approved are poorly defined.
  • 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
  • Tasmanian councils discuss reform
    Mayors and general managers from Northern Midlands, West Tamar and Meander Valley Councils met on 1 April to discuss Local Government reform, having had individual discussions regarding voluntary amalgamations and resource sharing with Tasmanian Treasurer and Minister for Planning and Local Government Peter Gutwein in February.
  • Stand against domestic violence
    Blue Mountains City Council took a different approach to voting on a council motion at its recent meeting.
  • COAG Leaders Retreat adds momentum to Federation debate
    The decision by COAG at its meeting on 17 April to agree to a Leaders Retreat in July to consider Federation and Taxation reform signals the commitment of all parties to look seriously at options for reform in how services are delivered with the objective of improving outcomes for all Australians.
  • Canberra Region tells a story - Presidents comment
    Canberra and South East New South Wales have a unique relationship due to our geographic proximity and shared vision for our region.
  • Cyclone shelter planned
    Northern Territory Chief Minister Adam Giles says plans are underway to build a cyclone shelter at Warruwi in the wake of two evacuations since February.
  • Boost to regions water security
    Deputy Premier of New South Wales and Regional Infrastructure minister Troy Grant, State Water Minister Kevin Humphries and Member for Orange Andrew Gee have announced $38 million in funding to build two new water pipelines in central west New South Wales.
  • Darebin councillor wins McArthur Fellowship
    The Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) has announced that Darebin City councillor Bo Li has been awarded the McArthur Local Government Fellowship.
  • Opportunity for local expertise for Inland Rail tenders
    The Vice Chair of the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail Alliance (MBIRA) and Moree Plains Shire Council’s Deputy Mayor Councillor Sue Price is excited that the first round of tenders has opened as part of the planning for the key segments of the Narrabri to North Star and Parkes to Narromine sections of the Inland Rail project.
  • Innovation in Procurement and Economic Development*
    Did you know that your Council may be part of a multi-award winning initiative that is leading the way in procurement reform and simplification? In fact, it's won a lot of awards, and leap frogged corporate and other levels of government as leaders in best practice and innovation. Find out why and how the latest release is now helping local economic development.
  • Strengthening your regional voice - The Good Oil by Rod Brown
    It’s a common lament from councillors that you need to be in a marginal seat to get any political traction.
  • Council welcomes shared–user pathway funding
    Shoalhaven City Council Mayor, Joanna Gash has welcomed a funding announcement by Member for South Coast, Shelley Hancock that will allow construction of two shared–user pathways in the south of the City.
  • Cultural precinct named Bunjil Place
    Bunjil Place has been revealed as the official name of the Casey Cultural Precinct.
  • Councillor profiles - This month from Whitsunday Regional Council, QLD
    Mayor Jennifer Whitney, Whitsunday Regional Council, Queensland
  • ALGWA Pathways to Success 2015
    The Australian Local Government Women’s Association (ALGWA) is inviting attendees to book now for its 2015 Pathways to Success conference taking place in the Central Victorian township of Seymour.
  • Councillor profiles - This month from Goondiwindi Regional Council, QLD
    Mayor Graeme Scheu, Goondiwindi Regional Council, Queensland
  • Crisis housing under new management
    A homelessness accommodation and support service in Maranoa will remain open after a solution for the service’s future was brokered between the Queensland Government and Maranoa Regional Council.
  • Coastal adaptation group
    The Peron Naturaliste Partnership (PNP), of which the City of Busselton is a member, has won an Australian Coastal Award for Climate Adaptation at the 2015 Australian Coastal Council’s Conference.
  • Celebrating the environment through art
    Sunshine Coast Council has announced a brand new environment award in the Sunshine Coast Art Prize, offering a cash prize of $10,000.
  • Council supports lease extension for Bli Bli land
    Sunshine Coast Council has agreed to enter into a 30 year trustee lease and provide a letter of support to the Descendants of Australian South Sea Islanders Inc. over a parcel of land located at David Low Way, Bli Bli.
  • Year 3 students get a taste of Local Government
    Students from Ben Venue Public School were given a glimpse into the world of Local Government with a tour of Armidale Dumaresq Council facilities.
  • Combating ice use
    Moorabool Shire Council is teaming up with local healthcare providers, police and other levels of government to play its role in tackling the problem of ice use in Moorabool.

Editorials

  • Editorial
    In response to Australia’s ageing population, the federal government has undergone a major restructuring of its aged-care home-support program.

Feature: Administration & Management Systems

  • World first study promises reduced injuries
    Members of Banyule Council’s tree care team donned body monitors last year in a world first research study designed to protect them from injuries related to the wide range of high force, high frequency daily work they do.
  • Six ways to improve your local government budget process*
    Wayne Wright, owner of Management Technology Solutions, who has over 30 years’ experience in accounting, information technology and business management at state and local government levels, shares six ways to improve your local government budget process.
  • Future Directions - Benalla Rural City Council
    Veronica Schilling - General Manager Development and Environment Benalla Rural City Council
  • Council partners with College of Wine Tourism
    Southern Downs Regional Council (SDRC) has agreed to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) to increase co-operation and communication with the Queensland College of Wine Tourism at Stanthorpe.
  • Improvements to mapping system
    Finding your nearest park or community facility just became a whole lot easier, with an improved mapping system being introduced through Cessnock City Council’s website.
  • Digitisation training opportunity
    Glenelg Libraries Collections and Resources Officer Kirsten Jones has been selected to participate in a coveted professional development opportunity with the largest library in the world, the United States Library of Congress.
  • New framework creates excellence
    The introduction of an organisational framework for employment engagement at Wodonga Council has been the driving force behind building a dynamic organisational culture.
  • Memorable face-to-face learning*
    Online learning for professional development is convenient, scalable and, on the surface, cost efficient.
  • drumMUSTER celebrates 25 million drums
    When Konnongorring farmer Nathan Davey delivered drumMUSTER’s 25 millionth drum on 20 March 2015 to the Goomalling collection site, he had no idea what it signified for the thousands of people involved with the program over the past 16 years.
  • Four awards, six months
    Redland City Council has received its fourth commendation in less than six months for its work on its two Priority Development Area projects.
  • Councils learning from Councils*
    Have ever you wondered what information, ideas and inspiration are shared among Local Government Areas? Or considered why council employees are so open to learning from their peers or how knowledge from one council can take on its own life within another?
  • Courses to help staff excel*
    Councils are increasingly being ‘gifted’ difficult policy areas by state governments across the country.
  • App makes parking easier
    From 1 May 2015, visitors to the Wollongong City Centre will be able to use a free mobile app to pay for parking in Council-managed metered spaces.
  • Leading learning practices
    For over a decade, Port Macquarie-Hastings Council (PMHC) has been implementing a performance review process for staff based on the concept that no-one comes to work wanting to do a bad job, and that if they are, why?
  • Noongar language classes start
    The City of Melville will be hosting Noongar language classes, with classes for both children and adults on offer.
  • Grants bring action packed events
    From bucking broncos at country campdrafts to a tennis tournament in Middlemount, Isaac Regional Council has given grants to bring action packed events to the region.
  • Tackling youth unemployment
    Holroyd City Council partnered with South West Connect, TAFE SWSi and TAFE WorldSkills to address youth unemployment and skills shortages in Sydney’s South West by hosting the 2015 Seek A Skill Careers Expo in March.
  • Council streamlines recruitment process
    Tweed Shire Council is about to move to a new fully integrated online recruitment system, which will streamline application processes and speed up the recruitment process.
  • APS Benefits financial services*
    Do you need any assistance in these professional and financial services?
  • Commitment to small business
    Lake Macquarie City is set to become even more small-business friendly with Mayor of Lake Macquarie, Councillor Jodie Harrison and Council’s General Manager, Brian Bell, signing the Small Business Friendly Councils (SBFC) Program Charter.

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