2015 Asia Pacific Cities Summit and Mayors’ Forum
Civic and business leaders from around the world have come together to discuss leadership, economic development and shared solutions at the 2015 Asia Pacific Cities Summit and Mayors’ Forum in Brisbane.
New President for WALGA
For the first time a woman has been elected as President of the peak body representing Local Government in Western Australia.
Councils celebrating NAIDOC Week
NAIDOC Week will be held this year from July 6 to 12 and will celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
WALGA: Big picture misses small detail on sport
The Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA) have criticised cuts to local sport funding in the Western Australian State Government’s Bigger Picture for sport in Western Australia program
Fuel excise change a boost for local roads
Australian councils will receive an extra $1.105 billion for local road works over the next two years following the reintroduction of the Consumer Price Index-linked fuel excise.
Fit for the Future funding shortfall
Local Government NSW (LGNSW) has stated that while the Fit for the Future Innovation Fund provides welcome additional money for regional and rural councils, it is not enough to support all the councils that really need it.
New tool to promote social cohesion
The Australian Human Rights Commission has released Australia’s first comprehensive guide for local government to help build strong, socially cohesive communities.
Breakthrough on natural disaster funding welcomed
Queensland councils have won their long battle to convince the Federal Government of the value of using council workers rather than contractors to recover and rebuild their communities following natural disasters.
New CEO for LGAT
Dr Katrena Stephenson has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of the Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT), the first female CEO in the organisation’s 102 year history.
A deal between Labor and the Coalition has secured the future of the Renewable Energy Target (RET).
A new wave of support for victims of domestic violence
Those impacted by domestic and family violence have a new support base with the opening of the first ever Redlands regional domestic and family violence service, Working Against Violence Support Service (WAVSS) Across The Redlands.
Councillors presented OAMS
Three Aurukun Shire Council councillors have attended a special ceremony in Cairns, as they were presented with their prestigious Order of Australia Medals (OAMs) by the Governor of Queensland, his Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey, for their ‘services to the Indigenous community of Cape York Peninsula’.
ALGWA Victorian state conference
The Australian Local Government Women’s Association (ALGWA) Victorian Branch has hosted its 2015 conference in Seymour on May 22 and 23.
WALGA warns rate hike will hurt
The WA Local Government Association (WALGA) has announced that it wants the State Government to justify the 0.6 percent increase in the Government Guarantee Fee (GFEE) on loans to Councils, given the current economic climate.
Police and council share goal
The City of Melville and the Western Australian Police (WAPOL) reconfirmed their commitment to working together, signing a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that focuses on a shared goal to proactively achieve a Safer Melville.
Review into rate capping welcome
The Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) has welcomed six–monthly reviews into the ongoing impact any rate capping measure will have on council operations, services and infrastructure, as well as the local communities they serve.
Slow uptake on voluntary house raising program
Moree Plains Shire Council, with assistance from the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) through the Floodplain Management Program, has completed a study to identify dwellings most at risk of over–floor flooding.
CCTV funding boost
Local Governments’ efforts to improve community safety received a boost with the announcement of $4 million in Western Australian State Government grants for council CCTV programs.
Tele-commuting at your service
While customer service officer Kay Kinlyside works for a Melbourne metropolitan council, she does so by going to work 150 kilometres away in regional Victoria.
Regions roads rated poorly
The major roads of the Shore Regional Organisation of Councils (SHOROC) have been identified as high on the list of the Australia’s worst, with congestion coming at a huge economic cost to Sydney and Australia.
Stage 1 of Lander No. 4 complete
The official launch of affordable housing development ‘Lander No.4’ recently took place, with the occasion marking the completion of stage one of the project which will provide the community with 10 additional, two and three bedroom dwellings.
If Local Government could sit down with a therapist and list off everything troubling it, what would be said?
Feature: FOCUS on Environmental Management
Wodonga Council will target six priority areas including waste, water and food to ensure the future sustainability of the city.
Linking with landowners
A focus on sustainable grazing and riparian management along an 11km reach of the Logan River will bring long-term whole-of-catchment benefits such as improved water quality in the river and Moreton Bay.
Solar lights success
The Shire of East Pilbara and BHP Billiton recently partnered in a project that aimed to provide a safer environment through the use of high quality, low energy, cost effective LED lighting technology.
Making the most of sunny days
Alice Springs Town Council is making the most of the approximately 300 sunny days in Central Australia each year with solar installations at the Alice Springs Aquatic and Leisure Centre.
Encouraging public recycling
In a drive to further increase recycling rates in Australia’s top holiday destination, City of Gold Coast is rolling out more recycling bins in key public places.
Food organics, garden organics
Cooma-Monaro Shire Council and the broader community were facing challenges due to an increase in the amount of solid waste generated and the growth of demand for sustainable practices.
Recycling, Its Sorted
Recently Glamorgan Spring Bay Council (GSBC) received grants from Keep Australia Beautiful (KAB) Tasmania and the Keep Australia Beautiful, Beverage Container Recycling Community Grants, funded by Coca Cola, to improve recycling opportunities in the municipality.
Solar systems shine light on energy efficiency
A key theme of the Bathurst 2036 Community Strategic Plan is environmental sustainability, including the promotion of energy efficient growth and the reduction of Bathurst City’s environmental footprint.
Power savings while keeping cool
A half a million-dollar Community Energy Efficiency Program is nearing completion in the Roper Gulf region having upgraded and massively improved the energy efficiency of Roper Gulf Regional Council business offices that serve the nine towns of the region.
Improving the Bull Creek Catchment
An iconic project for improving water quality in the Bull Creek Catchment is underway, converting a 150m stretch of the Brentwood Main Drain into a living stream just before it enters the Canning River at Bateman Park in the City of Melville.
Climate smarts and water wisdom
Perth’s changing climate was the hot topic at a community waterwise forum organised by the Western Suburbs Regional Organisation of Councils (WESROC), with the support of Beyond Gardens, the Department of Water and the Water Corporation on Saturday May 9.
An innovative reuse of water
Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall MP recently acknowledged Moree Plains Shire Council in State Parliament for its innovative reuse of spent artesian spa water in the construction of the Moree Water Ski Lakes.
Drainage basin upgrade
As part of the City of South Perth’s Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) projects, the drainage basin in local park Doneraile Reserve, Waterford will be upgraded to better treat stormwater runoff and groundwater.
Regional power savings
The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder has developed and is managing a regional LED streetlight and solar PV project for the Goldfields Voluntary Regional Organisation of Councils (GVROC).
High quality environmental courses*
Flinders University’s School of the Environment is a multidisciplinary school with high quality teaching and research, focused on effective solutions to environmental issues.
Key users inform redevelopment
Central Reserve key users will be invited to be part of a project reference group to advise Colac Otway Shire Council on the redevelopment of Colac’s premier recreation reserve.
Energy management framework benefits
Albury City Council, like many other regional Councils across Australia, has taken steps to manage the impost of increasing energy costs on its bottom line.
A modern approach
The City of Busselton has awarded a half-million dollar contract to commence earthworks at its Vidler Road Waste Facility in Dunsborough.