Mayor schools kids in local government
Mayor of The Hills Shire Andrew Jefferies visited Sun Valley Pre School in West Pennant Hills this week as a part of Local Government Week, which runs from 3 to 9 August.
Heavy vehicles asked to drive neighbourly
Blue Mountains City Council is successfully partnering with industry, the community and the NSW Roads and Maritime Service (RMS) on a Drive Neighbourly Agreement, introduced to coincide with the recent completion of the Great Western Highway upgrade.
Inquiry told rate rise likely after forced amalgamations
Giving evidence at the NSW Legislative Council's Parliamentary Inquiry into Local Government in NSW, Local Government NSW President Councillor Keith Rhoades has said that amalgamations had driven rates higher in other jurisdictions, including Queensland and Victoria.
Walk a day in Council’s shoes
Tweed Shire Council is inviting the community to spend a day working alongside a council employee during Local Government Week.
NRMA thanked for supporting transport plan
The Shore Regional Organisation of Councils (SHOROC) has thanked the National Roads & Motorists Association (NRMA) for supporting the long running campaign to ‘get the northern beaches moving’, and called on it to get behind the plans already agreed and underway in partnership between the NSW Government and councils.
Call for safer gas roads
Maranoa Regional Council Mayor Robert Loughnan has called for an end to artificial speed limits on Council roads citing serious road safety concerns.
More life satisfaction in rural communities
The wellbeing benefits of life in small towns shown in the Household Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) longitudinal study recently released by the University of Melbourne is not news for Rural Councils Victoria (RCV).
Grant freeze continues to hurt
Cessnock City Council has joined fellow councils from across Australia in lobbying the federal government to restore indexation to the Financial Assistance Grants.
RDA Sydney welcomes new leadership team
Regional Development Australia – Sydney (RDA Sydney) has announced the appointment of the its new Chair and Deputy Chair – Dr Robert Lang (Chair) and Dr Jim Taggart OAM (Deputy).
Housing affordability a focus for Hobsons Bay
Hobsons Bay City Council is intensifying its push for more affordable housing.
Mayor of Hobsons Bay Councillor Colleen Gates said that the suburbs that make up Hobsons Bay were once renowned for their affordability, but were becoming increasingly out of reach for lower income families.
Lifesaving defibrillators installed
Local sports clubs and a restaurant near the Parramatta Ferry Wharf now have lifesaving defibrillators after a generous donation from Dundas local Julie Hughes who turned personal tragedy into positive action.
Draft plan sets reconciliation vision and actions
Announced as part of NAIDOC Week celebrations, a vision to respectfully acknowledge and meaningfully engage with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community will be the centre of the Town of Port Hedland’s draft reconciliation action plan.
Finance still frustrates
The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) has hosted delegates from across Australia at the 2015 National General Assembly (NGA) in Canberra from June 15–17.
Joint statement on asylum seekers
Greater Dandenong Mayor Councillor Sean O’Reilly and Councillor Roz Blades recently presented a Joint Statement on Asylum Seekers Living in the Community to Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield.
Women’s council representation better than boards
Following a University of Western Australia/Committee for Perth joint report on gender participation and representation in Local Government, the Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA) noted that Councils were already faring better than company boards.
Installation of carved poles
Shoalhaven City Council has worked with the Jerrinja Local Aboriginal Land Council in undertaking the installation of eight carved poles on Crookhaven Headland.
Nominate for Australian of the Year
The Australia Day Council of New South Wales has invited Dubbo residents to nominate inspirational Australians from their community for the 2016 Australian of the Year Awards.
Youth sports assistance tips $100,000
A milestone in youth health and wellbeing was recently achieved with vouchers issued by Margaret River Recreation Centre under the Western Australian State Government’s Kidsport program tipping $100,000 in value.
Leading energy storage incentive
In an Australian first, Adelaide City businesses, residents, schools and community organisations will now be offered an incentive of up to $5,000 for installing energy storage systems as part of an expanded Sustainable City Incentives Scheme endorsed by Adelaide City Council.
Community satisfaction a record high
A random telephone survey has found that community satisfaction with Warringah Council is at record highs, with 94 percent of the population ‘somewhat’ to ‘very’ satisfied with its performance.
ALGWA breakfast at National General Assembly 2015
The Australian Local Government Women’s Association (ALGWA) Board hosted delegates from across Australia at their Annual Networking Breakfast in Canberra on the 15th of June, the first day of the Australian Local Government Association’s (ALGA) National General Assembly.
Historic photo celebrates centenary
Victoria’s women councillors celebrated the centenary of women being allowed to stand for local government with a special photograph in the historic Melbourne City Council chambers.
Longest serving Mayor honoured
The Mosman Library building has been re-named Barry O’Keefe Library in recognition of the area’s longest serving mayor and one of its most prolific contributors to community and civic life.
$15 million boost for remote Indigenous communities
Local Government Association of the Northern Territory (LGANT) President Damien Ryan has welcomed the news that a number of remote Indigenous communities across the NT will benefit from $15 million worth of projects as part of the latest round of Aboriginal Benefit Account (ABA) funding.
At the National General Assembly of Local Government in Canberra last month, Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss made the following statement:
Feature: Financial Sustainability and Asset Management
Partnership generates $2m of people power
Using a subsidiary body, such as a board, voluntary committee or incorporated organisation, to provide a service under a council’s delegated authority is not a new concept, but Lake Macquarie City Council has adapted this model as an innovative solution to managing more than 100 community facilities across the City.
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.
Body cameras trialed
In what is believed to be the first pilot of its kind for an Australian council, Banyule’s parking officers and school crossing supervisors are trialling Wolfcom, a body-worn camera used by police in Australia and overseas.
Data transformation tools key to council mapping services*
By Martin Gregory, General Manager, 1Spatial Asia Pacific
Australian local governments are in a bind when deploying geospatial systems to provide better services at a lower cost. While tech savvy citizens are happy to jump online to interact with a map-based interface – whether for planning applications or to see when to put out the recycling – councils are often overstretched with maintaining existing services.
Seaport Boardwalk decked out
Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten and Treasurer Peter Gutwein have inspected the newly upgraded Seaport Boardwalk.
Securing your unsealed roads future with one step*
Demands on local governments to improve efficiencies and spend less are being felt from government to ground level, with Works Officers and Asset Managers forced to reconsider dated practises in search of financially sustainable alternatives.
Back in the black and planning ahead
Wyong Shire Council is the second largest spending Council in New South Wales with a record $66 million spend on local roads and $105 million on capital works planned for next financial year.
IPWEA welcomes new CEO and executive line-up
The Institute of Public Works and Engineering Australia (IPWEA) welcomed its new CEO Robert Fuller at its recent conference in Rotorua, as a number of executive changes were also announced.
Suma Park dam upgrade makes progress
Member for Orange Andrew Gee and Orange Mayor John Davis have visited the Suma Park dam wall site to inspect progress on the $17 million upgrade project, which is due for completion by the end of the year.
Smart map to slash NSW roadworks*
New South Wales (NSW) infrastructure costs and roadwork disruptions are set to be reduced with the Smarter Scheduling NSW (SSN) system, enabling government agencies, utilities and councils to coordinate infrastructure maintenance and construction.
Niagara Park Stadium resurfacing
Gosford City Council has recently commissioned major floor resurfacing works at Niagara Park Stadium as the facility gears up to host a number of big events in 2015.
Building Information Modelling for local government*
Local Governments have a significant opportunity to reduce the whole of life costs of asset ownership by improving infrastructure project delivery, and the management of infrastructure asset information with the application of Building Information Modelling (BIM).
Setting the tone and paving the way
Marrickville Council became just the second council in NSW to use a new sustainable asphalt technology when Davis Street in Dulwich Hill had a makeover in early December using the new low-CO2 TonerPave.