Threatened species found
As if right on cue for today’s National Threatened Species Day, a rare type of flying-fox has been spotted by Sunshine Coast Council officers.
Keeping highways clean
Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection’s (EHP) has launched a campaign to stop littering on South West highways.
SA councils consider sharing
South Australian Councils could share management of regional airports, community waste water management systems and waste landfills.
Kids teach kids green ideas
The 2015 Sunshine Coast Kids in Action conference last weekend focused on educating students about environmental issues.
Council calls for regional rate cap review
Colac Otway Shire Council has called on the State Government to recognise the needs of rural Victorians by applying a different rate capping model to country and city councils.
Taxation and the distribution of funding in Australia could drastically change depending on the outcome of the Tax White Paper, currently being developed in allignment with the Reform of the Federation White Paper.
Knowing the facts about ice
Renmark Paringa Council collaborated with Riverland Regional Health Service, South Australia Police, Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia and ABC Riverland to hold a forum in July called ‘Knowing the facts about ICE’.
Alliance to strengthen communities
Blue Mountains, Penrith and Hawkesbury Councils have taken the next step in exploring a strategic alliance that aims to support regional cooperation.
Councils rewarded for excellence
A project described as transformational for a small regional community has taken out one of the top awards at the 2015 Local Government Awards for Excellence, announced at the 2015 Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT) Annual Conference in Launceston.
NAIDOC Week with Sean Choolburra
A coconut-water fuelled comedian arrived in the Wellesley Islands for Mornington Shire Council NAIDOC celebrations; encouraging residents to laugh their guts out and keep Gununa culture strong.
Solar street and pathway lighting a reliable alternative*
In the past, solar lighting was expensive, complicated, and unreliable, especially on cloudy days. In 2011, the team at Green Frog Systems Australia won a federal contract to design from scratch a new solar lighting product range that has since gained enormous popularity in councils across Australia.
I started work at LG Focus in February 2014 right after I graduated from university.
Feature: Community Services, Leisure, Parks & Gardens
Meaningful community care
The West Arnhem Regional Council (WARC) is assisting people to stay in their own homes and on their communities by providing care, meals, advocacy and support services to people living with a disability or are frail and aged.
Ultimate play in Tasmania*
The ‘Corocord – Giant Space Net’ structure at the Tail Race destination playground in Riverside is attracting visitors from all parts of Tasmania and the mainland.
Construction officially kicks off
The City of Cockburn has held a special sod turning event to mark the commencement of construction of the Cockburn Aquatic and Recreation Facility at Cockburn Central West.
Community hall upgrades
Upgrades to local halls in Baw Baw Shire have now been completed as part of funding received from the State Government’s ‘Putting Locals First – Improved Local Infrastructure’ fund in 2014.
Dumped cars scrapped
Isaac Regional Council has crushed and removed more than 150 illegally dumped car bodies from the Moranbah Common, with another 50 earmarked.
ANZAC living memorials
Palmerston was the chosen location for the ANZAC Living Memorials program in the Northern Territory, after the City of Palmerston’s expressions of interest was accepted in 2014.
The Brolga lands in Darwin*
There was a time when the word ‘solid’ evoked a sense of stability and sturdiness. Replas is turning that idea on its head with its innovative range of hollow bollards. Made using the latest technology, these revolutionary bollards are super strong, yet lightweight, making them more economical to transport and easier to install than other hefty alternatives.
Encouraging cybersafety and digital inclusion
Libraries play an important role in bridging the digital divide by providing opportunities for Australians of all ages to appreciate the benefits of technology, regardless of their income or skill.
Commitment to reconciliation
On June 3, during National Reconciliation Week, Mildura Rural City Council publicly committed to reconciliation by launching its first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).
Remembrance Park opens
Tasmania’s Brighton Council recently installed a new public space, Remembrance Park, on the former Brighton Army Camp site.
Wood encouragement policy good for the community and planet*
Local, state and national governments around the world are working hard to find ways to help tackle climate change. Local governments in particular are often leading the way with energy saving and green building. Building with responsibly sourced wood can help meet climate change targets as well as bringing other benefits like increased speed of construction and exceptional thermal insulation properties, meaning buildings consume less energy.
Proposed vibrant cultural centre
The City of Melville has announced it has a significant opportunity to create an innovative and iconic library and cultural centre that will provide engaging, connected and convenient services now and into the future.
Grant to regenerate CBD
Port Pirie Regional Council has secured a grant worth almost $1.4 million towards rejuvenating the city centre.
Springing into festivities
The Mukinbudin Act-Belong-Commit Spring Festival started as a small event in 1997 and has, each year, grown in size and status.