Regional Councils join forces
Several councils in regional New South Wales have established a new collaborative group, the New England Group of Councils (NEGOC).
WALGA supports mining rates policy
The Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA) has welcomed the decision that a rating process for mining land that has been on trial since 2012 will become permanent.
New name, same values
After 78 years of operation, the Australian Local Government Managers Association (ALGMA) has changed its name and logo, to become LG Professionals Australia.
Social media helps rescue pets
The Sutherland Shire Council Animal Shelter, which operates in partnership with the City of Sydney, has found new homes for 550 cats and dogs over the past year.
Ryde Mayor criticises Macquarie Park plans
The NSW State Government announced yesterday that it plans to develop a community precinct around Macquarie University Station, which has drawn criticism from the City of Ryde Mayor.
Reform focus turns to tax
The recent meeting of the Council on Federal Financial Relations in Canberra has put a focus on tax reform and the opportunities for more efficient and sustainable revenue arrangements to address the growing challenges and financial pressures facing all governments, including local government.
White paper process - Presidents comment
I’ve been thoroughly enjoying my role as Local Government Managers Australia (LGMA) National Board President, after being sworn in at our LGMA Congress and Business Expo, held in Darwin in May 2015. Part of my role is to increase awareness amongst the sector about LGMA’s role, and how practitioners can become more involved in both their state and national activities.
Irresponsible disposal both costly and harmful*
Increased scrutiny from consumers and the wider community means responsible waste disposal and good farm environmental management practices are more important than ever if farmers are to maintain consumer confidence.
Pilot project promotes pop-up performances
Culture will bloom in some unlikely places this spring with a new initiative by the City of Sydney making it easier for artists to transform spaces into temporary performance venues.
Recycling sunshine saves facility thousands
New solar panels at Cowra Council’s Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) is a way of re-using sunshine at a facility that already has a 90 percent recycling rate, Waste Operations Supervisor, Craig Lynch said.
The CEO I will always admire
By Dalal Smiley
I am very fortunate to have worked under the leadership of a unique Chief Executive Officer for a period of six years. Throughout this time I grew professionally and personally and learnt from his amazing example and true stewardship. What were the qualities that made him such an inspirational and effective CEO? Here is a list:
Rezoning for jobs
In a bid to stimulate local economic growth, The Hills Shire Council intends to rezone its North Rocks Employment Precinct.
I am not a person who is frightened very easily. In fact, after working in a couple of closed wards in a Mental Health facility (that’s what they were known as then) I learnt not to show fear, even when I felt it.
In a first for the municipality, Coffs Harbour City Council has joined forces with specially trained Aboriginal firefighters to conduct a cultural burn to improve habitat around the Regional Airport.
Taking on trainees
Mackay Regional Council will soon welcome a new intake of trainees and apprentices.
Two local Indigenous young people have undertaken school-based traineeships with Southern Downs Regional Council under the Indigenous Youth Careers Pathway program (IYCP).
Training for all ages
Richmond Valley Council invested more than $500,000 in training and professional development in the 2014–2015 financial year, including a program aimed at fostering intergenerational learning.
Councillor Sandra Wilson recently accepted the position of Victorian Local Government Women’s Charter Champion for Hobsons Bay City Council.
In a move to improve efficiency and convenience, Holroyd City Council has transitioned to an entirely online performance evaluation system.
Managing employee performance*
The City of Ryde is located 12 kilometres northwest of central Sydney. There are 16 suburbs within the City, with a mix of residential living and successful business, retail and educational centres.
Councils united on training
A group of South Australian councils has taken a regional approach to training and development and induction, resulting in a best practice strategy that is a model for other councils.
Upgraded road management solution*
Road and soil stabilising has received a much needed upgrade, with Australian councils embracing a smarter, more efficient approach to road maintenance and construction.
Tip-off hotlines reduce fraud
Research has shown that the encouragement of anonymous reporting can significantly reduce fraud within an organisation.
Staff engagement boosted
The City of Boroondara’s Customer Service team has received recognition for a program that has seen staff engagement increase by 50 percent in less than a year.
National Local Government HR Conference*
The Municipal Association of Victoria, in partnership with all other peak local government bodies in Australia, is proud to be hosting the fourth National Local Government Human Resources Conference at the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, 11–13 November 2015.
Constructing a future
Staff members from Bundaberg Regional Council’s Roads and Drainage team have been given the opportunity to upskill their qualifications.
Workplace lunchtime seminars a big hit*
It is becoming increasingly common that staff at local councils want trusted advice in a relaxed atmosphere, without the high pressure selling of a “salesman”.
Expanding local government staff capability*
The research and training work undertaken at the University of Technology Sydney by the Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government (ACELG) and the Centre for Local government (UTS:CLG) includes topic areas designed to develop staff capability – for specialists and generalists.
Embracing the future of libraries
The City of Stirling is embracing the exciting future of technology and helping to prepare the community and assist them in developing their technological skills through a variety of programs and workshops within its six libraries.