MAV calls for landfill levy transparency
President of the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) said the State has failed to deliver on its promise to use the landfill levy to achieve a real step-change in how Victorians manage waste.
Business excellence awarded
The City of Melville has received Australia's highest business excellence award – The Australian Organisational Excellence Award Gold Award.
Queensland councils want to get digital
A report commissioned by the Local Government Association of Queensland has revealed Queensland councils want to utilise more digital technology in their operations and services.
MAV calls for rate capping transparency
Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) has cited new data that reveals Victorians faced an average State tax increase of almost six per cent every year for the last decade, while analysis shows NSW rate caps have devastated the local infrastructure.
Accolades for NSW councils
Warringah and Pittwater Councils have been recognised as leaders in local government at the LGNSW conference in Sydney.
LGNSW calls for regional minister
The Local Government New South Wales (LGNSW) Annual Conference has called on Premier Mike Baird to appoint a Minister for Rural and Regional NSW.
The Local Government Association of South Australia (LGA) has announced a campaign that encourages communities to speak out regarding Government’s plans to centralise SA's planning and development system.
Councils partner with OzHarvest
Eight Councils from the Northern Beaches and North Shore have partnered with OzHarvest, an organisation that collects surplus food from local businesses to give to charities.
New Ministry provides renewed opportunities for Local Government
There have been some extraordinary developments in Federal politics since my column last month. We have a new Prime Minister, the Hon Malcolm Turnbull, and we now have a Minister for Territories, Local Government and Major Projects, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, who will work with the Hon Warren Truss MP, who continues as the Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development and the senior Minister in the portfolio area. We also have a Minister focused on cities, the Hon Jamie Briggs, Minister for Cities and the Built Environment, who will work with Minister Hunt in the Environment Portfolio.
Electing for change
The next local government elections in the Northern Territory are to be held in August 2017 following recent amendments to the Local Government Act, which extended:
Leichhardt Municipal Council has announced a partnership with Nabo.com.au, a social network that connects Australians with their neighbours.
Sustainable community housing
A new energy efficient, affordable housing project financed by the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) and St George Community Housing (SGCH) began construction last month.
Remote Daisy chains
A phone application aims to provide help to women in rural and remote areas of Australia experiencing the impacts of sexual assault, domestic and family violence.
LGAT appoints new president
Mayor Doug Chipman of the City of Clarence was appointed new President of the Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT) in September.
Happy Birthday to Local Government FOCUS; we have been publishing for 30 years this month.
Feature: Training and Professional Development
Murrindindi Shire Council’s Planning Unit is paving the way for small rural councils in going ‘paperless’, following the introduction of an electronic document and records management system across the organisation.
Digital Shift Helping to Define Procurement Best Practice*
Best-practice is an interesting concept. At its most useful, it represents a set of overarching guidelines, rather than a prescribed list of tightly defined methods. This reflects the fact that while procedures may change from time to time, the ideals remain constant. But even if we are clear about the destination, it’s of no use if we don’t know how to get there.
In a bid to enhance transparency, Warringah Council has begun updating its financial and project data online every month.
Lobbying for better telecommunications
Aurukun Shire Council, a remote Indigenous Cape York Peninsula community, has encouraged residents to lobby State and Federal governments and Telstra to seek funding to upgrade the region’s telecommunications facilities.
Consultation for better planning
The District Council of Grant recently unveiled its master plans for Port MacDonnell, Tarpeena and River & Coastal communities, which provides a multi-million dollar roadmap for the revitalisation of river and coastal townships in the lower south east of South Australia.
Procuring local success
Mount Alexander Shire Council has recently adopted an updated procurement policy, which promotes local suppliers and a uses a streamlined online tender system.
Self-service kerbside collection*
Councils who offer at-call cleanup services are looking to reduce the administrative effort of booking in kerbside cleanup collections and are looking to self-service web portal software packages to facilitate the process.
Equal access to Central Business District
The Naracoorte Lucindale Council, via its Naracoorte Main Streets Access project, has delivered improved access to the Naracoorte Central Business District for people with a disability, particularly to the main streets of Smith and Ormerod.
2016 – a year for grants*
How do you meet the ever-increasing community expectations to fund your strategic objectives, infrastructure or facilities when there is so much competition for grants?
Fairfield City has launched a program dedicated to diversifying and innovating the municipality’s libraries.
Lake Macquarie City Council reached a major sustainability milestone in August, with one million kilograms of e-waste collected for recycling – equivalent in weight to 50,000 large analogue televisions.
Take the 5-point LinkedIn check up*
Have you considered your personal brand recently? In 2010 there were 64 million people with LinkedIn accounts, midway through 2015 there is now 380 million account holders. LinkedIn is now considered a key tool in business for professional networking, market research, recruitment and personal brand development.
Banyule Council is offering residents free cat desexing and microchipping as part of its successful two-year campaign to reduce the number of unwanted litters of kittens and stray cats.
Tough times call for tougher roads*
Despite road maintenance grants from Federal and State governments, figures show that many councils still face a significant backlog to bring local roads to a satisfactory condition.