November 2015 Edition

Breaking News

  • Inclusion matters
    Today is International Day of People with a Disability and councils across Australia are getting involved.
  • Victorian climate change grants
    The Victorian Government is offering a total of $1.15 million in grants to assist local government to respond to the challenges of climate change.
  • Wave energy plant to have Portland stopover
    The south-west’s first wave energy plant will make a short stopover in Portland this week.
  • Hobsons Bay welcomes 2015 Para World Sailing Championships
    Hobsons Bay is hosting 140 world class sailors for the 2015 Para World Sailing Championships.
  • Victorian Local Government Sector generates surpluses
    The Acting Victorian Auditor-General Dr Peter Frost tabled the Local Government: 2014–15 Audit Snapshot report yesterday, which found the sector has generated more than $900 million annually for the past five financial years.
  • MAV says no to violence
    From 25 November Victorian councils will show their support for the eradication of men’s violence against women.
  • Tasmanian Councils Financially Sustainable
    Local Government Association Tasmania (LGAT) President, Mayor Doug Chipman, has welcomed the Auditor-General’s report on Local Government Authorities that was tabled in Parliament last week.
  • State of the assets
    At the 2015 National Local Roads and Transport Congress Congress, the ALGA stated the need for a $300million Local Government Community Infrastructure Program.
  • Consulting the community on accessibility
    Benalla Rural City is seeking members for an Accessibility Reference Group to help strengthen inclusion of people with a disability.
  • Black Diggers go digital
    Logan City Council honours nearly-forgotten stories of Indigenous WWII servicemen.
  • Condolences for Paris
    Condolence books for Paris have been launched in the City of Gold Coast today.
  • Recycle right
    Local Councils across Australia are promoting Planet Ark’s National Recycling Week from 9-15 November. Sunshine Coast Council is offering free ‘Recycle Right Open Day’.
  • Non-voters to be pursued
    A disappointing voter turnout at a recent Northern Territory by-election has prompted the City of Darwin to pursue non-voters.
  • Creating better parks
    Brimbank City Council has been recognised for its innovative parks at the Awards for Planning Excellence in Melbourne.
  • Councils support asbestos awareness
    November is National Asbestos Awareness month and many councils are helping to raise the profile of the potentially deadly building material.
  • Caring for country
    Blue Mountains Family Day Care held a successful ‘Caring for Country’ event during Children’s Week 2015 to promote Aboriginal cultural awareness.



Feature: Tourism and Economic Development

  • Supporting local producers
    In a bid to prove manufacturing isn’t dead, Marrickville Council has established a program to support local food producers.
  • Strategic student collaboration
    Seven students from La Trobe University Bendigo are working with the City of Greater Bendigo’s Economic Development Unit to update one of the City’s key business resources.
  • Future Directions by City of Canning
    Private enterprise and local government collaborate to promote sustainable design in the City of Canning
  • Supporting the evening economy
    When it comes to laneway bars and cafés, Wollongong is making its mark as a go-to destination.
  • Boost for community services
    The Fairfield Youth and Community Centre celebrated its official opening last month, providing a major expansion to Fairfield City Council’s community services.
  • Remote tourism
    Tourists can now drive regular vehicles to experience the rock art and dot-painting tours offered in the Wallace Rockhole community, situated in MacDonnell Regional Council, Northern Territory.
  • Install & Remove Posts With One Tool!*
    Councils all around Australia are always looking at ways to assist their staff with healthy options in the workplace.
  • Activating mainstreet
    For the past two years, the Town of Victoria Park has been running an extremely successful program aimed at activating the Albany Highway main street, encouraging tourism and economic development benefits.
  • Local Government and Economic Development*
    In my travels throughout Australia’s cities, regions and more remote communities, it’s clear to me that local government, whether large or small, makes an important contribution to economic development. This is because of the ubiquitous engagement councils have with the communities they serve.
  • Tourism sights set on reserve
    Central Highlands Regional Council has plans to encourage eco-tourism to the historic Rifle Range Reserve.
  • Three Sisters success
    The Blue Mountains City Council area attracts more than four million visitors a year, making it one of the most popular tourist destinations in Australia.
  • Visitors choose their own adventure
    Penrith City Council has launched a campaign to position the area as an exciting adventure capital.
  • Lagoon caretaker nominated as Australian Local Hero
    McMinns Lagoon Recreation Reserve showcases a majestic preservation of nature; its caretaker is up for an Australia’s Local Hero award.
  • Riverfront opportunities
    Logan City Council is calling for tourism-generating Expressions of Interest for its Loganholme Tourism Precinct, which is situated on 43 hectares of riverfront land.
  • Motivational branding
    Hawkesbury City Council has produced a new Hawkesbury Region Visitor Guide, which features an innovative approach to advertising.
  • Prioritising development
    The City of Prospect is creating opportunity and promoting growth via a strategic focus on Economic Development.
  • Beautiful by Day, Spectacular by Night*
    The new destination playground at South Bank’s Riverside Green was officially re-opened on Saturday 3 October to popular acclaim. Situated in an extremely busy section of the famous esplanade in South Bank, the multi-layered playground features state-of-the-art play equipment, some of which has not been seen before in Queensland.
  • Oasis in the desert
    The Echidna Place precinct in the town of Thargomindah is now a contemporary, well-frequented space, but the complex had very different beginnings.
  • Designing and constructing public buildings*
    GR Design & Construct is Australia’s premier manufacturer of standard and customised engineered structures and buildings for the public sector.