December 2015 Edition

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Feature: Business Efficiency and Sustainability

  • Green thumbs up for community hub
    The ground works for the City of South Perth’s new Manning Community Hub are now well underway and the facility is set to be a vibrant gathering point. The $14 million civic project has been designed for the local landscape and will provide public and community space and facilities, an underground car park for 80 cars and sustainable design elements.
  • Amalgamations: Getting ducks in a row with digital toolsets*
    In essence, efficiency is about squeezing more juice out of fewer oranges. More kilometres with less fuel; more heat with less gas; more bang for less buck. It’s a constant objective and one of the key drivers behind local government consolidation. And while the issue of consolidation is a far more nuanced discussion, at surface level it’s hard to argue with a desire to stretch the ratepayer’s dollar further.
  • Future Directions - by Gavin Mountjoy, Environmental Strategy Coordinator, The City of Darebin
    The City of Darebin recently won an Award for Environmental Justice at the Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Awards for enabling almost 300 pensioner households to benefit from solar electricity. The City’s Environmental Strategy Coordinator Gavin Mountjoy explains why other councils should follow their lead.
  • iFerret providing dramatic transformation for local councils- using latest discovery technology*
    The iFerret search and discovery solution developed by iPLATINUM is now installed at 32 councils across Australia and New Zealand and is becoming widely recognised as the defacto standard search facility for Local Government.
  • Energy guzzling lights to go
    Blue Mountains City Council is currently replacing over 650 energy-guzzling streetlights across the City with new energy efficient LED light bulbs through the Light Years Ahead project, which is set to cut emissions and costs for Western Sydney councils.
  • Achieving value for money from risk and insurance solutions*
    Through accessing independent advice and leveraging the competitive insurance market, many local government councils are reducing insurance costs and freeing-up valuable funds for the benefit of their communities.
  • ‘Save water, save money’ launch
    From 1 July 2016 saving water will save you money in the Isaac region.
  • Cities get smart
    Queensland councils have joined an international initiative connecting smart cities all over the world.
  • A cutting-edge rain garden
    A Moonee Valley City Council project to turn an historic but dilapidated ornamental lake into a cutting-edge rain garden was highly commended recently at the Stormwater Victoria Excellence Awards.
  • Going even more solar
    A revolving fund at Marrickville Council is helping the municipality reach its climate change goals.
  • New system saves money*
    Hornsby Shire Council have introduced an innovative custom-built heating and ventilation system at the Galston Aquatic and Leisure Centre in Sydney’s Hills District. The ‘PoolPac Plus’ system was created by Air Change to meet council’s requirements for: improved air quality and energy efficiency; reduced costs for heating, ventilation and maintenance; and long term sustainability through better management systems. The PoolPac Plus is a direct expansion (DX) heat pump system designed to control the air temperature, humidity and the pool water temperature in a single packaged unit.
  • More trees are better than less cars
    University of Technology Sydney (UTS) researchers have found that the City of Sydney’s plans to increase tree canopy by 50 per cent could have a bigger impact on reducing air pollution than a reduction in traffic.
  • Roads clean-up for cash
    The Town of Port Hedland is calling for expressions of interest for volunteers to participate in a new Trash for Cash for Trash program.
  • Bulky waste initiative
    Bulky waste collections are on their way for Redland City following a decision at this week’s Redland City Council general meeting.
  • Profits returned to communities
    Shoalhaven City Council Mayor, Joanna Gash joined Southern Phone Chairman, Bill Hilzinger in handing over $25,000 in community funding grants as part of the Southern Phone Grants Scheme. The scheme provides funding to “not for profit” community groups through Councils.
  • Online tool to minimize clearing impact
    Logan City Council has launched an online environmental offset estimator tool to help streamline its development application process.
  • Climate change strategy showcased internationally
    The leading international association of local government organisations committed to sustainable development has endorsed the City of Joondalup’s strategy to combat climate change.
  • Million pages project a great success
    One million fewer pages of paper were used by the City of Stirling in 2014-15 when compared with the previous year, thanks to a range of actions taken by employees from right across the organisation.
  • Shedding light on a regional South Australia icon
    The Blue Lake solar lighting project is the latest in a series of initiatives designed to shine the spotlight on key Mount Gambier attractions.
  • New Council offices built over leisure centre
    Banyule Council has started building new civic offices, which will bring a wide range of environmental and economic benefits, including $1m in annual ongoing savings in net operating costs.
  • Continuous improvement
    The City of Canterbury has strengthened its focus on process improvement and established a Business Improvement program at the start of this year.
  • New research clarifies procurement patterns
    Earlier this year, a research project into low value procurement in Australian Local Government was conducted. The objective was to provide insights into below tender threshold Council purchases and the associated risks. The resulting Whitepaper has now been published and was presented at the ninth annual Local Government Procurement Conference in Sydney.
  • New way to pay rates
    The City of Gold Coast in partnership with the Commonwealth Bank is transforming the way residents are able to pay their rates and water with the introduction of a new self-service payment kiosk at Elanora and Runaway Bay libraries.
  • You can use the power of a cooperative at a not for profit price*
    APS benefits offer tax, accounting, financial planning, mortage broking, insurance, loans, funeral cover, savings, investments, wills, estates and is a benevolent foundation.