January 2018 Edition
- Planning process working well
A number of councils in the Perth metropolitan area have participated in a project to monitor their planning and building functions.
- Where will the rubbish go
Victorian Councils are advising residents to recycle as usual but try to produce less waste.
- LGAQ slams indigenous housing decision
Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) has spoken out against the Turnbull Governmentís moves to stop funding to an indigenous housing program.
- Inland rail project is full steam ahead
The New South Wales towns of Narrabri, Moree and North Star will see increased rail activity over the next 12 months as the Inland Rail project moves into the detail design phase.
- Speaking up
Several councils made headlines last year for their role in debates that played out at the national level. But should local governments advocate on social issues, or should they stick to picking up the bins?
- Partnering for climate change
The City of Onkaparinga in South Australia has joined a Climate Council initiative to tackle climate
- White ribbon workplace
Northern Beaches Council in Sydney has become a White Ribbon Accredited Workplace to actively support the campaign to prevent menís violence against women.
- New year new structure
The Town of Victoria Park in Western Australia is set to hit the ground running in the new year with the final stages of a new organisational structure almost completed.
- Crunching the gender numbers - Presidentís comment
- Plug in and power up
Tweed Shire Council and Byron Shire Council have entered into an agreement to make the region friendlier for electric vehicles.
- Local jobs for local people
Hume City Council in outer-metropolitan Melbourne has developed a program to transform the lives of unemployed residents and increase economic participation at the local level.
- Turning ideas into reality - The Good Oil by Rod Brown
The Cockatoo Network includes quite a few councillors, and we often provide a sanity check and tips on how to advance their ideas.
- Toolkit to up-skill youth
Cessnock City Council in New South Wales has officially launched the Youth First Program Toolkit giving councils across Australia the tools to support young people to be job ready.
- Derwent Valley splashes out
Derwent Valley Council in Tasmania is gearing up to host an exciting water play event that is set to attract thousands of people.
- Switching on
A program by three Western Australian councils is reducing energy consumption and has earned a National Energy Efficiency Award from the Energy Efficiency Council.
- Housing help
Fraser Coast Council in Queensland is giving low-income earners assistance to enter the local housing market.
- Mural celebrates First Nations culture
Redland City Council in Queensland has teamed up with the regionís First Nations people to showcase their thriving art community while sharing the rich cultural heritage of the local Quandamooka people.
- Councillor profiles - Mayor Jenny OíConnor Indigo Shire Council
- Councillor profiles - Mayor Robert Anderson Warrnambool City Council
- Make it better with wood*
How wood can help councils to reduce carbon emissions and save money.
- Driving a new boom
A proposed $43.8 million Community Hub will help drive a post-Holden investment boom in the City of Salisbury.
- Gong for infrastructure team
An innovative approach has reaped benefits for Muswellbrook Shire Councilís Community Infrastructure department in New South Wales.
- Creating healthy communities
City of Playford in South Australia has been recognised for its work cultivating a healthy community.
- Keeping place preserves culture
In Moree Plains Shire Council, the Dhiiyaan Aboriginal Centre, which holds one of New South Walesí largest collections of Aboriginal family records, has reopened its doors.
- Global strength, local service*
Heavy earthmoving machinery is a major investment.
- Disaster relief a mouse click away
Ku-ring-gai Council in Sydney has launched a new online tool to help residents face extreme weather events.
- Water sensitive urban design
Northern Midlands Council in Tasmania has celebrated the completion of the Sheepwash Creek Water Sensitive Urban Design Project.
- Networking for zero waste
Across Sydney, the Zero Waste Network is supporting re-use, repair and recycling social enterprises.
- Smart procurement on the path to sustainable roads*
Roads perform an important connecting function for every community. Yet most current approaches to road construction and maintenance are unsustainable in economic, environmental and social terms.