February 2018 Edition

Breaking News

  • Western Sydney City Deal is done
    The Western Sydney City Deal originally announced on 20 June 2016 was signed on Sunday 4 March 2018. It is touted to lay the foundations for the creation of a thriving Western City of 1.5 million residents within 20 years.
  • Airport noise fund a good first step
    The Federal Government has acknowledged that airport noise is an important issue for residents of Western Sydney with a commitment of $75million to noise abatement.
  • Recycling fallout continues
    The Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) is warning that China’s ban on certain types of recycling material could see all Victorians facing a rate increase above the State-imposed rate cap.
  • Water is a hot topic
    The Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) has waded into the Murray Darling Basin water fight accusing the Greens and Federal Labor of playing short term politics with the allocation of water resources.



Feature: Human Resources Management and OH&S

  • Improving productivity
    King Island Council in Tasmania is embracing a whole-of-workforce improvement plan to increase productivity and improve customer service.
  • Mock trial highlights workplace violence
    As part of October’s Health, Safety and Wellbeing Month, the City of Boroondara in Victoria staged a courtroom trial to highlight the importance of taking violence in the workplace seriously.
  • Resolving Conflict & Disputes*
    Are culture and skills’ fault-lines holding back local government?
  • Future directions by Biggi Gosling, Alice Springs Town Council
  • Councils join forces on HR
    Shared human resource service delivery is reaping rewards for West Wimmera Shire Council and Horsham Rural City Council in Victoria.
  • Culvert works offer training opportunities
    West Arnhem Regional Council (WARC) recently identified a unique opportunity to develop the skills of its local workforce while repairing damaged roadways essential to the community.
  • Apprentices head for tradies’ Olympics
    Two Newcastle City Council apprentices will vie for a place in an international contest recognised as the Olympic Games for trades after proving their skills at regional level.
  • The maintenance challenge*
    Australia relies more on road transport than any other nation in the world, on a per capita basis.
  • Benefits for working parents
    Toowoomba Regional Council in Queensland is providing its staff with increased benefits and flexibility, in particular for working parents and carers.
  • Community Garden set to GROW
    Wollondilly Shire Council, Wollondilly Health Alliance and Community Links Wollondilly have received a $10,000 funding grant from the New State Wales State Government for a community garden partnership program.
  • Football club partnership gets residents active
    Melton City Council in Victoria has teamed up with the Western Bulldogs Football Club to deliver a successful health and wellbeing program for young women.
  • e-Learning for all employees
    Since the City of Perth rolled out e-Learning in February last year they have logged more than 3500 online course completions.
  • Track hits the lottery
    The Shire of Augusta Margaret River in Western Australia will receive a $50,000 Lotterywest grant to extend the Wadani Track benefiting walkers and cyclists.
  • Reducing workplace injuries
    At a time when many local governments are experiencing increased manual handling incidents, Manningham Council in Victoria is reversing the trend.
  • Human Resources Conference*
    Registration is now open for Australia’s HR event of the year.
  • Local graduates recognised at local ceremony
    Roper Gulf Regional Council awarded work-ready qualifications to the Northern Territory’s latest Community Development Program (CDP) graduates at an official ceremony in Barunga last month.
  • Performance review overhaul
    Glenorchy City Council, Tasmania undertook a major overhaul of their performance review system, a 12 months process that achieved outstanding results.
  • Creative approach to a serious topic
    Surf Coast Shire Council, Victoria joined with students from a local university to creatively engage staff in conversations about Workplace Health and Safety (WHS).
  • Career development with local focus, national reach*
    Working in the local government sector requires specialist knowledge that needs continuing professional development.
  • Taking charge in Local Government
    The 2018 LGPro annual conference will be held on 21-22 February at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.
  • Rise in parking officer abuse
    Newcastle City Council in New South Wales has registered a spike in attacks on parking officers and rangers by the general public.
  • Cycle club on track
    Dubbo Regional Council has formed a new Working Party to oversee the town’s development of the new cycling facility.
  • Have you reviewed your Will lately?*
    If you have a will, have you reviewed your will recently?
  • Young people have their say
    Golden Plains Shire has received $120,000 to invest in the region’s youth through the Victorian Government’s Engage! 2018-20 program.
  • Flying foxes move in
    Bathurst Regional Council is currently hosting a colony of flying foxes that has established a camp within the town’s Machattie Park.
  • Council proudly welcomes fresh faces
    Isaac Regional Council has officially welcomed eight new trainees to the organisation.
  • The future of work
    Cardinia Shire Council in Victoria has been leading the way on activity-based working, which encourages flexibility and the use of mobile technology.
  • Online portal promotes local jobs
    An online jobs portal run by the City of Logan in Queensland is registering high user engagement and finding local people local jobs.
  • Safety – ‘Every Time’
    City of Holdfast Bay CEO Justin Lynch says workplace health and safety (WHS) awareness has become an integral part of the South Australian coastal council’s culture – thanks to an innovative internal engagement campaign.
  • Safe City cameras keep an eye on Ipswich
    Ipswich City Council is considering an expansion to its Safe City monitoring program.
  • Minimising the risk
    Lake Macquarie City Council’s Risk Initiative Program is an innovative, easy-to-implement initiative to help Council address a variety of risks and achieve an improved risk profile, culture and performance across its operations.