May 2018 Edition

Breaking News

  • Proposed levy on Queensland household waste
    On Friday the Queensland Government released a directions paper for public comment, which included plans for a general waste levy to commence in 2019.
  • 19th Century rail service behind the times
    A group of six councils west of Melbourne say their residents are sick and tired of having to rely on dated rail infrastructure – straight out of the 19th Century.
  • 'One vote, one value' under new NSW rules
    The New South Wales Government will accept all ten recommendations of a Parliamentary Inquiry into preference counting in local government elections.
  • Armidale sends strong message at waste conference
    The head of Armidale Regional Council’s waste management, James Turnell, has flown the flag for local government at a major New South Wales conference about the waste and recycling issues confronting the nation.
  • Victorian councils call for population strategy
    The Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) has called on all political parties to work with Local Government to improve liveability and support stronger communities ahead of the State election in November.


  • Enriching Communities
    Declining populations is a problem facing rural and remote Australian communities. While capital cities and regional centres are experiencing unprecedented population growth problems of a different kind plague the bush.
  • Editorial
  • Multicultural food
    Glenorchy City Council, Tasmania, Taste of the World Festival showcased food, dance, music and cultural activities from across the globe.
  • Asset management conference*
    The Fifteenth National Local Government Infrastructure and Asset Management Conference 7-8 June, convened by the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV).
  • Adventures at the libraries
    Queensland’s Isaac Regional Council libraries will this month join other libraries from around the country and across the Tasman to host National Simultaneous Storytime.
  • Growing services for growing populations - President’s comment
  • New safety tubes for beach rescue
    Randwick City, New South Wales, is the first council in Australia to install rescue tube units on all its beaches.
  • Cataract Gorge play space upgrade
    City of Launceston this week unanimously voted to approve the play space upgrade application at the Cataract Gorge’s First Basin.
  • Young people meet with industry insiders
    City of Whitehorse businesses are being engaged to give back to the community when they share with young people insights about their industry and the career paths available in it.
  • Building better futures
    Point Resolution Child Care (PRCC) run by City of Nedlands, Western Australia, has a passion to help children learn and achieve.
  • Spotlight on public sector human resources*
    The Australian Human Resources (HR) Institute’s National Convention and Exhibition is Australia’s flagship event for HR practitioners and business leaders.
  • Local leadership is alive and well - The Good Oil by Rod Brown
    There are significant leadership deficits within Australia’s regions, towns and communities. These contribute to our failure to promote the vibrancy and resilience of all parts of the nation.
  • Generations come together
    A Noosa Shire Council, Queensland, initiative is bringing residents from both ends of the age spectrum together for a morning of laughs and intergenerational camaraderie.
  • Ulladulla is shooting goals
    City of Shoalhaven, New South Wales, netballers have celebrated a win with the official opening of two new netball courts in Ulladulla.
  • Councillor profiles - Peta Pinson Mayor of Port Macquarie-Hastings Council
  • Councillor profiles - Ben Shields Mayor Dubbo Regional Council
  • Beach becomes accessible
    Mackay Regional Council, Queensland, has made exploring the 31 pristine local beaches a simple pleasure available to everyone with the donation of a Sandcruiser Beach Wheelchair to All Abilities Mackay.
  • Building a safer community
    Mornington Peninsula Shire, Victoria, has installed closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras along the Rye shopping precinct and foreshore using a $200,000 grant from the Federal Government’s Safer Communities Fund.
  • Women-only swimming enjoys a wave of success
    Mildura Rural City Council, Victoria, has instituted a pilot women and girls-only swimming program at Mildura Waves which is proving a resounding success with up to 40 people attending each session.
  • Awarded for the three R’s
    Mornington Peninsula Shire has been awarded the Garage Sale Trail Outstanding Achievement Award in recognition of their innovative approach to promoting Australia’s largest reuse, waste education and community event to the local community.
  • Bursary winner announced
    The Australian Local Government Women’s Association Victoria branch Bursary 2018 has been awarded to Catherine Austin of Corangamite Shire Council.
  • Getting women elected
    “Getting Elected – Women Can” is the theme of a new Australian Local Government Women’s Association South Australian Branch (ALGWA SA) campaign.
  • Community surveyed on climate change
    The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government has announced a comprehensive community survey assessing attitudes and vulnerability to climate change.
  • Celebrating the new year
    Wollongong City Council, New South Wales, celebrated the beginning of autumn with the traditional Iranian, Afghani and Kurdish community celebration of Naw Ruz.
  • Neighbourhood Watch gold award
    City of Melville has received the Local Government Participation Gold Award from Neighbourhood Watch Western Australia (NHW), recognising the City’s involvement and support of the NHW program in the community.
  • Smart city roll out
    Infrastructure that will place The City of Newcastle, New South Wales (NSW), at the forefront of Australian smart cities has started being rolled out with the first of seven sensor gateways installed at National Park.
  • New website to guard coast
    Douglas Shire Council, Queensland, have launched a new website to share information about a strategy to guard the region’s coastline from the impacts of climate change.
  • Irrigation Australia expo*
    13-15 June International Convention Centre, Sydney
  • Table tennis world tour
    City of Greater Geelong, Victoria, will host a world tour table tennis event this winter, which is expected to be broadcast to an international audience of more than 100 million viewers.
  • New mobile library van
    Mid-western Regional Council, New South Wales, has unveiled its new state-of-the-art mobile library van that will continue to deliver a longstanding valuable service to residents in rural and remote villages.
  • Put mental health training on the calendar
    Mount Alexander Shire Council, Victoria, is holding its tenth round of Youth Mental Health First Aid training in May with an invitation to primary and secondary teachers and staff to participate.

Feature: Administration & management systems

  • Tyre and road building bodies team up*
    Australia’s end-of-life tyre management challenge and our need for improved and increasing road infrastructure could be two elements of a new green economic cycle.
  • Smart city wins the prize
    Sunshine Coast Council has been recognised at the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) Awards with this year’s Smart City Achievement of the Year Award for its commitment to innovation and use of new platforms to improve community engagement.
  • Increasing efficiency through smarter procurement*
  • Future directions - Back to the future to improve community service
  • Worthy recipient of Women’s Day award
    Lake Macquarie Council’s Aboriginal Community Development Officer, Maree Edwards, was recognised at the New South Wales (NSW) Ministers’ Awards for Women in Local Government.
  • Education leads to employment
    Lake Macquarie City Council’s Education to Employment (E2E) program is an innovative solution to addressing an ageing workforce, skills shortage, youth employment, and the economic growth of the city.
  • Mobile health service
    Brimbank City Council, Victoria, has introduced a new mobile and outreach Maternal and Child Health (MCH) service.
  • Growing your own
    Shoalhaven City Council, New South Wales (NSW), is gaining a reputation as a leading employer in the region that offers excellent training pathways for young people.
  • Centralised documents and records*
    The Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA) has established a secure, centralised corporate repository to manage its business documents and records using the MAGIQ Documents software application.
  • Striking a balance between technical liability and commercial considerations*
    It is often presumed that complaint resolutions necessarily involve winners and losers and that may be so in the adversarial culture of the legal system.
  • Online economic tool awarded
    The City of Adelaide’s Economic Insights Dashboard has been recognised for ‘Excellence in Local Economic Development’ at the 17th Annual Local Government Professionals Australia, South Australia Leadership Excellence Awards.
  • Events return millions to local economy
    City of Mount Gambier’s annual investment of $401,033 to support local events has returned an estimated $13,880,000 in economic benefits to the South Australian city according to a report presented to Council early this year.
  • Regional Platters serves up new ideas
    Dubbo Regional Council is leading the charge on developing a new program to help develop and expand the agri-business sector across the Orana Region of New South Wales (NSW).
  • Disaster Dashboard is now live
    In a proactive step in disaster resilience, Fraser Coast Regional Council, Queensland, has created an online Disaster Dashboard as a reliable source of information for when disasters strike.
  • Recognising the importance of play
    Blacktown City Council, New South Wales, is upgrading six playgrounds across the City as part of a $790,000 improvement project.
  • Revolutionising permitting process*
    Mornington Peninsula Shire, Victoria, is leading the way in technology through successful implementation of the centralised online permit management solution PermitAccess from PelicanCorp.
  • Regional program for trainees
    An innovative collaboration between regional Councils, the Local Government Association of South Australia (LGA) and the state government is allowing the District Council of Kimba to provide a local solution to trainees wanting to carve out a career in the public sector.
  • Solar systems go
    To lower the electricity costs and reduce the greenhouse emissions, the Shire of Toodyay in Western Australia recently installed solar systems at the Shire Works Depot and Toodyay Library.
  • Councils combine to train
    Five southern regional councils in Tasmania have worked together to create an online induction portal for their contractors and outdoor staff members.
  • Appreciating our open spaces
    Sunshine Coast Council, Queensland, recently launched their Environment and Liveability Strategy to maintain the liveability of the region.
  • Finalist in national awards
    Brighton Council, Tasmania, was successful in reaching the finals of this year’s prestigious Municipal Association Australian Technology Awards for Excellence with it’s CouncilWise local government management platform.
  • Technology enables HR turnaround in Local Government*
    Historically, human resources (HR) teams in local government tended to focus on transactional processes.
  • Online platform connects businesses
    Glen Eira City Council, Victoria, has launched a trial of the Slack online collaboration platform to help facilitate connection between its local business owners and professionals.
  • Quality is priority for iconic promenade
    Mosman Council, New South Wales, has completed a major overhaul of its historic Balmoral Promenade following extensive input from architects and structural engineers to ensure the project was in keeping with the heritage significance of the seawall.
  • Rockingham Renaissance on show
    The City of Rockingham has co-hosted a forum at Parliament House with the West Australian European Business Association and French Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FACCI) to showcase the City’s ‘Rockingham Renaissance’ project to high level delegates from Europe and prominent members of the Western Australian Government and business community.
  • Committing to customers first
    City of Wyndham, Victoria, has taken their commitment to providing a positive customer experience to the next level with the creation and implementation of a new internal strategy.
  • Setting his sights on engaging Australia: Meet Dan Popping*
    One of Australia’s most respected local government Community Engagement specialists sets his sights on professionalising engagement across local government in Australia.
  • Noosa courts digital entrepreneurs
    Noosa Shire Council is helping to attract tech workers and digital entrepreneurs to the region with the creation of The Peregin Beach Digital Hub, due to open in May.
  • Engaged employees need engaged leaders*
    A growing body of research connects enhanced employee engagement to improved business outcomes such as higher productivity and performance, a reduction in costs, reduced absence, better customer service, greater creativity and improved wellbeing and morale.
  • Truck recycled for education
    Donations made by Bundaberg Regional Council to TAFE Queensland’s Bundaberg campus are providing positive educational outcomes for apprentices.
  • A catalyst for economic development
    City of Kwinana was recognised at a Committee for Perth event held last month for the pivotal role it has played in boosting Western Australia’s (WA) economy.
  • Mapping the urban forest
    The City of Burnside has launched a state-of-the-art website which maps more than 37,000 trees - the first of its kind in South Australia and one of only a few of its kind in the world.
  • Uniting to improve transport infrastructure
    Representatives from Central Murray Region councils and state governments met recently to talk roads, rail freight, tourism, public and local transport, tracks and trails, and air.
  • Youth Council offers insights
    Tweed Shire Youth Council, an initiative of the Tweed Shire Council’s Youth Strategy and Action Plan 2013-2017, has resumed for the year with members outlining their concerns and goals for the year ahead.
  • Mall cops on wheels
    Two City of Logan councillors have chipped in to make a popular retail precinct even safer.