July 2018 Edition

Breaking News

  • Council opposes rate capping Bill
    The Norwood Payneham and St Peters Council, has voted to not support the South Australian Government's Bill to cap council rates at a Special Meeting this week.
  • Sydney gets prepared with first resilience strategy
    Mayors from around Sydney have launched a new plan outlining how the city will cope with major challenges including extreme weather events, cyber and terror attacks, housing affordability, inequality and congestion.
  • Time to action wasted landfill levy opportunities
    The Victorian Auditor General this week released a report into the use of State landfill levies.
  • Mayors call for gambling reform
    Five Victorian mayors will join The Alliance for Gambling Reform today on the steps of the Victorian Parliament in a united call for the next Victorian Government to embrace meaningful gambling reform.
  • Grants increase for coastal management
    The Western Australian Government has announced $1.6 million for coastal management activities undertaken by the state’s local governments.
  • Local government recognised in Basin Community Committee
    Local Government representation on the Murray-Darling Basin Authority Basin Community Committee has swelled to 25 percent with the appointment of four new appointees from the ranks of the Murray Darling Association.


  • Looking forward
    A referendum on national recognition of Local Government was once again called for when almost 900 delegates congregated in Canberra last month for the annual National General Assembly of Local Government.
  • Little Black Book
    Every man, no matter their age, should have a Little Black Book: a guide to men’s health services on Queensland’s Fraser Coast.
  • Fresh perspective on engaging communities*
    The practice of community and stakeholder engagement continues to evolve and expand, and the International Association of Public Participation (Australasia) Conference is the key event for engagement and communications professionals to be updated on the latest developments and to share learnings with other engagement practitioners.
  • 3D printing helps reduce landfill
    Thanks to the new 3D printing service offered by Mackay Regional Council Libraries, Queensland, innovators, creators, inventors, fixers and designers now have a cheap and easy way to create parts, test prototypes and tinker with designs.
  • Charging ahead against climate change
    Northern Beaches Council, New South Wales, has introduced a range of incentives to encourage residents to take part in an innovative program to save energy in their own homes and lower their carbon footprint.
  • Levies increase as rate capping tabled - President’s comment
  • Partners in art
    Port Augusta City Council has been selected by Country Arts South Australia (SA) to establish a new Creative Communities Partnership Position.
  • Naracoorte Caves stories
    Naracoorte Lucindale Council has devised an innovative way to promote South Australia’s only World Heritage site, the Naracoorte Caves.
  • Late night trading in Chinatown
    Chinatown has come alive in the Shire of Broom, Western Australia (WA), as late night trading continues each month until August with food, shopping, free children’s and street entertainment, live music and other attractions until 8pm.
  • Tourism industry set to grow
    The Southern Downs and Granite Belt’s budding tourism industry is set to grow according to a new report.
  • The gift of Christmas
    Two New South Wales Councils have demonstrated the true meaning of Christmas by joining forces to decorate the streets of Moree for a traditional Christmas in July celebration.
  • Lessons from southeast Asia - The Good Oil by Rod Brown
    Escaping the freezing winter is a serious pastime for Canberrans, so I headed to south-east Asia in June for some sun and a yarn with the locals.
  • National roads specs for rubber roads*
    Millions of waste tyres could soon be headed for a new life not on, but as part of Australia’s road infrastructure.
  • Councillor profiles - Mayor Kim O’Keeffe City of Greater Shepparton
  • Councillor profiles - Mayor Mark Eckel Mildura Rural City Council
  • Wharf wins three design awards
    The Koondrook Wharf in Victoria’s Gannawarra Shire, has won three categories of the 2018 Victorian Architecture Awards announced in Melbourne on 29 June.
  • Get future-ready at AHRI convention*
    Connect with new ideas and trends that will transform the human resources (HR) profession and your business, at the Australian HR Institute’s National Convention and Exhibition in Melbourne from Tuesday 28 August to Friday 31 August.
  • High Achievers - Works Manager, Shire of Victoria Plains Robert Edwards
  • High Achievers - City of Swan Business and Tourism Services
  • Celebrating Indigenous heritage
    Glenelg Shire, Victoria, celebrated National Reconciliation Week in 2018 by shedding light on the region’s rich aboriginal culture, with the release of the first ever documentary dedicated to the Shire’s local Indigenous history.
  • Five top issues facing Regional Australia*
    Mackay Regional Council looks forward to hosting the 2018 Sustainable Economic Growth for Regional Australia (SEGRA) conference, 22-25 October.
  • Social media study
    The City of Logan, Queensland and the City of Canada Bay, New South Wales have been chosen as the only two councils in Australia to take part in a ground-breaking study on social media interaction between ratepayers and local government.
  • Regions need help
    ‘More action is needed to help struggling rural and remote regions innovate’ is the central message of the State of the Regions Report released at the Regional Cooperation and Development Forum in Canberra last month.
  • LG Focus competition winner
    This year’s LG Focus Booth competition winner at the ALGA National General Assembly Expo18 wins a full page in Local Government FOCUS to promote their Council’s achievements. Congratulations to the winning Council Central Desert Regional Council, Northern Territory.
  • Women singled out for new award
    Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government, Dr John McVeigh, used the National Awards for Excellence in Local Government gala dinner to announce a new national award that will encourage more women in local government.
  • Delegates meet with Ministers
    Maranoa Regional Council capitalised on their visit to Canberra last month supplementing attendance at the National General Assembly of Local Government, by meeting with ministers, senators and senior advisors.
  • ALGWA networking breakfast
    Australian Local Government Women’s Association (ALGWA) honoured one of its own at this year’s networking breakfast held annually in Canberra, as an adjunct event to the National General Assembly of Local Government.


Feature: Financial Sustainability & Asset Management

  • Setting new standards for sustainable buildings
    The City of Sydney has proposed stronger sustainability standards for new commercial buildings to reduce emissions and stop more waste from going to landfill.
  • Addressing procurement risk*
    By Rob Cook
  • Future directions - By Peter Porch Manager Operational Services Northern Areas Council
    Water re-use project
  • Investing in energy efficiency projects
    An internal fund set up by Cessnock City Council, New South Wales, to invest in energy efficient projects is proving to be a real success as the benefits start to flow.
  • River bridged with pinpoint accuracy
    City of Launceston’s new pedestrian and cycle bridge across the Esk River reached an important milestone last month when the final twin spans reached the Seaport side of the Tasmanian river with accuracy down to 1mm.
  • Opting for affordable business systems
    Somerset Regional Council based at Esk in Queensland’s southeast, has a vision of delivering affordable rates and effective services.
  • Main street celebrations
    Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council, New South Wales, employees worked right up to the 12 noon deadline to ensure the newly upgraded Sheridan Street would be ready for the official opening.
  • Types of life insurance*
    There are different types of cover that fall under the broad heading of life insurance.
  • New footbridge in bumper civil works package
    Douglas Shire Council, Queensland, has committed $115,000 to replace the pedestrian bridge decking at Hutchinson Creek after residents raised concerns.
  • Road built of plastic and glass
    Soft plastics from approximately 200,000 plastic bags and packaging, and 63,000 glass bottle equivalents will be diverted from landfill to construct a Victorian road in an Australian-first trial.
  • Guide to asset management*
    Austroads’ new Asset Management Guide embraces whole of organisation practice.
  • Activity-based costing success at Sorell*
    Sorell has been one of the fastest growing municipalities in Tasmania for many years. However Sorell Council’s infrastructure planning and development for a growing community was exceeding the ability of its internal systems and resources.
  • New town centre
    Baw Baw Shire Council, Victoria, is investing in upgrades to improve the experience and appeal for those accessing the Warragul central business district (CBD) area.
  • New partnership to drive change
    Hunter Water and Lake Macquarie City Council, New South Wales, have entered into a Partnership Agreement to improve the delivery of services for people in Lake Macquarie.
  • Eco-friendly heating
    The Circular Head Council, Tasmania, has chosen a wood chip (biomass) boiler system, to provide heating for the Community Wellbeing Centre due for completion in December this year.
  • A use for recycled glass
    Lake Macquarie City Council, New South Wales, is spearheading a push to substitute sand with recycled crushed glass in civil works projects in a bid to find a local solution to a growing national waste problem.
  • Engaging Change: Meet Dinuki Scharenguivel*
    Creating an organisation committed to community engagement isn’t an easy task. It takes a dedicated influencer to help drive organisational change. Meet Dinuki Scharenguivel.
  • Cultural funding welcomed
    Mosman Council has welcomed funding from the New South Wales (NSW) Government of more than $200,000 for assistance with significant improvements to Barry O’Keefe Library and art collection storage for Mosman Art Gallery.
  • Boating ramps up in Whitsunday
    An agreement has been reached between the Queensland Government and Whitsunday Regional Council for the delivery of a new four or five lane boat launching facility at Shute Harbour.
  • Historic church becomes council chamber
    The Shire of Donnybrook – Balingup, Western Australia, recently completed restoration works on the Old Uniting Church giving the building a second life as the Shire’s new Council Chamber.
  • Road damage repaired by end of year
    Tweed Shire Council, New South Wales, is on track to complete all road flood-damage repairs by the end of the year.
  • Gurri Wanyarra wellbeing centre
    The City of Greater Bendigo’s Gurri Wanyarra Wellbeing Centre costing $31 million is the biggest infrastructure project undertaken by the Victorian City.
  • Rail infrastructure upgrades
    Narromine Shire Council, New South Wales (NSW), has welcomed the announcement of $4.2 million for upgrades to the Narromine Rail yard.
  • New vision for remote region
    Mapoon Aboriginal Shire Council, Queensland, held community consultations, in early June, to discuss an incredible $13 million injection of funding from State and Federal Governments, and The Western Cape Trust, to overhaul infrastructure and invest in the region during 2018.
  • Thinking differently for better results*
    Most of you would be familiar with the Deni Ute Muster, where around 20,000 people congregate to have fun, meet friends and celebrate the ute.
  • Higher rates for vacant shops
    City of Fremantle, Western Australia, will investigate if it’s possible to charge landowners higher rates if their city centre properties remain vacant for an extended period.
  • X-rays recycled into jewellery
    As part of the Mornington Peninsula Municipal Resource Recovery Services Strategy, the Victorian Shire is now offering free recycling of X-rays.
  • Solar farm benefits
    Southern Downs Regional Council (SDRC) and University of Queensland (UQ) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that aims to develop links and create opportunities for the Southern Downs Region around the Warwick solar farm project.
  • Australia’s Leading Tyre Distributor is Tyres4U*
    Since 1990, Tyres4U has become Australia’s leading independent tyre distributor, with 11 warehouses supplying tyres for almost every vehicle type, make and model backed by a network of hundreds of independent tyre service centres.