Citizenship celebrations under review
The Federal Government’s announcement yesterday that it will force councils to hold a citizenship ceremony on Australia Day, has been denounced by Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) as heavy-handed and odd.
Coordinated resourcing needed to deliver
Rugby Australia will receive $20 million to upgrade facilities but Blacktown City Council will have to go it alone on its planned International Centre of Training Excellence despite recommendations by Infrastructure Australia’s Planning Liveable Cities Report launched last week.
New waste policy lacks backbone
The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) is calling for leadership from the Commonwealth following endorsement of the new National Waste Policy (NWP) at the 8th Meeting of Environment Ministers in Canberra last Friday.
Battered river fixed
South East Queensland’s (SEQ) worst performing catchment is being thrown a lifeline from local councils in a bid to protect the Bremer River from the ongoing impacts of urban development, severe weather events and flooding.
Safety prioritised at roads congress
Road safety featured early and was an ongoing theme at this year’s Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) Local Roads and Transport Congress in Alice Springs, 20-21 November.
Defence strategy welcomed
Chair of the South West Group Voluntary Regional Organisation of Councils (VROC), City of Melville Mayor, Russell Aubrey, has welcomed the development of Western Australia’s Defence Strategic Plan.
Scoring the region
In a first for Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, the towns, villages and precincts of the region will soon have their own score to reflect how unique, vibrant and exciting these places are in the eyes of the community.
A one night stand to remember
More than 30,000 people flocked to the coastal hamlet of St Helens on Tasmania’s east coast, for Triple J’s annual One Night Stand.
Continence care for men
Town of Gawler, South Australia, is leading the way for local government by installing continence pad disposal bins in their men’s public toilets.
Celebrating 25 years
A popular Port Douglas Carnivale crowd-pleaser has been locked in for another three years as Douglas Shire Council kicks off preparations to mark the event’s 25th Anniversary.
Removing the pain from IT software choices*
A fully cloud based total software solution for local government, directly competing against other software suppliers, is taking the pain out of choosing council information iechnology (IT) software and it is already bringing significant cost savings and new administration efficiencies to Councils across Australia and Fiji.
Champion young hackers
Mount Gambier, South Australia, teenage trio Lilli Fulwood, Elly Bachmann and Dale Bachmann received top honours at the GovHack Open Data Competition National Awards taking out the Best National Youth Team award at the red carpet event held in November.
Council spreads festive cheer
From Sarina Range to Eungella, Bloomsbury to Koumala and everywhere in between, Mackay Regional Council’s Christmas grants will dole out lashings of festive cheer across the region.
FOGO trial awarded
Western Australia’s South Metropolitan Regional Council (SMRC) and City of Melville have received the Avoid Recover Protect – Waste Management Award at this year’s Infinity Awards, for the first Perth Metropolitan 3-bin Food Organics Garden Organics (FOGO) trial.
Libraries take collections global
Wagga Wagga City Library is helping bring local oral history collections out of the archives and into the world in a new partnership with the State Library of New South Wales (NSW).
Garden of reflection
City of Darwin takes mental health issues very seriously, and following a tragedy in the city’s northern suburb of Jingili in 2014, it became very clear to Council just how important it is for community members to have access to a space for personal reflection.
The value of contract decisions
The City of Gosnells has received an outstanding social procurement award from Western Australian Disability Enterprises, recognising the City’s efforts to contract disability organisations for parks operations and tree services.
Logan City Council, Queensland, has successfully staged a mock evacuation exercise to fine-tune its Disaster Management capability.
Do you really understand your suppliers?*
For many years, the focus for procurement has been squarely on efficiency: helping the organisation by securing key goods and services more cheaply, quickly, easily and with the most convenience.
Sustainable design policy
The City of Greater Bendigo, Victoria, will become the fi rst regional council
to have an Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD) policy added to its
MAGIQ Performance Version 5 released*
MAGIQ Software has announced a major new release of its market-leading MAGIQ Performance Suite of budgeting, reporting and strategic planning software.
Leading the sustainable way
City of Canning, Western Australia (WA), has announced the rebranding and reinvigorating of its Canning River Eco Education Centre (CREEC) program from January 2019.
Road upgrade links communities
West Arnhem Regional Council is currently completing the final few km of works on Murganella Road as part of Stage two of the major road project carried out in 2018.
Students get a handle on mental health
Benalla Rural City, Victoria, received entries from 35 year 8 students for its Live4Life competition, which encourages young people to submit a creative project to increase understanding, reduce stigma and improve mental health knowledge.
Gas extraction cleans tip site
Redlands City Council, Queensland, has announced Stage 2 of the Birkdale Landfill Gas extraction project which captures methane for electricity generation.
Practicing Sustainable Development Goals
Director of the United Nations (UN) Information Centre, Christopher Woodthorpe, has had a first-hand look at how City of Newcastle, New South Wales, is implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on a recent visit.
More trainees and apprentices
Fraser Coast Council, Queensland, is about to recruit 11 new trainees and apprentices thanks to a grant through the Local Government Association of Queensland from State Government’s First Start Program.
Recycling audit shows education is key
A Willoughby City Council, New South Wales (NSW), survey of resident’s bins has found plastic bags and soft plastic remain the most frequent contaminants in recycling bins.
Socialising with customers
After a successful trial in 2017, Lake Macquarie City Council, New South Wales, has expanded its customer service platforms to include social media.
Recycling options grow
Australian Capital Territory (ACT) participated in last month’s National Recycling Week, to help raise awareness of good recycling behaviours along with the environmental and economic benefits of recycling.
User-friendly online tool
Brimbank City Council, Victoria, has developed a new user-friendly tool that helps calculate and pay a Development Contributions Payment (DCP) through a simple online process.
Combining for road upgrade
Mid-western Regional Council, New South Wales (NSW), has completed an $18.7 million upgrade of Ulan Road, connecting Mudgee to mining operations and the Golden Highway.
Improved services and savings recognised
Inner West Council, New South Wales, has received recognition for it’s continued efforts to harmonise and improve services at the annual Local Government Procurement Awards.
Sensor network fights congestion
Western Sydney City Deal councils have received $700,000 for the Western Sydney Parkland Sensor Network project in round two of the Federal Government’s Smart Cities and Suburbs program.
Service standards launched
Banyule Council, Victoria, has committed to deliver better customer service and quicker responsiveness to its community.
Regional cities unite
An alliance of New South Wales (NSW) regional cities will create a united voice to influence State Government policy and investment on issues such as population growth, regional infrastructure and investment.
Tree app grows on residents
Residents of Mosman, New South Wales, can now easily find all the information required for the management of trees via a newly launched app called Trees Mosman.
Solution to single use plastics
Central Coast Council, New South Wales, is waging a war on single use plastic bags and is looking to partner with local fruit and vegetable suppliers to provide customers with free reusable produce net bags.
Sculptures in the garden
Mid-western Regional Council, New South Wales, will soon have three new artworks to add to its public art collection as a result of acquisitions from the annual Sculptures in the Garden event at Rosby Estate.
Disability Action Week success
From golf to hip-hop, Cairns Regional Council’s Disability Action Week, held in September, provided a range of activities to promote inclusion.
Retail development promises jobs boom
Construction is poised to begin on a landmark 30,000 sq m retail centre in Lake Macquarie, New South Wales, set to create more than 600 full-time jobs once complete.