No preference deals in council elections
The Queensland Government will introduce Compulsory Preferential Voting (CPV) for Mayoral and divisional councillor elections, starting from the 2020 Local Government election.
Cairns Regional Council has found a use for its straws, the challenge for others is what to do with yours.
Leading the way in waste management design
The Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association of Australia has awarded Toowoomba Regional Council, Queensland, and Shellharbour City Council, New South Wales, the top two facilities in the Australian Landfill and Transfer Station Awards Excellence category.
TechnologyOne is Australia’s largest enterprise Software as a Service (SaaS) company and one of Australia’s top 200 ASX-listed companies (ASX:TNE).
Pearlers’ Games returns
The Shire of Broom, Western Australia, and Chinatown Revitalisation Project will join with Chinatown’s traders to host a three-day arts and heritage festival to celebrate the completion of major construction works and officially re-open the precinct.
An unlikely hero
Australia Day 2019 was the third disaster activation in six weeks for Douglas Shire, Queensland, and the impact on residents and businesses has been significant.
A win for the environment
A clever horse management system designed to increase horse wellbeing while reducing impacts on the environment is the first project to receive funding through a new scheme from Tweed Shire Council, New South Wales.
Cattle under cover
Southern Grampians Shire Council, Victoria, has received a boost, with Minister for Education and Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan, announcing a contribution of $715,000 for the cattleyard roof at the Hamilton Regional livestock Exchange.
Chatswood Library’s evolution
Willoughby City Council’s flagship library at Chatswood, New South Wales (NSW), has recently undergone some exciting upgrades to respond to the changing needs of the community.
Bingo! Bike Week is back
Bike Week celebrations returned to the Shire of East Pilbara, Western Australia, this year following the Shire’s successful application for funding from the Department of Transport.
Gambling education pilot
Brimbank City Council, Victoria, has welcomed a new pilot program to reduce the risks to kids of online gambling and gaming addiction saying more needs to be done to reduce gambling harm.
Support for drought stricken farmers
Circular Head Council, Tasmania, has called on the local community to support a fodder Drought Appeal for the communities affected by drought in New South Wales (NSW).
Dial Before You Dig, council partner in asset protection
Dial Before You Dig is a not for profit organisation that delivers a vital national community service designed to assist in preventing damage and disruption to Australia’s vast infrastructure networks which provide essential services used every day.
Student exchange brings rewards
The annual Busselton-Sugito (Japan) Student Exchange Program was created to provide students from Busselton, Western Australia, with exposure to another country’s culture.
Women smash the stereotypes
Women in Moorabool Shire, Victoria, were encouraged to try new ways to get active as part of VicHealth’s inaugural This Girl Can Week in March.
Public art on the increase
The rise of successful public art projects in Douglas Shire, Queensland, has led to a greater focus on encouraging more community-boosting creativity in the region.
Young mum says thanks for park upgrade
Upgrades by Balonne Shire Council, Queensland, to St George’s Lions Park on the river foreshore are much appreciated by parents of young children, according to local mother of two.
Curbing speed with technology
Central Coast Council, New South Wales, has installed four Vehicle Activated Speed Signs as part of its strategy to reduce speeding across the region.
Clever garbage tests network
The City of Greater Bendigo’s Internet of Things Network has been recognised for its innovative project winning the national prize in the iTNews Benchmark Awards for 2019.
Come play on the Village Green
The Northern Midlands Council, Tasmania, has announced the completion of the third and final stage of the Longford Village Green Playground.
Waste levy wanted
The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has called on the New South Wales (NSW) Government to return waste levy money collected in Western Sydney back to the region.
‘Smart park’ made even smarter
Taking the kids down the park to play is one of life’s simple pleasures…but sometimes you need to stay connected while you’re down there.
New playground worth the wait
Hornsby Shire Council, New South Wales, has celebrated the completion of the Waitara Park playground and Orara Park green space with a community play day.
A dose of culture while you recharge
Dubbo Regional Council, New South Wales, has worked closely with TESLA and NRMA to deliver the region’s first public Electric Vehicle Charging Stations.
Watsons Bay upgrade
Woollahra Council, New South, Wales, has delivered a facelift and functional upgrade to the foreshore at Watsons Bay, one of Sydney’s most popular tourist attractions
Community hub gets the nod
City of Mount Gambier, South Australia, has welcomed the Federal Government approval of $15 million under the Regional Grant Fund for the Mount Gambier Community and Recreation Hub project.
Heat mapping the Barossa
Barossa Council, South Australia, is working with Airborne Research Australia (ARA) to create initial heat maps of the Tanunda Urban Forest Project (TUFP) area.
Waterwise garden shows how
Shire of Mundaring, Western Australia (WA), has established a native plant demonstration garden that is both innovative and informative.
Sewer lining saves time and money
Fraser Coast Regional Council, Queensland, is relining almost 20km of sewers this financial year as part of a $5.17 million project to maintain and improve the region’s wastewater network.
Irrigation system is a winner
The City of Greater Geraldton, Western Australia (WA), has developed a new irrigation system that reduces the need for scheme water.
Major streetlighting upgrade
City of Glen Eira, Victoria, has commenced a project to install approximately 3,000 high performance and energy efficient LED streetlights.
Blue Mountains City Council, New South Wales, is pursuing three new sustainability initiatives in order to achieve a more sustainable Blue Mountains, in line with its community-endorsed Community Strategic Plan.
Less than half a percent
Bega Valley Shire Council, New South Wales (NSW), is leading from the front with its introduction of the Food Organics Garden Organics (FOGO) kerbside collection service and the community’s willingness to embrace change is demonstrated in record low contamination rates.
Virtual parking permits become a reality for Mosman*
Smarter City Solutions recently embarked on an exciting project with Mosman Council New South Wales, to provide an enhanced experience to its residents for purchasing and managing Residential Parking Permits online.
Skate Park refreshed for school holidays
Scooter riders Tana McDowell, Joel and Angus Young from The Hills Shire, New South Wales, have given the revitalised Balcombe Heights Reserve Skate Park the thumbs up.
With the growing population and increasing demand on waste and recycling centres, City of Gold Coast has invested in a recycling initiative designed to make recycling easier.
The beauty of turning old into new*
The Eltham Leisure Centre, Victoria, was constructed in 1981 and while the gym and sporting buildings have undergone some upgrades since being built, the aquatic section had not.
Trackless, driverless, electric trams
Liverpool City Council, New South Wales, and Curtin University have announced a joint research partnership in Western Sydney on trackless trams – driverless, rechargeable electric vehicles guided by GPS that can operate at a fraction of the cost of light rail.