April 2019 Edition

Breaking News

  • 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.


  • Recycled straws
    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 Showcase*
    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.
  • 2019 Infrastructure and Asset Management Conference*
    The 2019 Infrastructure and Asset Management Conference will be held on Thursday 6 June and Friday 7 June at Rydges Melbourne Hotel in Melbourne’s central business district.
  • Rescue Our Recycling: A Call to Action - President’s comment
    More than a year has passed since the impacts of China’s National Sword Policy were first felt in Australia and other countries that export recycled materials to China.
  • Culture Corner displays diversity
    Greater Shepparton’s Malaysian Community played host to the entire community at a traditional mock wedding in the Maude Street Mall on 6 April.
  • Councils welcome public feedback
    The South Australian Government is undertaking a review of the legislation under which councils operate, inviting the public to forward ideas on key areas for reform.
  • Kids make their mark on Memorial Hall
    Nobody was afraid of the mud when local children turned up in droves to ‘make their mark’ on the Denman Memorial Hall.
  • 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.
  • Landscape Irrigation conference and exhibition*
    The Landscape Irrigation Conference, Gold Coast Convention Centre, 18-20 June 2019.
  • Economies of scope - worthy of reflection - The Good Oil by Rod Brown
    The Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) has been around almost 50 years in various forms, and it has built up a record of quality research. But whether its work carries through into policy outcomes is debatable.
  • 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.
  • Councillor profiles - Debbie Wisby Mayor Glamorgan Spring Bay Council
  • Councillor profiles - Alex Green Mayor Southern Midlands Council
  • 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.
  • Stockinbingal pump track attracts kids
    Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council has transformed an area at the recreation ground in Stockinbingal with the construction of a ‘Pump’ Track.
  • 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).
  • Rainbow crossing returns with pride
    An iconic rainbow crossing was painted across the roadway in Taylor Square in the heart of Sydney’s LGBTIQ district in February.
  • 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.
  • Councils and regions to benefit from new national search infrastructure*
    FunSearch.com.au is an Australia wide photo and video search engine that provides a single consolidated channel for destination promotion, particularly council activities, events, natural attractions and council assets, allowing them to be easily found across the country.
  • 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.
  • New book on lobbying focuses on Local Government
    A new book looks at Local Government as a lobbyist in the Australian political framework.


Feature: Engineering & public works

  • 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.
  • Choosing the right barbecue for your public space*
    On a Saturday or Sunday afternoon our local parks and public facilities are full of families and friends enjoying their weekends together.
  • 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.
  • Renewed interest drives track upgrade
    The major redevelopment of an important community resource in Adelaide’s West is set for completion in April.
  • 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.
  • Foamstream pure weed control*
    A safe and effective alternative solution helps local authorities reduce their reliance on herbicides.
  • Container refund scheme declared a success
    Last month’s grand opening of the Container Refund Scheme was a great success for local residents, Maranoa Regional Council ‘Queensland’ and the environment.
  • A new era of improved transparency and accountability
    Cities of Parramatta, Cumberland and Inner West, New South Wales (NSW), have joined forces to establish an innovative Internal Ombudsman Shared Service.
  • 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.
  • Country kids flip out over mobile skate park
    The faces of the children at the Goovigen State School lit up when Banana Shire Council, Queensland, delivered and set-up the portable skate park in town in early February.
  • Towing safety – more than meets the eye*
    Fleet operators are subject to a variety of mandatory on-road safety and legal obligations imposed by today’s regulators.
  • Road upgrade from recycled tyres
    Somerset Regional Council, Queensland, has completed a $700,000 roads upgrade using recycled crumbed rubber from waste tyres.
  • Green footpath trial
    Crushed glass sand and recycled plastic strips have been used in a Hunter region - first footpath construction project trialling environmentally sustainable materials.
  • Clean technology conference*
    The Australian Cleantech sector will meet for the first time at a new National Conference.
  • 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.
  • Endorsing sustainability
    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.
  • Unsealed roads: hidden asset revealed*
  • 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.
  • Recycle Street
    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.