June 2019 Edition

Breaking News


  • Workforce worries
    A national survey on local government has exposed the sector as ill equipped to meet the workplace needs of the future, with 69 percent of local governments in Australia experiencing a skill shortage and skill gaps.
  • Study reveals how the koalas are bearing up
    A study conducted in partnership between Scenic Rim Regional Council, and koala conservationists has yielded valuable data on the marsupials’ health, ecology and movements.
  • Connect, exchange, learn at IT2019*
    Coffs Harbour City Council is organising the 22nd Local Government Information Technology Conference at Opal Cove Resort, Coffs Harbour, NSW, 27 to 29 November 2019.
  • Boosting youth mental health
    Shire of East Pilbara, Western Australia (WA), received a visit last month from Mentally Healthy WA’s Act-Belong-Commit team to run a fun and interactive workshop with young people to teach them how they could boost their mental health and that of those around them.
  • President’s comment – Time to reflect
    Mayor David O’Loughlin, President Australian Local Government Association
  • Climbing trees boosts tourism
    Tree climbers and arborists are to be challenged by the large trees growing in Davidson Reserve, Kapunda at the 2019 ‘Red Bull Branched Out’ event 17-19 October.
  • Horse capital’s arena draws a crowd
    Upper Hunter Shire Council has won an award for White Park Arena, from Parks and Leisure Australia for the ‘Best Regional/Rural Industry Contribution’ in New South Wales (NSW) or Australian Capital Territory (ACT).
  • Vibrant Hobart has solid foundations*
    If you have never been to Hobart, or if it’s been a long while between visits, there are plenty of reasons to be at the August IPWEA International Public Works Conference, where you can connect with this unique southern Australian capital city.
  • Weed wrestling
    Weed management is an integral part of sustainable agriculture, sound environmental management and the maintenance of biosecurity that underpins rural industries.
  • How Labor got sucked in - The Good Oil by Rod Brown
    The Labor Party and its supporters are bemused. Why didn’t middle Australia listen?
  • A real sense of community
    A Biggest Morning Tea held at Jindera, New South Wales, by educators and staff from Greater Hume Children Services raised $231.55 to support children, families, educators and the community affected by cancer.
  • Cultures from around the world
    The Laidley District State School was transformed into an international hub of cuisine, dance and activities for the annual Lockyer Valley Multicultural Festival, on 26 May.
  • Community safety upgrades
    Town of Gawler, South Australia, has received $200,000 from the Australian Government’s Safer Communities Fund to support the extension of its CCTV system and the installation of improved lighting along pedestrian pathways at various parks and reserves and within carparks at sporting precincts and community facilities.
  • Innovative infringement app launches in Geraldton*
    The City of Greater Geraldton, Western Australia, approached IT Vision with a business challenge regarding ongoing faults with their existing mobile infringement devices.
  • Alison Nunan Mayor District Council of Robe, South Australia
  • Mark Wasley Mayor Adelaide Plains Council, South Australia
  • Frontline workers keep it local
    West Arnhem Regional Council, Northern Territory, recently joined experts at a Darwin forum to discuss local, national and international approaches to domestic and family violence risk assessment and management.
  • A century celebrated*
    2019 is the 100th anniversary of the first woman elected to any tier of government.
  • Changes to Portable Signage Policy
    City of Busselton, Western Australia, has endorsed a change to its Portable Advertising Signs in Public Places Policy which will make the policy more workable for local businesses and City administrators.
  • Taking workplace health and safety into the field*
    Walgett Shire Council as part of its on-going commitment to risk management has chosen to think outside the square, and by doing so, has resulted in the Workplace Health and Safety Officer (WHS), Mr Dave Callander, moving from his office in the Walgett Shire Council administration building, to being completely autonomous and travelling around one of the states largest shires in his mobile office.
  • A half century of service
    Alice Springs Town Council, Northern Territory, will bid a sad farewell to its longest serving Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Rex Mooney, in July 2019.
  • Shape up for saving*
    In today’s volatile energy market, you need leading expertise and insights to make sure your energy contracts are working as hard as they should be. At Procurement Australia, we get it.
  • Brisbane City Council ‘greening up’ the 2019APCS
    Brisbane City Council will manifest its green credentials on a global scale when it hosts the 2019 Asia Pacific Cities Summit (2019APCS) and Mayors’ Forum next month.
  • Bathurst Winter Festival
    City of Bathurst, New South Wales, will once again be transformed into a hub of excitement, creativity and fun with the Bathurst Winter Festival from 6-21 July.
  • Connect kids with causes
    The City of Logan, Queensland, has gone high tech to bring people together.
  • Homage to the Anzacs
    A light projection show, Homage to the Anzacs, launched on Good Friday in Memorial Square, Colac, Victoria, has been deemed a resounding success.
  • Trade delegation from Japan and Taiwan
    Future trade and investment opportunities with Japan and Taiwan companies were the focus of meetings in St George last month.
  • Overseas trip a success
    City of Darwin representatives recently returned from a fact finding trip to Taipei, confident of the significant investment being made in smart technologies.
  • Funds returned to water users
    In a completely unprecedented move, Moree Plains Shire Council, New South Wales, has committed to providing a massive 50 percent rebate on residential water users’ upcoming bills, set to arrive in letterboxes over the coming weeks.
  • Lake Ranfurly fenced for protection
    Lake Ranfurly, situated close to the city of Mildura, Victoria, is home to a host of threatened native plants and animals, as well as a popular location for walking, bike riding and bird watching.
  • The unseen killer: making dieback visible
    Phytophthora Dieback is an introduced plant disease that is causing devastation to the native vegetation of southwest Western Australia, with this unseen killer now understood to affect around 40 percent of our native plants!
  • Recycling initiative investigated
    In an industry leading initiative, the City of Canterbury Bankstown, New South Wales (NSW), will investigate the use of recycled glass in road base.
  • Write-ability explores the written word
    Mildura Rural City Council, Victoria, is about to introduce an eight-month program aimed at providing people with disability in the region with opportunities to express themselves through writing.
  • Change of direction
    Wollondilly Council, New South Wales, will soon embrace a new way of providing tourist information, as the visitor information service enters an exciting new phase.
  • Statement from the Heart
    Hornsby Shire Council, New South Wales, has taken a significant step towards solidarity with the local Aboriginal community by acknowledging the Statement from the Heart.
  • Sheep dog arena revamped for show
    Maranoa Regional Council, Queensland was able to announce the works on the Bassett Park Sheep Dog Arena were completed in time for the Roma Show in early May.
  • Facilities upgrade for better service
    Mosman Council, New South Wales, recently completed a program of major refurbishment to its offices and facilities.
  • Playing it safe
    Central Coast Council, New South Wales, has recently installed an additional 21 CCTV cameras at community facilities in Umina, Woy Woy, San Remo and Terrigal to enhance community safety within neighbourhoods, public spaces and places.
  • ‘Paws-itive’ fun day
    A pet education day proved a howling success at Mossman Gorge when Local Laws team, Douglas Shire Council, Queensland, held its second annual Pat Your Pet Day to promote responsible pet ownership and engage with the local community last month.
  • Ramping up capital works
    Wagga Wagga City Council, New South Wales, is considering its options for capital works delivery.


Feature: Environment management

  • Bird hide purifies lake
    A solar array disguised as a bird hide is under construction on the shores of Yangebup Lake, City of Cockburn, Western Australia, as part of ongoing projects to improve water quality at the waterbird haven.
  • Creating water from thin air
    As technology becomes more integrated into our lives, it’s important for councils to harness its potential to better serve the needs of their communities and improve services.
  • Conservation officers join ReefClean
    Parks Conservation officers at Gladstone Regional Council, Queensland, can always be counted on to pitch in and help take care of the region’s natural environment.
  • Powering the City
    Local councils across Australia are leading the way in sustainability and efforts to reduce emissions that are contributing to climate change.
  • Waterwise Award winner
    A number of innovative and out-of-the-box sustainable initiatives by the City of Canning led to the Western Australian Water Corporation recognising the City’s efforts with the Platinum Waterwise Council – Council of the Year award in May.
  • Dune rehabilitation in progress
    Carlton Beach, Tasmania, is one of the Sorell Municipality’s most popular and picturesque spots.
  • Resilient coast strategy
    A team of coastal scientists, engineers and economists have become the first in Queensland to finish a ten year scientific strategy that will give Douglas Shire the tools to proactively manage and mitigate the impacts of coastal hazards.
  • Driving a new car share pilot
    Inner West Council, New South Wales, will partner with GoGet Car Share to roll out a pilot program integrating car share with the Inner West light rail link, greatly expanding transport options for residents travelling into the Inner West.
  • River clean up
    The Goulburn River, Victoria, was the site of a community clean up event last month that netted 700 kg of rubbish.
  • A playground the city asked for
    Big changes are happening at the GRAMS (Geraldton Regional Aboriginal Medical Service) Reserve, Western Australia, this month.
  • Free tyre recycling all month
    Burdekin Shire Council, Queensland, is helping residents give life to unwanted tyres by providing free tyre recycling throughout the entire month of June.
  • More local authorities add to the momentum of domestic tyre recycling*
    A further six local government authorities have recently joined the push to both improve end-of-life tyre management reducing the instances of illegal dumping and council asset management, through the use of infrastructure products containing tyre-derived raw materials.
  • Benefits handed on
    A new generation of Landcare volunteers in Lake Macquarie, New South Wales, is helping rehabilitate and protect wild areas.
  • Aiming for carbon neutrality
    The City of Ballarat, Victoria, is aiming for a zero emissions target by 2025 after endorsing its Carbon Neutrality and 100 percent Renewables Action Plan in April.
  • Climate action swells
    The world’s top surfers joined forces with the Margaret River community to turn the tide on climate change at a landmark Climate Action Summit.
  • Council recognises a climate emergency
    Addressing climate change has become a core issue in the Clarence Valley, New South Wales, following a decision by council to recognise there is a climate emergency that requires urgent actions by all levels of government and the community.
  • Ambitious environmental project
    Blue Mountains City Council, New South Wales (NSW), is celebrating the efforts of the Popes Glen Bushcare Group for their efforts in completing a remarkable environmental restoration project.
  • Contact Organics’ LocalSafe Glyphosate Free Weed Terminator*
    Municipalities around Australia have been spurred on by some recent world events to start looking at alternative solutions to weed control; Contact Organics is offering a viable solution.
  • Healthy land and water
    Rockhampton Regional Council, Queensland, has recently joined forces with Healthy Land and Water to look at the environmental, ecological and social benefits of Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD).
  • A significant drop in the ocean
    City of Gold Coast, Queensland, has commenced construction on the $18.2 million Palm Beach Artificial Reef, to enhance the protection of one of City’s most vulnerable stretches of coastline.
  • Dust flies on water security project
    A District Council of Kimba, South Australia, project that will capture the equivalent of five Olympic swimming pools’ worth of water is on schedule following a $750,000 funding windfall from the Commonwealth Government.
  • Wastewater management hits a new high*
    Pacific Bio is an Australian biotech company that is setting a new standard in sustainable aquaculture and wastewater management.
  • Heat study reveals climate change impact
    A study by a local government sustainability education team in Perth’s southeast has proven that dark roofs and treeless streets make our homes hotter.
  • Electric vehicle owners benefit
    Randwick, Waverley and Woollahra councils, New South Wales (NSW), have joined together to provide convenient, public, on-street electric vehicle charging stations for locals and visitors.
  • Builders in firing line
    Home builders and renovators were the focus of last month’s Get the Site Right blitz, targeting erosion and sediment control on building and construction sites in Canterbury-Bankstown and greater Sydney.
  • Innovative field of dreams
    Imagine a sporting oval where club officials can control LED field lighting via sms as well as enjoying the benefits of brand new amenities surrounded by natural parkland.
  • Meet Albany’s Sustainable Heroes
    City of Albany, Western Australia, has a fount of Sustainable Heroes, ordinary people making small changes for a big impact on the future.
  • Timber – the ultimate renewable*
    Bunjil Place in Victoria – an award winning example of the ultimate renewable in action.
  • Ponds convert to wetland
    Moonee Valley City Council, Victoria, is restoring the ponds in an Essendon park to native wetland, helping deliver on its promise of a green Moonee Valley by 2040.
  • Looking for answers on small scale waste to energy
    Tenterfield and Moree Plains Councils, New South Wales, together with support from another eight councils have committed funding for a major research study to identify small scale waste to energy options.
  • Native habitats safeguarded in the Adelaide Hills
    Native vegetation within the Woorabinda Bushland Reserves near Stirling will be protected in perpetuity thanks to a new Native Vegetation Heritage Agreement.
  • Electric car launched
    Penrith City Council, New South Wales, has announced the latest addition to its vehicle fleet is 100 percent electric, will not create any greenhouse gas emissions while being driven, and will be recharged using renewable energy.
  • Compostable bags for best practice organic waste management*
    The Cardia Bioproducts waste bag range was established in response to the strong global demand for sustainable packaging products by companies, retailers, councils and consumers.
  • Tarkine bid for next iconic walk
    Circular Head Council, Tasmania, has endorsed an expression of interest application with the National Parks and Wildlife Service to establish the state’s next iconic multi day walk in the Tarkine Wilderness area.
  • Preparing for e-waste ban
    Brimbank Council will introduce new ways to dispose of electronic waste (e-waste), following the Victorian Government’s state-wide ban on e-waste being sent to landfill to take effect from 1 July 2019.
  • Recycled logs shore up riverbank
    Tweed Shire Council, New South Wales (NSW), is seeing results from an innovative project that involved working with three private landowners to deliver large scale earthworks and riverbank reconstruction at two sites along the Oxley River.
  • Wharf St Basin transformation underway
    The City of Canning, Western Australia, has awarded Josh Byrne and Associates with the landscape architecture contract to redevelop Wharf Street Basin in Cannington into a Smart Community Park.
  • Sustainable stormwater success
    Clarence City Council, Tasmania, has recently completed a significant stormwater harvesting and re-use project in Cambridge.
  • Rates concessions for conservation
    Landowners on Queensland’s Fraser Coast, who enter into voluntary conservation agreements, may be eligible for rates concessions of up to 25 percent, with no maximum dollar concession amount, due to an amendment to Fraser Coast Regional Council’s Conservation Area Concession Policy.
  • Volunteers create a cooler, greener environment
    The Barossa Council, South Australia, and Natural Resources Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges joined forces with Treasury Wine Estates’ (TWE) corporate volunteers, Landcare and Kiwanis to clean up areas of local bushland.
  • How to Stretch your unsealed road budget further*
    Unsealed road budgets are being stretched to the max.
  • Rural floodways upgraded
    Upgrade works have commenced on a selection of rural road floodways as part of Maranoa Council’s Regional Floodway Program funded by Works for Queensland.
  • A focus on the environment is key to sustainable visitor economy*
    FunSearch.com.au is a new photo and video search engine system designed by a group of experienced Melbourne social entrepreneurs.