Currency of change for councils*
Local government is at the apex of change. Councils must move forward technologically to be able to deliver the services their ratepayers now demand and must do so efficiently and cost-effectively on all levels.
Who should pay?
Cost shifting is increasingly impeding local government’s ability to deliver services and maintain infrastructure for communities.
One million containers
Maranoa Regional Council, Queensland, has received a remarkable one million eligible containers at its Drop-Off points since commencing the Container Refund Scheme on Saturday, 23 February 2019.
Health campaign brings rewards
After giving up the grog with the help of City of Wodonga’s campaign Who’s it gonna hurt?, local man Michael Rose started to live again.
The art of living well
Residents of Albany, Western Australia, were given the chance to explore the silent realms of death and the art of living well through an interactive installation this winter.
State of the art vehicle takes command
Cooktown’s State Emergency Service (SES) has a new state of the art mobile command centre vehicle, thanks to a joint Cook Shire Council, Queensland, and SES grant.
Brimbank Council has called for urgent intervention from the Victorian Government to find a solution to deliver the Upper Stony Creek Transformation Project in Sunshine North.
Beginning the conversation*
With the recent amplification in the media of issues around the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, and the continued impacts of changing water availability, it is more important than ever that the voices of local government continue to be heard.
A grand old tree named Gandalf
One of the oldest trees in Logan, Queensland, has been officially dated and named in celebration of National Tree Day last month.
Inaugural Agsafe Stewardship awards
The inaugural Agsafe Stewardship Conference and Awards held in Brisbane was dubbed a great success with over 40 national finalists across six categories.
Glenn McGrath cricket nets unveiled
The official opening of the Glenn McGrath Cricket Nets in Narromine, New South Wales (NSW) saw the legendary Australian, former International cricketer Glenn McGrath AM return home to formally open the nets named in his honour.
Wood Encouragement Policy adopted in WA
Following months of discussion with the Western Australian (WA) Forest Products Commission and Planet Ark, the state government has now joined Tasmania to become the second state government in Australia to adopt a state-wide WEP.
New men’s shed opened
Broadford Men’s Shed has officially opened its new shed which will offer men throughout Mitchell Shire the chance to come together and socialise, build on trade skills and provide quality programs for the community.
Blue trees for mental health
The Blue Tree project — which began in Mukinbudin in Western Australia’s Wheatbelt has seen dead trees throughout the state painted blue, encouraging people to talk about mental health.
Home Support Program extended
Gannawarra Shire Council, Victoria, has welcomed the Federal Government’s decision to extend the Commonwealth Home Support Program until 30 June 2022.
Residents feedback gets results
Whyalla City Council, South Australia, has completed maintenance on the foreshore beach shades and access canopies after community feedback resulted in a positive change of plans.
Power in numbers
Southern Downs Regional Council’s Pest Management team is proudly working with local sheep and wool producers to control wild dogs.
Feature: Community services, leisure, parks & gardens
The glyphosate dilemma
The controversy surrounding the use of glyphosate-based herbicides continues as councils assess their use of the products to control weeds in parks, streets, playgrounds and open spaces.
Turning up the heat on weeds
Weeds across the City of Greater Geraldton, Western Australia, are beginning to feel the heat as a 12-month steam treatment trial for the unwanted plants rolls out.
Best play space in the state
Rockhampton’s Kershaw Gardens was recently announced as a winner of the 2019 Parks and Leisure Australia Regional Awards.
Art to Street murals transform
The Art to Street project is transforming drab walls across Darwin into public art galleries, adding vibrancy and colour.
This community garden is so much more
Since inception, the Shire of Kondinin’s community garden on the site of the former swimming pool, continues to grow and evolve thanks to the community and various state government grants.
Taking home a Helpmann
Bendigo’s Arena Theatre has taken home the trophy for its heart warming production Robot Song in the category of Best Presentation for Children and Young People at the 19th annual Helpmann Awards.
The town of Moree in North Western New South Wales, has always been known for its strong arts scene, and in July there was an extra creative buzz in the air, with the inaugural Bank Art Museum Moree (BAMM) Art Fair.
Age friendly discount makes a splash
The City of Unley, South Australia, has had a hit with the introduction of an age friendly discount for casual entry to the Unley Swimming Centre for patrons aged 70 years and over in celebration of the community living longer and healthier.
A collaborative approach to protect the river
Thousands of native trees have been planted along the banks of Logan River to reduce sediment loss, protect against severe weather events, and ultimately, improve the water quality and health of Moreton Bay.
Cool shade for warm welcome
The Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley, Western Australia, has installed beautiful new shade sails at both the Celebrity Tree Park and Swim Beach playgrounds.
Baker Boy opens youth festival
The City of Palmerston, with the support of the Northern Territory Government hosted the first ever Palmerston Youth Festival, to coincide with the July school holidays.
Digital literacy program encourages dreaming big
Redlands Coast has brought the digital divide in Queensland a little closer, with 61 Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders completing the Deadly Digital Communities literacy program, which ran from March to May this year at Dunwich on Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island).
With public concern increasing over the responsible and sustainable use of water and pesticides, and negative impacts to the environment, society and biosecurity, responsible sourcing of plants is an expectation.
Pop up libraries in the park
A new chapter begins as Isaac Regional Council, Queensland, libraries take off with a novel idea to head outdoors with one of its popular children programs.
Ground breaking ceremony for a dream come true
It has been a long time coming but the people of Toodyay, Western Australia, can finally see their dream materialise with the turning of the first sod for the Sport and Recreation Precinct.
Library upgraded for better service
Libraries across the Central Highlands in Queensland will be the first in Australia to use cloud-based printing software Princh as part of an upgrade to its public access computers.
Night Fields getting kids involved
The Kojonup Shire, Western Australia, joined forces with the Stephen Michael Foundation and the Kojonup District High School over a five week period, to give school aged children a 20 minute round robin style trial of football (AFL), netball, hockey and some weeks soccer and squash.
Springing back to life
The City of Swan, Western Australia, recently completed a significant upgrade to State Heritage listed park, Spring Reserve.
20,000 new trees for Cairns
Cairns City Council, Queensland, is undertaking a massive revegetation project involving the planting of 20,000 trees along Freshwater Creek.
Using solar power to enhance your community*
Smart Solar Lighting provides councils with a future-proof, sustainable option to improve public safety and utilisation of public assets - and Green Frog Systems is here to help you do exactly that.