Partial return of council planning control welcomed
The New South Wales Government is handing back partial planning controls to councils in specific growth areas, including limited inner-city locations and a range of suburbs on Sydney’s outskirts in a move designed to “clear the decks” of planning proposals stuck in the State Government’s own planning system.
Australia-Korea local government exchange
Local Government Professionals Australia has received funding from the Federal Government for an emerging local government leaders professional development program, which will foster Australian-Korean relationships at the government level.
Changing children’s lives
A project that has helped cut the number of developmentally vulnerable children in South Australia’s Mid Murray district, from one in three to one in ten within six years, has won State recognition.
Councils buy back their rubbish
In an Australian first, nine South Australian councils have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to prioritise buying products made from recycled materials.
EDGE proves a huge success
Inner West Council’s inaugural EDGE – a series of five planned 'creative precincts activations' – attracted thousands of people from across Sydney in March.
New wheels making memories
Some of Port Fairy’s youngest residents got to take their new wheels for a spin, when they had their first excursion outside of the childcare facilities at Port Fairy Community Services Centre, Victoria.
Located between Devonport and Burnie, Central Coast Council is the 2019 winner of the Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT) Award for Excellence for larger councils.
Record funding benefits library service
The Yass Valley Library Service is set to benefit from a record boost in funding, with the State Government delivering $36.5 million in funding to New South Wales (NSW) public libraries in 2019/20.
Library tales and tails
A new and unique program to the City of Palmerston, Northern Territory, Library has tails wagging and children reading.
Animal care excellence
Central Coast Council, New South Wales, has announced the Central Coast Animal Care Facility at Erina has been nominated as an ‘outstanding animal shelter’ finalist in the Jetpets Companion Animal Rescue Awards.
State bodies connect for common interests
Maranoa Regional Council, Queensland, Councillor David Schefe, attended the Local Government New South Wales (NSW) Local Water Advisory Policy Group and Water Management Conference last month in an effort to learn from each other and solve common issues with regards to essential infrastructure.
North Sydney Council has voted to ban smoking in the North Sydney central business district (CBD).
Airport Welcome to Country sign
Visitors arriving at the Whitsunday Coast Airport will be greeted by a Welcome to Country digital sign recognising the traditional owners, the Gia and Ngaro people.
Street art stirs a pot of excitement
From a Blue Jay landing on a giant skeleton to a young plaited girl blowing bubbles, crowds are flocking to snap a selfie of Frankston’s street art scene.
Apprentice mechanic breaking down gender stereotypes
Tegan Muirhead said fear had initially held her back from becoming a diesel mechanic, but the young Wagga Wagga City Council apprentice is now inspiring other women to take the risk and to help break down gender stereotypes across male-dominated industries.
Seeing is believing*
One of the biggest issues for communities is the loss of ownership and direction often felt through lack of time and involvement, and even knowing who makes up your community.
Local youth look ahead
Kyogle Council, New South Wales, and Kyogle Together Inc. supported three young members of Council’s youth advisory group Swoopin’ Season to attend the Unleash the Future MMXIX NSW Youth Council Conference in Blacktown last month.
Network supports staff to drive change
Glen Eira City Council, Victoria, recently launched the Practice Leaders Network, a program that aims to deliver organisational change via cultivating staff capabilities.
Well-fest promotes staff wellbeing
Following the success of a wellness day in 2017, the City of Burnside in South Australia has expanded the program to become the week-long Well-fest.
Proving that mental health matters
Via its ‘Mental Health Matters’ campaign, Murrindindi Shire Council, Victoria, has successfully worked with the Victorian Government to enable easier access to mental health services for its community.
Community says it’s a top place to live
The 2019 biennial MARKYT Community Scorecard survey has shown the Town of East Fremantle, Western Australia, to again be one of the highest performing local governments as a ‘place to live’ and as a ‘governing organisation’.
Resource sharing a winner
Sharing staff resources with neighbouring councils is helping upskill employees and increase revenue for the Mid Murray Council, South Australia.
Caloundra serves up an ace
The Sunshine Coast Tennis Centre in Caloundra, Queensland, is set to become the region’s premier tennis facility with a multi-million dollar upgrade on target for completion by the end of the year.
Training in mental health first aid
To help support staff in the workplace, two Tasmanian councils have implemented mental health first aid training, enabling staff members to provide compassionate and confidential peer support.
Hoops to help the homeless
What started as a small idea with Moreland City Council, Victoria, gardener and basketball fanatic, Chris Worner, looking for a way to help rough sleepers in Moreland; morphed into an event that attracted the attention of Olympian Michele Timms, NBA superstar Andrew Bogut and media personality Peter Hitchener.
Setting customer service standards
Barossa Council, South Australia, has implemented an ambitious Change Program, which aims to break down service delivery silos within the organisation and deliver leading customer service.
In-house training kick-starts conversations
Burdekin Shire Council, Queensland, is building a new ‘culture of conversation’ following an intensive series of in-house training sessions focusing on Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) and Fraud and Corruption Control.
Skate program voted a rolling success
More than 2,200 skateboarders, scooter and BMX riders took part in a series of free clinics and competitions in the City of Gosnells, Western Australia, as part of an initiative designed to engage and encourage positive participation amongst young people.
Teaching the teachers on mental health
The City of Melville, Western Australia, joined forces with The Experience Lab, headspace™ and the Constable Care Child Safety Foundation earlier this year, to host Supporting Student Wellbeing, a teacher professional development event on mental health and wellbeing in young people.