January 2020 Edition

Breaking News

  • Councils step up to assist displaced Aurukun residents
    Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) President Mark Jamieson has thanked Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and other councils in Far North Queensland for their continuing commitment to assisting Aurukun residents adversely affected by recent clan tensions in the community.
  • Rates waived for houses burned
    The New South Wales Government is giving the gift of rates relief to people who have lost their homes in the recent bushfires.
  • Rate capping is back on the table in SA
    The South Australian Government has announced it will again attempt to instigate an arbitrary rate cap on South Australian councils.


  • On fire
    At least 26 people have lost their lives, more than 2000 homes have been destroyed and an estimated one billion-plus animals are dead as fires burn through more than 11 million hectares of land across Australia.
  • The Australian landscape conference 2020*
    March 27-30, 2020
  • Precious coastline funding
    Kingston District Council is one of fifteen coastal councils to share more than $1 million in Round One of the Regional Coast Protection Fund to help repair, restore and sustain South Australian’s 5000 km of regional coastline.
  • Indigenous cultural festival replaces Australia Day
    Inner West Council, New South Wales, is encouraging its community to attend the Yabun Festival this year on 26 January, to celebrate and learn about the history of the world’s oldest, continuous, human civilisation.
  • Increasing the number of women nominating for local government elections in 2020 – President’s comment
  • Collaborating across countries
    Liverpool City Council, New South Wales, will share knowledge on sustainable communities with a town in Sweden through the medium of Minecraft.
  • Industry Training Hub will grow jobs
    Burnie City Council, Tasmania, has welcomed confirmation that Burnie will host the first federally funded industry training hub for the wider Northwest region and the West Coast.
  • Extending recycling capacity
    Coffee pods and light globes, toothbrushes and beauty products, household electrical cables and x-rays are among a host of new items Cairns Regional Council, Queensland, will recycle as part of a trial launched in December.
  • Councils hang-up on Southern Phone
    Wollongong City Council, New South Wales, has agreed to sell its two shares in Southern Phone Company Limited to AGL Energy Limited.
  • Sediment raking not a success
    The City of Launceston, Tasmania, has formally received a study into the effectiveness of sediment raking, and its impacts on kanamaluka / the Tamar River Estuary.
  • Donation supports young patients
    Mount Isa City Council, Queensland, and the Showman’s Guild of Australasia have ensured the new Hospitality Cart at Mount Isa Hospital’s Children’s Ward will continue to provide fun for young patients and comfort for their parents for many months to come.
  • We’re not learning from bushfires - The Good Oil by Rod Brown
    Seventeen years ago, Canberrans saw first-hand how catastrophic weather events created uncontrollable fires. The disaster now unfolding on the New South Wales south coast and in east Gippsland and South Australia are more of the same.
  • High-tech eyes assess the roads
    Lake Macquarie City Council, New South Wales, is poised to deploy Google Street View-style technology to map and assess more than 1300km of roads across the local government area.
  • Leading the way in Information Management
    Getting staff enthused about filing emails is a hard task, in fact discussing anything to do with filing can often result in serious eye-rolling, but the City of Nedlands, Western Australia, has found an interesting way to put information management at the top of everyone’s list.
  • New trucks on the road to sustainability
    City of Palmerston, Northern Territory, has launched a new fleet of residential waste collection trucks which will deliver significant benefits for the Palmerston community, along with eye-catching designs and educational messaging to help encourage recycling.
  • Old Goulburn Bridge works progress
    Protection works on the historic heritage listed Old Goulburn Bridge, Seymour, Victoria, are well underway.
  • Councillor profiles - Mayor Jo Armstrong Ararat Rural City Council
  • Councillor profiles - Mayor Steve Stefanopoulos City of Stonnington
  • Training for change
    More than a year ago, Woollahra Council, New South Wales, began an ambitious program of change management to embed a new whole-of-council approach to community engagement.
  • On-farm connectivity transformed
    A new project in Goondiwindi, Queensland, is aiming to bring high-speed and reliable internet to some of the region’s most remote areas and create up to five local jobs during its construction period.
  • No waste levy on asbestos proposed
    The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has welcomed the release of the New South Wales Government’s Asbestos Strategy which includes a proposal to make asbestos disposal cheaper via the removal of the waste levy.
  • Ready for the challenge
    City of South Perth, Western Australia, has launched the first phase of its three-year digital transformation project, incorporating a strong focus on ensuring employees are ready to embrace change and accept new ways of working.
  • High achiever - Glenda Teede CEO Shire of Victoria Plains
  • High achiever - Sian Appleton Executive Manager Corporate Services East Pilbara Council East Pilbara Council
  • New Austroads Guide supports temporary traffic management on local roads*
    Austroads’ newly released 10-Part Guide to Temporary Traffic Management aims to improve the safety and efficiency of temporary traffic management on road worksites across Australia and New Zealand.
  • Waste Levy savings
    For the 10 weeks leading up to November 2019, City of Burnside, South Australia, disposed of 93 tonnes of waste to landfill less than the same 10 week period in 2018, saving Council over $10,000 in waste levy (plus service charges).
  • Making the move to go plastic-free
    The Town of Victoria Park, Western Australia, has banned single-use plastics and polystyrene at council buildings, council-run events, and all market stalls held on council land to lead a plastic-free Vic Park movement.
  • Rhino poachers on the Western Plains
    Dubbo Regional Council, New South Wales, was devastated to report that ‘Arthur’ the rhino, which usually stands in Wellington, had his horn poached in November.
  • Pink stumps day
    Shire of Upper Gascoyne, Western Australia, has outshone the third test at the Sydney Cricket Ground on the local radar, holding its own Pink Stumps Day to raise $2034.80 for the McGrath Foundation.
  • Smart business people driving change
    Armidale Regional Council, New South Wales, has been joined by New England’s brightest business minds, for a business symposium to generate a shared vision for the Region’s business ecosystem and to develop a collaborative framework for business success.
  • Ride like a girl on a BMX
    More females are being encouraged to get on their bikes at the BMX track as part of a new initiative.
  • Planet Ark celebrates the West Australian Wood Encouragement Policy*
    In July 2019 Planet Ark’s Make It Wood campaign celebrated the introduction of a Wood Encouragement Policy (WEP) for Western Australia after playing a key role in the policy’s adoption.
  • Councillor speaks at COP25 Madrid
    Only months after declaring a Climate Emergency, a long-standing councillor from Mornington Peninsula Shire, Victoria, delivered the first climate emergency statement at COP25 in Madrid.
  • Turning on the lights
    West Arnhem Regional Council, Northern Territory, recently installed 40 new-tech LED street lights in public areas of Gunbalanya, making the community shine brighter than ever.
  • Commercial waste diverted
    Closing the loop on waste is a priority for the City of Gold Coast, Queensland, and the past year has seen the implementation of initiatives designed to manage resources to create a sustainable future.
  • Making it easier to recycle
    A new pick up app for the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) has been launched making the scheme more accessible, with a particular benefit to local businesses wanting to do their part for the environment.
  • Road asset and erosion control solution post fire with PolyCom Stabilising Aid*
    Huge efforts have already been focused by state, federal, and local government, as well as private entities, on stopping the fires and reducing damage to assets with attention now turning to repairing and returning function to assets and community


  • Editorial
    This summer of bushfires has pushed the drought off the agenda for many councils around Australia. However it’s difficult to think of one without the other.