Emergency amendment to South Australia's Local Government Act
The South Australian Parliament last week passed urgent legislation which gives the Minister the power to vary or suspend the operation of most sections of the Local Government Act, if required to respond to an issue caused by a major emergency.
Kimberley Zone calls for regional travel ban
With the continued spread of COVID-19 across Western Australia and the whole country, the Kimberley Zone has called for the State Government to enforce a travel ban to the region.
Councillors forced to meet face to face
The Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) has called on the Victorian Government to urgently make changes to council meeting requirements to enable meetings to take place online.
New Local Government Act ushers in reforms
The Andrews Government yesterday passed Victoria’s new Local Government Act 2020 announcing it had ‘delivered the most ambitious and comprehensive reform of local government in Victoria for 30 years’.
Communities across Western Sydney, including the bushfire-affected shire of Wollondilly, last month received a $40.2 million boost with the release of Round 2 of the Western Parkland City Liveability Program.
Drought funding well spent
Up to 165 childcare places are now available in the Southern Mallee district of South Australia, as two new full-time centres open their doors thanks to a $1.5 million drought project.
Storytime helping bushfire recovery
In response to the recent bushfires, Wollondilly Library’s Childrens Team has been supporting the community by delivering specially designed storytime sessions to assist children with their emotional recovery.
Water pipeline for drought stricken Downs
Southern Downs Regional Council received a visit from Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, in January, who announced that a pipeline could be delivering water from the Brisbane River to the Southern Downs and Granite Belt by the end of the year.
Small projects receive big boost
City of Darwin and the Northern Territory Government have announced the commencement of their $2 million Joint Small Projects, with the Lakeside Dog Park one of 14 projects to be completed before June 30, 2020.
Thirsty for action on sustainability*
Ozwater is the Australian Water Association’s annual international water conference and trade exhibition attracting 3500 plus water professionals from Australia and abroad every year.
Tree-mendous results for tree trail
In just a couple of years, popular tree trail activity in the City of Stirling, Western Australia, has captured the imagination of local children as well as multiple awards.
‘Those who adapt survive’*
Speaking at last year’s ABC Friends’ annual dinner, Ita Buttrose, AC OBE and Chair of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, described the challenges facing the national broadcaster as ‘incredibly daunting, and perhaps good reason to think about marching backwards… but I’m not one for retreating’.
Drought projects on the way
Communities throughout Gannawarra Shire, Victoria, are starting to benefit from funding provided by the Federal Government’s Drought Communities Programme – Extension.
Generous donation to help koalas
The bushfire emergency has affected communities right across New South Wales and inspired the generosity of many people, young and old, who have reached out to help those directly impacted by the fires.
The undemocratic case of Christmas Island
Kelvin Matthews spent six and half years as the Chief Executive Officer for the Shire of Christmas Island until October 2016, and recently completed his PHD at Notre Dame University on the question of self-determination for Christmas Island.
Aboriginal Street Art project grows
Stage 3 of the Greater Shepparton City Council, Victoria, Aboriginal Street Art project will deliver a new mural recognising two significant local female Elders.
Councils pool resources to help out
Two members of staff from the Central Goldfields Shire Council will provide assistance to the East Gippsland Shire Council in the wake of the recent Victorian bushfires.
Calling in the Toadinator
Redland City Council, Queensland, will trial two advanced cane-toad management systems as part of its integrated control program for the pests.
Grid program delivers for farmers
Over the past two years Brewarrina Shire, New South Wales, has used $644,000 in funding from the Drought Communities Program to remove 139 unsafe and defective grids providing a direct benefit of over $1.3m to local farmers in the Shire.
Enviro Events program
The Rural City of Wangaratta, Victoria, and community groups will join together for 17 environmental events as this year’s Enviro Events program kicks off with the aim of increasing opportunities to learn about and contribute to the sustainability of the environment.
Support programs offer great opportunities
Tweed Shire Council, New South Wales, is running eight programs offering skills and connection - both face-to-face and online - to ensure independence while supporting people to stay living in their own home safely and for longer.
Making quality leaders
New and emerging leaders are being given practical as well as theoretical leadership training at the City of Wanneroo, Western Australia.
Luke’s Place Playground has new braille sign
Wollongong City Council, New South Wales, has installed a new braille sign to help children and carers who are blind or have low vision enjoy the playground at Luke’s Place, Corrimal.
Body cameras ensure security*
Body worn cameras are the perfect solution for security personnel, local councils, law enforcement and other organisations where video evidence is highly beneficial.
Making friends with Facebook
City of Newcastle, New South Wales, is working towards becoming the leading source of social engagement and digital community information through effective use of its social media tools beginning with its corporate Facebook page.
East coast’s fastest data cable reaches shore
Queensland’s first direct international data and telecommunications connection to global markets is on track for mid-2020, with the undersea fibre optic cable reaching Sunshine Coast shores in January.
Kids Club kicks off
Burdekin Shire Council, Queensland, has introduced a brand-new initiative this month, with the launch of Kids Club.
Gold rating for new-look website
Logan City Council, Queensland, has been awarded a gold standard for its plain language content (easy to read and understand) on its new look website.
Building leadership capability
Rockhampton Regional Council, Queensland, is harnessing the skills of its diverse and experienced leadership team to build the capabilities of current and emerging leaders within the organisation.
Smarter city promotes social cohesion
Maribyrnong City Council in partnership with Victoria University is getting ready for a smarter, more digitally-engaged Footscray with the roll out of a host of new smart technologies.
Connected Community App
Town of Gawler Council, South Australia, has launched an app that will improve economic development in the wider region and the liveability of Gawler overall.
After school grooving inspiring music-makers
City of Mount Gambier, South Australia, has a new after school program allowing young people to create their own music using newly acquired technology called ‘Groovebox Novation Circuits’.
Youth Hub fills the gap
Alice Springs Town Council has announced a pilot youth initiative designed to provide a positive and educational space for young people – the new Library Youth Hub.
Library wins prestigious award
The Portland Library redevelopment has earned the Glenelg Shire Council, Victoria, the ‘Community Assets and Infrastructure Initiative’ ($2 million and under) category of the 2020 LGPro Awards for Excellence.
Solar lights installed at visitor centre
The Shire of Broome, Western Australia, has reiterated its commitment to environmentally-friendly solutions with the rollout of solar lights in the Broome Visitor Centre carpark.