March 2020 Edition

Breaking News


  • Funding flows
    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.
  • Updated local government platform even better*
    The new CouncilWise suite of superior software for local government about to be released will offer even greater efficiencies and cost savings for councils.
  • Councils evolve to meet the needs of the future - Presidents comment
  • 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.
  • The long road to recovery has begun in East Gippsland
    The images and stories of this summer’s bushfires dominated Australian news and were seen across the world.
  • Making an eSmart start to the year
  • 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.
  • Sports rorts to be an indelible reminder - The Good Oil by Rod Brown
    The sports rorts scandal will hopefully leave an indelible reminder to politicians of the risks of trying to buy votes.
  • Coding comes of age
    Workshops in cutting-edge technology have found a new mature audience through Mosman Council, New South Wales, library sessions.
  • Local government educational seminar*
    The Sports Turf Association (STA), New South Wales, is conducting an educational seminar for local council personnel on Thursday, 14 May 2020.
  • Councillor profiles - Patrick Hall Mayor City of Canning
  • Councillor profiles - Laurene Bonza President Shire of Dundas
  • Crime prevention design part of new playground
    Town of Port Hedland, Western Australia, has a brand new, accessible playground at Cemetery Beach Park as part of the Town’s $1.2 million playground replacement program.
  • ‘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.
  • Children funded to become school ready
    Preschool aged children in Mitchell Shire, Victoria, have received $192,779 in State funding to help prepare them for the transition to school.
  • 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.
  • Bushfires and the climate emergency – what can local governments do?
    The recent catastrophic firestorms engulfing Australian forests, farmlands and communities have been heartbreaking and we at ICLEI extend our condolences to everyone who has lost loved ones or property or businesses.
  • 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.


Feature: Information & communication technology

  • Fibre connection needed to unlock Gulf Country
    Burke Shire, Queensland is missing the link that will open up an untapped well of digitally-driven economic prosperity.
  • 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.
  • Arts economy growing on Tasmania’s west coast
    West Coast Council, Tasmania, has signed an historic Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with local community arts and culture group The Unconformity.
  • 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.
  • World-first library app makes borrowing a breeze
    City of Yarra, Victoria, has introduced a world-first library borrowing app that lets members scan their item and walk straight out – no queues, no checkouts, and no security alarm.
  • Online pet registration checks all the boxes
    Piccolo, the Maltese Shih Tzu, is one of 1628 animals recently added to the new online pet registration system at Shire of Mundaring, Western Australia.
  • Adelaide makes world’s top seven smart cities
    Adelaide has been recognised by global think tank The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) as one of the top seven intelligent communities in the world’s top smart cities.
  • Becoming resilient against risk: the new benchmark for best-practice security*
    System compromise can affect not only an organization’s information but its people and reputation
  • 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.
  • From table-top to smartphone – Innovation in procurement*
    As a pioneer in Tender Notification services, way back in 1984, TenderSearch, became one of the premier Tender Notification businesses in Australia.
  • 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’.
  • First library celebrates 75 years
    Ku-ring-gai Council was the first local government area in Sydney to offer a library service to its residents back in 1945.
  • Smart sensors make safer beaches
    In a world-first, cutting-edge technology and smart infrastructure is being deployed this month at four beaches across Lake Macquarie and Sydney’s Northern Beaches.
  • Local Studies interactive touch table
    Georges River Council, New South Wales, recently launched a new Local Studies interactive multimedia collection at the Hurstville Library and Service Centre.
  • iFerret providing dramatic transformation for local councils*
    The iFerret search and discovery solution developed by iPLATINUM is now installed at over 50 councils across Australia and New Zealand and is becoming widely recognised as the defacto standard search facility for Local Government.
  • 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.
  • ‘What’s On’ at your fingertips
    Fraser Coast, Queensland, has launched a new quarterly booklet to keep residents up to date with what’s on at the library.
  • Making it easy to do business
    Hunter’s Hill Council, in partnership with Service New South Wales, is making it easier for small business owners to start, run or grow a small business.
  • Investing in people bears fruit
    Narrabri Shire Council, New South Wales, is addressing their chronic skills shortage issues by growing their own qualifi ed staff.
  • Integrated services improve customer experience
    City of Penrith, New South Wales, is proactively preparing for significant growth by integrating cloud technologies to transform its business processes.
  • MAGIQ Software – celebrating 40 years*
    MAGIQ Software is proud to celebrate 40 years of business success.
  • Drainage inspections
    Underground CCTV cameras will be used to gain images and assess the condition of a large number of stormwater pipes across Greater Geelong, Victoria, in the coming months.