April 2020 Edition

Breaking News

  • Councils excluded from JobKeeper Payment
    Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, announced last week councils would not be eligible for wage subsidies to support employees, handing responsibility for the support of Local Government’s workforce to the states.

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Editorials

Feature: Engineering, public works & community infrastructure

  • Strain the drains
    Maribyrnong City Council has joined with five other Victorian Councils, to participate in the ‘Let’s Strain the Drains’ project supported by the Victorian State Government.
  • Innovative irrigation
    Sections of the urban landscape of City of Onkaparinga, South Australia, are flourishing after the installation of a stormwater reuse system for tree irrigation.
  • Recycled plastic is headed for China
    A 35-tonne shipment of recycled plastics, destined for China, is another feather in the cap for the distinctive recycling program of Armidale, New South Wales.
  • Report reveals clear audit for councils
    An independent report into Local Government financial reporting processes in Western Australia, has found sound financial operations across 95 percent of the sector respondents.
  • Aerodromes given wings
    The aviation industry on the Queensland Southern Downs is set to soar after the Southern Downs Regional Council recently endorsed recommendations from the Southern Downs Aerodromes Industrial Development Projects Reports.
  • Trees, footpaths and roads in harmony
    Berri Barmera Council, South Australia, played host in November 2019, to the inaugural Riverland Councils’ Street Tree workshop.
  • Safety first when it comes to fl ood hit bridges
    The torrential rain which caused havoc in the Sydney basin in February, resulted in several bridge closures at different locations across the Wollondilly Shire.
  • From old tyres to new roads – major trial about to begin in Melbourne*
    Asphalt made using crumb rubber from old tyres is being laid on a busy Melbourne road as part of a major new trial.
  • Water at the end of the pipeline
    For the people of Murrurundi, Upper Hunter Shire, the water at the end of the pipeline is just what they have been waiting for.
  • New-look Kilcoy Racecourse officially opened
    A new-look Kilcoy Racecourse has been officially opened by Somerset Regional Council, Queensland.
  • First electric-powered kerbside collection truck
    South Australia’s first electric-powered kerbside collection truck took to the streets of metropolitan Adelaide at the end of February.
  • Excellence from the ground up*
    Hiway Stabilizers has been delivering innovative ground improvement solutions since 1986.
  • Lights go on in remote community
    The community of Ngukurr has benefited from an oval lighting upgrade, thanks to a collaboration between Roper Gulf Regional Council and the Northern Territory Government Department of Tourism, Sport and Culture.
  • Storytime goes digital
    Storytime at Noosaville and Cooroy Libraries, Queensland, has gone digital in an effort to ensure children don’t miss out during the COVID-19 closures.
  • Purple-lidded glass bins arrive
    Moyne Shire Council, Victoria, has partnered with local community groups to deliver the new purple- lidded glass only bins.
  • Old tennis courts come down
    City of Busselton, Western Australia, began demolition of the original courts at the old Busselton Tennis Club in March, closing the door on a past age.
  • Supporting bees in greenspaces
    In a move to support the bee population following the devastating New South Wales bushfire season beehives may soon be a feature of selected Council-managed greenspaces around City of Wollongong.
  • Outdoor furniture built for today’s community*
    Furphy Foundry has expanded its array of outdoor furniture with the introduction of the new 100 percent Australian made Flinders Rage, built using a robust design for high use environments.