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.
While the iconic outback South Australian town of Coober Pedy is best known for its opals and unique underground accommodation, it might yet be recognised as Australia’s most energy-sustainable community.
Hybrid fleet hits the road
Rural City of Wangaratta, Victoria, has taken delivery of 11 hybrid cars, as the transformation of its fleet gets underway.
Toowoomba Regional Council, Queensland, has stepped up the fight against illegal aliens with the release of its Draft Toowoomba Region Biosecurity Plan for Invasive Plants and Animals.
New oval right on track
A new international standard sporting field in Dubbo is on track to be completed in May 2020.
Virtual water tour overcomes environmental barriers
When the triple whammy of bushfires, floods and COVID-19 health measures, forced Central Coast Council, New South Wales, to halt the popular community tours of its water supply infrastructure, Council turned to a digital format to continue its education program.
Boosting pedal power
Shire of Esperance, Western Australia, is home to around 150 km of cycle paths from pavement to dirt, most with enviable coastal views.
Businesses and students working together
BusEd, a program run by Glen Eira City Council, Victoria, matches local business owners with university students who then work together to develop a website or database system for the business.
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.
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.
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.