May 2020 Edition

Breaking News

  • WA planning reforms bypass local government
    Major reforms to ‘simplify Western Australia's planning system and boost the State's economic recovery from COVID-19’ passed the Legislative Assembly on 20 May and will go before the Legislative Council this week.
  • Federal boost for local government
    The Federal Government today announced a $1.8 billion boost for road and community projects through local governments across Australia.
  • Launch of Cleantech Conversations
    Launch of Cleantech Conversations: NCTCE Free Webinar Series Thursday 28 May 2020, 12.30pm - 1.30pm AEST


  • Integrity hub
    New Mayor, Teresa Harding, announced Ipswich City Council, Queensland, will ‘set the gold standard’ for accountability of ratepayers’ money by having a dedicated hub for transparency and integrity – a first for local government in Australia.
  • New computers from old
    Logan City Council, Queensland, has found a way to make learning from home easier for more families with rebuilt computers provided to families in need.
  • Sister cities retie the friendship knot
    A decision made last month for Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, to cut ties with sister city Kunming, China, was reversed at an extraordinary meeting of Wagga Wagga City Council held remotely one week later and livestreamed via Council’s facebook page and website.
  • Combating racism
    City of Hobart has launched a new anti-racism campaign, Hobart Respects All, building on an earlier campaign to support migrants, immigrants and refugees, Hobart Welcomes All.
  • Andrew Barr MLA ACT Chief Minister – President’s comment
  • Growing smarter
    Innovative technology designed and developed in Geelong, Victoria, will greatly benefit the City’s Botanic Gardens.
  • Restocking the rivers
    Around 12,000 Golden Perch fingerlings were released into the Macquarie River in Narromine in early April to help restore the region’s native fish population in natural waterways.
  • Bushfire recovery
    Coffs Harbour City Council, New South Wales, has ensured the bushfire clean-up program remains a key priority with the appointment of a dedicated Bushfire Recovery Officer.
  • Electronic warning signs help protect wildlife
    The installation of electronic warning signs in Red Hill in 2019 has reduced kangaroo roadkill on rural roads in the Mornington Peninsula Shire, Victoria.
  • Generous deed does a world of good
    Vulnerable young residents in the City of Swan, Western Australia, will receive much needed supplies thanks to a generous personal donation by City employee Corrie Oliver.
  • Positive spin-offs from a global crisis - The Good Oil by Rod Brown
    Nothing like a crisis to bring out the best in people. And it extends to our national and state government leaders who have been exemplary in their bipartisanship and in keeping us reliably informed of COVID-19 developments. Victorian Premier Andrews really has shone with his no-nonsense TV grabs. And the National Cabinet has been an outstanding success.
  • Civic and Cultural Centre opens
    Tweed Heads Shire Council, New South Wales, opened its newly redeveloped $1.2 million Civic and Cultural Centre with a bang last month.
  • Fun Bus goes on tour
    City of Darwin’s ever popular free mobile playgroup Fun Bus is going on tour!
  • Designed to bring out the best
    How do you bring out the best in the community in the face of the biggest public health emergency in living memory?
  • Invitation to have a say
    Having a say has never been easier at Isaac Regional Council, Queensland, with the launch of a brand-new online community engagement platform.
  • Playgrounds reopen, recovery begins
    Local playgrounds and skate parks have begun reopening as South Australia takes its first steps towards recovery from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Councillor profiles - Mayor Loretta Baker Maitland City Council
  • Councillor profiles - Mayor Matthew Deeth Wollondilly Shire Council


Feature: Administration & management systems

  • Safeguarding vulnerable communities
  • Protecting reputations, relationships and budgets – is mediation the new ‘assumed’ skill?*
    Enforcement of the Code of Conduct for council members is one area where Local Government in South Australia is seeing an escalation in disputes and increasing legal costs.
  • Clean Ocean Cuppas
    An inaugural waste education campaign prevented at least 3.3 tonnes of rubbish from entering the coastal environment of the City of Cockburn, Western Australia, this summer – equal to the weight of 11 bottlenose dolphins.
  • Border control tech pioneered
    Goondiwindi Regional Council is trialling a new Bluetooth phone technology system in partnership with the Queensland Police Service (QPS) that allows approved residents to cross closed roads on the Queensland/New South Wales border.
  • A business qualification will allow Danielle to chase her dream*
    Danielle McAuliffe worked all over the world with her undergraduate qualification in occupational therapy, before deciding that she needed additional skills in business and leadership to pursue her long-term goal of opening a practice together with her sisters.
  • Bridging the digital divide
    The Great South Coast Group has welcomed the Victorian Government’s investment into digital hubs across the region.
  • Traineeships in non-traditional work areas
    Shire of Esperance is providing traineeships in non-traditional work areas to locals and current employees.
  • Working from home during COVID-19
    City of Armadale, Western Australia, expedited the rollout of the Microsoft Office365 suite of products within two weeks due to the increased urgency of staff being required to work from home.
  • Vaccination program success
    Thinking outside the box has become a daily occurrence for councils rising to the challenge of continuing to provide community and staff services amidst the COVID-19 pandemic - and Coffs Harbour City Council, New South Wales, was a prime example with the delivery of its annual flu vaccinations.
  • A battle plan to create jobs
    Councils across Queensland have devised a job-creating COVID-19 battle plan to create thousands of jobs and protect local communities from the Cape to the Coast amid the evolving public health crisis.
  • Tackling the ICT integration challenge
    Tackling a solution to get Information Technology (IT) systems talking to one another is an issue that is common for councils and IT teams across New South Wales.
  • Web app makes remote working simple*
    Enable remote working and collaborate on council documents through Doc Assembler.
  • Recycling programs save
    Advances at the award-winning Greater Toowoomba Waste Management Facility, Queensland, have given residents and businesses more opportunities to recycle household electrical and electronic items, plus bulky polystyrene packaging.
  • Vision unveiled for multi-modal corridor to new airport
    Liverpool City Council has released early planning details for a smart transit corridor connecting Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport and the Liverpool city centre.
  • Connecting community through kindness
    With a community in isolation and many people experiencing personal and financial difficulty during the Coronavirus pandemic, the City of Gosnells, Western Australia, decided to take a unique approach to the delivery of its popular programs and events.
  • Free arts dinners home delivered
    Scenic Rim Regional Council’s popular Arts Dinners are now being home delivered, with a series of free monthly online events commencing on Tuesday 28 April.
  • When times get tough, Moreton Bay gets tougher
    When social distancing rules came into force, Australia’s third largest municipality was quick to restructure a workforce of nearly 1700.
  • Global pandemic shapes internal communications
    As working from home becomes the new normal to help stop the spread of COVID-19, Wagga Wagga City Council, New South Wales, has adapted to circumstances making changes to how it communicates with staff.
  • Council-enabled transport helps essential workers
    Brisbane City Council has found an unexpected transport option to help healthcare personnel travel to work – the city’s shared e-scooter programme.
  • Food drive helps hundreds
    Hundreds of vulnerable people living in the City of Swan, Western Australia (WA), will be given food and essential items thanks to a new community partnership.
  • Phone a friend in time of need
    As the smallest municipality in metropolitan Sydney, the Hunters Hill local government area is home to a tight-knit community, with links that have offered an opportunity to strengthen ties in dealing with the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • New challenges inspire new ways
    New ways of delivering customer service are ensuring Frankston City Council, Victoria, is supporting residents impacted by COVID-19.