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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.