July 2020 Edition

Breaking News

  • Border leaders unite against restrictions
    Victorian and New South Wales mayors and CEOs along both sides of the Murray River from Corryong to Wentworth have joined forces in an unprecedented show of strength to convince the NSW Government to ease its latest tough border restrictions.


  • Cyber Node gets the nod
    Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s recent announcement that Australian governments and businesses were the ongoing target of a sophisticated foreign state-based hacker are a firm warning to public and private entities to harden their shield.
  • myDarwin a success story
    City of Darwin’s myDarwin discount voucher program has proved an overwhelming success, with more than 300 local businesses benefitting from the post COVID-19 recovery initiative.
  • Funding for FOGO
    Town of Bassendean has benefitted from a share in $20 million from the Western Australian Government to support a state-wide introduction of a food organics garden organics (FOGO) kerbside collection service.
  • SafetySAM roadwork signs a safer alternative*
    SafetySAM signage system (Stand Alone Marker as VicRoads and RMS know it) is a desirable alternative device for displaying standard AS1743 ‘Box Edge Plate’ and multi-message type roadwork signs. It is a unique product manufactured from a single piece high-impact heavy plastic substrate and does not require additional steel stand or supports.
  • Wik Elders walk on Country with Aurukun youth
    Wik Elders will continue to take Aurukun’s young people on Country to learn about cultural practices with a program run by the Aurukun Indigenous Knowledge Centre (IKC) being extended into its third year.
  • Mayor Sam Telfer – President’s comment
    President Local Government Association of South Australia (LGA of SA)
  • Corporate recovery ahead of schedule
    Just twelve months in to a three-year program, the City of Perth’s plan for corporate recovery is more than 50 percent complete.
  • Good neighbours donate to bushfire affected residents
    Shoalhaven City Council welcomed Blacktown City Council Mayor, Tony Bleasdale OAM, to present a donation of $30,000 to the Shoalhaven Mayor’s Bushfire Relief Fund on behalf of the City of Blacktown.
  • GM ban lifted with opt in clause
    In May 2020, the South Australian Parliament passed legislation which lifted the moratorium on production of Genetically Modified (GM) crops within the state.
  • Fresh food goes to landfill
    New research has revealed more than half of all landfill waste in metropolitan Adelaide could have been recycled simply by using the correct recycling or green organics bin.
  • Braille stickers support residents through three-bin rollout
    Mildura Rural City Council, Victoria, will make braille stickers available to help people who are blind or have low vision more easily identify each of their bins as part of the new three-bin service.
  • Libraries offer alternative to gambling venues
    Libraries in Glenelg Shire, Victoria, are set to open ‘after dark’ thanks to a successful funding bid.
  • City staff support employment variation
    City of Albany, Western Australia, employees overwhelmingly supported a proposal take a pay cut to save jobs and assist Council to balance its budget in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
  • ‘One Million Jobs’ – a fascinating input from a think tank - The Good Oil by Rod Brown
    In late June, the Energy Change think tank, Beyond Zero Emissions (BZE), released a very cogent and timely document called the Million Jobs Plan. Every local council should make itself aware of it.
  • Pop-up pedal parks on trial
    Randwick City Council has announced sections of Clovelly Beach and Chifley Sports Reserve car parks will be temporarily turned into pop-up pedal parks.
  • Youth on Wheels is back on the road
    District Council of Grant, South Australia, is pleased to announce the re-commencement of Youth on Wheels, after a short term hiatus of the program as a result of COVID-19 restrictions.
  • Councillor profiles - Mayor Lara Carli City of Melton
  • Councillor profiles - Mayor Danny Goss Baw Baw Shire Council
  • Town unearths hidden talents
    When Town of Victoria Park, Western Australia, made the tough call to close their facilities in response to COVID-19, several employees were left without meaningful work.
  • Lessons to learn from Black Summer bushfires*
    Following the unprecedented 2019/20 bushfire season, the 2020 Bushfire Building Conference is shaping up to be a crucial event for builders, architects, building designers, engineers, and urban planners.
  • Library upgrades extend online
    Burdekin Library became more accessible than ever when it switched to an all-new Library Management System on 12 June.
  • Super Tuesday Bike Count reveals more cyclists
    The results of the 2020 Super Tuesday Bike Count reveal an increase in cycling in Greater Shepparton, Victoria.
  • Moira donates for cancer accommodation centre
    Moira Shire Council, Victoria, voted at the May ordinary meeting to allocate a one-off donation of $20,000 to Stage 2 of the Albury Wodonga Cancer Centre’s ‘Hilltop’ accommodation project.
  • Recycling mattress waste
    Central Coast Council, New South Wales, in partnership with Mattress Recycling Australia, is trialling a new process that recycles 100 percent of mattresses dropped off at Kincumber Waste Management Facility.
  • Camera added to flood network
    Fraser Coast Regional Council, Queensland, has added a new camera to its early flood warning network.
  • Video story time with a difference
    In the time of COVID-19 none have suffered more than the small rural and remote outback communities.
  • Tourists look to home
    An increasing number of councils around Australia are commissioning multi-media campaigns to attract visitors, especially as COVID-19 travel restrictions are eased in most places.
  • Community billboards light up the town
    Western Downs Regional Council, Queensland, have installed two brand new LED billboards to promote the region’s vibrant community culture, giving local community groups the chance to see their name up in lights.
  • Open era begins with launch of hub
    Ipswich City Council, Queensland, has given ratepayers unprecedented access to the city’s finances with the launch on 2 July of its online Transparency and Integrity Hub, a first for local government in Australia.
  • Water plan in pipeline
    City of Gold Coast, Queensland, has reached a milestone with the installation of a 900m long pipeline between Main Beach and Southport to manage its excess recycled water.


Feature: Financial sustainability & asset management

  • Building a sustainable city with recycled materials
    From recycled asphalt to footpaths made with recycled concrete, the City of Swan, Western Australia, is pushing ahead with building materials that reduce landfill and demand for non-renewable resources.
  • Simple steps to smart asset management*
    Effective asset management is about ensuring the provision of services that the community values today – and delivering certainty for the generations of tomorrow.
  • Environmentally sustainable design in the DNA
    City of Cockburn, Western Australia, is leading the way in the field of environmentally sustainable design, adopting a policy to ensure all new buildings reduce operating and energy costs, lessen negative impacts on the environment, and are healthy and comfortable for those who use them.
  • Council’s largest project
    Wollongong City Council, New South Wales, has opened its largest ever infrastructure project – the new Karrara Bridge – at a cost of $71 million.
  • Grass is grass, right?
    Grass is grass right? It grows, you cut it. This hasn’t changed in a long time but how we go about cutting the grass has.
  • Lights come on for local teams
    New lights at four recreation reserves in Moorabool Shire will bring much better training and playing conditions as sports clubs resume play with the easing of restrictions in country Victoria.
  • Fast tracked maintenance helps the road to recovery
    Moreton Bay Regional Council, Queensland, has taken advantage of the slowdown caused by recent COVID-19 restrictions, using the quieter roads and empty public spaces to get work done.
  • Are your council’s vehicles as safe as they could be?*
    The safety technologies found in new vehicles have proven to reduce the risk of collisions.
  • Fitness focus grows with in-house management
    Town of Port Hedland, Western Australia, recently celebrated the one year anniversary of bringing the Port Hedland Leisure lifestyle and fitness brand under in house management, which had previously been delivered by a contractor.
  • Cannon Hill CCTV makes City safer
    Warrnambool City Council, Victoria, has begun work installing two CCTV cameras and new lights at Cannon Hill.
  • Paving the way to recovery
    Improving road and pedestrian safety and renewing aged infrastructure across the City of Greater Geraldton, Western Australia, are top priorities in the 2020/21 Budget.
  • Works progress on aquatic centre
    Federation Council, New South Wales, has announced work is progressing well on a new aquatic centre at the Ball Park Precinct, Corowa, scheduled to open to the public in March 2021.
  • Study switch turns on a big career for Asset and Maintenance Management graduate*
    From electrician to executive, industry leader Dave Richards knows that finding the right course is an important part of building a big career.
  • Aquatic centre designed to blend in
    City of Parramatta, New South Wales, released new images of Parramatta’s state-of-the-art aquatic and leisure centre to coincide with Council’s lodgement of the Development Application last month.
  • City centre to get a new urban stream
    City of Canning, Western Australia, has awarded LD Total with the landscape architecture contract to convert a drain on Lake Street in Cannington into a new public open space – Lake Street Urban Stream.
  • Local business contributes to improving roads
    Heavy machinery and road workers are a welcome sight in Moyne Shire, Victoria, as Council’s road upgrade project gets underway to resurface and seal the 850m long Waters Road.
  • Bold emission and water use targets
    Lane Cove Council, New South Wales, recently adopted ambitious targets to reduce energy emissions and water use, both within Council operations, and across the residential and business sectors.
  • Battery storage unlocks benefits
    City of Busselton, Western Australia, will be the first site in the South West to enjoy the network benefits of battery storage, after securing a site for one of Western Power’s 10 community batteries.
  • Cash flow management for fleet operators*
    Fleet management organisations (FMOs) can help support local government agencies and councils with their cash flow management by offering vehicle sale and leaseback arrangements.
  • Nursery leads the way in water conservation
    The Mackay Natural Environment Centre (MNEC) is leading the way when it comes to sustainable water use.
  • Overcoming challenges to improve fleet management
    Since Brisbane City Council introduced an In-Vehicle Management System (IVMS) technology in the field has advanced, providing enhanced features and analytics.
  • Zero material shortages in Australia for civil and construction projects*
    Australian authorities and government departments are claiming that material shortages for road and civil construction projects are a major concern and the only way to address this is to open more quarries which will increase environment concerns as well as disrupt the lives of surrounding residents.
  • An economical and environmental solution for erosion issues*
    Australian Concrete Mats offer an excellent economical and environmental solution for erosion protection, prevention and soil stabilisation projects, especially good for roadside swale drains and as an efficient alterative to rip rap.
  • MAGIQ Software wins six South Australian councils*
    MAGIQ Software has completed contracts for the supply of its MAGIQ Cloud Platform to six South Australian councils.
  • Planning and Investor Portal
    Whitsunday Regional Council, Queensland, has launched a new online portal which displays crucial information for potential investors, developers, businesses and residents.
  • Partner with Proterra*
    From humble beginnings back in 2008, Proterra Group have gone from strength to strength riding the highs and lows of the civil engineering market space.
  • John Deere collaborates with customers on upgrades*
    John Deere enhances its line-up of five small-frame G-Series skid steers and compact track loaders, providing operators with even more power and efficiency on the job site.
  • Get the site right
    A new campaign by Lake Macquarie Council, New South Wales, is aiming to reduce the 60,000 tonnes of material that end up in the Lake every year due to construction site erosion.
  • New approach to water meter reading
    Balonne Shire Council, Queensland, has moved from a paper-based system to a mobile digital system for reading water meters thanks to an initiative to better utilise software already owned by Council.
  • Reservoirs keep water safer
    Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, already has one new reservoir and construction on a second is well under way.
  • Innovative sustainable plant-mixed foam bitumen*
    Hiway Stabilizers Australia (HSA) is pioneering the use of plant-mixed foam bitumen (PMTB) to be manufactured in quantities that provide flexibility and cost effectiveness and that meet the varying requirements of clients whilst losing nothing in quality or purpose.
  • Infrastructure initiative to drive development
    As part of the Federal Government’s COVID-19 Recovery Plan, approvals for a number of major infrastructure projects are being fast tracked.