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