Red benches for domestic violence
Kyogle Council, New South Wales, has painted two benches at the front of the Kyogle hospital bright red as a stark reminder that domestic violence dwells in the community.
Productivity report calls rate pegging into question
The New South Wales Productivity Commission’s Green Paper on Productivity Reform, Continuing the Productivity Conversation released in August, has joined the chorus of voices calling for changes to the rate pegging system.
Community engagement in times of drought
As Tenterfield Council, New South Wales, approaches the anniversary date of the fire event which flashed over the local water catchment and the following ash run-off issues, recognition has been given by Local Government NSW in the prestigious RH Dougherty Awards – Reporting to Your Community for a Shire with a population less than 30,000.
Community Cabinet tunes in to local issues
Town of East Fremantle, Western Australia, was the epicentre of participatory democracy in July when Community Cabinet was convened in the Town Hall allowing the Mayor and councillors to focus the attention of the Premier and State Government ministers on local issues.
Residents take part in extensive budget consultation
Giving residents more and easier ways to take part in financial decision making has helped Victoria’s Borough of Queenscliffe deliver a community minded budget and improve community perceptions of Council consultation.
The Canopy sets a new standard
In an Australian first, Lane Cove Council, New South Wales, has integrated a bespoke solar arbour featuring innovative printed solar cells into the design of a local business district redevelopment project known as The Canopy.
Australian Plant Production Standard*
The Australian Plant Production Standard (APPS) is the overarching framework binding the Australian nursery industry’s Nursery Industry Accreditation Scheme, Australia (NIASA) Best Management Practice (BMP); EcoHort - Environmental and Natural Resource Management; and BioSecure HACCP – Plant Protection/Biosecurity programs into a cohesive interlocked support system for production nurseries, greenlife markets and growing media manufacturers.
Digital property report software goes live
A new online property reporting facility now installed on the website of Douglas Shire Council, Queensland, will save people time and promote a much better understanding of the shire’s planning scheme.
Excellence from the grassroots up*
PowerClear, based in South East Queensland, is committed to delivering excellence to clients within the Arboricultural and Horticultural industries.
Trial to improve waste collection in Laneways Precinct
City of Greater Geelong, Victoria, and thirty businesses in the Central Geelong Laneways Precinct are currently participating in a commercial waste and recycling trial, which is an optional service for businesses in the area.
Best practice fleet management for councils*
Fleet management organisations (FMOs) can help support local government agencies and councils as they face pressure and reduced access to funds in the current COVID-19 environment.
Making bricks from polystyrene
Fraser Coast Regional Council, Queensland, landfill and transfer stations are now taking expanded polystyrene packaging free of charge since the purchase of a machine that melts the polystyrene into reusable bricks.