Queensland councils welcome funding commitments
Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk has committed to job-creation programs spanning the state, as well as extra funding for rural mental health in her opening address at the 124th Local Government of Queensland (LGAQ) Annual Conference, today.
As Australia moves out of COVID-19 crisis management and into recovery, building a future based on our outdoor lifestyle looks like becoming our saving grace.
Save the environment to save jobs
New research commissioned by the Council of Mayors South East Queensland (SEQ) shows projects that protect and improve creeks, rivers and Moreton Bay are powerful drivers of job creation.
Welcoming Businesses are for everyone
Warrnambool City Council, Victoria, is working with businesses to make them as accessible as possible for everyone and ultimately, attract, serve and retain more customers, under the new Welcoming Business Program.
City’s links to Antarctica
The Greater Hobart community has hailed the importance of Antarctica to Hobart’s identity, as the city officially said farewell to the much-loved RSV Aurora Australis.
Businesses buckle down and save water
Over the last 12 months, businesses in Queensland’s Southern Downs Regional Council area, identified as ‘High Water Users’ have reduced water consumption to collectively save a staggering 76 megalitres.
Another first for the ‘first village in the hills’
Genuine community engagement remains vital during COVID-19 restrictions, so Adelaide Hills Council, South Australia, applied innovative thinking, transferring recent important community consultation online using a range of digital tools.
Women in the Collection
North Sydney Council, New South Wales, recognised local female artists in August 2020 putting their work on show in the Council chambers.
Virtual power plant
Hobsons Bay City Council, Victoria, has committed to the goal of zero net greenhouse gas emissions for Council by 2020 and for the community by 2030 through the large scale roll out of a Virtual Power Plant (VPP) and the installation of new solar panels on more than 40 Council owned and occupied buildings.
Fencing program will benefit the broader community
Dirranbandi farmer Rob Hemming believes his 14,000 ha property, Beverleigh, will not be the only winner from Balonne Shire Council, Queensland, being involved in a Wild Dog Exclusion Fencing initiative.
Deck units installed
The multi-million dollar replacement of Orealla Crescent Bridge, jointly funded Noosa Council, Queensland, and the Federal Government has reached the halfway mark.
Water alliance for long term security
Toowoomba Regional Council, Queensland, has placed long term water security at the top of the agenda, voting in favour of seeking interest from neighbouring councils, to form a Water Alliance.
Vibrant heart for the community
City of Whitehorse, Victoria, has officially opened the new Nunawading Community Hub, bringing together more than 30 community groups, clubs, and services under one roof.
National Local Roads and Transport Congress*
The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) National Local Roads and Transport Congress is traditionally the go-to event for anyone wanting insights into our complex transport connectivity challenges.
Cultural burn a hands-on education
Hands-on lessons in fire management have been a game changer at Balonne Shire Council in South West Queensland, where staff have learnt the fundamentals of traditional fire practice at the Shire’s first ever Cultural Burn workshop.
Public art map launched
Alice Springs Town Council, Northern Territory, has launched an interactive online public art map which is now live.
Alliance strategy endorsed for next five years
The Shires of Murray and Waroona, Western Australia, have endorsed a blueprint for achieving a more coordinated approach to developing economic initiatives and improved service delivery for their communities.
Businesses supported with COVID-19 safe training
City of Greater Geelong, Victoria, has partnered with local training organisation DeakinCo. to deliver Occupational COVID-19 workplace training free to eligible local businesses as part of the City’s Business Support program.
New Asset Management Qualification*
The Centre for Pavement Engineering Education (CPEE) launches the new online ‘Graduate Certificate in Asset Management’, starting Semester 1, 2021.
Blue trees in the burbs
In the lead up to Mental Health Week 10-17 October, City of Melville, Western Australia, is encouraging the community to get involved in the Blue Trees in the Burbs initiative in support of The Blue Tree Project.
Organisational review leads to action
It’s not always easy to take critical feedback and then implement fundamental change, but that’s exactly what Moreton Bay Regional Council, Queensland, has been doing since September last year.
Keeping staff connected
In June 2020 Glen Eira Council, Victoria, partnered with Right Management to conduct a Working from Home (WFH) questionnaire which was sent to more than 440 employees. The questionnaire’s aim was to gain invaluable insights from employees, and to see how they were coping with working from home.
Determined police leader fast tracks MBA with CQU*
Uncertainty around COVID-19 has seen a rush of people determined to skill up for future roles, and CQUniversity’s online Master of Business Administration (MBA) (Leadership) is proving popular with aspiring leaders across Australia.
Inspiring confidence for a safe return to work
Adelaide Hills Council, South Australia, acted quickly when COVID-19 restrictions were enforced, assisting those staff able to work from home to set up a safe workspace, maintain productivity, and continue supporting their community.
Youth service reaches out with new initiatives
In response to COVID-19, the Youth Services team at Banyule City Council, Victoria, adapted their work in supporting young people, not only continuing to provide all the previously offered programs in an online space, but also undertaking a range of new successful initiatives to support the health and wellbeing of young people.
Ticket to RYDE for local youth
Disadvantaged young people stand to benefit most from a program to be rolled out by the City of Joondalup, located in Perth’s northern suburbs, which is designed to assist young people towards getting their driver’s licence.
Focus on workforce mental health extended
City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Western Australia, has taken strong steps forward in supporting the mental wellbeing of its workforce, opting to expand the one day RU OK? Day initiative into a week of presentations, workshops and activities to help staff develop skills and techniques to improve their mental resilience.