Councils support campaign for respect
All 79 Victorian councils will this year join 18 NGOs in supporting Respect Victoria to deliver its Respect Women: ‘Call It Out’ campaign, 25 November to 10 December, which will coincide with the United Nation’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.
Red Bench Relay the first steps in 16 days of activism
United Nations’ 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, has kicked off in Queensland with LGAQ staff out early to walk against domestic and family violence in a ‘Red Bench Relay, to encourage all councils to take part in awareness-raising events to show their support.
Diversity wins in Victoria
All votes are in and the tallies declared in the recent Victorian Local Government election, with diversity the clear winner across the state.
Celebrating NAIDOC week
NAIDOC Week kicked off yesterday 8 November with celebrations and ceremony across the country.
Over forty mayors and councillors from across the country released a joint statement last month, committing to economic recovery solutions that both create jobs and tackle climate change.
Media lab gives access to digital culture
Georges River Council, New South Wales is kick-starting digital creation at a local level, with its libraries now offering a range of state-of-the-art digital technology, both for in-house use and for loan from its freshly minted media lab.
Reflect. Respect. Celebrate on Australia Day 2021*
In 2020, the National Australia Day Council (NADC) launched a new campaign, The Story of Australia, calling on Australians to reflect, respect and celebrate on Australia Day as we’re all part of the story.
Building reconciliation locally
An important first step was taken along the path to reconciliation last month when Town of East Fremantle, Western Australia, hosted the first meeting of its Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) Working Group.
Monster Mine preserved for posterity
Regional Council of Goyder, South Australia, has had a grant funding success with the promise of $295,000 from the Federal Government’s $33.5 million program for heritage upgrades nationwide.
Building youth resilience
More than 20 years of experience working with youth proves Andrea Bax is well suited to her new role as Community Resilience Coordinator, Bundaberg Regional Council, Queensland.
Multilingual children’s books
Greater Shepparton City Council, Victoria, Best Start Early Years program has launched two locally developed multilingual children’s books, as part of the Greater Shepparton Book Bag Program.
Gawler Civic Centre wins national award
Town of Gawler, South Australia, Civic Centre restoration project received the prestigious President’s Award at this year’s national Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) Awards for Planning Excellence on 24 September.
Library supports people with disability
Logan City Council, Queensland, has created a new sensory-friendly space at Logan North Library that will help break down learning barriers for people with disability.
Creative event series
Shellharbour City Council, New South Wales, has found new ways to support and showcase its local creative community following the COVID-19 lockdown period.
Wellbeing Advisory Committee supporting staff
When you see images or footage of Soa ‘The Hulk’ Palelei, his imposing Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) persona and 6’4”, 130kg frame leave you thinking he’s a tough character inside and out.
Before we forget, Drought*
Decades ago the Colyer family, the founders of Abberfield Industries, established a weekend vineyard, with water security ensured by three dams, a bore and a permanent creek.
Taking art to the people
The Huon Valley Council, Tasmania, has officially launched ARTBOX, a new mobile exhibition space which will travel across townships, showcasing the outstanding creativity and skills of local artists and makers.
Revitalisation project links town and foreshore
Councillors and staff from Port Augusta City Council, South Australia, recently joined with contractors and community members at the Eastside Foreshore to celebrate completion of the City’s ‘Revitalisation Project’ and installation of new Heritage Signs.
Business support hub aids recovery
Alexandrina Council, South Australia, has taken an innovative approach to helping local businesses through the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, introducing the region’s first business support program and networking hub.
Plaza brings a touch of class
‘Are we really in Meekatharra?’ was the comment most frequently heard on the evening of 26 September when locals from the tiny Western Australian town, attended an art exhibition and cocktail party held in the newly opened ‘Meekatharra Plaza’ – a milestone event for the town.
Back to the future
By April 2021 there will be a new swim site along the Parramatta River in Sydney’s inner west after City of Canada Bay revealed plans to re-establish a swimming spot at Bayview Park in Concord.
Leeton, Lockhart, Murrumbidgee and Narrandera Councils, New South Wales, have joined forces to attract more visitors to the Riverina.
Local wineries are given a platform
Ararat Rural City, Victoria, in collaboration with the Grampians Winemakers Inc. and Grampians Tourism has launched the Made the Grampians Way website, made possible with support and funding from the Victorian Government’s Stronger Regional Communities Program.
Multi-dimensional recovery plan
It’s been a long COVID-19 lockdown in Melbourne and Bayside City Council is working to reconnect residents with everything they love about their city by the bay.
Stormwater goes underground
The tiny town of Murrabit on the Murray River will benefit from significant stormwater improvements thanks to the Federal Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program.
New skatepark gets air
The concept design for a new skatepark in Blackwater has been revealed, with ground set to break on the multi-purpose facility by early next year.
Streets as shared spaces
Georges River Council recently received grant funding to activate and increase the vibrancy of the Kogarah and Hurstville central business districts.
Opportunities for migrants
Winner of the overall Excellence Award in the 2019 National Awards for Local Government, the Kaleidoscope Initiative continues to open doors to career opportunities for professional newcomers.
It’s the little things
Moira Shire Council, Victoria, has created a series of locally inspired e-Postcards to help keep the community in touch, they are just waiting for a personal message to be added.
Blue Mountains to become recognised ECO Destination
Supporting more sustainable tourism with a lighter footprint on a World Heritage environment, the City of Blue Mountains, New South Wales, will join an established global network of like-minded destinations striving for excellence.