January 2021 Edition


  • City Deal alliance
    Mayors, Chief Executive Officers, and representatives from eight councils in the Greater South East Melbourne area met last month (10 December) to discuss their priorities for improving the economic, social, health and environmental wellbeing of each represented community.
  • Safeguarding the coast from rising seas
    Moreton Bay Regional Council, Queensland, is rising to the challenge of climate change by implementing a range of initiatives targeted at environmental resilience and sustainability.
  • Aquatic centre moves to next stage
    City of South Perth, Western Australia, has given approval for a proposed Recreation Aquatic Facility (RAF) project to progress to the next stage.
  • Gallery launches new generation of artists
    Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) will celebrate the move to its new $50 million home later this month, with FRESH: GV Top Art & Design 2021, an exhibition that will also celebrate the creativity and quality of artistic talent of young artists throughout the North Central Victorian region in the first half of 2021.
  • Safer roads for cyclists
    The Norwood – Magill Bikeway connecting Magill in the east, with Adelaide’s central business district, will improve cyclist safety and build higher levels of cycling participation as an environmentally friendly, healthy alternative to vehicle travel, according to Norwood Payneham and St Peters Council, South Australia.
  • President’s comment – Lord Mayor Kon Vatskalis President Local Government Association of the Northern Territory
  • Busy rural road gets safety upgrade
    Mayor of the Dubbo Region, Ben Shields has welcomed $2.368 million from the Australian and New South Wales governments to upgrade the Old Dubbo Road.
  • Where local business connects
    More than 80 percent of local businesses In City of Armadale, Western Australia, want to support other local businesses.
  • Affordable housing project for Blayney
    In the last 10 years, the median rent in Blayney Shire, New South Wales, has risen from $118 in 2009 to well over $330 in 2020.
  • Good for the farmer, good for the land*
    The innovative erosion control mat that’s good for farmer, the land and the waterways!
  • In the pipeline
    Quick thinking, state-of-the-art technology and teamwork spared a key South Australian local road from a serious closure and weeks of costly roadworks.
  • The Good Oil by Rod Brown – Economic policy approaches for your contemplation in 2021
    The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris is the world’s key policy think tank, and Australian economists, trade experts, education specialists, health statisticians etc. are scattered throughout the organisation.
  • Pursuing sustainability in all areas
    What do a second-hand clothing store, road re-resurfacing and a geothermal pool heating system have in common?
  • Councillor profiles - Mayor Rhonda Sanderson Mitchell Shire Council
  • Councillor profiles - Mayor Peter Perkins Nillumbik Shire Council
  • Leading by example on sustainability journey
    Last year certainly had its challenges but it was also a most rewarding year for Georges River Council, New South Wales, finishing with three sustainability recognitions.
  • Asphalt mix for high performance pavements*
    From waste reduction and recycling targets to roads and infrastructure funding, Alex Fraser’s PolyPave ticks all the boxes for local government.
  • Running your own race
    Burnie City Council, Tasmania, faced many challenges in 2020, some navigable, some unsurmountable.
  • Taking action on waste
    Ipswich City Council, Queensland, has adopted a new strategic and operational approach to managing and influencing systemic changes across waste, resource recovery and the circular economy.
  • Introducing the Anytime Library
    City of Palmerston has installed two state of the art library book vending machines, a first for the Northern Territory.
  • Community Charter launches a holistic approach
    Town of Victoria Park, Western Australia, has adopted a Community Charter in a new approach to working with its community.
  • Excellence in asset management diversity awarded
    It was a proud day for Gladstone Regional Council, Queensland, on 16 October last year, when the organisation won an award at the Asset Management Council’s Asset Management Excellence Awards.
  • New CPEE Graduate Certificate in Asset Management commences in 2021*
    Australia is currently experiencing the largest ever construction build of infrastructure in many states across the country.
  • Sports complex upgrade adds flexibility
    Sunshine Coast Council, Queensland, has unveiled a new multi-sport playing field, 113 extra car parks and lighting as part of the $2.7 million upgrade of Maroochydore Multi Sports Complex.
  • Helpline team find work still to do
    Latrobe City Council, Victoria, is continuing to help residents and businesses recover from the social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Rangers wrangle wayward swans
    Rangers from Shire of East Pilbara, Western Australia, were on hand last month at the Newman Airport to mitigate a potential danger caused by a rare animal visitor.
  • Waste Warriors give more than an hour
    When Campbelltown City Council, New South Wales, received a grant to expand its kitchen caddy food recycling system to an additional 18,000 residents in July 2020, it wanted a different way to engage with the community and deliver the baskets.
  • The benefits of wood in a circular economy*
    A circular economy is a system that allows the added value in products to be kept for as long as possible and in which waste is eliminated.
  • Locals embrace free Tai Chi
    A happy group of North Queensland locals is loving Active8 Free Fitness Tai Chi classes at Rex Smeal Park, Douglas Shire.
  • Recycled water to help grow more trees
    The world-leading project that uses waste water to irrigate Fraser Coast, Queensland, hardwood plantations, rather than ending up in the ocean, is about to grow by up to 30,000 trees.
  • Shared memories create a picture
    Hunter’s Hill Council, New South Wales, has entered an innovative partnership with Macquarie University and Touched by Olivia, a charity that connects with families through play, creating its Livvi’s Place national network of inclusive play spaces.
  • Economic diversification report wins prestigious award
    A report commissioned by Muswellbrook Shire Council recognising the importance of preparing for economic diversification in response to restructuring in coal and power generation, received the prestigious President’s Award at the 2020 Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) New South Wales Awards for Planning Excellence.
  • Partnership program means zero food waste
    A new initiative ‘Zero Waste Leura’ was launched in November at the village of Leura, Blue Mountains, New South Wales, to mark the start of a year-long partnership project that aims to achieve zero food waste in Leura and beyond.
  • Rethinking rural road management*
    Attention road-makers – the time for change is here.
  • Random acts of kindness
    Snowy Monaro Regional Council, New South Wales, Community Connections Groups celebrated the holiday season with a final ‘surprising’ community project to bring a tough year to its close.
  • Jetty reaches halfway
    Construction on the new jetty at Esperance, Western Australia, has recently reached a significant milestone, with the completion the first (bent 39) of six bents that make up the third, and final, section of the jetty.