February 2021 Edition

Breaking News


  • Positions Vacant
    The scarcity of access to health services in regional and remote areas of the country is an ongoing dilemma forcing many communities to go to great lengths to attract health professionals.
  • Conserving art
    Mosman Municipal Council, New South Wales, Art Gallery staff worked alongside professional conservators as part of a special project to preserve key items from the renowned Mosman Art Collection.
  • Flow on benefit from green energy plan
    Burnie City Council, Tasmania, has confirmed the sale of the old Tioxide Site in Heybridge to TasNetworks as a potential site for the Marinus Link project’s converter stations.
  • Golf course flourishes
    The Blackwater golf course was visibly drought-stricken with players kicking the dust rather than putting on greens before Central Highlands Regional Council, Queensland, installed hundreds of sprinklers on the course.
  • President’s comment – Councillor Linda Scott President Local Government NSW
  • Take a big seat
    Young people, disability and community groups, along with The Entrance Men’s Shed came together to create the Big Chair interactive art installations, which are now set up in five New South Wales, Central Coast town centres for the community and visitors to enjoy this Summer.
  • West Tamar youth burst into 2021
    An unusual 2020 did not keep Tasmania’s West Tamar Youth Development team and Youth Advisory Council from achieving the goals set out in the 2020-2022 Youth Strategy.
  • Values-driven high performing culture
    City of South Perth, Western Australia, recognises its workforce is one of its most valuable resources, and must have the right skills and knowledge to deliver services that meet the community’s current and future needs.
  • Drive for change
    Ipswich City Council, Queensland, has been granted an exemption to advertise for females only to be recruited for a training program to obtain a Heavy Rigid licence needed to drive a waste truck.
  • The importance of good fleet management*
    Effective fleet management is critical.
  • Electric bikes return
    Bike hire has returned to the Barossa Valley, South Australia, with the exciting addition of electric bikes to make the journey safe, easy and fun.
  • The Good Oil by Rod Brown – Media policy – what a circus!
    For three weeks we’ve watched the sentient monster lying out in the Brindabella Ranges. Will it gather strength and hurtle towards the southern suburbs of Canberra, taking our home and my son’s beef property with it?
  • Local Authority brings playground to life
    Three years of planning has resulted in the opening of a community playground jointly funded by Jilkminggan Local Authority and Roper Gulf Regional Council, Northern Territory.
  • Library delivers accessible tech space
    Liverpool City Library, New South Wales, sees no limits with the installation of an accessible technology space for the provision of patrons with severe or profound disability.
  • Cyclists converge at Commuter Café
    Encouraging the working commuters in Devonport, Tasmania, to get on their bikes and ride to work has proved popular, through to the local Commuter Café.
  • Green space secured
    After months of campaigning to save the only playground in the Sydney inner west suburb of Russell Lea, City of Canada Bay Council has secured the important green space for generations to come.
  • Early water education
    Bathurst Regional Council, New South Wales, has created an educational program to deliver water conservation and water use lessons to preschool aged children across the region.
  • Bushland reserves improve biodiversity
    Murrindindi Shire Council’s Working for Victoria crews were hard at work in the lead up to Christmas, assisting with improving biodiversity in Council-managed bushland reserves across the shire through vegetation management, weed control, rubbish removal and revegetation.
  • Councillor profiles - Mayor Sally O’Neil Barcoo Shire Council
  • Councillor profiles - Mayor Paul Antonio Toowoomba Regional City


Feature: Human Resource Management and OH&S

  • Staff take 84.5 million steps for Safe Work Month
    City of Cockburn, Western Australia, employees stepped up to the challenge of increasing their physical activity during October’s Safe Work Month, completing more than 84,513,051 steps in their inaugural Step Challenge.
  • Navigating the new normal*
    How to leverage the strategic skills of the mediator in navigating ‘COVID normal’: staying together while physically apart.
  • Work-life balance needs more than lip service
    Genuine work-life balance might seem impractical or even fantastical in a culture where working hard is promoted and the path to success at work doesn’t always leave room for other needs and goals.
  • Paving a new path
    New apprentice and trainee roles at City of Gosnells, Western Australia, are boosting employment opportunities for young people as part of the City’s ongoing response to COVID-19.
  • Why education will be the path to success in 2021*
    Despite recent good news on the coronavirus front – at least in some parts of the world – 2021 is shaping up to be another tough year economically.
  • Partnership offers more
    Kyogle Council, New South Wales, is taking direct action when it comes to getting young people into jobs.
  • Staff development aligns with strategic plan
    In 2020 Port Augusta City Council, South Australia, developed and launched their human resources (HR) online program My Success@PACC aiming to improve employee’s commitment to Council, provide career planning and aligning employee work plans to strategic goals.
  • Creating opportunities
    Shire of Augusta Margaret River, Western Australia, welcomed two trainees and an apprentice to its team last month continuing a long legacy of creating opportunities for young people in the community.
  • Creating leadership culture
    Singleton Council, New South Wales, has released a new case study showing how it transformed its leadership culture and levels of employee engagement.
  • Waste management in Central Desert
    Central Desert Regional Council (CDRC), Northern Territory, is working hard to improve the waste management across 282,000sq km of central Australian desert.
  • Building a safety culture
    Huon Valley Council, Tasmania, is undertaking a bold reimagining of the approach that it takes in managing the health and safety of its employees.