April 2021 Edition

Breaking News


  • Carbon farming
    Aboriginal carbon farmers based in northern Australia have joined the fight against climate change following an agreement between the City of Sydney and the Aboriginal Carbon Foundation.
  • Hydrogen refuelling station opens
    Australia’s first public Hydrogen refuelling station, operated by ActewAGL, has opened in Fyshwick, Canberra, a major milestone in the rollout of zero emissions vehicles in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).
  • Football hub keeps games at home
    Roper Gulf Regional Council has announced a new partnership with the peak body for Australian Rules Football in the Northern Territory (AFLNT), to establish a Southern Football Hub within the Big Rivers Football League.
  • Murals light up the town
    Local artist James O’Hanlon has started painting one of a series of murals set to add a splash of colour to the Armidale Mall and its laneways as part of a New South Wales Government funded project by Armidale Regional Council and Renew Armidale.
  • Bridge route decision still waiting
    Moira Shire Council, Victoria, and Federation Council, New South Wales, are waiting for a decision by the two state governments on the route of a new bridge across the Murray River so work can start on the multi-million dollar Yarrawonga Foreshore Masterplan.
  • President’s comment – Andrew Barr MLA Australian Capital Territory Chief Minister
  • Fitness programs in rural areas
    Subsidised fitness classes in rural locations are the focus of a new Active in the Regions program expected to kick off in July as Mackay Regional Council, Queensland, calls for expressions of interest (EOI) from physical activity providers.
  • Private certifiers on notice
    Burwood Council, New South Wales, sent a warning to private certifiers who authorise work not in accordance with Development Consents.
  • Shining a light on Light
    Light Regional Council (LRC), South Australia, is developing a new destination brand to position the Light Region as one of Australia’s premier regional growth centres and drive increased tourism.
  • Cultural burning methods adopted
    Toowoomba Regional Council, Queensland, will look at including cultural burning practices to complement its existing land management practices.
  • Upskilling with CQUni gave Dan the edge to excel in project management*
    Daniel Hooper is building his own path to a long career in the construction industry, with CQUniversity supporting him from undergraduate, through to postgraduate study. 
  • Creek rerouted for park upgrade
    Shire of Kojonup, Western Australia, is upgrading the popular Kojonup Park using funds recently received through the Drought Community Program.
  • The Good Oil by Rod Brown – A social revolution is underway
    The Morrison Government’s lame effort to address sexual harassment issues in its own workplace is now triggering a social revolution.
  • The story of Chinatown adds another chapter
    Of all town centres in Western Australia, none has the history of Broome’s Chinatown precinct. With foundational ties that stretch back to the Dreaming, and more recently as a melting pot of Australian, Indigenous, Chinese, and Japanese cultures - these stories are woven into the streets, presenting a rich tapestry.
  • Cooking up a storm
    Catering to its large multicultural community, Maribyrnong City Council, Victoria, has partnered with the Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health to offer free bilingual information sessions to help local families learn more about healthy eating for young children.
  • Salesforce Live Episode 8 online*
    Join public sector expert and Australian Financial Review Government Editor, Tom Burton, The Hon Christopher Pyne, and Chair for Citi Australia, Samantha Mostyn, as they discuss Government with 2020 Vision in a free online panel session hosted as part of Salesforce Live: Australia and New Zealand.
  • King Valley gravel project
    King Valley in northeast Victoria, will become home to a network of hundreds of kilometres of gravel cycling trails and to launch the trails the Rural City of Wangaratta will run a two day event in May 2021.
  • Councillor profiles - Julie Arnold Mayor King Island Council
  • Councillor profiles - Tim Wilson Mayor Kentish Council
  • Solar power shines a light on safety
    Cook Shire Council, Queensland, is using funding from the federal Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program, to install 12 solar-powered street lights at key locations on Mungkan, Shepard and Regents streets in Coen.
  • Transitioning to electric
    Residents will have a chance to have their say on Council’s strategy to encourage the uptake of electric vehicles in the Northern Beaches local government area.
  • Powerbank gives redraw option
    City of Busselton, Western Australia, in partnership with Western Power and Synergy, has announce the release of the PowerBank trial in Busselton, providing local residents with access to battery storage technology.
  • Embarking on the path to reconciliation
    Golden Plains Shire Council, Victoria, has endorsed a draft Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) and a new Flag Policy that will see the Torres Strait Islander flag fly alongside the Australian and Aboriginal flags.
  • Carpenters’ solution to stop vandalism
    Two carpenters from Bundaberg Regional Council, Queensland, have created an innovative solution to stop the vandalism of sharps containers in the region’s parks and garden facilities.


Feature: Engineering, Public Works & Community infrastructure

  • Road safety project leads the way
    A project of Mildura Rural City Council, Victoria, has taken out one of Australasia’s most prestigious road safety awards – the 3M-ACRS Diamond Road Safety Award.
  • Mowing Technology Roadmap for local government*
    Local government mowing operations need to be productive and safe while meeting social expectations about environmental factors and enjoyment of public spaces.
  • Residents are digging it with new food growing guide
    Brimbank City Council, Victoria, has developed a new Guide to Community Gardening to help residents look to the future, explore opportunities for growing food and expand their knowledge on sustainability.
  • Building bridges
    Faced with the high costs of a limited supply of concrete bridge components, Coffs Harbour City Council, New South Wales, has taken the innovative – and unusual – step of setting up its own manufacturing plant in the city.
  • Swim centre celebrates half century with face lift
    Port Augusta City Council, South Australia, will upgrade the Ryan Mitchell Swim Centre after receiving $1,011,600 from the Local Government Infrastructure Partnership Program (LGIPP).
  • Lakes Management Plan to improve network
    City of Palmerston, Northern Territory, has finalised its Lakes Management Plan to provide a coordinated and sustainable approach to the management of the thirteen lakes throughout the city.
  • Local duo transforms asset management system
    An asset management system transformation at Devonport City Council, Tasmania, has placed its Works staff ahead of the game in terms of real-time asset mapping and maintenance, and two dedicated staff have been leading the charge.
  • Road safety for local government fleet operators*
    Fleet management organisations (FMOs) can help local government agencies and councils create a fleet policy that covers various safety aspects to ensure that vehicles are maintained to high safety standards and drivers are well trained.
  • Aerodrome redevelopment built with teamwork
    There was a time when 5mm of rain would render the Wentworth Aerodrome unusable.
  • Research for cleaner waste water
    A partnership between Orange City Council, New South Wales, and the University of Sydney has the potential to improve the quality of the effluent released from the city’s sewage treatment plant.
  • Blended bore water is a good drop
    Goondiwindi Regional Council, Queensland, has successfully trialled blending a small percentage of water from the new Gubbermunda aquifer bore into the town’s normal river supply.
  • Increasing e-waste recycling
    City of Rockingham has received $80,000 from the Western Australian Government’s WasteSorted e-waste 2020-2021 grants, to help increase the amount and range of e-waste collected for recycling.
  • 43 waste vehicles rebranded within one week*
    Vehicle branding is fast becoming the most powerful form of community messaging for councils.
  • Cooperative planning paves the way for investment
    Hot on the heels of Glenorchy City Council’s endorsement of their Greater Glenorchy Plan, major infrastructure plans are underway for Greater Hobart, creating the golden opportunity to invest in bold and innovative precinct planning, at the local government level.
  • Soft plastic recycling trial
    A first of its kind soft plastics trial by Central Coast Council, New South Wales, has seen close to five tonnes of soft plastics diverted from landfill since the trial’s commencement in November 2020.
  • Bushfire recovery grant for wildlife and habitat projects
    Wollondilly Council, New South Wales, has welcomed over $50,000 worth of funding from the Federal Government to support wildlife and habitat recovery following last year’s bushfires.
  • Drinking water from thin air
    Yuelamu is one of 12 remote communities making up Central Desert Regional Council, Northern Territory.
  • John Deere joint tests its first electric-powered backhoe*
    John Deere, a leading manufacturer of construction equipment, and National Grid, an electricity, natural gas, and clean energy delivery company serving more than 20 million people throughout the United States of America’s northeast, will joint test an electric backhoe concept.
  • Waterwise work milestone
    City of Melville has been presented with a sustainable park bench, designed and made in Western Australia, to commemorate 10 years of participation in the State’s Waterwise Council Program.
  • Combined forces build a boat ramp
    Hornsby Shire Council, The Hills Shire Council and the New South Wales Government will join forces to build a new boat ramp at Wisemans Ferry.
  • New amenities give better service*
    Landmark Products has designed, manufactured and installed our first K9800 Fremantle Series Aluminium Restroom (Modified).  
  • Wastewater gets the royal treatment
    City of Logan, Queensland, has begun the first stage of more than $100 million in major upgrades to the Loganholme Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP).
  • Eye in space maps tree health
    A winning challenge from Liverpool City Council, New South Wales, has found an innovative satellite-based way to help it sustainably manage and expand the city’s tree canopy.
  • Rubber footpaths address the root cause
    Street trees are an essential part of the urban landscape across the City of Newcastle, New South Wales.
  • Permeable pavement reduces flooding*
    A high-tech paving material made from recycled tyres could have a major impact on water sustainable urban design in Australia.
  • Transforming lanes and pathways
    Charles Sturt Council, South Australia, is celebrating the completion of three high priority laneway and pathway beautification projects.
  • International cycling city
    City of Wollongong, New South Wales, received recognition as a global city when it joined the ranks of Vancouver, Paris, Copenhagen, Glasgow and Bergen, following the announcement it had been awarded the UCI Bike City Label.
  • Shire eyes in the sky
    Shire of Esperance, Western Australia, originally established a drone program around two years ago, which has grown significantly to become an essential part of normal work processes throughout the organisation.
  • Education project unveiled
    Her Excellency, the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC, QC, Governor of New South Wales and Mr Dennis Wilson visited Muswellbrook recently and, during the visit, her Excellency laid the foundation stone for the Donald Horne Building.
  • University contributes to city upgrade
    The proposed first stage of Hobart’s Midtown streetscape upgrade will be partly funded by the University of Tasmania (UTas) under an agreement to provide voluntary financial contributions towards city infrastructure.
  • Get ready for a budget cash splash*
    If you have had anything at all to do with grants you will still be recovering from the madness of November 2020 to March 2021.
  • Bringing the creek back
    Georges River Council, New South Wales, has reinstated a creek in a large suburban park to improve water quality, stormwater harvesting and irrigation.
  • Work starts on playground for wheels
    Burnie City Council, Tasmania, has begun work on its new $480,000 playground for wheels.
  • Timber bridge restored
    Byron Shire Council, New South Wales, last month completed the timber restoration of Brunswick Heads’ iconic South Arm Bridge, which was officially opened by the Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, the Honourable Kevin Hogan.
  • Worm farm trial
    The Hills Shire Council, New South Wales, is running a first of its kind in Australia worm farm trial in an apartment complex in North Kellyville.
  • Effective road drainage with concretes mats*
    Concrete mats offer cost and time effective solution for drainage along roads and municipal works.
  • Getting ahead of the storm
    Glen Eira City Council, Victoria, provides service excellence to its residents in getting ahead of the storms.
  • Australian road recovery*
    Funding levels for road maintenance and construction need to be spent more wisely than ever before considering the recent situation.