May 2021 Edition

Breaking News


  • Regional living
    Regional communities wanting to grow have access to a new resource to help them capitalise on the burgeoning national interest in living outside the capital cities’ limits.
  • National Waste Policy action plan
    Environment Ministers from all states met on 15 April for the first Environmental Ministers Meeting since the demise of COAG, resulting in a commitment for the states to work collaboratively on a suite of actions to meet National Waste Policy Action Plan targets.
  • Housing emergency declared
    Tweed Shire Council, New South Wales, has declared a housing emergency due to a lack of availability and affordability of houses in the Tweed area.
  • Greener road trial
    Greater Shepparton City Council, Victoria, has undertaken a trial of incorporating recycled glass and reclaimed asphalt pavement to renew part of Kialla Lakes Drive, Shepparton.
  • Youth services funding boost
    Mornington Peninsula Shire, Victoria, has welcomed a significant funding boost to build an integrated youth services hub in Rosebud.
  • Cultural precinct changes direction
    Burnie City Council, Tasmania, will not proceed with its plan to build a new North West Museum and Art Gallery, and will instead combine its art gallery, museum, and function centre in the one existing location.
  • President’s comment – Cr David Clark President Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV)
  • Art unifies community
    A special new community mural was unveiled on 28 April, at the entrance to the Deer Park Library in the City of Brimbank, Victoria.
  • City celebrates
    Devonport City Council, Tasmania, celebrated its 40th birthday with a community celebration on Wednesday, 21 April in the Rooke Street Mall.
  • The Good Oil by Rod Brown – Transitioning to carbon neutrality – via a regional approach
    Associate Professor Mark Cloney (Latrobe University) has strong regional development credentials, and he’s developed some sensible suggestions on how we might transition to net zero emissions by 2050.
  • Residents’ vision for town centre
    Teresa Saunders from Pialba and nine-year-old Robbie Weger, from Torquay were announced winners of the Pialba Town Centre Master Plan Competition run by Fraser Coast Council, Queensland, aiming to get more people involved in the planning process.
  • Online petitions make it much easier to have your say
    Having a voice in the community has become easier for people in the City of Gosnells, Western Australia, thanks to the introduction of online petitions, as part of the City’s enhanced approach to community consultation.
  • Coastal management plans funded
    Shoalhaven City Council, has successfully obtained five grants valued at more than $1.1million from the New South Wales Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) Coastal and Estuary Planning Grants Program, to help manage the health of the region’s coasts and estuaries and improve the resilience of coastal communities.
  • Calling time on junk food vouchers in kids’ sport
    Five local Victorian councils have joined forces with VicHealth in a bid to phase out unhealthy food vouchers in children’s sport.
  • Culture, not as we know it*
    The importance of workplace culture has been a trend of conversation for people and culture managers around the world, long before the pandemic forced us to rethink how we work.
  • Town centre upgrades underway
    Southern Mallee District Council, South Australia, has commenced construction on the $4 million upgrades to the Pinnaroo and Lameroo town centres after awarding a major tender for a significant portion of the project’s stages 1, 2 and 3.
  • Councillor profiles - Mayor Pam Palmer Lane Cove Council
  • Councillor profiles - Mayor Reg Kidd Orange City Council


Feature: Administration & management system

  • ‘Let’s Talk About Racism’ staff workshops
    The word racism strikes dread into most people, but no one more sharply than those who experience it every other day, or as is common for Aboriginal people, multiple times a day.
  • Council agenda and minutes done differently*
    Located in Tasmania, Devonport City Council embarked on a digital transformation journey, focusing on implementing a cloud-first strategy and moving all systems to Software as a Service (SaaS) platforms.
  • Clubs gifted one-stop-shop for support
    Clubs in the Mackay Regional Council area now have a one-stop-shop for information, guidance and support.
  • Staff housing in remote town gets nod
    Victoria Daly Regional Council, Northern Territory, has been awarded grant funding of $350,000 through the Chief Minister’s Local Government Priority Infrastructure Fund to build staff housing in the remote community of Yarralin.
  • MAGIQ Software: preferred ‘Local Buy’ ICT supplier*
    MAGIQ Software has been selected as a preferred supplier of information and communications technology (ICT) solutions and services by Local Buy (BUS274).
  • Workshops for mental wellbeing
    In February this year 175 Shire of Esperance, Western Australia, employees from across the organisation attended workshops facilitated by Happiness Co.
  • Management skills invaluable for all industries*
    After working as an engineer for two years in his home country of Nepal, Raunak Koirala realised that management was an integral part of the industry.
  • Audit results drive safety success
    Shire of Kojonup, Western Australia, has worked hard across all Council departments and worksites to achieve major improvements in its Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) scorecard, and the effort is reflected in the results.
  • Kids’ street libraries are works of art
    Blue Mountains City Council, New South Wales, has thanked all the children and volunteers who helped establish 11 new street libraries throughout the City.
  • Building surveyor position improves gender balance
    Maddy Wood is constructing a career for herself in the field of building surveying, as the successful applicant for a position as assistant building surveyor at Latrobe City Council, funded by the Victorian Government’s Women Building Surveyors Program.
  • Automated Waste Collection System underway
    Australia’s first underground automated waste collection system in the new Maroochydore City Centre, on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, is moving closer to being switched on.
  • Technology mapping our future
    New technology is being used across a wide range of Local Government services and is playing an increasingly important part in redefining services offered by Kingborough Council, Tasmania.
  • Empowering youth program
    Swan Hill Rural City Council, Victoria, recently appointed Empower Youth Engagement Worker, Ashlee Mason to work with young people who are disengaged or at risk of disengaging from family, education and/or community.
  • Importance of successful contract management for local government*
    Improving contract management as a core discipline across councils is an expectation by auditors, a  desire  for all vendors, and a significant value-multiplier for your investment in procurement resources who manage your third-party spend profile.
  • Becoming more small business friendly
    City of Rockingham is one of the first local governments in Western Australia participating in the Small Business Friendly Approvals Program.
  • Community centre supports learning and employment
    Residents of Melton, Victoria, now have more training and employment support, and health and wellbeing services available to them with the new $4.7 million Melton Central Community Centre officially open.
  • Embracing youth mental health education
    Moira Shire Council, Victoria, has joined with all secondary schools in the Shire, Uniting Vic Tas, local community groups, and health services to implement the award winning youth mental health and suicide prevention model, Live4Life.
  • High school students visit Council
    Hinchinbrook Shire Council, Queensland, hosted year 11 and year 12 students from Ingham State High School last month, when they visited the Hinchinbrook Visitor Information Centre and wetland precinct – TYTO.
  • Website drives awareness of event economy
    A new website capturing everything happening across Newcastle has been launched by City of Newcastle, New South Wales, to help locals and visitors make the most of the city’s entertainment options.
  • Hands-on leadership program
    Leadership development has been a growing focus at Glen Eira City Council, Victoria, over recent years. 
  • Turnkey solution unlocks your data*
    iFerret provides dramatic information access improvements to support enhanced council performance.