July 2021 Edition

Breaking News


  • Conference returns
    The 27th Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) National General Assembly returned to Canberra in June this year after a brief hiatus in 2020 when it was cancelled due to the nationwide COVID-19 lockdown restrictions.
  • NGA endorses nuclear weapons ban
    At its National General Assembly in June, the Australian Local Government Association delegates unanimously passed Motion 61 calling on Australia to sign and ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
  • First to ban single-use plastic takeaway packaging
    Hobart has become the first city in Australia to ban single-use plastic takeaway food packaging as part of a wider move to become single-use plastic free.
  • Supporting women’s leadership
    The peak body for local government officers will receive a share of $39.8 million in Commonwealth Government funding to support women’s leadership development in local government.
  • Fabric forest highlights fashion waste
    Ballarat Youth have engaged local artist Diokno Pasilan to help create an art installation made from fabric waste.
  • President’s comment – Mayor Angela Evans
    President Local Government Association of South Australia
  • At risk youth in Town Common clean up
    Goondiwindi Regional Council, Queensland, is working with Care Goondiwindi to reduce recidivism through a court diversion program engaging repeat offenders to clean up and rejuvenate the Goondiwindi Town Common.
  • Last one out, please turn off the lights
    By Rachel Chambers, Mayor North Burnette Regional Council
  • A fair share of the pie
    North Burnett Regional Council (NBRC), Queensland, has been leading the fight for a fairer share of State and Federal funding for local government through a campaign highlighting the harsh financial reality facing smaller regional councils.
  • Building a balanced future for bushfire protection*
    Building industry experts are planning to meet in the Blue Mountains next month 25-27 August, for the 7th Australian Bushfire Building Conference to tackle the tough questions around planning and building in bushfire prone areas.
  • Businesses say you’re #safewithus
    Business owner, Errin Williamson estimates a 70 percent loss in regular revenue at her café in Church Street, Dubbo, New South Wales, when her business was listed as a COVID-19 exposure site, after two COVID-positive travellers stopped in for a meal.
  • Citizenship ceremony marks Refugee Week
    Snowy Monaro Regional Council, New South Wales, held a citizenship ceremony at the Cooma Council Chambers on 24 June, to mark National Refugee Week and reflect on the contributions of migrants to the region.
  • The Good Oil by Rod Brown – FTA with United Kingdom is excellent news
    Last month’s announcement of an in-principle agreement of a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the United Kingdom (UK) and Australian governments is excellent news.
  • Feral deer population growing
    Tweed Shire Council has joined forces with Lismore and Kyogle councils, and the Tweed and Border Ranges-Richmond Valley Landcare groups, to launch ‘The Northern Rivers is on Feral Deer Alert’ program.
  • Mural paints a picture of community
    Wollongong City Council, New South Wales, has worked with local community organisation The Disability Trust on a new interactive community mural in MacCabe Park.
  • Address verification technology helped ACT Government reduce spending*
    Customer Experience and Design Operations Manager, Vladislav Munteanu, has been working tirelessly to ensure the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government has up-to-date, accurate and easily accessible address data to help them deliver essential services to the public.
  • World’s best tasting water
    Water from the Rossarden Water Treatment Plant, in Tasmania’s Northern Midlands, has won the Best Municipal Water for 2021 at the Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting event in West Virginia, United States of America (USA).
  • Councillor profiles – Mayor Angela Long City of Greater Dandenong
  • Councillor profiles – Mayor Mark Holcombe Mansfield Shire Council
  • New heights in city design
    City of Melbourne will consider the establishment of a new Melbourne Design Review Panel and Design Excellence Advisory Committee in an effort to improve architectural and design quality in the city’s new developments.
  • The value of authentic engagement*
    The value of authentic community and stakeholder engagement is now more important than ever.
  • Laneway into plaza
    The transformation of Little Timor Street, Coonabarabran is one step closer as Warrumbungle Shire Council, New South Wales, appoints contractors to undertake the project.
  • Sand recycled in erosion control trial
    Shire of Esperance, Western Australia, has partnered with the Department of Transport (DOT) to undertake a trial involving pumping sand dredged from Bandy Creek Boat Harbour, to nourish the eroding sections of Castletown Quays Beach.
  • Community safety funding welcomed
    The Victorian Government has announced a new funding program for crime prevention and community safety, targeted at 11 communities across Victoria.
  • Policy guides international relations
    Greater Bendigo City Council, Victoria, has adopted a new International Relations Policy 2021 to provide greater clarity and guide international relations.
  • WA’s ‘Know how rates are calculated’ competition
    Independent research, commissioned by the Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA), has found only about one in five ratepayers can identify how rates are calculated.


Feature: Financial sustainability & asset management

  • Sustainability built into Cobblebank Stadium
    Melton City Council, Victoria, has turned a spotlight on some of the outstanding environmental features that will make the $31 million Cobblebank Indoor Stadium, one of its most sustainable buildings yet.
  • Upskilling online a success*
    Rick Mulvey’s decision to upskill with CQUniversity’s Graduate Certificate in Asset and Maintenance Management took his mining industry career into operations management.
  • Cool energy savings flow
    Continuing its commitment to being a ‘green’ council, Bulloo Shire, Queensland, has made significant investments in renewable energy, including a new Water Cooling Project set to deliver long-term financial and social benefits while reducing risk to Council and the community.
  • Award for digital leader
    Devonport City Council has been recognised for improving operational efficiencies and service delivery through its digital transformation program, winning a major award at the Tasmanian Local Government Professionals Awards in June.
  • Certified carbon neutral
    City of Subiaco has become the first local government in Western Australia (WA) to become certified carbon neutral under the Commonwealth’s Climate Active program.
  • Action addresses housing challenge
    Central Coast Council, New South Wales, has achieved positive outcomes to help solve the region’s affordable housing challenge.
  • Electric waste truck trial begins
    City of Cockburn, Western Australia, has taken delivery of its first electric waste truck which will initially be trialled during kerbside recycling collections.
  • Custom vehicle fit-outs for local government fleet operators*
    Fleet management organisations (FMOs) can help local government agencies and councils with their build management process for custom fit-outs, from community transport buses to mobile service units, and other field operation or utility vehicles.
  • Cobar Shire Council selects the MAGIQ Cloud Platform*
    MAGIQ Software is pleased to announce that Cobar Shire Council, New South Wales, has selected the MAGIQ Cloud Platform as its Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system.
  • Protected on-road bike path
    Coffs Harbour City Council, New South Wales, will begin work this month on a project that will provide a try before you buy on-road, separated bike lane with physical protection from parking or traffic lanes.
  • Time is money*
    Is an outdated key management solution costing you both time and money?
  • Cultural burning sparks interest
    Aboriginal cultural burning practices are increasingly being recognised as having an important role to play in environmental and fire hazard management.
  • Adapted for lock down
    Moyne Shire Council, Victoria, has launched its new online gallery, encouraging people to enjoy exhibitions from the region’s best young artists from the comfort of their home.
  • Waste goes underground
    Australia’s first underground automated waste collection system (AWCS) for a central business district is live in the Sunshine Coast Council’s new Maroochydore City Centre, Queensland.
  • Road safety from all angles
    Cessnock City Council, New South Wales, is looking at road safety through its sustainability filter while helping residents arrive safely at their destination.
  • Waste facilities management to Endeavour Foundation
    Southern Downs Regional Council, Queensland, has ramped up its investment in supporting social service providers with the appointment of Endeavour Foundation to manage the region’s 11 supervised waste facilities from 1 July 2021.
  • Excellence in road safety
    Tweed Shire Council, New South Wales, has received an Excellence in Road Safety Engineering award for the Kyogle Road upgrade near to Uki.
  • Smart farming technology trial
    City of Greater Geelong’s Internet of Things (IoT) network is helping a clever technology trial take place in the paddocks at Marcus Oldham Farm Management College, Victoria.
  • Councils join ESD study
    Twenty-eight Victorian councils and the Council Alliance for a Sustainable Built Environment (CASBE) are collaborating on a joint research project that aims to elevate Environmentally Sustainable Development (ESD) targets for new development.
  • Road maintenance is streets ahead using Australian made products*
    Road maintenance and construction funding needs to be spent more wisely than ever before.
  • Council funded to use crumb rubber*
    Tyre Stewardship Australia has committed $500,000 in the last year to councils within Australia to increase the use of Crumb Rubber (CR) within council owned low traffic asphalt roads.