Councils frustrated at promised roads takeback
A New South Wales Government plan to resume responsibility for 400 kilometres of local roads – less than three percent of the promised 15,000 – was a massive disappointment for local government, according to Local Government New South Wales (LGNSW).
Australian capital cities and large regional centres along the east coast will be the big winners from last month’s allocation of $24.55 million in Round 1 of the Federal Government’s Future Fuels Fund, which will see 403 new Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations built in an effort to stimulate confidence in the emerging zero emissions vehicle market.
Start-up program helps urban farmer
Self-proclaimed ‘fun-gi’, Kyle Quinn, is scaling up his new mushroom enterprise in Warrnambool, Victoria, with support from AgriFood Evolution, a program helping food and agriculture businesses fast-track their innovative ideas and bring them to market.
IT conference sets new dates*
Coffs Harbour City Council is organising the 23rd Local Government Information Technology Conference but due to the extended Public Health orders, lockdowns, and ongoing travel restrictions we have decided to postpone the 2021 Conference scheduled for 3 to 5 November to Wednesday 1st to Friday 3rd June 2022 at Opal Cove Resort, Coffs Harbour.
Fresh new look for laneway
City of Busselton has partnered with Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia, through the Reconnect Western Australia initiative, to revitalise Hannay Lane in Dunsborough with support from Dunsborough Progress Association.
Bush tucker trail
The Flinders Ranges Council, South Australia, has a bold vision of becoming the ‘Bush Tucker Capital of Australia’ and with its bush tucker trail in Quorn well underway, it is on the right path to achieving this vision.
Community hub is a virtual GIFT
Regional Council of Goyder, South Australia, is creating connections and bringing people together through its online community hub, funded by an Age Friendly SA Grant via SA Health.
Moonah gets creative
Glenorchy City Council, Tasmania, has developed a COVID-19 Economic Recovery program to deliver both emergency measures and strategic investment into the City.
Tens of thousands converge for festival
The North Australian Festival of Arts (NAFA) has marked off another resounding success with tens of thousands of visitors attending a slew of sold-out shows during the month of July.
Border region calls for new policy
Murray River Council, New South Wales, will continue to push for a shift in border-region-policy once the current COVID-19 crisis has eased.
Cultural Burn connects people
In May this year, the Kaurna Aboriginal community and the City of Adelaide collaboratively delivered the Kaurna Kardla Parranthi Cultural Burn Project in the Adelaide Park Lands.
First recycled roads roll out
Meander Valley Council, Tasmania, is demonstrating its commitment to working towards a sustainable future by using waste and recyclable materials to resurface parts of the Municipality’s road network.
Waste Facility has gone solar
City of Darwin’s Shoal Bay Waste Management Facility is now running on solar power after 260 solar panels were installed on the roof of the Recycling and Resource Recovery Centre.
Tech for living assets
Planting and looking after trees in the City of Gosnells, Western Australia, has taken a technical turn, with the recent introduction of field data reporting and online mapping.
Reef trial to reduce erosion
City of Cockburn will host Western Australia’s first full-scale trial of an engineered reef designed to slow down coastal erosion by breaking down wave energy reaching the shore.
Meet Rose the chatbot
Devonport City Council is the first local government in Tasmania and one of very few in Australia to introduce a chatbot.
Dirty glass recycled
Shoalhaven City Council, New South Wales, has received grant funding of $500,000 from the Environment Trust to enter into a partnership with University of New South Wales’ Sustainable Materials and Technology Centre (UNSW SMaRT Centre) to establish a Green Ceramics MICROfactorieTM at West Nowra.
Bioresources powering the city
City of Gold Coast, Queensland, is expanding opportunities to produce cost-saving energy and commercial soil products from its bioresources.