September 2021 Edition

Breaking News


  • Driving EVs
    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.
  • President’s comment – Mayor Christina Holmdahl President Local Government Association of Tasmania
  • 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.
  • The Good Oil by Rod Brown – Delegate – a great use of Bushfire Recovery funds
    Delegate is a small town (population 350) way up on the Monaro high plains, close to the New South Wales/Victoria border. Three hours from Canberra, and you get there and back via Bombala.
  • 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.
  • Councillor profiles – President Sarah Stanley Shire of Collie
  • Councillor profiles – Mayor Shane Van Styn FCPA City of Greater Geraldton


Feature: Best Practice

  • Big thinking pays off
    Twelve months of innovative and flexible thinking paid off in a big way for Burwood Council at local government’s night of nights.
  • Cloud solutions accelerate Council agenda and minutes process*
    Harbour Software specialises in providing niche cloud-based solutions to help local governments enhance their governance processes.
  • Repurposed wastewater gets great results
    Farms and golf courses have reaped the rewards of environmentally-friendly processes at the Port Douglas Wastewater Treatment Plant.
  • 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.
  • Going digital supports arts
    When COVID-19 hit in early 2020, many business sectors were hit hard, but none more than the arts sector.
  • 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.
  • Local government cloud budgeting, reporting, planning tool*
    MAGIQ Performance significantly reduces manual effort and will improve your budgeting, reporting and financial planning cycles.
  • Making your journey to a low carbon fleet smoother*
    Sustainable fleet management is not only good for business; it’s good for the environment as well.
  • 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.
  • Recycled plastics are export quality
    A top recycling program in Armidale, New South Wales, is the key to securing a partnership with South America.
  • Driver identification – more important than ever*
    Traditionally fleet telematics solutions provide a single method for identifying drivers.
  • Procurement model goes strategic
    A new approach to procurement by Logan City Council, Queensland, will deliver increased value for money for the community.
  • Recycling on the move
    Northern Midlands Council, Tasmania, has launched its new mobile recycling centre.
  • 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.
  • Rural roads get new treatment*
    Big spending on infrastructure by the Federal Government continues to drive the national COVID-19 recovery.