October 2021 Edition
- Local government councils invited to reconnect communities*
Peak body and industry leader Parks and Leisure Australia invites all local government council workers involved in policy and planning management, maintenance of parks and leisure planning, and related fields, to get involved in the 2021 Parks and Leisure Australia National Virtual Conference, The Park Bench, Reconnecting Communities, 23-24 November 2021.
- Proposed developer contribution changes opposed
Armidale Regional councillors have voted unanimously to make urgent representation to the New South Wales Government to convey Council’s opposition to the proposed legislative changes to developer infrastructure contributions and request that the Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment (Infrastructure Contributions) Bill as it stands be withdrawn.
- Climate costs councils
More funding is needed to help local governments cope with the costs of climate change, according to a new report from the Climate Council and Cities Power Partnership.
- Hidden emissions a growing problem
Without action, embodied carbon will be responsible for 85 percent of Australia’s built environment emissions by 2050, a new report from the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) and thinkstep-anz has found.
- Cloak of Hope installed
Blue Mountains City Council, New South Wales, has completed the upgrade of the Katoomba Civic Centre with a magnificent art installation by local artist Kevina-Jo Smith, titled Cloak of Hope, draped over the northern wall of the former Katoomba Library.
- Shinju moonrise brings connection
When the full moon rose over Chinatown in Broom, Western Australia, on 23 August 2021, the metaphorical stars and planets aligned to create local history.
- Pop ups breathe new life
The Toowoomba Gallery is relocating to new premises in the redeveloped Rowe’s complex fronting Victoria Street next month following its successful launch as part of a trial Creative CBD Toowoomba program by Toowoomba Regional Council, Queensland.
- President’s comment – Cr Denise Massoud President Victorian Local Governance Association (VLGA)
- Counting the cost of lost events
Figures presented to the City of Greater Geelong, Victoria, last month highlighted the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the region’s events sector.
- Environmental action for the long term
Southern Mallee District Council, South Australia, has adopted its first ever Environmental Action Plan (EAP), taking a proactive approach to protecting and preserving its environmental assets and long- term sustainability.
- Councillor profiles – Paula Masselos Mayor of Waverley
- Councillor profiles – Maurice Collison Mayor of Upper Hunter Regional Council
- The Good Oil by Rod Brown – Sad misjudgement by Defence
Australia’s defence purchases have been notoriously problematic, but our submarine saga is the most glaring. It will have huge ramifications for years to come.
- Councils unite against homelessness
The number of homeless men, women and children is growing in suburban areas and COVID-19 has further impacted the vulnerability of those without a safe place to call home.
- Short-stay changes target growing housing crisis
Hobart City Council will consider taking steps to limit the number of new permits to convert entire homes to short-stay visitor accommodation in an attempt to address housing affordability and rental property supply in the Tasmanian capital.
Feature: Training and professional development
- Women mean business
Women at Armidale Regional Council, New South Wales, are unlocking their leadership potential so they can be seen and heard in the work place – and they mean business.
- Fast-track mediation and de-escalation skills and strategies*
Mediation is widely known as a cost-efficient, confidential, self-determinative process that catalyses problem solving and the resolution of disputes.
- Local training leads to jobs
Roper Gulf Regional Council, Northern Territory, is celebrating the success of its Community Development Program in Borroloola, which saw strong participation in local training opportunities by job seekers.
- Community backs blue project
Thanks to the initiative of Northern Midlands Council, Tasmania, and the financial backing of local business and community members, a dead gum tree bordering the Midland Highway between Perth and Longford now provides a vivid reminder of the importance of mental health.
- Grants roadmap into 2022*
The most common question Section51 has been asked over the past few months is: ‘where will the grants and funding roadmap take us to in 2022’.
- CQUniversity’s affordable MBA outperforms the big players*
CQUniversity is outperforming many of the ‘big players’ among universities offering MBAs, reflected by its sustained top business press rankings.
- Youth project kicks goals
Young people in Tasmania’s south east are receiving support to achieve their dreams and goals locally, thanks to a program run by Clarence City Council in June.
- First Aboriginal rangers graduate in Jabiru
Members and staff of Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation congratulated fourteen Djurrubu Rangers who last month graduated with their Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management from Charles Darwin University.
- ‘Healthy mind at work’ initiative
September saw the launch of the ‘Supporting a Healthy Mind at Work’ program by Town of Claremont, Western Australia, with two weeks of activities and initiatives for employees to get involved in.
- Staff development is the key
With an area that extends to half the size of Victoria and staff dispersed across four towns in the remote Pilbara region of Western Australia, staff culture and development at the Shire of Ashburton presents a unique set of challenges, not least an extended distance between colleagues.
- Furphy Barbecues now with hand sanitisers*
Furphy Foundry is proud to launch our new range of Furphy Barbecues with Hand Sanitisers which have been produced to promote clean and hygienic public environments.
- Lifeguards up for the challenge
Western Australia’s state-of-the-art indoor aquatic facility at the City of Armadale is home to an exceptional team of lifeguards and swim school instructors.
- Councils encouraged to drive awareness of tyre export ban*
Tyre Stewardship Australia is asking local councils to watch for illegal dumping, storage or collection of passenger tyres ahead of the Commonwealth’s waste export ban on all whole or baled tyres coming into effect 1 December 2021.