June 2021 Edition


  • Pathways for carers
    The lockdowns caused by the COVID-19 epidemic have disadvantaged many with none feeling the effects more than the vast number of people who provide care at home, informally, usually fulltime and often unpaid, for family members and friends with a disability or debilitating illness.
  • Inland Rail raises some concerns
    Mayor of Lockyer Valley Council, Queensland, Tanya Milligan has urged her community to have their say on the Inland Rail proposal draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) before the deadline on 23 June, warning the impact of the Helidon to Calvert (H2C) line section would be devastating for many in the region.
  • Festival off to a roaring start
    Burdekin Shire Council, Queensland kicked off the 2021 Sweet Days, Hot Nights Festival with more than 2000 people attending the First Fire at the Home Hill Showgrounds on 27 May.
  • 23rd LGIT Conference*
    Coffs Harbour City Council is organising the 23rd Local Government Information Technology Conference at Opal Cove Resort, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, 3-5 November 2021.
  • Sharing bush tucker
    One hundred native and bush tucker plants were delivered to remote Aboriginal communities in Clarence Valley Council, New South Wales, to foster reconciliation and assist with bushfire recovery.
  • President’s comment – Councillor Linda Scott President Australian Local Government Association
  • Sustainable living festival
    Clothes swaps, zero-waste cooking classes and a workshop on how to build a bee hotel were all part of Forever Fest – ‘a festival to celebrate and educate on sustainability and fighting climate change’ held in City of Greater Dandenong (CGD), Victoria.
  • Business forum confirms plan
    More than 180 members of the local business community and key stakeholders attended City of Joondalup’s first business forum of the year at Joondalup Resort in May.
  • Ferry purchase ensures service continues
    Douglas Shire Council, Queensland, will purchase the Daintree Ferry vessel, ensuring an uninterrupted continuation of service across the Daintree River beyond 30 June 2021.
  • Come for the conference, stay for the experience*
    Adelaide, South Australia’s cosmopolitan coastal capital, is bursting with culture, flavours, events and entertainment.
  • The Good Oil by Rod Brown – Why are governments so slow?
    The COVID-19 vaccine roll-out has been slow. The construction of quarantine facilities outside CBDs is lagging badly. The lack of repatriation flights for Aussies stuck in India is lamentable. The paltry fleet of water-bombing aircraft is bemusing. The support for the rebuilding of bushfire-affected properties is snail-like.
  • Children’s own library opens
    Ipswich City Council, Queensland, will open the doors to its new dedicated children’s library and City administration building, known as 1 Nicholas Street, in the Nicholas Street Precinct on Monday 28 June.
  • Community’s work awarded
    City of Palmerston, Northern Territory, has been announced winner of the Planning Institute Australia President’s Award for the development of its Community Plan.
  • Digital storytelling workshops
    The Digital Library at City of Newcastle, New South Wales, is playing host to a series of workshops to teach local young people skills to share stories through modern mediums like virtual reality, augmented reality and animation.
  • A better way to finance sustainability*
    Want to unlock over $40 billion of private investment into sustainability initiatives? Environmental Upgrade Finance is one way to do it.
  • Celebrating 150 years of operation
    City of Albany, Western Australia, will conduct Council meetings from Albany Town Hall during May in a nostalgic move to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Albany as an independent Local Government.
  • Councillor profiles – Anne Monceaux M.Ed., B.A., B.Ed., A.U.A Mayor City of Burnside, South Australia
  • Councillor profiles – Des Noll Mayor Wattle Range Council
  • Playgrounds verses dog parks
    More parks or more parking? More public art, or greener streets? Dog parks or kids playgrounds?
  • Twice crowned Knox park wins again
    The new-look Knox Park entry plaza in Murwillumbah has earned Tweed Shire Council New South Wales/Australian Capital Territory Park of the Year.
  • Pilot project making outdoor spaces safe
    Victorian Councils have joined forces in partnership with Monash University on the YourGround research project, which aims to advance knowledge of personal safety in public spaces.
  • Pedestrian bridge builds connection*
    Landmark Products designed / manufactured / installed a K1105 Straight ‘Murray Series’ Pedestrian Bridge (Modified).
  • Murray Coorong trail fast-tracked
    A successful funding bid of $205,000 from the South Australian Government’s Open Space and Places for People grant program, will fast-track the construction of the Murray Coorong Trail.
  • Recycling shed opens
    Central Desert Regional Council, Northern Territory has delivered a dedicated recycling shed, with bays for seven different recycling categories for the remote community of Yuendumu.
  • Over the moon for the red rocket
    Dubbo Regional Council, New South Wales, has lift off for the new ‘Red Rocket’ playground equipment, calling Victoria Park home for infinity and beyond!
  • Irrigation projects completed
    Maitland City Council, New South Wales, collaborated with Hunter Water to develop and install multiple irrigation projects across the Maitland area throughout 2020 and 2021.
  • Gardens for Wildlife program turns one
    Gardens for Wildlife, an initiative of City of Kingston, Victoria, to encourage and support residents to enhance their gardens with the purpose of providing shelter, nesting habitat and food sources for native wildlife, has just turned one.
  • Housing shortage forces camping rules change
    Shire of Broome, Western Australia, has made changes to its temporary accommodation policies and will embark on a new four-week trial in response to the current housing shortage and imminent peak dry season period.
  • Restocking with native fish
    The release of approximately 3400 Murray Cod and 4500 Golden Perch fingerlings took place along various locations of the Macquarie River early this year.
  • Website highlights benefits of relocating
    A new website for people considering a move to Cairns, Queensland, has been launched in response to a wave of regional migration in Australia.
  • Partnership program means zero food waste
    A new initiative ‘Zero Waste Leura’ was launched in November at the village of Leura, Blue Mountains, New South Wales, to mark the start of a year-long partnership project that aims to achieve zero food waste in Leura and beyond.
  • Leading the charge in EV uptake
    The newest public electric vehicle (EV) charging hub in Brunswick, Victoria, is attracting the highest number of charge sessions per month of any charging station in Australia.
  • School awarded for going green
    Penrith City Council, New South Wales, congratulates Oxley Park Public School on being recognised as a leader in sustainability.


Feature: Environmental management

  • Australia’s largest emissions reduction project
    Forty-six Victorian councils have announced the launch of VECO, the Victorian Energy Collaboration, the largest ever emissions reduction project by local government in Australia.
  • No shortage of sunshine
    Lachlan Shire Council, in western New South Wales, has commenced construction on $1.1 million worth of renewable energy projects for the townships of Condobolin, Lake Cargelligo and Tottenham, approximately 500km west of Sydney.
  • Hydrogen power plant
    Works have commenced on Australia’s first renewable hydrogen demonstration plant in Denham, Western Australia, 800kms north from Perth.
  • Innovative B-Pods water trees as climate changes
    The innovative use of a system of underground tanks has improved the way City of Burnside Council, South Australia, supports its street trees.
  • Weir goes as river restored
    The vision Logan City Council, Queensland, has for the Albert River is becoming clearer with its plans to demolish Luscombe Weir.
  • Agreement reached for resource recovery facility
    After almost a decade searching for an appropriate location, the Shire of Broome, Western Australia, has approved an integrated site for a new Regional Resource Recovery Park (RRRP).
  • Botanic gardens restoration
    Hepburn Shire Council has announced a $500,000 grant from the Victorian State Government, which will see a series of improvements made to the iconic Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens in Daylesford.
  • Recycled water project scales up
    Livingstone Council, Queensland is committed to improving its essential services, and as part of that commitment the Yeppoon Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) has recently been upgraded to produce Class A recycled water for distribution to customers to use largely for irrigation.
  • Custom designed system wins Spatial Excellence Award
    City of Cockburn, Western Australia, has joined with Esri Australia’s Perth team, to design and implement an intuitive user-friendly workflow management system with advanced Geospatial capabilities to improve the workflow of the CoSafe officers of the community safety patrol service.
  • How local councils can be circular economy leaders*
    Local councils are a vital stakeholder in the circular economy sector as their decisions shape the resource recovery market.
  • EVs coming to a street near you
    City of Mitcham, South Australia, has taken the first step in its pledge to transition away from petrol-powered vehicles with the purchase of two 100 percent electric cars.
  • Landfill rehabilitation
    Toowoomba Regional Council, Queensland, has commenced rehabilitation work on its landfills, with four sites due for completion this financial year.
  • Partnership to encourage solar uptake
    Willoughby Council, New South Wales, recently signed an agreement with a leading North Shore solar power company to encourage local residents to convert their homes to solar power.
  • Quarry garden becomes sanctuary
    Hornsby Shire Council, New South Wales, has embarked on the transformation of the former Hornsby Quarry and its surrounds into one of Sydney’s great parks.
  • Caring for Jack’s Flat
    Twenty-one years of caring for country has transformed a bare paddock into a beautiful bushland habitat in Sorell Council, Tasmania.
  • Address verification helps ACT Government increase efficiency*
    Making an error when entering an address in an online form might not seem like a big deal, but if you’ve been on the receiving end, you know a small inaccuracy can have a big impact.
  • Little Penguins decline
    City of Rockingham, Western Australia, has moved to support the sustainability of the little penguin population on Penguin Island.
  • Foreshore plan goes ahead
    District Council of Yankalilla has secured $2.1 million from the South Australian Government Open Spaces and Places for People Grant program for the Normanville Foreshore project.
  • Guiding climate resilience
    A research collaboration between local government authorities, an engineering peak body, engineering consultants and university researchers has created a guideline to help infrastructure managers and developers choose suitable climate-resilient building materials.
  • Park safety upgrade
    Goondiwindi Regional Council, Queensland, has replaced and extended about 200sq m of softfall surface under and around the play equipment at the All Abilities Park in Texas with $50,000 from the State Government’s 2020-2021 COVID Works for Queensland (W4Q) funding.
  • Class IV waste facility officially opened
    Pilbara Regional Waste Management Facility has reached a milestone with the Shire of Ashburton, Western Australia, appointing a preferred operator for the facility.
  • Embodied carbon – what is it and how can timber help to reduce it?*
  • The final light tower
    Warrnambool City Council, Victoria, reached a major milestone as the new light towers were safely installed at the Reid Oval Redevelopment.
  • Rural council reaches carbon neutral target
    Colac Otway Shire is set to become Victoria’s first rural municipality to reach its Carbon Neutral Target following a range of changes to Council operations to reduce residual greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Lone Pine lives on
    Preparations are underway to upgrade the Leonard T Green Memorial Park in the City of Greater Geraldton, Western Australia, by planting 139 Lone Pine trees, descendants of the Gallipoli Tree that gave its name to the battle in 1915.
  • Stormwater strategy wins best paper award
    Engineers and infrastructure managers from across the region have voted Bundaberg Regional Council’s Stormwater Management Strategy best paper at a recent conference.
  • Waterwise commitment recognised
    In a Local Government first, City of Armadale, Western Australia, has been awarded ‘Gold Star’ status under the Waterwise Building Program for its management of water use within the Orchard House building.
  • Second biggest reseal program
    Roads across the Western Downs, Queensland, are now safer thanks to the completion of Western Downs Regional Council’s annual reseal program.
  • Australian road recovery in 2021 using Australian made products*
    Funding levels for road maintenance and construction need to be spent more wisely than ever before considering the recent Works situation due to COVID-19 and other parameters.
  • Support for verge gardens
    City of Vincent, Western Australia, is helping to beautify local streetscapes one verge at a time.