December 2020 Edition

Articles

Editorials

Feature: Efficiency and sustainability

  • Fire-wise garden demo
    Shire of Denmark, Western Australia, is helping residents make their own gardens more fire resilient with a fire-wise gardening demonstration in the local community precinct.
  • Good Food, Good Access, Great results! - the comfort of social distancing*
    With eateries opening up after the long hibernation it’s time to celebrate with a night out.
  • Bulk-buy is ready to give
    Swan Hill Rural City Council, Victoria, has raised $13,800 under the Mallee Sun Solar Bulk Buy scheme, which means it is now ready to distribute free solar to not-for-profit community groups, such as a social housing co-operative, or kindergarten in the Swan Hill municipality.
  • Indigenous home ownership gets green light in Gulf Country
    The dream of home ownership is finally within reach for the predominantly Indigenous residents of two of Queensland’s remotest towns after an ambitious project driven by Burke Shire Council received Ministerial approval on 10 September.
  • Playgrounds ready for new adventure
    Greater Dandenong City Council, Victoria, has partnered with Rotary to harvest playgrounds for disadvantaged overseas communities.
  • Basketball courts shade structure doubles as cyclone shelter
    Roper Gulf Regional Council, Northern Territory, will commence work early in the new year, on the Borroloola Sports Courts and Cyclone Shelter project thanks to grant funding of $6.9 million.
  • Blueprint for smarter suburbs
    A cutting-edge initiative that could change the way new suburbs and cities are designed, constructed and managed has been launched by the City of Parramatta Council, with the rollout of state-of-the-art technology across a 25ha development site in Sydney’s west.
  • Historical data management solution*
    iArchive provides a new and transformative solution for historical data held in redundant systems.
  • Collaboration cuts red tape for food businesses
    Food businesses will now find it easier to trade at events in the City of Canning, City of Gosnells and Town of Victoria Park under a new partnership aimed at reducing red tape.
  • Community garden in the centre of town
    The Casterton community could soon be growing fruit, vegetables and native plants together in the heart of the township following support for a much-anticipated project.
  • Online building applications support efficiency and sustainability
    In most cases, a new building development or change in land use requires an application for planning approval to be submitted to the local council.
  • Drones used for environmental monitoring
    Mackay Regional Council, Queensland, is using a drone to conduct environmental testing at some of Council’s landfill sites.
  • Daintree land sale a boost for biodiversity
    A vacant parcel of land located in the heart of the Wet Tropics will become a fully-restored World Heritage Rainforest and nursery, creating jobs for Traditional Owners and boosting biodiversity on the Daintree Coast.
  • High achievers win three awards
    City of Burnside Council was recognised with three awards at the Local Government Information Technology South Australia (LGITSA) Awards Night on 15 October.
  • What is shared data? Why is it important?*
    Shared Data works in local communities, because every community is unique, however, one common thread that all communities share is the growing need for Health and Community Services to work with Council, to solve challenges at a local level.
  • Youth advise council to act
    City of Albany, Western Australia, continues to be a clean, green and sustainable city with Council endorsing the City of Albany Climate Change Declaration early last month.
  • Reimagining water
    Moree Plains Shire Council, New South Wales, used National Water Week to collectively reflect on the value of water and what is needed to ensure supply of the vital resource for the future.
  • Going virtual during lockdown
    Burke Shire Council’s outside-the-box response to managing staff training during a four-month coronavirus lockdown, earned them the 2020 Butch Lenton Bush Council Innovation Award at the 124th Local Government Association of Queensland (ALGA) annual conference.
  • Ten gigabit network completed
    City of Adelaide’s Ten Gigabit Adelaide project has reached its target of 1000 buildings fully connected.
  • Local composters put Monty to the test
    Local schools and community gardens are working with Noosa Council, Queensland to test a new invention from an Australian start-up that promises to make composting easier and more successful.
  • Regional airport open for traffic
    After two years of construction and ten years of planning the $9.2 million Mount Gambier Regional Airport Upgrade is now complete, on time and on budget.
  • Setting SAIL at Lake Macquarie
    Lake Macquarie City Council, New South Wales, has launched a new-look leadership program aimed at fostering future leaders.

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