New look congress
Last week’s Special Local Roads and Transport Congress was a triumph – both in technological terms and the extent to which vital and pressing issues facing local government today were explored in detail.
Events boost local economy
Broome’s normal seasonal tourism calendar has been turned upside down in 2020 – with the local Shire in Western Australia playing a key role in the town’s prosperity.
Creating an education destination
In a bid to become a national and international education destination of choice, Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC), Queensland, has thrown its support behind Study Toowoomba.
Heritage Trail opens
A blustery day didn’t dampen the spirits on Sunday 20 September, of the 160 or so people who attended the opening of the Greenhills Heritage Trail, York, just beyond the fringes of Perth.
Beach access in time for Christmas
Kingston District Council, South Australia, has fast tracked a recommendation from its Maria Creek Sustainable Infrastructure Project Community Focus Group, for a temporary beach access option for the upcoming summer season.
Champion marks open season for all at the pool
Australian swimming champion Ian Thorpe joined Wollondilly Council, New South Wales, and locals at the Wollondilly Leisure Centre to welcome the installation of a new hoist which will provide greater accessibility to the pool.
Interactive playground raises the bar
Banyule City Council, Victoria, is setting a new standard for play by recently installing Victoria’s first outdoor interactive play equipment as part of a playground redevelopment at Macleod Village Green.
Economic strategy to grow the future
Transforming the economy of Australia’s third largest Council is an enormous undertaking, but it’s exactly the kind of challenge that attracted former trade commissioner Paul Martins to Moreton Bay Regional Council, Queensland.
Grand Pacific Walk free water project
This summer in Wollongong, it will be easier to quench your thirst with nine new water refilling stations installed from Pinecourt Reserve in Austinmer to East Corrimal Beach.
Revitalised nursery growing from the ground up
Penrith City Council, New South Wales, is revitalising its 35 year old nursey to ensure Council is self-sufficient in the production of local providence plants and shrubs to meet existing and future operational needs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.