At least 26 people have lost their lives, more than 2000 homes have been destroyed and an estimated one billion-plus animals are dead as fires burn through more than 11 million hectares of land across Australia.
Precious coastline funding
Kingston District Council is one of fifteen coastal councils to share more than $1 million in Round One of the Regional Coast Protection Fund to help repair, restore and sustain South Australian’s 5000 km of regional coastline.
Indigenous cultural festival replaces Australia Day
Inner West Council, New South Wales, is encouraging its community to attend the Yabun Festival this year on 26 January, to celebrate and learn about the history of the world’s oldest, continuous, human civilisation.
Collaborating across countries
Liverpool City Council, New South Wales, will share knowledge on sustainable communities with a town in Sweden through the medium of Minecraft.
Industry Training Hub will grow jobs
Burnie City Council, Tasmania, has welcomed confirmation that Burnie will host the first federally funded industry training hub for the wider Northwest region and the West Coast.
Extending recycling capacity
Coffee pods and light globes, toothbrushes and beauty products, household electrical cables and x-rays are among a host of new items Cairns Regional Council, Queensland, will recycle as part of a trial launched in December.
Sediment raking not a success
The City of Launceston, Tasmania, has formally received a study into the effectiveness of sediment raking, and its impacts on kanamaluka / the Tamar River Estuary.
Donation supports young patients
Mount Isa City Council, Queensland, and the Showman’s Guild of Australasia have ensured the new Hospitality Cart at Mount Isa Hospital’s Children’s Ward will continue to provide fun for young patients and comfort for their parents for many months to come.
High-tech eyes assess the roads
Lake Macquarie City Council, New South Wales, is poised to deploy Google Street View-style technology to map and assess more than 1300km of roads across the local government area.
Leading the way in Information Management
Getting staff enthused about filing emails is a hard task, in fact discussing anything to do with filing can often result in serious eye-rolling, but the City of Nedlands, Western Australia, has found an interesting way to put information management at the top of everyone’s list.
New trucks on the road to sustainability
City of Palmerston, Northern Territory, has launched a new fleet of residential waste collection trucks which will deliver significant benefits for the Palmerston community, along with eye-catching designs and educational messaging to help encourage recycling.
Training for change
More than a year ago, Woollahra Council, New South Wales, began an ambitious program of change management to embed a new whole-of-council approach to community engagement.
On-farm connectivity transformed
A new project in Goondiwindi, Queensland, is aiming to bring high-speed and reliable internet to some of the region’s most remote areas and create up to five local jobs during its construction period.
No waste levy on asbestos proposed
The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has welcomed the release of the New South Wales Government’s Asbestos Strategy which includes a proposal to make asbestos disposal cheaper via the removal of the waste levy.
Ready for the challenge
City of South Perth, Western Australia, has launched the first phase of its three-year digital transformation project, incorporating a strong focus on ensuring employees are ready to embrace change and accept new ways of working.
Waste Levy savings
For the 10 weeks leading up to November 2019, City of Burnside, South Australia, disposed of 93 tonnes of waste to landfill less than the same 10 week period in 2018, saving Council over $10,000 in waste levy (plus service charges).
Making the move to go plastic-free
The Town of Victoria Park, Western Australia, has banned single-use plastics and polystyrene at council buildings, council-run events, and all market stalls held on council land to lead a plastic-free Vic Park movement.
Rhino poachers on the Western Plains
Dubbo Regional Council, New South Wales, was devastated to report that ‘Arthur’ the rhino, which usually stands in Wellington, had his horn poached in November.
Pink stumps day
Shire of Upper Gascoyne, Western Australia, has outshone the third test at the Sydney Cricket Ground on the local radar, holding its own Pink Stumps Day to raise $2034.80 for the McGrath Foundation.
Smart business people driving change
Armidale Regional Council, New South Wales, has been joined by New England’s brightest business minds, for a business symposium to generate a shared vision for the Region’s business ecosystem and to develop a collaborative framework for business success.
Ride like a girl on a BMX
More females are being encouraged to get on their bikes at the BMX track as part of a new initiative.
Councillor speaks at COP25 Madrid
Only months after declaring a Climate Emergency, a long-standing councillor from Mornington Peninsula Shire, Victoria, delivered the first climate emergency statement at COP25 in Madrid.
Turning on the lights
West Arnhem Regional Council, Northern Territory, recently installed 40 new-tech LED street lights in public areas of Gunbalanya, making the community shine brighter than ever.
Commercial waste diverted
Closing the loop on waste is a priority for the City of Gold Coast, Queensland, and the past year has seen the implementation of initiatives designed to manage resources to create a sustainable future.
Making it easier to recycle
A new pick up app for the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) has been launched making the scheme more accessible, with a particular benefit to local businesses wanting to do their part for the environment.