Focus On... Business Efficiency & Sustainability

  • Alpine Shire apps herald new era of efficiency
    Innovative iPad applications are paving the way for improved efficiency, safety and accuracy at the Alpine Shire Council in Victoria.
  • Small town, big ideas
    In October 2012, the outback Queensland town of Richmond launched ‘Richmond Uncovered’, a community campaign to promote the small town to a wider audience and encourage population growth. 
  • Melbourne Visitor Centre turns 10
    Melbourne’s tourist hotspot celebrates its 10th birthday in October, with directions, advice and details of city hot spots given to millions of visitors over the past decade.
  • Census to improve workforce planning
    The Australian Local Government Workforce and Employment Census is part of a national initiative by federal, state and territory local government ministers to improve local government workforce development.
  • Cairns trials electric car
    Cairns Regional Council jumped at the opportunity to trial a fully electric vehicle for a couple of weeks as part of its vehicle fleet. 
  • Photo comp raises region’s profile
    This year, the City of Busselton and the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River joined forces at the Perth Royal Show, to raise the profile of the Capes Region with an innovative and quirky competition.
  • Improved procurement strategies yield results
    Gold Coast City Council’s procurement improvement strategies have yielded exceptional financial results, saving the local government authority more than $18 million over the past two years.
  • Council ‘ahead of the game’ on financial accountability
    Orange City Council has already incorporated a number of suggestions, outlined in a recent NSW Government review, for better financial accountability in local government.
  • Future Directions in local government communications
    From Kevin Brianton La Trobe University Strategic Communications Lecturer.

    The key communications challenge facing local governments in the 21st century is to work out how to embrace and harness new communications technologies, according to La Trobe University strategic communications lecturer Kevin Brianton.
  • Shire achieves water milestone
    The Shire of Kalamunda in Western Australia has achieved Milestone 5 in the International Council for Local Environment Initiatives (ICLEI) Local Governments for Sustainability Water Campaign™.
  • Baw Baw supports local business
    The sixth annual SP AusNet Baw Baw Business Excellence Awards were held in Warragul in October, showcasing the achievements of local businesses and the ongoing support of the Baw Baw Shire Council.
  • GCC adopts Climate Change Mitigation Strategy
    Gosford City councillors have adopted a Climate Change Mitigation Strategy that aims to reduce carbon emissions by 20 percent by 2025, compared to Council’s 2009/10 emissions.
  • Creating knowledge jobs in Penrith
    A consortium comprised of the University of Western Sydney (UWS) and the Penrith Business Alliance (PBA), and supported by Penrith City Council, has secured $13.5 million of Federal Government Suburban Jobs Program funding.
  • Energising the Flinders
    October saw the official opening of ‘Energising the Flinders’ — A Green Energy Infrastructure Project by the Federal Special Minister of State and the Minister for the Public Service & Integrity, Hon. Gary Gray AO.
  • Council wins customer service excellence award
    The City of Greater Dandenong’s Customer Service team has won the Victorian Local Government category of the Customer Service Institute of Australia, 2012 Customer Service Excellence Awards.
  • New lease on life for Parramatta’s lanes
    The launch of ‘Parramatta Lanes’ in October was another step in the City of Parramatta’s program to activate and revitalise its small spaces.
  • Business winners stand out
    Great leadership by businesses in the areas of sustainability and environmental performance were awarded at the City of Belmont’s Business Environmental Awards on the 25th October.
  • Marrickville Council gets an ‘A’
    An independent assessment of Marrickville Council’s financial capacity has found that its financial performance, both current and projected, compares favourably when rated against a range of similar or ‘peer’ councils.
  • Waste not, want not
    Australia’s Community Recycling Enterprises (CREs) divert 152,000 tonnes of waste each year, employ 1500 people and contribute over $56 million to the regional economy.
  • Changing Waverley’s values
    New staff values and a change of direction have brought about innovation, enthusiasm and a fresh approach to work for Waverley Council employees.
  • Mackay launches guide to good access
    Mackay Regional Council has launched a detailed guide for businesses and retailers on how to cater for all members of the community.
  • Moorabool’s 2041 Growth Initiative sets future agenda
    Moorabool Shire Council in Victoria has adopted important new policy statements to guide the preparation of the Shire’s future urban and rural development. 
  • Salisbury makes good business sense
    The Marketing and Customer Relations division of the City of Salisbury in Western Australia has won a plethora of awards for its innovative
    marketing strategies.
  • Small Business Networking Group builds opportunities
    A group of small business people from New South Wales’ Central Coast region refused to let a funding hiccup ruin a good thing, forming the hugely successful Central Coast Small Business Networking Group (SBNG).
  • A Not-for-Profit Cooperative — The Australian Public Service Benevolent Society
    The Australian Public Service Benevolent Society (APS Benefits) is a not-for-profit organisation that provides financial and personal services to local and national government, their families and friends.
  • New search engine for local government ferrets out hidden information
    A new search engine technology for local government, developed in Australia, is giving the staff of Lake Macquarie City Council on the NSW central coast a big edge in delivering great customer service.
  • Best People Development Initiative - UNE Partnerships
    Health Purchasing Victoria (HPV), a client of CTS (Contracting and Tendering Services), won the ‘Best People Development Initiative’ award on October 17th, 2012 at the prestigious 6th Annual Procurement Professional Awards in Melbourne.