Focus On... Business Efficiency & Sustainability

  • Stormwater harvesting trifecta of benefits
    A recently completed Banyule Council project that established one of the largest stormwater harvesting networks in Melbourne is improving the environmental health of Melbourne’s iconic Yarra River and Port Phillip Bay and delivering social and financial benefits to the community.
  • Evaluating and minimising risks*
    There is a common misconception that risk management for councils involves only management of financial risks. In fact, risks are varied: ranging from risks of legislative non-compliance (there are more than 30 Acts councils have to comply with) and risks posed by inappropriate use of social media to occupational health and safety risks and risks of natural disasters. Safety risks are almost guaranteed to occur in each council on a monthly basis, ranging from potentialities and near misses to incidents with fatalities.
  • Future Directions - Demonstrating the benefits of resource sharing
    The City of Hobart is responding to a changing local government landscape which has encouraged councils to look for opportunities to reduce costs and share resources.
  • Community day out celebrates sustainability
    The Bland Shire community were treated to a great day out when Bland Shire Council hosted the “Bland Creek Catchment Committee (BCCC) Sustainable Lifestyle Expo” in October at West Wyalong.
  • Strategic Asset Management*
    Asset management has evolved from a traditional approach of ‘last year’s budget plus five percent’ to being a science-based, integrated business function that determines what services we provide, at what level, and with what funding. Put simply, strategic asset management (SAM).
  • Venture helps government ‘act locally’
    Dubbed an ‘online dating service’ for government and business, the Buy Local Project Northern Rivers procurement portal is an Australian first.
  • Thinking beyond the box*
    Many councils purchase an expensive electronic document and records management system (EDRMS) only to find that they cannot achieve the suggested ROI. Records remain elusive and staff uptake varies because of perceptions that the software adds additional work and complicates processes.
  • Libraries lead regional collaboration
    The Riverina Regional Library (RRL), based in Wagga Wagga, has a 35-year history of collaborative service provision across multiple council areas.
  • Tourism boost for Great Ocean Road
    A new regional tourism organisation is at last a reality for the Great Ocean Road region.
  • Sharing resources leads to airport success
    In two years Mount Gambier Airport has gone from being just another regional airport to an award winning facility that specialises in helping smaller council controlled airports with resource sharing and industry specific consulting.
  • Revitalisation of town centre
    Singleton Council is celebrating after the State Government announced $9 million in funding for the revitalisation of the Singleton Town Centre under the Resources for Regions program.
  • Spread the word*
    Spread the Word about APS Benefits and we will say thank you with $100.
  • The project management project
    When Nillumbik Shire Council CEO Stuart Burdack started three years ago, he introduced a strategy called ‘Future Directions’, which aimed to identify improvement initiatives across the organisation.
  • SSHED business accelerator turns 10
    Sutherland Shire Council has invested thousands of dollars into the Sutherland Shire Hub for Economic Development (SSHED) over the past decade to create local jobs, which had direct benefits for the Shire community.
  • Turning the page on a new generation
    Research has revealed that Logan City Council’s ratepayers are getting twice as much bang for their buck from their libraries than the Queensland state average.
  • Securing Queen Victoria Market’s future
    The City of Melbourne will make the largest investment in its history to preserve and renew the Queen Victoria Market, creating an expanded market precinct.
  • Engineering synthetic sporting surfaces*
    The effects of prolonged drought conditions and recent rainfalls have had a negative impact on the quality and utilisation of natural turf sporting facilities throughout Australia. As a result, many councils are now embracing synthetic sporting surfaces as a reliable alternative and ‘all-weather’ option.
  • New systems set to revolutionise stakeholder interaction
    “Truth is ever to be found in the simplicity, and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things.”
  • Improving Business Efficiencies through Understanding & Consulting*
    Over the past thirteen years VersaDev has worked with councils across Australia with the purpose of delivering efficiencies and savings. The latest release of versaSRS (Version 6) shows our commitment to developing a world class product, developed and supported in Australia, that delivers above its weight.