Focus On... Information & Communication Technology (ICT)

  • Wiping out blackspots
    Local governments across Australia are working to eradicate black spots, areas where mobile or broadband coverage is limited, unreliable or in some cases nonexistent.
  • Report on asset management
    Victoria’s 79 local councils manage over $73 billion in physical assets. These buildings, parks and gardens, roads, bridges and drainage networks need to be maintained so that councils can continue to provide services and support community activities.
  • 24-hour service for regional gym
    Swipe card readers and 24-hour CCTV cameras have opened up a regional Western Australian gym for after hours use.
  • Future Directions - Digital Technology a key success factor in promoting Stonnington events
    Stonnington Council is committed to incorporating digital technologies into its communications and marketing activities. Council has a dedicated Website and Digital Communications Project Manager and key staff are trained in managing social media channels for their areas.
  • NBN improves council services
    Video conferencing and a Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping service will soon be available at Moorabool Shire Council under a Federal Government initiative to use the National Broadband Network (NBN).
  • Roads to Recovery back on track
    The Federal Government have committed $35.5 billion for a huge variety of public infrastructure projects designed to meet Australia’s upcoming challenges in the 21st century, $1.75 billion of which will be committed to an extension of the Roads to Recovery programme.
  • Toolkit to assist with reform process
    To assist with preparation for the Western Australia local government reforms, local government Minister Tony Simpson has launched an online Reform Toolkit.

  • Report highlights broadband blackspots
    A new report released by the Wide Bay Burnett Regional Organisation of Councils (WBBROC) has highlighted the broadband blackspots across the Wide Bay region of Queensland.
  • ‘My Maranoa’ app to connect residents
    April will see the launch of the ‘My Maranoa’ App, a free App soon to be available to all smart phone users throughout the region and beyond.
  • Benefits for councils who collaborate
    New South Wales councils have a unique opportunity to access a leading edge performance management tool for the sector – the Local Government Management Association NSW (LGMA NSW) Local Government Operational and Management Effectiveness Survey.
  • Speed and ease of Internet access
    Whitsunday Regional Council has resolved to upgrade its internet services across the region allowing the community and council staff better access to the World Wide Web.

  • Scholarship continues passion for education
    A passion and dedication to geography and mapping has earned The Hills Shire Council’s Senior Spatial Systems officer Chunhua Zhang a scholarship from the Prime Minister to study for a PhD at the University of Queensland.
  • Social network connects disabled citizens
    The Greater Bendigo and Loddon Shire Inclusive Communities Team is inviting professionals, people living with a disability and their supporters to join an interactive social network on Yammer.
  • Cloud technology lets staff leave desks
    With a vision for staff to move beyond their desks and out into the community, Mitchell Shire Council is paving the way for local councils to adopt cloud-based technologies.
  • IT leaders in NSW
    Gosford City Council (GCC) has become the first council in the country to be granted an Australian Communication & Media Authority carrier licence, allowing access to wholesale telecommunication services.
  • Increasing disaster alert accuracy
    Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jenny Whitney said Council is working with Geographical Information System (GIS) specialists and the Queensland Government to improve the mapping that drives the State Government Emergency Alert system for the Whitsunday region.
  • ‘Guardian’ makes situational awareness live*
    During a disaster information is key, and your situational awareness software should be live, constantly reporting and adhering to the principles of the Australasian Inter-Service Incident Management System (AIIMS).
  • The digital sea change of information processing*
    The conflux of cloud hosted software systems is opening the application access floodgates, previously pent up behind internal IT department implementation or development backlogs.