Focus On... Community Services, Leisure, Parks and Gardens

  • Sustainability Award for Architecture
    Melton Library and Learning Hub wins architecture award.
  • Cycleway officially opened
    Cyclists will welcome the new Hilliards Creek crossing Cycleway officially opened by State Member for Cleveland Mark Robinson and Redland City Mayor Karen Williams.
  • Community accessible to all
    Earlier this year Singleton Council adopted a new Disability Access Plan 2020 and allocated $50,000 in 2014/15 towards its implementation.
  • Flood Markers remember disaster
    Western Downs regional council has officially launched the Chinchilla Flood Markers, which recognise the impacts of the 2010/11 floods and depict the stories of previous floods that have occurred in the area since 1942.
  • Art Project
    Laratinga Wetlands is an award winning environmental masterpiece situated in the heart of Mount Barker in the Adelaide Hills.
  • Chinese Culture comes to town
    The Year of the Horse has the newly crowned Gold Coast CBD of Southport galloping into the future, and at the centre of it all will be the city’s newest destination, Chinatown.
  • Museums add value
    A new study has been released which demonstrates the economic impact of Local Government supported cultural facilities in New South Wales.
  • LED street lights save councils
    The Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (IPWEA) have announced that switching to LED street lighting could save Australia’s local councils up to $87 million and prevent 720,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions from entering the atmosphere each year.
  • Weeds kept at bay
    Douglas Shire Council is winning the war in protecting their World Heritage-listed rainforest from a highly destructive invasive weed.
  • Future Directions - Cairns Regional Council
    Clubs are a vital component of every healthy community. They encourage participation, teamwork, friendship, community pride and personal achievement.
  • Art collection has national audience
    Rockhampton is well known for its beef and bulls but may not be a place many would associate with a nationally significant multi million dollar art collection.
  • Vincent Street's garden make over
    Cessnock City Council will be refurbishing a number of the garden beds that line Vincent Street in Cessnock’s CBD including the removal and replacement of over 15 trees, several of which are Honey Locus’ (Gleditsia tricanthos).
  • Woodland Waters open for business
    The City of Whittlesea’s premier sports ground Woodland Waters, now known as Waterview Community Reserve, is open for business.
  • Clock commemorates natural disasters
    Scenic Rim Regional Council has unveiled a new landmark in Boonah’s High Street with the launch of the Blumbergville Clock.
  • Accessible vegetable garden
    The City of Bunbury and the Life Without Barriers organisation has joined forces to build a small, low maintenance, accessible vegetable garden at the Hay Park Community Hall.
  • Providing respite to seniors and carers
    The City of Belmont’s newest community centre, Harman Park Community Centre, will be formally opened on Thursday, 28 August.
  • Reconnecting the Songlines
    Nillumbik Shire’s Panton Hill Bushland Reserves (PHBRS) form part of the living landscape of the Wurundjeri people and provide an authentic environment to signify their indigenous heritage.
  • Universal access
    The Mibus Memorial Cultural Centre in Horsham is undergoing extensive renovations. 
  • Shop local first
    Mitchell Shire Council is appealing to young residents to spend their pocket money locally to support local retailers. 
  • Aquatic weed management
    Partnerships with key stakeholders and delivery of an innovative project has seen Great Lakes Council make promising inroads into control of an invasive aquatic weed.
  • Solar goes north
    The City of Darwin today launched a state of the art solar system on the roof of Casuarina Library.
  • Pier goes solar
    The Urangan Pier in Fraser Coast Regional Council is going solar powered.
  • Maximising infrastructure lifecycles with MAXI-TUBE®*
    A new range of zinc-alloy coated tubular steel sections have been launched into the Australian market.
  • Three awards, one council
    The City of Melville has been recognised at a special event held by the Institute of Public Administration Australia (WA), receiving three coveted awards for best practice in the areas of Health and Wellbeing, Corporate Social Values and Local Government Leadership.
  • New Library grows patronage
    The new generation Bendigo Library is proving a hit with patronage up almost 26 percent on 2012 levels.
  • Library wins state award
    The Grove Library located in the Shire of Peppermint Grove was announced as the 2014 winner of the Library Board of Western Australia Award for Excellence for their local history “apps”.
  • Perth Library reaches for the sky
    The new seven-level City of Perth Library is taking shape in the Cathedral and Treasury Precinct.
  • Indigenous plants green up roads
    A key gateway to Mount Gambier is undergoing an image overhaul, with a new indigenous planting scheme starting to take root.
  • Sweeper rolls through The Hills
    The Hills Shire Council in New South Wales has a new weapon in its arsenal to tackle dirty streets.
  • Top Open Space
    Whitehorse Council’s Box Hill Gardens Multipurpose Area has won the 2014 Architecture Award in the Urban Design category from the Australian Institute of Architects.
  • Creative hub for Sydney
    A $25 million state-of-the-art creative hub featuring dance, theatre, music, film and visual arts facilities will be built in the heart of the city following an agreement between the City of Sydney and property developer Greenland Australia.
  • Skaters stoked with new Youth Precinct
    Local skating talent was on show when the Town of Gawler in South Australia opened its new skate park and outdoor Youth Precinct.
  • Reserve ready for kick-off
    Frost Reserve is now back in action for over 650 Kincumber football players after Gosford City Council, along with Central Coast Football, spent almost $400,000 to upgrade its seven playing surfaces.
  • AWRE Council Innovation Awards*
    The Australasian Waste and Recycling Expo (AWRE) and Meinhardt, the global multidisciplinary engineering and professional services consultancy, has put a call out to Councils who are leading the way in the waste sector to submit their ideas and initiatives for the AWRE Innovation Council Awards.