Focus On... Community services, leisure, parks & gardens

  • Nature inspires new play space
    Burdekin Shire Council in Queensland has found inspiration in nature for the design of a new playground that’s set to transform a popular Ayr park.
  • Bicycle parking facilities*
    Bicycle transport has become an increasingly popular choice for commuters and recreation enthusiasts.
  • Future directions - By Sue Scrutton, Coordinator Arts and Cultural Development, Shire of East Pilbara
  • One-stop volunteer shop
    City of Nedlands in inner-west Perth facilitates a Volunteer Resource Centre, which acts as a one-stop information shop where people can discuss local volunteering roles matched to their needs.
  • Picture exhibition gets kids reading
    A unique exhibition that promotes reading as a way of bringing families together has been launched at the Sir John Gorton library in Gannawarra Shire Council in northern Victoria.
  • Parkour space thrills local students
    Blacktown City Council has become the first council in Western Sydney to build a Parkour-inspired play space.
  • Playroom unites generations
    An ‘Intergenerational Playroom’ in Bega Valley Shire Council in New South Wales is bringing pre-schoolers and the elderly together to play, learn and create.
  • New drinking water stations reduce waste*
    The City of Ryde has installed ten new Aquafil drinking water stations as part of a recent Environmental Protection Authority ‘Waste Less, Recycle More’ Grant.
  • Making libraries hip again
    Woollahra Council’s new public library in Sydney’s Double Bay recently celebrated its first birthday and has smashed all benchmarks – proving libraries are still relevant in the digital age.
  • Art renews regional townships
    Coorong District Council in South Australia is stopping visitors in their tracks with a 30-metre high silo mural, developed as part of the Creating Coonalpyn project.
  • Community gets on board for art drive
    Community members in the City of Greater Geraldton in Western Australia have created 20 art installations, which are on show around the region for this year’s ArtDrive.
  • Award winning program set to expand*
    Richmond Football Club and Aligned Leisure’s Tiger PAW program has taken out another major award, this time at the Australian Sport, Recreation and Play Innovation Awards.
  • Silo art comes to New South Wales
    A bold public art project by Bland Shire Council in central New South Wales has seen visitor numbers to the area skyrocket.
  • Iconic facelift for mobile library
    Featuring iconic images of the Snowy Mountains, the Snowy Monaro Regional Council mobile library has a received a much needed facelift.
  • New playgrounds for stronger communities
    Federation Council in New South Wales is directing an unprecedented level of funding towards community spaces and playgrounds.
  • Cultural hub on the cards for Barossa
    The Barossa Council in South Australia is exploring the feasibility of a new cultural hub to act as a major tourism driver for the region.
  • Resilient structure reduces dune impact*
    Previously, multiple trodden pathways criss-crossed the sand dunes between Braziers Road and the Yanchep lagoon beach, Western Australia.
  • In pursuit of prosperity: local government and economic development*
    By Sasha Lennon, Director SC Lennon & Associates
  • Beast of a skate park
    The Shire of Harvey in southwest Western Australia recently launched a new skate park, which was brought to life after extensive community consultation.
  • Disruptive technology shatters road maintenance myth*
    For most engineers the use of clay type or other unsuitable materials on unsealed roads is unthinkable due to loss of strength when wet conditions prevail.
  • Focus on training*
    Toro Australia is a manufacturer and supplier of advanced irrigation products, turfcare machinery and garden maintenance equipment with customer support networks in every state of Australia.
  • Steering the way to inclusivity
    An all-abilities boat has helped steer a Surf Coast Shire Council playground to become more accessible and inclusive.
  • Tyres become sports surfaces*
    Given that Australia generates the equivalent of 51 million used passenger car tyres every year one would think that the challenge of sustainably dealing with waste of this magnitude would be front-of-mind for consumers and industry alike.
  • Anzac spirit honoured
    The Shire of York in Western Australia has proudly unveiled new works to honour the Shire’s strong Anzac association.
  • Nursery protects biodiversity
    The City of Burnside’s biodiversity nursery is working hard to preserve biodiversity in the South Australian municipality and often trades plants with other councils.