Focus On... Financial Sustainability & Asset Management

  • Setting new standards for sustainable buildings
    The City of Sydney has proposed stronger sustainability standards for new commercial buildings to reduce emissions and stop more waste from going to landfill.
  • Addressing procurement risk*
    By Rob Cook
  • Future directions - By Peter Porch Manager Operational Services Northern Areas Council
    Water re-use project
  • Investing in energy efficiency projects
    An internal fund set up by Cessnock City Council, New South Wales, to invest in energy efficient projects is proving to be a real success as the benefits start to flow.
  • River bridged with pinpoint accuracy
    City of Launceston’s new pedestrian and cycle bridge across the Esk River reached an important milestone last month when the final twin spans reached the Seaport side of the Tasmanian river with accuracy down to 1mm.
  • Opting for affordable business systems
    Somerset Regional Council based at Esk in Queensland’s southeast, has a vision of delivering affordable rates and effective services.
  • Main street celebrations
    Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council, New South Wales, employees worked right up to the 12 noon deadline to ensure the newly upgraded Sheridan Street would be ready for the official opening.
  • Types of life insurance*
    There are different types of cover that fall under the broad heading of life insurance.
  • New footbridge in bumper civil works package
    Douglas Shire Council, Queensland, has committed $115,000 to replace the pedestrian bridge decking at Hutchinson Creek after residents raised concerns.
  • Road built of plastic and glass
    Soft plastics from approximately 200,000 plastic bags and packaging, and 63,000 glass bottle equivalents will be diverted from landfill to construct a Victorian road in an Australian-first trial.
  • Guide to asset management*
    Austroads’ new Asset Management Guide embraces whole of organisation practice.
  • New town centre
    Baw Baw Shire Council, Victoria, is investing in upgrades to improve the experience and appeal for those accessing the Warragul central business district (CBD) area.
  • Activity-based costing success at Sorell*
    Sorell has been one of the fastest growing municipalities in Tasmania for many years. However Sorell Council’s infrastructure planning and development for a growing community was exceeding the ability of its internal systems and resources.
  • New partnership to drive change
    Hunter Water and Lake Macquarie City Council, New South Wales, have entered into a Partnership Agreement to improve the delivery of services for people in Lake Macquarie.
  • Eco-friendly heating
    The Circular Head Council, Tasmania, has chosen a wood chip (biomass) boiler system, to provide heating for the Community Wellbeing Centre due for completion in December this year.
  • A use for recycled glass
    Lake Macquarie City Council, New South Wales, is spearheading a push to substitute sand with recycled crushed glass in civil works projects in a bid to find a local solution to a growing national waste problem.
  • Cultural funding welcomed
    Mosman Council has welcomed funding from the New South Wales (NSW) Government of more than $200,000 for assistance with significant improvements to Barry O’Keefe Library and art collection storage for Mosman Art Gallery.
  • Boating ramps up in Whitsunday
    An agreement has been reached between the Queensland Government and Whitsunday Regional Council for the delivery of a new four or five lane boat launching facility at Shute Harbour.
  • Engaging Change: Meet Dinuki Scharenguivel*
    Creating an organisation committed to community engagement isn’t an easy task. It takes a dedicated influencer to help drive organisational change. Meet Dinuki Scharenguivel.
  • Historic church becomes council chamber
    The Shire of Donnybrook – Balingup, Western Australia, recently completed restoration works on the Old Uniting Church giving the building a second life as the Shire’s new Council Chamber.
  • Road damage repaired by end of year
    Tweed Shire Council, New South Wales, is on track to complete all road flood-damage repairs by the end of the year.
  • Gurri Wanyarra wellbeing centre
    The City of Greater Bendigo’s Gurri Wanyarra Wellbeing Centre costing $31 million is the biggest infrastructure project undertaken by the Victorian City.
  • Rail infrastructure upgrades
    Narromine Shire Council, New South Wales (NSW), has welcomed the announcement of $4.2 million for upgrades to the Narromine Rail yard.
  • New vision for remote region
    Mapoon Aboriginal Shire Council, Queensland, held community consultations, in early June, to discuss an incredible $13 million injection of funding from State and Federal Governments, and The Western Cape Trust, to overhaul infrastructure and invest in the region during 2018.
  • Higher rates for vacant shops
    City of Fremantle, Western Australia, will investigate if it’s possible to charge landowners higher rates if their city centre properties remain vacant for an extended period.
  • Thinking differently for better results*
    Most of you would be familiar with the Deni Ute Muster, where around 20,000 people congregate to have fun, meet friends and celebrate the ute.
  • X-rays recycled into jewellery
    As part of the Mornington Peninsula Municipal Resource Recovery Services Strategy, the Victorian Shire is now offering free recycling of X-rays.
  • Australia’s Leading Tyre Distributor is Tyres4U*
    Since 1990, Tyres4U has become Australia’s leading independent tyre distributor, with 11 warehouses supplying tyres for almost every vehicle type, make and model backed by a network of hundreds of independent tyre service centres.
  • Solar farm benefits
    Southern Downs Regional Council (SDRC) and University of Queensland (UQ) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that aims to develop links and create opportunities for the Southern Downs Region around the Warwick solar farm project.