Focus On... Tourism and economic development

  • One of a kind jetty built by locals
    Whyalla City Council’s iconic jetty – the only one of its kind in the southern hemisphere – is now officially open to the public.
  • Before we forget, Drought*
    Decades ago the Colyer family, the founders of Abberfield Industries, established a weekend vineyard, with water security ensured by three dams, a bore and a permanent creek.
  • Taking art to the people
    The Huon Valley Council, Tasmania, has officially launched ARTBOX, a new mobile exhibition space which will travel across townships, showcasing the outstanding creativity and skills of local artists and makers.
  • Revitalisation project links town and foreshore
    Councillors and staff from Port Augusta City Council, South Australia, recently joined with contractors and community members at the Eastside Foreshore to celebrate completion of the City’s ‘Revitalisation Project’ and installation of new Heritage Signs.
  • Business support hub aids recovery
    Alexandrina Council, South Australia, has taken an innovative approach to helping local businesses through the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, introducing the region’s first business support program and networking hub.
  • Plaza brings a touch of class
    ‘Are we really in Meekatharra?’ was the comment most frequently heard on the evening of 26 September when locals from the tiny Western Australian town, attended an art exhibition and cocktail party held in the newly opened ‘Meekatharra Plaza’ – a milestone event for the town.
  • Renewable energy plan a game changer
    Broken Hill City Council, New South Wales, has welcomed a plan by TransGrid that could see the city powered entirely by renewable energy.
  • Flexibility and innovation in design for effective erosion control*
    In construction projects, particularly water drainage, public works and community infrastructure, it is expected that controls are used to manage the impact of erosion.
  • Back to the future
    By April 2021 there will be a new swim site along the Parramatta River in Sydney’s inner west after City of Canada Bay revealed plans to re-establish a swimming spot at Bayview Park in Concord.
  • Murrumbidgee Trails
    Leeton, Lockhart, Murrumbidgee and Narrandera Councils, New South Wales, have joined forces to attract more visitors to the Riverina.
  • Local wineries are given a platform
    Ararat Rural City, Victoria, in collaboration with the Grampians Winemakers Inc. and Grampians Tourism has launched the Made the Grampians Way website, made possible with support and funding from the Victorian Government’s Stronger Regional Communities Program.
  • Multi-dimensional recovery plan
    It’s been a long COVID-19 lockdown in Melbourne and Bayside City Council is working to reconnect residents with everything they love about their city by the bay.
  • Dinosaur footprints safe with new boating facility designs
    Shire of Broome, Western Australia, has released an updated concept design for the potential Broome Boating Facility, with the new layout ensuring there will be no impact to dinosaur footprints.
  • Stormwater goes underground
    The tiny town of Murrabit on the Murray River will benefit from significant stormwater improvements thanks to the Federal Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program.
  • One-size does not fit all*
    Bespoke stormwater solutions are making our cities more resilient.
  • New skatepark gets air
    The concept design for a new skatepark in Blackwater has been revealed, with ground set to break on the multi-purpose facility by early next year.
  • Streets as shared spaces
    Georges River Council recently received grant funding to activate and increase the vibrancy of the Kogarah and Hurstville central business districts.
  • Opportunities for migrants
    Winner of the overall Excellence Award in the 2019 National Awards for Local Government, the Kaleidoscope Initiative continues to open doors to career opportunities for professional newcomers.
  • It’s the little things
    Moira Shire Council, Victoria, has created a series of locally inspired e-Postcards to help keep the community in touch, they are just waiting for a personal message to be added.
  • Blue Mountains to become recognised ECO Destination
    Supporting more sustainable tourism with a lighter footprint on a World Heritage environment, the City of Blue Mountains, New South Wales, will join an established global network of like-minded destinations striving for excellence.
  • Making sustainable rural roads*
    Attention road-makers; now is the time to adopt new ways.
  • Building a way to economic recovery
    City of Armadale, Western Australia, continues to play a critical role in stimulating local economic development through its proactive infrastructure program.