Faced with the high costs of a limited supply of concrete bridge components, Coffs Harbour City Council, New South Wales, has taken the innovative – and unusual – step of setting up its own manufacturing plant in the city.
Lakes Management Plan to improve network
City of Palmerston, Northern Territory, has finalised its Lakes Management Plan to provide a coordinated and sustainable approach to the management of the thirteen lakes throughout the city.
Local duo transforms asset management system
An asset management system transformation at Devonport City Council, Tasmania, has placed its Works staff ahead of the game in terms of real-time asset mapping and maintenance, and two dedicated staff have been leading the charge.
Road safety for local government fleet operators*
Fleet management organisations (FMOs) can help local government agencies and councils create a fleet policy that covers various safety aspects to ensure that vehicles are maintained to high safety standards and drivers are well trained.
Research for cleaner waste water
A partnership between Orange City Council, New South Wales, and the University of Sydney has the potential to improve the quality of the effluent released from the city’s sewage treatment plant.
Blended bore water is a good drop
Goondiwindi Regional Council, Queensland, has successfully trialled blending a small percentage of water from the new Gubbermunda aquifer bore into the town’s normal river supply.
Increasing e-waste recycling
City of Rockingham has received $80,000 from the Western Australian Government’s WasteSorted e-waste 2020-2021 grants, to help increase the amount and range of e-waste collected for recycling.
Cooperative planning paves the way for investment
Hot on the heels of Glenorchy City Council’s endorsement of their Greater Glenorchy Plan, major infrastructure plans are underway for Greater Hobart, creating the golden opportunity to invest in bold and innovative precinct planning, at the local government level.
John Deere joint tests its first electric-powered backhoe*
John Deere, a leading manufacturer of construction equipment, and National Grid, an electricity, natural gas, and clean energy delivery company serving more than 20 million people throughout the United States of America’s northeast, will joint test an electric backhoe concept.
Waterwise work milestone
City of Melville has been presented with a sustainable park bench, designed and made in Western Australia, to commemorate 10 years of participation in the State’s Waterwise Council Program.
Combined forces build a boat ramp
Hornsby Shire Council, The Hills Shire Council and the New South Wales Government will join forces to build a new boat ramp at Wisemans Ferry.
Wastewater gets the royal treatment
City of Logan, Queensland, has begun the first stage of more than $100 million in major upgrades to the Loganholme Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP).
Eye in space maps tree health
A winning challenge from Liverpool City Council, New South Wales, has found an innovative satellite-based way to help it sustainably manage and expand the city’s tree canopy.
International cycling city
City of Wollongong, New South Wales, received recognition as a global city when it joined the ranks of Vancouver, Paris, Copenhagen, Glasgow and Bergen, following the announcement it had been awarded the UCI Bike City Label.
Education project unveiled
Her Excellency, the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC, QC, Governor of New South Wales and Mr Dennis Wilson visited Muswellbrook recently and, during the visit, her Excellency laid the foundation stone for the Donald Horne Building.
Transforming lanes and pathways
Charles Sturt Council, South Australia, is celebrating the completion of three high priority laneway and pathway beautification projects.
Shire eyes in the sky
Shire of Esperance, Western Australia, originally established a drone program around two years ago, which has grown significantly to become an essential part of normal work processes throughout the organisation.
Timber bridge restored
Byron Shire Council, New South Wales, last month completed the timber restoration of Brunswick Heads’ iconic South Arm Bridge, which was officially opened by the Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, the Honourable Kevin Hogan.
Worm farm trial
The Hills Shire Council, New South Wales, is running a first of its kind in Australia worm farm trial in an apartment complex in North Kellyville.
Soft plastic recycling trial
A first of its kind soft plastics trial by Central Coast Council, New South Wales, has seen close to five tonnes of soft plastics diverted from landfill since the trial’s commencement in November 2020.
University contributes to city upgrade
The proposed first stage of Hobart’s Midtown streetscape upgrade will be partly funded by the University of Tasmania (UTas) under an agreement to provide voluntary financial contributions towards city infrastructure.