Focus On... Environmental management

  • Australia’s largest emissions reduction project
    Forty-six Victorian councils have announced the launch of VECO, the Victorian Energy Collaboration, the largest ever emissions reduction project by local government in Australia.
  • No shortage of sunshine
    Lachlan Shire Council, in western New South Wales, has commenced construction on $1.1 million worth of renewable energy projects for the townships of Condobolin, Lake Cargelligo and Tottenham, approximately 500km west of Sydney.
  • Hydrogen power plant
    Works have commenced on Australia’s first renewable hydrogen demonstration plant in Denham, Western Australia, 800kms north from Perth.
  • Innovative B-Pods water trees as climate changes
    The innovative use of a system of underground tanks has improved the way City of Burnside Council, South Australia, supports its street trees.
  • Weir goes as river restored
    The vision Logan City Council, Queensland, has for the Albert River is becoming clearer with its plans to demolish Luscombe Weir.
  • Leading the charge in EV uptake
    The newest public electric vehicle (EV) charging hub in Brunswick, Victoria, is attracting the highest number of charge sessions per month of any charging station in Australia.
  • School awarded for going green
    Penrith City Council, New South Wales, congratulates Oxley Park Public School on being recognised as a leader in sustainability.
  • Agreement reached for resource recovery facility
    After almost a decade searching for an appropriate location, the Shire of Broome, Western Australia, has approved an integrated site for a new Regional Resource Recovery Park (RRRP).
  • Botanic gardens restoration
    Hepburn Shire Council has announced a $500,000 grant from the Victorian State Government, which will see a series of improvements made to the iconic Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens in Daylesford.
  • Recycled water project scales up
    Livingstone Council, Queensland is committed to improving its essential services, and as part of that commitment the Yeppoon Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) has recently been upgraded to produce Class A recycled water for distribution to customers to use largely for irrigation.
  • Custom designed system wins Spatial Excellence Award
    City of Cockburn, Western Australia, has joined with Esri Australia’s Perth team, to design and implement an intuitive user-friendly workflow management system with advanced Geospatial capabilities to improve the workflow of the CoSafe officers of the community safety patrol service.
  • How local councils can be circular economy leaders*
    Local councils are a vital stakeholder in the circular economy sector as their decisions shape the resource recovery market.
  • EVs coming to a street near you
    City of Mitcham, South Australia, has taken the first step in its pledge to transition away from petrol-powered vehicles with the purchase of two 100 percent electric cars.
  • Landfill rehabilitation
    Toowoomba Regional Council, Queensland, has commenced rehabilitation work on its landfills, with four sites due for completion this financial year.
  • Quarry garden becomes sanctuary
    Hornsby Shire Council, New South Wales, has embarked on the transformation of the former Hornsby Quarry and its surrounds into one of Sydney’s great parks.
  • Partnership to encourage solar uptake
    Willoughby Council, New South Wales, recently signed an agreement with a leading North Shore solar power company to encourage local residents to convert their homes to solar power.
  • Caring for Jack’s Flat
    Twenty-one years of caring for country has transformed a bare paddock into a beautiful bushland habitat in Sorell Council, Tasmania.
  • Address verification helps ACT Government increase efficiency*
    Making an error when entering an address in an online form might not seem like a big deal, but if you’ve been on the receiving end, you know a small inaccuracy can have a big impact.
  • Little Penguins decline
    City of Rockingham, Western Australia, has moved to support the sustainability of the little penguin population on Penguin Island.
  • Foreshore plan goes ahead
    District Council of Yankalilla has secured $2.1 million from the South Australian Government Open Spaces and Places for People Grant program for the Normanville Foreshore project.
  • Guiding climate resilience
    A research collaboration between local government authorities, an engineering peak body, engineering consultants and university researchers has created a guideline to help infrastructure managers and developers choose suitable climate-resilient building materials.
  • Park safety upgrade
    Goondiwindi Regional Council, Queensland, has replaced and extended about 200sq m of softfall surface under and around the play equipment at the All Abilities Park in Texas with $50,000 from the State Government’s 2020-2021 COVID Works for Queensland (W4Q) funding.
  • Class IV waste facility officially opened
    Pilbara Regional Waste Management Facility has reached a milestone with the Shire of Ashburton, Western Australia, appointing a preferred operator for the facility.
  • Embodied carbon – what is it and how can timber help to reduce it?*
    Building and construction is one of the sectors causing the most significant depletion of the earth’s natural resources.
  • The final light tower
    Warrnambool City Council, Victoria, reached a major milestone as the new light towers were safely installed at the Reid Oval Redevelopment.
  • Rural council reaches carbon neutral target
    Colac Otway Shire is set to become Victoria’s first rural municipality to reach its Carbon Neutral Target following a range of changes to Council operations to reduce residual greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Lone Pine lives on
    Preparations are underway to upgrade the Leonard T Green Memorial Park in the City of Greater Geraldton, Western Australia, by planting 139 Lone Pine trees, descendants of the Gallipoli Tree that gave its name to the battle in 1915.
  • Stormwater strategy wins best paper award
    Engineers and infrastructure managers from across the region have voted Bundaberg Regional Council’s Stormwater Management Strategy best paper at a recent conference.
  • Waterwise commitment recognised
    In a Local Government first, City of Armadale, Western Australia, has been awarded ‘Gold Star’ status under the Waterwise Building Program for its management of water use within the Orchard House building.
  • Australian road recovery in 2021 using Australian made products*
    Funding levels for road maintenance and construction need to be spent more wisely than ever before considering the recent Works situation due to COVID-19 and other parameters.
  • Second biggest reseal program
    Roads across the Western Downs, Queensland, are now safer thanks to the completion of Western Downs Regional Council’s annual reseal program.
  • Support for verge gardens
    City of Vincent, Western Australia, is helping to beautify local streetscapes one verge at a time.