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Workforce worries

Workforce worries Skilled workers are in demand.

A national survey on local government has exposed the sector as ill equipped to meet the workplace needs of the future, with 69 percent of local governments in Australia experiencing a skill shortage and skill gaps. Read more >

Study reveals how the koalas are bearing up

Study reveals how the koalas are bearing up Scenic Rim Regional Council Natural Resources Officer, Phillip Pulley, with Felicity Shapland of Queensland Trust for Nature release a tagged koala.

A study conducted in partnership between Scenic Rim Regional Council, and koala conservationists has yielded valuable data on the marsupials’ health, ecology and movements. Read more >

Connect, exchange, learn at IT2019*

Coffs Harbour City Council is organising the 22nd Local Government Information Technology Conference at Opal Cove Resort, Coffs Harbour, NSW, 27 to 29 November 2019.


IT2019 provides a forum for Local Government managers and support staff to network, learn and exchange ideas. The program will feature key speakers from government, the private sector, online organisations, and the broader computer and communications industries. 

Representatives of local, state and federal government agencies, and business corporations will be in attendance from throughout Australia.

This year’s topics include Council Case studies; Hybrid Enterprise cloud migration; Security; Internet of Things (IOT); Augmented reality (AR)\Virtual Reality (VR) in the enterprise; Artificial Intelligence\Machine learning; Digital disruption and Future Ways of Working. 

We invite you to submit an abstract for consideration as an oral presentation at the conference. 

Please email your abstract (maximum of 200 words) to [email protected]

Please also include a brief background of yourself and your full contact details.

This year’s conference will feature high profile keynote speakers, including Allan Sparkes CV,OAM,VA,FRSN – not only one of Australia’s most decorated citizens but a nationally recognised advocate for the integration of proactive programs to reduce physiological ill health in Australian workplaces; and Mark Pesce – a leading futurist, author, entrepreneur and innovator who has been at the forefront of the digital revolution for thirty-five years.

An extensive trade exhibition and fun networking functions form an integral component of the conference. 

Don’t miss this opportunity to network with industry suppliers and keep up to date with latest developments in industry products and services.

We would like to thank our gold sponsors: Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Outcomex and Sophos as well as our 26 Silver sponsors, Coffee cart sponsors, Keynote speaker sponsors and Social sponsors. 

Visit lgit2019.coffslgconferences.com.au for further information or contact Michelle Aubert from Countrywide Conference and Event Management – [email protected] or 0408 791 492

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Boosting youth mental health

Boosting youth  mental health

Shire of East Pilbara, Western Australia (WA), received a visit last month from Mentally Healthy WA’s Act-Belong-Commit team to run a fun and interactive workshop with young people to teach them how they could boost their mental health and that of those around them. Read more >

President’s comment – Time to reflect

President’s comment – Time to reflect

Mayor David O’Loughlin, President Australian Local Government Association Read more >

Climbing trees boosts tourism

Climbing trees boosts tourism Davidson Reserve Kapunda has what it takes to host an international tree climbing competition.

Tree climbers and arborists are to be challenged by the large trees growing in Davidson Reserve, Kapunda at the 2019 ‘Red Bull Branched Out’ event 17-19 October. Read more >

This month

Workforce worries

A national survey on local government has exposed the sector as ill equipped to meet the workplace needs of the future, with 69 percent of local governments in Australia experiencing a skill shortage and skill gaps. Read more >


Editorial

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Study reveals how the koalas are bearing up

A study conducted in partnership between Scenic Rim Regional Council, and koala conservationists has yielded valuable data on the marsupials’ health, ecology and movements. Read more >


Connect, exchange, learn at IT2019*

Coffs Harbour City Council is organising the 22nd Local Government Information Technology Conference at Opal Cove Resort, Coffs Harbour, NSW, 27 to 29 November 2019. Read more >


Boosting youth mental health

Shire of East Pilbara, Western Australia (WA), received a visit last month from Mentally Healthy WA’s Act-Belong-Commit team to run a fun and interactive workshop with young people to teach them how they could boost their mental health and that of those around them. Read more >


President’s comment – Time to reflect

Mayor David O’Loughlin, President Australian Local Government Association Read more >


Climbing trees boosts tourism

Tree climbers and arborists are to be challenged by the large trees growing in Davidson Reserve, Kapunda at the 2019 ‘Red Bull Branched Out’ event 17-19 October. Read more >


Horse capital’s arena draws a crowd

Upper Hunter Shire Council has won an award for White Park Arena, from Parks and Leisure Australia for the ‘Best Regional/Rural Industry Contribution’ in New South Wales (NSW) or Australian Capital Territory (ACT). Read more >


Vibrant Hobart has solid foundations*

If you have never been to Hobart, or if it’s been a long while between visits, there are plenty of reasons to be at the August IPWEA International Public Works Conference, where you can connect with this unique southern Australian capital city. Read more >


Weed wrestling

Weed management is an integral part of sustainable agriculture, sound environmental management and the maintenance of biosecurity that underpins rural industries. Read more >


How Labor got sucked in - The Good Oil by Rod Brown

The Labor Party and its supporters are bemused. Why didn’t middle Australia listen? Read more >


A real sense of community

A Biggest Morning Tea held at Jindera, New South Wales, by educators and staff from Greater Hume Children Services raised $231.55 to support children, families, educators and the community affected by cancer. Read more >


Cultures from around the world

The Laidley District State School was transformed into an international hub of cuisine, dance and activities for the annual Lockyer Valley Multicultural Festival, on 26 May. Read more >


Community safety upgrades

Town of Gawler, South Australia, has received $200,000 from the Australian Government’s Safer Communities Fund to support the extension of its CCTV system and the installation of improved lighting along pedestrian pathways at various parks and reserves and within carparks at sporting precincts and community facilities. Read more >


Innovative infringement app launches in Geraldton*

The City of Greater Geraldton, Western Australia, approached IT Vision with a business challenge regarding ongoing faults with their existing mobile infringement devices. Read more >


Alison Noonan Mayor District Council of Robe, South Australia

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Mark Wasley Mayor Adelaide Plains Council, South Australia

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Frontline workers keep it local

West Arnhem Regional Council, Northern Territory, recently joined experts at a Darwin forum to discuss local, national and international approaches to domestic and family violence risk assessment and management. Read more >


A century celebrated*

2019 is the 100th anniversary of the first woman elected to any tier of government. Read more >


Changes to Portable Signage Policy

City of Busselton, Western Australia, has endorsed a change to its Portable Advertising Signs in Public Places Policy which will make the policy more workable for local businesses and City administrators. Read more >


Taking workplace health and safety into the field*

Walgett Shire Council as part of its on-going commitment to risk management has chosen to think outside the square, and by doing so, has resulted in the Workplace Health and Safety Officer (WHS), Mr Dave Callander, moving from his office in the Walgett Shire Council administration building, to being completely autonomous and travelling around one of the states largest shires in his mobile office. Read more >


A half century of service

Alice Springs Town Council, Northern Territory, will bid a sad farewell to its longest serving Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Rex Mooney, in July 2019. Read more >


Shape up for saving*

In today’s volatile energy market, you need leading expertise and insights to make sure your energy contracts are working as hard as they should be. At Procurement Australia, we get it. Read more >


Bathurst Winter Festival

City of Bathurst, New South Wales, will once again be transformed into a hub of excitement, creativity and fun with the Bathurst Winter Festival from 6-21 July. Read more >


Brisbane City Council ‘greening up’ the 2019APCS

Brisbane City Council will manifest its green credentials on a global scale when it hosts the 2019 Asia Pacific Cities Summit (2019APCS) and Mayors’ Forum next month. Read more >


Connect kids with causes

The City of Logan, Queensland, has gone high tech to bring people together. Read more >


Homage to the Anzacs

A light projection show, Homage to the Anzacs, launched on Good Friday in Memorial Square, Colac, Victoria, has been deemed a resounding success. Read more >


Trade delegation from Japan and Taiwan

Future trade and investment opportunities with Japan and Taiwan companies were the focus of meetings in St George last month. Read more >


Overseas trip a success

City of Darwin representatives recently returned from a fact finding trip to Taipei, confident of the significant investment being made in smart technologies. Read more >


Funds returned to water users

In a completely unprecedented move, Moree Plains Shire Council, New South Wales, has committed to providing a massive 50 percent rebate on residential water users’ upcoming bills, set to arrive in letterboxes over the coming weeks. Read more >


Lake Ranfurly fenced for protection

Lake Ranfurly, situated close to the city of Mildura, Victoria, is home to a host of threatened native plants and animals, as well as a popular location for walking, bike riding and bird watching. Read more >


The unseen killer: making dieback visible

Phytophthora Dieback is an introduced plant disease that is causing devastation to the native vegetation of southwest Western Australia, with this unseen killer now understood to affect around 40 percent of our native plants! Read more >


Recycling initiative investigated

In an industry leading initiative, the City of Canterbury Bankstown, New South Wales (NSW), will investigate the use of recycled glass in road base. Read more >


Write-ability explores the written word

Mildura Rural City Council, Victoria, is about to introduce an eight-month program aimed at providing people with disability in the region with opportunities to express themselves through writing. Read more >


Change of direction

Wollondilly Council, New South Wales, will soon embrace a new way of providing tourist information, as the visitor information service enters an exciting new phase. Read more >


Statement from the Heart

Hornsby Shire Council, New South Wales, has taken a significant step towards solidarity with the local Aboriginal community by acknowledging the Statement from the Heart. Read more >


Sheep dog arena revamped for show

Maranoa Regional Council, Queensland was able to announce the works on the Bassett Park Sheep Dog Arena were completed in time for the Roma Show in early May. Read more >


Facilities upgrade for better service

Mosman Council, New South Wales, recently completed a program of major refurbishment to its offices and facilities. Read more >


Playing it safe

Central Coast Council, New South Wales, has recently installed an additional 21 CCTV cameras at community facilities in Umina, Woy Woy, San Remo and Terrigal to enhance community safety within neighbourhoods, public spaces and places. Read more >


‘Paws-itive’ fun day

A pet education day proved a howling success at Mossman Gorge when Local Laws team, Douglas Shire Council, Queensland, held its second annual Pat Your Pet Day to promote responsible pet ownership and engage with the local community last month. Read more >


Ramping up capital works

Wagga Wagga City Council, New South Wales, is considering its options for capital works delivery. Read more >