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Farm waste to fuel

Farm waste to fuel Mayor of Moira Shire Council, Libro Mustica, welcomed AgBioEn Directors, Lubey Lozevski, Peter Holmgren, and Katunga Fresh owner, Peter van den Goor, to Kutunga in regional Victoria where he turned the first sod on AgBioEn’s first renewable energy plant.

The first sod was turned this month in Moira Shire, Central Victoria, on Australia’s first renewable energy facility that will generate carbon neutral energy and fuel from agricultural waste. Read more >

Energy from waste facility

Energy from waste facility A second facility being built to generate energy from waste, will use innovative 'waste-arising' contracts with supplier councils allowing them to pursue waste reduction targets.

Australia’s second large-scale energy from waste (EfW) plant is being built at East Rockingham, Western Australia. Read more >

NZ football team adopts local community

NZ football team adopts  local community Mayor Peter Petty was warmly welcomed when he visited Auckland, the home of Tenterfield’s adopted big brothers, NZ Warriors National Rugby League team.

New Zealand football team, Vodafone Warriors, a member of the National Rugby League, announced in December 2019, they were adopting the northern New South Wales town of Tenterfield, one of many communities suffering acutely after being ravaged by drought and bushfires. Read more >

New loo

New loo An LG Focus reader sent us this sign they found whilst travelling in Western Australia. The infrastructure dollar at work in Green Head, Shire of Coorow.

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Sport is not a simple game

By Colin Steele


When watching major sporting events, cheering for your team, or for team Australia, very little thought is given to what sits behind the individual or the team.  

In many cases, there is thousands of hours of training and coaching, the science, untold complex negotiations, all regulated by a system of international laws and rules often based on hundreds of years of evolution of that sport.

The spectator just sees a ball in the back of a net and cheer, or not.  If during the game a red card is given to a player, then you have an opinion, depending on which team you support.  The red card is not the end, but the start of a complex review system, which generally reinforces the need to follow the rules of that sport. The outcome is fairness.

Sports grants are strangely the same. When writing an application for changerooms, for a much-needed disabled access and the thousands of other necessary local sports facilities, very little thought is given to what sits behind the grants program and potential for funds.  You just want to get that goal for your team, for your sport and for your community.

Yet sitting behind the grants program is a network of complex negotiations about funding guidelines, rules and regulations on how grants are allocated and over a hundred of years of evolution on how the Federation is supposed to work based on the Australian Constitution.  Not understanding the history, and how the game works, by players, coaches, the referee and even supporters, can lead to challenges.  

As described in the New South Wales Parliamentary Research Service e-brief 10/2014 in June 2014 on the Williams 2 (Chaplaincy) case, ‘the limited scope and nature of the High Court’s decision leaves all the other relevant Commonwealth programs subject to constitutional challenge, particularly it is suggested those programs in such areas as sport, the arts, roads and the environment.’

There is plenty of commentary already on why the red card was given to the former sports minister, but this in only the start.

Spending on the red card review, which has a long way to run in relation to sports grants, there is a high degree of probability that grants for 2020 will return to a level playing field.

The competition for funding will remain fierce but the more the process behind the grants allocation is understood, i.e. the constitutional basis for funding, how High Court cases directly influence how your application should be framed and how the system works; the greater chance of success of an application for changeroom facilities.

Of the review outcome finds that it doesn’t matter which team you play for, that all participants can get to play sport on a level playing field in 2020, then that will be a good thing. Then everyone has a chance to get that goal for the team.

Colin Steele is Managing Director of Section51, Canberra based grants and funding consultants.  In addition to grants and funding training and writing for councils, Colin has coached field hockey teams for over 25 years.  He knows what is behind how
to get those goals.

section51.com.au

Supporting communities affected by bushfires – President’s comment

Supporting communities affected by bushfires – President’s comment Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) President, Coral Ross.

The eyes of the world have been on Australia as bushfires have devastated our communities, environment and wildlife. Our hearts are with those battling the fires and the families and loved-ones of those lost. Read more >

This month

Farm waste to fuel

The first sod was turned this month in Moira Shire, Central Victoria, on Australia’s first renewable energy facility that will generate carbon neutral energy and fuel from agricultural waste. Read more >


Energy from waste facility

Australia’s second large-scale energy from waste (EfW) plant is being built at East Rockingham, Western Australia. Read more >


Editorial – With a little help from our friends

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NZ football team adopts local community

New Zealand football team, Vodafone Warriors, a member of the National Rugby League, announced in December 2019, they were adopting the northern New South Wales town of Tenterfield, one of many communities suffering acutely after being ravaged by drought and bushfires. Read more >


New loo

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Sport is not a simple game

By Colin Steele Read more >


Supporting communities affected by bushfires – President’s comment

The eyes of the world have been on Australia as bushfires have devastated our communities, environment and wildlife. Our hearts are with those battling the fires and the families and loved-ones of those lost. Read more >


You can make a smart park out of a stormwater drain

City of Canning, Western Australia, will turn a storm water drain into a smart park thanks to $1.09 million funding from the Australian Government Smart Cities and Suburbs Program. Read more >


Celebrating mountains with murals

Shire of Plantagenet, Western Australia, celebrated all things local at the Mountains and Murals Mount Barker Festival held last December. Read more >


You’re invited to Australia’s leading local government climate summit*

Australia’s leading local government climate summit, Transforming Australia 2020, is happening in Noosa, Queensland. Read more >


Ensuring housing and community buildings and facilities provide access for all*

This year, 2020, sees the consolidation of new requirements for Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) across Australia, as well as increased impetus to address access to the built environment for everyone. Read more >


Virtually no wet feet on Yongala dive

Tourism in Burdekin Shire Council, Queensland, has taken a new turn following the latest installation at the Home Hill Gateway and Plantation Park Visitor Information Centres. Read more >


Bushfires spark a new approach - The Good Oil by Rod Brown

For three weeks we’ve watched the sentient monster lying out in the Brindabella Ranges. Will it gather strength and hurtle towards the southern suburbs of Canberra, taking our home and my son’s beef property with it? Read more >


More sustainable events this summer

Bio-glitter, a bike valet, free drinking water and compostable food packaging are just some of the environmentally-conscious measures now being used to make City of Gosnells, Western Australia, events more sustainable. Read more >


Buy Local Gift Card reaches new milestone

The Bathurst Buy Local Gift Card, an initiative of Bathurst Regional Council, New South Wales, which encourages people to shop locally, hit a new milestone in December with more than half a million dollars being loaded onto the cards. Read more >


Roads transferred back to the State

Local Government New South Wales (LGNSW) has welcomed the State government’s appointment of an expert panel to identify up to 15,000 kilometres of council-managed roads in rural and regional areas to be hand-back to the state government. Read more >


The importance of good fleet management*

The importance of good fleet management cannot be overstated. But why is it that plant and vehicles need to be managed efficiently, effectively and with safety in mind? Read more >


Councillor profiles - Jane McNamara Mayor of Flinders Shire Council

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Councillor profiles - Keith Campbell Mayor of South Burnett Regional Council

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