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Armidale sends strong message at waste conference

Armidale sends strong message at waste conference Council’s Program Leader – Waste Management, James Turnell, addresses the Waste 2018 Conference.

The head of Armidale Regional Council’s waste management, James Turnell, has flown the flag for local government at a major New South Wales conference about the waste and recycling issues confronting the nation. Read more >

Victorian councils call for population strategy

The Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) has called on all political parties to work with Local Government to improve liveability and support stronger communities ahead of the State election in November.

The Association has identified 42 policy changes and funding proposals outlined in its Call to Parties, which it is asking each political party contesting the November state election to commit to.

MAV President, Councillor Mary Lalios, said, “We have the fastest growth in Australia, with more than 300 new residents calling Victoria home every day.

“One of the key commitments we seek from political parties is a population strategy to 2050.”

Cr Lalios said that with the right support, local government could be more effective as a key partner to deliver a better future for all Victorians, regardless of where they live.

“It’s a crucial missing policy to guide long-term prosperity for our regions and reduce the impacts of Melbourne’s population boom to retain our status as the world’s most liveable city.

“A population strategy would also help all levels of government to work together to ensure services and infrastructure are provided where and when communities need them.”

Enriching Communities

Enriching Communities Fusion 17, Wagga Wagga celebrates its own multiculturalism. Photo courtesy Matt Beaver.

Declining populations is a problem facing rural and remote Australian communities. While capital cities and regional centres are experiencing unprecedented population growth problems of a different kind plague the bush. Read more >


National Youth Week was celebrated last month jointly supported by the Australian Government, State and Territory Governments and Local Governments.

Towns, shires and cities across the country, with the help of community organisations, facilitated soccer tournaments, skateboard championships, staged concerts, held art workshops and competitions, markets, cultural events, animals and rides.

The theme in South Australia was ‘Your Future – Your Way’ with a focus on ideas, skills and resilience, and the benefits that their wide variety of unique backgrounds, interests, identities and perspectives can bring.

One hundred and nine organisations celebrated Victorian Youth Week and staged more than 130 events across the state.

For the first time Queensland staged its own Youth Week with the official website hosting a forum called Youth eHub which provided a space for young people to have their say about what matters most to them.

Youth Week WA favoured events that celebrated the contribution of young people to Western Australia with 58 grants totaling more than $81,000, giving priority to events that involve young people in their design and implementation.

The message in New South Wales notes that Youth Week is organised by young people, for young people. This year’s theme Unity Through Diversity was set by young people, who said that diversity is an important theme for them.

Councils are playing their role in giving young people a voice, providing pathways for involvement in the democratic process and encouraging community cohesion, leadership and good citizenry particularly in the form of youth ambassadors and youth councils.

On the other side of the youth achievements coin Kids Helpline announced that suicide contacts to the counselling service had risen by 22 percent in the last five years.

More than 3,500 contacts from children and young people in 2017 were about bullying.

Local Government NSW (LGNSW) chose Youth Week to call on the State Government to appoint a dedicated Youth Minister.

The Youth Affairs portfolio, last held by the current Local Government Opposition Spokesman, Peter Primrose, was absorbed into the Citizenship and Family and Community Services portfolio after the 2011 election, and now sits with the Minister for Disability and Multiculturalism.

“Yet work undertaken by Australia’s 2017 Youth Representative to the United Nations, Paige Burton, found young people do not feel they have meaningful political representation,” LGNSW President Linda Scott said.

“Ms Burton reported that of the thousands of young people she consulted only 16 percent of young people from NSW agreed their opinions were represented by those in Government.”

Multicultural food

Multicultural food Yangchen Dolkar and Migma Migma cooking Tibet Momos

Glenorchy City Council, Tasmania, Taste of the World Festival showcased food, dance, music and cultural activities from across the globe. Read more >

Asset management conference*

The Fifteenth National Local Government Infrastructure and Asset Management Conference 7-8 June, convened by the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV).

Continuing the tradition of:

  • quality speakers from around Australia
  • ‘good practice’ knowledge-sharing, tools and templates to maximise council sustainability
  • your Council being able to implement many of the advances presented at this event
  • building credibility for local government to demonstrate ‘yes, we do manage our assets very well’

Key focus areas:

  • Now it’s all about integrated asset and financial management, supporting efficient service delivery.
  • Asset management good practice case studies:
    1. implementing integrated asset management systems and the associated business processes and behavioural change,
    2. better ways of doing business by being community-driven,
    3. winning collaborative practices by groups of councils (Australia and New Zealand),
    4. leading edge advances in asset management methodologies,
    5. is your Council really unique?
  • Road safety network planning to deliver improved outcomes;
  • Rail transport futures;
  • Councils and oversize vehicles: issues to be resolved;
  • The new heavy vehicle Chain of Responsibility laws;
  • Autonomous vehicles: implications for Councils;
  • Best practice in stormwater management;
  • National Disaster Recovery Funding Reforms: a new approach.

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This month

Enriching Communities

Declining populations is a problem facing rural and remote Australian communities. While capital cities and regional centres are experiencing unprecedented population growth problems of a different kind plague the bush. Read more >


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Multicultural food

Glenorchy City Council, Tasmania, Taste of the World Festival showcased food, dance, music and cultural activities from across the globe. Read more >

Asset management conference*

The Fifteenth National Local Government Infrastructure and Asset Management Conference 7-8 June, convened by the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV). Read more >

Adventures at the libraries

Queensland’s Isaac Regional Council libraries will this month join other libraries from around the country and across the Tasman to host National Simultaneous Storytime. Read more >

Growing services for growing populations - President’s comment

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New safety tubes for beach rescue

Randwick City, New South Wales, is the first council in Australia to install rescue tube units on all its beaches. Read more >

Cataract Gorge play space upgrade

City of Launceston this week unanimously voted to approve the play space upgrade application at the Cataract Gorge’s First Basin. Read more >

Young people meet with industry insiders

City of Whitehorse businesses are being engaged to give back to the community when they share with young people insights about their industry and the career paths available in it. Read more >

Building better futures

Point Resolution Child Care (PRCC) run by City of Nedlands, Western Australia, has a passion to help children learn and achieve. Read more >

Spotlight on public sector human resources*

The Australian Human Resources (HR) Institute’s National Convention and Exhibition is Australia’s flagship event for HR practitioners and business leaders. Read more >

Local leadership is alive and well - The Good Oil by Rod Brown

There are significant leadership deficits within Australia’s regions, towns and communities. These contribute to our failure to promote the vibrancy and resilience of all parts of the nation. Read more >

Generations come together

A Noosa Shire Council, Queensland, initiative is bringing residents from both ends of the age spectrum together for a morning of laughs and intergenerational camaraderie. Read more >

Ulladulla is shooting goals

City of Shoalhaven, New South Wales, netballers have celebrated a win with the official opening of two new netball courts in Ulladulla. Read more >

Councillor profiles - Peta Pinson Mayor of Port Macquarie-Hastings Council

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Councillor profiles - Ben Shields Mayor Dubbo Regional Council

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Beach becomes accessible

Mackay Regional Council, Queensland, has made exploring the 31 pristine local beaches a simple pleasure available to everyone with the donation of a Sandcruiser Beach Wheelchair to All Abilities Mackay. Read more >

Building a safer community

Mornington Peninsula Shire, Victoria, has installed closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras along the Rye shopping precinct and foreshore using a $200,000 grant from the Federal Government’s Safer Communities Fund. Read more >

Women-only swimming enjoys a wave of success

Mildura Rural City Council, Victoria, has instituted a pilot women and girls-only swimming program at Mildura Waves which is proving a resounding success with up to 40 people attending each session. Read more >

Awarded for the three R’s

Mornington Peninsula Shire has been awarded the Garage Sale Trail Outstanding Achievement Award in recognition of their innovative approach to promoting Australia’s largest reuse, waste education and community event to the local community. Read more >

Bursary winner announced

The Australian Local Government Women’s Association Victoria branch Bursary 2018 has been awarded to Catherine Austin of Corangamite Shire Council. Read more >

Getting women elected

“Getting Elected – Women Can” is the theme of a new Australian Local Government Women’s Association South Australian Branch (ALGWA SA) campaign. Read more >

Community surveyed on climate change

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government has announced a comprehensive community survey assessing attitudes and vulnerability to climate change. Read more >

Celebrating the new year

Wollongong City Council, New South Wales, celebrated the beginning of autumn with the traditional Iranian, Afghani and Kurdish community celebration of Naw Ruz. Read more >

Neighbourhood Watch gold award

City of Melville has received the Local Government Participation Gold Award from Neighbourhood Watch Western Australia (NHW), recognising the City’s involvement and support of the NHW program in the community. Read more >

Smart city roll out

Infrastructure that will place The City of Newcastle, New South Wales (NSW), at the forefront of Australian smart cities has started being rolled out with the first of seven sensor gateways installed at National Park. Read more >

New website to guard coast

Douglas Shire Council, Queensland, have launched a new website to share information about a strategy to guard the region’s coastline from the impacts of climate change. Read more >

Irrigation Australia expo*

13-15 June International Convention Centre, Sydney Read more >

Table tennis world tour

City of Greater Geelong, Victoria, will host a world tour table tennis event this winter, which is expected to be broadcast to an international audience of more than 100 million viewers. Read more >

New mobile library van

Mid-western Regional Council, New South Wales, has unveiled its new state-of-the-art mobile library van that will continue to deliver a longstanding valuable service to residents in rural and remote villages. Read more >

Put mental health training on the calendar

Mount Alexander Shire Council, Victoria, is holding its tenth round of Youth Mental Health First Aid training in May with an invitation to primary and secondary teachers and staff to participate. Read more >