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Inland rail conference sets priorities

Inland rail conference sets priorities Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail Alliance Chair, Councillor Sue Price of Moree Plains, provided the Federal Minister for Regional Development, The Hon. Dr John McVeigh with a copy of the MBIRA media release on the success of the Inland Rail Conference 2018.

The inaugural Inland Rail Conference held last month in Parkes, New South Wales, brought together key players for the first industry-led conference aimed at identifying the opportunities and challenges associated with the project. Read more >

The value of community centres recognised

Western Australian Regional Development Minister, Alannah MacTiernan, has announced a decision to reinstates $13 million in funding for 105 regional community centres across the State.

A vital resource for regional communities, the decision to retain the centres is the result of a united effort by the Local Government sector.

Western Australia Local Government Association (WALGA) President, Lynne Craigie, has applauded the decision to reinstate the funding.

Councillor Craigie said the Minister should be recognised for genuinely considering the representations made by WALGA and Local Governments to retain the funding.

Located throughout WA, Community Resource Centres support local social and economic activity with 395 staff and more than 1000 volunteers.

Cr Craigie said, “It is understandable that when faced with the challenge of budget repair the State Government would look at making savings across programs.

“It was unfortunate that the Community Resource Centres were caught up in this process but fortunate that the Minister was prepared to listen to the community and reverse the decision.

“It takes decisive leadership to terminate a program but even stronger leadership to genuinely consider the arguments from stakeholders and then change your position.”

Cr Craigie said WALGA and individual Local Governments had made strong representations to the Minister to retain the centres as they provided vital community support.

She said Community Resource Centres were critical in helping deliver the State Government’s focus on traineeships and creating jobs in regional WA.

“The decision by the Minister to consult with the sector in a meaningful way is, I believe, a direct consequence of the State Government’s partnership agreement with the Local Government sector and is a welcome change to addressing critical issues,” Cr Craigie said.

Speeding fines will build better roads for Victoria

The Victorian Government has committed $2 billion in roads funding for Melbourne’s outer suburbs.

The Minister for Roads, Luke Donnellan, has announced new legislation to establish the Better Roads Victoria Fund, which will mean residents of Melbourne’s Interface Councils will receive better and safer roads more quickly.

Interface Councils is a group of ten municipalities that form a ring around metropolitan Melbourne and advocate for better services and infrastructure for their 1.6 million residents.

Interface Councils spokesperson, Mayor of Wyndham City Council, Councillor Peter Maynard, said, “This is a big step forward. Improving roads in Melbourne’s outer suburbs is one of our top priorities.

“Roads in the Interface Councils region have not kept up with the rapid population growth we’re experiencing. This is great news because our residents drive extremely long distances to and from work each day, with more than 80 percent of people dependent on cars.”

According to the proposal, all revenue from on-the-spot speeding fines and traffic cameras will be directed to improve outer-suburban roads. Both outer-suburban and country roads will each receive a minimum of 33 percent of the fund.

Over the past four years, Interface Councils has welcomed nearly 200,000 residents, which has resulted in the region accounting for nearly half of Melbourne’s growth. As a result, the quickly expanding communities who call it home are straining already stretched services and public infrastructure they rely on daily.

“Really what this is about is making sure residents have the same access to road infrastructure that the rest of Melbourne has. Congestion is one of our biggest problems and it has a significant impact on the daily lives of residents,” said Cr Maynard.

Interface Councils comprises Cardinia Shire Council, City of Casey, Hume City Council, Melton City Council, Mitchell Shire Council, Mornington Peninsula Shire Council, Nillumbik Shire Council, City of Whittlesea, Wyndham City Council and Yarra Ranges Shire Council.

Inclusive strategy

Inclusive strategy Local Disability Advocate, Elisha Wright with Council’s Spokesperson for Lifestyle and Amenity, Cr Denise Sims and Cr Matt Constance.

Life is about to become a whole lot more accessible for people living with a disability in Moreton Bay, Queensland, where the region’s first Disability Access and Inclusion Plan has just been adopted, committing Council to the development of an inclusive community. Read more >

The Elephant in the Wheatbelt

The Elephant in the Wheatbelt Artist Samantha Hughes and her dad Dennis

Shire of Corrigan, Western Australia (WA) is talking loudly about the ‘elephant in the room’ in an effort to save lives on local roads. Read more >

Watering spike does it right…*

Watering spike does  it right…*

Every irrigator, from the home gardener to the professional nursery manager, knows the challenge of putting the right amount of water onto each plant. Read more >

This month

Inclusive strategy

Life is about to become a whole lot more accessible for people living with a disability in Moreton Bay, Queensland, where the region’s first Disability Access and Inclusion Plan has just been adopted, committing Council to the development of an inclusive community. Read more >


Editorial

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The Elephant in the Wheatbelt

Shire of Corrigan, Western Australia (WA) is talking loudly about the ‘elephant in the room’ in an effort to save lives on local roads. Read more >


Watering spike does it right…*

Every irrigator, from the home gardener to the professional nursery manager, knows the challenge of putting the right amount of water onto each plant. Read more >


Disaster resilience strategies learned locally

Knowledge gained by Bundaberg Regional Council staff in the wake of the 2013 flood event has been instrumental in providing strategies that will provide for a more disaster resilient Queensland. Read more >


Online a possible cause of out of control behaviours - President’s comment

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Age defying bridges

Locally made, highly sustainable carbon fibre reinforced bridges could one day become commonplace thanks to a successful City of Greater Geelong, Victoria, initiative, and the first Procurement for Innovation project to be successfully tendered in Australia. Read more >


There is a new type of zebra

What started as a quick glance on Facebook by Boulia Shire Council, Queensland, Mayor, Rick Britton has ended in a project that is claimed locally to be the first of its kind in Australia. Read more >


Putting the customer first

The City of Adelaide’s planning and development team has made improvements to planning processes that will save time and make processes easier for customers. Read more >


Proposal for waste to energy

Tenterfield Shire Council, New South Wales (NSW), has put together a proposal to deal with its ongoing waste problem by converting waste into energy at a local scale. Read more >


Malcom Turnbull paints himself into a corner - The Good Oil by Rod Brown

The recent federal by-elections have breathed life into Bill Shorten’s Prime Ministerial pursuits. And his continual targeting of Malcom Turnbull’s proposed tax cuts for the banks was instrumental. Read more >


Improving air quality

Armidale Regional Council, New South Wales, has attempted to improve air quality by combining with the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) to install a dedicated air quality sensor with hourly data available online and a network of Purple Air sensors across the city which also deliver real-time data. Read more >


An ear for busking

City of Darwin is considering new ideas to improve busking in the city. Read more >


City and country unite

In a first for Western Australia, the Town of Victoria Park in metropolitan Perth, and the Shire of Morawa 400 km to the north, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to recognise the importance of an effective working relationship between the two councils. Read more >


Integrated transport strategy

The Glen Eira City Council, Victoria, Integrated Transport Strategy recognises that Glen Eira should be a city that is easy to move around in, with a range of safe travel options and walkable neighbourhoods. Read more >


Rewarded for improvement

Noosa Council, Queensland, has been awarded Local Government Workcare’s Bronze Award (missing the Silver Award by just one point) after an audit in May confirmed that the Council has fully compliant systems. Read more >


Mayor Tanya Milligan Lockyer Valley Regional Council

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Mayor Ed Warren Longreach Regional Council

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International leader on climate

City of Melbourne Councillor, Cathy Oke, has been elected the international First Vice President of ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability. Read more >


Smart cities from the street up*

Picture the street outside your office in 10 years’ time. Driverless Ubers dart in and out of the traffic. Read more >


Adopting a THINK ahead approach

Shire of Dardanup, Western Australia, is setting new benchmarks for local government in the application of technology to ensure continuous improvement in service delivery. Read more >


National landscape architecture award

The Shire of East Pilbara, Western Australia, is celebrating after being awarded a Landscape Architecture Award for the Newman Town Square, as part of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) awards. Read more >


Keeping it simple*

TeleChoice wants to give its customers the best possible service. Read more >


Neighbours work together

Three neighbouring councils from New South Wales have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). Goulburn Mulwaree, Upper Lachlan Shire and Yass Valley Councils have recognised that more can be achieved by working together. Read more >


High Achievers - Splash Swim School Griffith Regional Aquatic and Leisure Centre

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High Achievers - Kathryn Baget-Juleff Group Manager Community Connections, Library and Museums Team

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Vote for the wonder of Wallaman Falls

Hincheinbrook Shire Council, Queensland, is urging residents to take part in a competition which will put the district squarely on the tourist map. Read more >