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Public Works Conference

Public Works Conference

Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia: IPWEA Victoria, 9-10 May 2019, Arts Centre Melbourne. Read more >

Recycled straws

Recycled straws The Last Straw on the Great Barrier Reef founder, Nicole Nash, with Cairns Mayor, Bob Manning, at the seat that once was 500,000 plastic straws.

Cairns Regional Council has found a use for its straws, the challenge for others is what to do with yours. Read more >

Leading the way in waste management design

The Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association of Australia has awarded Toowoomba Regional Council, Queensland, and Shellharbour City Council, New South Wales, the top two facilities in the Australian Landfill and Transfer Station Awards Excellence category.

The national awards recognise excellence and innovation in waste management for councils and privately owned facilities across Australia, applauding sites that are exceptional and encouraging best practice in operations.

Toowoomba Regional Council Water and Waste Committee chair, Councillor Nancy Sommerfield, said, “Council previously has been recognised as one of the most innovative local governments in Australia in waste management and now our work has been further commended for transfer station excellence across the country.”

Greater Toowoomba Waste Management Facility’s $20 million design has been adopted as a template for similar new facilities across the country.

The facility has reduced the number of loads to landfill by 79 percent, with a future target of 90 percent, with significant environmental and cost savings.

Water and Waste portfolio leader, Councillor Bill Cahill, said, “Council built the facility as a blueprint for a regional network of automated facilities, with operations able to be managed from the O’Mara Road facility.

“New technology helps staff monitor and track waste streams at each location and different times of the year. This can identify potential issues, such as the delivery of hot coals in the cooler months.

Cr Cahill said that each element of the network was scalable and integrated with other components to optimise service, increase diversion and balance costs.

There are three types of cameras on site, including CCTV, thermal and licence plate cameras. Digital CCTV provides security with motion sensor and infrared ability and also includes analytics, which help to manage queuing.

“Data from licence plate cameras track where every vehicle goes on site, which was a first in Australia, with information linked to transaction management.”

Shellharbour Mayor, Marianne Saliba, said she was extremely proud that her city’s resource recovery centre was recognised as one of the
country’s top two.

“This state-of-the-art facility leads the way in its scope of acceptable goods for recycling and reduction of waste materials going to landfill.”

Shellharbour’s recovery centre was redeveloped 18 months ago and is a fully integrated waste diversion facility that ties multiple levels of the waste hierarchy (avoid, reduce, reuse, recycle, dispose) into a single customer focused experience.

The redevelopment meant Council increased the number of materials that could be diverted from five products to approximately 30 products.

Some of the highlights of the fully integrated facility include education and hands on repair and creation workshops at the ‘Tinkerage’, repaired goods sales, expanded polystyrene recycling, e-waste recycling, mattresses recycling and Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) reprocessing.

She said Council recognised the need to meet the state waste avoidance and resource recovery targets and decided that a state-of-the-art resource recovery facility would be a key inclusion in the city’s waste management.

TechnologyOne Showcase*

TechnologyOne Showcase*

TechnologyOne is Australia’s largest enterprise Software as a Service (SaaS) company and one of Australia’s top 200 ASX-listed companies (ASX:TNE). Read more >

Pearlers’ Games returns

Pearlers’ Games returns Broom’s Chinatown Games of 20 years ago has inspired the Pearlers’ Games that will be a feature of the inaugural Chinatown Discovery Festival. Photographs courtesy Elisabeth Lucke.

The Shire of Broom, Western Australia, and Chinatown Revitalisation Project will join with Chinatown’s traders to host a three-day arts and heritage festival to celebrate the completion of major construction works and officially re-open the precinct. Read more >

An unlikely hero

An unlikely hero Maggie, swept away by the flooded Bloomfield River, returned home two days later to show her disaster afflicted owners the way forward.

Australia Day 2019 was the third disaster activation in six weeks for Douglas Shire, Queensland, and the impact on residents and businesses has been significant. Read more >

This month

Recycled straws

Cairns Regional Council has found a use for its straws, the challenge for others is what to do with yours. Read more >


Leading the way in waste management design

The Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association of Australia has awarded Toowoomba Regional Council, Queensland, and Shellharbour City Council, New South Wales, the top two facilities in the Australian Landfill and Transfer Station Awards Excellence category. Read more >


Editorial

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TechnologyOne Showcase*

TechnologyOne is Australia’s largest enterprise Software as a Service (SaaS) company and one of Australia’s top 200 ASX-listed companies (ASX:TNE). Read more >


An unlikely hero

Australia Day 2019 was the third disaster activation in six weeks for Douglas Shire, Queensland, and the impact on residents and businesses has been significant. Read more >


Pearlers’ Games returns

The Shire of Broom, Western Australia, and Chinatown Revitalisation Project will join with Chinatown’s traders to host a three-day arts and heritage festival to celebrate the completion of major construction works and officially re-open the precinct. Read more >


2019 Infrastructure and Asset Management Conference*

The 2019 Infrastructure and Asset Management Conference will be held on Thursday 6 June and Friday 7 June at Rydges Melbourne Hotel in Melbourne’s central business district. Read more >


Rescue Our Recycling: A Call to Action - President’s comment

More than a year has passed since the impacts of China’s National Sword Policy were first felt in Australia and other countries that export recycled materials to China. Read more >


Culture Corner displays diversity

Greater Shepparton’s Malaysian Community played host to the entire community at a traditional mock wedding in the Maude Street Mall on 6 April. Read more >


Councils welcome public feedback

The South Australian Government is undertaking a review of the legislation under which councils operate, inviting the public to forward ideas on key areas for reform. Read more >


A win for the environment

A clever horse management system designed to increase horse wellbeing while reducing impacts on the environment is the first project to receive funding through a new scheme from Tweed Shire Council, New South Wales. Read more >


Kids make their mark on Memorial Hall

Nobody was afraid of the mud when local children turned up in droves to ‘make their mark’ on the Denman Memorial Hall. Read more >


Landscape Irrigation conference and exhibition*

The Landscape Irrigation Conference, Gold Coast Convention Centre, 18-20 June 2019. Read more >


Economies of scope - worthy of reflection - The Good Oil by Rod Brown

The Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) has been around almost 50 years in various forms, and it has built up a record of quality research. But whether its work carries through into policy outcomes is debatable. Read more >


Cattle under cover

Southern Grampians Shire Council, Victoria, has received a boost, with Minister for Education and Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan, announcing a contribution of $715,000 for the cattleyard roof at the Hamilton Regional livestock Exchange. Read more >


Chatswood Library’s evolution

Willoughby City Council’s flagship library at Chatswood, New South Wales (NSW), has recently undergone some exciting upgrades to respond to the changing needs of the community. Read more >


Councillor profiles - Debbie Wisby Mayor Glamorgan Spring Bay Council

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Councillor profiles - Alex Green Mayor Southern Midlands Council

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Bingo! Bike Week is back

Bike Week celebrations returned to the Shire of East Pilbara, Western Australia, this year following the Shire’s successful application for funding from the Department of Transport. Read more >


Gambling education pilot

Brimbank City Council, Victoria, has welcomed a new pilot program to reduce the risks to kids of online gambling and gaming addiction saying more needs to be done to reduce gambling harm. Read more >


Support for drought stricken farmers

Circular Head Council, Tasmania, has called on the local community to support a fodder Drought Appeal for the communities affected by drought in New South Wales (NSW). Read more >


Stockinbingal pump track attracts kids

Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council has transformed an area at the recreation ground in Stockinbingal with the construction of a ‘Pump’ Track. Read more >


Rainbow crossing returns with pride

An iconic rainbow crossing was painted across the roadway in Taylor Square in the heart of Sydney’s LGBTIQ district in February. Read more >


Dial Before You Dig, council partner in asset protection

Dial Before You Dig is a not for profit organisation that delivers a vital national community service designed to assist in preventing damage and disruption to Australia’s vast infrastructure networks which provide essential services used every day. Read more >


Councils and regions to benefit from new national search infrastructure*

FunSearch.com.au is an Australia wide photo and video search engine that provides a single consolidated channel for destination promotion, particularly council activities, events, natural attractions and council assets, allowing them to be easily found across the country. Read more >


Student exchange brings rewards

The annual Busselton-Sugito (Japan) Student Exchange Program was created to provide students from Busselton, Western Australia, with exposure to another country’s culture. Read more >


Women smash the stereotypes

Women in Moorabool Shire, Victoria, were encouraged to try new ways to get active as part of VicHealth’s inaugural This Girl Can Week in March. Read more >


Public art on the increase

The rise of successful public art projects in Douglas Shire, Queensland, has led to a greater focus on encouraging more community-boosting creativity in the region. Read more >


New book on lobbying focuses on Local Government

A new book looks at Local Government as a lobbyist in the Australian political framework. Read more >