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Community investment Santa Teresa (Ltyentye Apurte) accepts the Australian Sustainable Communities Tidy Towns Award.

The remote Aboriginal community of Santa Teresa (Ltyentye Apurte), Northern Territory (NT), has been named the 2019 winner of the Australian Sustainable Communities Tidy Town Award. Read more >

The waiting game - has it paid off?*

The waiting game - has it paid off?* After a slow start Local Government is well placed to leap ahead into cloud-based service expansion.

TechnologyOne Group Director - Local Government, Peter Suchting discuses the idea that: A slow initial uptake has positioned local government to leapfrog ahead on the cloud journey. Read more >

Meningie projects go ahead

Meningie projects go ahead Major upgrades to the Meningie North Jetty and an extension of the Murray Coorong Trail into Raukkan will both go ahead this year.

Coorong District Council, South Australia, has given the go ahead for major upgrades to the Meningie North Jetty and an extension of the Murray Coorong Trail into Raukkan thanks to $1 million from the federal Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. Read more >

National conference on infrastructure and asset management*

The 16th Infrastructure and Asset Management Conference will be held 6-7 June at Rydges Melbourne Hotel in Melbourne’s central business district and will continue the tradition of including inspiring speakers from around Australia and overseas.

The principle of ‘good practice’ knowledge sharing will again provide a platform from which improvements in council sustainability will be demonstrated, and actions provided for you to implement at your council.

Case studies will be presented that exemplify responsive and integrated service, asset and financial planning, and credible reporting to stakeholders, in a challenging and rapidly changing environment.

This year’s conference highlights will include: the challenge of integrated planning across the organisation; using smart technology to transform planning and service delivery; stretching asset management performance to deliver better services and community outcomes; stormwater sustainability: the new frontier; and the future of mobility.

Keynote speakers are:

  • John Comrie - Director, JAC Comrie Pty Ltd (South Australia)
  • Michael Kennedy OAM - Professor of Practice, Monash Institute of Transport Studies, Monash
  • University (Victoria)
  • Kevin Crutchley - Resource Efficiency Manager, Christchurch City Council (New Zealand)
  • Dawn Inglis - Manager, Waikato Road Asset Technical Accord (RATA) (New Zealand).

Various sponsor and exhibitor opportunities are available at the conference.

If you are interested, please contact sponsorship[@]mav.asn.au or download a prospectus from the MAV website mav.asn.au/events/sponsorship

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Action against family violence

Action against  family violence Mayor Greg Williamson puts on the first bin sticker to kick off the Mackay Draws the Line sticker campaign.

Domestic and family violence is the number one callout for general duty police cars in Mackay region and shows no sign of changing. Read more >

This month

Community investment

The remote Aboriginal community of Santa Teresa (Ltyentye Apurte), Northern Territory (NT), has been named the 2019 winner of the Australian Sustainable Communities Tidy Town Award. Read more >


Editorial

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The waiting game - has it paid off?*

TechnologyOne Group Director - Local Government, Peter Suchting discuses the idea that: A slow initial uptake has positioned local government to leapfrog ahead on the cloud journey. Read more >


Meningie projects go ahead

Coorong District Council, South Australia, has given the go ahead for major upgrades to the Meningie North Jetty and an extension of the Murray Coorong Trail into Raukkan thanks to $1 million from the federal Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. Read more >


National conference on infrastructure and asset management*

The 16th Infrastructure and Asset Management Conference will be held 6-7 June at Rydges Melbourne Hotel in Melbourne’s central business district and will continue the tradition of including inspiring speakers from around Australia and overseas. Read more >


Action against family violence

Domestic and family violence is the number one callout for general duty police cars in Mackay region and shows no sign of changing. Read more >


Working collaboratively for better outcomes

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Williamstown turns 100

On 17 May 1919, His Excellency the State Governor of Victoria, the Hon. Sir Arthur Stanley, officially proclaimed Williamstown a city. Read more >


Old school site becomes community hub

Wollondilly Shire Council, New South Wales, has used the huge amount of community feedback received to create a plan for the redevelopment of the Old Menangle School Site. Read more >


On TRAC to meet energy goals

Tweed Shire Council, New South Wales (NSW), has installed its largest solar system to date on a council facility, saving 200 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions a year, the equivalent of emissions from 11 average households. Read more >


The lake lights up

Melton City Council, Victoria, celebrated the lighting up of Lake Caroline with a gala opening including a Heart Foundation walk and a wonderful Food and Makers Night Market organised by the Rotary Club of Caroline Springs. Read more >


Where lies the truth?

A former University of Canberra lecturer, Ian McAuley, recently highlighted the antics leading up to this month’s federal election. Read more >


Film makers welcome

The latest big-screen film production to be made in Fremantle, Western Australia has called it a wrap. Read more >


Resource efficiency support

Businesses in Cook Shire, Queensland, are being encouraged to take advantage of a free resource efficiency assessment as part of the Council-supported Clean Growth Choices for Communities in Transition program. Read more >


3rd Annual Emerging Technologies for Public Infrastructure Conference*

On 19-20 June, the Sydney Intercontinental will become a dedicated meeting-place for public works and engineering professionals. Read more >


Phyllis Miller OAM, Mayor Forbes Shire Council

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Michael Regan, Mayor Northern Beaches Council

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Councils spending too much on IT*

EACH year, Australian councils are unnecessarily spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on computer software and hardware – money that could be spent on providing vital services for their communities. Read more >


Art Trail expands with colourful mural

Burdekin Shire, Queensland, has an impressive Art Trail which has expanded yet again, with a colourful mural completed last month. Read more >


Proserpine lands a big catch

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor, Andrew Willcox, and Deputy Mayor, Councillor John Collins, embarked in January on a fishing trip to hook extra funding to kick start the Lake Proserpine Master Plan project. Read more >


Return to the dark ages

Blacktown City Council, New South Wales, invites festivalgoers to be transported back in time to a land filled with swords, knights, horses and lances at Blacktown City Festival’s Medieval Fayre. Read more >


E-scooter rollout on hold

Safety and public amenity will be the major focus of future deliberations regarding e-scooters and other ‘rideables’ on Noosa’s streets. Read more >


Uniting against racism

Glen Eira City Council, Victoria, partnered with the Anti Defamation Commission on 3 May, to host a breakfast forum to show its support for an ethnically, culturally and religiously diverse community. Read more >


Coast under pressure

Cairns Regional Council has joined 31 other Queensland coastal councils in developing adaptation plans to protect coastal environments under pressure from rising sea levels and erosion. Read more >


Testing river water quality

Penrith City Council, New South Wales (NSW), has developed the Recreational Water Monitoring Program to inform the community when it is unsafe to swim locally. Read more >


Taking charge for a sustainable future

Knox City Council, Victoria, is doing its part for a more sustainable future, adding three electric cars to its fleet and installing two electric vehicle charging stations at the Civic Centre in Wantirna South. Read more >


Leaders in affordable housing

Central Coast Council, New South Wales, has committed to addressing affordable housing in a bid to provide more housing choice for households earning less than $100,000 per year. Read more >


IPWEA presents two conferences in one*

Hobart International Public Works Conference 25-29 August 2019 Read more >


The Waterfront project transforming a coastal community

District Council of Grant, South Australia, is transforming the Port MacDonnell foreshore in a two stage redevelopment dubbed – The Waterfront project. Read more >


Waste facility upgrades

Maranoa Regional Council has been successful in securing $159,344 to fund upgrades to Mitchell’s and Roma’s waste facilities under the Queensland Government’s 2018-19 Local Government Levy Ready Grant Program. Read more >


Hub of sustainability knowhow

Muswellbrook Shire Council, New South Wales (NSW), has identified communication, education and empowerment as the key elements for the future of sustainability in the Shire. Read more >


Six playground transformations in six weeks

Six playgrounds across Darwin have received major face lifts over the last six weeks, with the installation of new play equipment and shade structures costing nearly $500,000. Read more >


Weaving stories from the woollen mill

The former Onkaparinga Woollen Mill in Lobethal, South Australia, now reimagined as FabriK arts and heritage hub, will be lit up with projections of local stories this month in celebration of the site’s 150 year history. Read more >


Sustainability is about more than thinking green*

When we think about what’s possible in sustainable development, it’s easy to jump straight to a solution or get caught up on what things will look like. Read more >