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The year ahead

The year ahead

As we settle into the new working year, Australia’s state and territory local government associations tell us what’s on the horizon for their member councils in 2017. Read more >

100 years of local government

100 years of local government Over 400 guests attended the centenary celebration.

Renmark Paringa Council in South Australia recently celebrated 100 years of local government in the area. Read more >

Music video helps residents prepare

The Banana Shire in Queensland has run a successful community engagement program to prepare residents for natural disaster – which included filming an educational music video.

The ‘Get ready to Grab’n’Go’ campaign was officially launched at the Banana Shire Industry Summit on 11 October, which fell during Queensland’s ‘Get Ready’ week.

Banana Shire Mayor and Chairperson of the Local Disaster Management Group, Nev Ferrier, launched the campaign and said it was timely to remind residents to be prepared for natural disasters, which may occur over the summer season.

Residents need to have an evacuation plan and kit to ‘Get Ready to Grab’n’Go’ should it be required, and to be responsible for the safety of themselves, their family, pets and livestock.

A comprehensive strategy has been designed to educate residents in their planning. The launch included the distribution of a ‘Get Ready to Grab’n’Go’ bag, which contains information, documents and items to assist should evacuation be required.

The campaign also included the making of a music video that will be shared through social media and reinforce the message to ‘Get Ready to Grab’n’Go’.   

The video was written and produced by Josh Arnold from production company Small Town Culture.

It was edited into two 15-second television commercials to be aired on Channel 7.

The music video was a successful community engagement activity that was filmed in 12 towns over three and a half days and involved approximately 750 people throughout the Shire.

The Shire wished to remind residents that good preparation facilitates a more expedient and successful recovery from a disaster, and that being prepared is everyone’s responsibility.

Automated meters save water and money

Automated meters save water and money Members of the project team Geoff Lewis, Kirsty Cameron, Ross McHenry and Jeanette McIntosh

Federation Council recently completed a water meter replacement and Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) project, which is already having a positive impact on the local community. Read more >

Rise in percentage of female councillors

Rise in percentage of female councillors Councillor Coral Ross, President, Australian Local Government Women’s Association (ALGWA)

President’s comment Read more >

Sports surface saves water*

Urban pitches can be so much more than just a playing surface.

They should be regarded as multifunctional turf systems, providing essential ecosystem services for the city such as stormwater retention, flood mitigation, urban heat island reduction and for drinking water.

Therefore, SWDsystems have created BLUE2GREEN, the ultimate sport surface for stadiums and community
venues.

BLUE2GREEN integrates the sports surface, rainwater harvesting, water storage and natural irrigation, improving turf growth and the natural cooling capacity of the pitch.

The BLUE2GREEN system drains rainwater quickly into the Permavoid® drainage layer underneath the soil, where it is stored and used for irrigation purposes during dry periods, minimising irrigation water needs.

The turf is irrigated using capillary active fibres, placed in cylinders inside the system. These fibres create stable soil moisture content. It generates a natural capillary equilibrium that replenishes water from the system to the soil the minute the turf has evaporated it.

Importantly the natural capillary form of irrigation requires no pumps, sensors, valves or energy and negates the use of surface irrigation, saving up to 60 per cent of irrigation water.

For further information please contact: Ron MacCartney, General Manager, Sportsturf Consultants via 0418 176 758 or (03) 9574 9066.
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This month

The year ahead

As we settle into the new working year, Australia’s state and territory local government associations tell us what’s on the horizon for their member councils in 2017. Read more >


Editorial

No doubt many of us breathed a sigh of relief as we flicked our calendars over and ushered in the New Year. Local Government had an eventful 2016 to say the least, with council amalgamations and elections breaching national headlines throughout much of the year. Read more >


100 years of local government

Renmark Paringa Council in South Australia recently celebrated 100 years of local government in the area. Read more >


Music video helps residents prepare

The Banana Shire in Queensland has run a successful community engagement program to prepare residents for natural disaster – which included filming an educational music video. Read more >


Automated meters save water and money

Federation Council recently completed a water meter replacement and Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) project, which is already having a positive impact on the local community. Read more >


Rise in percentage of female councillors

President’s comment Read more >


World-class skate park unveiled

The Shire of Esperance in Western Australia has officially launched a beachside skate park that measure’s up with the world’s best. Read more >


Sports surface saves water*

Urban pitches can be so much more than just a playing surface. Read more >


1000 books to tackle illiteracy

Brimbank City Council in western Melbourne is joining other Victorian councils in a campaign to foster early literacy skills. Read more >


Public art lives on after demolition

A six-metre long mural depicting the colonial history of Parramatta has been successfully conserved during the demolition of the former Council Chambers building. Read more >


Gippsland, the resilient region - The Good Oil by Rod Brown

The Gippsland region is again suffering major economic and social dislocation, this time due to the closure of the Hazelwood Power Station – 600 direct job losses. Read more >


Keeping wise on climate

Ku-ring-gai Council in Sydney has won a major award for its program encouraging community resilience in the face of extreme weather conditions. Read more >


Saleyards improvements through the roof

The Shire of Plantagenet in Western Australia has installed a long-awaited roof over the dirt pens at the Mount Barker Regional Saleyards. Read more >


Future vision

Wellington Shire Council in eastern Victoria is in the final stages of developing a renewed strategic community vision, Wellington 2030. Read more >


Community engagement weighs on procurement*

By Rob Cook, Marketing Manager, TenderLink Read more >


Councillor profiles - Jo Beard, Mayor of Corangamite Shire, Victoria

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Councillor profiles - Kenneth John Clarke OAM JP FCPA, Mayor of Rural City of Wangaratta, Victoria

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MAGIQ Performance delivers Council quality data and meaningful reports*

Moree Plains Shire Council has used MAGIQ Performance to deliver its Operational Plan, achieving a significant improvement in the overall visibility of its organisational performance. Read more >


Remote rural road comes up to scratch

Isaac Regional Council has achieved success in road rehabilitation using an Australian made product on a road previously declared ‘too hard’. Read more >


Reasons why you should ‘Be the Balance’!*

Registration opens for the Australian Local Government Women’s Association (ALGWA) Biennial Conference. Read more >


Council's high achievers - Pauline Koritsa, General Manager Business and Community Services, City of West Torrens, South Australia

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Council's high achievers - Adam Mrotek, Manager, Projects & Development Policy, City of Onkaparinga, South Australia

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Future directions - By Greg Neri, Manager Youth Services, Town of Bassendean, Western Australia

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Stormy spring throws a spanner in capital works program

Adelaide Hills Council in South Australia has undertaken significant reconstruction works following the devastating storms in the area last year. Read more >


Working on a tree change

The City of Stirling in Western Australia is working to ensure significant tree canopy is maintained across the expanding city. Read more >


Creating healthy workplaces

A comprehensive workplace health and wellbeing program at the Shire of Northam in Western Australia has led to a reduction in staff turnover and dramatically improved morale. Read more >


Council pushes back against Federal NBN policy

Following the discovery that the West Coast was to receive satellite-only NBN, West Coast Council led a community campaign requesting the NBN Co and the Government reconsider the options available to the area. Read more >


Large-scale solar powers ahead

Sunshine Coast Council is taking control of its own electricity supply with construction of its purpose built solar farm on track to open in 2017. Read more >


Making moves on healthier living

Moonee Valley residents are becoming more active than ever, thanks to the success of the Active8 program. Read more >


Big jobs, small bucks with Australian road maintenance innovation PolyCom*

Road maintenance costs rise daily as construction becomes more challenging. The flow on effect is the inability to sustain acceptable standards for road users and ratepayers. Read more >


New scholarship to support professional development of local government practitioners*

The University of Technology Sydney Centre for Local Government (UTS:CLG) has launched a new scholarship designed to support local government professionals seeking to broaden their knowledge and skills through postgraduate study. Read more >


Diary Dates

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LG Professionals South Australia Conference
24 February 2017
Adelaide Entertainment Centre

LG Professionals Victoria Conference
22-23 February 2017
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

LGNSW Tourism Conference
12-14 March 2017
Manning Entertainment Centre, Taree

LGMAWA Finance Professionals Conference
2-3 March 2017
Crown Perth, Burswood

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