Stormwater harvesting trifecta of benefits
A recently completed Banyule Council project that established one of the largest stormwater harvesting networks in Melbourne is improving the environmental health of Melbourne’s iconic Yarra River and Port Phillip Bay and delivering social and financial benefits to the community.
Evaluating and minimising risks*
There is a common misconception that risk management for councils involves only management of financial risks. In fact, risks are varied: ranging from risks of legislative non-compliance (there are more than 30 Acts councils have to comply with) and risks posed by inappropriate use of social media to occupational health and safety risks and risks of natural disasters. Safety risks are almost guaranteed to occur in each council on a monthly basis, ranging from potentialities and near misses to incidents with fatalities.
Community day out celebrates sustainability
The Bland Shire community were treated to a great day out when Bland Shire Council hosted the “Bland Creek Catchment Committee (BCCC) Sustainable Lifestyle Expo” in October at West Wyalong.
Strategic Asset Management*
Asset management has evolved from a traditional approach of ‘last year’s budget plus five percent’ to being a science-based, integrated business function that determines what services we provide, at what level, and with what funding. Put simply, strategic asset management (SAM).
Thinking beyond the box*
Many councils purchase an expensive electronic document and records management system (EDRMS) only to find that they cannot achieve the suggested ROI. Records remain elusive and staff uptake varies because of perceptions that the software adds additional work and complicates processes.
Sharing resources leads to airport success
In two years Mount Gambier Airport has gone from being just another regional airport to an award winning facility that specialises in helping smaller council controlled airports with resource sharing and industry specific consulting.
Revitalisation of town centre
Singleton Council is celebrating after the State Government announced $9 million in funding for the revitalisation of the Singleton Town Centre under the Resources for Regions program.
Spread the word*
Spread the Word about APS Benefits and we will say thank you with $100.
The project management project
When Nillumbik Shire Council CEO Stuart Burdack started three years ago, he introduced a strategy called ‘Future Directions’, which aimed to identify improvement initiatives across the organisation.
SSHED business accelerator turns 10
Sutherland Shire Council has invested thousands of dollars into the Sutherland Shire Hub for Economic Development (SSHED) over the past decade to create local jobs, which had direct benefits for the Shire community.
Turning the page on a new generation
Research has revealed that Logan City Council’s ratepayers are getting twice as much bang for their buck from their libraries than the Queensland state average.
Engineering synthetic sporting surfaces*
The effects of prolonged drought conditions and recent rainfalls have had a negative impact on the quality and utilisation of natural turf sporting facilities throughout Australia. As a result, many councils are now embracing synthetic sporting surfaces as a reliable alternative and ‘all-weather’ option.
Improving Business Efficiencies through Understanding & Consulting*
Over the past thirteen years VersaDev has worked with councils across Australia with the purpose of delivering efficiencies and savings. The latest release of versaSRS (Version 6) shows our commitment to developing a world class product, developed and supported in Australia, that delivers above its weight.