Focus On... Financial Sustainability and Asset Management
Partnership generates $2m of people power
Using a subsidiary body, such as a board, voluntary committee or incorporated organisation, to provide a service under a council’s delegated authority is not a new concept, but Lake Macquarie City Council has adapted this model as an innovative solution to managing more than 100 community facilities across the City.
The fear of tech-led redundancy in procurement*
It’s impossible to deny the power of technology as a worthy substitute for manual, process-driven tasks. Over the years the computer has replaced the typewriter, the keycard has replaced the bank cheque and the email has replaced the fax – and alongside this change, there’s a constant fear that we might be the next to go due to the adoption of the next shiny new gizmo.
Body cameras trialed
In what is believed to be the first pilot of its kind for an Australian council, Banyule’s parking officers and school crossing supervisors are trialling Wolfcom, a body-worn camera used by police in Australia and overseas.
Data transformation tools key to council mapping services*
By Martin Gregory, General Manager, 1Spatial Asia Pacific
Australian local governments are in a bind when deploying geospatial systems to provide better services at a lower cost. While tech savvy citizens are happy to jump online to interact with a map-based interface – whether for planning applications or to see when to put out the recycling – councils are often overstretched with maintaining existing services.
Seaport Boardwalk decked out
Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten and Treasurer Peter Gutwein have inspected the newly upgraded Seaport Boardwalk.
Securing your unsealed roads future with one step*
Demands on local governments to improve efficiencies and spend less are being felt from government to ground level, with Works Officers and Asset Managers forced to reconsider dated practises in search of financially sustainable alternatives.
Back in the black and planning ahead
Wyong Shire Council is the second largest spending Council in New South Wales with a record $66 million spend on local roads and $105 million on capital works planned for next financial year.
IPWEA welcomes new CEO and executive line-up
The Institute of Public Works and Engineering Australia (IPWEA) welcomed its new CEO Robert Fuller at its recent conference in Rotorua, as a number of executive changes were also announced.
Suma Park dam upgrade makes progress
Member for Orange Andrew Gee and Orange Mayor John Davis have visited the Suma Park dam wall site to inspect progress on the $17 million upgrade project, which is due for completion by the end of the year.
Smart map to slash NSW roadworks*
New South Wales (NSW) infrastructure costs and roadwork disruptions are set to be reduced with the Smarter Scheduling NSW (SSN) system, enabling government agencies, utilities and councils to coordinate infrastructure maintenance and construction.
Niagara Park Stadium resurfacing
Gosford City Council has recently commissioned major floor resurfacing works at Niagara Park Stadium as the facility gears up to host a number of big events in 2015.
Setting the tone and paving the way
Marrickville Council became just the second council in NSW to use a new sustainable asphalt technology when Davis Street in Dulwich Hill had a makeover in early December using the new low-CO2 TonerPave.
Building Information Modelling for local government*
Local Governments have a significant opportunity to reduce the whole of life costs of asset ownership by improving infrastructure project delivery, and the management of infrastructure asset information with the application of Building Information Modelling (BIM).