Focus On... Administration & management systems
- Solar systems go
To lower the electricity costs and reduce the greenhouse emissions, the Shire of Toodyay in Western Australia recently installed solar systems at the Shire Works Depot and Toodyay Library.
- Smart city wins the prize
Sunshine Coast Council has been recognised at the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) Awards with this year’s Smart City Achievement of the Year Award for its commitment to innovation and use of new platforms to improve community engagement.
- Increasing efficiency through smarter procurement*
- Future directions - Back to the future to improve community service
- Worthy recipient of Women’s Day award
Lake Macquarie Council’s Aboriginal Community Development Officer, Maree Edwards, was recognised at the New South Wales (NSW) Ministers’ Awards for Women in Local Government.
- Education leads to employment
Lake Macquarie City Council’s Education to Employment (E2E) program is an innovative solution to addressing an ageing workforce, skills shortage, youth employment, and the economic growth of the city.
- Mobile health service
Brimbank City Council, Victoria, has introduced a new mobile and outreach Maternal and Child Health (MCH) service.
- Growing your own
Shoalhaven City Council, New South Wales (NSW), is gaining a reputation as a leading employer in the region that offers excellent training pathways for young people.
- Centralised documents and records*
The Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA) has established a secure, centralised corporate repository to manage its business documents and records using the MAGIQ Documents software application.
- Striking a balance between technical liability and commercial considerations*
It is often presumed that complaint resolutions necessarily involve winners and losers and that may be so in the adversarial culture of the legal system.
- Online economic tool awarded
The City of Adelaide’s Economic Insights Dashboard has been recognised for ‘Excellence in Local Economic Development’ at the 17th Annual Local Government Professionals Australia, South Australia Leadership Excellence Awards.
- Events return millions to local economy
City of Mount Gambier’s annual investment of $401,033 to support local events has returned an estimated $13,880,000 in economic benefits to the South Australian city according to a report presented to Council early this year.
- Regional Platters serves up new ideas
Dubbo Regional Council is leading the charge on developing a new program to help develop and expand the agri-business sector across the Orana Region of New South Wales (NSW).
- Disaster Dashboard is now live
In a proactive step in disaster resilience, Fraser Coast Regional Council, Queensland, has created an online Disaster Dashboard as a reliable source of information for when disasters strike.
- Recognising the importance of play
Blacktown City Council, New South Wales, is upgrading six playgrounds across the City as part of a $790,000 improvement project.
- Revolutionising permitting process*
Mornington Peninsula Shire, Victoria, is leading the way in technology through successful implementation of the centralised online permit management solution PermitAccess from PelicanCorp.
- Regional program for trainees
An innovative collaboration between regional Councils, the Local Government Association of South Australia (LGA) and the state government is allowing the District Council of Kimba to provide a local solution to trainees wanting to carve out a career in the public sector.
- Councils combine to train
Five southern regional councils in Tasmania have worked together to create an online induction portal for their contractors and outdoor staff members.
- Appreciating our open spaces
Sunshine Coast Council, Queensland, recently launched their Environment and Liveability Strategy to maintain the liveability of the region.
- Finalist in national awards
Brighton Council, Tasmania, was successful in reaching the finals of this year’s prestigious Municipal Association Australian Technology Awards for Excellence with it’s CouncilWise local government management platform.
- Online platform connects businesses
Glen Eira City Council, Victoria, has launched a trial of the Slack online collaboration platform to help facilitate connection between its local business owners and professionals.
- Technology enables HR turnaround in Local Government*
Historically, human resources (HR) teams in local government tended to focus on transactional processes.
- Quality is priority for iconic promenade
Mosman Council, New South Wales, has completed a major overhaul of its historic Balmoral Promenade following extensive input from architects and structural engineers to ensure the project was in keeping with the heritage significance of the seawall.
- Rockingham Renaissance on show
The City of Rockingham has co-hosted a forum at Parliament House with the West Australian European Business Association and French Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FACCI) to showcase the City’s ‘Rockingham Renaissance’ project to high level delegates from Europe and prominent members of the Western Australian Government and business community.
- Committing to customers first
City of Wyndham, Victoria, has taken their commitment to providing a positive customer experience to the next level with the creation and implementation of a new internal strategy.
- Noosa courts digital entrepreneurs
Noosa Shire Council is helping to attract tech workers and digital entrepreneurs to the region with the creation of The Peregin Beach Digital Hub, due to open in May.
- Setting his sights on engaging Australia: Meet Dan Popping*
One of Australia’s most respected local government Community Engagement specialists sets his sights on professionalising engagement across local government in Australia.
- Engaged employees need engaged leaders*
A growing body of research connects enhanced employee engagement to improved business outcomes such as higher productivity and performance, a reduction in costs, reduced absence, better customer service, greater creativity and improved wellbeing and morale.
- Truck recycled for education
Donations made by Bundaberg Regional Council to TAFE Queensland’s Bundaberg campus are providing positive educational outcomes for apprentices.
- A catalyst for economic development
City of Kwinana was recognised at a Committee for Perth event held last month for the pivotal role it has played in boosting Western Australia’s (WA) economy.
- Mapping the urban forest
The City of Burnside has launched a state-of-the-art website which maps more than 37,000 trees - the first of its kind in South Australia and one of only a few of its kind in the world.
- Uniting to improve transport infrastructure
Representatives from Central Murray Region councils and state governments met recently to talk roads, rail freight, tourism, public and local transport, tracks and trails, and air.
- Youth Council offers insights
Tweed Shire Youth Council, an initiative of the Tweed Shire Council’s Youth Strategy and Action Plan 2013-2017, has resumed for the year with members outlining their concerns and goals for the year ahead.
- Mall cops on wheels
Two City of Logan councillors have chipped in to make a popular retail precinct even safer.
- Tyre and road building bodies team up*
Australia’s end-of-life tyre management challenge and our need for improved and increasing road infrastructure could be two elements of a new green economic cycle.