Focus On... Environment management

  • Coastal hazard strategy
    Bundaberg Regional Council has secured almost half a million dollars to compile a strategy aimed at reducing the future risk of beach erosion and flooding on coastal settlements.
  • Sustainable solution leaves no butts*
    It might surprise you to know that the most common litter worldwide is cigarette litter.
  • Future directions - Andrea Baldwin, Team Leader Waste Management, AlburyCity Council
  • Dealing with heatwaves in southern Adelaide
    The Cities of Onkaparinga and Marion played host to 250 community members who came together to learn about the impacts of heatwaves and how to reduce public health risks from these events at an interactive symposium in February.
  • Helping children reach their potential
    Central Coast Council Libraries have called on parents and carers of young children to ‘Find yourself in a library’, which was the theme for this year’s Library and Information Week 2018 held in May.
  • Time to play
    City of Shoalhaven, New South Wales, Mayor, Amanda Findley has officially opened the Pacific City Park at Bayswood to the community.
  • A ‘ground up’ approach to managing the environment
    Woollahra Municipal Council, New South Wales, recently worked with a group of local residents to launch the Cooper Park Community Garden in Bellevue Hill.
  • No more straws
    Cairns Regional Council has resolved to lead by example in a mission to protect the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) by removing single-use plastics from Council events and venues.
  • Plans for Belmore Basin Restoration get the tick
    Wollongong City Council has approved a plan to restore the Belmore Basin foreshore embankment back to its original state.
  • Council facilities go OK Organic
    The Pavilion Kiama (conference, wedding and event venue) has made the organic change, becoming the first Kiama Municipal Council-owned commercial operation to implement a food waste collection and there are more of the New South Wales Council’s facilities set to follow.
  • Councils helping kitchen garden programs grow*
    The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation is working with local governments to help more children learn positive food habits for life.
  • Drains become wetland
    City of Albany and the Western Australian Department of Water and Environmental Regulation have teamed up for a $ 1million partnership to convert a former drainage basins into a wetland.
  • Berry to join recharge network
    The tiny New South Wales village of Berry has been identified as a key candidate location to install an Electric Vehicle Charging (EVC) Facility as part of the NRMA Pty Ltd (NRMA) broader intended roll out.
  • Cutting chemicals flowing to the reef
    Mackay Regional Council, Queensland, has partnered with local farmer, Darrell McLennan and regional natural resources management company, Reef Catchments, in an innovative stormwater quality management project.
  • Don’t bag it campaign
    Rural City of Wangaratta, Victoria, is asking the community to pass up the plastic in favour of a more sustainable option.
  • Isaac roads being rebuilt
    Isaac Regional Council will receive more than $2.2 million in funding from the Federal and Queensland governments to restore road networks and floodways across the region.
  • Council gets cocky on composting
    One of Liverpool City Council’s newest recruits happily takes his salary in dry gum leaves.
  • Renewable energy grown in the Mallee
    Mildura Rural City Council’s newly formed Renewable Energy Committee (REC) is paving the way for a sharper focus on renewable energy Victoria’s northwest Mallee region.
  • Environmental leadership in the Adelaide Hills
    Adelaide Hills Council was a recent finalist in the 2018 Local Government Professionals of South Australia Leadership Excellence Awards for Excellence in Environmental Leadership and Sustainability.
  • Small firm reaches big milestone in recycling plastics*
    A revolutionary method for replacing steel mesh used in concrete reinforcement with recycled plastic has seen Queensland engineering firm Fibercon recycle over 50 tonnes of plastic waste.
  • Experts to advise on tree management
    City of Darwin has shown it is taking a thorough approach to replanting and tree management in the aftermath of Cyclone Marcus.
  • ACCC re-authorises the Tyre Stewardship Scheme
    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has announced that it will grant the Tyre Stewardship Scheme, administered by Tyre Stewardship Australia (TSA) a new authorisation for a further six years.
  • Green Shoots’ campaign in Tathra
    Bega Valley Shire Council officially launched the ‘Green Shoots’ campaign with a community working bee at Tathra Beach.
  • Raised walkway protects the lowlands
    Central Coast Council, New South Wales, has begun building a $1.05 million boardwalk in Springfield that will provide an essential link between the residential neighbourhood and the local community school.
  • Skate park upgrade underway
    The City of Launceston will undertake a major upgrade of the Ravenswood Skate Park this year at a cost of $300,000 including a $45,000 grant from the Tasmanian Community Fund.
  • Council budgets are being blown away on unsealed roads*
    Ravel test results compiled from field reports in Victoria and New South Wales during 2017 demonstrated strong proof of Polycom product efficacy.
  • Steam weeder to reduce herbicide use
    Cook Shire Council, Queensland, will be reducing the use of herbicides around towns, with the addition of a new steam weeder to the parks and gardens arsenal.
  • Lights on at saleyards
    Cootamundra– Gundagai Regional Council (CGRC), has allocated $300,000 from the Stronger Communities Fund major projects program to undertake an electrical upgrade and installation of new lighting at the Cootamundra Saleyards.
  • How wood can help councils to reduce carbon emissions*
    Timber is the only major building material that helps tackle climate change.
  • 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.