Focus On... Community services, leisure, parks & gardens

  • The glyphosate dilemma
    The controversy surrounding the use of glyphosate-based herbicides continues as councils assess their use of the products to control weeds in parks, streets, playgrounds and open spaces.
  • Turning up the heat on weeds
    Weeds across the City of Greater Geraldton, Western Australia, are beginning to feel the heat as a 12-month steam treatment trial for the unwanted plants rolls out.
  • Best play space in the state
    Rockhampton’s Kershaw Gardens was recently announced as a winner of the 2019 Parks and Leisure Australia Regional Awards.
  • Art to Street murals transform
    The Art to Street project is transforming drab walls across Darwin into public art galleries, adding vibrancy and colour.
  • This community garden is so much more
    Since inception, the Shire of Kondinin’s community garden on the site of the former swimming pool, continues to grow and evolve thanks to the community and various state government grants.
  • Taking home a Helpmann
    Bendigo’s Arena Theatre has taken home the trophy for its heart warming production Robot Song in the category of Best Presentation for Children and Young People at the 19th annual Helpmann Awards.
  • Library play space sizzles
    A recipe of creativity and imagination has been cooked up at the Mossman Library, Queensland.
  • Playgrounds reflect their community
    Tamborine Mountain’s Lions Park has been named one of Queensland’s best playgrounds and is in the running for a national award.
  • Community gardens a valuable resource
    West Tamar Council, Tasmania, has released additional plots within the Windsor Community Garden and membership is open to residents of West Tamar.
  • Arts reinvigorated
    The town of Moree in North Western New South Wales, has always been known for its strong arts scene, and in July there was an extra creative buzz in the air, with the inaugural Bank Art Museum Moree (BAMM) Art Fair.
  • Age friendly discount makes a splash
    The City of Unley, South Australia, has had a hit with the introduction of an age friendly discount for casual entry to the Unley Swimming Centre for patrons aged 70 years and over in celebration of the community living longer and healthier.
  • A collaborative approach to protect the river
    Thousands of native trees have been planted along the banks of Logan River to reduce sediment loss, protect against severe weather events, and ultimately, improve the water quality and health of Moreton Bay.
  • Cool shade for warm welcome
    The Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley, Western Australia, has installed beautiful new shade sails at both the Celebrity Tree Park and Swim Beach playgrounds.
  • Baker Boy opens youth festival
    The City of Palmerston, with the support of the Northern Territory Government hosted the first ever Palmerston Youth Festival, to coincide with the July school holidays.
  • Herbicide Free Australia the only alternative*
    Foamstream is the new way to kill weeds safely and effectively and allows organisations to adopt a glyphosate free environment.
  • Digital literacy program encourages dreaming big
    Redlands Coast has brought the digital divide in Queensland a little closer, with 61 Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders completing the Deadly Digital Communities literacy program, which ran from March to May this year at Dunwich on Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island).
  • HOME education outreach program
    Gunhigal Nguambang Wiradyuri Mayiny (Plains Country Wiradyuri People)
  • Risky business*
    With public concern increasing over the responsible and sustainable use of water and pesticides, and negative impacts to the environment, society and biosecurity, responsible sourcing of plants is an expectation.
  • Pop up libraries in the park
    A new chapter begins as Isaac Regional Council, Queensland, libraries take off with a novel idea to head outdoors with one of its popular children programs.
  • Is your weed killer safe enough to drink?*
    Weedtechnics, inventors of the Satusteam© weed killing (SW) machines aren’t shy about showing you they can drink from the ‘spray tank’.
  • Smoking ceremony and tree planting marks start of construction
    The City of Swan, Western Australia, has commenced construction at Midland Park by planting trees around the future public open space.
  • Ground breaking ceremony for a dream come true
    It has been a long time coming but the people of Toodyay, Western Australia, can finally see their dream materialise with the turning of the first sod for the Sport and Recreation Precinct.
  • Library upgraded for better service
    Libraries across the Central Highlands in Queensland will be the first in Australia to use cloud-based printing software Princh as part of an upgrade to its public access computers.
  • Night Fields getting kids involved
    The Kojonup Shire, Western Australia, joined forces with the Stephen Michael Foundation and the Kojonup District High School over a five week period, to give school aged children a 20 minute round robin style trial of football (AFL), netball, hockey and some weeks soccer and squash.
  • Springing back to life
    The City of Swan, Western Australia, recently completed a significant upgrade to State Heritage listed park, Spring Reserve.
  • 20,000 new trees for Cairns
    Cairns City Council, Queensland, is undertaking a massive revegetation project involving the planting of 20,000 trees along Freshwater Creek.
  • Learning English with stories and songs
    The Kwinana Public Library, Western Australia, has introduced a special program that helps families to learn and practice English in a fun environment.
  • Using solar power to enhance your community*
    Smart Solar Lighting provides councils with a future-proof, sustainable option to improve public safety and utilisation of public assets - and Green Frog Systems is here to help you do exactly that.