June 2005 Edition

  • Creating confidence to care
    Emergency First Response is a global CPR, Automated External Defibrillation (AED) and First Aid training organisation with more than 26,000 instructors world wide, providing CPR and First Aid courses to the layperson, community groups and in workplaces.
  • Sales in Local Government?
    By Richard Perrin *
    Selling, cross selling and up selling can be valuable tools in Local Government and in government agencies. Nevertheless, many public service customer service professionals are reluctant to add these tools to their repertoire because of the ‘stigma’ often associated with selling, the lack of formal sales training and not knowing how selling forms part of the business of the public sector. Hence, learning and development professionals can play a key role in making a transition to a ‘sales culture’.
  • Councillor profiles
    A regular feature, this month we feature two Councillors from Queensland.
  • Boulia bounces into the record books all for a good cause
    After 31 hours and five minutes on the basketball court, the small town of Boulia located in the far western reaches of Queensland, took the title of World Record holder for the longest, continuous game of basketball. The Guinness World Record title was previously held by professional basketballers in Nebraska, USA, who were on court for 30 hours and 12 minutes.

  • Best practice in Local Government governance
    Federal Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads, Jim Lloyd, recently launched a new manual which aims to assist Local Governments across Australia achieve best practice in governance. Developed by Australia’s peak accounting body, CPA Australia, and supported by Local Government Managers Australia (LGMA), the Excellence in Governance for Local Government manual is designed so Mayors, Councillors, and senior management can quickly and easily assess their governance performance and management practices.
  • Councils Working Together conference
    The 2005 Council’s Working Together conference will be hosted by Murray Shire Council, at the Moama Bowling Club on July 14 and 15. This year’s conference will include an informative and thought provoking program, concerning Local Government strategic alliance issues.
  • Aid role for Local Government – but needs a push
    The Good Oil by Rod Brown*
    There is a substantial and timely opportunity for Local Government to flex its muscles in the aid field. AusAID is currently taking advice on the role of Local Government in the tsunami relief effort. Why not broaden the agenda beyond the countries affected by the tsunami, and also widen the supply base of consultancy expertise?
  • Keep Australia Beautiful
    Small towns, strong communities shine
    Residents in Heywood, Victoria and Black Tank – Apmwarre Homeland in the Northern Territory can hold their heads high after taking out two of the national awards at the recent Keep Australia Beautiful Awards.
  • Breakout win for Cowra
    The 60th anniversary of the Cowra Breakout featured prominently at the recent Local Government and Shires Associations of New South Wales cultural awards. Other winners included Bathurst, Baulkham Hills, Canterbury, Clarence Valley, Coolamon, Fairfield, Great Lakes, Hastings, Lane Cove, Tweed, Central West Regional Organisation of Councils, Southern Councils Group, Western Sydney and two joint entries from Manly and Pittwater and Fairfield and Holroyd.
  • President’s comment
    In each edition we feature the views of a Local Government Association President. The following is from Councillor John Legoe, President of the Local Government Association of South Australia.
  • Editorial
    A key issue raised at the International Asset Management Conference staged in Melbourne in May was that the old way of preparing budgets, of simply taking last year’s figures and adding or subtracting a few per cent, is no longer sustainable. Aptly described as looking in the rear vision mirror, delegates agreed that this must be discarded in favour of a strategic, forward looking, service driven approach.
  • Joondalup takes out 2005 Management Challenge
    The City of Joondalup has won the Australasian Local Government Management Challenge, ahead of a strong field of contenders from each State and a
  • Good governance vital
    Corruption, unethical practices and corporate fraud have placed an increasing focus on good governance and quality of leadership. Keynote speaker at the 24th National Congress of Local Government Managers Australia (LGMA), Ivan Deveson, warned of a ‘tsunami of corruption on its way to Australia’.

Feature: Environmental Management

  • Fishwatch
    Fishing is Queensland’s most popular past time and Townsville City Council has responded to the community’s interest by establishing a Fishwatch Advisory Committee. The Committee has been set up as a network for local fishers and community interests to discuss recreational fishing and the conservation of fish stocks in the Townsville area.
  • Townsville sport is in a league of its own
    When it comes to sport, Townsville punches well above its weight at a national level. While pundits are heralding a golden era for the North Queensland Cowboys in the National Rugby League, experts in the National Basketball League are also tipping 2005 to be the year of the Townsville Crocodiles.
  • Industry driving growth
    Over the past decade, Townsville’s city fathers have worked tirelessly on strategies to establish the region as a centre for base metals processing excellence. These strategies have focused on the critical areas of energy, industrial land, transport infrastructure, water and a skilled workforce.
  • A city is born
    The beginning of the City of Townsville occurred on 15 February 1866, when the township was declared a Municipality and the Council was incorporated under the Municipalities Act of 1858.
  • Council converts to E10 fuel
    Townsville City Council vehicles are running on E – that’s E for Ethanol not for empty. Council has made the switch to a more sustainable fuel with 200 of its 315 strong fleet of vehicles now using 10 per cent ethanol blended fuel – E10.
  • A new economic confidence
    The City of Townsville has emerged as one of Australia’s most dynamic regional centres, with its relaxed lifestyle attracting more than 3,000 new residents per year and a strong economy spurring significant new investment in infrastructure and services.
  • Barossa Council leads way in effluent disposal
    The Barossa Council has recently awarded tenders worth nearly $2 million for the upgrade of the Nuriootpa and Tanunda septic tank effluent disposal schemes (STEDS). This move will further add to its reputation as a leading South Australian Council in the maintaining and upgrading of ageing effluent treatment and disposal infrastructure.
  • Frankston increases waste water re-use
    Many Local Governments are looking to recycling treated water to increase water conservation. Frankston City Council has received a grant of $250,000 in the first round of the Victorian Government’s $10 million Stormwater and Urban Water Conservation Fund for a project to use treated effluent to irrigate the City’s major recreation reserves.
  • Water ownership the major theme for Dubbo conference
    Ownership of water will be a key theme at the 61st National Conference presented by the Murray Darling Association. The conference will be held at the RSL Club in Dubbo, New South Wales. The conference theme and program will explore the current topic of water ownership and the likely impact of the proposed separation of water and land titles across the Murray Darling Basin.
  • Community consultation key plank in Darwin’s EMP
    Darwin City Council is working to protect the City’s natural resources for future generations with the development of a community focused Environmental Management Plan (EMP) and an Environmental Management System (EMS) to cover its own organisational practices. Environment Manager, Angelika Hesse, said Darwin is perhaps Australia’s only capital city with an abundance of native fauna, clean air and pristine waterways.
  • Environmental focus in Launceston
    In recent years, Launceston City Council has been working hard to complete major improvements along the North Esk River and to build a walkway. In cooperation with the State Government, Council commenced an environmental audit of properties in St Leonards Road as part of a continued focus on improving the environment in the area.
  • Sustainable watering for thirsty parks, gardens and sportsfields
    Australia has voted. IWT’s award winning new technology, KISSS (Kapillary Irrigation Sub Surface Systems) recently won the people’s choice on the ABC’s New Inventors. It is rapidly attracting attention around the nation. KISSS has proved to be up to 60 per cent more effective than other drip line technology, subsequently reducing irrigation and watering bills by up to 60 per cent.
  • Contaminated soil successfully treated
    By Daniel Blair*
    Soil contamination is a problem often faced by Councils and property developers. Old industrial sites, in particular, can leave a legacy of contamination – prompting demand for new and innovative remediation measures.
  • Future directions in environmental management
    An interview with Greg Waller, Director Development and Environmental Services at Salisbury City Council
    Triple bottom line is more than a slogan at Salisbury Council. Indeed, Director of Development and Environmental Services, Greg Waller, believes it is part and parcel of the future of Local Government. He said Local Governments have demonstrated that they are very good at economic matters – the delivery of services in a timely, efficient and effective manner.
  • Citiwater leads in sustainability
    A set of performance management indicators that reflect triple bottom line issues developed by Townsville City Council’s business unit, Citiwater, is gaining international attention. Citiwater is recognised as being among Australian and international leaders in working to supply and treat water on a sustainable basis – environmentally, socially and economically.
  • Kempsey trials new fisheries project
    In recent times, dwindling fish numbers has become an issue in many river systems along the eastern seaboard. This has resulted in Kempsey Shire Council being selected by the NSW Department of Primary Industries to be part of a trial for its Stream Health – Road Crossings and Fish Passage Project.
  • Redland’s ecoBiz wins ICLEI award
    Redland Shire Council in south east Queensland has recently completed a successful local business eco-efficiency pilot program. Based on the Queensland Environmental Protection Agency’s ‘ecoBiz’ program, the pilot was recently awarded the Local Government Initiative of the Month by the International Council of Local Government Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI).