Without the glass
The Federal Government Standing Committee on Industry, Innovation, Science and Resources last month launched an inquiry into Australia’s Waste Management and Recycling Industries.
Road safety training from the saddle
Road engineers from Baw Baw Shire Council, Victoria, have undertaken a unique, hands-on training course designed to raise their awareness of the needs of motorcyclists.
Water carting underway
Dubbo Regional Council, New South Wales, has commenced water carting operations to the village of Euchareena to provide potable water for its residents.
Towering symbol of a community’s strength
Once a utilitarian water tower, Chester Park water tower, Logan City, Queensland, is now a vibrant reminder of the courageous individuals that make their community strong.
Three bin service reduces waste to landfill
Shire of Augusta Margaret River’, Western Australia, has successfully introduced a new three-bin kerbside collection service, halving the amount of waste residents are sending to landfill.
Bushfire appeal boosted by councillor’s donation
A community campaign to assist drought and bushfire affected residents in the east of the Armidale region, New South Wales, has been given a substantial boost by three councillors who have redirected a portion of their allowances as elected members.
Short stay rental reviewed
A report by the Western Australian Economics and Industry Standing Committee into Short-Term Rentals, released 29 September, recommending a standardised registration scheme for short stay accommodation providers, has been welcomed by Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA).
New name same message
Mildura Rural City Council, Victoria, has reiterated its commitment to stop family violence in the region by rebranding the annual White Ribbon Walk in a bid to ensure the event continues.
Upgrades promote accessiblity
A $2 million upgrade to 2.35km of walking tracks in the lower Blue Mountains, New South Wales, will make significant heritage features more accessible to residents and tourists.
Works have commenced
Burnie City Council, Tasmania, has begun works on the Eastern Promenade elevated boardwalk which completes the Waterfront Master Plan.
Taking a new direction
City of Whyalla, South Australia, has voted to not renew Council’s Regional Development Australia Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula (RDAWEP) membership, diverting the funds into a Whyalla-focused economic development strategy.
Finding water means open for business
Tenterfield Shire Council, New South Wales, Mayor Peter Pretty, was dancing for rain last September, so it was with great pleasure he announced the Shire’s new bore had struck water.
Solar energy takes centre stage
Shoalhaven City Council, New South Wales, has installed 200 solar panels on the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre rooftop as part of its renewable energy policy.
Ensure yours is on top of the list*
When it comes to grant applications, the question we are often asked is “why should I put all the effort in when the local MP or the Minister just ignore the advice of the Department and give money to their mates, regardless of how good your project is and how hard you have worked in writing the application?”
Solar power project see positive results
The Shire of Wongan-Ballidu, Western Australia, has partnered with Energy Trading software company Power Ledger in the first regional trial of its blockchain-enabled peer-to-peer (P2P) technology outside a metropolitan area.
Working alongside B&Bs
The Barossa Council, South Australia, is working alongside Bed and Breakfast (B&B) providers to address confusion around approval requirements for visitor accommodation, in particular bed and breakfast operations.
Iconic trails draw mountain bikes
West Coast Council, Tasmania, in partnership with Dirt Art Pty Ltd has created the West Coast Mountain Bike Trail Strategy (the Strategy), to take advantage of emerging mountain bike (MTB) opportunities for the State of Tasmania and the West Coast region in particular.
Activating Mosman after dark
Mosman Council, New South Wales, has expanded its after-dark offerings during this year’s biennial Festival of Mosman celebrations to further enhance the Sydney suburb’s nightlife.
A boost to the creative sector and the economy
On a visit to the City of Busselton, Western Australia, Federal Member for Forrest, Hon. Nola Marino MP, announced funding for a new performing arts and convention centre to be built in the Busselton Cultural Precinct.
Burra Skate Park becomes a regional play space
Regional Council of Goyder, South Australia, received $232,500 from the State Government to complete the Burra Skate Park making the local community’s vision for a safe and inclusive play space for children and young people a reality.
Mural adds colour to CBD
A colourful new addition to the street art scene in City of Greater Geelong, Victoria, has been created in the Little Ryrie Street car park.
Collaboration grows tourism and events
The new Central Highlands Tourism and Events Strategy 2020- 2023 and the Central Highlands Mining Trail will be launched at the Tourism and Events Forum presented by the Central Highlands Development Corporation (CHDC), Queensland, in Emerald, on 27 November.
Proactive risk management*
“Risk Management – the act of identifying possible risks, calculating how likely they are to happen and estimating what effects they might have, especially in the context of a company taking responsibility for the safety of its employees or members of the public.”
Free online food training
Goondiwindi Regional Council, Queensland, has invited residents and businesses involved in the food sector to take advantage of a new food safety training tool being provided free.
Safety skills give a head start
A dozen teenagers took up the challenge to be job-ready and switched on to safety in the workplace thanks to a free youth workshop delivered by TAFE New South Wales and Inverell Council.
Graham Andrews Park state-wide winner
Murweh Shire Council, Queensland, with the help of an enthusiastic Parks and Gardens crew, turned an unused and unattractive park in the centre of Charleville township into an award winning, favourite meeting place and nature playground.
Regional tourism under the spotlight
City of Karratha welcomed more than 250 delegates from across Western Australia (WA) to town in September, hosting the 2019 WA Regional Tourism Conference.
Federal grants help make ends meet
Kingston District Council, South Australia, recently expressed its appreciation to Member for Barker, Mr Tony Pasin, for federal funding support – to the tune of half a million dollars for 2019/20.
Plug-in hybrid electric fire truck
The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government is partnering with Rosenbauer to work towards an Australian-first Plug-In Hybrid Electric Fire Truck for its emergency services.
New regional tourism website
Visitors to central Victoria will have the ease of researching and booking must-see attractions and unique experiences on a new regional tourism website.
Newport littoral rainforest forever protected
The successful purchase of over 10,000 sq m of environmentally sensitive land by Northern Beaches Council and the New South Wales Government will ensure it is protected for generations to come.
Plenty Highway region tourism plan
The Central Desert Regional Council (CDRC) and Northern Territory Government have developed a Regional Visitor Experiences Master Plan for the East MacDonnell and Plenty Highway Region to shape investment in the region for the next 10 years.
Making these old walls talk
The small town of Thargomindah, nestled on the banks of the Bulloo River in the south west corner of Outback Queensland, is famous for being the third place in the world after London and Paris to produce hydroelectricity for street lighting.
Premiere venues prove a drawcard
City of Ballarat, Victoria, is living up to its events strategy vision of becoming a compelling destination for word class events.
Sporting clubs benefit from park upgrade
Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale, Western Australia, sporting clubs now have access to improved sporting facilities at Briggs Park following the official opening of the $3.9 million upgrades at the precinct.
Stretton Centre’s NDIS business skills boost
The South Australian National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) rollout in 2017 presented opportunities for current and aspiring disability providers in Adelaide’s Northern suburbs.