September 2019 Edition

Articles

Editorials

Feature: Best Practice

  • New system manages infrastructure for free
    Councils can now monitor street signs for repair or replacement by tapping into Google Street View images, thanks to a program developed by geospatial scientists at Victoria’s RMIT University.
  • RegenAqua’s Global best practice tertiary wastewater treatment solution*
    RegenAquaTM’s tertiary wastewater treatment system achieves global best practice discharge standards utilising natural locally-sourced macroalgae.
  • Respite centre opens in Ti Tree
    Central Desert Regional Council (CDRC), Northern Territory, opened the first Flexi overnight respite centre in Ti Tree on 3 July 2019.
  • GigCity network expands
    High-speed gigabit internet will be available in South Australia’s two largest regional cities, Whyalla and Mount Gambier, by the end of the year.
  • Joint deal for kerbside collection
    A joint procurement exercise by Isaac and Central Highlands Councils, Queensland, has brought a better deal for kerbside collection, as one of the region’s biggest council contracts was signed, sealed and delivered.
  • Using technology for best practice procurement*
  • Multi-tasking made easy by Autowbar®*
    One of the many innovative towing solutions offered within the comprehensive Bartlett heavy-duty truck towbar range is the user friendly, highly versatile Autowbar® system.
  • Reclaiming water for industry and lakes
    Colac Otway Shire is seeking support for a proposal to take water from Black Rock on the Victorian coast near Geelong, to Lake Colac in the state’s west, for industry and agriculture and to replenish the region’s lakes.
  • Cultural Development Plan launched
    Following a robust community and stakeholder engagement process, the City of Perth’s first Cultural Development Plan launched 31 July.
  • Geospatial enterprise portal
    Recognised in June as a National iAwards Finalist for the Most Effective Government Solution at the 28th WAITTA (Western Australia Information Technology and Telecommunications Alliance) Incite Awards, the City of Bayswater’s Geospatial Enterprise Portal (City Maps Gallery) has revolutionised the way the City delivers services, exchanges information and communicates with the community.
  • Cultural awareness guide
    Coffs Harbour City Council, New South Wales, has adopted an Aboriginal Cultural Awareness and Engagement Guide, to assist councillors, staff and volunteers to provide a consistent and respectful approach to engaging with the Aboriginal community.
  • Best practice water sensitive design
    MidCoast Council’s focus on developing an industry-leading water sensitive design policy is helping protect the health of the New South Wales (NSW) region’s waterways – vitally important for local primary producers and the tourism industry.
  • Australia’s best library
    Shellharbour City Library, New South Wales (NSW), has won the prestigious Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) Public Library Design Awards 2019.
  • Green cover keeps Claremont coolest
    The Town of Claremont is the West Australian (WA) council least vulnerable to extreme heat thanks to its green spaces and plentiful trees and shrubs, a new report has found.
  • Upgrades for Blue Mountains district parks
    All four district parks in the Blue Mountains will receive upgrades valued at more than $5.2 million, thanks to funding received through the Western Parkland City Liveability Program, as part of the Western Sydney City Deal.
  • Local answer to mounting waste
    Lockhart Shire Council, New South Wales (NSW), is reducing stockpiles of glass waste and at the same time extending the life of its own quarries by using crushed glass in its road base material.
  • Investing in water
    Dubbo Regional Council has welcomed a commitment of $30 million from the New South Wales Government to plan the expansion of the local underground water supply.
  • Managing solar lighting assets – make it simple*
    What if there was a simple way to eliminate the need for councils to manually monitor and manage lighting assets?
  • Website improves as it’s being built
    When charged with involving the community in the creation of a new website, Lake Macquarie City Council’s web project team tackled it by releasing a beta (partial) version and inviting users to provide live feedback.
  • Community engagement increases dialogue
    Willoughby City Council, New South Wales, have introduced monthly information seminars, providing the community with a forum to hear about significant issues and projects.
  • Canning’s digital transformation begins
    A plan for the digital transformation of City of Canning, Western Australia, has been endorsed by Council, paving the way for a range of exciting and innovative projects that will shape the City’s digital and technological future.
  • Ratepayers confirm road improvements in many areas*
    PolyCom Stabilising Aid distributors around Australia are reporting many phone calls from the public congratulating us on their satisfaction where unsealed roads are being treated with PolyCom.
  • Benevolent Fund leads by example*
    Imagine being handed a diagnosis for your child that suddenly changes your lives from that moment on – an outlook where simple ‘givens’ like walking, talking, eating or going to school are suddenly unknown.
  • Transport vehicle upgrade
    For over 15 years, the Kingston District Council, South Australia, has provided a vehicle to the Australian Red Cross for use as a Community Passenger Transport Vehicle.