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Without the glass

Without the glass Clean recyclables means glass-free.

The Federal Government Standing Committee on Industry, Innovation, Science and Resources last month launched an inquiry into Australia’s Waste Management and Recycling Industries. Read more >

Road safety training from the saddle

Road safety training from the saddle Putting road engineers in the driver’s seat will improving road safety for motorcyclists.

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. Read more >

Bushfire preparedness gets global recognition

The Australian Capital Territory Emergency Services Agency (ESA) has been recognised for world-first technology that is helping Canberrans better prepare for bushfires.

ESA’s Automated Bushfire Attack Level (AutoBal) tool has received the 2019 ‘Special Achievement Geographic Information System Award’.

The ESA was picked from more than 100,000 nominated organisations world-wide.

AutoBal helps the ESA to understand the level of risk from bushfire to people and homes in bushfire prone areas.

In just one hour, 16,000 properties can be accurately assessed using 3D mapping of buildings, landscapes and vegetation to determine the individual risk to each home.

The assessments provide detailed information to help residents understand how to prepare themselves, their families and homes for the risk of bushfire.

The first-of-its-kind technology was developed by the ESA Risk and Planning team in partnership with Esri, a global spatial technology developer.

The awards ceremony was held in San Diego, California at the Esri Annual User Conference and National Security and Public Safety Summit.

Water carting underway

Water carting underway Potable water is being delivered to the residents in Euchareena who have previously relied on rain for drinking.

Dubbo Regional Council, New South Wales, has commenced water carting operations to the village of Euchareena to provide potable water for its residents. Read more >

Towering symbol of a community’s strength

Towering symbol of a community’s strength Our Warriors mural on the Chester Park water tower at Boronia Heights, Logan City.

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. Read more >

Local government and reconciliation – President’s comment

Local government and reconciliation – President’s comment Victorian Local Governance Association (VLGA) President, Mayor Lambros Tapinos

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This month

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. Read more >


Editorial

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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. Read more >


Bushfire preparedness gets global recognition

The Australian Capital Territory Emergency Services Agency (ESA) has been recognised for world-first technology that is helping Canberrans better prepare for bushfires. Read more >


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. Read more >


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. Read more >


Local government and reconciliation – President’s comment

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Grants based model boosts community groups

Shire of Mundaring, Western Australia, recently updated its youth services delivery to a grants based model that enables young people to be better supported. Read more >


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. Read more >


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. Read more >


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). Read more >


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. Read more >


Victoria’s Alpine clusters - The Good Oil by Rod Brown

The economic performance of Australia’s regions is a mixed bag – so it’s good to find one ticking along nicely. Read more >


Water testing laboratory opens

Mackay Regional Council, Queensland, has opened a new state of the art Water and Waste Scientific and Analytical Services laboratory. Read more >


Another council to phase out chemical weed products

Moreland Council has committed to phasing out glyphosate products, commonly used for weed management, by August 2021. Read more >


Portable potable water stations for free

Organisers of big community events to small-scale school fetes will be able to keep their patrons well and truly hydrated. Read more >


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. Read more >


Councillor profiles - Mayor Sue Moore Singleton Council

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Councillor profiles - Mayor Paul Maytom Leeton Shire Council

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Works have commenced

Burnie City Council, Tasmania, has begun works on the Eastern Promenade elevated boardwalk which completes the Waterfront Master Plan. Read more >


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. Read more >


High achiever - Tanya Whalley Manager Policy and Compliance, Brisbane City Council

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High achiever - Ben Artup Executive Director Strategic Projects and Economic Development, Bundaberg Regional Council

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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. Read more >


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. Read more >


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?” Read more >


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. Read more >


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. Read more >


Steering committee guides services for children

Mount Alexander, Victoria, has a new expert steering group to guide the development of programs, services and activities to support families and children in the shire. Read more >


First guilty verdict under Short Stay Local Law

Mornington Peninsula Shire Council, Victoria, has successfully prosecuted an owner under its Short Stay Rental Accommodation Local Law. Read more >