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The City of Melbourne has backed a campaign from the Municipal Association of Victoria calling for the introduction of a state-wide Container Deposit Scheme. Read more >

Councils combine to combat water crisis

A new campaign urging families to practice waterwise habits that are passed down from generation to generation, such as turning off the tap when brushing teeth, was rolled out in August.

Comprising TV and radio commercials, print advertisements and social media, the campaign unites Toowoomba, Southern Downs, Western Downs, Goondiwindi and South Burnett Regional Councils, plus the Queensland State Government, to create and fund the effort.

Southern Downs Mayor, Tracy Dobie, said the campaign message was simple.

“We are urging residents to embrace simple water-saving measures to support our community, as well as encouraging local businesses to manage water effectively.

“It’s fitting the television commercial was shot here in Stanthorpe, featuring local residents, as the storages that service the town are reaching a very low level.

“Bringing together the State Government and all five councils in our region to spread this vital message is unprecedented, and we thank all involved for backing this initiative.”

While all five councils are facing water shortages of varying degrees – Goondiwindi last month moved to ‘level two’ restrictions and Toowoomba has nine towns on ‘medium’ and one (Vale View) on ‘high’ restrictions – Southern Downs, and Stanthorpe in particular, are facing the most acute shortages.

In March 2019 the council moved to ‘extreme’ restrictions and last month approved instigating ‘critical’ level measures from 1 September, limiting households to 100 litres of water per person per day.

“Council is daily updating its plans for the provision of water for Stanthorpe but in the meantime, I urge you to continue visiting the town and beautiful surrounding regions,” Mayor Dobie said.

“The support of visitors, particularly our fellow Queenslanders, is so vital during this tough time.”

Toowoomba Regional Council Water and Waste Councillor, Nancy Sommerfield, said the region’s councils would look for further ways to work together beyond the life of the campaign.

Local Government Information Technology Conference*

Coffs Harbour City Council is organising the 22nd Local Government Information Technology Conference at Opal Cove Resort, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, 27-29 November 2019.

IT2019 provides a forum for Local Government Managers and support staff to network, learn and exchange ideas.

The program will feature key speakers from government, the private sector, online organisations, and the broader computer and communications industries.

Representatives of local, state and federal government agencies, and business corporations will be in attendance from throughout Australia.

This year’s topics include Council Case studies; Hybrid Enterprise cloud migration; Security; Internet of Things (IOT); Smart Cities; impacts of 5G; Digital disruption, Future Ways of Working and techniques to manage Tech related overload.

Industry Leaders such as Microsoft, HP, Sophos and Technology One will be presenting over the two days.

This year’s conference will feature high profile keynote speakers, including Leigh Sales AM an award-winning journalist and author who hosts the ABC TV flagship current affairs program 7.30; Allan Sparkes CV, OAM,VA,FRSN - not only one of Australia's most decorated citizens but a nationally recognised advocate for the integration of proactive programs to reduce physiological ill health in Australian workplaces; and Mark Pesce -  a leading futurist, author, entrepreneur and innovator who has been at the forefront of the digital revolution for thirty-five years.

An extensive trade exhibition and fun networking functions form an integral component of the conference.

Don’t miss this opportunity to network with industry suppliers and keep up to date with latest developments in industry products and services.

We would like to thank our gold sponsors: Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Outcomex and Sophos as well as our 26 Silver sponsors, coffee cart sponsors, Keynote speaker sponsors and Social sponsors.

Program available now at: lgit2019.coffslgconferences.com.au 

For further information contact Michelle Aubert from Countrywide Conference and Event Management –  [email protected] or 0408 791 492.

*Copy supplied by Coffs IT

Spring Festival not daunted by the drought

Spring Festival not daunted by the drought The highlight of the Laidley Spring Festival is the annual street parade followed by a Family Fun Day at the Laidley Recreation Reserve.

Winter is officially over and to celebrate the change of season Laidley Spring Festival turned on the fun with a host of new events making their debut this year. Read more >

The year of the VIP - Presidents comment

The year of the VIP - Presidents comment Councillor Mark Crawley, National President, Local Government Professionals Australia

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Donít waste it

The City of Melbourne has backed a campaign from the Municipal Association of Victoria calling for the introduction of a state-wide Container Deposit Scheme. Read more >


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Councils combine to combat water crisis

A new campaign urging families to practice waterwise habits that are passed down from generation to generation, such as turning off the tap when brushing teeth, was rolled out in August. Read more >


Local Government Information Technology Conference*

Coffs Harbour City Council is organising the 22nd Local Government Information Technology Conference at Opal Cove Resort, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, 27-29 November 2019. Read more >


Spring Festival not daunted by the drought

Winter is officially over and to celebrate the change of season Laidley Spring Festival turned on the fun with a host of new events making their debut this year. Read more >


The year of the VIP - Presidents comment

The year of the VIP - President's Comment Read more >


Call for more Regional Deals

The Australian Infrastructure 2019 Audit released last month has revealed that cities like Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, are at risk of being left behind as the infrastructure gap widens between regional cities and capital cities. Read more >


Improve your councilís business processes and save*

Lean Six Sigma is an innovative business improvement methodology that could help streamline your councilís operations and drive big savings. Read more >


Regions have a competitive advantage in Cleantech*

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Origins of public housing preserved

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Vale Tim Fischer - The Good Oil by Rod Brown

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A new chapter begins

Port Hedland Council, Western Australia, has taken action to address the regionís critical shortage of child care placements by transforming the library on Dempster Street into space for child care service delivery in 2020. Read more >


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Mayor leads in a dance for rain

With a 50 percent chance of rainfall on the last day in July, Mayor of Tenterfield Shire Council, New South Wales, Peter Petty, ably aided by Deputy Mayor, Greg Sauer, and Councillors Tom Peters and Gary Verri, participated in a potentially rain bringing, drought breaking, Chicken Dance in Bruxner Park, joined by littlies from the Tenterfield Childcare Centre and several other enthusiastic participants. Read more >


Australasian Waste and Recycling Expo (AWRE) returns*

The need for new and better waste solutions has never been more crucial. Read more >


High achiever - Claire Ashard Senior Media and Communications Officer, Alice Springs Town Council

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Barry Bonthuys East Arnhem Regional Council

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Public works conference not just about jobs on the ground

If you walked on a footpath, drove down a street, crossed a bridge or visited a council building today, itís because teams of public works professionals had been there in the past, to plan, design, build and upgrade everything you need to get around in safety. Read more >


Ideas flow in for Maribyrnong River precinct

The City of Moonee Valley, just five kilometres from Melbourneís centre, is celebrating its finest natural asset the Maribyrnong River. Read more >


Bushfire Building Conference sets the stage for future bushfire planning*

The countdown is on to the award-winning Australian Bushfire Building Conference with many building industry professionals from across Australia already registered to attend on 23-25 October at Fairmont Resort, in the Blue Mountains. Read more >