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At least 26 people have lost their lives, more than 2000 homes have been destroyed and an estimated one billion-plus animals are dead as fires burn through more than 11 million hectares of land across Australia. Read more >

Precious coastline funding

Precious coastline funding Mayor Kay Rasheed pictured at the Wyomi Beach Rock Seawall.

Kingston District Council is one of fifteen coastal councils to share more than $1 million in Round One of the Regional Coast Protection Fund to help repair, restore and sustain South Australian’s 5000 km of regional coastline. Read more >

Indigenous cultural festival replaces Australia Day

Inner West Council, New South Wales, is encouraging its community to attend the Yabun Festival this year on 26 January, to celebrate and learn about the history of the world’s oldest, continuous, human civilisation.

Council has voted to move all celebratory events other than the citizenship ceremony away from the controversial date.

The celebration in Enmore Park will become a summer children’s and families’ festival, and along with the Citizen of the Year awards, will move to a different date.

Mayor, Darcy Byrne, said the move was about recognising that 26 January was a day that represented sadness for many Aboriginal Australians.

“It’s a small but respectful act of recognition, the right thing to do.

“Attitudes towards 26 January are changing in the community. For Aboriginal people, the date represents the beginning of colonisation, dispossession, the removal of children and deliberate destruction of language and culture. A growing number of Australians want that to be respectfully acknowledged.

“In the Inner West we are choosing to change the nature of the day to one of commemoration not celebration.

The move has been supported by Reconciliation New South Wales.

“Our community will not be losing anything, but we will be marking the day in a more mature and thoughtful way.

“We think the focus of 26 January should be Yabun, a large Aboriginal-run festival that’s on the edge of the Inner West Council area. We don’t want to have a festival competing with that event.”

For the past two years, Inner West Council has worked on bringing forward meaningful and detailed polices to empower Aboriginal people in the Inner West including adopting Aboriginal names for Inner West Council wards, and becoming the first government in Australia to fly the South Sea Islander Flag.

Increasing the number of women nominating for local government elections in 2020 – President’s comment

Increasing the number of women nominating for local government elections in 2020 – President’s comment National President Australian Local Government Women’s Association (ALGWA), Marianne Saliba

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Collaborating across countries

Collaborating across countries Mayor Wendy Waller with winners of the Minecraft competition engaging residents in planning the city around their airport.

Liverpool City Council, New South Wales, will share knowledge on sustainable communities with a town in Sweden through the medium of Minecraft. Read more >

This month

On fire

At least 26 people have lost their lives, more than 2000 homes have been destroyed and an estimated one billion-plus animals are dead as fires burn through more than 11 million hectares of land across Australia. Read more >


Editorial

This summer of bushfires has pushed the drought off the agenda for many councils around Australia. However it’s difficult to think of one without the other. Read more >


Precious coastline funding

Kingston District Council is one of fifteen coastal councils to share more than $1 million in Round One of the Regional Coast Protection Fund to help repair, restore and sustain South Australian’s 5000 km of regional coastline. Read more >


The Australian landscape conference 2020*

March 27-30, 2020 Read more >


Indigenous cultural festival replaces Australia Day

Inner West Council, New South Wales, is encouraging its community to attend the Yabun Festival this year on 26 January, to celebrate and learn about the history of the world’s oldest, continuous, human civilisation. Read more >


Increasing the number of women nominating for local government elections in 2020 – President’s comment

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Collaborating across countries

Liverpool City Council, New South Wales, will share knowledge on sustainable communities with a town in Sweden through the medium of Minecraft. Read more >


Industry Training Hub will grow jobs

Burnie City Council, Tasmania, has welcomed confirmation that Burnie will host the first federally funded industry training hub for the wider Northwest region and the West Coast. Read more >


Extending recycling capacity

Coffee pods and light globes, toothbrushes and beauty products, household electrical cables and x-rays are among a host of new items Cairns Regional Council, Queensland, will recycle as part of a trial launched in December. Read more >


Councils hang-up on Southern Phone

Wollongong City Council, New South Wales, has agreed to sell its two shares in Southern Phone Company Limited to AGL Energy Limited. Read more >


Sediment raking not a success

The City of Launceston, Tasmania, has formally received a study into the effectiveness of sediment raking, and its impacts on kanamaluka / the Tamar River Estuary. Read more >


Donation supports young patients

Mount Isa City Council, Queensland, and the Showman’s Guild of Australasia have ensured the new Hospitality Cart at Mount Isa Hospital’s Children’s Ward will continue to provide fun for young patients and comfort for their parents for many months to come. Read more >


We’re not learning from bushfires - The Good Oil by Rod Brown

Seventeen years ago, Canberrans saw first-hand how catastrophic weather events created uncontrollable fires. The disaster now unfolding on the New South Wales south coast and in east Gippsland and South Australia are more of the same. Read more >


High-tech eyes assess the roads

Lake Macquarie City Council, New South Wales, is poised to deploy Google Street View-style technology to map and assess more than 1300km of roads across the local government area. Read more >


Leading the way in Information Management

Getting staff enthused about filing emails is a hard task, in fact discussing anything to do with filing can often result in serious eye-rolling, but the City of Nedlands, Western Australia, has found an interesting way to put information management at the top of everyone’s list. Read more >


New trucks on the road to sustainability

City of Palmerston, Northern Territory, has launched a new fleet of residential waste collection trucks which will deliver significant benefits for the Palmerston community, along with eye-catching designs and educational messaging to help encourage recycling. Read more >


Old Goulburn Bridge works progress

Protection works on the historic heritage listed Old Goulburn Bridge, Seymour, Victoria, are well underway. Read more >


Councillor profiles - Mayor Jo Armstrong Ararat Rural City Council

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Councillor profiles - Mayor Steve Stefanopoulos City of Stonnington

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Training for change

More than a year ago, Woollahra Council, New South Wales, began an ambitious program of change management to embed a new whole-of-council approach to community engagement. Read more >


On-farm connectivity transformed

A new project in Goondiwindi, Queensland, is aiming to bring high-speed and reliable internet to some of the region’s most remote areas and create up to five local jobs during its construction period. Read more >


Ready for the challenge

City of South Perth, Western Australia, has launched the first phase of its three-year digital transformation project, incorporating a strong focus on ensuring employees are ready to embrace change and accept new ways of working. Read more >


No waste levy on asbestos proposed

The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has welcomed the release of the New South Wales Government’s Asbestos Strategy which includes a proposal to make asbestos disposal cheaper via the removal of the waste levy. Read more >


High achiever - Glenda Teede CEO Shire of Victoria Plains

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High achiever - Sian Appleton Executive Manager Corporate Services East Pilbara Council East Pilbara Council

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New Austroads Guide supports temporary traffic management on local roads*

Austroads’ newly released 10-Part Guide to Temporary Traffic Management aims to improve the safety and efficiency of temporary traffic management on road worksites across Australia and New Zealand. Read more >


Waste Levy savings

For the 10 weeks leading up to November 2019, City of Burnside, South Australia, disposed of 93 tonnes of waste to landfill less than the same 10 week period in 2018, saving Council over $10,000 in waste levy (plus service charges). Read more >


Making the move to go plastic-free

The Town of Victoria Park, Western Australia, has banned single-use plastics and polystyrene at council buildings, council-run events, and all market stalls held on council land to lead a plastic-free Vic Park movement. Read more >


Rhino poachers on the Western Plains

Dubbo Regional Council, New South Wales, was devastated to report that ‘Arthur’ the rhino, which usually stands in Wellington, had his horn poached in November. Read more >


Pink stumps day

Shire of Upper Gascoyne, Western Australia, has outshone the third test at the Sydney Cricket Ground on the local radar, holding its own Pink Stumps Day to raise $2034.80 for the McGrath Foundation. Read more >


Smart business people driving change

Armidale Regional Council, New South Wales, has been joined by New England’s brightest business minds, for a business symposium to generate a shared vision for the Region’s business ecosystem and to develop a collaborative framework for business success. Read more >


Ride like a girl on a BMX

More females are being encouraged to get on their bikes at the BMX track as part of a new initiative. Read more >


Planet Ark celebrates the West Australian Wood Encouragement Policy*

In July 2019 Planet Ark’s Make It Wood campaign celebrated the introduction of a Wood Encouragement Policy (WEP) for Western Australia after playing a key role in the policy’s adoption. Read more >


Councillor speaks at COP25 Madrid

Only months after declaring a Climate Emergency, a long-standing councillor from Mornington Peninsula Shire, Victoria, delivered the first climate emergency statement at COP25 in Madrid. Read more >


Turning on the lights

West Arnhem Regional Council, Northern Territory, recently installed 40 new-tech LED street lights in public areas of Gunbalanya, making the community shine brighter than ever. Read more >


Commercial waste diverted

Closing the loop on waste is a priority for the City of Gold Coast, Queensland, and the past year has seen the implementation of initiatives designed to manage resources to create a sustainable future. Read more >


Making it easier to recycle

A new pick up app for the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) has been launched making the scheme more accessible, with a particular benefit to local businesses wanting to do their part for the environment. Read more >


Road asset and erosion control solution post fire with PolyCom Stabilising Aid*

Huge efforts have already been focused by state, federal, and local government, as well as private entities, on stopping the fires and reducing damage to assets with attention now turning to repairing and returning function to assets and community Read more >