Archived News for Professionals in Local Government - August, 2011
Local Government Manages Australia (LGMA) has published a report into the findings of its Management Challenge Pre-Challenge Task which was held in an attempt to better understand the influences the departure of critical personnel from local government organisations.
105 teams were gathered by LGMA and asked a single central question in attempt to redress the issue:
The latest cost projections issued by the Gold Coast City Council show that the cost of divorcing from its water retailer has soared from an initial estimate of $60 million to around $200 million.
"The Metropolitan Waste Management Group will work closely with local government to help identify practical projects that will enable councils to tackle waste reduction and improved resource recovery in their communities," he said.
The South Australian Government has announced a 10 year funding agreement for the state’s libraries after Minister Assisting the Premier in the Arts John Hill and Local Government Association President Major Kym McHugh signed a co-funding agreement.
An inquiry into improving the economic and social development in Central Western NSW Communities is being conducted by the State Development Committee of the NSW Legislative Council.
The Victorian Government has announced grants of up to $250,000 for local councils to fund public safety infrastructure projects.
The Victorian State Government has announced it will inject $6.5 million into the state’s libraries over the next three years. The funding will also involve a comprehensive review of the state’s library services.
The Australian Centre for Excellence for Local Government at the University of Technology Sydney and SAI Global have co-hosted the Australian Business Excellence Framework in Local Government forum to discuss the future of best practice and excellence in local government in Australia.
The University of Sydney’s (UTS) Centre for Local Government and the Australian Centre for Excellence for Local Government have published a series of detailed case studies regarding the implementation of the Australian Business Excellence Framework (BEF) within Local Government.
Redland City Council has become the next Queensland local government body to withdraw from Allconnex Water after the council voted to break from the water retail supplier.
The Federal Government has appointed the members of the independent expert panel that will progress the recognition of local government in the Australian Constitution.
The first early stage works of the Waterproofing the West project have started with the $58.6 million Stage One project commencing in Adelaide with funding from local, state and Federal governments.
Global recruitment agency Hays has published a research white paper into the skills shortage in Australia, finding that the public sector is suffering the largest shortage in the country.
NSW Council initiatives and projects that empower communities through excellence in communication and reporting were recognised last night (Thursday) at the Local Government Week Awards Evening in Sydney at The Deckhouse in Woolwich.
The Queensland State Government has pledged to half the amount of landfill currently being produced while generating ‘thousands of green jobs’ through investing in recycling and resource recovery.
The Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry has published its first interim report, containing a number of recommendations for local governments.
The NSW Environmental Trust invites applications to its
Environmental Restoration and Rehabilitation Program
Grants of $5,000 to $100,000 available to:
Community organisations and non-profit associations (total program $2 million)
State and local government organisations (total program $2 million)
Applications close on 2 September, 2011
Guidelines, application forms and more information is available on the Trust website:
www.environmentaltrust.nsw.gov.au or by phoning the Trust on (02) 8837 6093.
The Victorian Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith has announced the recipients of the government's $5.67 million Local Sustainability Accord grants program.
Shadforths Civil Engineering Contractors on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast is trialling B20 soy biodiesel in 20 machines at the Sunshine Coast Council’s new Nambour landfill site.