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Obesity is fundamentally a commercial success

By Jane Garcia Anyone working in the area of public health in Victoria over the past decade will have come across the passionate thought leader Rob Moodie. After leading the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth) as chief executive officer since 1998, he has resigned to take up the newly established position as Chair in Global […]

Tasmania examines financial sustainability of councils

By Jane Garcia One in five Tasmanian Councils may be financially unsustainable, according to a recently released report commissioned by the Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT) and conducted by Access Economics. The report follows similar studies in South Australia, Western Australia and NSW, and its finding is consistent with last year’s PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) report […]

MAV expands capacity with two appointments

By Staff Writer The Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) has strengthened its capacity to deliver services and build knowledge about the local sphere of government with two senior staff appointments. “The MAV has appointed Dr Michael Henry, on a part-time basis, as the convenor of a new Economic Policy and Research Unit and Andrew Rowe […]

Governments need rethink on ageing services: report

By Staff Writer A global research report: Serving the Ageing Citizen has found Australia is well ahead of most OECD countries in responding to an ageing population, but suggests a rethink is required to fund public services in the future. According to Deloitte’s global managing director for the public sector, Greg Pellegrino, Australia identified the […]

Easing back into work

By Staff Writer A new project will help alleviate ageing workforce issues by creating a path for older people into the health and care areas of local government. Dr Libby Brooke, from Swinburne University’s Business, Work and Ageing Centre for Research, has recently been granted a VicHealth Research Fellowship to fund a project aiming to attract […]

Plan for renewed energy

By Jane Garcia Knox City Council in Victoria aims to employ a revolving energy fund as part of a strategy to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 30 per cent by 2010. To achieve this vision, the council must reduce emissions from its buildings, fleet, streetlights and waste disposal by a little more than 4000 […]

Action required to address project manager shortage

By Staff Writer Immediate action is needed to respond to the project management skills-shortage and organisations must be prepared to make the investment to cultivate project manager capability for the long term, says a leading project management consultant. Michael Young has worked as a professional project manager for eight years and is currently working in […]

Douglas Shire Council gets reprieve on sacking

By Adam Coleman North Queensland’s Douglas Shire Council has received a reprieve after ‘showing cause’ as to why it should not be dissolved, but it still has to prove it is on the road to recovery. Local Government and Planning Minister, Andrew Fraser, issued the council with a ‘show cause’ notice following two separate investigations […]

Genia McCaffery joins Climate Change Coalition

By Staff Writer The president of the NSW Local Government Association and mayor of North Sydney, Genia McCaffery, has joined the Climate Change Coalition team for the upcoming State Election.  The coalition brings together independent candidates aiming to address climate change’s impacts on daily life. "We need an unequivocal commitment from our political leaders to […]

Queensland invention aids manufacturing safety and productivity

A Pullenvale Queensland inventor, Charles Shuter, won Wednesday night’s episode (March 7) of the popular ABC series The New Inventors, with a valve locking device that could improve the safety and productivity in manufacturing plants. "The device effectively locks valves in a safe, closed position and prevents extremely dangerous liquids penetrating through them during maintenance […]

Sydney cost of living double Brisbane and Adelaide report says

By Adam Coleman A new report from the University of Queensland has compared the cost of living in Australia’s capital cities and found Adelaide and Brisbane cheaper to live in than Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. “This report will throw some perspective on the cost of living in the capital cities, comparing housing costs, salaries and […]

Picking up pieces of litter strategy

By Staff Writer The Victorian Government is asking for community feedback on ideas about how it can develop and implement an improved litter strategy to reduce and prevent litter in the state. Public consultation will be open until 4.00 pm on Friday April 13, 2007. A number of issues have been identified in a Litter […]

Australia ranks nineteenth in international competitiveness report

By Adam Coleman Australia has been ranked ninteenth in an international report on global competitiveness behind Switzerland, Finland and Sweden, which topped the list followed by Denmark, Singapore and the United States. The Global Competitiveness Report 2006-2007 recognises national competitiveness as the set of factors, policies and institutions that determine the level of productivity of […]

Queensland school gets water wise

By Adam Coleman In response to south-east Queensland's growing water crisis a Brisbane state school has developed an innovative water management system to slash more than two million litres a year from its water use, while educating students about the importance of sustainability. The New Farm State School water conservation project consists of a 95,000 litre […]