Libraries need to evolve digitally, says new report

Nearly 90 percent of Australia’s library users think online library services are important, but only 61 percent are satisfied with the online experience they are receiving from libraries. That compares with 85 percent of the users are happy with the physical experience of a library. The finding comes in a new report from the University […]

Heyfield named Australia’s strongest community

The Commercial Hotel in Heyfield The small Gippsland town of Heyfield, 200 km east of Melbourne, has been named Australia’s ‘Strongest and Most Resilient Community’. The award was given as part of the 2017 national Power to the People Conference, organised by the the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) and the Bank of I.D.E.A.S. “The […]

That was the year that was – Goodbye to 2017

The diversity of the stories we cover in Government News never ceases to amaze. We try to stay away from the politics – that gets enough coverage in the mainstream media – which means we often look at topics that don’t get a lot of coverage elsewhere. We thought one way of taking a perspective […]

Tasmania must sell its assets, says leading economist

Saul Eslake – ‘Sell the farm’ The Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI) has released a major report that recommends selling or leasing the State’s government business enterprises (GBEs) and other state owned companies. The report was written by leading economist Saul Eslake, himself a Tasmanian. “Selling or leasing one or more of TasNetworks, […]

Lake Macquarie and Ryde win council awards

Lake Macquarie City Council has won the inaugural Local Council of the Year Award at the 2017 NSW Sports Awards for excellence and innovation in the promotion of sport and active recreation. Lake Macquarie’s Acting Manager Community Planning, Wes Hain, said his council recognises the significant role quality sport and recreation facilities play in building […]

NSW councils underperforming on gender balance (and how to fix it)

NSW local government is performing well. In most areas. But it is lacking in its participation rate of females, particularly in management. This had potentially dangerous consequences for the future workforce capacity. Every private and public sector organisation should be asking itself whether its workforce is fit for the future. Many leaders are formulating more […]

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