NSW mayors dispatched to US

By Paul Hemsley Mayors from New South Wales will meet with leading American experts in sustainable urban design and planning from this week to thrash out how they can embed sustainable thinking into local precincts. The local swap of global ideas is part of a “Mayor’s forum” hosted by the United States Studies Centre (USSC) […]

Geelong expands its free Wi-Fi

Businesses and residents will be able to use a free Wi-Fi service from the Victorian-based City of Greater Geelong in conjunction with industry peak body, ICT Geelong. The council is currently seeking state government funding to expand the service, which is in a trial period to be regularly reviewed on whether the need exists to […]

Road trip investigates urban growth in Adelaide

By Angela Dorizas As federal politicians continue to debate the way Australia ought to look in the future, local government in South Australia is on the front foot of planning for population growth. Representatives from local government, the SA Governnent and the development industry have embarked on a two-day study tour across greater Adelaide to […]

Uganda offers refreshing solutions

Those in the Australian water industry were recently inspired by the stories of international experts, including two tales of remarkable transformation and innovative future vision. Penny Landfield reports. Twelve years ago the National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) in Uganda had the odds stacked against it. The changes of delivering crucial services like fresh water […]

Local heritage under threat

By Angela Dorizas A number of councils across New South Wales are failing to list significant heritage items on their Local Environmental Plans (LEP), the National Trust of Australia has said. Department of Planning directives require councils to list heritage items on their LEPs, but at least five councils have failed to list any items […]

Study tour: lessons from a UK council

By Jo Cooper Against a backdrop of union concerns and leadership instability, the UK's Essex County Council has embarked on a radical plan to transform its services and savings. You're running a council but finances are getting tight. You can see the writing on the wall: if drastic action is not taken services will soon […]

Queensland looks to Kiwis for local government reform

By Angela Dorizas Queensland Local Government Minister Desley Boyle has embarked on a five-day tour of New Zealand to see first-hand how community plans are building stronger councils. Ms Boyle will meet with New Zealand Local Government Minister Rodney Hide, the Department of Internal Affairs and lobby groups. Ms Boyle said community planning is the “next […]

New tool to craft regional growth

By Staff Writer The Cultural Ministers Council’s statistics working group has published a practical guide for cultural and tourism officers in order to help them better identify and seize the growth potential in their regions. The report, Crafting Regional Growth, is presented in a two-day workshop format covering seven sessions focusing on cultural asset and […]

From the Tweed to Nairobi

By Adam Coleman With a population of about one million people, Kibera in Nairobi is Africa’s largest slum. With open sewage routes, uncollected garbage rotting in the streets and a basic lack of safe water supplies or sanitation, Kibera is a community operating at survival level. A combination of poor nutrition and lack of sanitation […]

WA Councils team up to improve water quality

Seven metropolitan Councils have joined forces to address water quality issues in their region and offer an information session on the project to coincide with World Water Day on March 20. The Total Water Cycle Monitoring Project is investigating water quality and the effectiveness of management interventions. The group undertaking the project is the Western […]

Excellence in environment

By Staff Writers Hornsby Shire Council has won the premier award in the 2006 Local Government Excellence in the Environment Awards announced recently at the NSW Art Gallery. The awards, which have been staged annually since 1998, are sponsored by the Local Government and Shires Associations of NSW (LGSA). The Minister for Local Government, the […]

Promoting holidays at home

By Jane Garcia Australians are keen to spend their holidays exploring their home country, according to a recent survey of 5000 people conducted by travel agency group Travelscene American Express. About 34 per cent of participants said they were planning their next major trip within Australia, rather than overseas. More people were interested in planning […]

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