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Top bureaucrat, public servants, kept out of loop in massive Melbourne rail project

The public sector was marginalised as consultants steered the early development of Melbourne’s SRL.

Preparing for a pandemic

By Jane Garcia and Kim Powell As anyone who works in an office or catches public transport would testify, influenza is a highly contagious virus. New strains regularly emerge and make the prospect of wide-scale vaccination rather difficult. The regular garden-variety flu usually strikes infants and the elderly the hardest, however this is not always […]

Brisbane’s project management first

By Jane Garcia In the May edition of Government News magazine we reported on Australian Government plans to widen the use of Gateway reviews to monitor program and project management, especially in IT (Volume 26, Issue 4, Doorway to success, page 11). Brisbane City Council  (BCC) was the first local government in Australia and one […]

Full and proper disclosure

By Kim Powell in Sydney The NSW Government has released updated guidelines regarding the declaration of all pecuniary interests at council meetings. The announcement was made by the Minister for Local Government Kerry Hickey at the NSW Shires Association annual conference held in Sydney in June. Mr Hickey told delegates that in recent cases, the […]

Spend it sensibly

By Jane Garcia No matter how hard you try does there always ends up being some mouldy green thing in the back of your refrigerator that might have started life as a fruit or vegetable? Or do you find yourself buying yet another bottle of conditioner when you already have two or three at home? […]

Healthy living

By Kim Powell Seven million Australians are overweight, and two million of us are obese. Our well-rounded figures indicate that two in three Australian males aged over the age of 25 are now overweight, and physical activity is the second biggest risk factor for disease in this country, second only to tobacco smoking. The financial […]

Tackling the taboo

By Kim Powell Illegal drugs. It seems not a week goes by without the issue making the news. The South Australian Democrats leader Sandra Kanck stirred the debate in May by saying that the refusal to allow partygoers to test drugs at dance parties is counter-productive to minimising harm and that people will continue to […]

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Getting strategic about capital planning

Capital planning is about identifying and prioritising infrastructure and asset needs over a medium to long term period. For councils, it’s an indispensable tool for ensuring you can meet the needs of your communities in a sustainable and affordable way.


That’s using plastic for good

The Plastics Industry Pipe Association of Australia (PIPA) was founded in 1999 and are the peak industry body representing manufacturers and suppliers of plastics pipe and fittings, plastic resin suppliers, fabricators, pipeline installations, rubber seal ring manufacturers along with training and certification bodies.


How the public sector is cultivating a new breed of leaders

The new, digitally aware public sector leader isn’t simply a technical expert, but an agent of change.



Playing to our strengths

Australia must “play to its strengths” and utilise its current energy assets to reduce emissions, ensuring consumers aren’t left picking up the tab from the transition to a clean energy economy.