The public sector was marginalised as consultants steered the early development of Melbourne’s SRL.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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? […]
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 […]
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.
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Once upon a time elected members brought skill and will to the management of council, but that is no longer always the case. Today they often need a lot of managing themselves.
To sweeten the AI experience, governments must consider how the technology will drive personalisation, citizen value and trust in order to reshape the journey Australians take on these government digital offerings.
General information for new CEOs can be confusing and, at times, irrelevant to the unique context of leadership in regional councils.In-depth
Bigger isn’t always better when it comes to public parks, and in many cases small might not just be the best option, but the only one.
Regional councils can’t be market leaders when it comes to salaries and wages, so how do they attract and retain good staff?
The Sydney-born head of the UK's digital transformation office outlines the government's roadmap for change.
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.
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A new report looks at ethical issues around the use of AI by council garbage trucks at a Melbourne Council.
Griffith council has won an engineering award for a portable platform that lowers cemetery workers into graves.
A digitised tree planting program is providing data for vegetation management and boosting trees in the region.
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.
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