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Councils urged to show shady behaviour

Victorian councils are encouraged to showcase initiatives that help protect their communities from skin cancer by entering the 2007 SunSmart Shade Awards. SunSmart manager Kylie Strong says councils who provide shade in their communities are helping to protect Victorians from over exposure to ultraviolet radiation, which is an important way to reduce the high rate of skin cancer. […]

‘TreeBay’ scheme for carbon farmers

By Jane Garcia A proposal for helping farmers to earn carbon credits for native vegetation and trees they preserve or plant on their properties could also prove profitable for local government, according to an Australian National University researcher. Philip Gibbons from the university’s Centre for Resource and Environmental Studies, suggests an online auction system, similar […]

Employment program to help indigenous job seekers

By Staff Writer The Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) will train twelve Indigenous jobseekers from the Hinchinbrook Shire as part of a $31,240 Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative grant. “This project will help participants gain the skills and qualifications required to gain part-time work as Auxiliary Fire Officers and also gives them a chance […]

Generating interest in energy alternative

By Jane Garcia An innovative cogeneration project providing power and air conditioning for Hornsby Shire Council’s Central Library is about to realise its potential and enter a phase of commercialisation. In order to help the council meet its target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 20 per cent by 2010, it commissioned a showcase project […]

WaterWise Rebate Scheme breaks records in Queensland

By Adam Coleman Queensland’s Home WaterWise Rebate Scheme last week paid a record $2.34 million in rebates throughout Queensland for water tanks, water-efficient washing machines and dual-flush toilet suites. “The Home WaterWise Rebate Scheme has been an unprecedented success with a flood of rebate applications being received,” says Paul Childs, a spokesperson for the Minister […]

Queensland program aims to reengage youths

By Staff Writer Two hundred and sixty nine ‘at risk’ South-West Queensland youths aged between 15 and 17 will be given the opportunity to earn a second chance to learn under the Queensland Government’s Get Set For Work Program in 2007-08. Originally trialled in 2003-04 as a safety net for school leavers, the program is primarily […]

Iemma and Debnam square off online

By Staff Writer In an Australian first, NSW Premier Morris Iemma and Opposition Leader Peter Debnam have used online video pitches to unveil their pitch for voters in next month’s state election. The videos are available at no cost at news.ninemsn.com.au/nswdecides Hilary Clinton was the first politician to opt against traditional methods and announce her […]

Guidelines tackle alcohol and drugs at work

By Adam Coleman WorkCover NSW has launched revised guidelines to tackle alcohol and other drug use in the workplace to help employers identify and manage the risks. According to WorkCover NSW CEO, Jon Blackwell,  the guide provides practical and workable solutions, and encourages employers to manage risks associated with drug and alcohol use by adopting […]

Johnstone Shire Council dismissed

By Staff Writer The Innisfail-based Johnstone Shire Council in far north Queensland has been dismissed by vote of the Queensland Parliament. Local Government and Planning Minister, Andrew Fraser, announced the dismissal yesterday afternoon (February 8), saying the council had been at the center of highly public allegations of in-fighting and bully, and had financial problems. […]

Gamblers urged to kick the habit

By Jane Garcia The City of Whitehorse in Victoria has launched a unique campaign aimed at supporting problem gamblers, and gamblers' friends and family. Break the Habit is targeted at the small number of problem gamblers in the area. It will involve campaign posters, flyers, brochures and other promotional material endorsing helplines and other services […]

Queensland council told: show cause or face dismissal

By Adam Coleman North Queensland’s Douglas Shire Council has been requested to show cause as to why it should not be dissolved, following two separate investigations finding the council to be often dysfunctional. The Show Cause Notice was issued to the Douglas Shire mayor and CEO in Mossman this morning and gives the council 14 […]

Avoiding the pitfalls of consumer fraud

By Louise Sylvan One of the core responsibilities of governments and their agencies is protecting members of the public from illegal activity in all its forms. While individual agencies or departments can be effective on their own, government is often at its finest and most successful when united behind a common cause. One such cause […]

WA offers grants for infrastructure

WA Regional Development Minister, Jon Ford has called for expressions of interest for the Regional Infrastructure Funding Program (RIFP), with grants from $100,000 up to $5 million available to support significant infrastructure projects. Part of the Carpenter Government’s four-year $80million Regional Investment Fund (RIF), MR Ford says the grants will assist in attracting regional investment, […]

Sartor dismisses proposed independent commission

By Adam Coleman The NSW Government has dismissed calls from the Local Government and Shires Associations of NSW (LGSA) for an independent planning commission to make recommendations on major developments, suggesting it would more than double the number of DAs determined by the State.. Currently the Minister for Planning, Frank Sartor, can take control of a […]

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