Noticeboard: Randwick GM Ray Brownlee exits

Also in this wrap: new CEO takes on Central Coast Council; Greg Steele appointed to executive team at Arcadis; and Productivity Commission appoints a new chairman.

Randwick Council tops NSW council sustainability awards

By Paul Hemsley and Julian Bajkowski There’s no shortage of awards and prizes for sustainability initiatives, but Sydney’s Randwick City Council has taken out top honours over its state local government peers for its unwavering commitment to a long-term, well-rounded suite of community measures designed to deliver water, waste and energy savings. The Eastern Suburbs […]

Few takers for post-election pole clean-up

By Julian Bajkowski The federal poll may be done and dusted, but councils and power utilities across Australia now have a new challenge to deal with: how to pull down and dispose of the literally thousands of election posters fixed to power poles and lamp posts across the nation. It’s an issue that occurs at […]

Ponds unplugged for Sydney’s $8bil Green Square

By Paul Hemsley City of Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore has moved to stop floods from pouring into the massive new Green Square precinct and surrounding areas by installing an huge underground culvert drain pipe network designed to divert waters away from areas that have traditionally been rendered a swampland. The new waterworks are a […]

More councils sign onto Sydney’s extended light rail

By Paul Hemsley and Julian Bajkowski The concerted push to add swift and serious passenger transport capacity to Sydney’s notoriously gridlocked Eastern Suburbs has continued at pace after New South Wales Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian signed key agreements with Randwick City Council, Centennial Parklands and the University of NSW (UNSW) to support the building […]

Sydney sticks it to stray needles

By Paul Hemsley The City of Sydney’s shot at minimising health risks associated with syringes and other so-called medical “sharps” entering the mainstream rubbish collection system has taken out a Local Government Excellence Award. The Local Government and Shires Association of New South Wales (LGSA) gave the prize to the City for installing two community […]

Councils going direct with apps

By Julian Bajkowski and Paul Hemsley Australian local governments are poised to rapidly become public sector front-runners in using innovative smartphone applications and the web to directly engage their communities in consultative processes on issues ranging from social policy to development applications. Over the weekend, the City of Sydney revealed plans to build apps that […]

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