20 Apr 2012

Councils Australia-wide to attend National Carbon Price Forum


More than 100 delegates, representing more than 40 councils have confirmed that they will attend next week’s Carbon Price and Council Landfill National Forum in Canberra, designed to provide local government staff with the opportunity to discuss their responsibilities under the Clean Energy Act with representatives of the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency and the Australian Clean Energy Regulator.

ALGA, in partnership with the Department, is hosting the Forum at the National Convention Centre next Monday and Tuesday to help to ensure that councils are receiving accurate information about the obligations and opportunities associated with the Carbon Price Mechanism (CPM) ahead of the introduction of the carbon price on 1 July.

Councils that own and operate larger landfills will be affected by the carbon price and staff will need to understand the issues involved in managing the effect of the carbon price on emissions from landfills.  Such issues involve measurement of emissions, assessment of abatement opportunities, and pricing waste to account for the CPM and meeting contingent liabilities into the future with a floating carbon price.

Key note addresses will be provided by Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency Mark Dreyfus and Chloe Munro, Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Clean Energy Regulator.  The Clean Energy Regulator is part of the Climate Change portfolio and administers the CPM; the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (NGER) scheme; the Carbon Farming Initiative; and the Renewable Energy Target.

The Forum will also hear from councils that are implementing new management and accounting systems to deal with changes to their landfills as a result of carbon pricing.  They will reflect on both the challenges and solutions they have experienced in the process.  

Concurrent sessions will provide participants with the opportunity to hear from Ross Carter, First Assistant Secretary at the Australian Clean Energy Regulator about emissions measurement and the National Greenhouse Energy Reporting Scheme (NGERS).  Matthew Bell, Leader of Ernst and Young’s Sydney Climate Change and Sustainability Services Team and Elisa De Wit Partner from legal firm Norton Rose will be available to discuss the management of carbon liabilities and legal issues.

Program details are available at the ALGA website.

Local government interests represented at COAG


ALGA President Genia McCaffery attended last week’s Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting in Canberra, ensuring the interests of local government were represented in talks covering a range of issues, including sustainability and urban liveability; skills reform; competition and productivity; the national economy; and the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

COAG noted the presentations from the states and territories on issues relevant to sustainability and urban liveability, including: achieving better value from infrastructure funding, planning controls on non-aviation development on airport land, engaging the private sector to create  better public spaces, improving regional resettlement, working across borders and sustainable development in northern Australia. 

ALGA has consistently argued that improving the sustainability, liveability and efficiency of our major cities must be a key objective of any national government and implementing the national urban policy is a challenge that requires the effective collaboration of all levels of government.

There are many significant challenges facing cities and ALGA continues to emphasise the importance of equality of access to services and employment and ensuring an acceptable standard of liveability for city residents.  Some years ago, ALGA’s State of the Regions Report looked at housing affordability and identified the lack of dispersed employment opportunities across our cities as a major problem.  Put simply, it found that our jobs were too concentrated in the CBD, meaning that too many people trying to travel into the city was causing congestion.  Part of the answer is to try to stimulate the creation of jobs in suburban areas and for that reason ALGA was very pleased with the Suburban Jobs Program announced by the Government in the 2011-12 Budget.  This program is a good example of the practical measures needed to tackle the problems of our cities.

COAG agreed to sign up to an ambitious set of reforms to the national training system; agreeing to a revised National Agreement on Skills Reform to provide the skills that Australian businesses and individuals need to prosper in a rapidly changing economy.

COAG also agreed to progress six priority areas for major reform to lower costs for business and improve competition and productivity.  Reform priorities include addressing duplicative and cumbersome environment regulation; streamlining the process for approvals and major projects; rationalising carbon reduction and energy efficiency schemes; delivering energy market reforms to reduce costs; improving assessment processes for low risk, low impact developments; and best practice approaches to regulation.

The Commonwealth and all States and Territories also reaffirmed their commitment to a National Disability Insurance Scheme.  They recognised a growing need to support the most needy and vulnerable people in the community, and that for many, lifetime support for income, accommodation and services are a necessity.

Awards for local government announced


ALGA has extended its congratulations to the many category winners of the 2012 National Awards for Local Government announced this week by Federal Minister for Local Government, Simon Crean.

The 27 category winners were judged by independent judging panels and include 11 winners from small councils with fewer than 15,000 rateable properties:

Active Arts

Sponsored by the Office for the Arts, Australian Government Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport

  • Winner:  Sunshine Coast Regional Council, QLD - Sunshine Coast Council's Green Art.
  • Small Council winner (under 15,000 rateable properties):  Meander Valley Council, TAS - STUDIO BE.
  • Commended:  Cairns Regional Council, QLD - Imagine Cairns; King Island Council, TAS - Cape Wickham Lighthouse 150th Anniversary Celebrations.

Asset and Financial Management

Sponsored by the Australian Government Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport

  • Winner:  The Hills Shire Council, NSW - Electronic Work Order System and Portal.
  • Small council winner (under 15,000 rateable properties):  Towong Shire Council, VIC - Insight 360 - Performance through Measurement.
  • Commended:  Gold Coast City Council, Logan City Council and Redlands City Council, QLD - Long Term Pavement Performance Study for SEQ.

Energy Smart

Sponsored by the Australian Government Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency

  • Winner:  Shire of Peppermint Grove, Town of Cottesloe and Town of Mosman, WA - The Grove.
  • Commended:  Byron Shire Council, NSW - Sustainability Services Program; City of Melbourne, VIC - 1200 Buildings Program.

Engaging and Strengthening Indigenous Communities

Sponsored by the Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

  • Winner:  Clarence Valley Council, NSW - Fresh Start.
  • Commended:  Roper Gulf Shire Council, NT - Roper Gulf Shire Youth Services; Victoria Daly Shire Council, NT - RIBs and Recreation Combine.

Excellence in Alcohol Management

Sponsored by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing

  • Winner:  Stonnington City Council, VIC - Reducing Alcohol Related Harm In Chapel Street.
  • Small council winner (under 15,000 rateable properties):  Kempsey Shire Council, NSW - Integrated Alcohol Management Strategy.

Excellence in Road Safety

Sponsored by the National Road Safety Council

  • Winner:  Lismore City Council, NSW - Drive To Conditions.
  • Commended:  City of Stirling, WA - City of Stirling Child Car Restraint Program; Port Stephens Council, NSW - Port Stephens En Mass.
Improving Services to Remote Communities

Sponsored by the Australian Government Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport

  • Winner:  Cardinia Shire Council, VIC - Portable Playgroups the PlayStart Way.
  • Small council winner (under 15,000 rateable properties):  Barkly Shire Council, NT - Barkly Shire Council Animal Health Program.

Innovation in Natural Resource Management

Sponsored by the Australian Government Departments of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, and Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

  • Winner:  Great Lakes Council, NSW - Great Lakes Water Quality Improvement Plan and Implementation.
  • Small council winner (under 15,000 rateable properties):  Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale, WA - "Healthy Habitats" biodiversity stewardship program helps integrate management of natural areas.
  • Commended:  Brisbane City Council, QLD - Brisbane City Council’s 2 Million Trees project 2008-2012; Clarence Valley Council, NSW - Building Innovative NRM Partnerships - A Success Story on the Nth Coast of NSW.

Innovative Infrastructure Development

Sponsored by the Australian Government Department of Infrastructure and Transport

  • Winner:  Frankston City Council, VIC, - FrankstonTV - Australia's 1st community driven YouTube network.
  • Small council winner (under 15,000 rateable properties): Golden Plains Shire Council, VIC - Visit Golden Plains Tourism Smartphone / Tablet App and Website Digital Infrastructure Project.
  • Commended:  District Council of Mount Remarkable, SA - Innovation and Simplicity in Water Saving: Modular Covers for Community Wastewater Management Scheme; Wingecarribee Shire Council, NSW - Southern Regional Livestock Exchange Roof Project.

Land-Use Planning – Addressing Disaster Risk and Enhancing Resilience

Sponsored by the Australian Government Attorney-General’s Department

  • Winner:  Lockyer Valley Regional Council, QLD - Lockyer Valley Regional Council: Strengthening Grantham Project.
  • Small council winner (under 15,000 rateable properties):  Northern Grampians Shire Council, VIC - Landslide planning for Halls Gap township.
  • Commended:  Brisbane City Council, QLD - Brisbane City Council’s land-use planning response to the January 2011 Brisbane River flood; Wyong Shire Council, NSW - Wyong Shire Coastal Zone Management Plan.

Promoting Reconciliation

Sponsored by the Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

  • Winner:  Wellington Shire Council, VIC - Deadly in Gippsland conference 2011 - Promoting Reconciliation through Deep Listening in Action.
  • Small council winner (under 15,000 rateable properties):  East Arnhem Shire Council, NT - Many Voices, One Journey.
  • Commended:  City of Yarra, VIC - Stories Around the Fire.

Regional Collaborations

Sponsored by the Australian Government Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport

  • Winner:  Clarence Valley Council, NSW - Clarence Valley Industry Education Forum.
  • Small council winner (under 15,000 rateable properties):  Indigo Shire Council, VIC - NERDS - North East Regional Development Scheme.
  • Commended:  Blayney Shire Council, Cabonne Council and Orange City Council, NSW - Sustainable Collections Project; Gold Coast City Council, QLD - Gold Coast City Council Sports Fusion Project.

Rural and Remote Health

Sponsored by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing

  • Winner:  Gladstone Regional Council, QLD - Gladstone Regional Council Discovery Coast Community Health Service.
  • Small council winner (under 15,000 rateable properties): Cooma-Monaro Shire Council, NSW - 'Check it Out' Program and related initiatives.
  • Commended:  Gunnedah Shire Council, NSW - Liveable Communities Survey.

Strength in Diversity

Sponsored by the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Citizenship

  • Winner:  Moreland City Council, VIC - CALDCOM Storyboards.
  • Commended:  Cardinia Shire Council, VIC - Building Harmony in the Cardinia Growth Corridor.

Women in Local Government

Sponsored by the Australian Government Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport

  • Winner:  Shire of Denmark, WA - Retention & Attraction of Women in Local Government.
  • Commended:  Tiwi Islands Shire Council, NT - Tiwi Local Government Women as Leaders.

Youth Engagement and Participation

Sponsored by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations

  • Winner:  Gympie Regional Council, QLD - The Noise Magazine.
  • Small council winner (under 15,000 rateable properties):  Mid Murray Council, SA - Fun 4 YOUth.
  • Commended:  City of Unley, SA - Unley Young Writers' Group; Isaac Regional Council, QLD - Isaac Regional Council Youth Ambassador Program.

The category winners announced this week will be considered for the overall 2012 National Award for Excellence in Local Government.

Information about the National Awards for Local Government can be found at

President’s Column

ALGA President

This week, I attended the Australian Water Congress in Sydney to discuss the role of local government in the management of water and listen to speakers from a range of government departments and interest groups outline policies and strategies for efficient water use.

Given that water is one of our nation’s most precious resources and as ALGA represents the interests of local government at the national level, it seemed fitting to take this opportunity to highlight the importance of local water reticulation and storm water management as a vital part of local community infrastructure.  I also wanted to reinforce that water management is one of the biggest challenges councils face. 

When we think about water in Australia’s major metropolitan areas we think about the big corporatised entities but for communities in Queensland, New South Wales and Tasmania, the local council delivers water directly or indirectly through a regional entity owned by councils.  This means that along with all the other responsibilities such as maintaining roads and bridges, managing public lands and delivering an ever-increasing range of services, councils with limited resources strive to provide water and sewerage at a level expected in a wealthy country like Australia.  In fact, in New South Wales, there are almost 100 council-owned local water utilities meeting the needs of about 1.8 million people: about 30 per cent of that state’s population.  For some councils, providing water supply and sewerage makes up a quarter of their budget and employs a significant part of the workforce.

Of course, councils do not play the same role in all jurisdictions and this underlines one important fact: there are different models of water governance in different states.  There is not a one-size-fits-all approach to how water should be managed.  Not only are there differences between jurisdictions but there are differences within jurisdictions at the regional level and differences between local communities. 

At the highest level of broader policy is the National Water Initiative, or NWI.  It is described as an enduring blueprint of the management of Australia’s water resources. Its practical purpose is to provide for a cohesive national approach to the way Australia manages, measures, plans for, prices, and trades water.   ALGA supports the NWI through its seat on the Council of Australian Governments. For the past six years, all levels of Government have developed sensible and effective policy through that framework, and local government has played its part.  That is a role we look forward to continuing.  However, we also must be mindful of the complex issues of governance at the national level.   Under the Constitution, water and water management are issues for the states.  In order for the Commonwealth to put anything in place, it requires agreement from all affected jurisdictions.

Local government has been a strong proponent of improved national coordination whether it is the National Water Initiative or the Murray Darling Basin.  But we have also been leaders in innovative local collaboration, on ways to put our knowledge and experience into practice.  It is important to remember that councils play a direct role in providing water and sewerage services in some of the most remote areas of Australia.  They make the most of local knowledge and they have the ability to attract and retain key engineering staff because of the opportunity to work on a variety of infrastructure assets, not just water assets.  They do, however, need support from all other levels of government and ALGA and state local government associations will continue to advocate for that support.

Mayor Genia McCaffery
ALGA President

Public comment sought on draft work health and safety strategy

Workers, employers and policy makers across Australia are encouraged to become involved in the development of the Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012-2022, which has been released for public comment.  Safe Work Australia is seeking input to develop a practical, overarching strategy with targets for all Australian workplaces.  Public comment closes on 21 May.

216 Australians died from a work-related injury in 2009-10. The estimated total annual cost of workplace injury, illness and disease is more than $60 billion.  In the 2008-09 financial year this equated to 4.8 per cent of Australia’s Gross Domestic Product.  Despite significant improvement in work health and safety in the last 10 years, there is still more that can be prevent work-related death, injury and illness, according to the Chair of Safe Work Australia, Mr Tom Phillips AM.

The draft strategy released for public comment is the result of consultation with Australian workers, unions, employers, employer associations, community groups and other key stakeholders.

To find out more about the Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012-2022 and provide comment, click here. 

Crean and Lundy to address upcoming MidiCities Conference


Regional Australia Minister, Simon Crean and Minister for Sport, Kate Lundy will address the 2012 MidiCities Conference to be held in Queensland’s Logan City.

The conference, to be held from 11-12 July will see civic leaders, policy makers, academics and industry professionals come together to explore ways for medium-sized cities across Australia to reach their full potential.

Close to four million Australians live and work in cities that are not capitals. Population is currently booming in centres such as Logan in Queensland, Geelong in Victoria, Bunbury in Western Australia and Launceston in Tasmania.

The MidiCities Conference will assess methods to put MidiCities back into the policy spotlight, improve awareness of the issues they face and build the capacity of MidiCities, through their Regional Development Australia committees and local councils, to contribute to national prosperity.  

The conference will facilitate the exchange of information, experience and success among a broad spectrum of participants.  It will also profile the issues and opportunities facing mid-sized cities as a group and individually.

The MidiCities Conference is co-hosted by RDA Logan Redlands and RDA Darling Downs and South West in conjunction with the Queensland Government, Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE, Logan City Council and Redlands City Council.

For more information visit the MidiCities Conference website.

No more analogue TV for southern NSW and ACT

Analogue TV signals are being switched off for good across southern and central NSW, ACT and the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area switchover region on 5 June 2012.

From 5 June 2012, all free-to-air TV will be broadcast in digital only.  This means that residents living in the switchover area need to get ready now to keep watching free-to-air TV from 5 June onwards.

If you can receive any of the digital-only channels from ABC, SBS and the commercial broadcasters - such as ABC2, ABC3, ABC News 24, SBS TWO, GO!, Gem, 7TWO, 7mate, ONE HD and Eleven - then you are already watching digital TV.

mySwitch on the Digital Ready website also provides information you need to prepare for switchover. Enter your full address and you will find out what digital TV services you can expect to receive, the timing of analog switch-off in your area, advice on how to get the best digital TV reception at your address, and retailers participating in the Retail Advisor Scheme.

Clean Energy Expert Review Report released

The Australian Government has supported all the recommendations of the independent Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) Expert Review.

The Review Panel, led by Jillian Broadbent, was appointed to advise on the design of the $10 billion CEFC, which will provide a new source of finance to renewable energy, low-emissions and energy efficiency technology.

The Government announced the CEFC as part of the Clean Energy Future package to encourage private investment and help overcome capital market barriers to commercialising and deploying cleaner energy technologies. 

The CEFC will be established through legislation in the coming Budget sittings to enable the CEFC to commence its investment operations from 1 July 2013. 

The CEFC Board, to be appointed by the Government, will be responsible for the management, operational and investment decisions of the CEFC. The Government will provide the CEFC Board with an investment mandate that will set the parameters for its investment management and enable the Board to develop its investment strategy.  

As a part of Clean Energy Future package, the CEFC will complement other Australian Government policies and programs including the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and AusIndustry’s Clean Technology Investment Program and the Clean Technology Innovation Program.  It will be particularly important for the CEFC and ARENA to maintain an active ongoing dialogue as projects funded by ARENA provide a potential pipeline of projects for the CEFC.

The Australian Government argues that the report is an important step towards establishing a robust and rigorous organisation that will help Australia achieve a clean energy future.

The CEFC Expert Review can be accessed on the  CEFC website

CSIRO releases new publication on “biocontrol” of weeds

Biological control has an outstanding history and great potential in the battle to control the invasive weeds that impact Australia’s landscapes, biodiversity and agriculture, according to CSIRO.

Australia’s 100-year history in the “biocontrol” of weeds is recorded and celebrated in the book, Biological Control of Weeds in Australia, published by CSIRO Publishing and launched in Canberra this week.

“Using the natural enemies of foreign or invasive weeds has proven to be a key weapon in the war on weeds and is still front and centre as we tackle a range of new invasions in the 21st century,” Biosecurity Research Leader with CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences, Dr Paul De Barro said.

“Australia has certainly led the world over the past century with its groundbreaking research and introduction of biological control starting with the spectacular success against prickly pear cactus in the early part of the 20th century and gaining speed from there.

“Along with state and Commonwealth agencies, CSIRO has played an important part in developing Australia’s expertise and helping establish the rigorous exploration and screening processes and the mass rearing of biocontrol agents.  

“Biocontrol successes can take 15 or 30 years to reach full effect, and while not all efforts succeed they invariably complement other measures and the cost benefits are indisputable.

“For every dollar spent on biological control of weeds up to 2005, it has been shown that $23 of benefits flowed to the agriculture and health sectors, and the environmental benefits would be on top of that.

“For a book that will serve as an invaluable guide and reference source for anyone involved in biological control, I commend the editors Mic Julien, Rachel McFadyen and Jim Cullen, and all the Chapter authors who have made it possible.”

New data released on state of vacant houses in Western Australia

Tens of thousands of properties in Western Australia are vacant and not available to rent despite the state's desperate need for more accommodation.

There are as many as 48,000 dwellings unoccupied across the state, according to analyst BIS Shrapnel.

Some properties were reserved as holiday homes or undergoing renovations, however many owners were living overseas or sitting on the property while they waited for prices to rise following a record-long recession, BIS Shrapnel managing director Robert Mellor said.

The Perth rental vacancy rate has fallen below two per cent and prospective tenants are facing stiff competition to view and secure a property.

Mining hubs such as Karratha and Port Hedland are struggling even more with properties snapped up as they become available, creating a near-zero vacancy rate.

There are also significantly low rates in Kalgoorlie/Boulder (1.6 per cent) and Broome (1.8 per cent).

There are also more than 20,000 applications on the waiting list for public housing in Western Australia.

BIS Shrapnel predicts WA will be short up to 30,000 dwellings by 2016, inevitably adding additional pressure to affordability, despite the state government's plan to create an additional 20,000 affordable homes by 2020.

Official data last week showed for the first time that prospective renters are voluntarily paying up to $50 a week more than the advertised price to secure a home - a dramatic discrepancy that some property analysts have never before seen.

Tourism contributes substantially to economy

In spite of the high Aussie dollar the tourism industry is still worth $73.3 billion to the national economy, according to Tourism Research Australia (TRA).

The latest research from TRA sets out the full extent of tourism’s contribution to Australia’s economy, adding the indirect value of the industry to results published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics which shows tourism’s direct contribution to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was $34.6 billion in 2010–11.

TRA’s report reveals that in 2010-11, the industry indirectly contributed a further $38.7 billion to GDP, bringing tourism’s total contribution to $73.3 billion - an increase of around $1.9 billion on the previous financial year.

In addition, the research shows that tourism’s contribution to the Australian labour force is larger than that of mining, with 907,100 people directly and indirectly employed by spending on tourism – up from 874,000 jobs in 2009-10.

Minister for Tourism, Martin Ferguson said that the report makes clear the true value of tourism and its vital importance to Australia’s social and economic growth.

“The tourism industry is significant to the whole economy including sectors such as manufacturing which benefits to the tune of $5.6 billion and almost 60,000 jobs,” Minister Ferguson said.

“For every one-dollar increase in tourism output, an additional 92 cents is generated in the rest of the economy. This is stronger than for other important drivers of the Australian economy including mining, retail trade, and education and training.”

More information on the TRA report Tourism’s Contribution to the Australian Economy from 1997-98 to 2010-11 is available at

Tourism Ministers meet in Darwin

Tourism Ministers met in Darwin this week for the 56th meeting of the Tourism Ministers’ Council (TMC).

Ministers discussed progress being made towards implementing the National Long-Term Tourism Strategy. Thirty-three of the 41 Priority Actions have been completed with the remainder due for completion by the end of the year.  Many of the priority actions completed in 2010 have provided foundations for the Working Groups to undertake their new two-year forward work programs agreed by Ministers.  Key highlights are outlined below:

Industry Resilience
Ministers discussed the impact on the tourism industry of recent natural disasters, notably the recent Queensland floods and Cyclone Yasi; the earthquakes in Christchurch and also the 2009 Victorian bushfires and recent floods.  Ministers determined some key lessons learnt for prevention, preparedness, response and recovery, in line with the National Strategy for Disaster Resilience. Ministers welcomed the Industry Resilience Working Group’s comprehensive list of programs available to assist businesses in meeting the challenges of adapting to climate change, enhancing resilience and addressing crisis management.  Ministers launched a series of fact sheets providing this information to the Australian tourism industry.  Tourism Ministers agreed to rename the existing National Tourism Incident Response Plan to ‘National Tourism Incident Communication Plan’ to more accurately reflect its role.

National Tourism Accreditation Framework (NTAF)
Ministers welcomed the launch of the National Tourism Accreditation Framework (NTAF) at the Australian Tourism Exchange on 2 April 2011 and noted the Australian Tourism Accreditation Program and Eco-tourism Australia were the first two programs to be approved to operate under the NTAF.  Ministers called on tourism businesses and organisations to support the NTAF.  A nationally consistent accreditation brand has long been advocated by the industry and provides the means for businesses to indentify themselves as quality operators.

Indigenous Tourism Development
Ministers supported the development of a national Indigenous tourism and hospitality training and employment capability.  This followed a presentation from the Indigenous Land Corporation on training opportunities arising from their acquisition of the Ayers Rock Resort and other key properties.  Ministers also noted the comprehensive list of programs to assist Indigenous tourism businesses and facilitate Indigenous employment in tourism and launched a fact sheet providing this information to industry.  This work will add to a national toolkit to assist the development of Indigenous tourism business skills.

Investment and Regulatory Reform
Ministers launched a National Tourism Planning Guide and encouraged its use within jurisdictions.  Ministers noted that use of the Guide could reduce industry investment costs through improved development application processes and better project facilitation.

The Guide is available here.

‘Australian Safer Community Awards’ transition to ‘Resilient Australia Awards 2012’

Councils are being encouraged to enter the 2012 Resilient Australia Awards before applications close on 6 July, 2012.

The Resilient Australia Awards replace the Australian Safer Community Awards to provide better consistency with the National Strategy for Disaster Resilience (NSDR). 

The Awards aim to recognise innovative practices and achievements across the nation that are making our communities safer, stronger, more resilient and better prepared to manage any emergency situation.

The awards cover all aspects of building disaster resilience including:

  • risk assessment
  • research
  • education and training
  • information and knowledge management
  • prevention, preparedness, response and recovery

In last year’s Awards, there was a winning entry at national level from all states and territories.  Information about these ‘best practice’ entries is available on the national emergency website:




Through relevant, grounded and practical strategies, this course will show you how to get the most punch from your community engagement dollar. You will see how practitioners, with the right tools and strategies, have turned around high stake situations to sustained relationships of integrity, credibility and trust, often within tight time constraints and budgets.

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5th International Parks Management and Leadership Conference:
Parks Beyond Boundaries

National Wine Centre, Adelaide, Australia 22 – 24 May 2012

Local government, protected area agencies, indigenous land management groups, NGO’s  and others are increasingly looking beyond their own boundaries to think about future partners in sustainability of parks and the environment. 

‘Parks Beyond Boundaries’ provides an opportunity for leaders in the parks sector and allied sectors to share expertise and ideas, discussing the future of parks  and the role they play in environmental, social and community health as well as cultural and economic development. 

If we are to tackle the emerging environmental challenges we face, the involvement of a wider range of stakeholders is critical. We invite senior managers and leaders in the business of environmental, social, tourism and human health sectors, who have an eye to the future, to join us in Adelaide in May.  Expect to be challenged and inspired by a compelling conference program and fabulous networking opportunities.

To register, visit  and complete the registration form.

 For further conference information:

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