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Commitment needed to grow arts culture: Garrett

By Adam Coleman Australian arts and culture are not receiving the advocacy they deserve in the national leadership, and need a robust commitment to arts education, a creative industries agenda along with the promotion of Australian cultural diversity overseas. That is the message of Shadow Minister for the Arts, Peter Garrett, who told some […]

SA councils respond to sustainability inquiry

By Jane Garcia in Adelaide Local government representatives gathered in Adelaide for the Local Government Association of South Australia’s (LGA of SA) annual general meeting and associated workshops yesterday and heard about how councils and the Association are continuing the momentum created by the Independent Inquiry into the Financial Sustainability of Local Government held last […]

GPs key in event of Pandemic says ANU

By Adam Coleman In the event of a pandemic influenza outbreak, general practitioners would be crucial to prevent a large number of Australian deaths recent research from the Australian National University (ANU) has revealed. Australia’s health and emergency services have descended on Brisbane to stage ‘Exercise Cumpston’ – Australia’s largest ever health crisis simulation, which […]

Programs attempt to cool ‘Ice’ come-down

By Adam Coleman The battle to halt the rise of arguably Australia’s worst drug problem has begun, with the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) conducting world-first clinical trials of a new drug to help methamphetamine users kick the habit, while in NSW two new clinics providing pilot treatment programs will be set-up to […]

Mildura takes scholarly approach to skills shortage

By Adam Coleman Victoria’s Mildura Rural City Council has developed a scholarship program for engineers in an attempt to make some inroads into overcoming the problem of local skills shortages. “We’ve had a lot of trouble attracting and retaining skilled engineers, and this was a way of growing our own and contributing to the profession,” […]

Value from older workers

 By Jane Garcia It’s time to stop seeing only the challenges of the ageing workforce and start seeing the opportunities the situation creates. This is the message of IBM Global Social Segment’s Brian Lee-Archer – who has more than 10 years’ experience social services at IBM and previously worked in government for about 12 years […]

Having her voice heard

By Jane Garcia An involvement in community action lead Judy Maddigan into a career in local then state government and to her present role as the first woman Speaker of the Legislative Assembly in Victoria. Ms Maddigan says unlike most women trying to seek state or federal pre-selection, she was very lucky to have been […]

Leading WA’s emergency services

 By Jane Garcia Creating a climate of respect for people and what an organisation wants to deliver has been the key to a successful public sector career, according to Jo Harrison-Ward. The former executive director of the WA Police recently became chief executive officer of the Fire and Emergency Services Authority of WA (FESA), becoming […]

Doing it for themselves

By Jane Garcia in Toowoomba The coincidental timing of the Local Government Association of Queensland’s annual conference held in Toowoomba about two weeks before the State election could have left a hole in the program when state politicians were unable to meet their commitment to attend, and those that did were curtailed in what they […]

Inaugural awards commend Public Sector excellence in NT

By Adam Coleman ALICE SPRINGS, NT: The winners have been announced from the inaugural Chief Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Public Sector Management, which were held in Alice Springs last night. According to the host of the event, Chief Minister Clare Martin, the awards are designed to recognise, honour and celebrate excellence in public sector […]

Change of plans

By Kim Powell For most of 2006, local governments in NSW have been at loggerheads with the Planning Minister, Frank Sartor, over changes to the state’s planning laws. Last year, the Planning Minister gained the ability to declare a development as being ‘state significant’ and become the consent authority for the project. He says there […]

10,000 friends say take action on transport

By Kim Powell The NSW Government needs to make its vision for the future of Sydney more visible in order to stimulate the development industry to come up with appropriate kinds of development, says Robert Mitchell, chief operating officer of the Warren Centre. “What is really lacking is a visibility for the vision of Sydney,” […]

Share the drive

By Kim Powell In July 2005 the City of Yarra in Victoria became the first council in Australia to sign up to a community-based car share scheme, in line with the council’s policy of minimising their car fleet, and the trial has been so successful they are looking to extend it from two town halls […]

Key to fleet performance

By Jane Garcia Don’t underestimate the changing role of the fleet manager. In the past 10 years, the fleet manager has gone from somebody who used to just look after re-registration of vehicles to a business manager within an organisation, according to the Australasian Fleet Managers Association (AfMA) executive director Marja Thompson. “The skills the […]