LGPro Board promotes representation of women in Local Government

LGPro’s female Board members presented a paper to the Local Government Minister Natalie Hutchins on International Women’s Day last Wednesday addressing the representation of women at CEO level in Local Government.
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Check out our Annual Conference photos

All of the photos from our successful 2016 Annual Conference are now available on Flickr.
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Having a clear understanding of the importance of good governance

Good governance is a must for Councils as it leads to appropriate decision making models. Our Good Decision Making workshop on governance in Local Government targets non specialist governance staff whose roles require them to have a clear understanding of the governance context and arrangements.
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Strathfield Digital Economy Strategy


DIGITAL ECONOMY STRATEGY DEVELOPMENT

Strathfield Municipal Council is inviting Businesses, Education Institutions and Government organisations to participate in the development of a Digital Economy Strategy for Strathfield.

The Federal Government is investing in a super fast broadband network that is currently delivering fibre to the Strathfield local government area. A strategic and coordinated approach is required amongst local organisations to ensure that all professionals have access to the benefits of high speed broadband for optimising their digital business practices in order to become more efficient, improve their sustainability and profitability, to grow their customer bases and to introduce new revenue streams. Building successful digital businesses in Strathfield will grow the local digital economy enhancing the municipality’s gross value add by an estimated 7 – 18% per annum.

In order to develop a Strategy that the municipality can leverage to this advantage, Council is providing free Digital Awareness and Innovation Workshops, to local business, education and government organisations. The purpose of these informative and interactive workshops is to cultivate a deeper understanding of the benefits of high speed broadband for local organisations and discussing the opportunities for the local government area to position itself well in the emerging digital economy in Australia.

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RDANI New England Release $1.3bn Digital Business Stragey

RDANI New England Release $1.3bn Digital Business Stragey

The Northern Inland region could gain an extra $1.3 billion per year if we capture the full benefits of the Digital Economy, with a 7% to 12% increase in our Gross Domestic Regional Product possible, according to a report released today by Regional Development Australia Northern Inland (RDANI).

The Northern Inland Digital Economy Strategy for Business looks at how local businesses and communities in Northern Inland NSW can best take advantage of high-speed broadband and online 'know-how' to grow the regional economy.  The report examines the huge potential gains to be made by embracing the digital economy within the region and presents a number of recommendations that RDANI, Local Councils and local businesses can do to grow our online opportunities.

According to RDANI Chairman Mal Peters, all towns with existing technologies are able to make this happen but only if we employ some of the clever thinking that has been outlined in the Digital Economy Strategy. "We are already seeing a massive impact on our retail sector with the uptake of online shopping. So this report looks at ways that local businesses can be empowered and prepared for change in this arena to ensure they maximize their own benefits," said RDANI Chair, Mal Peters.

The report outlines that 86% of businesses in the region currently do not sell online in any capacity, with around a third of those saying that lack of expertise, information and training are the biggest barriers to overcome. "Given that the national figures for online retailing show that even 40% of over 65 year olds are buying online and that the preference is for Australian-based sites, local businesses need to see the internet as a way to compete nationally as well as locally," Mr Peters said.

As well as providing a 'Ten Digital Next Steps for Small Businesses' checklist, some of the key recommendations to come out of the report include the need to establish an Online Economy Taskforce with representation from the 13 LGAs, the need to expand training to get more businesses online, attracting private sector investment, providing the tools to local businesses to be able to compete online, leveraging off the NBN rollout in Armidale and establishing more wireless precincts throughout the region.

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