Introduction This week I’ve been thinking about neighbours. How important being a good neighbour is, how good local community creates a safer place, how being a good neighbour is like … Continue reading The Beauty of Neighbours
Introduction COVID-19 has made a major impact on the Australian economy. We are now in unchartered territory and experiencing an economic recession. Unemployment is high. In Far North Queensland it … Continue reading It’s Not Business as Usual
Introduction In 12 weeks time a general election will be held in Queensland, Australia. As expected there are the usual calls for harsher penalties for offenders and particularly for juvenille … Continue reading Crime Prevention: Harsh Penalties Do They Work? What Else Can We Do?
Introduction We are living in a time of change. So much of what we regarded as being normal for us has passed away to be replaced by a new normal. … Continue reading Team Building in the New Normal
Introduction In June 1984 the film “Gremlins” was released. The film told the story of a furry creature called a mogwai. The creature is purchased as a gift but when … Continue reading DON’T SPILL THE WATER: WHY ARE PEOPLE STILL DOING NEEDS ASSESSMENTS?
A little over 30 years ago I started my first job in the public sector. My commencing position was as an Administrative Services Officer Grade 1 (ASO1) for the Department … Continue reading Whatever Happened to Industrial Democracy? Why it is Even More Important Now.
Many people have been saying that the COVID19 pandemic will change many things. But is this the case? Has there been any real or substantial change in our behaviours, our relationships, our communities, how business operates or in government practice?
Introduction It seems we are emerging from the first wave of COVID19 lockdowns with restrictions being lifted across Australia to varying degrees. Governments, businesses, tourist operators and others are looking … Continue reading “Same as it ever was” Is that What we Want?
Introduction Many of the restrictions that have been imposed in an effort to “flatten the curve” of COVID-19 are being lifted. For some there is a fear these restrictions are … Continue reading Put Our Arms Around each Other…Communities in Recovery COVID19
Introduction COVID-19 has really thrown us a curveball in 2020. A virus we have no vaccine for. The only strategies we have are around ensuring our medical facilities are not … Continue reading Managing and Leading a Team in our New Work Reality
Introduction Your Council has a role to play in building and deepening community at any time. Following a crisis or disaster such as the current pandemic this role is even … Continue reading Your Council, Community and COVID-19 Recovery
Introduction Local government has performed important roles during the current COVID-19 Pandemic. Councils have been important in the distribution of government messages and health messages. Many council have also promoted … Continue reading Local Government and Pandemic Recovery