The Pulse e-newsletter - LGAT
Issue no. 8 21 May 2015

In this Issue...

 President's Message
 News Items

              2015 LGAT Annual Conference Returns to Launceston

              Local Government Welcomes Doubling of Roads to Recovery Funding

              LGAT Pre-Conference Forum: Building Healthy Communities

              Interim Planning Scheme for Hobart Declared

              Urban Artists Sought to Activate City

              Go Red for Women in June

              Accelerated Leadership Program for Women

Conferences, Seminars and Workshops
Local Government Events

 LGAT Annual Conference Sponsor


In the Spotlight


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The 2015 LGAT Annual Conference, themed BIG Thinking, will be hosted at The Tramsheds in Launceston from 22-24 JulyClick here to access the Conference Program and Registration Form and for full details of the accommodation options available.  Early bookings are recommended!

  Congratulations Devonport City Council on securing $10 million in federal funding to progress the


President's Message       Mayor Barry Jarvis

As the General Management Committee (GMC) gets into the final stages of selecting a new CEO for LGAT, the candidates have been announced to fill the various GMC positions across the State.  The elections for the new GMC will take place over the coming weeks and will affect the North West Coast and the Southern Region.  As there is only a single candidate in the North, no election is required.

I wish all the best to those that are standing and a very big thank you to Mayor van Zetten and Alderman Graham Bury who are not recontesting their positions.  Albert and Graham have been great contributors for Local Government through their roles on the GMC.

A couple of forums are being held in Brighton and Ulverstone called Planning for Healthy Communities.  LGAT is pleased to be a capacity building partner for the Social Determinants of Health project.  Councils support community health in many ways - as service providers, facilities managers and infrastructure providers.  Councils also operate numerous programs from walking groups, to active seniors centres, to community gardens.

Local Government is facing increased community demand in health and community wellbeing as the funding tightens on the next two tiers of government, with our communities expecting councils to fill these voids while not understanding that Local Government is very much constrained financially also.

News Items

2015 LGAT Annual Conference Returns to Launceston

Register now for the 103rd LGAT Annual Conference, themed BIG Thinking, to be held in Launceston, from 22-24 July.  Keynote speakers include: former Christchurch Mayor, Sir Bob Parker who will take us through his experience of the politics and process of change in Local Government and the leadership challenges he faced during the catastrophic earthquakes; Ian McBurney who will explore how Local Government can remain relevant in this rapidly changing world; City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt who will share his experience on the recently aborted amalgamation process undertaken by the Western Australian Government; and Assoc Prof Roberta Ryan who will reveal the findings of the first ever Australian survey of community attitudes to Local Government.  A series of workshops will cover topics including: transforming empty places into creative spaces; building organisational resilience; redefining age friendly; effective council communications; managing and reshaping organisational capacity; and facilitating private and social sector partnerships.  Click here for details of the accommodation options available, or to download the Conference Program and Registration Form.

Local Government Welcomes Doubling of Roads to Recovery Funding

The Australian Local Government sector has welcomed the announcement in the Federal Budget of a doubling in funding for the Roads to Recovery programme and additional Black Spot funding in 2015­–16.  An extra $350 million in Roads to Recovery funding will be provided to councils in the coming year and Black Spot funding will be increased from $60 million to $160 million in both 2015–16 and 2016–17. Local Government is responsible for around 80% of the nation’s roads by length.

LGAT Pre-Conference Forum: Building Healthy Communities

Make your Council a change agent for a healthier community and find out how your Council can use land use and economic planning to build strong, regional food economies that support community level food security.  The session will commence with a keynote presentation by change and sustainability practitioner, Ian McBurney, followed by a workshop with Leah Galvin of the Heart Foundation in partnership with Professor David Adams.  The forum will be held at the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery in Launceston, on 20 July.  For enquiries, email Kate Hiscock at the Local Government Association of Tasmania.

Interim Planning Scheme for Hobart Declared

The new Hobart Interim Planning Scheme 2015 came into effect on 20 May.  Prepared as part of the statewide planning reform process and the Southern Tasmanian Regional Planning Initiative, a cooperative approach involved the 12 councils of the Southern Tasmanian Council’s Authority.  The Interim Scheme will replace the City of Hobart Planning Scheme 1982 and the Battery Point Planning Scheme 1979.  The Interim Scheme will be placed on public exhibition from 30 May until 13 July.  Further information, including links to the document, maps and the process to lodge comments, can be found on the City of Hobart website.

Urban Artists Sought to Activate City

The City of Hobart is calling for urban artists to create artworks that contribute to    activating Hobart’s city centre.  Expressions of Interest are now open for artists or designers to be part of the Urban Art Walls public art project at three locations in the City – Arnolds Lane in Murray Street, Criterion Street and Victoria Street.  Urban Art Walls, which was developed in response to the City’s Graffiti Management Plan, aims to deter illegal graffiti through creative activation, and provides an opportunity for creative practitioners at highly visible sites throughout the city centre.  Expressions of interest close on 1 June.  For details, visit the project website.

Go Red for Women in June

Heart disease is the single biggest killer of Australian women and more than 90% of women have a least one risk factor for heart disease.  June is Go Red for Women month.  Tasmanians are encouraged to wear something red and to host a community or workplace fundraising event on 11 June to raise awareness of the prevalence of heart disease amongst Australian women, and to support the Heart Foundation’s vital research.  Get involved.   

Accelerated Leadership Program for Women

The Accelerated Leadership Performance Program enables the rapid transition of female managers into self-directed leaders through a combination of two learning phases delivered across six months.  Informed by global best practice in applied and accelerated learning, the focus on real outcomes as an ongoing and non-negotiable component of the program, underpins the emergence of a purposeful, decisive leader.  The National Scholarship Funding Initiative has now released a range of course fee subsidies which contribute up to $4,500 towards tuition costs, meaning that select applicants can participate in this world-renowned program for just $3,990.  Scholarship applications close on 19 June.  Click here for details, or contact Women and Leadership Australia on 1300 735 904.  

Conferences, Seminars and Workshops

White Ribbon Regional Forum

White Ribbon Australia is hosting a regional forum in Hobart on 25 May showcasing a whole of society, whole of community approach to driving long-term change in the prevention of men's violence against women.  The forums will feature international and local experts and will: enable delegates to engage in conversation and exchange strategies for action; provide a local learning environment to explore community action; encourage dialogue between community groups, services, academics, government and others interested in primary prevention strategies; and will showcase national and international programs working to change men’s attitudes and behaviours that lead to violence against women.  Be a part of the change.  Register here.

UTAS Postgraduate Information Evening

Whether you’re thinking about returning to study, looking to upgrade your skills, or even change careers, the University of Tasmania has a course that’s just right for you.  Our diverse programs allow you to study what interests you and best meets your needs.  On 27 May, at the Hobart campus, talk one-on-one to staff, or attend a presentation to find out everything you need to know about our career focused courses.  Stop wondering about your future and take control of your career.  Visit the website to reserve your place.

Environmental Nuisance Workshops

Environmental Nuisance will be the focus of a joint training program coordinated by the EPA Division and the Local Government Association of Tasmania.  Sessions will be held in Launceston (27 May), Burnie (28 May) and in Hobart (29 May).  The morning workshop examines the offence of causing environmental nuisance and what EHOs can do in response to complaints.  In the afternoon, there will be two informal workshop sessions to discuss practical ways to deal with different kinds of environmental nuisance.  The first workshop will look at the use of a decision-making tool in assisting EHOs to determine the likelihood of a noise nuisance.  The second workshop will use some examples of how two councils approached the issue of nuisance regarding smoky wood heaters.  For further information, click here.

Traffic Control Devices

ARRB Group in association with Austroads will host a brand new workshop on traffic control devices, based on the AustroadsGuide to Traffic Management Part 10: Traffic Control and Communication Devices.  The workshop, to be held in Launceston, from 2-3 June, will equip delegates with the tools that are required to design, implement and maintain traffic control devices from a traffic management perspective including road signs, electronic signs, pavement markings, guideposts and delineators.  Find out more here

Calling all Communicators!

From crisis management, campaigning and pitching your idea to the changing newsroom and social media, CommsDirect is a prime professional development platform and an opportunity for communication specialists to come together and hone their craft with like-minded people.  Engaging discussions and dedicated networking sessions will connect you with leading communicators, media and industry.  CommsDirect 2015 will be held in Melbourne, on 18 June.  The full program is available here.

2015 National Employer of Choice Conference

The 2015 National Employer of Choice Conference, to be held in Melbourne, on 15 June, will present a comprehensive overview of Australia’s most effective and award winning HR strategies.  The conference provides HR practitioners and organisational leaders with ideas, examples and discussion to assist the generation of successful Employer of Choice strategy.  Save up to $695 by booking a place before 29 May.  For details, click here or call 1300 138 037.

Bridges Out of Poverty Workshop 

Due to continuing demand, Tasmania Medicare Local is offering a seventh and final Bridges Out of Poverty workshop, which will equip practitioners with practical tools to assist Tasmanians affected by poverty and disadvantage.  The workshop is offered as a part of Tasmania Medicare Local's Social Determinants of Health initiative and will be held from 22-23 June, at The Tramsheds in Launceston.  Attendance costs $100.  Register here, or call 6213 8200.

Maintenance and Rehabilitation –  Understanding and Evaluating Options

A two-day course to provide delegates with the knowledge and practical understanding to enable full evaluation of maintenance and rehabilitation options, and their most beneficial use, is being hosted by the Centre for Pavement Engineering Education.  The course, being held in Launceston on 8 July, for engineers, project managers and senior supervisors, will focus on bituminous surfaces.  The course will cover rehabilitation strategy, involving scoping the project, investigation and evaluation of the existing pavement, development of treatment options, and the selection and implementation of the most appropriate option.  The cost is $1,150.  Click here to find out more.

HVACR Energy Efficiency Seminar Series

The Australian Refrigeration Association (ARA) recently ran an HVACR Energy Efficiency Seminar Series which featured the many ways commercial, residential and industrial property owners can reduce HVACR energy consumption and cost.  The sessions were recorded and are now available, complete with PowerPoint presentations, covering topics including:  Energy Efficiency Regulations and Incentives; Energy Efficient Split System Air Conditioning; and Industrial Refrigeration.  Access all thirteen sessions for just $60.00 (incl.GST).  Register here.

 Local Government Events

Planning for Healthy Communities Forum - Ulverstone 27 May
EPA Workshop - Environmental Nuisance - Launceston, Ulverstone & Hobart 27, 28 & 29 May
National General Assembly of Local Government - Canberra 14-17 June
Good Governance Workshop - Hobart & Launceston 6 & 7 July
LGAT Pre-Conference Forum - Launceston 20 July
2015 Local Government Research Symposium - Launceston 21 July
AGM & General Meeting - Launceston 22 July
2015 LGAT Annual Conference - Launceston 22-24 July 

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