The Pulse e-newsletter - LGAT
Issue no. 9 9 June 2015

In this Issue...

 Acting President's Message
 News Items

              King Island Council Appoints New General Manager

              New Disability Employment Framework Consultations

              Appointment to Tasmanian Suicide Prevention Steering Committee

              Call out for Local Governments to Participate in Accessible Film Festival

              Helping Small Business Cut Energy Costs

              Women’s Money Toolkit Launched

Conferences, Seminars and Workshops
Local Government Events

 LGAT Annual Conference Sponsor


In the Spotlight


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Friends and colleagues are cordially invited to attend the funeral of Barry Jarvis, to be held on Wednesday, 10 June, from 11.00am, at the Scottsdale Recreation Ground. 

news for LG - $400K to exploring reform, $4M forestry roads, $1.7M supporting heavy vehicle access network.

Acting President's Message

The Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT) was shocked and deeply saddened to hear about the sudden death last week of our President, Mayor Barry Jarvis.  While only President since October last year, Barry had served on the LGAT General Management Committee (GMC) since 2011.

Having been involved in a small, rural council that represents an area which has taken many economic hits over the last decade, Barry had become increasingly aware of the importance of councils in advocating and representing the community.  Barry was enjoying the challenges of working with the Association's members, the State Government and other stakeholders to further progress Local Government in Tasmania.

As President, Barry worked collaboratively, engaging positively with the many varied stakeholders and advocating strongly for the best outcomes for the Local Government sector and local communities.  He was a well-liked and highly respected leader.  Barry will be sorely missed by the Local Government sector and particularly by his colleagues at Dorset Council and by members of the Dorset community.

Under the Rules of the Association, as Vice President, I will act in the role of President until a new President is elected. That process will commence in due course.  Barry was not only a colleague but my friend. My thoughts, and those of all the GMC and staff at LGAT, are very much with his family, friends and colleagues at this sad time.

 News Items

King Island Council Appoints New General Manager

King Island Mayor, Clr Duncan McFie has announced the appointment of David Laugher as the new General Manager for King Island Council.  Mr Laugher will bring a depth of experience in the community services and development arena to the role, having worked in general manager and chief executive officer roles in Tasmania, Victoria, New South Wales, and the Northern Territory.  Mr Laugher, who was selected from over 57 applicants from around the country, will commence as General Manager on 1 July for a period of five years. 

New Disability Employment Framework Consultations

The Federal Government has announced the launch of a national public consultation to inform development of a new Disability Employment Framework.  A series of forums will be held around Australia to better understand what is and is not working in current disability employment programmes, and what the Government can do to improve employment rates.  An issues paper has been released to encourage discussion about the current approach and the best ways to support people with disability to find long-term, meaningful employment.  Download the issues paper and find out how you can get involved.

Appointment to Tasmanian Suicide Prevention Steering Committee

Ald Annette Rockliff of Devonport City Council has been appointed as the Local Government representative on the Tasmanian Suicide Prevention Steering Committee (TSPSC) for the next 12 months.  Adopting a whole of community approach, the TSPSC acts as central reference point for responding to suicide prevention initiatives at a local, state and national level.  In 2015, the TSPSC will have a central role in overseeing the development of the new Tasmanian Suicide Prevention Strategy and a new Youth Suicide Prevention Strategy.  LGAT would like to thank all those who submitted nominations for the position.

Call out for Local Governments to Participate in Accessible Film Festival

Access All Areas Film Festival (AAAFF) is an annual film festival celebrating accessible and inclusive film experience of people with and without disability.  Councils and community organisations are invited to take part in the festival's tour by hosting a screening of Australian-made short films with open captions and audio description, during November and December 2015.   Participation in the festival is free and all content and media is included free of charge thanks to the event sponsors.  To register your interest in hosting a screening, contact jules@thefestivalists.comClick here for more information.

Helping Small Business Cut Energy Costs

Energy efficiency expert Jon Dee has written Energy Cut: The 20 Step Guide to Cutting Energy Bills in Your Business.  Written in plain English, the free guidebook shows small to medium-sized businesses how to reduce their energy bills.  The book has been written as a result of DoSomething receiving grant funding from the Australian Government to disseminate practical advice and money saving energy efficiency information to business owners.  The book shows businesses how to cut the running costs of their lighting, airconditioning, equipment and transportation.  The book also contains over 100 real-world case studies that show how Australian businesses have reduced their energy bills using the methods promoted by the book.  Visit the EnergyCut website and download the free book.

Women’s Money Toolkit Launched

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has launched the Women's Money Toolkit, developed in partnership with the Office for Women - Prime Minister and Cabinet.  The Women's Money Toolkit will help women make informed financial choices, make the most of their money and avoid financial pitfalls.  It provides financial information tailored to individual circumstances by giving users the option to personalise their toolkit; and includes a career break super calculator and a parental leave planner.  The toolkit helps women deal with some of their unique financial challenges such as having less super, living longer than men and typically taking more time out of paid work to care for others.  Find out more at Women's Money Toolkit.


Vote now in the 2015 Tasmanian Architecture Awards

The Australian Institute of Architects invites you to vote for your favourite architectural project entered in this year's Tasmanian Architecture Awards, in the People’s Choice category.  The People's Choice website contains images and statements of intention for all 23 award entries.  By voting, you will go into the draw to win great prizes.  Voting closes at 5pm, on 24 June and the winners will be notified by 3 July.  Look out for the award results in the Sunday Tasmanian on 28 June.


Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards

The Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards is calling for nominations of local programs that have reduced crime or violence and helped the community become a safer place.  Programs of all sizes are encouraged to nominate, particularly programs that focus on violence against women and children, and target technology-enabled crime such as fraud and scams.  Nominations close on 17 July.  Nominate here, or call (02) 6260 9216 for further information.

Australian of the Year Awards - Nominations are now open

Every year, the Australian of the Year Awards brings a national spotlight to citizens around the country who are making a positive contribution and are excelling in their community, field and the world at large.  Nominations for the 2016 Awards are open until 3 August.  One nomination is all it takes to be considered for the Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year or Australia’s Local Hero award categories.  Being nominated is a great honour and can make all the difference to someone to know they are being recognised for the work they do.  Find out more here

Tasmanian Community Achievement Awards

Each and every day across our community, individuals, organisations and groups are making a difference in the lives of others.  The Tasmanian Community Achievement Awards are a fantastic chance to say thank you to those who have gone above and beyond.  The 2015 Tasmanian Community Achievement Awards categories include: Sustainability; HealthAchievement; Agriculture; Outstanding Achiever; Innovation in Safety; Community Group of the Year; Environment; and Disability Achievement.  Nominations close on 21 August.  Nominate here.

Conferences, Seminars and Workshops

AICD Leaders' Edge Lunch with Brendan Nelson 

The Australian Institute of Company Directors invites you to their second Leaders’ Edge Lunch in the 2015 program, with guest speaker The Hon Dr Brendan Nelson.  Join Dr Nelson as he reflects on his leadership journey in a diverse career.  The Leaders’ Edge lunch series provides members and the Tasmanian business community with the opportunity to hear speakers of national and international standing sharing their knowledge and experience.  This is a unique opportunity for the business community to discuss important trends integral to the current and future success of their organisations.  The lunch will be held at Wrest Point Casino from 1.30pm–3.30pm, on 19 June.  Cost is $90 (AICD members) and $110 (non-members).  RSVP by 10 June to Allyson Newbon on 6242 2202.

Keep Calm and Change

Have you ever wondered how to create the kind of workplace where people are engaged, motivated and able to do their best work?  Do you wonder “what is the point of my work”, “where do I fit in my organisation” and “is there a better way to “do” change”?  These questions are more relevant now than ever with the continual restructuring, merging, downsizing and uncertainty surrounding us.  Join Helen Rees and Lani Morris for a two-hour presentation on 23 June, in Hobart, as they discuss ways to find your purpose and direction at work, how to respond positively to change and what it takes to make your organisation a high performing one – no matter what the circumstances.  Registration costs $25 (+ GST).  Book online, contact Mel on 6224 8854, or email mel@frameworksforchange.com.au.

Breaking the Code of Silence Forum

Tasmania has some of the highest rates of suicide amongst men and women.  You are invited to a forum to listen to personal stories which can help you to better understand what a person goes through when they are thinking of suicide, what drives them to that point in their lives and how they have needed to access support to turn their lives around.  Join a night of stories about loss and grief due to suicide; how talking about the topic can aid prevention; and how we can support each other as a community to address depression and suicide.  This free event will commence at 6.30pm, on 23 June, at the Exeter Recreation Centre, Murray Street, Exeter.  The forum is supported by West Tamar Council, Rural Alive and Well, and The Tasmanian High Country Riders.  To register, contact the Kentish Regional Clinic on 6491 1552.

Your Brand is not your Logo

Branding isn’t sticking a logo on things: it’s a complex web of touch points, experiences and elements entirely out of your control.  Your brand is all that stops you from having to be the cheapest.  TAS ClubMEA invites LGAT members and associates to attend ‘Your brand is not your logo’ workshop, presented by Ian Whitworth from Scene Change Australia and A Lizard Drinking.  The workshop was a sell-out session at the 2014 National MEA Conference and has since been repeated in Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane.  The Hobart event will be held from 4.00pm–6.00pm, on 24 June, at TasTAFE Drysdale Campus in Hobart.  Book via the website, or contact Diane Byrne for further information on 0412 327 451.

Register Now for 2015 LGAT Annual Conference

Register now for the 103rd LGAT Annual Conference, themed BIG Thinking, to be held in Launceston, from 22-24 July.  Tim Cox will MC this year's event and 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.  The workshops will cover topics including: transforming empty places into creative spaces; building organisational resilience; redefining age-friendly communities; effective council communications; managing and reshaping organisational capacity; and facilitating private and social sector partnerships.  Accommodation bookings are required by 26 June.  View the accommodation options and download the Conference Program and Registration Form to find out more.


Planning for Healthy Communities Grants

Does your Council have an idea for a project, plan or strategy to help increase health and wellbeing in your community?  Don’t have an idea yet but want to learn more about strategic thinking and the social determinants of health?  LGAT is offering a number of $5,000 grants and free strategic planning sessions to help build Local Government capacity to support the improvement of health and wellbeing outcomes in your community, and it's easy to apply!  The forums are part of a project funded by Tasmanian Medicare Local under the Social Determinants of Health (Capacity Building) project, delivered by LGAT.  Please contact Kate Hiscock for an application form, or for further information.

Glenorchy Community Fund

The Glenorchy Community Fund offers funds each year to help not-for-profit organisations and groups that are working for the public benefit to enrich community spirit and alleviate social disadvantage in the Glenorchy Municipal Area.  The primary objective of the fund is to help locally based groups who are providing and/or creating opportunities and services that may not be readily available in the municipality from other sources.  One-off grants of up to $3,500 are available.  Applications close on 19 June.  For further information regarding eligibility and the application process visit the grant website

Coca-Cola Australia Foundation Community Grants

One-off community grants up to $10,000 are being offered to organisations working to improve the lives of marginalised young Australians – social/economic marginalisation; marginalisation amongst Indigenous youth; physical marginalisation; mental health issues/youth depression.  Programmes addressing marginalisation should focus on achieving tangible outcomes in one or more of three core areas: education; leadership; and wellbeing.  Further information and the grant program application form are available at the grant website

 Local Government Events

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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Hobart, TAS 7001

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Hobart, TAS 7000

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