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The Pulse - 18 June 2015

Issue no. 10 18 June 2015

In this Issue...

 President's Message
 News Items

              New CEO for LGAT

              Celebrating 175 Years of Local Government in Australia

              Call for Submissions to the Regional Telecommunications Review 2015

              New General Manager for Derwent Valley Council

              Hobart Airport Redevelopment Announced

              State of the Regions Report Released

              Community Views Sought on Australian Citizenship

 Awards

              2015 Queen's Birthday Honours

              2015 Tasmanian Landcare Awards

              Resilient Australia Awards             

Conferences, Seminars and Workshops
What's New on the LGAT Website?
Local Government Events

LGAT Annual Conference Sponsor

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In the Spotlight

 

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Congratulations to Dr Katrena Stephenson who was appointed this week as the new CEO of the Local Government Association of Tasmania.  Dr Stephenson is the first female to be appointed to the role in the Association's 102 year history.
 
Have your say about the City of Hobart's concept plan for the Sandy Bay retail precint here: http://bit.ly/1JWEd3u 

 

Acting President's Message       

Our General Management Committee has received advice that LGAT needs to start the process immediately to appoint a new President for our organisation.  This will begin next week, with the Tasmanian Electoral Commission being engaged to run this election.  Under the Rules of the Association, the Vice President is to act as President until the vacancy is filled.  While the timing of our Presidential election does not quite line up with GMC elections, we will work hard to keep stability in the organisation.  The Presidential election is important for LGAT to continue the great work we have done in the past and for building on the strong effort President Barry Jarvis in his short-term as President. 

I am thrilled with the appointment of Dr Katrena Stephenson as our new CEO of LGAT.  The GMC undertook a comprehensive and highly competitive process and I am pleased to say the decision was unanimous.  I am sure Katrena will be a huge  asset to our organisation. While we will continue the work we have done in the past, GMC has encouraged Katrena to look at new ideas and ways of working with members in the future.  I know Katrena is thrilled to engage more with all members, please contact her should you require any help.

I attended the Australian Local Government Association's National General Assembly this week, where we had a large number of members from our State which was pleasing.  The theme of the event was Closer to Communities and discussions on federation and tax reforms dominated the event.  We will be hearing much more about these issues in the future. 


News Items

New CEO for LGAT

Dr Katrena Stephenson has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of the Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT), the first female CEO in the organisation’s 102 year history.  Dr Stephenson has been acting in the position of CEO since the departure of Allan Garcia on 1 May, and has been the Policy Director at the Association since late 2007.  Prior to commencing employment at LGAT, Dr Stephenson held policy, advisor and evaluation roles in a number of Tasmanian State Government departments and in the UK.  Dr Stephenson is also an appointed observer to the Local Government Managers (Tasmania) Board and a member of the Australian Centre for Excellence in Local Government Research Advisory Committee.

The Minister for Planning and Local Government, the Hon Peter Gutwein MP, warmly welcomed the appointment, saying Dr Stephenson is a skilled advocate for Local Government, as well as a strategic thinker and well respected by the Local Government community and beyond.  "Dr Stephenson has played a pivotal role in establishing the close working relationship the State Government has with Local Government," he said. 
 


Celebrating 175 Years of
Local Government in Australia

Local Government recently marked the 175th Anniversary of the establishment of Local Government in Australia at the opening of the 21st National General Assembly of Local Government, held from 15-17 June, in Canberra.  From its humble beginnings in 1840, preceding even the formation of the Federation, Local Government has evolved to become a well-developed national network of around 560 councils Australia-wide, providing more than 150 essential services to communities, employing 190,000 people and managing more than $350 billion in assets, including local roads infrastructure valued at $165 billion.  Australian Local Government Association President, Mayor Troy Pickard said that as the level of government closest to the community, and the local manifestation of government on the ground, this anniversary was a good reminder of the important role of councils and Local Government in our Federation.
 


Call for Submissions to the Regional Telecommunications Review 2015

The Federal Government recently commenced the 2015 Regional Telecommunications Review - conducted every 3 years into the adequacy of telecommunications services in regional, rural and remote parts of Australia - with a Review Committee appointed in early May.  The Committee has now released an issues paper inviting submissions on key issues.  The terms of reference include: consideration of the adequacy of telecommunications services in regional, rural and remote parts of Australia; and whether people in these areas have equitable access to telecommunications services that are significant to them, and are currently available in one or more parts of urban Australia.  Submissions will be accepted until 15 July.  Instructions on making a submission are available here.


  New General Manager for Derwent Valley Council

Mr Greg Winton has been appointed as General Manager of Derwent Valley Council, bringing commitment and experience in strengthening communities through strategic partnerships.  He will lead developments aimed at improvements in local employment, education and health services for residents of the Derwent Valley.  Mr Winton has three decades of experience working in the Local Government sector in regional areas of Western Australia and Tasmania.  He looks forward to working with the Derwent Valley Council and community to support the delivery of high quality, local services.  Mr Winton's appointment follows the resignation of Mr Stephen Mackey who will retire on 30 June, following 15 years' service at Derwent Valley Council.  Mr Winton will commence in the role on 1 July.


Hobart Airport Redevelopment Announced

A $100 million redevelopment of Hobart Airport is set to transform the State’s busiest gateway.  The project includes a runway extension, an extensive redevelopment of the airport’s passenger terminal including a larger departure lounge, centralised areas for arrivals, international passenger processing areas and a range of exciting new retail and dining spaces.  The first project for the terminal redevelopment is the transformation of the Arrivals Hall featuring designs inspired by Tasmania’s environment, an indoor/outdoor dining experience, the relocation of car rental desks and an external forecourt area, all due for completion by mid-2016.  The terminal redevelopment will showcase some of Tasmania’s best food and tourism experiences.  Visit www.hobartairport.com.au for updates on works.


State of the Regions Report Released

The State of the Regions: Inequality between and within regions report, prepared by National Economics for the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA), was released this month.  The report shows the link between income inequality at a regional level and economic growth on a national level.  It reveals that reducing the inequality of income distribution within and between Australian regions through new investment will be pivotal to strengthening Australia’s economy and bridging the employment fallout from the subsiding mining boom in low-income regions.  To access the full report, or the summary report, please call Sharon Akinyi, Director Public Affairs, ALGA, on 0418 415 649, or email sharon.akinyi@alga.asn.au


Community Views Sought on Australian Citizenship

The Federal Government has called for a national conversation on Australian citizenship and is seeking contributions to a discussion paper on the issue.  The discussion paper asks questions such as: are the responsibilities of Australian citizenship well enough known and understood?  Do we do enough to promote the value of citizenship, particularly among our young people?  Have we got the balance right between the safety of our community and the rights of the individual?  How should we deal with citizens who act against the best interests of our country?  Your views on these questions and other thoughts you have on the value of citizenship are welcomed here.
 


 Awards

2015 Queen's Birthday Honours

The 2015 Queen's Birthday Honours List has once again recognised the time and effort that many exceptional community members have dedicated to their local community through service to Local Government.  Congratulations to the Tasmanian Local Government representatives who received honours including Mayor Tony Foster OAM - Member (AM) in the General Division, for significant service to Local Government through leadership roles, to professional governance associations and to the community of Brighton.  A Medal (OAM) in the General Division was presented to: Ald Haydyn Nielsen, for service to Local Government, the community of Glenorchy and to sport; and to former Derwent Valley Council Mayor, Anthony (Tony) Nicholson, for service to Local Government and the Derwent Valley community.  The full Queen's Birthday Honours List is available here.

2015 Tasmanian Landcare Awards

Nominations are open for the 2015 Tasmanian Landcare Awards.  Held every two years, the State Landcare Awards are a celebration of the achievements of local landcarers and groups.  Landcarers from across the State are encouraged to nominate the achievements of a Landcare group or individual for this year’s Awards, recognising the many achievements and successes of Landcare across categories including sustainable farming, coastcare, junior landcare, Indigenous land management, community partnerships and individual landcarers.  State winners will progress as finalists to the 2016 National Landcare Awards.  Entries close on 30 June.  To submit a nomination, visit www.landcaretas.org.au.  For more information contact Mark Ritchie, on (03) 6234 7117, or email executive.officer@landcaretas.org.au.

Resilient Australia Awards

Has your Council developed an initiative to strengthen community disaster resilience?  If so, you are encouraged to nominate for a Resilient Australia Award.  There are five State award categories including: the Community Award; Business Award; Government Award; School Award; and Photography Award (People’s Choice Award).  Nominations close on 9 August.  Nominate here.


Conferences, Seminars and Workshops

Responding Positively to Big Changes

Restructuring, downsizing and merging all result in change.  Discover the tools to help you "do" change better, find more meaning in your work and become more productive.  This intensive workshop, to be held in Hobart, on 26 June, is designed for people who want to find purpose, resilience and satisfaction in their work, and for those committed to creating workplaces that are humane, productive, exciting and successful.  Cost is $250 (+GST).  Book online, call Mel on 6224 8854, or email mel@frameworksforchange.com.au

IAP2 Australasia Certificate in Engagement

The new IAP2 Australasia Certificate in Engagement offers essential training for community and stakeholder engagement practitioners.  This course has been designed with participant flexibility in mind and consists of a limited number of core modules and an evolving number of electives which will grow and change as the market develops and matures.  Module one, Engagement Essentials, to be held in Hobart on 20 July, provides an introduction and overview of what engagement means in the Australasian context.  It sets out the key concepts upon which to plan, design, facilitate and implement successful community and stakeholder engagement processes.  You will be able to reflect on your own role in engagement practice, in addition to recognising your future learning needs.  Register today!

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.

National Local Government Research Symposium

In the lead-up to the 2015 LGAT Annual Conference, the Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government (ACELG) will be hosting the 2015 Local Government Research Symposium on Tuesday, 21 July at the Tramsheds in Launceston, for Local Government practitioners, academics and elected members.  The symposium aims to showcase examples of current Local Government research and practice which relate to key policy issues for Tasmania and Australia.  Further information and registration is available here.

2015 LGAT Annual Conference Returns to Launceston

There are just two weeks to register your attendance at the 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.  Accommodation bookings are required by 26 June.  Click here for details of the accommodation options available, or download the Conference Program and Registration Form.

Managing Risk in Children’s Play Provision Workshop

UK playworker and dynamic risk benefit assessment expert, Ben Tawil, will present a full-day workshop for planners, designers and managers of children’s play spaces.  The workshop is hosted by the City of Hobart and the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, and will be held on 23 July.  For further information and to secure your place, email Sarah Bendelch at bendelchs@hobartcity.com.au

Tasmanian Women’s Leadership Symposium

The Tasmanian Women's Leadership Symposium represents an unrivalled opportunity to interact with Australia’s top female talent and get inside the minds of today’s most successful women.  To be held in Hobart, on 4 September, the event will offer aspiring women leaders the opportunity to reflect on their own journeys, envisage a future to which they are entitled, and draw inspiration and ideas from other leaders.  A number of subsidies specifically for Public Sector employees are available which save delegates up to $1,000 on the entry price.  The event information and registration form are now available.  For further information, email mariaw@wla.edu.au, or call 1300 735 904. 


  What's New on the LGAT Website?  

Modules 1A - Ethical Decisions at Work, is a core module of the Ethics and Integrity Training Program which addresses specific risk areas facing an outdoor workforce, including use of work resources, gifts and benefits, and confidentiality,  and offers tools to assist employees to make the best ethical decisions.  The Ethical Decisions at Work (Outdoor Workforce) Training Program materials can be accessed via the LGAT website under 'Latest News and Publications'.

LGAT farewells President Barry Jarvis, spends Five Minutes with Mayor Peter Freshney and reveals what's coming up at the 2015 LGAT Annual Conference in the June edition of LGAT News, now available on the LGAT website.


Local Government Events

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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