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The Pulse - 2 July 2015

Issue no. 11 2 July 2015

In this Issue...

 Acting President's Message
 News Items

              Job Opportunity!  LGAT Policy Director

              Hobart Celebrates 100th Year of City Hall

              Giving Social Enterprise a Voice

              Climate Resilient Water Sources Data Now Available

              Vale Andrew Reimer 

              Japanese Local Government Exchange

              Building Social Cohesion in our Communities

              Community Views Sought on Family Violence Action Plan

              Input Sought on Public Toilet Strategy

 Awards 

              2015 LGMA Australasian Management Challenge Winner Announced

              Launch of 2015 Innovative Tasmania Awards

 Grants 
 Conferences, Seminars and Workshops
  Local Government Events


LGAT Annual Conference Sponsor


In the Spotlight

 

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Congratulations to Kingborough Council which came first place at this year's LGMA Australasian Management Challenge final!  It's the first time a Tasmanian council has won the title in the event's 23-year history.

 
New planning legislation out for consultation to prepare the framework for a single statewide planning scheme
http://www.justice.tas.gov.au/community-consultation/new-tasmanian-planning-scheme ...#lgtas

 

Acting President's Message      

I was extremely disappointed to learn that the Local Government (Code of Conduct) Amendment Bill did not pass the Upper House this week despite a letter of support for the Bill having been sent by our former President, Barry Jarvis, and a nearly four-hour briefing from the Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT) and the Local Government Division (LGD) prior to commencing debate.

It is of particular concern that, despite a number of significant consultation processes with our sector since 2010, the impression of the Upper House members was that there was not a high level of awareness of the issues from their local councils.  This is particularly frustrating given this has been a matter pushed by the sector, not the State Government.

Because this has been the subject of regular updates at General Meetings, most of you would know that LGAT has been trying to progress improvements to the code of conduct process for some time now.  The process has included:

  • Circulation of a discussion paper in June 2010 seeking feedback from councils on the regulations, with suggested changes for consideration;
  • Securing agreement from the LGD to review the provisions related to codes of conduct in November 2010;
  • Preparing a paper for councils to provide some detail of proposed amendments ahead of receiving amendment regulations (April 2011);
  • Delivering training for panel chairs and members (2011);
  • Developing a Model Code of Conduct, a fact sheet - How to Make Complaints and a complaint form for councils, with input from the LGD and the Integrity Commission (2012);
  • Gaining agreement for establishment of a working group for a cross disciplinary review in 2013;
  • Research to inform a discussion paper for the working group;
  • Consultation with councils on the proposed model; and
  • Consultation with councils on the draft Bill in 2014.

The LGAT CEO will be writing next week with more detail and an additional agenda item for the July General Meeting to get some agreement on some matters going forward - ahead of Parliament resuming the sitting schedule in August.  I would encourage you to engage your local MLC on the issue and concerns of the sector that have been raised over many years.


News Items

Job Opportunity!  LGAT Policy Director

The Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT) is seeking an experienced manager to lead our professional and highly empowered policy and projects team and deliver on our active policy and advocacy agenda, addressing the wide range of issues faced by Tasmanian councils.  Reporting to the CEO, you will be responsible for the development of strategic policy and managing ongoing communication with member councils, the State and Australian Governments, and a range of other stakeholders.  You will also take key accountability for developing high quality policy submissions, undertaking strategic and operational planning and evaluation, and implementing a range of member services.  For enquiries regarding the position, or to request a position description and selection criteria, phone (03) 6233 5966, or email admin@lgat.tas.gov.au.  The position description and selection criteria are also available on the LGAT website.  Applications close on 17 July.


 Hobart Celebrates 100th Year of City Hall

Hobart’s City Hall reached a major milestone this week, with Council celebrating the building's 100 years in the cultural life of Hobart.  The building, which is heritage-listed, is one of the City’s most important cultural assets.  At the time of its construction, the City Hall was a significant undertaking for Council.  It was opened to great fanfare on 30 June 1915, and has enjoyed a rich and varied history.  Throughout the twentieth century, the hall has been used for a wide range of purposes including trade fairs, exhibitions, political and religious gatherings, dances, dinners, balls, civic receptions, concerts (ranging from orchestral to rock), Monday night wrestling, school speech nights, graduation ceremonies, sporting events and short-term retail and commercial purposes.  The City Hall was the main concert venue for the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra between 1948 and 1973, and the finale of the Miss Tasmania Quest was also held there each year until 1974.


 Giving Social Enterprise a Voice

Finding Australia’s Social Enterprise Sector 2015 is a national research project conducted by the Centre for Social Impact Swinburne in partnership with Social Traders, to collect information about the current locations, practices and activities of social enterprises in Australia.  The 2015 research is the second-ever census of social enterprise in Australia and will provide critical insights into the sector which will inform policy and planning amongst Government, philanthropy, not-for-profits, social enterprises and other actors that influence this environment.  The research is being conducted through an online survey.  Surveys must be completed by 1 August and survey participants will go into the draw to win $1,000 for the social enterprise of their choice. 


 Climate Resilient Water Sources Data Now Available

Climate resilient water sources will play an important role in increasing water security and lessening climate variability impacts on water availability.  Either as part of large centralised supply systems or small decentralised schemes, they’re increasingly relied upon to supply or secure Australia’s water demands.  The Bureau of Meteorology has launched a Climate Resilient Water Sources web portal - an interactive site providing comprehensive mapping and information of desalinated and recycled water sources for over 350 publicaly and privately owned and operated sites across Australia.  Users can access the portal to search information on capacity, production, location and use of these alternative water sources.  This information will inform the Australian community, government and the water industry of the contribution that these sources make to secure water supplies for current and future residential, industrial, mining, commercial and agricultural needs.  


Vale Andrew Reimer

Many in the Tasmanian Local Government sector will fondly remember Andrew Reimer from High Performance Management, who, over many years, shared his leadership and management expertise with many throughout the sector via his coaching sessions and regular contributions to the LGAT News magazine.  Sadly, Andrew passed away on 16 June after a short illness, aged 60.  For Andrew, cultural change was the outcome from leadership development, talent management, high achiever development, 360 degree reviews and ongoing communication skills, and he provided the necessary tools to enable many Tasmanian Local Government leaders to achieve positive and embedded change.  Andrew will be missed by the Tasmanian Local Government sector and out thoughts are with his family and colleagues at this sad time.  
  


Japanese Local Government Exchange

Applications are now open for the Japan Local Government Centre (CLAIR Sydney) 2015 Local Government Exchange and Cooperation Seminar, to be held from 1­–11 November, in Japan.  The program aims to promote a better understanding of Japanese local governance and culture, and to bring together people from Japan, Australia and New Zealand working in Local Government to exchange knowledge and views on current issues facing the Local Government sector.  This year’s themes are Meaning of Sister City Exchange and Harmonising Town Planning and Heritage Conservation.  Applications close on 31 July.  Click here for more information.


Building Social Cohesion in our Communities

A new online resource developed by the Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government, Building Social Cohesion in our Communities, provides Local Government with a practical approach to developing strong, socially cohesive communities.  The online resource is highly interactive and is structured around five elements of building social cohesion based on international and Australian best practice.  This is the first sector-specific resource to focus on social cohesion, supported by a strong evidence-base of current, validated research and Local Government case studies.  The free resource features case studies from Local Government, tips and templates for implementing good practice at the local level and links to further resources.  A summary document is also available. 


Community Views Sought on Family Violence Action Plan

The State Government recently brought together an external consultative group, along with representatives from the broader community and community sector organisations, for a Family Violence Workshop.  Participants contributed their experience and expertise to discussions to help in the development of a Family Violence Action Plan for Tasmania.  The Government also wants to hear from the wider community.  Click here to contribute.


Input Sought on Public Toilet Strategy

The City of Hobart is seeking community input into the development of a new Public Toilet Strategy for Hobart.  The Council aims to prepare the strategy that will look at the availability, location and distribution of public toilets within Hobart.  It will also consider accessibility, safety, promotion and signage, cleanliness and management, design and sustainability, community expectations and special events.  With $4.3 million worth of public toilet infrastructure, the strategy is aimed at ensuring Council’s planning, investment and operation of public toilets is targeted to meet changing community needs.  Members of the public can have their say by visiting the project website


Awards

2015 LGMA Australasian Management Challenge Winner Announced

Congratulations to Kingborough Council which came first place at this year's LGMA Australasian Management Challenge final!  It's the first time a Tasmanian council has won the title in the event's 23-year history.  Despite being up against 110 other councils, the My Kingborough Rules team impressed judges with their good humour and creativity, collegiate work ethic and well rounded skills.  The 2015 program, which ran from January to June, brought together some of the brightest Local Government practitioners from across Australia and New Zealand to share their ideas to tackle some of the sector’s key challenges.  The annual event enables collaboration with Local Government colleagues and allows participants to hone their presentation skills by pitching their ideas to a panel of judges from the sector.   Find out more here.  View the Photo gallery here.

 

Launch of 2015 Innovative Tasmania Awards

The inaugural 2015 Innovative Tasmania Awards, an initiative of Big Picture Tasmania, invite innovators and innovative organisations to nominate their very best innovations from past and present.  Categories include: Politics, Governance and Security; Community and  Environment; Food and Beverage; Science, Technology and Transport; and Sport, Leisure and the Arts.  Entry is free.  Nominations close on 31 July.  Members of the public will be given the chance to vote on what they think are the top Tasmanian innovations in each of the five categories.  The highest scoring innovations will  be recognised at a major awards event in Launceston, on 6 November.  The five category winners will receive designer trophies made of Tasmanian hand-blown glass and a Certificate.  Find out more here.


Grants

Mobile Blackspot Program Round 1 Locations Announced

On 25 June, the Federal Government announced the locations to receive funding under Round 1 of the Mobile Black Spot Programme.   Round 1 will deliver 499 new and upgraded mobile base stations across regional and remote Australia – 429 Telstra base stations and 70 Vodafone base stations.   Of the 499 new and upgraded mobile base stations, 31 will be in Tasmania, distributed across 12 Municipal Areas.  A further $60 million has been committed by the Government for Round 2 of the programme, with funding to be available over two years from 1 July 2016.  Round 2 is expected to operate under similar guidelines as the first round and will offer further opportunities to meet unmet demand and provide coverage to more locations around regional and remote Australia.  The competitive selection process for the second round of funding is expected to commence in 2016, after allowing time for further locations to be nominated by members of the public.  The locations to be funded under Round 2 are expected to be announced by the end of 2016.

 

Bridges to Renewal Program Announced

The Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development has launched round two of the Bridges to Renewal Program.  Round Two is open to Local Governments only, with up to $100 million in funding available.  Proposals must be received by 31 August.  The Programme Criteria and Proposal Form is now available.

 

Festivals Australia: Regional Festivals Project Fund

The Regional Festivals Project Fund supports the inclusion of an arts project at festivals in regional and remote Australia.  Grants are available to support the costs to produce and present an arts activity and there is no limit on the amount that can be requested.  Applicants are strongly encouraged to speak with an Australia Council Grants Officer before applying to this fund.  Full details, including eligibility and assessment criteria, FAQs and the application process are available here.  Applications close on 1 September for projects commencing on 1 January 2016. 


Conferences, Seminars and Workshops


Great Local Government Ideas

The Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government (ACELG) is proud to host the next National Local Government Research Symposium in Launceston on 21 July as a lead-up to the 2015 LGAT Annual Conference.  ACELG research events have become important additions to the national Australian Local Government event calendar for the development and sharing of great ideas by Local Government practitioners, elected members, academics and researchers.  Sessions and workshops will showcase examples of current Local Government research and practice which relate to key policy issues for Tasmania and Australia including: Regionalism Studies - Implications for Tasmania; Local Government in Tasmania Enabling Great Communities; Local Governments Taking on their Leadership Role; and Reform in Local Government - Lessons from around Australia.  Register now!

 

A Healthy Change - Local Government as a Change Agent

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.  Register here.

 

Community Resource Design Principles

Learn more about the key things to consider when developing community resources such as flyers and brochures at a free, 3-hour Designing Resources for Community Workshop, to be held in Launceston, on 21 July.  The workshop will cover key messages, target group, layout, graphics, font size, language and readability.  Participants can work on reviewing or developing their own resource at the workshop.  Register by 13 July.

 

Last Chance to Register for 2015 LGAT Annual Conference & Dinner

The LGAT Annual Conference is the biggest event of the year for the Tasmanian Local Government sector and this year's conference, themed BIG Thinking, will be heading north to 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.  Don't  miss it!  Click here to download the Conference Program and Registration Form.

 

Development and Building in Bushfire Prone Areas Training

A five-day course will be held in Hobart from 27-31 July, by the University of Sydney: Centre for Local Government and supported and endorsed by the Tasmania Fire Service, to provide building, planning and development professionals, particularly those working in Local Government and private practice, with the necessary skills and understanding to apply the relevant requirements of the Building Act 2000, Building Regulations 2004, Building Code of Australia / National Construction Code, AS 3959: Construction in Bushfire Prone Areas, Land Use Planning and Approvals Act 1993 and E1.0 Bushfire-Prone Areas Code (Planning Directive 5, 2012).  This will produce quality outcomes for residents as well as help protect against claims of negligence in exercising their development control functions.  The cost is $2,400 (incl GST).  Register here.

 

Erosion and Sediment Control Workshop

The Tasmanian Division of Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ) invites you to a two-day training workshop on Erosion and Sediment Control, presented by Specialist Trainer, Grant Witheridge from Catchments & Creeks Pty Ltd.  It will be held from the 5-6 August, in Hobart.  Further information is available online, or call EIANZ on (03) 8803 6150 or email carmel@crcms.com.au.



  Local Government Events

Good Governance Workshop - Hobart & Launceston 6 & 7 July
A Healthy Change - Local Government as a Change Agent - Launceston 20 July
2015 Local Government Research Symposium - Launceston 21 July
AGM & General Meeting - Launceston 22 July
Australian Local Government Womens Association AGM - Launceston 22 July
2015 LGAT Annual Conference - Launceston 22-24 July 
Development and Building in Bushfire Prone Areas Workshop - Hobart 27-31 July

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