The Pulse e-newsletter - LGAT
Issue no. 12 20 July 2015

In this Issue...

 Acting President's Message
 News Items

              New LGAT Board Announced

              Ombudsman Releases Guidelines on Land Access by Telco Carriers

              Call for Nominations for the EPA Sustainability Award 2015

              Tasmania Taskforce calls for Public Submissions

              A Birds-Eye View of Flagship Project

 Conferences, Seminars and Workshops
  Local Government Events

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Congratulations to the newly elected members of LGAT's General Management Committee who will take up their appointment this week.

  Round 2 of the Bridges Renewal Program is now open for applications.  Click here for details.


Acting President's Message      

I am very much looking forward to our Annual General Meeting and Conference this week. With many great speakers and a large number of councillors and staff attending, this year again promises to be another successful event.  The LGAT staff have been busy organising this event for us all, so I encourage you all to make the best of the full week of activities in Launceston.

Minister Peter Gutwein will again be presenting to our General Meeting.  I am sure there will be a lot of interest in what he has to say about Local Government reform.  The CEO and I recently met with the Minister to discuss the State Government’s position on the future of Financial Assistance Grants (FAGs) and other funding we receive from the Federal Government.  We were particularly thrilled that our State Government supports Local Government continuing to receive these vital funds into the future and that they are also supportive of the national campaign to restore the indexation lost in the 2014-15 Federal Budget.

 The last two months has been a challenging time for our organisation but we have a new CEO, Katrena Stephenson, already doing a great job for us and within another six weeks, the Association will have a new President.  At that time, the General Management Committee will convene to review the strategic direction of the organisation and cement in the key activities for the year ahead.  I'm sure LGAT will again be busy with many challenges facing the Local Government sector and supporting members to address those.

 News Items

New LGAT Board Announced

The election of the General Management Committee (GMC) of the Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT) has resulted in the election of the following members until July 2017: North West and West Coast Electoral District - Mayor Daryl Quilliam (Circular Head Council) and Mayor Jan Bonde (Central Coast Council); Northern Electoral District - Mayor Craig Perkins (Meander Valley Council) and Mayor Christina Holmdahl (West Tamar Council); Southern Electoral District: Mayor Deirdre Flint (Central Highlands Council) and Mayor Doug Chipman (Clarence City Council).

The new members of GMC will take up their appointment on 22 July and the election of Vice President will take place at that time.  Under the Rules of the Association, if a new Vice President is elected, they will become Acting President until the election of a President is complete.  Nominations for LGAT President close on 30 July.  The result of the postal ballot, overseen by the Tasmanian Electoral Commission will be announced on 8 September. 

 Ombudsman Releases Guidelines on Land Access by Telco Carriers

Did you know that telecommunications carriers can install some equipment on most properties without the owner or occupier’s consent?  The Telecommunications Act gives carriers power to install facilities, such as antennas, radio communications equipment, cabling and equipment shelters.  Owners/occupiers can object to some of the carrier’s proposals in specific timeframes.  When the carrier and owners/occupiers cannot agree on a dispute, the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (TIO) can decide an outcome.  The TIO has developed guidelines to help owners/ occupiers and carriers understand their rights and responsibilities.  They include a summary of timeframes, grounds for objection and what they can expect if the TIO deals with a land access dispute.  Access the guidelines here.

 Call for Nominations for the EPA Sustainability Award 2015 

Nominations are open for the 2015 EPA Sustainability Award (one of the Tasmanian Community Achievement Awards), which is designed to recognise businesses and organisations demonstrating a commitment to sustainability  through waste minimisation and resource efficiency.  Submissions should be for a project or initiative that has achieved measurable improvements in the area of waste minimisation and resource efficiency, with flow-on benefits to the wider community and/or industry sector, not just to the business or organisation involved.  Find out more about the EPA Sustainability Award and how to nominate.  Nominations close on 21 August.

 Tasmania Taskforce calls for Public Submissions

The Tasmania Taskforce has opened public submissions to develop a long-term vision for the State's future and is consulting widely with local communities, businesses and organisations.  The Tasmania Taskforce, established in May this year, aims to develop a strategy that will grow jobs and enable Tasmania's sustainable development into the future focusing on four key areas: economic development; education; and growing Tasmania.  Public submissions are open online until 31 August.  The Tasmania Taskforce will hold public forums in Hobart, Burnie, Devonport and Launceston.

 A Bird’s-Eye View of Flagship Project

Kingborough residents can now get a bird’s-eye view of the region’s most transformational project in a generation through a virtual tour of the eventual former Kingston High School redevelopment, which will take shape over the next decade.  The redeveloped site will feature a Town Square and promenade, village green and several new places to both live and do business.  More than a third of the 11-hectare site will be public open space for residents to enjoy and the former school gym building will be retained as a community hub.  The flagship project will help create 600 new jobs in Kingston and inject more than $80 million a year into the local economy once completed.  During its 10-year construction period, it will also generate $90m of onsite development and create extra 70 jobs each year.  The virtual tour was designed by consultants, Aspect Digital and finalised by Council.  It can be viewed here.


 Mental Health Grants

The Mental Health Council of Tasmania Mental Health Week small grants program for 2015 is now open.  Each year the Mental Health Council of Tasmania coordinates and disseminates grants to organisations wanting to hold an event or activity in Mental Health Week.  The theme for Mental Health Week this year is ‘Mental Health Begins with Me’.  Download the  Event Planning Kit and Grant Application Form.  Applications close on 3 August.  For enquiries, contact Catherine Delpero on (03) 6224 9222, or email cdelpero@mhct.org.

Community Road Safety Grants

Applications for funding under the new Community Road Safety Grants (CRSG) program close on 11 September. Projects that will be considered for funding must be evidence-based, using research or best practice principles.  They must address identified localised road safety issues, or be of road safety benefit, targeting a specific group or issue and align with the Tasmanian Road Safety Strategy 2007-2016.  Click here for more information about the program.

 Conferences, Seminars and Workshops

Measuring your Social Impact

Community organisations, businesses and governments are moving toward measuring their social impacts.  Whether you’re an expert or beginner, join an informal networking meeting to share, learn and be part of the growing community of social impact measurement practitioners in Tasmania.  Meetings are being hosted by the Tasmanian Chapter of the Social Impact Measurement Network Australia in Launceston on 27 July, and in Burnie.  For more information, contact Tim Tabart on 0413 220 373, or email info.simnatas@gmail.com.

Procurement Master Class

LGMA Tas is running a Procurement Master Class in Hobart on 5 August.  LGAT’s Deborah Leisser will be presenting on the procurement opportunities provided by the National Procurement Network (NPN). Kathryn Speed from Page Seager Lawyers will be presenting on how to lead effective procurement.  Click here for details.

Spatially Enabling Health and Community Services Forum

An executive forum, Embedding Location Intelligence into Service Innovation, is designed to showcase innovative approaches to solving age-old problems and demonstrate ways in which your organisation can harness the power of spatial information for service innovation.  Discover the latest offerings from Tasmania’s multi-award winning spatial infrastructure, with local case studies to highlight practical ways of drawing from this resource via integrated systems.  Find out how spatially enabled data can be meshed and applied across your organisational workflows to assist your strategic, operational and engagement practices.  The forum will be held on 12 August, in Hobart and costs $65.00.  To register, please visit the Tasmanian Training Consortium website by 7 August.  Queries can be directed to the TASSIC Executive Officer on (03) 6165 4110 or email info@tassic.org.au.

Practical Ethics in the Public Sector

The Integrity Commission will be delivering the Practical Ethics in the Public Sector workshop in Burnie on 25 August.  Participants will be guided through some thought-provoking scenarios and invited to reflect on ethical issues and dilemmas from their own experience.  Practical tools will be provided that can be used to make good, ethical decisions at work.  The workshop is relevant to employees in all roles and from any level.  It is also valuable for leaders and managers of teams and officers with a high degree of discretion in their job.  Staff who deliver Integrity Commission modules in their agencies will also benefit.  The workshop is a useful 'train the trainer' platform for the modules.  Visit The Training Consortium website to register.

  Local Government Events

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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