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The Pulse - 3 August 2015

 

Issue no. 13 3 August 2015

In this Issue...

 Acting President's Message
 News Items

              Local Government Awards for Excellence Winners Announced

              Barry Jarvis Recognised for Distinguished Service to Local Government

              Community Satisfaction with Local Government Remains High

              $100 Million Carbon Tax Refund to Cut Council Rates and Emissions

              Online Discussion on the Effects of Domestic Violence on Children

              Join the Fight Against Depression

              Inequality Study Shows Gaps in City Life

              Heart Foundation - Big Heart Appeal

 Grants  
 Surveys and Submissions
 Conferences, Seminars and Workshops
  Local Government Events


LGAT Annual Conference Sponsor

MAV


In the Spotlight

 

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Congratulations to Dorset Council and Meander Valley Council - the winners of the 2015 Local Government Awards for Excellence.

 

Nominees for LGAT President are Cheryl Arnol, Doug Chipman, Daryl Quilliam and Mick Tucker.  Best of luck to all.


Acting President's Message
      

Our Annual General Meeting and Conference last month was a great success. Congratulations to LGAT staff for organising this event as life has been rather hectic recently with a new CEO and Acting President.

The highlight for me was the Councillor Exemplary Service Award presented to past President, Barry Jarvis, which was accepted by his wife Terri, who made a wonderful speech. The BrightStars too were fantastic with their dances at the Conference Dinner. 

I enjoyed our speakers this year covering many topical subjects that our councils are discussing at the present.  Tim Cox was also very popular as our MC.  I must thank all those present who helped Katrena and I make this a relaxing event as it was a new experience for us both.  Again, the networking between councillors was evident during the Conference which is healthy for our industry.  On behalf of the Association, I'd like to thank the sponsors and trade exhibitors for thier support, and all those who attended.



 News Items

Local Government Awards for Excellence Winners Announced

A project described as transformational for a small regional community took out one of the top awards at the 2015 Local Government Awards for Excellence, announced on 23 July at the 2015 LGAT Annual Conference.  In the Delivering Excellence - Smaller Councils category, Dorset Council was recognised for its role in carefully researching, planning and achieving the Blue Derby Trails project, the single largest mountain bike project in Australia.  A partnership between Dorset Council and Break O’Day Council, when fully completed Blue Derby Trails will be 80 kilometres of trails in a unique combination of wilderness and terrain, representing an investment of around $2.9 million.

In the Delivering Excellence - Larger Councils category, Meander Valley Council took out the award for its Energy Efficiency Upgrades project.  Since 2012, Council has dedicated resources to this project, upgrading three buildings under the Community Energy Efficiency Program, saving energy, money and improving comfort.  More than 45,000 users have reaped the benefits and the project has allowed Council to engage with the community on the benefits of energy efficiency and lead by example.

The 2015 Local Government Awards for Excellence, sponsored by MAV Insurance, were presented by MAV President, Clr Bill McArthur.  The prize winners each received a trophy and $1,000 for staff development activities.



Barry Jarvis Recognised for Distinguished Service to Local Government

Former LGAT President, Barry Jarvis, who passed away in early June, has been honoured with a Councillor Exemplary Service Award by the Local Government Association of Tasmania.  The award, which recognises distinguished service to the whole of Local Government, was presented by Acting President, Mayor Daryl Quilliam and accepted by Barry’s wife, Terri Reynolds at the Conference Dinner, held on 23 July in Launceston.  

Barry Jarvis was elected to Dorset Council in 2007 and became Mayor in 2009.  He joined the General Management Committee in 2011 and commenced his Presidency in October 2014.  He was also the spokesperson for the Regional Council Group from 2012.

 


 Community Satisfaction with Local Government Remains High

An independent statewide survey of 1,240 randomly selected residents across Tasmania, conducted by EMRS,  has found overall levels of satisfaction with Tasmanian councils remains high.  The average satisfaction score across nine categories of council services which included council staff; waste management; recreation and cultural facilities and business; roads, footpaths and traffic; and planning and development was 70%.  The highest average satisfaction score for an individual service area related to residents' satisfaction with 'council staff', where a statewide satisfaction score of 82% was recorded.  The service area that received the lowest satisfaction score was 'planning and development' at 58%.  'Roads, footpaths and traffic' were seen as the area where improvement was most needed, with almost one fifth of residents (18%) nominating this area.  However, residents in the North-West expressed significantly higher levels of satisfaction with this service area.  When residents were asked how important it is that council is involved in reform discussions, the average importance score was 88%.



$100 Million Carbon Tax Refund to Cut Council Rates and Emissions

Around $100 million of carbon tax charges will be returned to local councils and be used to help reduce Australia's emissions as part of a new plan announced on 29 July.  Local councils around Australia will receive carbon tax refunds and will be able to pass savings on to ratepayers through lower council rates and waste charges.  The Waste Industry Protocol, being put in place by the Australian Local Government Association and the Australian Landfill Owners Association, will also see funds used for local projects such as investing in energy efficient street lighting, solar panels for council buildings, or new green waste and recycling services. Further information is available here.



 Online Discussion on the Effects of Domestic Violence on Children

Councils are invited to take part in an innovative online forum that will discuss the effects of family and domestic violence on children.  The webinar is a unique opportunity to have your say, participate in the discussion, or simply listen and learn.  The National Children's Commissioner, Megan Mitchell, will discuss her role and the development of her 2015 Parliamentary report into children’s rights, which has a substantive focus on how children are affected by family and domestic violence.  Participants will be asked to contribute to the development of this important report by providing a response to six questions around the impact of domestic violence on children.  Click here to register.



Join the Fight Against Depression

On 14 August, Clr Bertrand Cadart of Glamorgan Spring Bay Council will embark on a 3,200km motorcycle ride from Tasmania to Uluru as part of the 2015 Australian national 'Black Dog Ride'.  Now in its sixth year, the  Black Dog Ride is a national suicide prevention charity whose mission is to raise awareness of depression and suicide prevention.  Funds raised by Black Dog Riders will support the roll-out of Mental Health First Aid's Teen Program to Australian Schools nationwide and build the capacity of Lifeline's online Crisis Support Chat Service.  Clr Cadart hopes to raise $10,000 for this worthwhile cause and is seeking your support.  To make a donation, please click here.  Donations over $2 are tax deductable.



Inequality Study Shows Gaps in City Life

A new study from the University of Adelaide demonstrates how the inequality gap (the difference between Australia's most advantaged and disadvantaged) has reduced or increased for various health and social outcomes.  The study measured inequality across a range of indicators such as demographic and social indicators; health status, disability and deaths; and the use and provision of health and welfare services.  Overall, the data in the study indicated that access to health services, education and employment is improving over time for both advantaged and disadvantaged Australians.  The study includes national, state, regional and metropolitan statistics and could be used to identify critical areas where services should be directed.  More information is available at this link.



Heart Foundation - Big Heart Appeal

The Heart Foundation is working towards a world free of heart disease by funding vital research.  This September, 4,000 big-hearted volunteers will be knocking on doors throughout Tasmania to help raise $5 million nationally to fund research and raise awareness of the disease.  Your big heart can help stop the heartache of heart disease.  Become a doorknocker, it’s a great community event and great exercise.  Give generously when a volunteer knocks on your door this September, or donate online.  The Heart Foundation is also encouraging Tasmanians to support the appeal in their workplaces by participating in a ‘desk knock’, or in local stores via a  ‘store knock’.  The Tasmanian 2015 Big Heart Appeal will be launched at a ‘Big Breakfast’ on 26 August.  Contact TAS@heartfoundation.org.au for more information on the breakfast and how you can help with the door knock, desk knock, or store knock.



 Grants

 2015-16 Centenary of ANZAC Grants Program

The Centenary of ANZAC Grants Program recognises Tasmanians who served in the Great War from 1914-18 and the contribution made by individuals who have since undertaken operational service as members of the Australian Defence Force.  Grants up to $5,000 will be made available to eligible organisations from a total funding pool of $50,000 which is available for projects that commemorate the Centenary of ANZAC in Tasmania.  Applications close on 11 September.  The grant guidelines are available on the Centenary of ANZAC website.  For further information, phone 1800 204 224.

Tasmanian Government Minor Grants Program

The Minor Grants Program offers financial assistance towards equipment purchases and the development/improvement of facilities or playing surfaces that directly benefit sport and recreation clubs, and improve opportunities for Tasmanians to participate in sport and active recreation.  Local Government, clubs and not-for-profit providers of sport and active recreation can apply for grants of between $500 and $10,000.  Applicants must contribute at least half of the project funding.  Round One closes on 23 September.  For more information, visit the Communities, Sport and Recreation website, or phone 1800 252 476.



Surveys and Submissions

Inquiry into the Threat of Marine Plastic Pollution

Recently the Australian Senate referred the threat of marine plastic pollution in Australia and Australian waters to the Environment and Communications References Committee for inquiry and report by April 2016.  The terms of reference for the inquiry include: the review of current research and scientific understanding of plastic pollution in the marine environment; sources of marine plastic pollution; the impacts of marine plastic pollution including impacts on species and ecosystems, fisheries, small business and human health; and measures and resourcing for mitigation.  The Committee has invited written submissions from the community addressing issues that may be of relevance by 10 September.  Submissions can be provided by uploading to the enquiry website.  Alternatively, submissions may be emailed as an attached document to ec.sen@aph.gov.au.  More information is available here.

COTA Tasmania Annual Stakeholder Survey

As part of COTA's efforts to improve their services and better understand the needs of older Tasmanians, COTA Tasmania conducts an annual stakeholder survey.  Interested persons are invited to complete the online survey.  For a hard copy of the survey, please call COTA on (03) 6231 3265.  A summary of the results will be available when the survey is finalised and the responses have been analysed.



  Conferences, Seminars and Workshops

Future Directions in Regional Statistics

The Australian Bureau of Statistics is holding a free, all-day workshop at its Hobart Office on 14 August titled Future Directions in Regional Statistics.  The workshop is an opportunity to hear from the ABS regarding developments in regional socio-economic statistics occurring in the public and private spheres.  It is also an opportunity for the ABS to hear from government agencies as producers and users of regional data regarding possible future directions.  The workshop is targeted to users of regional socio-economic data, preferably at the policy analyst or data analyst level, with a limited number of places available for attendees from councils.  If you would like to attend, please contact the ABS on (03) 6222 5930, or by email.

 
Dogs in Tasmanian Society, Economy and Environment

A National Science Week presentation by Bob Holderness-Roddam on Dogs in Tasmanian Society, Economy and Environment will be held from 7.30pm, on 19 August at Sustainable Living Tasmania, 1st Floor, 71 Murray Street, Hobart.  This talk will discuss his recent research concerning dogs in Tasmania from their arrival with Europeans. Bob has a Masters Degree in Environmental Management and is an Associate with the School of Land and Food at the University of Tasmania.  Entry is by gold coin donation.  To register, please email bobhroddam@yahoo.co.uk, or phone 6249 1579.


2015 National Local Government Human Resources Conference

The 2015 National Local Government Human Resources Conference will be held in Melbourne from 11-13 November. This bi-annual conference brings together HR practitioners and Local Government management from across Australia to hear and learn about a range of contemporary and future challenges that will confront the sector.  Early bird prices apply until 31 August.  Details are available at www.mav.asn.au/events.



  Local Government Events

LGMA Procurement Masterclass - Hobart  5 August
General Management Committee Meeting - Launceston  26 August
General Managers' Workshop - Hobart  9-10 September
LGMA Procurement Masterclass - Launceston  16 September

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