The Pulse e-newsletter - LGAT


Issue no. 14 14 August 2015

In this Issue...

 Acting President's Message
 News Items

              Councils called upon to Identify Ailing Community Infrastructure

              Motion to Disclose Political Donations

              Comment Sought on Industrial Hemp Bill to Help Grow Industry

              Greg Howard Elected Mayor of Dorset

              Councillor's Endeavours to Fight Depression to Air on The Project

              New Insights on National Rural Issues

              TasWater Outlines Strategic Direction

              The Role and Effectiveness of Regulation in Dog Breeding

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

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In the Spotlight


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Congratulations to
Clr Greg Howard on his election as the new Mayor of Dorset Council


Nominees donations tell all urged for local council elections http://www.themercury.com.au/news/politics/donations-tell-all-urged-for-local-council-elections/story-fnpp9w4j-1227471822149 

Acting President's Message      

The weather over the past week or two is a great reminder that we are in the middle of winter.  While it has been very cold, photos in the press show how beautiful our State is, with the snow being an important part of our tourism industry.  I hope council roads have not been too badly affected by this inclement weather. 

Council reform continues to be the debate around councils.  I would hope out of this debate we see some positive outcomes for us all.  I get frustrated with many of these issues not coming up with positive outcomes for our communities. 

With budgets now completed for the year, I would expect most councils are working on their 10-year strategic and financial plans.  These will be a great benefit to all councils in the future, so I encourage you all to take this work seriously and not just because it is a Government requirement.

 News Items

Councils called upon to Identify Ailing Community Infrastructure

Councils Australia-wide have submitted more than 100 examples of ailing community infrastructure in need of replacement, maintenance, or upgrades within just a week of a call-out from the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA), highlighting Local Government's broader challenge of meeting the backlog and underspend in community infrastructure that has accumulated over the years.  Examples submitted so far to the Community Infrastructure Ideas Register include ovals, swimming pools, walking paths, halls and senior citizen centres.  ALGA is calling on more councils to submit examples of declining community infrastructure that would benefit their community through repair or renewal.  Register your community infrastructure ideas here.

Motion to Disclose Political Donations

At the July LGAT General Meeting, members supported a motion asking LGAT to advocate for legislative changes that would require candidates for Local Government elections to disclose political donations.  This was not because of any widespread wrongdoing in this space but reflects a mature sector focused on continuous improvement and good governance.  Tasmania is currently the only State not to require this information.  Early next year, LGAT will be consulting with members on a range of electoral reform issues with a view to identifying priorities for change well ahead of the next Local Government elections and will be working with the State Government to progress these.  The outcomes of the deliberations of the Legislative Council inquiry into the Electoral Commission and other electoral matters, and the identification of matters to be captured in the recently announced, targeted review of the Local Government Act will influence the content of a discussion paper and the direction of consultation. 

Comment Sought on Industrial Hemp Bill to Help Grow Industry

The State Government has released the Industrial Hemp Bill 2015 for public consultation.  The Bill, which will be introduced to Parliament later this year, supports growth of the industrial hemp sector through simplified regulation of the industry to establish a regulatory framework that supports the expansion of the sector  while not over-burdening it with unnecessary regulation.  The Bill is focused on low-THC varieties of cannabis which are grown to extract fibre and oil, and have no value as a drug.  It has been developed with extensive consultation with the Industrial Hemp Association of Tasmania, Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association, Tasmania Police and other industry and Government stakeholders.  The Bill is available for public comment until 4 September.  Copies of the proposed Bill and further information can be found online.

Greg Howard Elected Mayor of Dorset

Following the sudden passing of Dorset Mayor, Barry Jarvis, on 3 June, former Deputy Mayor, Clr Greg Howard has been elected to the mayoral position and Leonie Stein has been elected as a councillor.  Mayor Howard, who was a close friend to Barry Jarvis, has a long history in the region through his sport and business contacts.  LGAT wishes Mayor Howard and Clr Stein every success in their new positions. 

Councillor's Endeavours to Fight Depression to Air on The Project

On 14 August, Clr Bertrand Cadart of Glamorgan Spring Bay Council will embark on an adventure to remember when he will join hundreds of motorcycle enthusiasts from around Australia on a 3,200km Black Dog Ride to Uluru, to raise awareness and funds in the fight against suicide and depression.  His story is scheduled to be aired on The Project from 6.30pm tonight on TDT10 and will be available for viewing online afterwards at www.tenplay.com.au.  While Clr Cadart has already hit his fundraising target of $10,000, he seeks your support to make a donation to support this worthwhile cause.


New Insights on National Rural Issues

The Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) has released three new research reports from its National Rural Issues program.  Authored by some of Australia's leading rural industry experts from organisations like the CSIRO, the Australian Farm Institute and various universities, the reports highlight lessons that will help inform the future positioning of the Australian agricultural sector.  The reports include:  Australian Farm Business PerformanceGeographical Indications of Origin; and Collective Bargaining in the Agricultural Sector.  These are available on the RIRDC website.

TasWater Outlines Strategic Direction

As TasWater begins its third year of operations, the company has finalised its Corporate Plan for the next three years.  The Corporate Plan lays out a targeted program of investment intended to drive better customer outcomes, improve compliance of water and sewerage infrastructure and significant economic benefits for the State.  Coming after the determination of a second Price and Service Plan by the Economic Regulator, the new Corporate Plan does face challenges given the preferred pricing mechanism was significantly adjusted by the Regulator.  The Corporate Plan sets out to achieve water and sewerage pricing parity across the State and cost savings due to productivity improvements totalling $11 million since formation.  The number of towns experiencing water quality below Australian Drinking Water Guidelines will drop from 26 to eight, and the number of non-compliant water storage dams down to five from 13.  TasWater will commit $330 million over the next three years on capital spending programs, delivering significant employment and economic benefits statewide.  The development framework with no headworks charges where existing capacity exists will also act as a key driver of economic activity.  A reduction in sewerage spills impacting on the shellfish industry also remains a key target.

 The Role and Effectiveness of Regulation in Dog Breeding

A research survey project, led by Sonia Shimeld from the UTAS Tasmanian School of Economics and Business, is aimed at understanding Australian dog breeding in the local community.  Local councils understand that companion animals are a big part of all communities.  Dog breeders live within local councils and the survey seeks to understand what motivates dog breeders, to understand how well they understand the companion dog market and what buyers seek when they purchase a dog.  It also seeks to understand how well dog breeders understand their rights and responsibilities as dog breeders in Australia.  The survey is available online.

Grants & Scholarships

Millions for Tourism Funding Program

More than $4 million in funding is available to create and support tourism infrastructure across Tasmania through the Tourism Demand-Driver Infrastructure and Regional Tourism Infrastructure and Innovation Funds.  The 2015-2016 round of the Australian Government funds, administered by the Tasmanian Government’s Department of State Growth, are now open to expressions of interest.  Through the funding program, $4.4 million is available to support infrastructure projects that bring more visitors to Tasmania, improve the quality of their experience and boost expenditure.  Proponents are urged to submit an expression of interest application by 19 August.  Shortlisted applicants will be invited to submit a business case and successful applicants will notified in October.  Guidelines and EOI forms can be found here.  Enquiries can be submitted by email to THSU@stategrowth.tas.gov.au.

Tasmanian Community Road Safety Grants

Funding is available to assist local councils, community organisations, schools and other service areas of the Department of Education and Tasmanian research institutions to undertake community road safety projects.  Projects must be evidence-based using research or best practice principles.  They must address local issues or be of road safety benefit, targeting a specific group or issue and align with the Tasmanian Road Safety Strategy 2007 - 2016.  Two funding streams are available: small projects from $500 - $5,000; and medium-large projects from $5,000 - $25,000.  Applications must be received by 11 September.  Click here for details

Scholarships Open for Council Water Professionals

The International Water Centre (IWC) is currently offering a range of scholarships for professionals interested in joining either the Master of Integrated Water Management or Water Leadership Program next year.  These industry-relevant programs equip participants with the technical, leadership and managerial skills they need to tackle complex water management challenges in a more effective and integrated way.  Both programs can be delivered from a distance, with a short period of face-to-face training and the rest delivered through online learning platforms.  The Master of Integrated Water Management - Scholarships which close on 1 October offer full-tuition scholarships ($49,920) for part-time/distance or full-time study, commencing at The University of Queensland in Semester 1, 2016.  The Water Leadership Program - Scholarships which close on 15 September, offer several full ($11,500) and half ($5,750) scholarships for emerging leaders at the project to middle management level to participate in this nine-month, award-winning program starting in December.  For more information visit the scholarships website, or download the brochures: Master of Integrated Water Management or Water Leadership Program.  For enquiries, email admin@watercentre.org, or phone (07) 3014 0200.

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 and not-for-profit providers of sport and active recreation can apply for grants of between $500 and $10,000.  Eligible projects must benefit sport and/or recreation clubs, and applicants must contribute at least half of the project funding.  Round One closes on 23 SeptemberFor more information, visit the Communities, Sport and Recreation website, or phone 1800 252 476.


2015 Tasmanian Human Rights Awards

The Tasmanian Human Rights Week Committee is now taking nominations for nine Human Rights Awards: A Fairer World School Award; Individual Award; Organisation Award; Lucy Henry Mental Health Award; Angus Downie Print Journalism Award; Multicultural Award; LGBTI Award; Youth Award; and Robin Hood AM Sport Award.  For each award, a certificate and prize of $500 will be presented at the conferring ceremony in December 2015.  Nominations close on 30 September.  Download a nomination form, or phone (03) 6165 7512.

2015 National Disability Awards

The 2015 National Disability Awards have opened, giving Australians the chance to acknowledge the many people, organisations and initiatives across the country that make a positive impact on the lives of people with disability.  Now in its ninth year, the Awards help build awareness of disability issues and showcase important work throughout the community, enabling people to fully participate in work and society.  This year's focus will be on nominations that demonstrate great community initiatives.  Nominations close on 4 September.  To find out more about the National Disability Awards, go to www.idpwd.com.au, or call 1800 672 682. 

2016 Australian Biosecurity Awards Now Open

Nominations are invited from individuals, groups and organisations for the 2016 Australian Biosecurity Awards which recognise excellence in efforts to keep Australia's biosecurity system strong.  There are three award categories: the Australian Biosecurity Award - Industry, the Australian Biosecurity Award - Government, and the David Banks Biosecurity Lifetime Achievement Award.  Nominations are open until 30 September.  For more information, visit www.agriculture.gov.au/aba

2015 Excellence in Property Awards

The Australian Property Institute is conducting their Excellence in Property Awards for 2015.  One of the categories is the Local Government Property Award for an individual officer or Local Government organisation that has delivered or influenced the delivery of a project that contributes to the local community.  There are also other award categories including the:  Property Development Award; Environmental Development Award; and Heritage Property Award.  Entry closes on 28 August.  For details, visit www.tas.api.org.au, or call 03 6223 3011.

Conferences, Seminars and Workshops

Tasmanian Leaders Program

The Tasmanian Leaders Program guarantees to develop and increase participant’s leadership capacity with benefits and learnings extending well beyond the initial eleven-month commitment.  In bringing together individuals from a diversity of backgrounds and exposing them to a cross-section of today’s leaders, the program fosters the capacity of all participants to learn and engage across a range of issues relevant to Tasmania’s future while cultivating specific competencies crucial for effective and dynamic leadership.  Places are limited and applicants are selected based on merit through a competitive application process that seeks to select a diverse cohort of participants.  High potential leaders wanting to transform their leadership capacity who are willing to be challenged and inspired through interactive and reflective learning, are encouraged to apply.  Free information sessions are being held in Burnie and Queenstown (17 August), in Launceston (18 August), and in Hobart (19 August).  Applications close on 1 October.  To reserve a place, please visit the portal.

2015 PIA Tasmanian State Conference

On 20 August at The Grange, Campbell Town, the PIA Tasmanian State Conference will examine how economic, environmental and social issues can be integrated at the regional level, and how individual councils, regional organisations and State Government agencies can work together.  Visit the website for the full conference program and speaker bios and for registrations.

Tasmania's Ageing Population and Ageing Workforce

No other force is likely to shape the future of national economic health, public finances and national policies as the irreversible rate at which the world's population is growing older, according to industry research.  The ageing of the population poses not only a workforce capability issue for governments as the public service ages but also an economic opportunity for Tasmania.  Geoff Pearman will pose nine questions during a master class that State and Local Governments need to answer if they are to manage the risks and realise the opportunities of an ageing population.  Geoff will introduce participants to a strategic approach that is proving effective in engaging organisations to better manage the ageing of their workforces.  He will also address regional economic development challenges as well as exploring some of the business opportunities from an ageing population.  The 3.5-hour course will be held on 27 August in Launceston and on 28 August in Hobart at a cost of $110.  For more Information, phone (03) 6232 7511, email ttc@dpac.tas.gov.au or visit the Training Consortium website.

Environmental Health Australia (Tasmania) Annual State Conference

Environmental health practitioners are the unsung champions of preventive health.  Our communities demand and expect clean air, clean water, clean food, a disease-free society and a clean environment.  These fundamental community expectations are addressed by environmental health officers on a daily basis.  The annual State Conference, themed Environmental Health: The Power of Prevention, will bring together practitioners from around the State to discuss and workshop issues with the goal of improving community health standards.  Dr Jenny Royle from the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne is the keynote speaker and will be speaking about the value of immunisations.  The conference will take place in Devonport from 2-4 September.  For further details, visit the website.

How to Leverage Your Time and Energy to Get More Done

Hobart consultancy, Frameworks for Change, have organised productivity expert, Colin Boyd, to deliver a workshop in Hobart on 15 September for peoplewho want to be more productive, master execution, time management, managing complexities, creating clarity and priotising.  Participants will discover:  the five master steps of execution; the four major categories that impact your time and which area to focus on most; how to manage the complexities of work while still creating results; simple and effective strategies for creating clarity; and how to prioritise workload.  Further details are available on the website, or by calling 6224 8854.

Local Government Health and Wellbeing Forum

A free information forum specifically tailored for Local Government and interested community organisations to promote health and wellbeing, will be held from 10.00am - 3.00pm, on 17 September at the Twin Ovals Function Centre in Kingston.  The forum will showcase a range of health and wellbeing initiatives, and services to encourage and support Local Government representatives to get involved with physical activity in their community.  For enquiries, please contact Kristy Broomhall at the Department of Premier and Cabinet on (03) 6165 5080, or by email.

 What's New on the LGAT Website?    

Speaker presentations which have been made available from the LGAT Annual Conference are now available to members on the LGAT Extranet

The full 2014 Local Government Elected Member Census can be found on the LGAT website

 Local Government Events

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

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