The Pulse e-newsletter - LGAT


Issue no. 15 27 August 2015

In this Issue...

 Acting President's Message
 News Items

              Financial Assistance Grants to Benefit Tasmanian Communities

              TasWater - Six Years On

              Devonport City to Trial Pay-by-Phone for Car Parks

              Preserving Tasmania’s War Memorials

              Creative Councils Best Placed for Change

              Rewilding Australia Survey

              BrightStars Benefit from Conference Fundraising Activities           

 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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Tasmanian councils will soon receive the first quarterly payment under the Financial Assistance Grants programme for 2015-16 to support local projects and services


Devonport City Council to trial pay-by-phone parking system ...

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 Acting President's Message      

Next week will see winter behind us as springtime begins.  This is one of the best times of the year, other than Christmas of course.  Springtime sees new calves and lambs being born as well as bulbs and trees shooting new life.  LGAT is also seeing new beginnings with a new CEO and a new President to be elected in just two weeks.  With these new appointments, councillors should be mindful that LGAT is owned by councils and should let the General Management Committee (GMC) members know the important issues LGAT should work on.  Debate matters at your Council, bring motions forward to General Meetings and read the reports and papers from LGAT.  The CEO will shortly be distributing a survey to members to  help inform the strategic and operational planning to take place after the Presidential Election and I encourage you to participate.

We are pleased that the Local Government Code of Conduct amendments have finally been passed by the Legislative Council after a frustrating month leading up to the passing of the legislation.  Overall, we are happy with the changes that support a more effective process to deal with potential breaches of codes of conduct. 

News Items

Financial Assistance Grants to Benefit Tasmanian Communities

Councils across Tasmania will receive $72.1 million from the Australian Government to support local projects and services as part of the $2.3 billion Local Government Financial Assistance Grant programme for 2015-16.  This distribution includes $35.9 million already paid to Tasmania to ensure councils had early access to their grants to support local priorities.  The $72.1 million comes with no strings attached – meaning councils are free to spend their allocation according to local priorities, be it for infrastructure, health, recreation, environment or employment projects.  The first quarterly payment under the Financial Assistance Grant programme for 2015-16 of $9 million was made to the Tasmanian Government on 17 August and councils can expect to receive their funding shortly.  Details of the allocations to councils under the Financial Assistance Grant programme are available online at: www.regional.gov.au/local/assistance/index.aspx.

TasWater - Six Years On

Former LGAT President and now Member of the Legislative Council, the Hon Mike Gaffney, recently made a speech in Parliament about TasWater that should be of interest to LGAT members.  Six years on from this significant Local Government reform, Mr Gaffney outlines some of the history to the changes, some of the issues faced, and some of the highlights achieved.  He notes that, “In the past six years, over $550 million has already been spent on capital projects.  Water and sewerage upgrades have occurred in small towns and regions, which never could have afforded upgrades if still owned and managed by individual councils.”  Click here to access the full speech and related documents

Devonport City to Trial Pay-by-Phone for Car Parks

Motorists will no longer need cash to pay for parking in Devonport City Council car parks.  In a Tasmanian first, a pay-by-phone parking option will be introduced by Council to trial the service for a twelve-month period.  The service will be provided by EasyPark and will be available at off-street council car parks.  “Council believes this pay-by-phone service will be beneficial for car park users who find themselves short on time to complete their shopping or business in the CBD,” said Mayor Steve Martin.  Shoppers will be able to use the App from wherever they are to extend their parking end-time, without having to return to feed the car park meter.  Car park users will be able to trial the service for the first month free of charge.  They can register by visiting the EasyPark website, downloading the smartphone App, or calling EasyPark on 1300 734 070.  Once registered, motorists will be able to use the EasyPark smartphone App, or call the 1300 customer service number to pay for parking, and drivers who use the service will no longer need to purchase a parking ticket and display it on their dashboard.

Preserving Tasmania’s War Memorials

The commemoration of Tasmania’s involvement in the Great War is reinforcing the value communities place in preserving war memorials, honour rolls and commemorative plantings.  The Tasmanian Heritage Council has produced a publication to help communities make the right choices in preserving these important historic heritage items.  Preserving Tasmania’s War Heritage provides guidance and handy tips on how to avoid impacts to war memorials, as well as how to care and conserve memorials, honour rolls and boards, commemorative plantings and moveable heritage items such as cannons.  Copies of the publication are available online at www.heritage.tas.gov.au, or by calling 1300 850 332.

Creative Councils Best Placed for Change

The Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government has released a new discussion paper about organisation creativity.  The resource, Creative Councils for Creative Communities, was produced by Marrickville Council (NSW) and the UTS Centre for Local Government and explores the role of creativity as a prerequisite to innovation in Local Government.  The paper explores current thinking about creativity in communities, organisations and the public sector.  It discusses an approach taken within Marrickville Council about explicitly adding creativity to its Council function that could be considered by other Local Governments looking to operate in a more creative and innovative way.  Creative Councils for Creative Communities can be downloaded here.

Rewilding Australia Survey

Rewilding Australia is conducting a community survey on the knowledge and attitude of people to quolls, Tasmanian devils and the concept of 'rewilding' (reintroducing lost marsupials to our landscapes), and are hoping there may be some enthusiasm within Tasmania to be involved in some of the proposals they are working on.  Councils are encouraged to help promote community participation in the survey through their council communications.  The survey takes just five minutes to complete and can be found here.

BrightStars Benefit from Conference Fundraising Activities

As an outcome to the fundraising activities at the recent LGAT Annual Conference, a total of $2,300 was raised to support the work of Down Syndrome Tasmania's dance troupe, the BrightStars.  Delegates who attended the Conference Dinner at the Hotel Grand Chancellor Launceston will recall the rousing performance given by the BrightStars to kick off the evening.  The funds were raised via donations made at the MAV Insurance Coffee Corner and through LGAT's fundraising activities.  LGAT Acting President, Mayor Daryl Quilliam presented the cheque last night on behalf of the Association and its members to the elated troupe in Devonport.  The BrightStars have dance troupes in both the North-West and South of the State, and regularly conduct public performances.  For enquiries, phone Down Syndrome Tasmania on 1300 592050.


Tasmanian Community Fund

Applications for medium grants (between $10,001 to $90,000) are now invited to Grant Round 31 of the Tasmanian Community Fund.  Grants are available to fund community organisations that make a difference by enhancing wellbeing and improving the social, environmental and economic outcomes for the Tasmanian community.  Applications close on 23 September.  Guidelines and application forms are available from the Tasmanian Community Fund website

National Landcare Programme 20 Million Trees Competitive Grants

The Australian Government is seeking applications from eligible groups or individuals interested in undertaking a tree planting project as part of the 20 Million Trees Programme.  Applications are invited before 16 September for projects seeking funding between $20,000 and $100,000 for Round Two of the grants programme.  For further information, see the Australian Government National Landcare Programme website.

Opportunity for Small Museums to Increase Capacity

The Lynne Stacpoole ‘Caring for Your Collection’ grant program is now open to small museums and collections around the State.  The Arts Tasmania program invests in small museums and collections in Tasmania to enable them to purchase capital items to assist with the preservation or display of collections.  Two grants of $1,000 will be provided to support the purchase of capital items.  In addition, a new matching grant will allow larger capital items of $3,000 or greater to be purchased using $1,000 of funds from Ms Stacpoole, $1,000 of Tasmanian Government funds and a minimum of $1,000 of funding from the applicant museum’s community.  Information on the program can be found on the Arts Tasmania website.  Applications close on 1 October.


IPAA Tasmania Public Sector Excellence Awards

Nominations are open for the 2015 Institute of Public Administration Australia - Tasmania Public Sector Excellence AwardsThe awards are an opportunity to acknowledge the outstanding achievements of individuals and teams in the public sector and their contribution to the Tasmanian community.  Nominations are open to individuals and teams across all levels of government in Tasmania, with recently retired individuals also eligible for the President’s Award for Excellence.  The award categories are:  President’s Award for Excellence in the Public Sector; Public Sector Professional of the Year; Public Sector Young Professional of the Year; Best Practice in the Public Sector.  Nominations close on 30 September.  Download the nomination form from the awards website.

Erica Bell Local Government Essay Prize

The Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government at the University of Technology Sydney invites submissions from anyone within the Local Government sector for the inaugural Erica Bell Local Government Essay Prize.  The purpose of the competition is to elicit new and innovative ideas about advancing Local Government and preparing the sector to meet the challenges of 21st Century Australia.  The theme of the 2015 prize is Why Local Government Matters.  Submissions are due on 16 October.  More information can be found here.

Conferences, Seminars and Workshops

UTAS Open Day - This Weekend!

From 10am – 3pm this Sunday (30 August), find out about undergraduate and postgraduate courses, and the services and facilities available at your nearest UTAS campus.  Register your details here to receive the Open Day program and updates.  Competitions, games, giveaways and live entertainment will be provided for all the family throughout the day.  If you are unable to make it, view the information presentations online.

From the Bedroom to the Boardroom

Bestselling author and social researcher, Dr Ross Honeywill reveals the potential for destructive masculinity as the social, political and economic problem of our age.  He challenges every man to acknowledge the problem by rising to the solution, commencing with recognition that men enjoy unearned privilege while women enjoy social, political and economic disadvantage.  In this original, engaging and accessible address, Dr Honeywill unveils new research on the origins and impact of destructive masculinity.  Dr Honeywill will be joined by Robin Banks, Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Commissioner, for a Q&A session.  The presentation will be held from 6.00pm – 8.00pm, on 3 September, at the UTAS Stanley Burbury Lecture Theatre, Churchill Ave, Sandy Bay.  Admission is free.  Register here.  For further information contact Natalie Nimmo on 6324 3052, or email alumni.office@utas.edu.au.

Advocacy 101: Practical Tips for Turning Research into Policy

This workshop will assist participants’ understanding of working with and influencing politicians and political processes.  It will also assist in identifying and engaging relevant stakeholders, using effective communication methods and explore windows of opportunity.  This stimulating, practical and enjoyable workshop will be co-facilitated by a current local politician, consultant and academic, Micaela Drieberg, and highly experienced engagement specialist, Max Hardy.  The workshop will be held from 9am - 1pm, at the Henry Jones Art Hotel in Hobart, on 10 September, at a cost of $290 per person.  Places are limited so register online now.

Deciphering Digital Data – Are your Online Campaigns Hitting the Mark?

The vast amount of data in this digital age creates robust PR and marketing challenges for every communicator, especially when it comes to analysing social media performance and online communication.  The Tasmanian PRIA Council presents a valuable afternoon for Tasmanian strategic communicators and marketers that will offer useful insights into the latest analytic tools and techniques.  Dr Daniel Angus is an online communication, data analytics and social media expert from The University of QLD will provide solutions to help you develop an effective and leading online communication strategy.  The session will be held from 4.00pm – 5.30pm, on 11 September, at The Old Woolstore, Hobart.  Entry is $36 (PRIA members) and $45 (non-members).  Register online.

Prolific Productivity – How to Get More Done

You’ve heard it all before – do more with less, work smarter not harder, find a work–life balance – but how do we do this while the work keeps piling up?  Sydney’s master of productivity, Colin Boyd is delivering an intensive one-day workshop aimed at professionals and managers that will reveal: the five master steps of execution; the four major categories that impact on time; how to manage the complexities of work; secrets to turn ‘mess’ into ‘mass execution’; simple strategies to create clarity of direction; and how to prioritise your workload even when it seems impossible.  The workshop will be held on 15 September in Hobart and costs $500 to attend.  To register, follow the link for registration and payment options, or phone 6224 8854.

Health and Wellbeing Forum

A free forum coordinated by the Premier’s Physical Activity Council and tailored for Local Government and interested community organisations, will showcase a range of health and wellbeing initiatives and services to encourage and support Local Government and community representatives to get involved with physical activity in their community.  The forum will take place from 10am – 3pm, on 17 September, at the Twin Ovals Function Centre, 35 Lightwood Crescent, Kingston.  RSVP by 14 September to Kristy Broomhall by calling 6165 5080, or by email

AIPM National Conference

The Tasmanian Chapter of the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) would like to invite Tasmanian Local Government project professionals to attend the AIPM National Conference being held in Hobart from 11-14 October.  Join around 450 delegates from Australia and the Asia-Pacific for the 2-½ days of relevant and topical keynotes, workshops and case studies promoting best practice in project management.  Details are available here

 What's New on the LGAT Website?    

The LGAT Presidential By-Election Candidate Statements are available on the LGAT website.

The Hon Mike Gaffney's Parliamentary speech about TasWater can be viewed on the LGAT website.

Finalised versions of policy and procedure documents that form part of the Personal Behaviours Toolkit can be downloaded from the LGAT Extranet

Local Government Events

General Managers' Workshop - Hobart 9-10 September
LGMA Procurement Masterclass - Launceston 16 September
Local Government Health and Wellbeing Forum - Kingston 17 September
LGMA Annual Conference - Launceston 14-16 October


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