The Pulse e-newsletter - LGAT


Issue no. 16 10 September 2015

In this Issue...

 Acting President's Message
 News Items

              New President for Local Government Association

              Code of Conduct Amendment Bill Passed

              The LGAT Regional Breakfast Series is Back!

              National Broadband Network Rollout Reaches Milestone

              Building a Case for Tasmanian Rail Investment

              LGMA Emerging Leaders Program Open for Registrations

              Has Your Council Contributed to the Community Infrastructure Ideas Register?

              Hands up if your Council Cares about Poverty and Hardship        

 Conferences, Seminars and Workshops
 Local Government Events

LGAT Annual Conference Sponsor






In the Spotlight


From the Twittersphere... twitter icon

Congratulations to Mayor Doug Chipman of the City of Clarence on being elected this week as President of the Local Government Association of Tasmania.


Community loses a loyal supporter - Vale Terry McKenna http://www.theadvocate.com.au/story/3323982/community-loses-a-loyal-supporter/  via @theadvocatetas

 Acting President's Message      


With the President's election now complete, I congratulate Mayor Doug Chipman on being elected as President of the Local Government Association of Tasmania for the next two years.  I am sure Doug will do a great job in this role and will be supported by all councils. 

I look forward to working with Doug on the ALGA Board and the General Management Committee, and will be continuing the role as Acting President until Doug returns from his overseas trip in early October.  If councils have any queries during this period, please do not hesitate to contact me.


News Items

2015 New President for Local Government Association

Mayor Doug Chipman of the City of Clarence was announced as the new President of the Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT) on 8 September.   As one of four people contesting the position, Mayor Chipman praised those who had nominated for the role, highlighting the regard in which the position is held and the importance the sector places upon it.  He is honoured and excited to receive the vote of support from his Local Government peers.   Mayor Chipman paid tribute to Acting President, Mayor Daryl Quilliam who has capably led the organisation since the sudden death of former President, Barry Jarvis.   Mayor Quilliam will continue in the role of Vice President.

Mayor Chipman said this is a time of significant proposed reform to the sector and I intend to ensure the voice of Local Government is heard clearly by those in power.  “I would like to see LGAT on the front foot in regard to issues such as planning reform, amalgamations, shared services and financial reform," he said.

Mayor Chipman was elected as Alderman to Clarence City Council in 2000, as Deputy Mayor in 2007 and as Mayor in 2011.  He is a 7th generation Tasmanian who returned to the State after 36 years' full-time service in the Royal Australian Air Force, reaching the rank of Air Commodore.

Code of Conduct Amendment Bill Passed

LGAT is pleased that after years of advocacy, the Local Government (Code of Conduct) Amendment Bill has passed the Legislative Council.  A number of amendments have been made and the Bill now has to be returned to the Lower House.  The Local Government Association believes the Bill addresses the issues the sector has raised including: the difficulties faced by local Code of Conduct Panels; the limited sanctions and enforcement powers; the inability for the Standards Panel to dismiss frivolous and vexatious complaints; and the difficulties faced by LGAT, as a member body, in administering the Standards Panel that deals with complaints and applies sanctions.  The amendments represent a range of improvements to the workability and strength of the Code of Conduct provisions in the Local Government Act, as well as embedding voluntary improvements undertaken by the sector, such as the adoption of a Model Code of Conduct.

 The LGAT Regional Breakfast Series is Back!

The second LGAT Regional Breakfast Series will return in October for LGAT members.  Breakfasts will be held from 7.30am - 9.00am at the Waterfront Function Centre in Devonport (20 October), at the Best Western, Launceston (21 October), and at Rydges Hotel, North Hobart (27 October).  In this series of breakfasts, the Chief Executives of Tourism Tasmania and the Tourism Industry Council Tasmania will present the Tourism 21 plan, an overview of Tasmania's visitor economy and the opportunity for Local Government to take a lead role in achieving the exciting vision of 1.5 million visitors to Tasmania in 2020.  Elected members, council managers and officers are invited to attend this valuable learning and networking opportunity.  Registration forms will be available from the LGAT website next week and will be emailed to elected members and general managers.  Thanks to Launceston Breakfast Sponsor, Dial Before You Dig.

National Broadband Network Rollout Reaches Milestone

The rollout of the National Broadband Network (nbn) in Hobart is now 50% complete.  Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications, Paul Fletcher MP said, "Just outside the city, nbn's latest fixed wireless tower has now been activated, and Tasmania will be the first State in Australia to see the nbn rollout completed by June 2018."  This week, six service area modules (SAMs) have been completed in Hobart, deploying fibre to the premise technology to 14,500 premises in the areas of Hobart City, Battery Point, Sandy Bay, North Hobart, Glebe, South Hobart, West Hobart and Dynnyrne.  A further 6 SAMs in Hobart are actively under construction or planning.  Across the greater Hobart region, 15 SAMs have been completed, with over 34,000 premises ready for service.  Around 40,000 homes and businesses in Tasmania now have an active nbn connection.  The nbn is being connected at an average rate of 800 premises every week across Tasmania, a 240% increase on the rollout rate one year ago.

Building a Case for Tasmanian Rail Investment

A report from TasRail evaluating the impact of investment into Tasmania's rail freight network has illustrated that savings that can be gained through major transport infrastructure upgrades in Tasmania.  The report demonstrates that running a dual-mode road and rail freight system in Tasmania delivers higher benefit than a road-only system, with $159 million in savings to the State's economy estimated over the five years to 2019.  The research also found that, for the financial year 2013-14, the use of rail rather than road to transport freight in Tasmania delivered savings to the community of approximately $26 million through reduced costs related to road accidents, pollution, road maintenance and through freight cost savings to business and industry.  The report notes that well-designed projects would substantially lift transport efficiency, yielding economy-wide benefit.  Read the full report.

LGMA Emerging Leaders Program Open for Registrations

Registrations are now open for the 2015 LGMA Tasmania Emerging Leaders Program, designed to assist aspiring leaders in Local Government to better understand their current and potential roles in engaging with the trends, challenges and opportunities facing the sector.  Emerging leaders will develop and acquire skills and knowledge to enable them to navigate the dynamic Local Government context.  This will assist them to make a greater contribution to improving organisational performance.  Through group and individual activities, exploration of case studies and scenarios and engagement with key government staff (both elected and employed) and experts from the University of Tasmania; participants will explore their role in addressing the big issues now and into the future.  For further information, please visit the LGMA website.

 Has Your Council Contributed to the Community Infrastructure Ideas Register?

More than 70 councils across Australia have submitted nearly 350 examples of declining community infrastructure that are in need of replacement, maintenance or upgrades to ALGA's Community Infrastructure Ideas Register.  Examples submitted so far include community recreational facilities such as ovals, swimming pools, walking paths and parks, and community facilities such as halls, libraries and community and senior citizens centres.  ALGA is urging councils to continue to submit examples to support ALGA's case for Federal funding of $300 million per year over four years for a regional and community infrastructure fund.  Councils can submit their examples to the Community Infrastructure Ideas Register.

Hands up if your Council Cares about Poverty and Hardship

Councils are encouraged to support the fight against poverty by organising or taking part in an activity that highlights issues of poverty and hardship during this year's Anti Poverty Week, to be held from 11 - 17 October.  The main aims of Anti-Poverty Week are to: strengthen public understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty and hardship around the world; and encourage research, discussion and action to address these problems, including action by individuals, communities, organisations and governments.  Participation by Local Government and involvement of local communities is an essential part of Anti-Poverty Week.  Activities may include forums, walks, seminars, film screenings and workshops.  Support Anti Poverty Week this year by registering your event or activity on the Anti-Poverty Week Calendar of Activities.  If you're stuck for ideas, click here for some helpful tips.


Tasmanian Government Major Grants Program

The Major Grants Program provides grants of between $15,000 and $80,000 to Local Government, clubs, associations and other not-for profit providers of sport and active recreation.  Eligible projects must benefit sport and/or recreation clubs.  Applicants must contribute at least half of the project funding.  Applications close on 3 February 2016.  Further information and copies of the guidelines and application form are available from the Communities, Sport and Recreation website

National/International Sport Championships Program

The National/International Sport Championships Program provides grants of up to $3,000 for national or international sport championships being held in Tasmania.  Funding is distributed on a first-come, first-served basis to organisations meeting the eligibility criteria.  To be eligible for funding, the championship event must be held prior to 30 September 2016.  The program is ongoing until all the funds are distributed.  Applications close on 31 March 2016, or when program funds are exhausted.  For more information, visit the Communities, Sport and Recreation website, or phone 1800 252 476.


Rural Women’s Award Now Open

Are you a woman with a vision for your rural business or industry?  Do you need support to make that vision a reality?  The Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) Rural Women’s Award recognises and encourages rural women’s contribution to primary industries, resource development and rural Australia.  The $10,000 bursary is the major prize for each State and Territory winner and is designed to help build skills that can be transferred back home to the business and industry.  Applications are open until 31 October.  Visit the RIRDC Rural Women's Award website for further information, or phone 6165 3070.

Employer of Choice Awards

Entries are now open for the 2016 Employer of Choice Awards.  These awards recognise businesses that demonstrate contemporary workplace practices and provide outstanding support for their staff.  Entries close on 10 December, with winners announced mid-2016.  Find out more.

Conferences, Seminars and Workshops

Multicultural Policy and Programs in Local Government

The actions of Local Government are key to creating happy and harmonious communities.  A forum and discussion of the further steps Tasmanian councils can take to create vibrant, diverse and tolerant communities will be facilitated by the Multicultural Council of Tasmania and the City of Hobart.  Guest speakers will include the Chairman of the Federation of Ethnic Community Councils of Australia - Joe Caputo and Tasmania’s Anti- Discrimination Commissioner - Robin Banks.  Joe and Robin will brief Local Government representatives about the Australian Centre for Excellence in Local Government resource, Building Social Cohesion in our Communities, and the Multicultural Council’s Issues Paper on best practice in multicultural policy and programs.  The forum will be held from 11am - 1pm, on 18 September, at the Hobart Town Hall.  To RSVP, call 6224 8838, or email sylvia@mcot.org.au by 11 September. 

Making Museums Work Digitisation Workshop

The Making Museums Work: Digitisation Workshop is presented by Arts Tasmania's Roving Curators in association with Museums Australia (Tasmania).  This workshop will explore the practicalities, pleasures and pitfalls of digitising heritage collections.  It is aimed at groups who are interested in do-it-yourself approaches and will focus on what resources and skills are needed to produce consistent images of heritage objects.  The workshop features live demonstrations of image capture on a variety of equipment.  The workshop will be run on 21 September  in Launceston, and on 22 September  in Hobart.  The cost is $20 or $10 for Museums Australia (Tasmania) members.  Click here for details.

Freight Forum

How can the Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme become the economic driver for Tasmania?  Hear from a panel of industry speakers including:  Dr Stephen Cahoon - Director, Sense-T NICTA Logistics Lab, UTAS; Sally Chandler - TradeStart; Steve Henty - Net Sea Freight - Tas, Tasmanian Logistics Committee; Matt Ryan - Director, Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association; and Damien White - CEO, TasRail.  An audience Q&A will be facilitated by TCCI CEO - Michael Bailey.  The forum will take place from 10am – 12pm on 23 September at the Country Club Tasmania, Launceston.  Entry is $40 (TCCI and Chamber Alliance members) and $65 (non-members).  RSVP by 18 September.  Book online, or visit www.tcci.com.au.

Family Violence: Impacts at Work

Family violence can affect anyone and often impacts on work performance and productivity.  In some cases, health and safety can be significantly compromised. This can have a flow-on effect on co-workers and your workplace.  A supportive workplace makes a big difference for people experiencing family violence and as a manager or supervisor, your support is crucial.  The Training Consortium (TTC) is conducting an informative and practical course designed to assist Human Resource Managers and supervisors to better understand their role, and the resources available in supporting employees experiencing family violence.  The workshop will be held in Hobart (1 October), in Launceston (2 October), and Devonport (19 November).  As TTC members, council employees can attend at the special member price of $220 (incl GST).  Register here.

Tasmanian Retailer Development Program

The Tasmanian Retailer Development Program is a statewide, two-year, State Government funded program to help retailers increase turnover, improve profitability and business resilience.  The program provides a personalised business health check, workshops and one-on-one coaching throughout Tasmania.  The program is open to businesses that sell goods and / or services to the general public, and employ fewer than 100 FTEs.  You can enter the program by either attending an information session, or registering for a workshop.  To register, or to find out more about the Tasmanian Retailer Development Program, contact Business Tasmania on 1800 440 026, email ask@business.tas.gov.au, or visit www.business.tas.gov.au/retail.  Free information sessions are being held in Devonport (5 October), Launceston (6 October) and Hobart (8 October) from 6.30pm - 7.30pm.  Click here to register.  Councils are encouraged to promote the initiative among small businesses in their area.

The Occasional Counsellor Workshop

Groupwork Solutions will run The Occasional Counsellor™ workshop from 9.30am – 4.30pm on 13 October in Hobart.  The Occasional Counsellor™ is for staff who are not employed in a counselling role but are called upon to give others emotional support, including receptionists, case managers and direct care staff.  The focus of the workshop is teaching the participants strategies for assisting individuals who are sad, upset, bewildered, confused, angry, or suicidal, while clearly remaining within their role.  Register here.

LGMA Tasmania Annual Conference

The LGMA Tasmania Annual Conference will be held from 14-16 October in Launceston.  The theme of the conference is 'Leadership'.  Speakers include:  Brett Godfrey - Co-founder Virgin Australia; Donna Adams - Assistant Commissioner, Tasmania Police; John Perry - Coordinator General; Peter Kenyon - Bank of IDEAS; Jane Gunn - Director KPMG Australia; Anthony O’Hern - Cradle Mountain Canyon; and Tim Wootton.  To register, visit the LGMA website.

Early Bird Registrations Available for 2015 National Local Government HR Conference

Lead Change and Foster High Performance Cultures is this year’s theme for the bi-annual National Local Government Human Resources Conference, aimed at bringing together human resource 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.  Key topics of the program will include: the art and science of leading change; enabling women leaders; social outcomes; driving high performance; technology and the modern workplace; cultural diversity in the workplace; conflict resolution inspiring a leadership culture.  The conference is on from 11-13 November, in Melbourne.  Early bird registrations close on 30 September.  Find out more here.



Local Government Events

LGMA Procurement Masterclass - Launceston 16 September
LGMA Annual Conference - Launceston 14-16 October
Risk and Emergency Mgmt, Leadership and the Future of Crisis Communication - Rokeby 20 October
General Management Committee Meeting - Launceston 21 October
General Meeting, Bridgewater 29 October
Mayors Professional Development 30 October
Emerging Leaders Program - Launceston 5-6 November
2015 National Local Government HR Conference - Melbourne 11-13 November
2015 National Local Roads and Transport Congress - Ballarat 17-19 November


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