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The Pulse - 29 September 2015

 

Issue no. 17 29 September 2015

In this Issue...

 Acting President's Message
 News Items

              Cabinet Appoints Hon Paul Fletcher as Local Government Minister

              Planning Legislation Tabled in Parliament

              Council Visits Underway

              Nominations Invited for State Fire Commission

              Northern Tasmania Welcomes China Business Delegation Visit

              Circular Head Gives Recognition for Federal Funding

              Comments on Draft New Plan set to Guide Hobart City’s Future

              Southern Tasmania’s Draft NRM Strategy Open for Comment

              Creating Cities Shares the Secret to Transforming Cities and Towns

              Local Community Insurance Services Provide Cost-effective Solution for Community Events

 Grants  
 Awards
 Conferences, Seminars and Workshops
 Local Government Events




LGAT Annual Conference Sponsor

 

 

  


 

In the Spotlight

 

From the Twittersphere... twitter icon

The LGAT team warmly welcomes our new Policy Director, Dion Lester, who commenced in the position last week

 

North-West councils to review resource sharing http://www.theadvocate.com.au/story/3382843/north-west-councils-to-review-resource-sharing/  via @theadvocatetas

 
Acting President's Message      

Recently the LGAT CEO and I attended a meeting of the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) Board in Adelaide which included a formal dinner at the Town Hall hosted by the Adelaide Lord Mayor.  It was a delight to be part of the celebrations of 175 years of Local Government in Adelaide - the first Local Government Municipality in Australia.  At the Board meeting, a broad range of issues were discussed including the possible implications of recent changes in Federal Parliament and the appointment of Malcom Turnbull as Prime Minister.  ALGA is also gearing up to think about key federal election issues and you won’t be surprised to know that restoring the indexation of Financial Assistance Grants (FAGs) is the top priority.  I was pleased to hear that more than 70% of Tasmanian councils have carried the FAGs motion seeking the reinstatement of increases as quickly as possible.

On my home turf at Circular Head, Council has joined with the King Island, Waratah-Wynyard and West Coast Councils to undertake the development of a joint 25-year community plan for the Murchison region.  The Sustainable Murchison 2040 Community Plan is a major planning initiative that will provide a strategic community plan to inform a coordinated approach for municipal planning in the region.  The plan will see all four councils recognising Burnie City Council as their regional centre and will compliment work being undertaken by the Cradle Coast Authority.  It will also take into account unexplored opportunities between the four Municipal Areas and will enable us to gather a clearer understanding of the region when it comes to regional planning, environment and social needs.

The plan will include a detailed population and demographic analysis, population forecasts, a social needs assessment, an economic resource analysis, transport analysis and forecasts, spatial assessment of land and water values, a land use suitability analysis and a study of land use forecast requirements.  The project will involve significant community engagement and is expected to take around 12 months to complete.  I look forward to the results of this process.
 


News Items

Cabinet Appoints Hon Paul Fletcher as Local Government Minister

As a result Malcolm Turnbull's Cabinet reshuffle last week, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP has been appointed as Minister for Territories, Local Government and Major Projects.  The appointment has elevated community priorities to the Federal level and illustrates the importance of preserving and strengthening the partnership between Federal and Local Government to ensure the sustainability of local communities.  ALGA President, Mayor Troy Pickard said, "We're pleased to see the appointment of a Federal Minister to specifically oversee Local Government matters and look forward to building on the existing relationship between the Commonwealth and Local Government with Mr Fletcher." 


Planning Legislation Tabled in Parliament

On 24 September, landmark legislation that will overhaul the State's planning system was tabled in Parliament by the Minister for Planning and Local Government, the Hon Peter Gutwein MP.  A new Tasmanian Planning Scheme will replace the existing one which has different rules for different regions, making the system complex and difficult to navigate.  The new Tasmanian Planning Scheme will take a statewide approach, providing consistency across all regions.  The new legislation is designed to provide a planning system that is faster, fairer, simpler and cheaper, making it easier to invest in Tasmania and encouraging more economic development and job creation.  The redesign of the way the planning system operates in Tasmania has been undertaken in partnership with the Planning Reform Taskforce and the legislation has been widely consulted with the community.  Following passage of the legislation, it will be up and running in full in 2017, a year ahead of schedule.



Council Visits Underway

Since taking up the LGAT CEO position in June, Katrena Stephenson has been endeavouring to lock in visits with all member councils before the end of the year.  While this has turned out to be a logistically tricky task, the visits are now underway and have taken place at Launceston, Northern Midlands, Meander Valley, George Town, Kingborough, Sorell and Central Highlands, with visits to West Coast and Circular Head scheduled for next week.  Katrena is enjoying the opportunity to meet more elected members and share some of the excellent work the team at LGAT are delivering.  She is also coming away with plenty of ideas for policy reform, training and services, and will feed these into LGAT's strategic planning process.  From next year, LGAT will enter into a 12-month rolling schedule of visits with councils.  Depending on the issues of the day and needs of the council, the visit  might be by the LGAT CEO, the Policy Director, a member of the policy team, or a member of the General Management Committee (or a combination of any of these).  While this will embed a way of ensuring regular face to face contact, Katrena is happy to meet or talk at other times as the need arises at your Council.



Nominations Invited for State Fire Commission

The State Fire Commission is invested with a range of functions which include the formulation of policy in relation to service administration and operation, the coordination and direction of fire services throughout the State, and the development of the State Fire Protection Plan.  The State Fire Commission meets on a monthly basis for approximately three hours.  The terms of the current Local Government representatives will conclude on 16 December and the Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT) is required to provide nominations for the Minister's consideration.  To nominate, please see your Council General Manager for the application details.  Nominations should be forwarded to LGAT by 7 October.  For enquiries, please contact LGAT on 6233 5966.



 Northern Tasmania Welcomes China Business Delegation Visit

Northern Tasmania Development in conjunction with the Northern Midlands Council hosted a Chinese business delegation last week.  The visit, which follows the successful Tasmania Trade Mission to China in June, was led by Tasmanian Legislative Council President - Hon Jim Wilkinson, and Deputy President - Hon Greg Hall, and attended by various community and business representatives.  During the Trade Mission, Mayor Downie of Northern Midlands Council was approached by representatives of Liyang and Liupanshui Cities who expressed interest in creating a relationship with Council and joined the business delegation this week.  They were treated to a welcome dinner and participated in a sub-forum at Josef Chromy Vineyard, followed by lunch.  Mayor Downie welcomed the opportunity for Northern Midlands Council to foster future relationships with Liupanshui City.



Circular Head Gives Recognition for Federal Funding

Councils across Australia have jumped on board ALGA's campaign lobbying the Federal Government to restore Financial Assistance Grants (FAGs) indexation as soon as possible.  In support of the campaign, Circular Head Council presented its Federal Member of Parliament, Brett Whiteley, with a Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of the various levels of assistance provided to the Circular Head region by the Federal Government, including FAGs.  Council has received more than $4.46 million in FAGs, which has gone a long way to helping deliver a range of projects and services for the community.



Comments on Draft New Plan set to Guide Hobart City’s Future

With the aim of realising the community’s 2025 vision for Hobart, the City of Hobart is inviting community feedback on a Draft Capital City Strategic Plan 2015-2025 with the aim of successfully achieving the remaining 10 years of the community’s 2025 vision for Hobart.  Some of the challenges this plan seeks to address are city growth, being a people-focused city, a changing climate and achieving organisational sustainability.  The community engagement period is now open and more information on Council's new, dedicated community engagement website Feedback will be collated and used to make any amendments to the Draft Plan, for Council’s consideration in November.



Southern Tasmania’s Draft NRM Strategy Open for Comment

Business, government, industry and community in Southern Tasmania are invited to provide feedback into the draft Natural Resource Management Strategy for Southern Tasmania 2015-2020 (the NRM Strategy).  The NRM Strategy, prepared by NRM South, guides and prioritises actions that help manage the natural resources in the region.  Submissions can be made online.  Submissions close on 12 October.  For further information, contact NRM South on (03) 6221 6111.



Creating Cities Shares the Secret to Transforming
Cities and Towns

In 2008, Marcus Westbury returned to his hometown of Newcastle and found more than 150 empty buildings lining its two main streets.  Three years later, Lonely Planet named it one of the Top Ten cities to visit in the world.  His book, Creating Cities, is about a scheme that has helped transform Newcastle, launched more than two hundred creative and community projects across Australia, and is fast becoming a model for cities and towns around the world.  Marcus Westbury, who presented at the 2015 LGAT Annual Conference, argues that most towns and cities are wasting their most obvious opportunities: the talent, imagination and passion of the people that live there.  Creating Cities is an inspiring read for civic and business leaders, town planners, or anyone who cares about the community they live in.  The book is available in printed or online format.  Click here to purchase a copy.



Local Community Insurance Services Provide Cost-effective Solution for Community Events

With the festive season just around the corner, it is the time of year individuals and organisations within the community will be planning events like fairs, festivals, parades and Christmas carols.  To support Tasmanian municipalities, Local Community Insurance Services (LCIS) provides cost-effective insurance for these events.  Quick turnaround times, online payment options and Certificates of Insurance are all provided, along with risk management advice and checklists to assist.  LCIS can cater for small family gatherings and street parties, to festivals and events expecting anywhere from 100 - 10,000 people.  For enquiries, contact LCIS on 1300 853 800, or visit the website.



Grants

Funding Available for Arts and Cultural Heritage Projects in Regional Areas

Festivals Australia and Visions of Australia regional programs are now open for applications.  Festivals Australia and Visions of Australia, administered by the Ministry for the Arts, enable artists and organisations to shape Australia’s cultural landscape, increase cultural diversity and inspire, educate and entertain audiences across Australia.  Funding is available for projects and tours that increase access to and participation in the arts and cultural heritage for Australians living in regional and remote communities.  Applications  for the next funding round close on 30 September.  For more information, contact 1800 590 577, or email festivals@arts.gov.au.


Tasmanian Men’s Shed Association Grants Program

The Tasmanian Men's Sheds Association Grants Program supports sustainable development of Men's Sheds in Tasmania.  The third round of the TMSA Grants is now open for applications with grants of up to $5,000 are available for shed development.   The grant program guidelines and application pack is available from the Communities, Sport and Recreation website.  Application forms must be returned to the Department of Premier and Cabinet by 9 October. 


Development Grants for Emerging Local Government Managers

The Accelerated Management Program (AMP) sets a new benchmark for the development of emerging and high-potential managers.  Through the recently launched La Trobe Scholarship for Local Government, the world-class AMP is focused on increasing the leadership talent pool in Local Government.  Emerging and high potential middle managers within the sector are encouraged to apply for a scholarship grant which subsidises participation in the AMP.  Applications for scholarship grants must be submitted as soon as possible and priority will be given to those who intend to commence the course before 1 May 2016.  Applications for scholarship-funded entry to the AMP should be made via the AMP Scholarship Application Form.  For a full overview of the AMP, please refer to the AMP Prospectus.  For additional information, please contact the Admissions Office at 1300 138 037.



Awards

Tassie Councillor Honoured at National RIRDC Rural Women’s Awards

Tasmanian hazelnut farmer and successful businesswoman, Clr Carol Bracken of West Tamar Council has been announced as the Tasmanian winner and national runner-up for the RIRDC Rural Women's Award.  Finalists in this year's awards included businesswomen, community leaders and farmers using innovative approaches to educate the Australian community about agriculture, or to develop emerging industries and markets.  The RIRDC Rural Women's Awards provide rural women leaders with financial and professional support and training, access to a network of mentors and development opportunities.  Ms Bracken will use the $10,000 bursary to continue to build her knowledge and skills in hazelnut production, and to develop and evaluate business models for marketing hazelnut products.  She also plans to run a series of regional workshops and tutorials for women starting up businesses to help them develop project management and other business skills.  For full details, please visit the RIRDC Rural Women's Award website.


2015 Tasmanian Aged Care Awards

Entries are open for the 2015 Tasmanian Aged Care Awards which ecognise and reward the outstanding achievements by staff, organisations, volunteers and community groups in providing services for older Tasmanians.  The awards will be presented at the ACST State Conference in Launceston, on 19 November.  Entries close on 2 October.  Nomination forms and guidelines are available online.  For more information visit the conference website.
 


Conferences, Seminars and Workshops

A Focus on Tourism at the LGAT Regional Breakfast Series

Registrations are now open for the second LGAT Regional Breakfast Series.  Breakfasts will be held from 7.30am - 9.00am at the Waterfront Function Centre in Devonport (20 October), Best Western, Launceston (21 October), and Rydges Hotel, North Hobart (27 October).  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.  Click here to register.  A special thanks to our Breakfast Sponsors, Dial Before You Dig and MyState.


Community Recycling/Social Procurement Forum

The Community Recycling Network of Australia (CRNA) is the peak body for social enterprises involved in waste management and resource recovery in Australia.  CRNA’s annual Community Recycling Forum will be held from 12-13 November, in Hobart.  Themed Community Returns, the forum will focus on interesting and innovative ways that people interact with their local communities to conserve, re-use and repurpose resources.  The forum will include an introductory session on social enterprise and a tour of social enterprises in the Hobart area, and provides an exciting opportunity to spark conversations around social enterprise and social procurement in Tasmania.  For further details, visit the CRNA website


Registrations open for 2015 National Local Roads and Transport Congress

Registrations are now open for the Australian Local Government Association’s 2015 National Local Roads and Transport Congress, a critical platform for engaging with the Federal Government and Opposition on road and infrastructure policies and initiatives.  The Congress has a reputation for influencing significant change and with increasing fiscal pressure on the Federal Government and Budget decisions such as the freeze to the indexation of Financial Assistance Grants, it is more important than ever that Local Government presents a united front when dealing with the Government on road and transport issues, particularly funding.  The Congress will be held from 17-19 November in Ballarat.  Register here


Project Management for Rural Businesses

Join a one-day workshop in budgeting, scheduling, risk and stakeholders for those starting a project such as an event, building, business, or change.  Bring along your project and leave with a plan to move it forward.  Presented by Clr Carol Bracken CPPM, 2015 Tasmanian Rural Woman of the Year, this workshop will provide participants with the skills to get things done.  The workshop will be held at Riverside (18 November); Latrobe (19 November); Coal River area (22 February 2016); Wynyard (25 February 2016). Cost is $35 per participant.  For enquiries, contact Carol at 0423 255 776, or email carol@hazelnut.net.au.


Sharing Best Practice for Managing and Measuring
Night-time Activities

The National Local Government Drug and Alcohol Committee (NLGDAAC) has invited councils to participate in a one-day conference on 25 November in NSW that will provide the information needed to measure and manage the night-time activities in communities from a Local Government perspective.  NLGDAAC members will provide an overview of how activities are managed in their communities, sharing a broad knowledge of successful solutions that balance the provision of vibrant and engaged entertainment districts, while still ensuring public safety.  Council officers and those involved in managing entertainment districts of their Local Government Area are encouraged to attend.  The conference will take place on 25 November with early bird registration available until 25 October.



Local Government Events

LGMA Annual Conference - Launceston 14-16 October
Risk and Emergency Mgmt, Leadership and Future of Crisis Communication - Rokeby 20 October
Regional Breakfast, Devonport 20 October
General Management Committee Meeting - Launceston 21 October
Regional Breakfast, Launceston 21 October
Regional Breakfast, Hobart 27 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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