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The Pulse - 8 October 2015

 

Issue no. 18 8 October 2015

In this Issue...

 Acting President's Message
 News Items

              LGAT Welcomes New General Management Committee Member

              Emissions Reduction Fund Guide for Australian Councils

              Tassie Councils Recognised for Commitment to Creating Healthy Communities

              Changes to Government Building Code for Construction Sites

              National Infrastructure Construction Schedule

              Australia Post Rate Changes and Council Budgets

              Tasmanians Encouraged to Register for the Garage Sale Trail

              Planning Commission Announces New Local Government Representative

              Local Government Appointment to the State Fire Management Council

              Sign up for 26TEN Week

              Hop on your Bike – it’s Ride2Work Day

              Bushfire Safety - Prepare Now!               

 Grants
 Conferences, Seminars and Workshops
 Local Government Events




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In the Spotlight

 

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Congratulations to Northern Midlands Council and Kingborough Council - State Award Winners of the 2015 Heart Foundation Local Government Awards.

 

Glenorchy City Council Mayor Kristie Johnston elected unopposed as newest Southern Councils' representative to LGAT General Management Committee

 
Acting President's Message      

This week is my last week as Acting President of the Local Government Association of Tasmania.  I have enjoyed this role which became vacant under tragic circumstances.  I want to thank all GMC members, mayors, councillors and staff members of LGAT and councils for all your support during this difficult time.  

The last four months has been extremely busy employing a new CEO, with Katrena Stephenson quickly getting settled into this role, with much work to do.  During this time, we have run a successful annual conference, thanks to our professional staff, and have been involved with the new Code of Conduct and LUPA legislation.  I am thankful for the great support we receive from our State Government, especially Minister Peter Gutwein.

I again congratulate Mayor Doug Chipman on his election as President of the Association and look forward to working with him as Vice President.  Doug will be a great President and I am sure all councils will support him in this role.
 


News Items

LGAT Welcomes New General Management Committee Member

Congratulations to Mayor Kristie Johnston of Glenorchy City Council on becoming the newest member of LGAT's General Management Committee.  A casual vacancy arose due to Mayor Doug Chipman's recent election as President.  A by-election was conducted by the Tasmanian Electoral Commission for one member from the Southern Electoral District having a population of 20,000 or more.  Ald Johnston was elected unopposed and no ballot was required.



Emissions Reduction Fund Guide for Australian Councils

The Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) is dedicated to purchasing carbon emissions reductions from a wide range of sources and is underpinned by a series of ‘reverse auctions’ where the Clean Energy Regulator will purchase emissions reductions from businesses, landowners and other organisations at the lowest available cost.  After the first auction in April, it was clear that opportunities for councils were extremely limited.  However, there is hope that some new methodologies and continued advocacy from the sector could see councils rewarded for their projects into the future.  With the second ERF auction taking place in early November and possibly a third in early 2016, Ironbark Sustainability has developed the Emissions Reduction Fund Guide for Australian Councils which summarises progress of the ERF to date, and discusses whether councils will be able to participate in future reverse auctions.  It examines types of Local Government projects that could be eligible such as buildings, street lighting and landfill gas projects, and summarises the best opportunities for councils, as well as looking at high-level bidding approaches.  Click here to download the Emissions Reduction Fund Guide for Australian Councils for free.  For more information, visit the Ironbark Sustainability website


Tassie Councils Recognised for Commitment to Creating Healthy Communities

Two Tasmanian councils have been recognised with a State Award for initiatives that create healthy communites.  Northern Midlands Council has been announced as the Tasmanian State Winner in the Councils with populations between 5,000 and 25,000 category at the 2015 Heart Foundation Local Government Awards for upgrading the Longford Cycling Track, working in partnership with Health Revival Longford to rejuvenate the Community Sports Centre, and creating the Longford Walk through History Walk. 

Kingborough Council was named the Tasmanian State Winner in the Councils with populations greater than 25,000’ category having introduced Four Seasons in Kingborough– a multi-faceted program that provides events and activities that promote community health and social connections, Burwood Park Playground– a nature based playground development for children, and the Working Well Program – a package of talks, workshops and activities provided to staff to encourage health and wellbeing in the workplace. 


Changes to Government Building Code for Construction Sites

The Australian Government has introduced amendments to the Building Code 2013 that will require contractors on taxpayer-funded construction sites to have a comprehensive policy for mandatory drug and alcohol testing by 16 October.  From this date, in addition to the requirements they already have under the Building Code, building contractors or building industry participants subject to the Building Code 2013 must include in its Work Health Safety and Rehabilitation Management Plan a fitness for work policy to manage alcohol and other drugs in the workplace, which would apply to all persons engaged to perform building work on a project.  Fair Work Building and Construction will be responsible for auditing contractors to ensure those subject to the Code have in place a fitness for work policy that is compliant with the Building Code.  More information about the changes is available online.


National Infrastructure Construction Schedule

The National Infrastructure Construction Schedule (NICS) is an online Government initiative that brings together information on major infrastructure projects from all jurisdictions and across the three tiers of government.  The NICS was established in recognition of the benefits of transparency in the delivery of major, publicly funded projects, providing industry with a one-stop portal that collates all government infrastructure commitments in a single timeline of projects.  While the NICS is administered by the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, the Government agency responsible for procuring a project is required to ensure the information on the project, including planning and feasibility studies, is up-to-date.  The Department has encouraged any councils that have procured infrastructure projects listed on the NICS to check the project information on the schedule for currency.  For more information, email the NICS team, or phone 1800 155 798.


Australia Post Rate Changes and Council Budgets

Australia Post has provided the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) with a draft price notification regarding proposed price increases for letter services.  Australia Post is proposing a 43% increase to its postage rates for letters, from 70c to $1 per standard letter.  As well as these increases, it is proposing a new delivery timetable from next day delivery in the metropolitan area to delivery in three business days.  The proposed prices are intended to take effect in early January 2016.  On 7 September, the ACCC released an issues paper seeking submissions from interested parties on Australia Post's proposal.  These proposals may have possible ramifications for council budgets for mail and the efficient delivery of letters to communities, and councils are encouraged to make submissions to the ACCC by 15 October.  More information about the proposal and on how to make a submission are available on the ACCC website.


Tasmanians Encouraged to Register for the Garage Sale Trail

Tasmanians are getting behind Australia’s biggest day of garage sales, with 265 sales registered statewide and 532 individual stalls and sellers involved so far.  A record 21 Tasmanian councils have thrown their weight behind the day (Saturday, 24 October), with many having community boot sales and other events in their municipalities to spread the word about reuse, recycling, fundraising and engaging with your neighbours.  Glenorchy City Council is conducting a garage sale at the Royal Hobart Show, Meander Valley Council is teaming up with the Deloraine Folk Museum to have a sale, and the City of Hobart is encouraging residents to register as part of their Community Car Boot Bonanza being held at the McRobies Gully Waste Management Centre.  With just over two weeks until the big day, excitement is building.  For more information on how to get involved, or to see the treasures for sale in your neighbourhood, go to www.garagesaletrail.com.au


Planning Commission Announces New Local Government Representative

Mr Michael Stretton of Waratah Wynyard Council has been appointed as the Local Government representative on the Tasmanian Planning Commission for a period of five years.  The Tasmanian Planning Commission, established in 2009, is the peak land use planning body within Tasmania's Resource Management and Planning System.  The Commission provides advice to Government on substantive policy issues and is also a decision-making body.  Mr Stretton's considerable knowledge and experience of planning, planning reform and Local Government will be a great asset to the Commission. 


 Local Government Appointment to the State Fire Management Council

The City of Launceston's Manager Parks and Recreation, Andrew Smith, has been appointed to the State Fire Management Council (SFMC) for a period of three years as the Local Government representative.  The SFMC provides strategic direction for fuel reduction; liaises with and provides advice to stakeholders; oversees the fire management area committees; and encourages the integration of the relevant strategies relating to bushfire related risk.  The LGAT would like to acknowledge the contributions of Dr Stephen Bresnehan, formerly of the City of Hobart, who capably represented Local Government as a member of the SFMC for the last six years.


Sign up for 26TEN Week

LGAT is a member of 26TEN, a growing movement of people and organisations committed to improving adult literacy and numeracy skills in Tasmania.  26TEN refers to the 26 letters of the alphabet and the ten numbers we use for counting - the tools for life - and improving these skills is key to the economic future of the State.  As part of the 26TEN week celebrations from 26-30 October, there will be a photo competition, ‘Maths in Action’ to raise awareness of the maths we use every day, plus activities and events at local LINCs or libraries.  Sign up to become a member of the 26TEN network, or consider holding your own 26TEN event at your own Council.  For more information, visit www.26ten.tas.gov.au.  26TEN is supported by the Tasmanian Government.


Hop on your Bike – it’s Ride2Work Day

Wednesday, 14 October is National Ride2Work Day.  The Heart Foundation advises that heart disease is the single biggest killer of Australians, taking a life every 27 minutes, and our sedentary lifestyle is adding to the problem.  One way to become more active is to hop on your bike and ride to work.  Why not set yourself a goal and use Ride2Work day as a way to get fit and stay active.


Bushfire Safety - Prepare Now!

Two years on and the images of the devastating 2013 Dunalley bushfires are imprinted in the minds of many Tasmanians.  With the aim of preventing such a tragedy from happening again, the Tasmanian Fire Service (TFS) has launched its 2015/16 Bushfire Safety Campaign.  The TFS encourages residents in bushfire prone areas to prepare their properties for summer.  If you live in or near bushland, you, your family and your home are at risk.  A home or property is more likely to survive a bushfire if it is prepared properly.  As well as preparing your property, it is essential for people living in or near bushland to have a Bushfire Survival Plan, detailing exactly how to prepare and what action to take if threatened by bushfire.  The TFS is also encouraging members of the community to identify a number of safe places to relocate to at very short notice should they be caught unaware by a bushfire, or the plan to defend their home fails.  A nearby safe place could be a well-prepared neighbour’s home, a nearby ploughed paddock, a sports ground, or a beach.  For further information and to download your Bushfire Survival Plan booklet, visit www.fire.tas.gov.au,or free call 1800 000 699. 


Grants

Rural Financial Counselling Service Grants

Applications are now open for organisations seeking to deliver the Rural Financial Counselling Service (RFCS) from April 2016 to June 2019.  This grants round is open to eligible entities to run counselling services on a not-for-profit basis.  The RFCS provides free financial counselling services to farmers, fishing businesses, forest growers and harvesters, and small related businesses suffering financial hardship.  Applications close on 16 October.  To find out more and apply to become an RFCS provider, phone 1800 686 175, or visit the RFCS grants website.

Tasmanian Bushfire Mitigation Grants Now Open

Applications for funding through the Tasmanian Bushfire Mitigation Program are now open.  Councils are one of the key stakeholders targeted under the program and are encouraged to investigate potential projects for funding.  The program aims to promote and enable implementation of long-term bushfire mitigation strategies and better fuel reduction programs in Tasmania.  The program is an excellent opportunity to fund bushfire mitigation activities that may have been identified through fire protection plans, bushfire mitigation plans, bushfire ready schools and local emergency response plans.  Projects are funded on a cost-sharing basis, with the grant contributing up to 50% of the project.  Applications close on 30 November.  For more information, the application form and application guidelines, visit the website


Conferences, Seminars and Workshops

Infrastructure Tasmania Tasmanian Fellows Lunch

Engineers Australia is delighted to host keynote speaker, Mr Allan Garcia, CEO of Infrastructure Tasmania at the next Tasmanian Fellows Lunch, on 14 October, as he outlines the priorities of Infrastructure Tasmania and how the local engineering profession can contribute to the economic growth of Tasmania.  Infrastructure Tasmania has been established as a new and independent body to provide a coordinated approach to the planning and delivery of all major infrastructure in Tasmania.  Taking the politics out of infrastructure development and ensuring that evidence-based decisions are made for the State’s long-term future, Infrastructure Tasmania aims to ensure that the right infrastructure is provided in the right place, at the right time.  Register on the Fellows Lunch website by 9 October.


Skills for New Supervisors

This course, to be held from 14–15 October in Hobart, will help you gain the knowledge needed for a new supervisor role.  Learn the foundation skills to effectively make the transition from team member to supervisor and how to plan, organise, motivate, delegate and communicate with your team.  Content includes: new teams, existing teams and friends with boundaries; communicating and handling conflict; setting priorities and organising workloads; common challenges faced by new supervisors; techniques to manage difficult situations; action plan for continuing professional development.  Book now!


Working with Challenging Clients

Excellent customer service is the ultimate aim of employees and organisations but at times we can be challenged by clients who communicate and react in a challenging way.  Learning the value of preventative strategies and their application in the workplace is an important element for frontline staff members or managers of a frontline team.  This workshop is designed to help build resilience in the workplace and is tailored to the needs of participants, based on responses to a pre-course questionnaire.  The workshop will be held on 21 October, in Hobart.  For more information, visit The Training Consortium website


Push the Boundaries of Traditional Sponsorship

Logos no longer sell sponsorship, so what sells in our digital and social communications era?  How do we valuate and sell sponsorship?  It is vital that you understand what sponsorship means to all elements of the partnership.  Sign up for The Future of Sponsorship training, from 27-28 October, in Sydney, which aims to revolutionise the way you and your team work, and show how to truly understand the value of your property and how to communicate this value to brands effectively.  Participants will leave with a wealth of knowledge in procedures of structuring strategic frameworks for measuring and evaluating sponsorship deals and values as part of enhancement and development regimes for an innovative marketing mix.  Click here to download the program brochure.  To secure your place, contact Amber on (02) 9223 2137, or email amberj@marcusevansau.com.


Active Ageing Conference

The inaugural Active Ageing Conference, on the 29 October, will deliver a day of learning and professional development for Local Government and community care organisations.  Hosted by Australian Ageing Agenda and Community Care Review, the Active Ageing Conference will feature panels on wellness, reablement and restorative care.  Delegates can also choose from eight hands-on workshops including: functional home environments; case managers and budgeting; countering social isolation; organisational stocktake - reviewing your readiness, areas for action and strategies; active ageing for seniors living with dementia; using emerging technologies for active ageing; food and its connection to wellness; and meeting pastoral and spiritual care needs.  Visit the conference website for details.


Tasmanian State of the State

CEDA's annual State of the State event in Tasmania will feature a keynote address from Premier Will Hodgman who will explore whether the State can sustain its recovery in business confidence and economic activity, and the opportunities for growth and investment.  The event will take place from 12pm - 2pm, on 30 October, at Wrest Point in Hobart.  Find out more on the event website.


Oiled Shoreline Clean Up Course

The EPA Division and Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) are offering shoreline training for Local Government staff in Tasmania.  In this three-day training course, participants will learn what to do in the event of an oil spill.  It will include oil spill response organisation, evaluation planning and activation, shoreline assessment, shoreline protection, shoreline clean-up, site management, waste management, health and safety, communications and response termination.  The training is competency based and is recommended for managers, team leaders and staff with local environmental knowledge.  This training will be delivered by AMSA and is scheduled for 3-5 November at South Arm.  To register, visit the LGAT website.


Operational Skills Training

LGAT is offering operational skills training sessions in Burnie (10 November), Launceston (11 November) and Hobart (12 November).  The training will deliver practical ways to reduce potential physical harm whilst communicating with unconfirmed persons, either in the office or field environment, while maintaining appropriate and professional communication styles.  This course is aimed at officers who work in enforcement roles such as parking enforcement, Local Government compliance (animal control, planning compliance, building compliance) as well as people in works department-style positions and customer service.  For further information and registration, click here.


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 Workshop, Hobart 30 October
Oiled Shoreline Clean Up Course, South Arm 3-5 November
Emerging Leaders Program - Launceston 5-6 November
Operational Skills Training, Burnie 10 November
Operational Skills Training, Launceston 11 November
Operational Skills Training, Hobart 12 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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