The Pulse e-newsletter - LGAT


Issue no. 19 21 October 2015

In this Issue...

 President's Message
 News Items

              Formalising Collaboration between Local Government Peak Bodies

              Vale Brian Inches

              Planning Course for Elected Members

              Finance Assets and Infrastructure in Local Government

              Hobart Aquatic Centre Renamed in Honour of Former Lord Mayor

              Framework for Learning in Local Areas

              Australian Institute of Company Directors Scholarships Now Open

              PIA Awards for Planning Excellence Presentation       

 Conferences, Seminars and Workshops
 Local Government Events

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Don't miss LGAT's Regional Breakfast in Hobart, on 27 October, focusing on 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.  Click here to register.


Mayor Daryl Quilliam of Circular Head Council has announced that Clr Rodney Hardy has resigned.   Read more here.

President's Message      

This is my second week as LGAT President and what a busy period it has been. Parliament has been considering significant amendments to the land use planning legislation to support the introduction of a single Tasmanian planning scheme and I have been supporting LGAT’s advocacy in this space, particularly around the timeframes for permitted development.

I saw a second Board of Inquiry into a council announced in recent times, demonstrating that democracy is sometimes not without noise.  There is no doubt that the negative publicity associated with these inquiries casts a cloud over the entire Local Government sector, detracting from the great work that all our councils are doing for our citizens, day after day.  LGAT will be taking every opportunity to  promote the good news, as well as providing support to those elected representatives and officers affected by the review.

I was pleased to be able to attend the Local Government Manager’s Association (LGMA) Conference Dinner where I co-signed a Memorandum of Understanding between our two organisations, further cementing the positive relations and proactive partnering already in train.   Close cooperation between LGAT and LGMA will ensure that our collective membership will receive the best possible service from each of us.

As you read this, I will have just concluded a day which started with one of our three regional breakfast forums focusing on tourism, a meeting of the General Management Committee and my first Premier’s Local Government Council as President.  Local Government does not stand still, nor does LGAT, and I am already enjoying the challenge immensely. 

On behalf of the Association, I want to thank Mayor Daryl Quilliam for his steady leadership during a tumultuous period.  He has done a great job and I look forward to working with him in his role as Vice President going forward. 

News Items

Formalising Collaboration between Local Government Peak Bodies

The Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT) has entered into a formal agreement with Local Government Managers Australia (Tasmania) (LGMA) to ensure that the current, strongly collaborative approach is embedded, strengthened and secured for the future.  The President’s and CEO’s of LGMA and LGAT respectively - Karen Hampton, Pamela Crawford, Mayor Doug Chipman and Dr Katrena Stephenson, signed this first MOU at the LGMA Tasmania Conference Dinner on Thursday, 15 October.

“The MOU allows us to formalise the relationship between the two organisations which support Local Government in Tasmania,” said LGAT President, Mayor Doug Chipman.  “We will still recognise and support the independent autonomy of each organisation but look at what things might be better tackled together,” he said.

“It will ensure shared understanding of issues, provide clarity about our organisational roles and strengthen the collective voice of Local Government,” said LGMA Tas President, Karen Hampton.  “Both LGAT and LGMA Tasmania are committed to achieving the best possible outcomes for the Local Government sector and the stakeholders that make up that sector,” she said. 

  Vale Brian Inches

LGAT staff were saddened to hear of the passing of Brian Inches on 5 October, aged 64.  Brian would be fondly remembered by many in Tasmanian Local Government, having served as Council Clerk and General Manager of Sorell Council from 1990 to 2003, and as General Manager at Break O’Day Council from 2003 to 2007,  when he retired.  As General Manager at Sorell Council, both Council and the community experienced rapid growth and development under his leadership.  Brian was State President and National Board Member of the Local Government Managers Australia from 2002-2004,  a member of the Local Government Board of Tasmania from 2004-2008, and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  Brian was well liked and respected by his colleagues and peers, and made a significant contribution to the Local Government sector.  Our sincere condolences to his wife, Carol and family. 


Planning Course for Elected Members

LGAT is hosting a one-day Planning Course for Elected Members in Launceston, on 28 November.  Gain a better understanding of the RMPS legal framework, purposes, powers, procedures and the responsibilities of different individuals and groups within the planning system.  The course has been developed in partnership with the University of Tasmania and will be delivered by Irene Duckett who has worked in the planning area for 27 years.  There will be four major areas of focus including: legal, procedural and technical matters; land use strategy; governance; and environmental, social and economic sustainability.  Registration costs $495.00 (incl. GST).  For full details, or to register, visit the LGAT website.

Finance Assets and Infrastructure in Local Government

The LGAT is partnering with the LGMA and IPWEA to convene a forum for council asset, finance and infrastructure practitioners at the Windsor Community Precinct in West Tamar, from 12-13 November.  Council officers working in these areas are invited to register for both days or alternatively, single days, depending on areas of interest.  These sessions provide a great opportunity for Local Government practitioners to get updated on issues of relevance in these fields and to network with their sectoral colleagues.  Registration for this event will be $110 per day, or $180 for those wishing to attend both days.  Catering and refreshments will be provided.  For further details or to register, visit  the LGAT website's Professional Development page, or contact Melanie Brown, Senior Policy Officer at LGAT at melanie.brown@lgat.tas.gov.au.

Hobart Aquatic Centre Renamed in Honour of Former Lord Mayor

The Hobart Aquatic Centre was this week officially renamed The Doone Kennedy Hobart Aquatic Centre in honour of the late former Lord Mayor of Hobart, Lorna Doone Pleasance Kennedy AO.  Mrs Kennedy AO passed away in 2014, aged 87.  In unveiling the plaque, Lord Mayor Sue Hickey said, “The building of the Hobart Aquatic Centre was one of many major projects undertaken during Doone’s time as Lord Mayor.   She was instrumental in securing the $17 million needed to build the Centre and when it opened to the public, she packed her bathers, joined the queue of early-risers and was one of the first to test the water when the doors opened at 6am."  The renaming of the centre marked 19 years to the day since the Doone Kennedy Hobart Aquatic Centre officially opened its doors on 18 October 1997.

Framework for Learning in Local Areas

A new Learning Community Framework and Measuring Impact Toolkit published by the Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government links the idea of learning partnerships between councils, their communities and learning organisations internationally to the UNESCO Key Features of Learning Cities framework.  The report builds upon a previous research project that examined how learning partnerships can help improve social outcomes, build community capability and strengthen community governance, and includes an in-depth case study.  The toolkit can be downloaded from www.acelg.org.au.

Australian Institute of Company Directors Scholarships Now Open

The Tasmanian Government is partnering with the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) to offer a number of corporate governance education course scholarships over the next three years to increase the number of Tasmanian women who are board-ready.  Three Company Director Course (CDC) scholarships and sixteen Foundations of Directorship (FOD) scholarships are now available.  Applications are via an on-line application process and recipients will be selected based on the quality of their application.  Applications will close on 12 November.  Visit the website for further information and to apply on-line.  For additional information, call the AICD Tasmanian office on 6242 2200.

PIA Awards for Planning Excellence Presentation

The Tasmanian Awards for Planning Excellence recognise and acknowledge quality, innovation and excellence in planning.  The awards promote the important role of the planning profession in the creation of Tasmania’s built environment, and stimulate public awareness of good planning.  Join the 2015 state recipients of the PIA Awards for Planning Excellence at the annual awards presentation ceremony from 5.45pm on 4 November at the Moonah Arts Centre.  Attendance is free but registrations are essential.  Visit the Planning Institute of Australia website for details.


Tasmanian Suicide Prevention Strategy Survey

Stakeholder consultations to guide the development of the Tasmanian Suicide Prevention Strategy, the Tasmanian Youth Suicide Prevention Strategy and the Tasmanian Suicide Prevention Workforce Development and Training Plan is under way.  A series of consultations are being arranged to ensure that services and the broader community are engaged in the process of developing the suicide prevention strategies.  Health, education, emergency services, youth services, counselling and other community development professionals are invited to participate in a brief, online survey that asks questions about the strengths and challenges of the 2010-2014 Tasmanian Suicide Prevention Strategy, and priorities for inclusion in the second Tasmanian Suicide Prevention Strategy, Tasmania's first Youth Suicide Prevention Strategy and the Tasmanian Suicide Prevention Workforce Development and Training Plan.  The online survey is open until 26 October and takes 20-30 minutes to complete. 

Lifelong Economic Wellbeing for Women in Australia

Until 13 November, Economic Security4Women and its member organisations are organising consultations and promoting an online survey to find out what women consider should be the priorities for Government, to improve women’s long-term economic wellbeing.  The results will outline future areas of work for economic Security4Women (eS4W) into 2016–2019.  In its report to the Australian Government, eS4W will bring forward the views, voices and issues of women in Australia, in relation to their economic wellbeing.  The barriers to increasing the numbers of women in and looking for work and to increasing their retirement savings will be highlighted along with potential solutions.  Participate in the online survey, or hold a face-to-face consultation with a consultation kit.  For more information, email executiveofficer@security4women.org.au, or call 0423 198 567.

Road Safety In Tasmania – Have Your Say

The Road Safety Advisory Council is developing the Towards Zero – Tasmanian Road Safety Strategy 2017-2026 and wants your input on how road safety can be improved in Tasmania.  To have your say, complete the online survey or come along to a public forum from 6-8pm at: Rydges Hotel, Hobart (16 November); West Coast Council Chambers, Queenstown (19 November); Burnie Club, Burnie (7 December); Tramsheds,  Launceston (8 December); or Bayside Inn, St Helens (10 December).  For more information visit www.towardszero.tas.gov.au.

Conferences, Seminars and Workshops

Showcasing Best Practice in Creating Regional Innovation and Community Change

The Regional Innovation Survey carried out statewide this year by BOFA in Action reveals a very strong or strong urgency regarding the need for significant, positive change in terms of Tasmania's regional economy (82%), social issues (67%), Government (62%) and environment (44%).  Disappointingly, only 22% of respondents reported seeing any clear regional vision or goals.  This indicates a credibility gap, or at best a communication issue for those engaged in regional economic development and community development.  Two one-day action sessions have been organised to address this at the Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air (BOFA) Film Festival on 4 November - Creating Community Change and 6 November - Creating Regional Innovation.  These sessions will showcase best practice in creating regional innovation and community change, and aim to build new collaborations and actions, setting the agenda for change for the coming year.  Economic development and community development teams will benefit from this opportunity to learn, network and plan for 2016.  Tickets can be purchased here.

Leading Change through Effective Employee Engagement

Matt Balfe, Manager Strategic Communications, Yarra Valley Water will demonstrate how they drove cultural change by enrolling staff to the new seven-year corporate strategy and how they drove understanding, engagement and commitment through an innovative staff communication campaign.  The forum, Australian Employee Engagement 2015: Changing Organisational Destinations and Leading Change through Effective Employee Engagement, will feature a one-day interactive study group and two workshops on storytelling to drive cultural change, and building understanding and ownership of the need for change management.  Case studies and interactive sessions from a range of program participants will investigate how to gain the knowledge and skills to drive engagement.  It will be held 10-11 November in Melbourne.  For more information, visit the forum website

Fundraising Workshops

Does your organisation need more funding?  Do you want financial sustainability through community engagement?  Are you tired of running the same old fundraising campaigns, or wondering if there’s a better way?  Volunteering Tasmania is proud to present Fundraising Workshops with award winning fundraiser, Bianca Crocker from Fish Community Solutions.  Held in Devonport (10 November) and Hobart (12 November), you'll hear about the donor pyramid (Hobart only), corporate partnerships, peer-to-peer fundraising,  community fundraising events and crowd fundingBook here.

2015 Community Recycling Forum

The Community Recycling Network of Australia’s annual forum is a meeting of community recyclers, waste industry professionals and Local Government representatives who are passionate about supporting the growth of community recycling in Australia.  In 2015, the annual forum will be held in Hobart from 12-13 November.  The conference theme, Community Returns, celebrates partnerships and collaborations between community recycling enterprises, communities, councils and businesses.  Local Government officers working in community development, procurement and waste management will benefit especially from this opportunity.  For more information and the full program, please visit http://www.communityrecycling.com.au/.

Tackling Age and Disability Discrimination in the Workplace

The Tasmanian Training Consortium presents Tackling Age and Disability Discrimination in the Workplace with the Hon Susan Ryan AO, Age Discrimination Commissioner and Disability Discrimination Commissioner.  The event will be held from 9.30am - 11.00am, on 13 November at Hadley's Orient Hotel, Hobart.  It will also be streamed live for real-time participation online.  Register your attendance here or register for virtual attendance.  For more information, visit the event website.

Land Capability Assessment for on-site Wastewater Management

This three-day course comprises lecture presentations, practical demonstrations, hands-on practical and workshop sessions and a hands-on, field-based land capability assessment and design workshop.  The course is designed for those involved in land capability assessment, planning, design, installation, regulation, management and performance supervision of domestic on-site and decentralised wastewater management systems.  It is particularly relevant to land capability assessors, environmental health officers, building inspectors, plumbing inspectors, environmental managers, planners, surveyors, catchment managers, geotechnical, environmental and engineering consultants, as well as on-site systems designers, manufacturers and installation and maintenance technicians.  The course will run from 16-18 November in Melbourne.  Click here for more information.

Agile Internal Communication in the Australian Public Sector

Innovative strategies and case studies reinforcing a culture of cross-organisational collaboration will be the focus of this one-day, interactive forum which will lay out the blueprint for mapping out an operational internal communication plan via best practices for effective communication and maximum employee engagement.  Learn how to achieve productive communication between departments to minimise conflict and augment interpersonal skills for a healthier working environment.  The forum will take place from 17-18 November, in Canberra.  Registration costs $995 (+ GST ) and an early bird rate is available.  For more information visit the forum website

2015 National Local Roads and Transport Congress

Registrations are still open for the Australian Local Government Association's 2015 National Local Roads and Transport Congress, being held from 17-19 November in  Ballarat.  An updated program has been released on the ALGA website and ALGA is pleased to confirm that the Hon Warren Truss MP will be speaking at this year's congress.  The primary focus areas for the 2015 program include the power of strong relationships and high-quality infrastructure to impact the future growth, development and productivity of the nation.  Among the opportunities for delegates will be engagement in discussions on the national productivity agenda that Prime Minister Turnbull has put at the forefront of his reform agenda.  It is important that the views of councils across the country are heard at this critical time.  For more information, or to register, please visit the ALGA website.

Local Government Events

Regional Breakfast, Hobart 27 October
General Meeting, Bridgewater 29 October
Mayors' Professional Development Day, 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
Finance Assets and Infrastructure in Local Government, West Tamar 12-13 November
2015 National Local Roads and Transport Congress, Ballarat 17-19 November
Sample Training, Deloraine 24 November
Planning Course for Elected Members, Launceston 28 November


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