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The Pulse - 3 December 2015

 

Issue no. 22 3 December 2015

In this Issue...

President's Message
 CEO's Message
 News Items

              New Owner Councils Chief Representative for TasWater Announced

              Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience Launched

              $25 Million for Planning Better National Water Infrastructure

              Report on Climate Change and the Australian Bushfire Threat

              Partnerships Key to Local Council Future

              Tasmanian Cat Management Plan

              National Remote and Regional Transport Strategy

              Mature Age Workforce Resource Launched

              DrumMUSTER Celebrates Milestones in Tasmania

              Tassie Super Fund Merger Complete

              Give 'Bags of Love' this Christmas for Tasmania’s Needy

 Awards
Conferences, Seminars and Workshops
Local Government Events




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Quadrant and Tasplan officially merged this week making a bigger, stronger Tasmanian super fund with $3.3 billion in combined funds and 100,000 members. 
 
Congratulations to Mayor David Downie of Northern Midlands Council on being appointed as Chief Representative of the Owner Councils for TasWater.   Thanks to outgoing Chief Representative, Mayor Tony Foster.


President's Message

This is the last edition of The Pulse e-newsletter for 2015 as we draw to a close another busy year for the Association, the Local Government sector and a whirlwind start to my LGAT Presidency.  The Christmas period will hopefully give us all the opportunity to draw breath ahead of what will continue to be a year of review and reform.

Next week, the General Management Committee will be reviewing LGAT's amended Strategic Plan and new Work Plan, and we will be sharing those with our members, but it will likely come as no surprise to you that our work next year will be dominated by supporting reform activities in their many and varied forms.

Planning reform will initially require the most intense effort, particularly with the proposed public release of the draft Tasmanian Planning scheme early in the New Year.  We will also be looking at ways to support councils in their consideration of possible mergers and resource-sharing models, and LGAT staff will continue to work closely with officers on the ground in relation to implementation of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulations.  

The LGAT CEO and I will be participating on the Steering Committee charged with oversight of the review of the Local Government Act.  Through the Australian Local Government Association, we will be providing input as the discussion about reform of the Federation and taxation systems continue.  We will also be preparing for a Federal Election and lobbying hard for our State and sector.

We look forward to delivering new training, new services and procurement offerings, and a profile raising campaign for our sector.  We know there are exciting, innovative and quality services and infrastructure being  delivered to our communities, and LGAT will focus on sharing those stories next year.  I wish you all the best for the Festive Season and look forward to working with you in 2016.



CEO's Message

Over the last 6 months, LGAT has had a focus in building collaborative relationships across the sector and with stakeholders with overlapping interests.  One example of this has been in our development of the submission to the 2016-17 State Budget.  This year, in addition to seeking feedback from our members, we invited contributions from the three regional Local Government Authorities and Local Government Managers Australia (LGMA) Tas.  We also consulted with other peak bodies to identify areas where we had a common interest.

Our budget submission, entitled Better Councils, Better Communities, focuses on four areas: Reform, Land Use Planning, Infrastructure and Communities.  At the time of writing, our submission was still being finalised but we have identified resourcing the implementation of planning reform as a critical requirement going forward, as is the funding of iplan - the online tool which will be essential in enabling  easy navigation of the new planning scheme.  We are seeking commitments around supporting feasibility studies for mergers and resource-sharing, as well as meeting the costs of any transformation.  We have continued to encourage the allocation of funds to former forestry roads that are key to communities and tourism, and we urge continued investment in education and economic development.  The final submission will soon be available on our website.



News Items

New Owner Councils Chief Representative for TasWater Announced

Mayor David Downie of Northern Midlands Council has been appointed as the Chief Representative of the Owner Councils for TasWater.  Mayor Downie replaces Mayor Tony Foster who has chosen to step down from the position after six years.  TasWater Chairman, Mr Miles Hampton said that Mr Foster had been a champion of the reform process that commenced in 2009 and had played a key role in the link between the Board and councils.  "Tony Foster has been a key leader in water and sewerage reform, from his initial focus on the establishment of the Hobart Regional Water Authority and then the establishment, in 2009, of the four corporations that led to the formation of TasWater in January 2013," Mr Hampton said.



Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience Launched

The Federal Government has launched the Melbourne-based Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience to provide a cutting-edge approach to delivering emergency management education, training and professional development for a stronger emergency management sector.  The Institute will deliver contemporary products and services around the country that have been developed by, and for, the emergency management sector.  It will pool resources and knowledge from the Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authorities Council, the Australian Red Cross, the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre and the Attorney General's Department.  Further information regarding the Institute and the products and services it will deliver, are available online.



$25 Million for Planning Better National Water Infrastructure

The Federal Government is calling for expressions of interest under the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund.  States and territories are invited to apply for a share in $25 million of funding to undertake feasibility studies to support water infrastructure projects across the country, including new dams.  The fund delivers on the Coalition Government’s commitment of $500 million under the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper to develop the nation’s water infrastructure, comprising $50 million to start the detailed planning necessary to build new water infrastructure, and $450 million for capital works.  Expressions of Interest close on 21 January 2016.  Details of the expression of interest process, guidelines and information about the fund are available here.  



 Report on Climate Change and the Australian Bushfire Threat

The Climate Council has launched a report, The Burning Issue: Climate Change and the Australian Bushfire Threat, which has found that the length of the fire season increased by almost 19% globally between 1978 and 2013, that longer fire seasons are reducing opportunities for controlled burning, and intensifying pressure on fire fighting resources.  The Council says that Australia’s bushfire preparedness is under threat from climate change as bushfire seasons here and in the Northern Hemisphere increasingly overlap, putting new demands on critical shared fire fighting aircraft.  The report can be downloaded here.



Partnerships Key to Local Council Future

Councils will increasingly turn to partnerships and consolidation in the future to offset tightening funding according to a new study of Local Government leaders in Australia and New Zealand by the University of Technology Sydney, Centre for Local Government.  More than 250 council leaders from 176 local councils were surveyed as part of the study, commissioned by Civica International.  The report found that while 73% of respondents believed providing sustainable infrastructure will be the main policy issue in the next 10 years, about 26% said the scale of requirements would exceed the amount of available budget.  The squeeze meant that 40% of Local Government leaders expected councils to look to strategic partnerships in the coming decade, while 32% of leaders believed council mergers would be the primary operational response to meet future challenges.  A full copy of The Changing Landscape for Local Government in Australia and New Zealand: A Vision for 2025 report can be downloaded here.



Tasmanian Cat Management Plan

The Tasmanian Government is committed to developing a Tasmanian Cat Management Plan to outline ways that cats can be better managed across the State.  Issues that are being examined include domestic and feral cats, roles and responsibilities, and identifying the necessary public and private resources to achieve effective outcomes.  To inform the development of a plan, a Reference Group, a feral cat working group and a socialised cats working group have been established.  The two working groups have met on a number of occasions to identify the key issues to be included in the management plan.    LGAT is represented on each of these groups.  A facilitated workshop with the Reference Group will be held next week, with the aim of gaining in-principle support for  the issues and proposed recommendations.  Once this is achieved and the Minister is comfortable, a draft plan will be developed and a formal public consultation process will be undertaken.  This is likely to occur in the first six months of 2016.


National Remote and Regional Transport Strategy

The Transport and Infrastructure Council has endorsed the National Remote and Regional Transport Strategy.  The strategy contains 11 key actions and the Council has requested a jurisdictional working group report back on implementation at the November 2016 Council meeting.  The strategy seeks to address the significant transport challenges faced by remote and regional Australia, and aligns with the vision for Developing Northern Australia, focusing on maximising investment opportunities in transport infrastructure and services, minimising regulatory burden, and facilitating better coordination across borders and between governments.  The strategy has been informed by a wide range of industry, government and non-government stakeholders across the Country.  The strategy can be downloaded here



Mature Age Workforce Resource Launched

The Mature Age Workforce Resource 2015 was launched this week for Australian councils to proactively support implementing a corporate framework, policy and set of aligned, recommended actions towards engaging, supporting and retaining older workers.  The guide reflects global best practices in managing an age-diverse workforce, with particular emphasis on the older workforce.  The Mature Age Workforce Resource provides guidance to progress mature age initiatives in a planned and structured way through the inclusion of key policy development actions and performance indicators to support CEOs in mobilising cost-effective initiatives to address the changing composition of their workforce.  There are three elements to the overall framework – the context statement, a set of utility documents and a toolkit.  The resource can be found online



 

 DrumMUSTER Celebrates Milestones in Tasmania

With the half-million drum milestone fast approaching in Tasmania, DrumMUSTER is celebrating the significant contribution of two councils to the program.  Northern Midlands Council operates waste transfer stations at Avoca, Campbell Town and Longford, and has recorded over 100,000 empty agvet chemical containers since their first collection in 2001.  Further north, Devonport City Council has collected over 50,000 containers at the Spreyton Waste Transfer Station since joining the program in 2000.  There are 30 DrumMUSTER collection sites in Tasmania so the program is easily accessible to chemical users.  To find your nearest site, enter your postcode and state under ‘Collection Locations’ on the DrumMUSTER website



Tassie Super Fund Merger Complete

Quadrant and Tasplan have officially merged this week making a bigger, stronger Tasmanian super fund that is putting Tasmania on the national super map.  With substantial investments in the State, the Tasplan Board has committed to investing a further $20 million in Tasmanian businesses through the Tasmanian Growth and Development Fund.  This pledge is expected to provide both good investment returns for members and inject much needed capital into the Tasmanian economy.  Tasplan has also brought its administration and call centre operations from the mainland to Hobart and has employed 38 new staff.  Following the merger with Quadrant, Tasplan Super now has $3.3 billion in combined funds, 100,000 members, 15,000 employers, nine investment options and 88 employees.  Visit the Tasplan website for further information.



Give 'Bags of Love' this Christmas for Tasmania’s Needy

Tasmanians are encouraged to join ‘Bags of Love’, a Tasmanian Salvation Army program providing simple packages of food for the State’s most in need this Christmas.  ‘Bags of Love’ are being distributed to offices around the State, where staff are encouraged to fill them with non-perishable items.  Salvation Army workers will collect the bags and re-distribute them to those in need.  Register by calling the Salvation Army Tasmania head office on 6228 8400.


Awards

Glenorchy’s Sustainability Effort Gains National Recognition

Glenorchy has received three awards in the Keep Australia Beautiful National Sustainable Cities Awards, presented in Brisbane in November.  Glenorchy City Council won the Young Legends National Award for its Glenorchy Youth Task Force, Benjafield Childcare Centre, Waste Management Schools Program, and Rosetta Primary School.  Council was also highly commended for Environmental Sustainability for its Derwent Stormwater Reuse project and highly commended in the Heritage and Culture category for the Moonah Arts Centre.  The awards follow Glenorchy being named Tasmania’s sustainable city in the annual Tasmania Awards, where the Council, local community groups and community members received a total of 15 State awards.  The Sustainable Cities program recognises outstanding examples of how cities around the nation are implementing practical projects that help local communities achieve an efficient and sustainable future.


2016 Premier’s Young Achiever of the Year

The search is on for the 2016 Premier’s Young Achiever of the Year!  If you know someone who is achieving amazing things, nominate them for an award and make a difference to their lives.  Each category winner will receive $1,000.  The Premier’s Young Achiever of the Year will be chosen from one of the category winners and win an additional $1,000 from the Tasmanian Government, a State trophy and a holiday package for two in Australia.  Submit your nomination online .


Tasmanian Volunteering Awards 2016

At an International Volunteer Day event on 4 December, Volunteering Tasmania will launch the inaugural Tasmanian Volunteering Awards 2016.  These awards aim to recognise and reward the contribution of those who exhibit excellence in the volunteering sector.  Awards and prizes will be presented at the beginning of National Volunteer Week  in May 2016, at a ceremony at Government House, hosted by Volunteering Tasmania’s Patron, Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner, Governor of Tasmania.  Nominations close on 4 March 2016.  The Tasmanian Volunteering Awards are an initiative of the Department of Premier and Cabinet and Volunteering Tasmania. Click here for details


 Conferences, Seminars and Workshops

Elected Members' Professional Development Weekend

Be sure to register for LGAT's Elected Members' Professional Development Weekend, to be held in Hobart from 20-21 February 2016, providing a valuable learning and networking opportunity. Learn ways to bury the hatchet with council colleagues, develop improved community engagement skills, find out what the new Planning Scheme will mean for you, get the most out of your relationship with your General Manager, and effectively manage conflicts of interest on Council. There will also be a Q&A session on the NBN and a LGAT policy update.  A networking dinner will be held on 20 February and partners are welcome.  Accommodation bookings are required by 20 January 2016. Click here to download the Program and Registration Form. For enquiries, please phone LGAT on (03) 6233 5119.


Ethical Decisions at Work Webinar

The Integrity Commission’s new e-learning module is available for public authorities to use.  The module is highly interactive and adaptive, with learning relevant for all public sector workplaces and employee roles.  The module will be launched in an online webinar from 10.00am - 10.30am, on 8 December.  To see a demonstration and find out how the module can work at your Council, register here


Future Social Media Content 2016 Congress

The Content 4.0 Forum: Future Social Media Content 2016 Congress will take place in Sydney, from 17-18 March.  Take advantage of the $700 early bird discount by registering before 24 December.  There is also a 30% discount for Local Government delegates.  Download the brochure here.  For enquiries, contact Jay Nair at jay@ibrc.com.au.


Bridges Out of Poverty

As part of the Social Determinants of Health capacity building project, Primary Health Tasmania is pleased to announce two Bridges Out of Poverty workshops scheduled for 2016.  The two-day workshop helps attendees understand the challenges faced by poverty and how it shapes the interactions and experiences of a person’s everyday life.  It includes strategies for changing program design, policies and procedures to improve outcomes for all.  The two-day workshops will be held in Bridgewater on 9 & 16 March and in Launceston on 18 & 25 May.  Register early to secure your place.  Click here for more information, or phone Jackie Grimsey on 6425 8500.

  

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM THE LGAT TEAM!

The Local Government Association of Tasmania will close for Christmas on Thursday, 24 December and will reopen on Monday, 4 January 2016

 


Local Government Events

General Management Committee Meeting, Hobart 9 December
Elected Members' Professional Development Weekend, Hobart 20-21 February

 

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