The Pulse e-newsletter - LGAT


Issue no. 05 24 March 2016

In this Issue...

 President's Message
 News Items

              Triabunna Victorious in Australian Tidy Towns Awards

              Transforming Local Government - New Research Released

              Executive Officer Position Vacant

              Spend more?  Spend less?  Have Your Say on the City of Hobart Operating Budget!

              Creating an Autism Friendly Workplace

              2016 Resilient Australia Awards

              National Councils Blood Challenge      

 Conferences, Seminars and Workshops
 Local Government Events 

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LGAT has released the 2016 Council Cost Index indicating that an average rate increase of 1.87% may be necessary to allow current levels of service to be maintained.
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President's Message

Since the last newsletter, LGAT has issued media releases on three areas of interest to councils.  These are the annual Council Cost Index, the State Government’s Roads Audit, and the report from Joint Select Committee Inquiry into Preventative Health. 

Every year, the Local Government Association calculates the Council Cost Index in an effort to assist councils with their rate setting deliberations.  The Council Cost Index is formulated using three components, wage price index, the road and bridge construction index and the consumer price index for Hobart.  These three components ensure that the index reflects the broad range of impacts to, and activities of councils, particularly in relation to infrastructure provision and maintenance.  This year, using those sources of data, the calculation was for an index of 1.87%.  

As we are all aware, the Council Cost Index is a useful indicator but cannot take into account the varying mix of construction and non-construction activities from council to council.  Ultimately council budgets and rates must be set in the context of the Strategic Plan for the municipality, community needs, and interests and decisions about the level of service and revenue required each year. 

In this last fortnight, the State Government, through Infrastructure Tasmania, released a State Roads Audit Report.  This report highlighted a number of issues for the State as well as the important role of Local Government when it comes to managing the State’s local road network.  LGAT thought it important to remind the broader Tasmanian community, as well as the State Government about our ongoing concerns in relation to former forestry roads, particularly where those roads are key tourist routes.  This matter remains as an area of topical interest for the Premier’s Local Government Council, and LGAT continues to lobby for State management of these important roads. 

Finally, I will touch on a growing area of focus for councils – Preventative Health.  The Parliamentary Joint Select Committee recently released the report on their inquiry findings and, unsurprisingly, the need to recognise and resource the role of Local Government in this space was acknowledged.  Local Government is already working proactively with communities and other stakeholders in a myriad of ways to support good health outcomes.  From walking groups to bike tracks, community gardens to sports centres, from health promotion to immunisation, we are well placed to support appropriate local solutions.

On that note, I wish you all a healthy and happy Easter break.

Mayor Doug Chipman
LGAT President

News Items

Triabunna Victorious in Australian Tidy Towns Awards

The East Coast town of Triabunna has emerged as the Overall Winner of the Keep Australia Beautiful 2016 Australian Tidy Towns Awards.  Triabunna also won the Environmental Sustainability Award and was highly commended in the Community Action and Wellbeing, Young Legends and Environmental Education Awards.  

Australian Tidy Towns judge, Jill Grant, said the combination of vision and guidance provided by Glamorgan Spring Bay Council and the dedicated and consistent efforts of community organisations and volunteers have greatly magnified the impact of a range of initiatives that preserve and enhance environmental quality, and celebrate and showcase the long history of the area.  “The town has several key focal points and groups that unite the community and bring together environmental and social projects that address the key interests of the community,” Ms Grant said. 

The Australian Tidy Towns program sets out to recognise the hard work undertaken by individuals and groups in rural communities and share these best practices and ideas to continue to improve our vibrant rural towns.  The national awards are sponsored by the Australian Packaging Covenant and the Department of the Environment.  Full details of the 2016 Awards are available here.

Transforming Local Government - New Research Released

In an effort to understand the challenges and the opportunities facing Local Government, and to dispel some myths about the sector, LG Professionals Australia has joined forces with the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis at the University of Canberra to develop a research paper on the value and capacity of Local Government.  More than Rates, Roads and Rubbish; A Transformative Agenda for Local Government is designed to lay the foundations for a genuine dialogue and increased collaborative problem-solving with other levels of government.

Executive Officer Position Vacant

The Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT) is seeking a full-time, Hobart-based, Executive Officer (EO), to be contracted for two years.  This is a new position, reflecting the partnership arrangements between LGAT and Local Government Professionals Australia (Tasmania) (LG Professionals Tas).  The Executive Officer (EO) will be employed by LGAT and, as part of the employment contract, will be required to perform a role for LG Professionals Tas.  The role will manage the operations of LG Professionals Tas, including providing support to the Board, undertaking planning and financial management, and servicing members.  The EO will also broker or commission training for elected members and officers, and manage the requirements related to event sponsorship, programming, registration, promotion and evaluation.  Salary will be commensurate with experience but in the range of $70,000 - $80,000.  Applications close on 1 April.  Queries about the position can be directed to Katrena Stephenson, CEO LGAT on 0488 610 341.  For further information about LG Professionals (Tas), please refer to the LG Professionals website.  For further information regarding LGAT, please visit the LGAT website.

Spend more?  Spend less?  Have Your Say on the City of Hobart Operating Budget!

The City of Hobart has issued a challenge to the community to see how they might balance the City of Hobart operating budget for 2016/2017.  Council has introduced an online budget simulator tool to give the community a say on where they would like to see rates and other revenue spent.  This community engagement project has been launched to raise awareness of Council’s budget process and provide a way for the community to voice their opinion on what programs and services they value most.  The City of Hobart budget challenge features 11 areas where the $96.5 million operating budget is spent and provides for three spending choices – increase spending, maintain spending or reduce spending – for people to express their preferences and leave comments for their choices.  The feedback received will be collated and provided to the Council prior to its budget deliberations to help guide its current and future budget decisions.  Obtain detailed information about Council’s budget process, its programs and services, and access the budget simulator tool here

Creating an Autism Friendly Workplace

Curtain University needs your help to develop a tool to adapt the workplace to better suit the individual needs of adults on the autism spectrum.  Employers, managers, supervisors, or co-workers of employees on the autism spectrum are invited to complete two 15-minute surveys.  By developing a workplace tool, it is hoped that it will lead to more people on the autism spectrum remaining in jobs that they enjoy, in a workplace tailored to meet their individual needs.  To take part, please contact Melissa Scott on 041 603 2771, or email melissa.scott@curtin.edu.au.

2016 Resilient Australia Awards

The 2016 Resilient Australia Awards recognise and promote initiatives across the nation that support and strengthen community disaster resilience.  This year's Awards are open to individuals, not-for-profit organisations, businesses, Local and State Government, educational institutions, research bodies and emergency service agencies. There is also a photography award for photos that communicate work in disaster resilience.  Given Local Government's important work towards community resilience, councils are encouraged to enter in the Resilient Australia Government Award category.  State winners will become finalists for the National Resilient Australia Award.  Award entries close on 9 June.  Click here for a copy of the guidelines and register here.

National Councils Blood Challenge

The Australian Red Cross Blood Service is about to launch the inaugural National Councils Blood Challenge.  Council officers are encouraged to achieve the highest number of blood donations during the months of April, May and June.  Red Cross Community Relations Officer for Tasmania, Graham Innes, said across Australia, we receive fantastic support from councillors and staff of local councils.  "In Tasmania, I think the one to beat will be Central Coast Council which has a well-established Red25 program and some very regular donors committed to saving lives through blood donation,” Mr Innes said.  To get behind the Councils Blood Challenge and to receive information, posters, brochures and digital elements, please contact Graham Innes on 6230 6202, 0458 458 670, or email ginnes@redcrossblood.org.au.


Stronger Communities Programme Open for Applications

Councils are encouraged to put forward Round 2 Stronger Communities Programme (SCP) project proposals that could improve local community participation and cohesion, and contribute to vibrant and viable communities.  Grants of between $5,000 and up to a maximum of $20,000 are available for projects that build capacity in communities and applicants are required to confirm matched funding in cash and/or in-kind on a dollar-for-dollar basis.  Applicants are invited to apply to their local MP (using the GMS Portal) who will select projects from their electorate, totalling no more than $150,000 per year, and submit Round 2 projects to the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development (DIRD) by 29 April.  Prospective applicants should contact their local MP to discuss their project proposal.  The Department continues to assess projects submitted under Round 1.  MPs will be advised by the Department of funding decisions as soon as possible after a decision has been made so that MPs are able to inform successful applicants.  Guidance material on Round 2 of the SCP is available on the DIRD website.

Funding Grants for Women in all Sectors

In 2016, Women and Leadership Australia is administering a national initiative providing grants for the development of female leaders across all industry sectors.  Grant applications are open to women employed at two levels - senior management and executive level women leaders can apply for $12,000 Individual Grants to undertake the Advanced Leadership Program, and women managers can apply for $5,000 Individual Grants to undertake the Accelerated Leadership Performance Program.  Expressions of interest are required by 29 April.  For enquiries, please contact Ian Johnson at the office of the National Industry Scholarship Program, Australian School of Applied Management on (03) 9270 9016 or via ijohnson@wla.edu.au.

State Government's $300,000 Rural Bus Stop Program 2016-17

The Department of State Growth will soon be contacting councils to invite them to apply for contributions from the State Government towards upgrades to bus stops on regional council-operated roads.  The Rural Bus Stop Program 2016/17 will provide $300,000 towards the cost of upgrading a maximum of 10 regional bus stops and associated infrastructure statewide in order to reduce the risks to students and other bus users.  Priority will be given to student bus stops and funding will be limited to projects that will improve ground-level infrastructure such as hard stand and lay-by areas, road strengthening, road delineation and marking of bus stops.  Applications will close on 14 June, with all works to be completed by 15 May 2017.  For further information, contact Barb Dunford.

Conferences, Seminars and Workshops

Positive Culture Day

Creating a positive workplace culture and dealing with the tough people situations at work are two of the toughest assignments we have as leaders.  For many years, Proteus has assisted thousands of leaders to do just that.  Through the very popular ‘Creating A Positive Workplace Culture’ and ‘Tough Love Leadership’ programs, many leaders have found answers to the issues that they have to deal with every day.  These two programs will be brought together on the same day, on 7 April, in Hobart, to create the powerful Positive Culture Day.  Attend one or both programs and truly make a difference to your leadership experience.  Cost is $495 for both programs.  Click here to find out more.

Ka-Ching!  An Insider's View on Poker Machines

Anglicare Tasmania are hosting free public screenings of the award-winning documentary, Ka-Ching!, an insider’s view on how poker machines work.  With the State Government considering the future of poker machines in Tasmania, these public forums will provide valuable information and a chance for community members to ask questions and express a view.  Council representatives are warmly invited.  Screenings will be held from: 5.00pm - 6.30pm, on 9 April,at the Montrose Bay High School Performing Arts Centre, Glenorchy;  6.00pm - 7.30 pm, on 13 April, at the Tailrace Centre, Launceston; and from 6.00pm - 7.30pm at the Devonport Entertainment and Convention Centre, Devonport.

Tasmania of the Future

Australia will remain an immigrant nation for generations into the future.  Tasmania will accommodate more residents and more workers in the future.  The challenge is to ensure that the State delivers the framework to support the job-generating businesses and institutions of the future.  Tasmania's traditional focus on tourism and agriculture in all its forms must be augmented by a broader culture of innovation and entrepreneurship.  What are the policies and the programs that might be expected to deliver prosperity into the future?  At a special luncheon, coordinated by the TCCI, author, futurist and leading demographer, Bernard Salt, will discuss the 'Tasmania of the Future' and how future growth patterns and demographic change will alter the shape of the Tasmania we know.  He will also outline his vision for the future of work, the need for soft skills and the opportunities for growth and development in all parts of the State.  The luncheon will be held in Hobart, on 13 April.  TCCI members and non-members are welcome.  RSVP by 6 April.  Register now!

Best Practice Council Showcase

The LGA of South Australia is offering LGAT  members discount registrations for its Best Practice Council Showcase, to be held in Adelaide on 14-15 April.  The event has a seven-year history in SA, featuring two concurrent streams of ten-minute council case study presentations - a total of 24 topics in one day.  LGA SA President Mayor Dave Burgess says it's a bit like speed dating for council innovation.  This year's event includes presentations on:  a volunteer strategy; youth traineeships; tourism; redevelopment of public spaces; nature play; greenhouse gas; a food cooperative; and community engagement.  More information can be found here.  To register, select 'LGA member' and 'other.'

Prolific Productivity - How to Get More Done

You’ve heard it all before – do more with less, work smarter not harder, find work life balance – but how do we do this while the work keeps piling up?  Sydney’s Master of Productivity, Colin Boyd, is in Hobart on 20 April to deliver an intensive, one-day workshop designed for managers, professionals and entrepreneurs, and will show you how to double your productivity, and leverage your time and energy more efficiently.  An early bird rate of $500 (+GST) is available until 1 April, and the cost is $550 (+GST) thereafter.  For further information, email Frameworks for ChangeRegister online.

5th Annual GOV 3.0 2016 Forum -
Government Social Media Future

A landmark event, designed to uncover the best approaches and share global insights on future social media development across the government sector, will be held in Canberra on 21-22 April.  The 5th annual GOV 3.0 Forum has been designed to update and educate the public sector on significant developments and changes in the field of social media.  This two-day investigation of social innovation and 3.0 strategy will assist in creating pioneering social strategy throughout Government and the Public Sector and, with emerging social technologies organisations, can become more able to succeed through their social innovations.  Register two attendees and we'll admit two for free.  Quote "LGAT" to receive 40% discount on the cost of registration.  Click here to register, or download the brochure.  For enquiries, email info@ibrc.com.au.

2016 LG Professionals National Congress and Business Expo

The 2016 LG Professionals Australia National Congress and Business Expo will explore the concepts and key trends around the changing face of Local Government and reform, over three innovative and engaging days, from 4-6 May, on the Gold Coast.  International, national and local speakers will share their insight on what it takes to deliver change and reform successfully.  Be inspired by their different approaches and be empowered by practical tools and resources to face change with a fresh, new perspective.  Create a culture of change in your organisation and a commitment to empowering employees with the tools to create new organisational capability.  Find out more here.

Project Management Essentials

The Training Consortium is offering a two-day Project Management Essentials course, scheduled for 24 - 25 May, in Launceston.  The course provides a comprehensive introduction to project management and allows participants to explore the core concepts, tools and techniques to understand how business initiatives are planned, managed and evaluated.  New project managers who will be managing complex projects and experienced project managers wishing to refresh their skills are invited to register

Working with People who Hoard                        

A free, one-day course, presented by Angela Esnouf from Creating Order from Chaos and Wendy Hanes CPO-CD, from Skeletons in the Closet, is being held throughout the State for everyone who works with people who hoard.  Learn: the truth about hoarding; the beliefs that create a hoarding situation; how to work in a Harm Reduction model; the most effective approaches; how to achieve the best possible outcome; common risks you will face and how to work safely; and four different cleaning strategies and the impact of each.  The workshop will be held on 30 May at the Tramsheds, Launceston, on 1 June at West Park Oval, Burnie, and on 3 June at the Hockey Tasmania Function Centre, New Town.  Lunch and refreshments will be provided.   RSVP by 6 May to Catherine Hayden on 6213 3592, or email c.hayden@anglicare-tas.org.au.

Deflecting Anger Techniques and Influencing Better Outcomes

Imagine if your staff could deflect anger instead of taking it on the chin.  Supervisors, team leaders, managers and frontline staff can often find themselves in volatile situations when customers become angry and, at times, irrational.  Fortunately there are some proven tactics to redirect customer anger.  Preferred Training Networks is offering an in-house workshop to provide your staff the skills and confidence to work effectively with angry customers.  The workshop can be modified to meet your organisation's requirements.  To find out more, contact Preferred Training Networks on (03) 9805 8000.

Local Government Events

Local Government Growing Tasmania through Better Workforce Planning, Launceston 30 March
Local Government Growing Tasmania through Better Workforce Planning, Burnie 31 March
Local Government Growing Tasmania through Better Workforce Planning, Hobart 7 April
Good Governance - The Role of the Council and the Councillor, Launceston 7 April
Good Governance - The Role of the Council and the Councillor, Launceston 8 April
Mayors Professional Development, Launceston 21 April
General Meeting, Launceston 22 April 
General Management Committee Meeting, Launceston 19 May


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