The Pulse e-newsletter - LGAT


Issue no. 06 8 April 2016

In this Issue...

 President's Message
 News Items

              Green Waste Bins Ready to Roll

              New Research: Roads to Riches: Better Transport Spending

              Improving Access to Fruit and Vegetables in Communities Across Tasmania

              Bill Harvey Replaces Suzy Cooper on Council

              New Resource: Fact Sheets on Women and Girls in Tasmania                

 Conferences, Seminars and Workshops
 Local Government Events 

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Congratulations to Ald Bill Harvey on his re-election to the City of Hobart.
Councils in need of dividends from TasWater http://www.examiner.com.au/story/3828589/councils-in-need-of-dividends/  via @ExaminerOnline


 President's Message

The Vice President, Daryl Qulliam, LGAT CEO and I attended the Australia Local Government Association (AGLA) Board Meeting in Canberra last week.  By virtue of LGAT’s membership of ALGA, all our member councils are networked in with over 500 councils nationally.  This provides a very strong voice for advocacy on nationally important issues.  One of the key decisions was endorsing the advocacy document for the forthcoming Federal Election campaign.  A taste of priorities is outlined in a paper for the upcoming General Meeting of LGAT on 22 April.  In a few weeks, the ALGA President, Troy Pickard and I will send copies of the document to councillors along with supporting, state-specific material for elected members to use when advocating to candidates in their municipality.  I hope that all elected members will engage in and support that campaign as it progresses, and I look forward to providing more detail over the next month.

Another key agenda item at last week’s meeting involved reviewing the outcomes of February’s strategic planning session, endorsing amendments to the Strategic Plan and mapping priorities for the ALGA team for 2016-17.  One of these will be to continue the important State of the Assets data collection and reporting, which has been a critical tool in securing the doubling of Roads to Recovery funding in the short-term.  Ensuring adequate investment  in infrastructure and community assets will always be a focus for ALGA as well as LGAT, whether through direct funding programs such as the Bridges Renewal Programme, or indirectly through the provision of an appropriate level of taxation revenue through Financial Assistance Grants. 

At the local level, yesterday I attended the second meeting of the Steering Committee oversighting the review of the Local Government Act.  We reviewed the consultation paper – ensuring it married to the scope mapped out at the last meeting - and I am confident it will be out and ready to start stimulating discussion and input to the review before the month is up.  While the review is targeted to governance matters, including roles and responsibilities, we anticipate the feedback and ideas will be extensive and detailed, and there will be much hard work ahead in weighing up all the inputs and providing advice to the Minister.

Mayor Doug Chipman
LGAT President

News Items

Green Waste Bins Ready to Roll

Green waste bins will be delivered to about 12,500 Hobart households over the next three weeks, ahead of the 2 May start to the City of Hobart's new green waste service.  The new service will have a significant, positive impact on how Council manages community’s waste.  Most residential homes on blocks of greater than 400sqm will receive a green waste bin.  Residential properties smaller than 400sqm, with more than three tenancies, or those in Sullivans Cove, the City centre and Fern Tree will not automatically receive the service but can opt-in if they wish.  The new fortnightly service will alternate with yellow-lid recycling bin collection and will add around $50 per annum to household rates, effective from the 2016/17 rates year.  The new service is anticipated to divert 1,700 tonnes, or the equivalent of 386 full garbage trucks of green waste currently being dumped into landfill every year.  The garden waste will be used to produce compost and other useful products.  While the new green waste bins will replace the traditional twice-yearly kerbside green waste collection, Council will still be offering the popular, five free-entry weekends to the McRobies Gully Waste Management Centre to help residents with larger items of green and other general waste.  Further information about the new green waste service is available at www.hobartcity.com.au/greenwaste.

New Research: Roads to Riches: Better Transport Spending

New research has found that Australian governments have spent unprecedented sums on transport infrastructure in the past decade and while important projects have been built, the overall investment has been poorly directed.  Our big cities are the engines of Australia’s economic growth but investment has not prioritised vital urban freight and passenger routes.  Our largest cities now face increasing congestion and competition between passengers and freight.  A report, Roads to Riches: Better Transport Spending, by Marion Terrill of the Grattan Institute, claims that too much money has been spent on the wrong projects in the wrong places.  In particular, governments have spent up big in electorates where federal elections are won and lost, funding roads that are not very important to the economy but are popular with local voters.  View the report here.

Improving Access to Fruit and Vegetables in Communities Across Tasmania

The Healthy Food Access Tasmania (HFAT) project aims to improve access to fruit and vegetables (preferably locally grown) in communities across Tasmania.  The project is funded in response to Tasmania’s poor dietary intake, increasing rates of obesity and household food insecurity rates.  The Heart Foundation and University of Tasmania (UTas) are delivering the project through a partnership.  The Healthy Food Access Tasmania project has developed an Australian-first web portal, full of a rich set of resources, tools and data all in one place.  The web portal aims to empower local governments around the State, and their institutional and community partners, to improve access to affordable healthy food for Tasmanians.  Find out more here.

 Bill Harvey Replaces Suzy Cooper on Council

Following the resignation of Ald Suzy Cooper on 18 March from the City of Hobart, a recount was conducted by the Tasmanian Electoral Commission on 4 April to fill the vacancy.  As a result of the recount, Bill Harvey has been declared as Council’s newest Alderman and will serve until the Local Government elections are held in October 2018.  Bill Harvey returns after previously serving as Alderman on the Hobart City Council between 2007 and 2014.

New Resource: Fact Sheets on Women and Girls in Tasmania

The Department of Premier and Cabinet has been working with the University of Tasmania’s Gender and Policy Strategy Group, led by Dr Megan Alessandrini, to provide an up-to-date statistical snapshot of women and girls in Tasmania.  The data comes from a wide range of recently available sources and can be used by government, non-government and private sectors to inform policy development and service delivery.  Importantly, the fact sheets will help us measure change during the coming years and assess our progress in achieving equality for women and girls in Tasmania.  For more information click here.


2016 NAIDOC Grant Funding

Are you planning an event or activity to celebrate NAIDOC Week this July?  Funding is available under the Indigenous Advancement Strategy to help communities to celebrate NAIDOC Week 2016.  The Australian Government is accepting funding submissions for local activities and events held during NAIDOC Week (3-10 July) to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and achievements with your community.  The 2016 NAIDOC grant funding round closes 4pm, on Friday 29 April.  Access the application kit here.

2016 Dr Edward Hall Environment Grants

Do you want to do something about energy efficiency, air quality, water quality, community food gardens, reducing waste, climate change, urban sustainability, sustainable transport, community awareness or local biodiversity?  Well you can!  The City of Hobart’s 2016 Dr Edward Hall Environment Grants are now open to schools, community groups and businesses, with grants of between $500 to $5,000 available.  The grants enable communities to make a difference to our urban sustainability and help groups to undertake projects that are relevant to them.  The grants are open until 2 May, with grant recipients being announced on World Environment Day on 5 June.  Application forms can be downloaded from the City of Hobart website.

Conferences, Seminars and Workshops

Freight Forum

The Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI) will be hosting a free freight forum at the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania in Hobart, from 8.15am - 11.30am, and at The Boathouse in Launceston  from 2.15pm - 5.30pm, on 27 April.  Speakers include:  Stephanie Werner of the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, Maritime and Shipping; Ian Newman; Stephen Cahoon; Allan Garcia - Infrastructure Tasmania; Michael Bailey -TCCI CEO; and Craig Perkins - RDA Tasmania CEO.  RSVP by 22 April.  Register hereEmail the TCCI, or phone 1300 559 122 for further information.

Free Seminars for Planners and Builders

For 20 years, Aus Property Search has been providing Tasmanian solicitors information on the impact of property in relation to mine tenements, TasNetwork easements, heritage listings, landslip classification, geology, forest reserves, gas in Tasmania and environmental information such as water management plans and flood areas.  On 11 April, Aus Property Search will launch three new online property information services specifically for the planning and building sectors including  biodiversity property advice, asbestos property advice and land slip hazard bands.  Free seminars are being held this month to provide an introduction to the new services and the other property information that can be obtained online.  The seminars will be held from 2.00pm - 4.00pm at Hadley's Orient Hotel in Hobart, on 26 April, at The Boathouse in Launceston on 27 April, and at the Lighthouse Hotel in Ulverstone on 27 April.  Afternoon tea will be provided.  Bookings are essential.  RSVP by 22 April.  For enquiries, contact Gerry Bonner on 0418 131 888, or email gerry@qms.com.au.

Foundations of Governance for Boards And Management

The Tasmanian Training Consortium together with the Australian Institute of Company Directors will host a one-day course covering the most important aspects of good governance and the challenges and issues faced by boards and management.  It is made up of two sessions - the role of the Director and the Board, and introduction to board meetings and governance.  Participants will explore sound governance processes and practices, and develop reputable practices for conducting effective board meetings.  With a focus on the public sector, you will leave this course with a clear understanding of how good governance supports good government.  The course will be held on 28 April, in Hobart.  Participation costs  $1,045.00 (members) and $1,306.25 (non-members).  Click here for more information, or call 6232 7511.

Saul Eslake on the 2016/17 State Budget

What would you like to see in the 2016/2017 State Budget?  Saul Eslake will outline his take on what this year's State Budget should include, where the money should be spent, what the priorities should be and where efficiencies could be, at a TCCI breakfast being held from 7.15am at Wrest Point in Hobart, on 29 April.  Tickets start from $69 for TCCI members, and non-members are welcome.  Email the TCCI with your thoughts for the 2016/2017 budget.  RSVP by 22 April.  Click here for more information, or phone the TCCI on 1300 559 122.

Tasmanian Audit Office Annual Client Seminars

The Tasmanian Audit Office will be running their Annual Client Seminar in Hobart and Launceston featuring an opening presentation by the Auditor-General, as well as sessions covering audit findings 2015 and areas of interest 2016, cyber risk, Standards update, de-cluttering financial statements, business continuity management and recent performance audits.  The Hobart seminar will be held on 2 May and the Launceston seminar will follow on 3 May.  Click here for further information.

Cradle Coast and Tasmanian Audit Information Session

The Cradle Coast Authority in conjunction with the Tasmanian Audit Office is running a North West Seminar for Audit Committee members, senior management and finance executives on 4 May, at Cradle Coast House, 1-3 Spring Street, Burnie.  Newly appointed Auditor-General, Mr Rod Whitehead is presenting alongside Local Government Audit Panel member, Mr John Howard.  Lunch will be provided.  There are morning and afternoon sessions, including a focus on key audit findings, risk management and developments in financial reporting.  Interested parties should contact Claire Smith on 6433 8443, or via email by 22 April.

National Policy Forum

Registration is now open for the National Policy Forum - A Fair Go for All: Addressing Social and Health Inequities in Australia and Internationally, to be held in Canberra on 12 May.  Keynote speakers include Dame Prof Margaret Whitehead and Prof Ronald Labonte.  The forum is hosted by the Centre for Research Excellence on the Social Determinants of Health Inequities.  Click here for more information and to register.

Local Government Events

Mayors Professional Development, Launceston 21 April
General Meeting, Launceston 22 April 
General Management Committee Meeting, Launceston 19 May


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