The Pulse e-newsletter - LGAT


Issue no. 09 23 May 2016

In this Issue...

 President's Message
 News Items

              Registrations Open for the LGAT Annual Conference

              West Tamar General Manager Announces his Retirement

              Good Governance Guide Launched

              Tasmanian Regional Revival Fund         

              Peak Bodies Join Forces to Call for Commitment to Long-term Infrastructure Spending

              Anti-Poverty Week

              Artbank Roadshow Seeking Unrepresented Australian Visual Artists

              Have you moved to or from Tasmania in the last five years?  

              Register an Event for Seniors Week 

              Beware of the Tax Office Scam!       

  Conferences, Seminars and Workshops
  Local Government Events 

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Register now for the 2016 LGAT Annual Conference and Dinner (20-22 July) in Hobart.  Find out more here!
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 President's Message

Last Thursday, I chaired a meeting of the General Management Committee (GMC) and attended the Premier’s Local Government Council (PLGC) as a member of GMC.  It was a full day with many interesting and fruitful discussions. 

At GMC, we endorsed the proposed LGAT budget for members to consider at the Annual General Meeting in July.  The LGAT CEO has introduced some significant variations this year in order to better ensure that the Association can respond to the heavy policy and advocacy requirements around the many significant reforms facing our sector.  Through adjusting some existing programs, such as the Council Careers Project and the Community Satisfaction survey, GMC is confident that cost increases have been minimised whilst still allowing for some new programs and projects, such as a television campaign to boost the profile of Local Government and build awareness of the range of services the sector provides to communities.

At the Premier’s Local Government Council meeting, we launched the Good Governance Guide for elected members.  This project was auspiced by the PLGC and developed in partnership with LGAT and other relevant parties such as the Integrity Commission, the Audit Office and the Governance Institute of Australia.  At this meeting we also were advised that the Government will not be supporting the introduction of a Waste Levy, so we spent some time discussing the significant statewide waste issues that need to be addressed and agreed to work collaboratively on a new waste management strategy.  We will revisit this issue with members at the General Meeting in July.  A communiqué from the PLGC  will soon be made available on the Local Government Division’s website

Speaking of July, copies of the LGAT Annual Conference program and registration form have been posted to elected members.  A PDF fillable version of the registration form is available on the LGAT website.  We have a really interesting program lined up and I encourage your attendance.

Mayor Doug Chipman
LGAT President

News Items

Registrations Open for the LGAT Annual Conference

The LGAT Annual Conference, Tasmanian Local Government's premier event of the year, will be held from 20-22 July at the C3 Convention Centre, South Hobart.  Themed Metamorphosis: A Time of Change and Transformation, the inspirational line-up of speakers will help to enhance our knowledge on how Local Government can better prepare for, adapt to and champion change to deliver better outcomes for the communities we represent.  Highlights of this year's conference include: a reception at Government House; the official dinner at Wrest Point incorporating the presentation of the Meritorious Service Award and Long Service Awards; and the announcement of the 2016 Local Government Awards for Excellence.  The conference will be complimented with a trade exhibition featuring the latest products and services available to Local Government.  Accommodation is available at Wrest Point in Hobart - book online by 20 June, call 1800 139 760, or email groups@federalgroup.com.au quoting 'Business Block no 722893'.  Conference registrations are required by 1 July.  Download a copy of the Conference Program and Registration Form, click here to complete your registration online, or call 6233 5119 for enquiries.

West Tamar General Manager Announces his Retirement

West Tamar Council's General Manager, Ian Pearce, has announced his retirement from Council following 17 years in the position and 4 years previously as Financial Services Manager.  One of the largest achievements during his tenure at West Tamar is the establishment of the $13 million, state-of-the art Windsor Community Health and Wellbeing Centre located at the Windsor Recreation Precinct, offering a range of health services.  Ian has also played a pivotal part in the planning of the Legana structure plan which has involved $13.5m being incorporated into Council’s long-term financial planning to provide for future recreational and infrastructure investments in Legana.  His resignation is effective from 19 August. 

West Tamar Mayor Christina Holmdahl said Ian's contributions to the West Tamar Municipality over the past 21 years have been outstanding.  "His open and supportive approach has always been appreciated by his team, and his approach to financial management has placed this Council in an enviable position and stands it in very good stead for the decade ahead."

Good Governance Guide Launched

Effective, accountable governance in Local Government is an essential element of good business practice.  The development of a Good Governance Guide was identified by the Tasmanian Government and Local Government stakeholders as a strategic priority to help build governance capacity within Tasmanian councils.  Released late last week, the Good Governance Guide provides information for elected members on ethics, roles and relationships, risk management, strategic planning, decision-making, legislative compliance, continuous improvement and land-use planning.  The Guide establishes a standard and a common language around good governance and the culture within the Local Government sector.  The Good Governance Guide is available for download from the Local Government Division website

Tasmanian Regional Revival Fund

The first competitive grants round of the State Government's Regional Revival Fund grant program is now open for expressions of interest.  $2.2 million is available to support economic, environmental and social infrastructure projects that will create or sustain economic activity and jobs in regional areas.  It is generally expected that grants would be for no more than one-half of the total capital expenditure required for an applicant’s project.  Applications close on 24 June.  See here for details.  For more information, go to www.stategrowth.tas.gov.au/RRFGP, or call Business Tasmania on 1800 440026.

Peak Bodies Join Forces to Call for Commitment to Long-term Infrastructure Spending

Eight concerned peak bodies have joined together to call on all political parties to make a commitment to maintaining long-term infrastructure spending to address the growing infrastructure shortfall and improve national productivity in a joint statement issued ahead of the Federal Election.  The eight peak bodies include the Australian Local Government Association, Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia, Planning Institute of Australia, Australian Logistics Council, Urban Development Institute of Australia, Property Council of Australia, National Farmers' Federation and Green Building Council of Australia.  The statement applauds the Government for its steps towards accelerating major infrastructure projects but it also highlights concerns about the risk to Australia's economic growth posed by years of under-investment in public infrastructure.  The national peak organisations agree that now is the time to take a long-term, strategic view of infrastructure investment to ensure Australia's cities and regions remain competitive, liveable and sustainable.

Anti-Poverty Week

Poverty and severe hardship affect more than a million Australians and over a billion people around the world.  Anti-Poverty Week will be held from 16-22 October to strengthen public understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty and hardship, and to encourage research, discussion and action to address these problems.  Councils are encouraged to participate by organising a display, event, or fundraising activity.  For more information and ideas, visit the Anti-Poverty Week website, or call 1300 797 290.

Artbank Roadshow Seeking Unrepresented
Australian Visual Artists

Artbank has launched an unprecedented initiative to provide unrepresented Australian visual artists with the opportunity to have their artwork seen and possibly acquired for the Artbank collection, one of the largest collections of Australian contemporary art in the world.  Over the next 12 months, The Artbank Roadshowteam will meet with artists throughout Australia to give them the chance to pitch their work for acquisition.  Their first stop is in Hobart, on 10 June,at the Tasmanian College of the Arts, and unrepresented Tasmanian artists are encouraged to apply. Registration is required by 1 June.  More information is available here, or phone (02) 899 3005.

Have you moved to or from Tasmania in the last five years?  

The Multicultural Council of Tasmania in collaboration with the University of Tasmania, is conducting research on experiences of international migration to and from Tasmania.  The study will look at people's experiences settling in Tasmania and at the factors that influenced them to stay, or to leave the State.  The research will inform the Tasmanian Government’s State Growth Strategy.  If you have moved to Tasmania in the last five years or left in the last five years, you are invited to complete the online survey and, if you wish, undertake a one-hour interview.  The online survey takes 20 minutes to complete and is anonymous. 

Register an Event for Seniors Week 

Would you like to hold an event in Tasmania’s most popular annual senior activities program?  Seniors Week will be held from 10-16 October and Tasmanian councils and community organisations are encouraged to register an event.  Multicultural events are especially welcome.  Registrations close on 1 July.  For enquiries, call COTA Tasmania on 6231 3265, or visit the COTA web page.

Beware of the Tax Office Scam!

Tasmania Police wish to advice that there has been a significant increase in the number of telephone calls being received throughout Tasmania in relation to the 'Tax Office' scam.  The caller states they are from the Australian Tax Office or other government department and that you owe them money.  They tell you, a warrant will be issued for your arrest if you do not pay the debt.  They will stay on the phone with you and direct you to the bank, have you withdraw money and then pay it into another bank account through wire transfer, or onto a pre-paid gift or credit card.  Already Tasmanians have lost over $100,000 to the scam.  If you receive the call, please do not pay any money.  It is a scam.  You can report the matter on 6173 2781.


2016 Local Government Awards for Excellence

The 2016 Local Government Awards for Excellence, coordinated by the Local Government Association of Tasmania and proudly sponsored by MAV Insurance, are now open!  Tasmanian councils are encouraged to submit one or more nominations for projects that have, or are delivering a positive result for Tasmanian communities.  Initiatives may be linked to social and community services, infrastructure services, environmental services, or operational aspects of Council.  Projects might include community collaborations, education and cultural change projects, risk management and climate change initiatives, sustainable developments, best practice infrastructure projects, or the protection or improved management of built heritage.  There are two award categories:  Delivering Excellence - Smaller Councils (populations up to 15,000), and Delivering Excellence - Larger Councils (populations over 15,000).  Category winners will each receive a trophy and $1,000 prize money for staff development activities.  The winners will be announced at the Local Government Conference on 22 July.  Entries close on 6 June.  For a copy of the Entry Guidelines and Entry Form, please visit  the LGAT website, or call 6233 5966. 

Meritorious Service Awards

The Life Members of the Local Government Association of Tasmania are calling for nominations for the 2016 Meritorious Service Award for elected members.  The annual award was introduced in 2011 to recognise exceptional service to local councils and communities by elected members.  Nominees are to have made a demonstrable contribution to Local Government in one or more of the following areas: enhancement of the status of Local Government; introduction of a significant new or amended policy; innovation; entrepreneurship; new or improved services; improved structural or operational outcomes; or engagement and consultation.  Nominations can be made by anyone on the Tasmanian Electoral Roll.  Nominations close on 20 June.  The award will be presented at the Local Government Conference Dinner, to be held at Wrest Point on 21 July.  Click here for a copy of the Award Guidelines and Entry Form, or call 6233 5966.

2016 Telstra Business Women’s Awards

The Telstra Business Women's Awards are the longest running women's awards program in Australia. For over two decades they have championed women from diverse industries ensuring their achievements become part of the national conversation; women who are passionate, courageous and ready to challenge the accepted way of doing things.  The Telstra Business Women's Awards empower women to take pride in all they've accomplished and set bold goals to achieve even greater success.  Award winners and finalists join a vibrant Alumni community of like-minded women helping to build stronger, more productive and more relevant business communities in Australia and across Asia.  The Awards exist because exceptional business women deserve to be celebrated.  We invite you to join this celebration – either by nominating yourself or someone you know – to recognise brilliant women in business today and inspire the generation of tomorrow.  Entries close on 20 June.  Click here for further information.  

Conferences, Seminars and Workshops

Health and Wellbeing Forum for Local Government

A free information forum specifically tailored for Local Government to promote health and wellbeing will be held from 10.00am – 3.00pm, on 26 May, at the Portland Hall, St Helens.  The forum will showcase a range of health and wellbeing initiatives and services to encourage and support Local Government representatives and community organisations to get involved with physical activity in their community.  RSVP to Matthew Abey, or phone 6270 5451.

Whistleblowing Seminar

‘Whistleblowing’ is a contentious topic, evoking confusion and angst, as processes are often misunderstood.  Yet it has great potential to assist in developing ethical workplace cultures and practices.  The Integrity Commission invites heads of public sector organisations and public officers who have an interest in public interest disclosures/whistleblowing to attend a lunchtime presentation with Dr A J Brown, Professor of Griffith University, from 12.15pm - 1.30pm, on 2 June, at the Bahai Centre of Learning, Hobart.  Dr Brown, a former senior investigator for the Commonwealth Ombudsman, will discuss:  jurisdictional approaches to whistleblowing practices and legislation; the current whistleblowing landscape and the complications with public interest disclosures; and common difficulties faced by public sector organisations.  He will also discuss the ‘Whistling While They Work 2’ project and outline key findings of the project.  A light lunch will be provided.  Attendance is free and registration is essential.  Please register by email.

Tasmania's Food Future

Food, eco-entrepreneurship and sustainable agriculture: Tasmania's food future will be the topic of discussion at a special presentation coordinated by the Future Business Council and the Tasmanian School of Business and Economics from 6.00pm - 7.30pm, on 8 June, at the UTAS Sandy Bay Campus.  The event will:  showcase leading Tasmanian businesses in the sustainable food and agriculture sectors; inspire and share a positive vision about Tasmania's economic potential; improve community understanding of opportunities in the sustainable food economy; share practical steps that can be taken to support the future industry; and identify the roles of government, community and industry in unlocking Tasmania's economic future.  Register your attendance here.

National Local Government Infrastructure and Asset Management Conference

The National Local Government Infrastructure and Asset Management Conference, to be held from 8-9 June in Melbourne,will continue the long tradition of sharing knowledge, tools and templates to maximise council sustainability.  Topics include:delivering in the new financially constrained environment; the new funding paradigm for councils; the need for new workplace skills; strengthening leadership and influence to deliver better with less; community-driven organisational sustainability as the new imperative; and the broadening scope of infrastructure management in a time of rapid change.  Click here to download the full programRegister here

2016 National General Assembly

Australia will be heading to the polls on 2 July for an historic Double Dissolution election that has the potential to radically reform the policy agenda for the country.  Vital infrastructure, disability care, jobs growth and financial relations between the levels of government are all issues that this election will be fought over.  The 2016 National General Assembly (NGA) is your opportunity to be part of a strong message to the major political parties in the midst of one of our most important Federal Elections in recent decades.  As political parties announce their commitments during the Federal Election campaign, the 2016 NGA, from 19-22 June, will be a strong reminder that the voice of Local Government is the voice of Australia’s communities.  The NGA needs your voice.  Don't miss the opportunity to contribute to debate on issues that will shape the national agenda in the next term of government.  Register your attendance here.

The Power of Parks

2016 marks the Centenary of the Tasmania's first National Parks, Mount Field and Freycinet, reserved for the first time on 29 August 1916.  Join UTAS for a discussion on the benefits of National Parks to conservation, the economy, community health and the Tasmanian identity from 6.00pm - 7.30pm, on 23 June, at the UTAS Cradle Coast Campus, Burnie.  Panellists include Saul Eslake, Dr Bill Jackson and Dr Louise Mendel.  Register now.

Climate Adaptation Conference

The National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility CSIRO Climate Adaptation Conference will be held in Adelaide, from 5-7 July.  Around 400 adaptation practitioners and researchers are expected to attend the 2016 event, themed Change, Challenge and Opportunity.  The program will represent the diversity of activities, partnerships and projects on climate adaptation across Australia.  Click here to register.

Community and Stakeholder Engagement in the Australian Public Sector

A community and stakeholder forum and two workshops for those within the Australian public sector will be held in Canberra from 12-13 July, focusing on spreading collaboration, engagement and cultivating sustainability.  Hear practical case studies about: the customer centric approach; engaging new audiences and unlikely allies; bringing together online and offline community engagement strategies; building credibility; cultivating sustainable social benefits; social engagement; and measuring and evaluating community engagement.  The workshops will focus on design thinking for the engagement process and public participation in the 21st Century.  Find out more here.

MAV Environment Conference

Themed Living and Leading in a Warming World, the 2016 MAV Environment Conference will be held in Melbourne from 12-13 July.  The conference will traverse councils’ diverse environment-related responsibilities including: climate change adaptation and mitigation; energy efficiency; waste and resource recovery; sustainable built design; biodiversity protection; water management; and sustainable procurement.  The conference will look at the big picture environment-related challenges facing Local Government and communities, as well as some of the programs and initiatives councils are supporting and implementing to address these challenges.  The conference will showcase solutions and opportunities for Local Government to pursue individually or in partnership with other councils, other levels of government, water corporations, industry and the community.  Click here to register.

Local Government Events

Disability Access Forum, Campbell Town 2 June
National General Assembly of Local Government, Canberra 19-22 June
Annual General Meeting, Hobart 20 July
General Meeting, Hobart 20 July
LGAT Annual Conference, Hobart 21-22 July


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