The Pulse e-newsletter - LGAT

The Pulse - 2 June 2016


Issue no. 10 2 June 2016

In this Issue...

 President's Message
 News Items

              New Team Member Appointed

              Policy Officer Position Vacant

              National President of Local Government Professionals Australia Announced

              New Councillor Fills George Town Vacancy

              Health Policy Research Survey

              West Coast Visitor Information Centre Recognised

              Bleeding Good Effort for North-West Coast!

              National Bowel Cancer Screening Program   

  Conferences, Seminars and Workshops
  Local Government Events

LGAT Annual Conference Sponsor

In the Spotlight


From the Twittersphere... twitter icon

Nominations for the 2016 Local Government Awards for Excellence close at 5pm on Monday, 6 June.  Don't miss out!  Find out more here
Tassie waste system worst in the nation http://www.themercury.com.au/news/opinion/talking-point-tassie-waste-system-worst-in-the-nation/news-story/2c4d58f016abb4e9c182749e4f8cc56d 

President's Message

Last week, the State Government handed down the 2017-18 Budget.  It was a conservative budget focused on continuing to return the State to a surplus position but even so, it contained a few small wins for Local Government.  In particular, we now have the State Government’s commitment to fund the full implementation of iPlan (the Planning Schemes Online Project).  This was our number one Budget priority this year, as we see it as being able to link the new Tasmanian Planning Scheme with codes and local provisions, and provide a common entry point to the planning system, regardless of which council area the development is happening.  This whole-of-state approach to online planning information, applications and tracking will put Tasmania ahead of the nation when complete, and will contribute to making land use planning faster and simpler in Tasmania.

It was also pleasing to see the $5 million allocation towards a community infrastructure fund to support both private sector and community projects, as well as assisting Local Government to generate economic development opportunities within a council area.  Ongoing investment in key tourism infrastructure projects, such as the Great Eastern Drive and Northern Cities fund, was also welcomed.

Disappointingly, there was no allocation to support a faster capital improvement program for TasWater, even with councils currently considering extending the current freeze on dividends by way of a Local Government contribution.  Funding of major water and sewerage capital projects, such as the rationalisation of sewerage treatment infrastructure in Hobart, Launceston and Devonport, and upgrades to non-compliant drinking systems in a number of small towns across the State, would have significant positive productivity, environmental, economic growth and jobs outcomes for Tasmania.

Mayor Doug Chipman
LGAT President

News Items

New Team Member Appointed

On 16 May, the Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT) welcomed Alyce Jordan to the team.  In her new role, Alyce wears two organisational hats - as Executive Officer for Local Government Professionals Tasmania, supporting the Board and rolling out their programs, and spends the remainder of her working week working on LGAT's  professional development program.  LG Professionals Tasmania and LGAT have developed a strong working relationship over the last few years and in October 2015, signed an MOU to solidify that relationship.  A joint position to leverage off similarities and ensure better coordination of effort and spread of product across the sector seemed a natural next step.  Previously, Alyce was the Business Excellence Manager for Oak Tasmania and she has a strong community services background.  While she is new to Local Government, Alyce has hit the ground running and will soon become a familiar face around the sector.

Policy Officer Position Vacant

The Local Government Association of Tasmania is seeking a motivated self-starter to join our Hobart office, who is capable of taking a leadership role in the development and advocacy of policy positions, and co-ordinating and managing relationships with member councils and stakeholders.  Working in a dynamic, professional and highly empowered team, responsibilities will include: policy research; preparing briefing papers and submissions; leading and implementing projects; and facilitating and co-ordinating council inputs to the policy process.  The position is part-time, 3-4 days a week (to be negotiated), attracting a salary of $84,000-$90,000 (pro rata) commensurate with experience.  Applications addressing the selection criteria should be forwarded by 27 June.  For enquiries, phone 6233 5966, or email admin@lgat.tas.gov.au.  The position description is available on the LGAT website.

National President of Local Government Professionals Australia Announced

Congratulations to Burnie City Council’s General Manager, Andrew Wardlaw, who was announced as the National President of Local Government Professionals Australia at the National Congress held on the Gold Coast in May.  Andrew has been a Director on the National Board since 2011 and has been on the National Executive Committee for the past three years.

New Councillor Fills George Town Vacancy

Following a recount by the Tasmanian Electoral Commission, Christopher Ashley has been elected to the George Town Council, filling the vacancy following the departure of Richard Nicholls in early May when he was found to be ineligible to continue in the role.  Eight nominees contested the recount.

Health Policy Research Survey

A research study is currently underway through the Curtin University and elected members and council officers are invited to participate.  The study aims to explore the policy processes in Australian councils, specifically in addressing health and wellbeing outcomes.   The researchers are interested in hearing your thoughts on the policy and planning processes that impact on wellbeing outcomes of the community.  Please consider responding to the survey as it is important to gain as many perspectives from Australian councils as possible.  Access the online survey here

West Coast Visitor Information Centre Recognised

The West Coast Visitor Information Centre in Strahan, managed by West Coast Council, has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence.  Now in its sixth year, the achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have earned great traveller reviews on TripAdvisor® over the past year.  The Centre, which sees over 75,000 people come through the doors annually, provides a vital service for tourists and local business owners, with Centre staff able to take bookings for West Coast businesses, as well as for others throughout Tasmania.  The Certificate of Excellence accounts for the quality, quantity and currency of reviews submitted by travellers on TripAdvisor® over a 12-month period.

Bleeding Good Effort for North-West Coast!

Councillors and officers at several Tasmanian councils have embraced the inaugural 2016 Councils Blood Challenge.  The goal is to achieve the highest number of blood donations during April, May and June, and to beat that total next year.  Currently Devonport City Council and Central Coast Council are competing for the No. 1 spot, having reached 33 blood donations each.  When combined with Burnie City Council's tally of 14, their combined 80 blood donations account for nearly half of the 162 donations recorded so far around the State - a bleeding good effort for the North-West Coast!  Other participating councils include Launceston, Hobart, Glenorchy, Northern Midlands, Clarence, West Tamar and Kingborough.  The Australian Red Cross Blood Service extends its sincere thanks to all those generous blood donors from Local Government.  There is still time to donate before the Challenge ends on 30 June.  Please call 13 14 95 to make an appointment.  For more information, contact Graham Innes on 6230 6202, or via email.

National Bowel Cancer Screening Program

June is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month.  Support the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program by encouraging those who are eligible to participate in a simple, free test which could save your life.  Regular bowel screening increases the chances of bowel cancer being diagnosed at an earlier stage, where up to 90% of cases can be successfully treated.  In 2016, eligible Australians are those turning 50, 55, 60, 64, 65, 70, 72 & 74.  For more information, phone (03) 6216 4306, or visit www.cancerscreening.gov.au.


2016 Local Government Awards for Excellence

Time is running out to nominate for the 2016 Local Government Awards for Excellence, coordinated by the Local Government Association of Tasmania and proudly sponsored by MAV Insurance.  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. 

Conferences, Seminars and Workshops

Rural Sector Support Forum

During difficult times, it is important that everyone involved with the rural sector works collaboratively to achieve positive outcomes for our rural and regional communities.   A forum for individuals and organisations who work with primary producers will be held from 10am - 3pm, at the Gnomon Pavilion in Ulverstone, on 9 June, to ensure that all those out in the field are equipped to better support their clients and customers.  The forum will provide: an introduction to business health, emotional health and industry support services; information on the key tools and resources available; techniques to support those in need; and how to deal with difficult conversations.  The forum is being hosted by a large group of rural stakeholders.  For enquiries or to RSVP, contact Rural Business Tasmania on 1300 883 276, or by email. 

Regional Cooperation and Development Forum

This year's Regional Cooperation and Development Forum will be held on 19 June, in Canberra.  Given the upcoming Federal Election, the forum will provide the unique opportunity for delegates to workshop the positions and arguments that Local Government should advocate for in the development of a new national regional policy.  The forum allows for the sharing of ideas and opportunities through a mix of academic and practitioner insights.  The forum is also the official venue for the launch of the annual State of the Regions report.  This year’s report by National Economics continues to examine the critical importance of infrastructure investment, as well as discussing the complex and wide-ranging roles played by Local Government and regions in destination management and growing the visitor economy.  Register your attendance at this link.  For more information, contact the Australian Local Government Association on (02) 6122 9400.

Biomass Smoke in the Human Environment

The Tasmanian EPA Division in association with CASANZ is running a workshop 'Biomass Smoke in the Human Environment' (BISMITHE) to highlight the real-world consequence of living in an environment with exposure to smoke particle pollution.  The term ‘Biomass smoke’ is considered to include smoke from domestic heating, planned burns and wildfires.  The workshop will be held in Deloraine, on 12-14 July.  the program will look at  wood heater and wood burner smoke, smoke measurement of planned burns and wildfire smoke; and at Health Impacts and issues.  RSVP by 14 June.  Click here for a copy of the Workshop Program and download the registration form here.

Planning Workshop

Registrations are now open for the LGAT hosted Planning Workshop to be held in Hobart on 19 July, prior to the LGAT Annual Conference.  Speakers include the Manager Strategy at the City of Greater Bendigo, the Acting Manager of the Tasmanian Planning Policy Unit and the Executive Director of the Housing Industry Association.  The sessions will explore innovative strategic planning initiatives being undertaken in Bendigo, an update on the Tasmanian Planning Scheme, and a panel discussion on what the future holds for planning in Tasmania.  Further information can be found here.   

Register Now for 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 line-up of accomplished leaders will 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'.  Register by 1 July for the chance to win a night's accommodation at Wrest Point and breakfast for two people, valued at $300.  Download a copy of the Conference Program and click here to complete your registration electronically.  For enquiries, call 6233 5119. 

Breakfast Forum with John Hewson

With a Federal Election looming, AIM and the Tasmanian Training Consortium has invited Dr John Hewson to provide a frank, informed and lively analysis of the recent performance of Australian Governments, and the challenges facing the incoming government - whatever persuasion it may be, at a breakfast forum in Launceston.  Guests will also enjoy John's take on the current state of play in the US election.  The two-hour forum will be held on 28 June.  Attendance costs $55 (TTC members) and $68.75 (non-members).  Click here to register

Are your Internal Controls Sufficient?

The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA-Australia), is offering an exclusive Australia-first internal control risk training program.  Finance and risk managers can earn a professional certificate in the 2013 Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) Internal Control-Integrated Framework.  The new Certificate program offers expertise in designing, implementing, and conducting an internal control system control utilising the COSO Internal Control-Integrated Framework.  The program is a combination of self-paced learning and a hands-on workshop, followed by an online examination.  Successful candidates will receive an official COSO certificate.  The first training program will be held on 13-15 July in Sydney.  Visit iia.org.au for details. 

Local Government Health and Wellbeing Forum

A free information forum specifically tailored for Local Government and interested community organisations to promote health and wellbeing will be held from 10am – 3pm, on 14 July, at Aurora Stadium in Launceston.  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.  An invitation and complete agenda will be sent out in the near future.  In the meantime, please save this date in your diary!  For enquiries, please contact Matthew Abey on 6270 5451, or email matthew.abey@dpac.tas.gov.au.

Benchmarking Program - Local Government Customer Satisfaction

The Common Measurement Tool (CMT) Program provides municipal local governments with an independent, proven and cost effective way to: measure how customers feel about the service they received on last contact with the council; understand how different aspects of the service  experience impact on customer satisfaction; compare the performance of your own council to other  councils; and improve the services delivered by focusing on priorities for  improvement.  Conducted biannually,  the CMT program is run across SA, VIC and WA.  Participating councils taking up the August early bird special must register by 10 June.  For full details, click here.  For enquiries, contact Lisa Calandro, on (03) 9605 4916. 

Local Government Events

National General Assembly of Local Government, Canberra19-22 June
Planning Workshop, Hobart19 July
Annual General Meeting, Hobart20 July
General Meeting, Hobart20 July
LGAT Annual Conference, Hobart21-22 July


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