The Pulse e-newsletter - LGAT


Issue no. 12 30 June 2016

In this Issue...

 President's Message
 News Items

              Workforce Planning Guidelines for Local Government

              Construction on Stage 1 of LIVING CITY Underway

              New Councillor fills Huon Valley Council Vacancy

              Call for Local Leaders to Drive Tasmania’s Economic Development

              Mental Health Week Small Grants Program

              Support DonateLife Week and Help Save Lives     

  Conferences, Seminars and Workshops
  Local Government Events

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In the Spotlight


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Congratulations to David Pyke of Meander Valley Council on receiving a LGAT Long Service Award after 40 years' dedicated service to the sector
Break O'Day Council has been announced as the State Top Collector at MobileMuster's 2016 Local Government Recycling Awards


President's Message

Most of you will be very shortly heading out to cast your vote in the Federal Election.  There have been a lot of commitments made to different communities but I thought it might be useful to provide a broad reminder of what the major parties have committed to our sector in general.  Many of these were reiterated recently at the recent Australian Local Government Association’s National General Assembly (NGA).  Delegates at the NGA heard from the Local Government Minister, Paul Fletcher, and Labor’s shadow Local Government Minister, Julie Collins. 

Both major parties have committed to funding innovation.  The Coalition Government has outlined a $50 million competitive Smart Cities program for Local Government to “collaborate and apply innovative technology-based approaches to improve the liveability of cities and their suburbs.”  Labor have committed to the establishment of a regional innovation fund to kick-start a range of initiatives to expand the roles of Australia’s regions, as well as a focus in smart infrastructure technology and further investment in the NBN. 

The Coalition Government indicated  in the 2016-17 Budget that indexation of Financial Assistance Grants (FAGs) is likely to return from 2017-18, although this has not been an explicit commitment as part of the Budget or Election process.  This is perhaps a key difference with Federal Labor, who have explicitly stated they will reintroduce the indexation of FAGs from 2017-18.  At a national level, Labor have also indicated they will reintroduce the Australian Council of Local Government, invest in greater participation by women in Local Government and fund community plebiscites on the NSW amalgamations. 

Turning to Tasmania and LGAT’s election advocacy document, I note that both the Coalition and Federal Labor have made commitments in relation to investing in the relocation and expansion of the University of Tasmania in the North and North West; Labor and the Greens have committed to significant investment in water and sewerage, and Labor have promised a $44 million state tourism infrastructure fund which includes investment in Cradle Mountain. 

With such a long campaign, it has been hard to keep track of the announcements, so I hope this assists a little.  I wish you well in your deliberations ahead of polling day.

Mayor Doug Chipman
LGAT President

News Items 

Workforce Planning Guidelines for Local Government

The University of Technology Sydney Centre for Local Government have just released Workforce Planning Guidelines for Local Government in Tasmania.  The project was funded by a grant from Skills Tasmania and developed in partnership with the Local Government Association of Tasmania and Burnie, Circular Head and Waratah-Wynyard Councils.  Workforce planning in the Local Government sector is essential to meet the needs of communities and deliver a growing, prosperous Tasmania.  

The guidelines were developed to improve Tasmanian councils’ understanding of the benefits of workforce planning and build capacity to better plan for a changing workforce.  They will provide Local Government with a practical approach to developing strategic workforce plans.  The guidelines cover six steps and include case studies and various tools.  Working through the guidelines and populating the supporting templates should help councils develop their own workforce plans.  Click here to access the resource

The University of Technology Sydney Centre for Local Government will run capacity building workshops based on the six steps in the guidelines in the North-West, North and South regions of Tasmania in September and October 2016.  For further information, contact Associate Professor Roberta Ryan, Director, UTS Centre for Local Government on (02) 9514 2643, or SallyAnn Hunting, Associate Director, UTS Centre for Local Government on 0401 242 726.

Construction on Stage 1 of LIVING CITY Underway

Construction has commenced on Stage 1 of Devonport’s $250 million LIVING CITY transformational project.  Stage 1 will deliver a multi-purpose civic building, 530 space multi-storey car park, food pavilion and outdoor public spaces.  The multi-purpose building will be home to a large convention centre, an expanded LINC facility, Service Tasmania and Council’s offices.  Construction of the facility is expected to take 18 months.  LIVING CITY is the largest urban renewal project ever undertaken in regional Tasmania.  Further information on the LIVING CITY project can be found here.

New Councillor fills Huon Valley Council Vacancy

Following the resignation of Councillor Ken Studley of Huon Valley Council, the Tasmanian Electoral Commission conducted a recount and have announced that James Lange has been elected to fill the vacancy.  Councillor Lange will serve until the 2018 ordinary election of the Council.

Call for Local Leaders to Drive Tasmania’s Economic Development

Community volunteers are being sought to join the Regional Development Australia (RDA) Tasmania Committee to fill general Committee positions.  RDA is a national network of committees made up of local people volunteering their time and energy to develop local solutions to local issues.  Leaders with the skills, experience and knowledge to build networks within the business community, industry, education and all levels of government are required to facilitate wide consultation and develop local solutions for regional economic development.   They will identify infrastructure projects which contribute to the long-term economic growth of the region, that have been identified as priorities.  Expressions of interest are being sought from committed individuals with a vision for Tasmania by 30 July.  To find out more about the RDA Tasmania Committee, visit the RDA website.

Mental Health Week Small Grants Program

Mental Health Week this year is from 9-15 October.  Are you thinking of organising a mental health week event in your local community?  If so, you may be eligible to apply for a grant to go towards the expenses of running an event or activity.  Grants from $500 to $2,000 are available.  Applications close on 15 July.  View the Event Planning Kit which contains essential information about applying for a grant, or contact Catherine Delpero on (03) 6224 9222, or by email.

Support DonateLife Week and Help Save Lives 

More than 1,500 Australians are waiting for a life-saving transplant at any one time and only one in three Australian adults are on the Australian Organ Donor Register.  The 31 July to 7 August is DonateLife Week.  Your support is needed to encourage more Tasmanians to join the Australian Organ Donor Register and help end the wait for people in need of a life-saving transplant.  Whether you organise a community event, promote organ donation online, or erect posters at community facilities, there are a multitude of ways to become involved and a variety of resources to help you spread the message.  To find out more about DonateLife Week, visit the website, or call (03) 6270 2209.


Break O'Day Receives MobileMuster Recycling Award

MobileMuster, the mobile telecommunications industry's official recycling scheme, has announced the winners of the 2016 Local Government Recycling Awards.  Break O’Day Council was announced the State Top Collector (kg) - Tasmania and was presented the award by Hon Paul Fletcher MP, Minister for Major Projects, Territories and Local Government at the National General Assembly of Local Government, in Canberra.  Over the past decade, Local Government partners across Australia have helped recycle thousands of tonnes of valuable resources, with over 90% of the materials in mobile phones being recovered.  Councils wishing to become involved in the MobileMuster program can visit the MobileMuster website, or call 1800 249 113 for further information.  MobileMuster provides free collection units for council partners, plus resources to promote the program.

Conferences, Seminars and Workshops

Elected Members' Planning Workshop

LGAT is hosting a Planning Workshop for elected members 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.   

Last Chance to Register for the 2016 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 Local Government 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'.  Don't miss it!  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 (03) 6233 5119.

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.  For enquiries and to RSVP, please contact Matthew Abey on 6270 5451, or by email .

Demystifying Disposal

Local Government employees who have responsibility for information management, or particular record disposal programs or tasks are invited to attend a one-day course that will provide participants with the knowledge and skills to manage digital and hardcopy records for destruction or transfer to the Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office.  The course will be held in Launceston on 20 July, and in Hobart on 18 August.  Attendance costs $350.00 (GST incl).  Click here for more information, or contact the Tasmanian Training Consortium on (03) 6232 7511.

Leadership by Design

Australia’s premier people leadership development program, Leadership by Design, will be held in Hobart from 19-20 September.  The program has been tailored to individuals and teams that are looking to change the culture, the attitude and the behaviours within their workplace.  The program covers the most challenging and exciting issues facing today’s contemporary leaders.  The concepts and templates provided throughout the program will allow participants to implement the strategies immediately back into the workplace.  Leadership by Design will reignite your passion for leadership.  Click here to find out more.

16th International Cities and Town Centres Conference

Early-bird registrations are closing soon for the 16th International Cities and Town Centres Conference, being held in Launceston, from 9-11 November.  Themed Future Places: Conflict in Harmony, the ICTC program covers a range of topics that consider what our future places will need and look like, and what urban design, planning and economic strategies we adopt to accommodate changing consumer and citizen preferences.  The speakers will explore connectivity, accessibility, digital innovation and infrastructure, and how they tie into the liveable cities agenda.  Register by 8 July and save $100!

2016 TasCOSS Conference

Early-bird prices are now available for the 2016 TasCOSS Conference, to be held from 23-24 November at the Blundstone Oval Arena Function Centre in Bellerive.  The biennial conference will address the challenges and issues that affect families, communities, workplaces and government.  This year's theme, Everyone a Leader, invokes the need for citizen-led change in our State to stop the cycle of doing things over and over the same way without achieving real change.  Change that is led within and by our communities will create a difference in the lives and futures of all Tasmanians.  Register now!

Strategic Thinking, Planning and Achieving

Many organisations overrate their ability to pursue their strategic objectives.  “Set and forget” is very common.  The senior executive team set the strategic objectives and the rest of the organisation forgets them.  Team leaders and middle managers play a vital role because they straddle the gap between strategy and operations.  Supervisors and team leaders need be clear about their role in pursuing your organisation's objectives.  Preferred Training Networks is offering an in-house Strategic Thinking, Planning and Achieving workshop for middle managers, supervisors and team leaders.  A course outline is available here.

Local Government Events

Elected Members' Planning Workshop, Hobart 19 July
Annual General Meeting, Hobart 20 July
General Meeting, Hobart 20 July
LGAT Annual Conference, Hobart 21-22 July


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