The Pulse e-newsletter - LGAT


Issue no. 13 15 July 2016

In this Issue...

 President's Message
 News Items

              Years of Service Recognised with LGAT Long Service Award

              Review of Climate Change Act: Submissions Open

              Community Stadium Recognised with Public Architecture Award

              The Tasmanian Electoral Commission is on the Move

              Free Health Cover Advice for Local Government Employees                

  Conferences, Seminars and Workshops
  Local Government Events

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Have you booked your attendance at the Local Government Conference Dinner, at Wrest Point, on 21 July? Limited places are available.  Register here! 
Congratulations Maree Bricknall of Northern Midlands Council on receiving a LGAT Long Service Award for Outstanding Commitment to Local Government in Tasmania.

 President's Message

The LGAT team are currently busying themselves with the final preparations for the 104th LGAT Annual Conference: Metamorphosis: A Time of Change and Transformation. I will be seeing many of you there, or at the Annual General Meeting. 

As a sector, we are continually faced with change - changes to our community make-up, changes to legislation, changes to expectations and changes to funding, not to mention election changes.  Sometimes we are responding to external change over which we have little control but, as often as not, we are driving change in the form of improved services and efficiency.  This year’s conference will allow us to explore some of those changes, as well as how to lead and respond to them. 

I am looking forward to hearing the speakers, connecting with delegates, and sharing thoughts and ideas that emerge both during and after the conference. 

Before winding up my column I would like acknowledge those communities who are being faced with more extreme and damaging weather while still picking up the pieces from the recent flooding.  My thoughts are very much with you and your communities, and I sincerely hope that these weather events ease quickly, allowing you to continue your recovery journey.

Mayor Doug Chipman
LGAT President 

 News Items 

Years of Service Recognised with LGAT Long Service Award

Two Tasmanian council employees have been rewarded for their years of service and dedication to the Local Government sector.  Having clocked up 40 years of continuous service, Northern Midlands Council Corporate Services Manager, Maree Bricknall, was presented with a LGAT Long Service Award by LGAT President, Mayor Doug Chipman on 4 July.  In 1993, Maree worked through a challenging amalgamation process which required bringing four workforces together.  She has stepped up as Acting General Manager for Council when required and has supported LGAT over the years with elected member training, where her skills and understanding of financial and asset management have been invaluable.  Maree has also shown dedication to the sector through her membership of, and participation on a range of committees including the Northern Tasmanian Finance Group, the National Local Government Customer Service Network, Local Government Professionals Australia and the Integrity Commission User Group.   

Meander Valley Council's Director of Governance and Community Services, David Pyke, was also presented a LGAT Long Service Award on 28 June, having served Tasmanian Local Government for 42 years.  David has not only made an outstanding contribution to the Local Government sector but has also shown dedication through his membership of the Institute of Municipal Management - now known as Local Government Professionals Tasmania -  as well taking on leadership roles with the Records Management Association of Australia and the National Local Government Customer Service Network.  David has also demonstrated an innovative approach to issues, as is illustrated by Meander Valley Council’s award winning Waterways Audit and Signage Project.  David will retire in January 2017.  The Local Government Association of Tasmania congratulates both David and Maree on their well-deserved awards, and for their contribution to Local Government.

Review of Climate Change Act: Submissions Open

The Tasmanian Government has commissioned an independent review of the Climate Change (State Action) Act 2008 and released a discussion paper to encourage community engagement in the review.  The Act guides the Tasmanian Government’s response to climate change mitigation and adaptation.  It also sets Tasmania’s 2050 emissions reduction target of 60% below 1990 levels by 31 December 2050.  The discussion paper is open for public consultation until 22 July.  Access the discussion paper here.

 Community Stadium Recognised with Public Architecture Award

Break O'Day Council's Bendigo Community Stadium, designed by architects Edward and Simpson, took out the Public Architecture Award at the Tasmanian Architecture Awards, announced on 25 June.  When Break O’Day Council decided to build, and for the most part fund, a Community Stadium, they never conceived that the facility would be such a success.  Officially opened in February this year, the stadium hosted Tasmania’s first regional State League Netball Game, attracting more than 240 spectators, is used by the local community almost every day and continues to attract interest from groups outside of the area.

The Tasmanian Electoral Commission is on the Move

After a quarter of a century of being located in the Telstra centre in the Hobart CBD, the Tasmanian Electoral Commission (TEC) office has relocated to the TasWater Building at Level 3, 169 Main Road, Moonah.  All TEC phone numbers will remain the same.  The new, larger office provides greater capacity to undertake Parliamentary elections and other electoral processes onsite, including the 2016-17 Legislative Council electoral boundaries redistribution.  To contact the TEC, phone (03) 6208 8721.

Free Health Cover Advice for Local Government Employees

The Local Government Association of Tasmania is a participant in the Local Government Employees Health Plan and members of the Association have access to this special corporate health cover arrangement, made available by the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV).  The LGE Health Plan provides access to free, expert health cover advice and guidance through the plan’s advisers, Choosewell Corporate.  This no cost service aims to ensure your health cover is a good fit with your needs and budget.  This personal review service will: review your needs and those of your family; see if your current cover is appropriate; look at options to provide better cover and lower your premiums; ensure you are claiming the correct government rebate; and make sure you are not paying for services that you don’t need.  To access this free service, visit the Choosewell Corporate website and complete the brief online form.  Tasmanian Local Government employees that choose to join a combined cover through the LGE Health Plan in July will also receive six week's free cover.  For enquiries, call 1800 808 026.


Disability Awards Now Open

Nominations are now open for the 2016 National Disability Awards.  The awards recognise the outstanding achievements of people and organisations who are improving the lives of people with disability, and councils are encouraged to submit nominations before the 30 June.  The awards will showcase best practice across the community in eight award categories including the: Lesley Hall Leadership Award; Employer of the Year Award; Excellence in Community Partnerships; Excellence in Inclusive Community Design; Excellence in Inclusive Service Delivery; Excellence in Technology; Excellence in Education and Training; and Excellence in Justice and Rights Protection.  Visit the National Disability Awards web page to find out more.

2016 Local Government Excellence in Property Awards

The Australian Property Institute is conducting their Excellence in Property Awards for 2016.  One of the categories is the Local Government Property Award for an individual officer or Local Government organisation that has delivered or influenced the delivery of a project that contributes to the local community.  There are also other award categories including the:  Property Development Award; Environmental Development Award; and Heritage Property Award.  Entries close on 5 August.  For details, visit the website, or call 03 6223 3011.


2016 Tasmanian Government State Grants Program

The 2016 Tasmanian Government State Grants Program provides grants of up to $60,000 to state sporting organisations, state disability sporting organisations, state active recreation providers and state sector service providers.  The State Grants Program will be open for applications until 2 August.  Prospective applicants are advised to contact Communities, Sport and Recreation regarding eligibility.  For further information, visit the State Grants Program website, or phone Communities, Sport and Recreation on 1800 252 476.

Funding for Providers of Sport and Active Recreation

The Tasmanian Government Major Grants Program provides grants of between $15,000 and $80,000 to clubs, associations, Local Government and other not-for profit providers of sport and active recreation.  Eligible projects must benefit sport and/or recreation clubs, and applicants must contribute at least half of the project funding.  Applications close on 2 November.  For further information, see the Major Grants Program website, or contact Communities, Sport and Recreation on 1800 252 476.

Conferences, Seminars and Workshops

Rural Primary Health Care - Community Consultations

Primary Health Tasmania is conducting regional consultations with rural communities across the State to gain a better understanding of rural primary health care priorities and needs.  These discussions form part of new commissioning arrangements for rural primary health care services which will take effect from 1 January 2017.  The consultations will be held from 11.00am to 2.30pm in Queenstown (18 July), Burnie (19 July), Launceston (20 July), Bicheno (21 July) and Brighton (22 July).  Elected members, council officers, State and Commonwealth Government representatives, and community sector providers are invited to attend.  For more information, visit the Primary Health Tasmania website.

Company Directors Course Information Evening

Have you been considering the Company Directors Course (CDC) and want to know more?  The CDC, run by the Australian Institute of Company Directors, is a comprehensive and current program for directors and those reporting to a board.  This practical course focuses on knowledge and frameworks that will make participants immediately more effective in their role.  Find out more at a free information evening, to be held in Hobart, on 20 July.  Find out more here.

Communicate with Confidence

In any situation where people interact, there is the potential for communication disagreements, challenges and struggles.  Asserting yourself skilfully is a learned skill and it can provide opportunities for positive change and development in the workplace.  Participants in the Communicating with Confidence course, hosted by the Tasmanian Training Consortium, will identify their personal communication methodology, learn new tools and techniques to improve their communication techniques through practice, trial, feedback and interaction.  They will also be able to recognise and understand the different types of conflict, and learn strategies to resolve these effectively.  This one-day course will be held in Hobart (27 July & 14 October), and in Devonport (16 September).  The cost is $495.00 (TTC members) and $618.75 (non-members).  The registration fee includes all course materials and catering.  Find out more here.

Aerated Wastewater Treatment Systems Servicing and Maintenance

The Centre for Environmental Training will be hosting an Aerated Wastewater Treatment Systems (AWTS) Servicing and Maintenance course in  Queanbeyan, NSW, from 1-3 August.  Participants will acquire a thorough grounding in all aspects of domestic and small commercial AWTS operation, servicing and maintenance.  The course covers inspection and assessment, testing, interpretation, diagnostic fault finding, troubleshooting and rectification.  It also covers the servicing and maintenance requirements of land application systems associated with aerated wastewater treatment systems.  Environmental Health Officers are invited to attend.  Register here.

 Technology in Government

Technology in Government is Australia's largest showcase of important ICT software, hardware, platforms and services to help drive public sector transformation.  Featuring focused and strategically chosen topics, Technology in Government will feature a series of breakout, peer to peer roundtable discussions, providing a greater platform for engagement.  The summit will take place in Canberra from 2-3 August.  View the full conference agenda here.

Innovative Ways to Manage Controlled Waste

Registrations are open for the next Australasian Land and Groundwater AssociationTasmanian Branch event to be held from 12.00 - 2.00pm, on 31 August, at the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) theatrette at Kingston.  The topic is Innovative Ways to Manage Controlled Waste, with speakers from the AAD, Nyrstar and Veolia.  Lunch is included.  Register here.

Women World Changers Summit

The Growth Faculty and Markson Sparks! invite you to join human rights attorney - Amal Clooney, Qantas CEO - Alan Joyce, and Ahmed Fahour - MD and Group CEO for Australia Post, when they headline the Women World Changers Summit, in Melbourne on 10 October and Sydney on 12 October.  The Women World Changers Summit, themed Pioneering Progress, Breaking Barriers, Changing the Conversation, is designed to drive a dialogue focused on the importance for greater workplace diversity and equality.  The all-inclusive agenda will address the most critical leadership requirements for success in leading and managing Australia’s workforce of the future, and drive greater understanding of the impact and economics of women, diversity and culture on business growth.  Click here for more information or to register.

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
General Management Committee Meeting, Westbury 17 August
LG Pro Special Interest Group Meeting - HR, Campbell Town 25 August
LG Pro Special Interest Group Meeting - Legal and Property, Campbell Town 8 September
General Managers' Workshop, Hobart 8-9 September


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