The Pulse e-newsletter - LGAT


Issue no. 15 11 August 2016

In this Issue...

 President's Message
 News Items

              A Focus on Council Services

              Meander Valley Council Appoints New General Manager

              Help is at Hand with LGAT ASSIST

              LGAT Welcomes New Project Officer

              Local Government Leadership Against Family Violence

              Got a lot on your plate?  Watch My Waste Research Needs Your Help!                             

  Conferences, Seminars and Workshops
  Local Government Events

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In the Spotlight


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The Tasmanian Government Major Grants Program provides grants of between $15,000 and $80,000 to clubs, associations, Local Government and other providers of sport and active recreation.  Click here for details.
Registrations for  ALGA's National Roads and Transport Congress are now open. Register here.

 President's Message

At the LGAT Annual Conference, I chaired a workshop on collaborative procurement as an enabler of change.  A couple of interesting facts mentioned at the workshop were that on average, council spend on procurement represents 45% – 65% of overall expenditure and that the adoption of better procurement practice across the Local Government sector has the potential to yield significant annual savings. 

To this end, many of the councils in Tasmania already purchase goods through panel arrangements offered by LGAT.  The range of goods and services currently available include: fleet; heavy machinery; small plant; office supplies; work wear; tyres, tubes and batteries; and mobile garbage bins. 

A new contract that supplies personal protective apparel will shortly be finalised and available to purchase through, and only last Saturday, a tender was advertised in the regional newspapers for the provision of park and playground equipment, open space and recreational infrastructure, outdoor furniture, signage and related products, and services.

Purchasing through the LGAT contracts saves councils money and avoids costs through process efficiency.  As an example, a regional council saved an estimated $33,000 on the direct cost of goods purchased last financial year, while a larger council saved an estimated $93,000.  I encourage you to take full advantage of the contracts that are available and to look out for new ones as they are offered.

Mayor Doug Chipman
LGAT President

News Items 

 A Focus on Council Services

Local Government Twitter Day, held on 3 August, was a resounding success, with more than 2,200 tweets, 1,128 retweets and 500 separate Twitter users participating on the day across Australia.  Twitter Day promotes the diverse range of services that councils provide and increases awareness of the valuable work that Local Government does.  Tweets on the day from across Tasmania focused on a variety of community services from swimming pools to ovals, community halls to exhibitions, social support programs to emergency evacuation, road maintenance to onsite wastewater system assessments, and the provision of travel and information centres.  Well done to those councils that participated and thank you to all Tasmanian councils for the great work that you do!

Meander Valley Council Appoints New General Manager

Mr Martin Gill has been appointed as the new General Manager for Meander Valley Council following the retirement of Mr Greg Preece earlier this month.  Mayor Craig Perkins said, as Council's former Director of Development Services, Martin stood out from among the candidates during the extensive recruitment process.  "Martin impressed Council with his strategic thinking, understanding of Local Government challenges and constraints, and the way he articulated where he saw the future of Meander Valley," Mayor Perkins said.  "Most importantly, Martin demonstrated that he is the right person to work with, and to provide leadership to our committed and motivated staff."  Prior to commencing work with Meander Valley Council in 2012, Martin gained six years' experience with the Bass Coast Shire Council in Victoria as their Development Services Manager, Strategic Planning Coordinator and Strategic Planner.

Help is at Hand with LGAT ASSIST

Did you know that LGAT ASSIST provides loans and grants to Local Government employees?  LGAT ASSIST offers low interest loans to Local Government employees currently employed on a permanent basis by a local council, Local Government single or joint authority within Tasmania, or TasWater.  Employees must also be a current member of Tasplan Superannuation.  Other services provided by LGAT ASSIST include: access to financial counselling to assist with household management; three bursaries annually to enable Local Government employees or their dependents to attend the University of Tasmania; and non-refundable grants may be approved for cases of extraordinary financial hardship.  Loan amounts vary from a maximum of $1,500 for employees who have served under two years, to a maximum of $7,500 for eligible employees who have served over five years in the Local Government sector.  The current interest rate on LGAT Assist general purpose loans is 8%.  Loan application forms are available from council payroll administrators.  For enquiries, please contact Michelle Freeman at the Local Government Association of Tasmania.

 LGAT Welcomes New Project Officer

We are pleased to announce that Scott Blacklow has been appointed as LGAT's Projects Officer, three days a week.  Scott previously worked for LGAT setting up and running the Think Big. Work Local workforce project, and some of you may know him from that time.  Scott has also worked as a business and training consultant, and as a teacher with TasTAFE, helping to deliver Local Government training.  Scott first started working for Local Government in 1996 with Hobart City Council on environment, water and waste services and policy, as well as some public health work.  Scott brings a variety of skills and training to the role, having broad experience with Local Government promotions, education, data, regulatory and environmental issues, and with a variety of projects.  Scott has qualifications in fine art, environmental health, teaching and law.  We look forward to putting Scott to work on variety of projects for councils over the coming years. 

Local Government Leadership Against Family Violence

Domestic violence is the leading cause of homelessness for women and children, and community health and wellbeing is part of Local Government's core business.  The Local Government representative on the Family Violence Consultative Group, Clr Mary Knowles, is seeking information about initiatives undertaken by your Council to: challenge the condoning of violence against women and girls (community attitudes); challenge gender stereotypes and roles; strengthen respectful relationships; promote and normalise gender equality; and to enable women to speak out in a safe environment and seek help.  These initiatives may be within Council, or carried out with council support of community groups, schools, local events, or long-term strategies that work towards the prevention of violence.  Clr Knowles would particularly like to hear how rural councils are working to support affected families.  Clr Knowles can be contacted via email.

Got a lot on your plate?  Watch My Waste Research Needs Your Help!

Eating out can be such a waste.  Australian foodservice businesses such as restaurants and cafes produce over 250,000 tonnes of food waste every year that ends up in landfill, generating approximately 400,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases a year.  RMIT University’s nation-wide Watch My Waste food waste research shows that Australian businesses are throwing away over 120 grams of food for every person they serve – that’s equivalent to a whole large muffin, or half a steak per person thrown in the bin!  If you have eaten out, grabbed takeaway, or been served a meal by any food business in the last week, please complete the RMIT University ten-minute survey to let food businesses know what you want, while contributing to the reduction of food waste.


2016-17 Centenary of ANZAC Grants Program

The Centenary of ANZAC Grants Program recognises Tasmanians who served in the Great War from 1914-18 and the contribution and sacrifice made by individuals who have since undertaken operational service as members of the Australian Defence Force.  The grants program has a total funding pool of $50,000 available to projects that commemorate the Centenary of ANZAC in Tasmania.  Grants up to $5,000 will be made available to eligible organisations.  Priority will be given to projects that: commemorate major World War One anniversaries that will occur in 2017; commemorate other significant anniversaries of events that occurred in all wars and conflicts that Australia has participated in; and have an educational value.  Applications close on 16 September.  Copies of the Grant Program Guidelines are available from the Centenary of ANZAC website.

Major Grants Program

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 webpage, or phone 1800 252 476.

National Community Facilities Funding Scheme

Cricket Tasmania and Cricket Australia want to help cricket clubs, associations and Local Government bodies around Tasmania.  The revamped National Community Facilities Funding Scheme is now open for applications from all cricket clubs, associations and councils throughout the State.  These grants will assist the ongoing development of community cricket facilities, increase options for participation in a healthy, active lifestyle and inspire the next generation of cricket players.  Click here to start your application.

Conferences, Seminars and Workshops

Business Lunch with Jeff Kennett

Local Government reform is on the Hodgman Government’s agenda.  More than two decades ago, Jeff Kennett AC, former Premier of Victoria,  delivered the most controversial and wide-sweeping reforms in Victoria’s Local Government history.  While many applauded the efficiencies gained, others found the overhaul too much, too soon.  Hear from Jeff Kennett about Local Government reform and his take on the role of local and state governments in an increasingly global economy at a luncheon being hosted by the Property Council of Australia, from 12 noon on 23 August, at the Country Club in Launceston.  Book by 16 August to enjoy the special member's price of $135 per person.  Register here.

Innovation:  A Director’s Briefing with Dr Robert Kay

Is your organisation making the most of its opportunities to innovate?  The Australian Institute of Company Directors is proud to present Dr Robert Kay, Australia’s most sought-after keynote speaker on governance and innovation, as he challenges your current thinking and approach to strategy, governance and decision-making.  The presentation will be held from 5.30pm, on 7 September at Wrest Point, Hobart.  Book now.

Speaking Confidently to Groups

Develop the skills and confidence to design and deliver logical and interesting presentations at a one-day course being held on 14 September (Devonport) and on 21 September (Launceston).  Find out: how to become a credible and confident presenter; techniques to control your nerves and engage your audience; how to deal effectively with difficult questions; techniques to add impact to your presentation and make it memorable; and the golden rules for preparing handouts and slides.  Understand the strengths of your natural presentation style and receive feedback about how to make this style even more effective.  Registration costs $495 for Training Consortium members and $618.75  for non-members.  Find out more here.

Urban Trees, Sustainable and Liveable Cities

Many landscapes are appreciated for their aesthetic value but their functional roles are often overlooked.  Urban trees are essential urban infrastructure that make cites liveable and sustainable.  The Australian Garden History Society will be hosting a lecture with Greg Moore, Senior Research Associate of Burnley College, University of Melbourne, on the importance of urban trees, at 2pm on 18 September, at Runnymede in New Town.  Entry costs $30 (incl. afternoon tea), or $25 for members.  Bookings close on 12 September.  To obtain the booking form, please contact Liz Kerry or Lynne Paul.

Accidental Manager Workshop

Did you know that 26% of managers are not ready to lead when given the role?  An accidental manager workshop can help!  Facilitated by Louisa Vanderkruk and delivered in partnership with the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, this half-day workshop for people managers at any level will be held in Hobart on 20 September, and in Launceston on 27 September.  Learn about employee motivation, apply motivation theory to how you manage yourself and your team, and take away tools and methods that you can use immediately with your team.  Find out more here.  To register, email TCCI Training, or phone 1300 559 122.

Creating a Culture of Effective Decision-making

Good decision-making is the foundation of organisational success.  Organisations, however, do not make decisions, people do, and the organisational environment in which individuals are situated can profoundly impact the quality of those decisions.  A one-day session designed for senior managers and executives on Creating a Culture of Effective Decision-making is being hosted by The Training Consortium and presented by Seth Nicholls, in Hobart, on 21 September.  The workshop will provide practical, useable insights from evidence-based research on how to maximise the quality of your organisation's decision-making to deliver greater public value.  The workshop costs $495 (TTC members) and $618.75 (non-members).  Find out more here.

Bushfire 2016 Conference

The national Bushfire 2016: Connecting Science, People and Practice conference will be held from 28 - 30 September, in Brisbane.  Bushfire 2016 will be an engaging, informative and inspiring conference connecting fire scientists, ecologists, land managers, planners, and other fire and environmental professionals.  The conference offers two days of concurrent sessions, an informal dinner and field trips to North Stradbroke Island and the Sunshine Coast.  Register here

Local Government Events

LG Pro Special Interest Group Meeting - Communications Officers - Campbell Town 23 August
General Management Committee Meeting, Hobart 24 August
LG Pro Special Interest Group Meeting - Human Resources, Campbell Town 25 August
LG Pro Special Interest Group Meeting - Legal and Property, Campbell Town 8 September
General Managers' Workshop, Hobart 8-9 September
LGAT Regional Breakfast, Hobart 18 October
LGAT Regional Breakfast, Launceston 25 October


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