The Pulse e-newsletter - LGAT


Issue no. 17 8 September 2016

In this Issue...

 President's Message
 News Items

              Changes to the Tasmanian Liquor Licensing Laws

              Tasmania Receives Funding to Fix ‘Black Spots’

              A Fond Farewell for Deirdre Flint O.A.M.

              LGAT 2016 By-election

              Vale Peter Reid

              Local Government Regional Breakfast Series

              Heart Maps Reveal Heart Health Hot Spots

              Anti-Poverty Week 2016

              DRINK THING - Alcohol and You             

 Awards & Scholarships                                   
 Conferences, Seminars & Workshops
 Local Government Events

LGAT Annual Conference Sponsor



In the Spotlight


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$4.2 million in 'Black Spot' funding allocated by the  Australian Government to address 29 of the most treacherous roads throughout Tasmania.  Click here for details.
Government urged to drop plans to regulate 'sharing economy' http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-09-03/tasmanian-airbnb-regulation-concerns/7808256  via @ABCNews

 President's Message

There have been two key meetings in this last fortnight so it is timely to share the highlights with you. 

On 6 September,  LGAT hosted a workshop to allow Mayors, General Managers and Owner Representatives to consider the announcement made by TasWater on 22 August to reduce the dividends received by councils.  We focused on  building a collective understanding of the impact of the decision to reduce distributions and agreed to the key questions to be raised with the TasWater Board at a meeting with Owner Representatives on 6 October. 

While noting that councils support a program of works that resolves boil water and health alerts across Tasmania, the focus of that October meeting will be understanding the decision-making process by the TasWater Board, including their rationale for not first consulting with owner councils, as well as the detailed financial impacts and a forward program of works to 2025. 

On 2 September, I represented the Australian Local Government Association at the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Disability Reform Council (the Council).  The Council made a number of important decisions to strengthen overall disability reform and support people with disability, their families and carers.

The Council acknowledged there have been significant issues in the first two months of transition to the full scheme roll-out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) since 1 July 2016.  In particular, the flow-on effect of myplace portal issues leading to a slowdown in the rate of plan approvals for the large number of people that have been deemed eligible for the NDIS.   

The Council committed to all governments working closely with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to resolve current issues and implement a recovery strategy to get participant plan approvals back on track by the end of 2016.  The Council also reaffirmed its ongoing commitment to the overarching National Disability Strategy (2010-2020) and agreed to reinvigorate government efforts to drive progress on this strategy.  For more information, the communiqué is available here.  

Mayor Doug Chipman
LGAT President

News Items 

Changes to the Tasmanian Liquor Licensing Laws

On 1 September, a number of important changes to the Liquor Licensing Act 1990 and accompanying regulations came into effect.  The new legislation is the outcome of a comprehensive review of the liquor licensing legislation undertaken by the State Government.  The changes aim to: help minimise harm that can result from the misuse of liquor; improve the way the legislation is administered and make it more transparent; improve compliance and enforcement to make it more effective and flexible; and help ensure patrons consume liquor responsibly.  A major change was the inclusion of an object provision in the Act which clarifies the context and purpose of the legislation and underlies its operation, giving guidance to its interpretation and providing direction to decision-makers.  The object provision comprises the key elements of regulation: harm minimisation and responsible development of industry.

Other major changes include: clarifying the terms “best interests of the community” and “intoxication”; requiring licensees and permit holders to notify the Commissioner for Licensing within 14 days of certain changes or events taking place; a minimum age of 16 years to sell or serve liquor on licensed or permit premises; the ability of the Commissioner to prohibit or restrict advertising or promotion of liquor; the ability of the Minister to prohibit the sale of undesirable liquor products; and allowing Tasmania Police, licensees and permit holders to issue barring orders.  For detailed information on the changes, view the fact sheets online, or email the Liquor and Gaming Branch.

Tasmania Receives Funding to Fix ‘Black Spots’

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Darren Chester, and Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure, Rene Hidding, have announced $4.2 million in funding to address 29 of the most treacherous roads across 17 Local Government Areas throughout Tasmania.  The Black Spot Programme targets road locations where crashes are occurring, reducing the risk of crashes through funding measures such as traffic signals and roundabouts at dangerous locations.  Sixty-nine injury crashes have been recorded at these sites.  Click here for more information on the Australian Government’s Black Spot Programme, or to nominate a black spot.

A Fond Farewell for Deirdre Flint O.A.M.

Deirdre Flint FarewellOn 1 September, over 150 people gathered at the Bothwell Town Hall for morning tea to farewell Central Highlands Council's long-standing and first female Mayor, Deirdre Flint O.A.M.  The occasion was attended by colleagues and community members, Federal, State and Local Government leaders, and Tasmanians from all parts of the State.  Deirdre officially resigned, due to personal health issues, from the role of Councillor and Mayor on 16 August.  Deirdre's involvement in Local Government extended back almost 20 years, with the last 14 years as Mayor.  Deirdre served on a range of State Government and LGAT bodies, including as Vice President of the General Management Committee.  During this time, Deirdre was awarded an Order of Australia for her services to Local Government and the community, and an Outstanding Commitment and Service to Local Government Award at this year's LGAT Annual Conference Dinner.  Speakers at the farewell included the Hon. Peter Gutwein, Mayor Daryl Quilliam, Lord Mayor Sue Hickey and Clr Richard Bowden OAM, who all paid tribute to Deirdre's commitment, tenacity, dedication, passion and tireless efforts on behalf of Local Government.  (Photography by Robert Cassidy)

LGAT 2016 By-election

Following the resignation of Mayor Deirdre Flint of Central Highlands Council, the Tasmanian Electoral Commission is conducting a by-election for one council member from the Southern Electoral District having a population of 20,000 or less to fill a casual vacancy on the General Management Committee.  Elected members from Brighton, Glamorgan-Spring Bay, Derwent Valley, Southern Midlands, Central Highlands, Huon Valley, Sorell and Tasman Councils are eligible to participate in the nomination process.  Nominations close on 18 October and the outcome will be announced on 6 December.

Peter Reid Vale Peter Reid

The West Coast has farewelled Peter Reid following his sudden passing in late August.  A former Councillor at West Coast Council for over ten years, Peter also served as Deputy Mayor from 2011-2014, his final term in office.  Peter is remembered as a tireless community volunteer with a great love of the West Coast, who volunteered with various community organisations including the Galley Museum, Men’s Shed and Queenstown Crows Football Club.  Peter was also close to reaching 50-years' service with Cubs and Scouts on the West Coast.  Our condolences to Peter’s family and friends.

Local Government Regional Breakfast Series

The Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT) is pleased to present the second round of regional breakfasts for 2016, proudly sponsored by Vision Super.  This series will focus on emergency management and how the emergency services industry is learning from past disasters and positioning itself to meet future challenges.  Guest speakers include the Chief Officer of the Tasmania Fire Service, Chris Arnol, who will discuss the impact that climate change is having on bushfire hazards, and Peter Edwards, who led the emergency response during the 2013 Dunalley bushfires and was appointed as the Coordinator of the Tasmanian Flood Recovery Taskforce in response to the devastating June floods.  The breakfasts will be held in Hobart (18 October), Launceston (25 October) and Devonport (4 November)Bookings are required by 7 October.  Attendance costs $55.00 (members) and 66.00 (non-members).  To register, visit the LGAT website, or phone (03) 6233 5966.

Heart Maps Reveal Heart Health Hot Spots

Heart MapFor the first time, the Heart Foundation's Australian Heart Maps bring together a national picture of hospital admission rates for heart-related conditions at a national, state, regional and at a Local Government level.  The Heart Maps show how rates of heart related admissions compare across Australia and highlight the association between socioeconomic disadvantage and remoteness with heart health outcomes.  The Heart Maps can be used by councils, health services and policy-makers to establish health related strategies, to plan for health services and to develop/implement targeted prevention initiatives.  The Heart Maps can be accessed on the National Heart Foundation website

Anti-Poverty Week 2016

In 2016, Anti-Poverty Week will be held from 15-22 October.  It's a week where Australians are encouraged to organise, or take part in an activity aiming to highlight or overcome issues of poverty and hardship.  Local councils and community organisations wishing to host an event should register their activity, even if some details are yet to be finalised, by entering the details here.  Further information about the week can be accessed on the Anti-Poverty Week website.

DRINK THING - Alcohol and You

DRINK ThingA new website called DRINK THING has been launched for young people aged 12-17 years, their friends, parents and youth workers, to help them learn more about the harms associated with alcohol use, and ways to stay safe.  DRINK THING has an in-built test where users can enter the type and volume of alcohol they have consumed.  The test will generate a score based on the level of risk to reflect the harms associated with their alcohol intake.  The website also contains information about the harms associated with alcohol use, safer drinking tips and specific information pages for people working with young people.  DRINK THING is an initiative of the Department of Health and Human Services, the Departments of Education and Police, Fire and Emergency Management, the Alcohol and Drug Services and the Drug Education Network, and the project was managed by the Mental Health Drug and Alcohol Directorate.  Visit the website for further details. 

Awards & Scholarships 

2017 Tasmanian Governance Board Diversity Scholarships

The Tasmanian Government and the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) are pleased to advise that applications are currently being accepted for the 2017 Tasmanian Governance Board Diversity Governance Scholarships.  The scholarships aim to increase the number of women with corporate governance qualifications, with the view to increasing the number of women on government boards and in positions of leadership.  Applications close on 16 September.  For more information, visit the AICD website.

Development Scholarships for Women Leaders

$4,000 scholarships are now being awarded to female leaders across the Country to support the nationwide launch of Executive Ready – Women & Leadership Australia's new, flagship development program for mid to senior level managers.  Informed by the experiences of hundreds of talented and respected women across all industries, Executive Ready is a leadership accelerator designed to stretch participants and propel them towards executive level performance, behaviours and mindsets.  Developed by the Country’s foremost authority on women leaders and their unique needs, Executive Ready is for women who want to lead more confidently, transform the performance of their team and fully realise their future career/life potential.  Scholarships cover approximately 40% of the total enrolment fee.  To view the prospectus, click here.

2017 Tasmanian Honour Roll of Women

Do you know an exceptional woman who should be recognised for her contribution to the community?  The Tasmanian Honour Roll of Women publicly recognises outstanding contributions made by Tasmanian women and women’s organisations to the State, nation and humanity.  The aim of the Honour Roll is to express our appreciation and recognition of these women, and to preserve their stories as historical records, so they may inspire the continued achievement of future generations.  Members of the Honour Roll come from all walks of life but each has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to excellence, achievement and service to others.  Their accomplishments are diverse and include fields such as agriculture, science, education, environment, health, architecture, cultural heritage, Aboriginal affairs, arts, community and civic service.  If you know someone who deserves to be recognised and celebrated, now is the time to nominate.  Nominations close on 30 September.  Nomination forms and a full list of current inductees are available on the Communities, Sport and Recreation website.

2017 RIRDC Rural Women's Award Now Open

Are you a woman with a vision for your rural business or industry?  Do you need support to make that vision a reality?  The Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) Rural Women’s Award is Australia’s pre-eminent Award that recognises and encourages rural women’s contribution to primary industries, resource development and rural Australia.  The Award is not about being the best rural woman - it is about identifying a learning opportunity that you believe will benefit you and your industry.  The major prize is a $10,000 bursary to help build your skills so that you can bring that knowledge back home to your business and your industry.  The Award is open to all women involved in some way in primary industries, whether you work in broad-acre farming, or intensive livestock, cropping, horticulture, fisheries, forestry, natural resource management, or related service industries.  Applications are open until 31 October.  Visit the RIRDC Rural Women's Award website to find out how to enter, or contact Rebecca Williams on (03) 6165 3070.

2017 Employer of Choice Awards

Entries for the 2017 Employer of Choice Awards are now open until 9 December.  Tasmanian Employers of Choice create jobs in great workplaces and help to drive innovation and productivity.  Tasmania now has 71 Employers of Choice, collectively demonstrating contemporary workplace practices and providing outstanding support for the 13,000 staff they employ.  Employers of Choice represent a broad range of industry sectors and range in size from small Tasmanian businesses to large corporations.  Click here for further details.


Tenders Open for Rural Primary Health Services

Councils and service providers in 21 rural Local Government Areas in Tasmania are eligible to tender for funding to improve the health of residents with chronic conditions.  The Australian Government has allocated more than $6 million for the commissioning of rural primary health services, including one-off establishment funding and provider capacity building.  Councils may be approached by health and community sector organisations who wish to collaborate on tender submissions, which close on 30 September.  Tender documents are available following registration on Primary Health Tasmania’s eTender portal.  All enquiries regarding the scope of the tender should be submitted in writing via the portal’s online forum.  General enquiries can be directed to Julia Doyle or phone (03) 6213 8200.

Conferences, Seminars and Workshops  

Tides of Change: The Future of Launceston’s Waterfront

The University of Tasmania invites you to the upcoming Northern Forum from 6.00pm on 13 September, at the Academy of the Arts, Inveresk campus.  Tides of Change: The Future of Launceston’s Waterfront will explore the future of Launceston, its waterfront and built environment through the lenses of social, cultural and ecological amenity and history, climate change, and the political and economic opportunities and constraints afforded by business.  Confirmed panellists include Kim Seagram, James McKee and Helen Norrie.  Refreshments will be provided beforehand from 5.30pm.  Click here for full details and registration, or call (03) 6324 3290.

Leading with Emotional Intelligence

Emotional Intelligence is a key attribute that helps leaders facilitate high performance.  A two-day course coordinated by The Training Consortium will teach the science behind emotional intelligence and how to apply it to lead others.  Learn how to positively influence the decisions, behaviour and performance of your team.  The tools and techniques provided during the course will enable participants to improve their leadership, impact, influence and create a positive work environment.  The course will be held from 20-21 September, in Launceston.  Find out more here.

Certificate IV Governance: Skills Set

Whether you have been on a Board for a long time, or have joined a Board for the first time, a two-day workshop designed to provide the knowledge and skills required to be an effective board member will be held in Hobart (14-15 October) and Launceston (4-5 November).  Learn about: implementing board member responsibilities; managing meetings; analysing financial reports and budgets; and undertaking small business planning.  This nationally recognised, accredited competency based skills set can lead to a Certificate IV in Governance.  The course will be presented by Kristen Singleton and Michelle Swallow in partnership with TasCOSS.  Participation costs $440.  Expressions of interest are required by 16 September.  Email Kirsten Singleton for details, or phone 0418 990 315.

Drugs and Alcohol in the Workplace

Are drugs and alcohol affecting your workplace?  Join TCCI's Internal Lawyer, Abbey Guilbert and TCCI's Workplace Health and safety specialists, Janelle Whitehouse and Craig Hortle as they discuss strategies for business.  Topics to be covered include: prevention / safeguards; testing; what to do if an employee is under the influence; workplace health and safety; and managing drugs and alcohol in the workplace.  Sessions will be held in Burnie (4 October), Launceston (11 October) and Hobart (15 November).  Attendance is free for TCCI and Chamber Alliance members, and $30 for non-members.  Register here.

TasCOSS Conference2016 TasCOSS Conference: Everyone a Leader

TasCOSS’s biennial conference will take place at the Blundstone Oval Arena Function Centre in Bellerive, on 23-24 November, bringing Tasmania’s community services sector and leaders together to think, learn, challenge and lead on issues that affect our families, communities, workplaces and government.  This year’s theme, Everyone a Leader, invokes the need for citizen-led change.  Change that is led within and by our communities will create a difference in the lives and futures of all Tasmanians.  Early bird prices are available until 14 October.  Visit the Conference website.

Company Directors Course

The Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) offer a Company Directors Course, designed for those who wish to further their directorship skills and knowledge, or enhance their skills in reporting to a board.  This five-day course will provide the tools to strengthen your performance and the confidence to take a seat at the board table.  The course is ideal for executive directors, senior executives and aspiring directors, and will be held in Hobart on 17-18 and 24-26 October.  Register today, or contact Ann Harvey on (03) 6242 2200 for further information.

Land Capability Assessment for Onsite Wastewater Management

Develop skills in Land Capability Assessment and the design and management of onsite and decentralised wastewater management systems to comply with current legislation at a course designed for those involved in land capability assessment, planning, design, installation, regulation, management and performance supervision of domestic onsite and decentralised wastewater management systems.  The course, which covers the revised EPA Code of Practice 891.4AS/NZS1547:2012, runs from 9-11 November, in Melbourne.  Attendance costs $2,084.50 (incl. GST).  For more information, visit the Centre for Environmental Training website.

ACOSS National Conference

Registration is now open for the ACOSS National Conference, to be held in Sydney from 17-18 November.  The conference provides a platform to discuss the policy and practice needed to address poverty and inequality in Australia, to  strengthen our organisations and build an inclusive society.  It’s the annual meeting place for community leaders, senior government officials, community sector CEOs, or anyone with an interest in social justice and public policy.  This year's conference will ask what is the future of social justice and what will it take to continue the momentum of social progress?  Find out more here.

Local Government Events

Audit Panel Workshop, Riverside 12 September
Audit Panel Workshop, Hobart 13 September
LG Professionals Tasmania Conference, Cradle Mountain 12-14 October
LGAT Regional Breakfast, Hobart 18 October
LGAT Regional Breakfast, Launceston 25 October
Mayors' Workshop, Devonport 3 November
LGAT Regional Breakfast, Devonport 4 November
General Meeting, Devonport 4 November
LG Professionals Tasmania S.I.G. Meeting - Human Resources, Campbell Town 24 November


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