The Pulse e-newsletter - LGAT


Issue no. 19 12 October 2016

In this Issue...

 President's Message
 News Items            

              Elected Members' Professional Development Weekend Coming Up!

              New Building Regulatory Framework - Information Sessions and Regional Workshops

              Giving Local Governments the Reboot

              New Safety Laws for Drones

              Community Input Sought to Develop a New City of Hobart Transport Strategy

              Young Tasmanians Passionate about Creating a Future without Homelessness

              Chair Sought for New Northern Tasmania Development Corporation Board                                            

 Grants & Scholarships
 Conferences, Seminars & Workshops
 Local Government Events  

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In the Spotlight


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$2.6 million in Commonwealth funding now available to help develop disaster resilient communities.  Details can be found on the SES website.
Congratulations to new Mayor Lou Triffett & Councillor Jim Poore - both successful in Central Highlands Council's recent by-election!

President's Message

At both a Federal and State level, there is increasing interest in Regional Economic Development.  Local Government is a key partner in delivering regional economic outcomes and therefore should be engaging in the conversations.  However, there is not strong agreement between the levels of government and between jurisdictions on how regions are defined and what constitutes regional economic development.  There is also a lack of clarity on what roles each level of Government should and could play.  What is generally agreed is that regions play a vital role in the Australian economy, and that there are linkages and dependencies between regions and cities that must be considered. 

Nationally, the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) Board is watching developments closely and, at a State Association level, we are ensuring strong working relationships with Regional Development Australia (RDA) Tasmania and the Local Government Regional Authorities.  Currently, an independent review of the RDA program is underway and LGAT is currently seeking feedback for a sector submission.  The aim of this Federal Government review of RDA is to examine the effectiveness of the program in delivering the Australian Government's regional agenda and to make recommendations regarding its future scope, structure and delivery mode.  Submissions are required by 28 October.  For more information, including the Terms of Reference, I encourage you to visit the RDA website

Mayor Doug Chipman
LGAT President

News Items 

 Elected Members' Professional Development Weekend Coming Up!

WorkshopElected Members are invited to register to attend LGAT's Elected Members' Professional Development Weekend, to be held at The Old Woolstore in Hobart, on 25-26 February 2017.  Learn how to make your meetings more productive and enjoyable; find out what our towns will look like in five years as a result of the changes to Tasmania's planning system; gain useful skills, tools and strategies to improve the quality of the decisions being made by your Council; and join the discussion about how to make the most of community engagement opportunities with critical stakeholders in the business community.  A networking dinner will be held on 25 February and partners are welcome.  Accommodation bookings are required by 31 January.  Download the Program and Registration Form here.  For enquiries, call (03) 6233 5119.

New Building Regulatory Framework - Information Sessions and Regional Workshops

Tasmania now has a new Building Regulatory Framework, which will come into effect on 1 January 2017 and comprises a new Building Act, amendments to the Occupational Licensing Act 2005 and a new Residential Building Work Contracts and Dispute Resolution Act.  The Division of Consumer, Building and Occupational Services within the Department of Justice has produced a useful Fact Sheet outlining the changes.  A series of information sessions and targeted regional workshops have been planned for those sectors affected by the changes, including Local Government, across the State in October and November.  For all dates, more information and to register, please click here.

Giving Local Governments the Reboot

The McKell Institute has released a new report, Giving Local Government the Reboot - Improving the Financial Sustainability of Local Governments.  Co-authored by University of Technology Sydney Centre for Local Government (UTS:CLG) Director, Associate Professor Roberta Ryan and Postdoctoral Fellow Dr Joseph Drew, the report delves deeply into the financial issues facing most local councils. The report finds that many councils are suffering from expenditure problems due to demand from the community that has been rising steeply over two decades.  In the two decades from 1995 to 2015, Australian councils experienced a fourfold increase in expenditure, representing a 7.3% per annum compound growth rate.  During this same period, many councils were stripped of their water and sewerage functions, so these figures under represent the real picture.  The report has identified that if the current level of spending continues, there needs to be a corresponding increase in council revenues.  Download the report here.

New Safety Laws for Drones

New rules regarding the operation of small commercial drones came into effect on 29 September.  People and organisations wanting to fly commercial drones with a maximum take-off weight of less than two kilograms, no longer need to apply for a certificate and licence from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.  The change means that very small commercial drone operators can avoid the requirement to pay approximately $1,400 in regulatory fees, as well as the need to develop manuals and other documentation.  Public safety is still being protected by a requirement to follow strict operating conditions including that drones must not be flown in an area near emergency operations such as firefighting, accidents, or search and rescue.  Other operating conditions for commercial drones under two kilograms include: only flying during the day and in line of sight; no flying within 30 metres of people; no flying above 120 metres; no flying within 5.5kms of a controlled airport; and no flying over populated areas such as beaches, parks and sporting ovals.  For details about the new rules and drone safety, click here.

Community Input Sought to Develop a New City of Hobart Transport Strategy

The City of Hobart is seeking community and key stakeholder input to help Council develop a new Transport Strategy to see the City through to 2030 and beyond.  Council is developing a Transport Strategy to enable it to identify and plan for Hobart’s future transport demands, to support population growth, the economy, and improve social and environmental outcomes for the City.  As transport in Hobart is not just Council's responsibility but also the Tasmanian Government's and neighbouring councils', part of Council's engagement program will be to create an understanding of who is responsible for what.  Council is approaching the development of the new draft strategy by engaging on a series of four topic areas which will be released sequentially: freight, port and air; private transport; public transport; and Local area traffic management.  The first topic area, Freight, Port and Air, is now open for comment.  The Private Transport topic area will be launched in late November.  Comments can be made via the City of Hobart website.

Young Tasmanians Passionate about Creating a Future without Homelessness

Over 26,000 young people in Australia are homeless each night due to family breakdown, family violence and limited affordable housing.  Young Tasmanians are concerned about the impact of homelessness in the community and contributed their ideas and solutions on ways to improve access to affordable housing and reduce homelessness through a statewide forum and survey.  The findings from this consultation have been developed into the Tasmanian Youth Forum (TYF) Housing and Homelessness report.  The report found that young Tasmanians are most concerned about being able to access housing they can afford, and over 55% of young people are concerned about having enough money to live independently, paying bills and the cost of rent.  TYF is an initiative of the Youth Network of Tasmania and is funded by Communities, Sport and Recreation through the Department of Premier and Cabinet.  The report can be accessed from the Youth Network of Tasmania website.

Chair Sought for New Northern Tasmania Development Corporation Board

The Northern Tasmania Development Corporation (NTDC) is a new regional economic development organisation for the North and North East of Tasmania, to be formed from 1 January 2017.  The predecessor - Northern Tasmania Development Inc will be wound up on 31 December.  The Board will pursue a strategic and proactive role in determining regional priorities and undertaking strong advocacy to and collaboration with the State and Federal Governments, with the objective of gaining business investment and jobs growth.  The new NTDC will be funded for a period of three years initially by up to eight council shareholders and intends to encourage greater involvement and support from the private and community sectors through board and project participation.   It also enjoys the official support of the State Government and Launceston Chamber of Commerce.  The NTDC Board will be responsible for setting the tone for the new organisation by adopting contemporary, collaborative business processes and encouraging innovation and industry specific learning and skills.  The Board will have the overall responsibility for meeting targets based on new jobs growth, focus on youth participation in the economy and improved Gross Regional Product.  The Chair will also be required to assist in the appointment of the additional six skills-based Directors.  This position comes with a small remuneration package.  Applications close on 21 October.  Applications can be made by addressing the Selection Criteria contained in the Information Pack.  To obtain the Information Pack, please email admin@northerntasmania.org.au, or contact Maree Tetlow on 6380 6803.

Grants & Scholarships

$2.6 Million to Boost Tasmania’s Disaster Resilience

The Federal Government has announced $2.6 million in Commonwealth funding over two years to help ensure communities in Tasmania are disaster resilient.  The funding will be used to fund natural disaster resilience activities of both statewide and local community significance.  This money will be made available to a range of eligible organisations through the State Emergency Management Program, Emergency Volunteer Fund, and Natural Disaster Resilience Grants Fund.  Information on eligibility and the application process for these funds can be found at the SES website, or by contacting the SES on 6173 2704. 

26TEN Grants Open

Build literacy, maths and communication skills with a 26TEN grant and reduce accidents and improve compliance and teamwork.  Apply for up to $50,000 from now until 10 March 2017.  Information about the grant program is available here, or contact Jennifer Dunbabin on 6165 6064.

Women’s Leadership Development Scholarships

Women and Leadership Australia has just launched a third program in their portfolio of women’s leadership development programs.  Programs include: the Advanced Leadership Program - aimed at senior managers, directors and executive level women; Executive Ready for mid-level managers and leaders looking to take the next step into an executive role; and the Accelerated Leadership Performance Program for aspiring talent and women starting their journey in managerial roles.  Scholarship funding is available for the Local Government sector across all three programs.  The Expression of Interest Form can be downloaded here.  To discuss the initiative in more detail, contact Ian Johnson on (03) 9270 9016.


Break O’Day Council Wins Building Surveying Award

Break O'Day AwardCongratulations to Break O’Day Council’s Building Surveying Team who recently received an award for the Best Building Surveying Team of the Year, Tasmania on behalf of the Tasmanian Chapter of the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors.  The Building Services Team and Break O'Day Council have been working collectively to improve service delivery and public perception about Building Surveying and Local Government.  Building Services Coordinator, Jake Ihnen said it’s our goal to ensure developers understand the legislative and statutory reasons behind decisions made by the Building Surveying team, but we also pride ourselves on working hard to look for alternative solutions for our clients.  “We aim to revolutionise the way in which Council Building Inspectors are portrayed by providing a higher level of customer service,” Mr Ihnen said.

Conferences, Seminars and Workshops  

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).  Attendance costs $55.00 (members) and 66.00 (non-members).  To register, visit the LGAT website, or phone (03) 6233 5966.

Employer of Choice Breakfasts

As part of Worksafe Month, WorkSafe Tasmania and Employer of Choice will be hosting breakfasts in Devonport and Launceston.  At the breakfast in Devonport,on 21 October, themed Engaged, Healthy and Safe, Tasmanian Employers of Choice will present case studies on implementing work life balance and creating mentally healthy workplaces, with a proactive approach focusing on worker engagement.  Click here to register.  The Launceston breakfast will follow on 28 October, themedLeadership, Culture and Individual AchievementHear from Stan Alves OAM - AFL coach, elite athlete, media personality, entrepreneur and successful businessman.  There will also be a showcase of how Employers of Choice improve their business results and the health and wellbeing of their workforce by implementing work life balance.  Click here to register.

Tasmanian Survey of Business Expectations Briefing

The TCCI Tasmanian Survey of Business Expectations (TSBE) is the most recognisable, consistent and respected survey of business expectations in Tasmania.  Dr Julian Amos will present the Q3 briefings in Hobart and Launceston on 28 October.  The briefings will discuss Tasmania's population trends, employment trends, some economic indicators, business confidence, a socio-political outlook and the results of the Q3 TSBE survey.  RSVP by 26 October.  Registration costs $39 (TCCI members) and $69 (non-members).  Click here to register, or for further information.

Crucial Conversations

Complex workplace regulation and the Fair Work Commission increasingly intervene during the employment relationship, meaning managing workplace behaviours increasingly leads to legal claims.  Reliance on disciplinary processes and warning letters does not get performance results and often does not build the case needed to remove poor performers and avoid the risk of successful legal claims.  The solution is to manage most workplace behaviours through meaningful, two way regular performance discussions and not complex performance or disciplinary processes.  Build a relationship of trust and understand your people so they will be genuinely open to performance conversations.  This practical workshop will provide frameworks to managing behaviours that can fit with the organisation’s way of doing things and can be adapted to the individual manager’s style.  The workshop will be held at Brighton (7 November), Burnie (10 November) and Riverside (22 November).  Attendance costs $66 (inc GST).  Registrations are required by 31 October.  Head to the LGAT website for further details.

TruckNational Local Roads and Transport Congress 2016

Meeting the current and future demand of Australia's transport industry is one of the most important challenges facing the nation's economy and transport infrastructure providers.  Local roads underpin the freight movement and productivity of our nation.  Effective road financing and appropriate asset management are critical to the successful management of our local roads.  This is reflected in the theme of this year's National Local Roads and Transport Congress 'Local Infrastructure - Developing Region'.  The congress will be held in Toowoomba, from 9-11 November.  Your Council's attendance at this year's Roads Congress strengthens the work that ALGA and LGAT is doing to secure better funding for Local Government roads and infrastructure.  Click here for more information or to register your attendance.

Women in Leadership Tasmania Summit 2016Women and Leadership

Women and LeadershipLiquid Learning is delighted to debut the Women in Leadership Tasmania Summit 2016.  Will you seize the opportunity to build invaluable networks and refine your leadership credentials?  From 5-8 December, don’t miss the opportunity to network and get inspired from accomplished Tasmanian front-runners from corporate and government backgrounds who will share their expertise and offer advice to help future leaders achieve their full potential.  Providing a platform for specialised leadership skill development, this event showcases Tasmania’s pre-eminent leaders from the Public and Private Sectors. Among them, Jenny Gale, Secretary at Department of Education and Dr Katrena Stephenson, Chief Executive Officer of the Local Government Association of Tasmania.  Secure your place today and receive a 10% discount as a member of LGAT.

Local Government Events

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
Crucial Conversations Workshop, Bridgewater 7 November
Fire Hazard Abatement Training, Cambridge 14 November
Crucial Conversations Workshop, Burnie 10 November
Fire Hazard Abatement Training, Youngtown 16 November
Crucial Conversations Workshop, Riverside 22 November
LG Professionals Tasmania S.I.G. Meeting - Human Resources, Campbell Town 24 November


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