The Pulse e-newsletter - LGAT


Issue no. 20 28 October 2016

In this Issue...

 President's Message
 News Items            

              New Mayor Appointed to Central Highlands Council

              What Could Australia's Transport Future Look Like? 

              Glenorchy City Council Takes a Stand Against Domestic and Family Violence

              New Director of Local Government Appointed

              Break O’Day Council Encourages Nature Interaction with New Playground

              Local Government Workforce Metric Service

              Local Government Professionals Tasmania Announces New President

              Police Infringement Notices Go Electronic                      

 Awards & Scholarships
 Conferences, Seminars & Workshops
 Local Government Events  

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Congratulations to Clr Loueen (Lou) Triffitt on her election as Mayor of Central Highlands Council, and to Kingborough Council's General Manager, Gary Arnold, as the new President of Local Government Professionals Tasmania.
Cheaper councils a merger myth http://www.themercury.com.au/news/opinion/news-story/9588605377f00c326948dfd98879a222 

President's Message

Over this last night fortnight, LGAT has held the first two Regional Breakfast Forums, with the final breakfast to be held in Devonport next week.  Our speakers, Chief Officer of the Tasmanian Fire Service, Chris Arnol, and Coordinator of the Tasmanian Flood Recovery Taskforce, Peter Edwards, have provided stimulating information.  

With all the rain we have had of late, it may be hard for communities to turn their minds to the bushfire season and preparations for the summer ahead but, as Chris outlined at the forum, the 'new normal' is longer bushfire seasons, a narrower window for fuel reduction, and conditions which may lead to unstoppable fires.  

Last year, thousands of personnel from Tasmania and interstate were involved in the bushfire efforts.  More and more, we will see Government and the emergency industries put additional emphasis on resilience and readiness.  The current hazard reduction program is an example of this.  At the same time as we are gearing up for potential summer emergencies, there is still work to be done supporting flood affected communities to recover, with the emphasis, as Peter explained, on helping people to help themselves and to establish their 'new normal'.  It is anticipated that the Taskforce will complete their work at the end of the year but communities and individuals will still be focused on recovery for some time after that.  

Both Peter and Chris acknowledged that the role of councils in an emergency, in particular the Mayor and Emergency Management Coordinators, is critical and not necessarily one that councillor candidates think about when throwing their hat into the ring. 

In the last fortnight, we have also had the dismissal of the Huon Valley Council.  This is difficult news for those councillors and for council staff who pride themselves on delivering excellent services to their communities.  However I am hopeful that with the contribution of Adriana Taylor as a highly experienced Commissioner, there will be a strong foundation for a reinvigorated Huon Valley Council in the not too distant future.  Huon Valley Council remains a member of LGAT, is welcome to participate in our activities and we will continue to provide support as required.

Mayor Doug Chipman
LGAT President

News Items 

New Mayor Appointed to Central Highlands Council Lou Triffitt

Following the resignation of Mayor Deirdre Flint of Central Highlands Council in August, the Tasmanian Electoral Commission conducted a by-election and has announced that Loueen (Lou) Triffitt will take on the position.  Only one nomination was received to fill the Councillor vacancy, with Jim Poore elected.  They will both serve in their respective roles until the 2018 ordinary election.  Mayor Triffitt brings over 11 years' experience in Local Government and 20 years' experience with the State and Commonwealth Governments.  Her immediate priorities at Council include: providing access to health and emergency services; addressing social isolation; providing services to elderly residents; addressing road infrastructure and safety; and introducing flood mapping and zoning policy and procedures.

What Could Australia's Transport Future Look Like?

How Australia’s transport system might work in the lead up to the year 2040 is shown in a series of snapshots which reveal the transformational impact of factors like automated vehicles, better realtime data and analytics, more ride sharing and changes in consumer preferences.  These scenarios are explored in new papers which are part of the National Transport Commission’s (NTC) Land Transport Regulation 2040 work.  The papers paint four different but plausible scenarios of what the transformational changes might mean in practice to help industry, governments and the community examine the implications of changes in automation, data sharing, shared mobility and consumer demand.  The papers is available on the NTC website.

Glenorchy City Council Takes a Stand Against Domestic and Family Violence

Glenorchy City Council is taking a strong stand against domestic violence, instituting a special initiative to encourage cultural change within the Council and the City.  The Domestic PEACE (People Engaging in Action to Change Environments) initiative is a progressive, whole-of-council, approach to increasing understanding within the organisation of family and domestic violence.  Council's Executive Leadership Team has agreed to support an organisational response to family and domestic violence, and progress the development of a comprehensive primary prevention approach specifically targeting respect and gender equity.  Council is partnering with White Ribbon Australia, the Can Do Community family violence initiative and the Glenorchy City Council Safer Communities Committee.  It will be the first Council in Tasmania to have all staff achieve White Ribbon e-Learning accreditation, giving them the skills and understanding to assist in dealing with domestic violence issues.  Family and Domestic Violence Leave has also been introduced, providing ten days of additional paid leave for employees who are impacted by family and domestic violence.

New Director of Local Government AppointedAlex Tay

Alex Tay has been appointed as the new Director of Local Government with the Department of Premier and Cabinet's Local Government Division, following the resignation of Phil Hoysted in July.  Alex is currently the Head of Secretariat in the Energy Security Taskforce at the Department of State Growth, undertaking a critical review task for the Government along with the Chair, Geoff Willis.  Previously, Alex was the Director of Industry Policy and also had a period as Acting Deputy Secretary (Policy and Strategy) at State Growth.  Alex will bring considerable experience in strategic policy and legislative development to the role having worked on some highly complex and significant government initiatives.  These have included intergovernmental financial relations, health reform, the Tasmanian Forestry Agreement and most recently, energy planning.  Alex will take up the role on 5 December and looks forward to engaging with Local Government stakeholders.  Greg Brown will continue to act in the position in the interim.

 PlaygroundBreak O’Day Council Encourages Nature Interaction with New Playground

A new playground designed to encourage interaction and engagement with nature, and foster a childlike sense of wonder, has been installed in St Helens.  Designed to emulate the area's natural environment, the Lions Club Park, situated on the corner of the Tasman Highway and St Helens Point Road, incorporates a variety of elements to stimulate the senses.  The use of rocks, logs, water, soil and native plants enables children to challenge themselves in a stimulating and safe environment, to develop their imaginations and an appreciation for nature.  The playground also features extra wide pathways for wheelchair access and includes a basket swing for people of all ages and abilities.  Casual seating has also been provided for carers, parents and guardians.

Local Government Workforce Metric Service

Human Resource Consultants, Mercer, will be creating a comprehensive range of HR metrics which councils around Australia may find useful.  The process of gathering the information will commence this month and at least one Tasmanian council has already taken up the offer.  More Tasmanian councils participating in the study would add to the benchmark picture Mercer can provide.  Reports to participants will be produced later this year and the cost to participate and receive a report is around $2,500.  Interested councils are welcome to contact Mercer on 1800 645 186, or email customerservice@mercer.com.   LGAT's own Workforce Plans date back to 2011 and 2013, so this may be a good opportunity to update your HR data picture.  Along with the ongoing work of the University of Technology Center for Local Government and LGAT to assist with implementing workforce planning, councils have a good range of options.

Gary Arnold Local Government Professionals Tasmania Announces New President

Local Government Professionals Tasmania farewelled Karen Hampton as President at the recent Rocking the Cradle Conference at Cradle Mountain.  Karen has been a long-serving board member and was the organisation's first female President when elected to the position in 2014.  We wish her well on her new journey.   Gary Arnold, Kingborough Council's General Manger, was successfully elected as the new President.  For further information regarding the benefits of becoming a member of Local Government Professionals Tasmania, or to find out about the upcoming professional development program and events, please visit the LG Professionals Tasmania website.

Police Infringement Notices Go ElectronicPolice

Police Infringement Notices can now be emailed directly to people instead of using the traditional postal service method.  This means police can issue infringement notices electronically on their tablet computers and ask people if they want their infringement notice delivered via email instead of the postal service.  The new process is optional and people can still elect to have the hardcopy infringement notice posted to their address.  The public needs to be aware of the potential for fraudulent activity when using electronic devices and remain vigilant when receiving unsolicited emails requesting payment or personal details.  It is important to note that infringement notices will only be emailed if you have had face-to-face contact with a police officer over the infringement and you consented to have the notice emailed directly to you.  Fines can still be paid in person at Service Tasmania, online, or over the phone.  Further information regarding the electronic service of infringement notices can be found on the Police Tasmania website.

Awards & Scholarships

Tasmanian Young Achiever Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2016-17 Tasmanian Young Achiever Awards.  The awards aim to acknowledge the achievements of all young people up to and including 29 years of age as of 31 December.  Nominations close on 8 December.  Find out more here.

Scholarship Success

Anneka FergusonDorset Council's Community Projects Coordinator, Anneka Ferguson, was recently selected as the first Australian recipient of the Local Government Professionals Australia International Professional Exchange Scholarship.  Anneka was chosen for the one-month placement ahead of 25 other candidates from across the Country.  She departed for the USA in September, enjoying a two-week placement in a Local Government office and a trip to Kansas to attend the ICMA Conference.  The three-day event, believed to be the world's largest annual event for Local Government staff, featured keynote sessions and roundtable discussions on the challenges facing local governments around the world.  Anneka will also have the opportunity to host a US Local Government professional for two weeks early next year.

Conferences, Seminars and Workshops  

Elected Members' Professional Development Weekend Workshop

Elected Members are invited to register to attend LGAT's Elected Members' Professional Development Weekend, to be held at The Old Woolstore in Hobart, from 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 your business community.  A networking dinner will be held on 25 February and partners are welcome.  Accommodation bookings at the Old Woolstore are required by 31 January.  Download the Program and Registration Form here.  For enquiries, please call LGAT on (03) 6233 5966. 

Directors Briefing Launceston - The Board Owns Culture

Now more than ever, board members need to focus on their organisation's culture.  Not only does good organisational culture underpin high performance in an organisation both financially and operationally, but it is also pivotal to the realisation of an organisation's strategic objectives.  Furthermore, regulatory bodies around the world have recently made culture a focus as part of the governance of organisations.  But how involved should board members be in developing and overseeing the culture of their organisation?  The Australian Institute of Company Directors invites you to a presentation that will outline and discuss practical ways for boards to take ownership of the culture of their organisation.  It will then move to a panel discussion with esteemed Directors from around the State to discuss their views on organisational culture, leading to an interactive Q&A session.  Presentations will commence from 5pm in Launceston on 9 November, and in Hobart on 10 November.  Bookings are essential.  Register online through the above links, or by email .

Tasmanian Flood Recovery Public Forum and
Psychological First Aid Seminar

Recovering from the floods?  Hear renowned Clinical Psychologist, Dr Rob Gordon discuss how to rebuild and recover after an emergency.  Dr Gordon has spent 30 years working with response organisations and people affected by emergencies, including the Bali bombings, Christchurch earthquake, Black Saturday, the Port Arthur massacre and Tasmanian bushfires.  He has helped many people understand their reactions to trauma and grief, while his academic papers have contributed to new approaches to community engagement during recovery.  This free, public event will take place at the IMAS Aurora Lecture Theatre, Battery Point, from 4pm to 6pm, on 10 November.  For organisations and individuals that need to respond to emergencies and interact with impacted community members, a Psychological First Aid seminar will be held from 10am - 12 noon, on 10 November, at the Tasmania Police Academy, Rokeby, where Dr Rob Gordon, will present on how to assist individuals and whole communities rebuild and recover after an emergency.  To RSVP, call 6165 7812, or email the Department of Premier and Cabinet

Adaptive Reuse in Tasmania

Next month, Heritage Tasmania will present on the value of conserving and adapting heritage places to ensure they survive into the future.  Heritage Tasmania staff will explore recent successful examples of adaptive reuse and identify the key steps in the design and approvals process.  The presentation will focus on the benefits and opportunities available to a property owner who has an interest in adapting historic heritage buildings to produce exciting spaces that blend the appeal of historic heritage features with the comfort of contemporary design.  The presentation will be held from 5.30pm – 6.30pm, on 23 November, at the Institute of Architects, 1/19a Hunter Street, Hobart.

So You've Made it to Manager!

Pathways Australia's' one-day 'So You’ve Made it to Manager…How to Survive and Thrive' seminar is for the new, inexperienced manager, or the not-so-new manager looking for a refresher course to reinvigorate.  The program covers topics such as: managing difficult conversations; managing the appraisal and feedback process; and managing team member motivation.  The seminar will be held in Hobart, on 28 November.  Registration costs $320 (plus GST).  Register here.

Active CommunitiesFree Health and Wellbeing Forum

A free information forum specifically tailored for Local Government to promote health and wellbeing will be held from 10am – 3pm, on 29 November, at The Barn at Rosny Park.  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.  Topics to be discussed include: council planning for health and wellbeing; the Kangaroo Bay development; Live Clarence program; the Fitness in the Park program; Arts Bikes and cultural connections to health and wellbeing.  Lunch and refreshments will be provided.  RSVP by 23 November to Matthew Abey, or phone 6270 5451.

Local Government Asset Management

Developing affordable levels of service for assets is the focus of the Local Government Asset Management Conference, to be held from 30 November - 1 December, in Sydney.  The speakers will focus on: smart data collection for each asset; determining the levels of service costing for each asset; centralising finance, service strategy and asset management; and conducting effective community consultation.  Hear from Peter Way, Chair of the National Asset Management Strategy Committee, Local Government Procurement NSW, as well as Local Government leaders from across Australia.  Click here for a copy of the brochure.

People. Cities. Futures

Elected members, general managers and planners are invited to attend the  Australian Population Association Conference in Sydney, on 30 November.  Themed People. Cities. Futures, the conference will cover a range of population and housing issues.  Speakers will discuss what do we want our cities to look like and what is the role and contribution of Australia’s regions to cities of the future?  They will also draw upon real world evidence and look at how we can leverage big data in planning and managing our cities.  Click here for full details.


Women in Leadership Tasmania Summit 2016 Women 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.

Internal Auditor Training

The role of the internal auditor is to systematically review systems and operations, especially where those systems or operation's impact on the success of a business.  An internal auditor can have a wide-ranging brief so it pays to understand the principles of auditing to be able to maximise the benefit for your organisation in relation to risk management, control and governance processes.  Expressions of interest are invited to register for Agsafe Internal Auditor Training.  The course uses the Agsafe Code of Practice and the Premises Assessment Checklist as the basis for the training, incorporating theory, practical exercises and role play to help attendees understand how to run an effective internal audit.  Registration costs $600 plus GST (Agsafe members), or $850 plus GST (non-members).  For more information, click here.

Mastering Media Interviews in the 21st Century

Media TrainingThe internet and social media have gone through traditional forms of news coverage like a wrecking ball.  Coverage is shorter and less detailed than it has ever been, but it remains the best way for aldermen and councillors to reach their constituents.  In the 15 years that Sam Ikin worked as a journalist, the average word count for a story in a newspaper fell from 750 to 250 words.  In general, only 8-10 seconds of an interview will be published, or make it to air, making it much easier for your message to be distorted, misinterpreted, or simply not used.  Learn some simple techniques to help your message cut through with Reputation Australia's media training for political communicators.  Call 0419 682 098 to find out more, or visit the Reputation Australia website.

Local Government Events

Mayors' Workshop, Devonport 3 November
LGAT Regional Breakfast, Devonport 4 November
General Meeting, Devonport 4 November
Crucial Conversations Workshop, Bridgewater 7 November
National Local Roads and Transport Congress 2016, Toowoomba QLD 9-11 November
Crucial Conversations Workshop, Burnie  10 November
Fire Hazard Abatement Training, Cambridge 14 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
Women in Leadership Tasmania Summit 2016, Hobart 5-8 December
LG Professionals Tasmania S.I.G. Meeting - Legal & Property, Campbell Town 8 December
General Management Committee Meeting, Hobart 15 December


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