The Pulse e-newsletter - LGAT


Issue no. 21 10 November 2016

In this Issue...

 President's Message
 News Items           

              New President Elected

              From Toowoomba: Local Infrastructure - Developing Regions

              LGAT Annual Report Now Available

              Taste of Tasmania Partners with the Save the Tasmanian Devil Appeal

              New Guide Addresses the Needs of People with Chronic Conditions in Natural Disasters

              2016 Regional Wellbeing Survey

              Call for Submissions on the Aged Care Legislated Review

              Saving our Wombats for Future Generations

              Website Deals with Sticky Issue of Swarming Bees

              Stand Up, Speak Out and Act for the Women in Your Life

 Conferences, Seminars & Workshops
 Local Government Events  

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President's Message

I had a busy few days in Devonport last week with LGAT's Mayor's Workshop and the last Regional Breakfast Forum and General Meeting for 2016.  The learning opportunities provided by these events go beyond the wisdom of our guest speakers and the information papers provided.  They provide peer learning and support opportunities as well, and let us think beyond our municipal boundaries across the sector and the State as a whole.  It was terrific to catch up with my mayoral colleagues and hear the amount of positive activity going on around Tasmania. 

There is a range of State Government policy and legislation under development that can have significant impact on the business of Local Government, as well as the broader community.  One which we discussed was the Building Reform.  The Review of the Tasmanian Building Regulatory Framework commenced in 2014 and changes are due to be implemented from 1 January next year.

 The draft Building Regulations are still out for comment, closing this week.  A very useful fact sheet has been produced in relation to changes within the new Building Bill.  This can be found on the Building Control website. The changes bring with them some dilemmas for councils as it is likely there will be an increase in the compliance burden, coupled with an anticipated reduction in revenue.  Councils are having to carefully consider resourcing and the cost of activity going forward.

A series of information sessions and workshops have been planned for those sectors affected by the changes, including Local Government, with regional workshops and sessions being held across the State over the months of October and November.  Further, LGAT is currently liaising with officers to see if any additional LG focused discussion is required, leveraging off existing meetings.

Mayor Doug Chipman
LGAT President

News Items 

David O'Loughlin New President Elected

The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) has voted in a new President, Mayor David O’Loughlin, at its annual general meeting this week.  City of Prospect Mayor David O’Loughlin has served on the ALGA Board for three and a half years and is also the immediate past President of Local Government of South Australia.  As President, Mayor O’Loughlin’s priorities will be to push for increased funding, services and infrastructure for local communities through a stronger relationship between Federal and Local Government.  The ALGA Board also welcomed incoming Vice President - Ald Doug Chipman, Mayor of Clarence City Council, and returning Vice President - Alice Springs Mayor Damien Ryan. 

From Toowoomba: Local Infrastructure - Developing Regions

The LGAT President and newly elected ALGA Vice President, Mayor Doug Chipman, and LGAT Vice President Daryl Quilliam, along with other representatives from Tasmanian Local Government, are currently attending the Australian Local Government Association’s 2016 Local Roads and Transport Congress in Toowoomba, Queensland.

National Transport Congress 2016The Toowoomba region’s economic and social landscape is changing rapidly and experiencing a period of unprecedented growth and opportunity.  This positive direction has recently been boosted with the building of a new airport on the city’s outskirts – the first new airport to be built in Australia since Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport in the late 1960s. The region’s increased connectivity has dramatically increased export market opportunities, including the sale and delivery of fresh and local meat and produce directly into Asian markets. 

Reflecting very appropriately the chosen venue, this year’s Congress, themed Local Infrastructure – Developing Regions, is focused on the value and importance of strong regional and local collaboration and how those connections contribute to Australia’s economic competitiveness.  For many individual councils, local roads and bridges are their single largest area of expenditure and present the greatest challenge in terms of asset management and financial sustainability.

The Congress is providing over 200 delegates with a fantastic opportunity to discuss and share ideas and to hear the latest on topics such as regional transport planning, strategic infrastructure investment, asset management, policy initiatives such as road user charging, and the latest transport industry technological developments.

LGAT Annual Report Now Available

The Local Government Association of Tasmania has released its Annual Report for 2015-2016.  The report documents the Association's performance during 2015-2016 against our 2012-2017 Strategic Plan and the 2015-2016 budget.  It highlights achievements and challenges in key strategic areas, and provides the detailed audited financial statements.  View the Annual Report 2015-16 here.

Taste of Tasmania Partners with the Save the Tasmanian Devil AppealTaste of Tasmania

The Taste of Tasmania has joined forces with the Save the Tasmanian Devil Appeal to deliver a New Year’s Eve party with a conscience on Hobart’s waterfront, with a percentage of the ticket sales to be donated to the Save the Tasmanian Devil Appeal.  Lord Mayor of Hobart, Ald Sue Hickey said this year we’re very pleased to make a contribution that will help to fund vital research into saving the Tasmanian Devil from the devil facial tumour disease (DFTD) that is ravaging the population.  “For the past three years we have donated proceeds from Taste ticket sales to the Appeal, raising close to $15,000 for critical research and conservation programs over this period. We’re very pleased to expand this partnership at our New Year’s Eve party, which is a highlight of Hobart’s social calendar,” Ald Hickey said.  Save the Tasmanian Devil Appeal Manager, Ms Rebecca Cuthill said our partnership with the City of Hobart has already helped the Devil Appeal to support a range of projects for our Tassie devil, including research into the evolutionary adaptations in the Tasmanian devil; disease movement across our island State and a diagnostic test for DFTD.  Tickets to the New Year’s Eve party are now on sale via the Taste website.

New Guide Addresses the Needs of People with Chronic Conditions in Natural Disasters

Summer and the fire season are nearly upon us and planning for this is crucial, particularly for people with diabetes and other chronic conditions.  A guide has been developed for organisations and personnel who deal with natural disasters and emergencies during the planning stages such as local disaster management groups, as well as those who deal with ‘on-the-ground’ situations after a natural disaster has occurred, such as those managing evacuation centres.  The guide has a major emphasis on diabetes and provides important information on the needs of those with other chronic conditions, many of which co-exist with diabetes.  View the guide here.

2016 Regional Wellbeing Survey

The Regional Wellbeing Survey team at the University of Canberra are encouraging people across Australia to take part in their annual survey. Taking part lets you have your say on issues that affect your wellbeing and the liveability of your community. These issues range from your access to the internet and key services, to how events such as floods and drought are affecting you, and how safe your community is.  Many organisations are using the Regional Wellbeing Survey’s results, including local councils.  Survey participants can enter the draw to win one of 20 prizes worth a total of $9,000.  The survey is confidential and anonymous, and closes on 30 November.  Complete the survey online, or call 1800 981 499 to receive a paper survey by post.

Call for Submissions on the Aged Care Legislated Review

You are invited to share your views and experiences on the changes to aged care announced in 2012 as part of the Aged Care Legislated Review.  The review is seeking feedback from a range of stakeholders including: consumers; representatives of consumers; people with special needs; carers; aged care providers; aged care workers; peak bodies; professional associations and consumer groups.  Your feedback will be used to inform the final report on the review.  Submissions close on 4 December.  For information and to complete a submission, please visit the Department of Health’s Consultation Hub web page.  Click here for information and updates on the review.

Wombats Saving our Wombats for Future Generations

The wombats of Narawntapu National Park, near Port Sorell, are suffering from a deadly disease called Sarcoptic Mange.  The wombat population in the area has declined by 94% since 2010 due to the disease.  Sarcoptic mange is caused by a microscopic mite that burrows into the skin of wombats causing them to lose hair, develop thickened and cracked skin, lose body condition and ultimately die of secondary bacterial infections.  The mite infecting wombats is the same that can cause scabies in domestic dogs and humans.  Dr Scott Carver, lecturer in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Tasmania, and his research group have been undertaking research on wombats at Narawntapu National Park since 2009, with the support of Cradle Coast NRM.  Dr Carver said there is a lot we still need to learn about wombats in Tasmania and further commitment - financial or otherwise - is needed to help save Tasmania’s wombat populations for future generations.  Tasmanians are asked to help by logging locations that they observe wombats onto the womSAT website.

Website Deals with Sticky Issue of Swarming Bees

With the start of spring, councils may receive calls from the public reporting bee swarms, asking what can be done about them and who to contact?  A new, Australian-developed Swarm Patrol website will save you lots trouble and have the swarms efficiently removed by local beekeeping swarm collectors.  The website has been developed to save as many bees as possible in current times of diminishing bee populations.  The service will save council officers valuable time, as well as the frustration of having to deal with swarming bees which are often considered a nuisance.  For further information, please contact Andrew Guzowski on (02) 9906 3900.

Stand Up, Speak Out and Act for the Women in Your Life

In Australia, one in three women has experienced physical or sexual assault in her lifetime.  These women are our mothers, girlfriends, wives, daughters, colleagues and friends.  Our silence and inaction allows this violence to continue.  Join nearly 200,000 other Australian men and take the oath at this White Ribbon Day


Natural Disaster Resilience Grants Program (NDRGP)Flood

The NDRGP is a competitive grants program that aims to support Tasmanian communities to implement the National Strategy for Disaster Resilience (NSDR) and strategic priorities outlined in the State Emergency Management Committee (SEMC) Strategic Directions Framework.  The NDRGP will promote innovation through a focus on building partnerships between sectors, and will encourage regional or local area approaches to develop the capacity for communities to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies.  The NDRGP recognises that disaster resilience requires a shared responsibility approach.  Accordingly, the implementation of the NSDR, the TSNDRA and the SEMC strategic priorities cannot be achieved by emergency management agencies alone, but rather by governments, communities, businesses and individuals working together.  Applications close on 18 November.  For more information, visit the SES website.

Tasmanian Bushfire Mitigation Grants Program

The Third round of funding under the Tasmanian Bushfire Mitigation Grants Program is now open.  Funding for the program is derived from the National Bushfire Mitigation Program, a partnership between the Commonwealth and States and Territories to reduce the impact of bushfires and build a more disaster resilient Australia.  Projects that build community resilience, contribute the reduction of fuel loads through land management strategies, and research that contributes to preparedness and resilience, are encouraged to apply for funding.  Projects are funded on a cost-sharing basis, with the grant contributing up to 50% of the costs.  Applications close on 31 January 2017.  For further information, please visit the SES website


TasWater Prepares to Take on the World TasWater Awards

TasWater team members from the Barrington water treatment plant, which last month was named as having Australia’s Best Tasting Drinking Water, have been formally recognised at a presentation in Launceston.  Barrington, which supplies water to Sheffield and Railton, won the title at the Water Industry Operators Association of Australia (WIOA) water tasting competition held in Marysville, Victoria. A panel of water industry specialists and locals from Marysville tested the water for clarity, colour, odour and taste.  Craig Mathisen, WIOA Chief Operations Officer, says the competition is a testament to the high-quality of Australian water and the diligence and commitment of the operational employees to provide a supply of safe, great tasting water to communities across Australia.  “Most members of the general public would be surprised by the complexity and hard work that goes into delivering household water,” he said.  Water from Barrington will now vie for the title of the best tasting water in the world at Berkeley Springs, West Virginia in America next February.

Salamanca Market Wins Tasmanian Tourism Award Salamanca

The City of Hobart’s Salamanca Market has taken out the Gold Award in the Major Festivals and Events category at the prestigious 2016 Tasmania Tourism Awards, presented by the Tourism Industry Council Tasmania.  The Lord Mayor of Hobart, Ald Sue Hickey said the creativity, passion and commitment that over 300 stallholders and hardworking Council staff put in week after week, has helped to make Salamanca Market the most visited tourism attraction in Tasmania.”  Last financial year, there were over 900,000 visitors to Salamanca Market who inject around $40 million dollars into the local economy annually.  The win comes off the back of the Gold Tasmanian Tourism Award and Silver Australian Tourism Award, won by the City of Hobart’s Tourism Travel and Information Centre for Best Visitor Information Service in 2015.

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. 

Respect and Protect Information

The Integrity Commission will be facilitating a free Respect and Protect Information webinar on from 10.00am – 10.30am, on 23 November.  The webinar will explore: the main risk areas for information misuse in the public sector; consequences of misuse, both for individuals and organisations; how to effectively manage the risk within your organisation.  Mr Greg Johannes, Secretary of Department of Premier and Cabinet, will provide a brief introduction to the topic.  The webinar will also introduce the Commission’s latest e-learning module, Respect and Protect Information, which will soon be available to Tasmanian public sector organisations and public officers.  Places are strictly limited and registration is essential.  Please register here.

Company Directors Course - Complimentary Information Session  

The Australian Institute of Company Director's (AICD) Course is a comprehensive, five-day course for those who are looking to contribute to their organisation’s performance and success.  Gain a greater understanding of your duties and responsibilities as a director.  Immediately improve your board performance and decision-making with pragmatic, professional development that will have a long-lasting impact on your director career.  To find out more, join a complimentary, lunchtime information session from 12.30pm, on 24 November, at the Hobart Corporate Centre Boardroom, Level 3, 85 Macquarie Street, Hobart.  Bookings are essential.  RSVP here, or for more information, contact Ann Harvey on 6242 2206.

Business Skills and Jobs – Your Region in Focus

The Department of Employment is hosting a series of insightful and informative presentations by Ivan Neville, Assistant Secretary, Labour Market Research and Analysis Branch for the Department of Employment.  Employers, local councils and other interested stakeholders are invited to attend what will be an informative one-hour presentation on the Tasmanian labour market, regional disparities, labour supply and demand, and what support is available for employers.  Industry forums will be held across Tasmania outlining the results of employer surveys undertaken nationally and within each Tasmanian region.  Following the presentation, attendees are invited to remain for a targeted Q & A session to discuss the information presented and investigate ways of improving the job market for employers, youth and workers.  Presentations will be held in Hobart (28 November), Launceston (29 November) and Burnie (30 November).  To register to attend, click here.

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.

Tasmania Report

The Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, together with event partners B&E Personal Banking, Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand, the Federal Group, Southern Cross Television and TasCOSS, is pleased to present the 2016 Tasmania Report roadshow.  Report author and renowned economist, Saul Eslake, will present the Tasmania Report at events around the State.  On 14 December, Saul will present at a breakfast in Hobart, at a lunch in Launceston and at a dinner in Burnie.  Visit the TCCI website for full details and to register your attendance.  Download the 2015 Tasmania Report here.

CrashOnline Training Series – Treating Crash Locations

ARRB is proud to present a six-part online learning series on the investigation and treatment of sites where crashes have occurred.  The course will discuss the identification of crash sites using local criteria and their investigation using a step-by-step process.  Causation and contributory factors are identified, which enables the pertinent countermeasures to be determined and tested for their appropriateness.  Participants will also learn what resources are available, including the long-standing but recently revised Austroads Guide to Road Safety Part 8: Treatment of crash locations.  The course consists of six, weekly, live webinar sessions, commencing on 31 January and concluding on 14 March 2017.  Sessions are also recorded and recordings are provided immediately following the session for those who are unable make it to every session.  Find out more here.

Media Training

Whether you have an important media announcement to make, or you need to set the record straight, it's important to get the message right the first time.  Font Public Relations has run media training for professionals for many years.  The training is ideal for those on the frontline, as well as those who provide support and back up during times of media interest.  Topics covered include: the different types of media channels; how to effectively liaise with the media and build relationships; journalist terms; when you shouldn’t talk to the media; managing crisis communications; writing media releases, preparing media kits; interview preparation and tactics.  It also includes a mock TV interview recorded on camera.  Register your interest here, or call Font PR on (03) 6223 3333 for further information.

Local Government Events

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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