The Pulse e-newsletter - LGAT


Issue no. 22 24 November 2016

In this Issue...

 President's Message
 News Items            

              New LGAT Tender for Tasmanian Councils

              Devonport’s Living City Facelift

              Resource Sharing Success in Tasmania

              Government seeking input on value capture

              Social Media Records - A Guide for Local Government

              What do Rural and Regional Tasmanians Think about their Local Area and Physical Activity?

              Content Clarity for Councils

              Health Literacy Workshops  

 Conferences, Seminars & Workshops
 Local Government Events  

LGAT Annual Conference Sponsor 

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The Gaming Control Amendment (Community Interest) Act 2016 has been passed successfully which will give communities a greater voice in determining the future locations of gaming machines within their community.
Benefits of resource sharing measured. The Advocate: Councils’ Shared Success

President's Message

Since the last edition of The Pulse, I have had the privilege of being elected as a Vice President of the Australian Local Government Association. Mayor David O’Loughlin from the City of Prospect in South Australia was elected as President and Mayor Damien Ryan of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory was elected as the other Vice President.  Of course, while wearing a national hat in this role, I will continue to represent Tasmanian Local Government interests strongly.

I have also had the opportunity to attend the ALGA National Roads Congress where, amongst other things, the talk of how technology is changing transport, was very stimulating. 

Further, I have assisted in launching ALGA’s National Disability Guide which aims to help councils meet their obligations to support the inclusion of Australian’s with a disability through the provision of information and tools to help councils to update, develop and implement inclusive policies and practices.  This is the first such guide in 20 years.Vice Pres

Pictured right is Hon. Jane Prentice MP, Assistant Minister for Social Services (centre); The Right Hon. the Lord Mayor of Brisbane Cr Graham Quirk (right) and Mayor Doug Chipman, President of  LGAT and Vice President of ALGA (left).)

The Australian Bureau of Statistics estimates that more than 4 million Australians have a disability, with around a third of them living with profound or severe disability requiring additional support and assistance. Consequently, this is an area of importance to all of us.

There is strong alignment between this new national guide and the work being undertaken at a State level under the auspices of the Premier’s Local Government Council (PLGC).  In September for example, under the PLGC’s Disability Action Strategy, local government representatives, the Local Government Division and the Building Control Unit in the Department of Justice delivered a forum for councils, building designers and surveyors to promote universal access design.

Disability Inclusion Planning – A Guide of Local Government is available from the ALGA website and I encourage all councils to use it in reviewing their Disability Access and Inclusion plans.

Mayor Doug Chipman
LGAT President

News Items 

New LGAT Tender for Tasmanian Councils

LGAT is a current member of the National Procurement Network (NPN), a joint procurement initiative set up in 2005 by the peak Local Government procurement bodies in each state and territory across Australia.  The NPN is currently inviting tenders for the supply of Industrial, Construction, Electrical and General Hardware and Materials to councils across Tasmania, Victoria, New South Wales, Northern Territory and Queensland (Tender No: NPN1.16). Applications for the tender close at 2.00pm 9 December 2016 (AEST) and further information and the application process can be found here.  Please take the opportunity to advise potential suppliers in your local area.  Should you require further information contact Deborah Leisser at LGAT email deborah.leisser@lgat.tas.gov.au or ph. 6233 5971.

Devonport’s Living City Facelift 

Devonport City LivingThe first batch of concrete has been poured on Devonport’s new Living City’s food pavilion - named ‘Providore Place’, which forms part of the first stage of the $250 million ‘Living City’ facelift.  The project aims to reposition Devonport as a food and agritourism destination.  Providore Place Pty Ltd will assume operational management and sub-leasing responsibilities for the pavilion in a 10-year agreement which is expected to provide council with a strong commercial return.   

The first stage of the ‘Living City’ project commenced in June 2016 and is being funded by Devonport City Council, State and Federal Governments, with an estimated cost of $70.5 million.  Stage 1 has a scheduled completion date of December 2017 and will create more than 600 construction jobs, with another 830 ongoing jobs post completion. 

Resource Sharing Success in Tasmania

The Latrobe and Kentish Councils engaged the Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government (ACELG) (now the University of Technology Sydney Centre for Local Government) to conduct an independent review of the success or otherwise of their existing resource sharing arrangements.  The review found that trust and equity between the Latrobe and Kentish Councils have been key factors in the success of its resource sharing arrangement - which have also allowed the councils to maintain local representation.  Associate Professor Roberta Ryan says “both Councils have seen improved levels of service quality, economies of scope and scale and increased organisational development and strategic capacity through resource sharing”. The conservative data analysis revealed over $900,000 in savings over a 2-year period.  Click here to view the report.

Government seeking input on value capture

A discussion paper on value capture was launched this week by Paul Fletcher MP, Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Angus Taylor MP, Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation.  The discussion paper highlights the challenges and opportunities presented by value capture and sets out a range of options for action by the Australian Government.  What is meant by value capture?  It is the identification and quantification of the value created from the development of new infrastructure, connected to the costs of the infrastructure.  Tapping into the true economic value of infrastructure offers a source of funds to contribute to the cost of the project.  Input is being sought with submissions on the discussion paper able to be made until 3 Feb 2017.  For more information visit the website here.

Social Medie Nov 16 Social Media Records - A Guide for Local Government 

Does your organisation use social media to connect with the community?  Social networking sites are under no obligation to capture and store your data which is why social media record management should be on your to-do list.  Each state has their own requirements when it comes to recordkeeping which is why social media storage experts Brolly have put together a best practice guide to help you with the challenge.  Read more here.

What do Rural and Regional Tasmanians Think about their Local Area and Physical Activity?

The University of Tasmania, Deakin University and the University of South Australia invite adults from across rural and regional Tasmania (N.B. outside of Hobart and Launceston) to participate in a new research project. This study aims to test a survey of the local area environment designed specifically for rural people, and see if it is related to physical activity levels. We know this is the case in cities but this sort of research has not been done before in rural and regional areas before.  Understanding this is important because we can then help councils, government, planners and developers create spaces and places for rural and regional people that encourage healthy lifestyles and prevent poor health.  The study involves completing an online survey twice, two weeks apart.  It takes about 20 minutes to complete and asks people about their local area, their physical activity, and some things about themselves, such as age, gender and work. Councils are asked to help spread the word as it’simportant that the survey is completed by a wide range of people.  Click here to complete the survey.

Content Clarity for Councils

After several years of working closely with Tasmanian councils and hearing where they are running into problems in trying to manage their communications and content projects, communications consultancy, CromerMilne has developed some DIY best-practice tools, tips and templates that councils can mix and match to ensure that the next communications project goes off without a hitch!  CromerMilne are offering councils the opportunity to purchase their first package at a discounted price.  The 360 ‘RISK’ package - Understanding, mitigating and managing the potential risk in your project includes five essential customisable documents that are ideal for social media managers, corporate communications staff and anyone undertaking a communications project with stakeholder engagement considerations.  Order by 30 November to receive $500 off the regular price, plus a choice of one of three bonus templates.  To request an information pack, email hello@cromermilne.com.au.

Health Literacy Workshops

Find out about health literacy, the HeLLOTas! toolkit and how organisations can make it easier for people to find, understand and use the information and services they need.  The toolkit is the first resource that has been developed for community sector organisations on health literacy.  Workshops are being held in Ulverstone on 29 November and in Hobart on 1 December to help you get started on assessing your organisation’s health literacy with a free, interactive, web-based toolkit.  Hear from other Tasmanian organisations; find out what’s happening in Tasmania right now, including networks, training opportunities, and resources; learn how health literacy links with accreditation standards; and get inspired to take action!  Register today.


Community Infrastructure Fund grants open

The Liberal Government’s $13.9 million Community Infrastructure Fund grant program is now open to councils and not-for-profit organisations in Tasmania.   The funding must be used for infrastructure which is accessible to the public and must also provide strong benefits for the local community. On offer are two funding levels, minor funding for amounts $10,000-$50,000 (no contribution) and major funding for amounts over $50,000 (co-contribution required).  More information can be found on the State Growth website.  Minor grant applications close 3 February 2017 and major grant applications close 31 March 2017.

Building Better Regions Fund

During the 2016 Federal election, the Australian Government announced the new Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) to support infrastructure and community initiatives in areas outside of major cities.  The BBRF will invest $297.7 million over four years in infrastructure projects and community investments to create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities into the future.  Grants are available through two funding streams; Infrastructure Projects and Community Investments.  Information sessions will be run by the Australian Government in Hobart on the 20th January 2017 and in Launceston on the 25th January 2017. Program Guidelines, the application form, contact details for enquiries, information session details and other programme information, is available here.



Tasmanian Young Achiever Awards

Nominations for the Tasmanian Young Achiever Awards are now open for young people aged up to and including 29 years of age as of 31 December 2016. These awards aim to promote the positive achievements of young people in multiple categories such as Community Service and Volunteering, Healthier Communities and Young Indigenous Achievement through an awards process.  Winners will each receive $1,000 courtesy of Axsys.  If you know a young achiever in your council or local community who you feel deserves to be acknowledged for their hard work and contributions and wish to nominate them for an award category please click here. Nominations close 8 December 2016


Conferences, Seminars and Workshops  

Elected Members' Professional Development WeekendWorkshop

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. 


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.

NDS Annual Symposium

The role of leadership will be critical to the success of disability and community service providers in the move toward individualised funding arrangements. This year’s event will feature a presentation from Professor Peter Gahan, founding Director of the Centre for Workplace Leadership and Professor of Management at the University of Melbourne.  Peter was the lead author of the Study of Australian Leadership, a national survey that provides a comprehensive picture of leadership in Australian organisations.  The study provides an assessment of how leadership impacts workplace performance, innovation and employee outcomes. NDS Member Attendance is free and non-members can attend at $50pp +GST.  Registrations close at 6pm on Tuesday 13th December, 2016 and can be made here.


Local Government Events

Women in Leadership Tasmania Summit 2016, Hobart5-8 December
LG Professionals Tasmania S.I.G. Meeting - Legal & Property, Campbell Town8 December
General Management Committee Meeting, Hobart15 December


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