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Congratulations Smithton - Offcially Australia's Tidiest Town!

Keep Australia Beautiful has announced Smithton as the overall winner of the 2018 Australian Tidy Towns Awards. Tidy

Running nationally since 1990, the Australian Tidy Towns Awards encompass projects that focus on environmental sustainability and resource management. The awards set out to recognise the hard work undertaken by individuals and groups in rural communities

Smithton was also a joint winner Community Action & Wellbeing; Environmental Sustainability and Heritage and Culture categories. 

Circular Head mayor Daryl Quilliam said the region’s success at the state and national tidy town awards had been “one of the nicest things to happen” since he became Mayor.

“Hopefully council can help get a sign set-up somewhere that publicises the success,” Councillor Quilliam said.

tidy town team

It is another 'tidy' success story for the Circular Head Municipality, with Stanley winning the Keep Australia Beautiful Heritage and Culture Award and being equal winners with Greenbushes in Western Australia for the Community Action and Wellbeing Award in 2017.  

Smithton will now go on to host the award ceremony for the next year’s state and national Tidy Towns Awards.

Councillor Quilliam said he hoped the award would improve the reputation of Smithton and attract tourists to visit and families to live in the area.


Brighton Council's CouncilWise a finalist in Natonal Technology Awards

Brighton Council’s IT business was successful in becoming a finalist in this year’s prestigious Municipal Association of Victoria's Australian Technology Awards for Excellence.

Brighton’s CouncilWise local government management platform joined nominations from other States as a national finalist in the awards presented in Geelong, Victoria in March.

General Manager Ron Sanderson said being selected as an award finalist was a significant achievement for CouncilWise and recognised the platform as a leader in  BrightonLocal Government technology management and support throughout Australia and the South Pacific. 

Mr Sanderson said CouncilWise was only established in 2017 but was backed by
Brighton Council’s 20 years of software development and service.

“Our property and rating solution, PropertyWise, is now used by 18 councils throughout Australia and through CouncilWise, we are now partnering with national and international technology providers to bring a cloud-based, powerful, yet easy-to-use Local Government management platform.

“Built on the Microsoft Azzure cloud and presented via Office 365, CouncilWise
covers the range of local government functions from financial and asset management and property applications, network file sharing, email and other collaboration, to council records, business intelligence reporting and analysis. “Importantly, being cloud-based, all this information is available anywhere at any time.”  

Mr Sanderson said as well as providing an effective state-of-the-art management solution for local government, CouncilWise also reduced technology infrastructure, administration and upgrade costs, ensured that systems remained current and provided councils with reliable, cost-effective and expert support. 

Northern Midlands - Woolmers Lane Bridge Replacement

Woolmers bridge

The Woolmers Lane bridge is arguably one of the most used bridges within the north of the Northern Midlands municipality. The well-known bridge connects local farmers with a variety of essential services and provides commuters a quick detour through Woolmers Lane, whilst also linking UNESCO World Heritage listed convict sites Woolmers Estate and Brickendon Estate.

In September 2017, the Northern Midlands Council secured grant funding from the Federal Government under Round 3 of the Federal Bridges Renewal Program to cover 50% of the cost of replacement.

The existing timber bridge will be replaced with a two-lane concrete bridge. The current bridge has a restricted 12 tonne load limit. This will be the last major timber bridge in the Northern Midlands municipality to be replaced, significantly reducing ongoing maintenance costs to the Northern Midlands Council



Northern Midlands - Ross Village Green Revival

Located 78kms from Launceston and 117kms from Hobart, Ross could possibly be the most visited town in Tasmania, which is passionately argued by its residents.   Ross VG

In late 2016, the Northern Midlands Council developed a Master Plan for the Ross Village Green located on the Main Street within Ross. The site was obtained by Council in early 2016 in order to allow for future development of a community space, something that the Ross township lacked. 

Council actively sought funding from a variety of streams to progress the Village Green project. Council secured $300,000 toward the project through the State Government’s Northern Tasmanian Economic Stimulus Package.

The Village Green will be a large open space, with a rotunda, shelter area, toilet and nature-based playground. 

Work has now commenced on the underground infrastructure on the Ross Village Green and Council hopes to progress the project in stages to ensure completion and minimal daily disruption to locals and tourists.

Council looks forward to the completion of what will be another vital attraction to Ross, for both locals and visitors alike.  It is expected that all stages of the project will be completed by 2020. 

Oatlands Commissariat Restoration Project

The Oatlands Commissariat Restoration Project involves work to restore two buildings at 79 High St, Oatlands which was purchased by the Southern Midlands Council in 2012. The first building being the Oatlands Commissariat built in 1827, being the oldest cottagebuilding in Oatlands Military Precinct, constructed to securely house the provisions for the military and convict establishment at Oatlands. The second building is a cottage built c1870s, with a later c1880s shopfront extension.

Various heritage building skills have been utilised on the project including; traditional timber joinery, traditional lime based plastering, shingle splitting, stonemasonry, traditional surface finishes, split timber shingle roofing and fencing.

The project is due to be completed in the middle of the year with the Commissariat being used for Heritage Educations Skills Centre training and the shop/cottage being used as a community cooperative retail space.

The project has a total cost of $619,000 with $309,500 being sourced from the Australian Government’s ‘National Stronger Regions’ Fund.

For further information contact SMC on 

Enhancing Positive Social Outcomes from Windfarm Development - New Report

The Clean Energy Council has recently released a new research report which provides a snapshot of current community engagement and benefit-sharing practices in Australian wind farms.   Whilst the Australian wind industry has made good progress in recent years to raise the overall standards of community engagement practices there is still opportunities for improvements and this report aims to assist in supporting that improvement. Key findings of the report include:

  • Each community engagement and benefit sharing initiative needs to be tailored to a community’s needs;
  • Long term face to face engagement yields the best outcomes;
  • Initiatives such as neighbourhood benefit sharing and community funds are becoming increasingly widely adopted, while co-ownership and co-investment  is an emerging practice;
  • Local councils should be supported to engage with developers in ways that are positive for local communities, whilst maintain their role as potential decision makers in the planning and approvals prices; and
  • Where  local, state and federal governments are implementing renewable energy policies or power purchase agreements, they should include positive social contributions as assessment criteria.

The full report is available at


Attendance Lifts: New Report from the Smith Family

Smith FamilyAs Australia grapples with how to improve its educational performance, this report provides evidence on how to achieve improvements, particularly for young Australians from disadvantaged backgrounds. The report draws on The Smith Family’s longitudinal data, collected over seven years, from more than 30,000 disadvantaged students on its Learning for Life scholarship program.  It shows the strong relationship between school attendance and English or Maths achievement, and whether or not a young person completes Year 12. The research provides a sophisticated understanding of the early indicators for poor educational and post-school achievement. It’s relevant to anyone interested in improving the educational outcomes of young Australians.




Tasmanian Community Road Safety Grants Program 2015 – 2018  (Closes 20 April)

Funding is available to assist Councils, community organisations, Schools and other service areas of the Department of Education and Tasmanian research institutions to undertake community road safety projects.

Projects must be evidence-based, using research or best practice principles.  They must address localised issues or be of road safety benefit, targeting a specific group or issue and align with the Towards Zero – Tasmanian Road Safety Strategy 2017-2026.

 There are two funding streams available:

  • Small projects –from $500 - $5,000; and
  • Medium - Large projects – from $5,000 -$25,000.

Applications must be received by Friday, 20 April 2018 and will be assessed shortly thereafter. 

For more information visit

Australian Government Regional Growth Fund - Now Open (Closes 27 April) 

The Australian Government has recently announced that the Regional Growth Fund is now open for applications, although it is a niche program as the minimum project size is $20 million.

The Regional Growth Fund is designed for transformational infrastructure projects that can drive economic development.

For the purposes of this grant, all of Tasmania is an eligible region (including Hobart).

In summary:

  • On 2 March 2018 the Hon Dr John McVeigh MP, Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government, announced the opening for Initial Applications to the $272.2 million Regional Growth Fund.
  • The Regional Growth Fund will provide grants of $10 million or more for major transformational projects which support long-term economic growth and create jobs in regions undergoing structural adjustment.
  • Funding must be matched at least dollar for dollar (therefore projects must have a value greater than $20M).
  • Selection of projects will be undertaken in two stages. Stage One requires submission of an Initial Application for competitive assessment. Stage Two is for the submission of a Full Business Case. Only successful applications to the Initial Application will be invited to submit a Full Business Case.
  • Applications can be for a ‘package of works’ of separate, but strategically liked projects.
  • Eligible applicants can be State Government, Local Government, private sector and not for profit organisations.
  • Eligible projects include common use infrastructure or private use infrastructure that will deliver significant and sustainable benefits to the region.
  • Initial Applications are now open, and  will close at 5pm AEST on 27 April 2018.

 The guidelines are available at


Impact 100 Tasmania Grants – Close 27 April 

Impact100 Tasmania is a new Tasmanian based philanthropy organisation that is offering one annual $100,000 grant that will enable the successful grant recipient to create a significant and measurable impact to the lives of Tasmanians. Impact100 Tasmania comprises of 100 Tasmanians who each donate $1,000 each.

Applications are invited in the following areas: arts and culture; education; environment; health and wellness; and family and community.

Further details on who they are and what they aim to achieve is in on their website

The Initial Grant Application Instructions and the Grant Overview Snapshot document, which contain details on eligibility criteria, how applications are assessed and where and how to lodge your initial application, are available in the Grants Section on their website:

Queries and application should be directed to  

If you have a specific query call either Pauline Camm on 0417 383 694 or Tessa Cason on 0439 476 441


Calvary Commuity Grants - Open (close 11 May) 

Grants of up to $5,000 are available.  The Calvary Community Council was established by Calvary Health Care Tasmania to reach out and provide assistance to Tasmanian people in need, reflecting our Catholic social justice tradition and Calvary’s commitment to caring for marginalised and vulnerable people.

To further our mission, the Community Council offers two statewide grant rounds per year  for not-for-profit Tasmanian organisations to improve the health and wellbeing of marginalised and vulnerable Tasmanian communities.

The Calvary Community Council gives preference for organisations who are addressing identified and specific unmet, under-resourced or under-serviced health needs in the community.

The CCC gives particular attention to projects identified for five vulnerable groups: the marginalised, children (especially in early development), those lacking sources of nutrition, those lacking oral health and the elderly.

Information is available here



Home, Heaven, Hell Conference 5-6 April 2018, Sydney

Heritage Management of Privately Owned Houses HHH 
An issue for Local Government? 

Many local governments are fortunate in their cache of historic houses: they provide local character, tell of its history, strengthen community identity and amenity and provide tourism interest and attraction through the often-unique character of these places.

While there are benefits in maintaining heritage for the community, on the other hand, owners of these properties often feel that the legislative and planning conditions they face in managing heritage places are restrictive, even punitive and there is little assistance in the upkeep of heritage fabric, let alone gardens, that are enjoyed by many.

When owning a heritage property is seen as a burden; owners look to offload their properties or to develop them to increase their returns. This can lead to the destruction of a heritage site or unsympathetic developments – which are often to the ultimate detriment of community identity and amenity.

The conference  Home Heaven Hell  examines these issues through the eyes of owners of heritage properties, legal and planning experts and considers how owners can be supported and encouraged to manage their own properties and provide an ongoing visual and cultural amenity for the community.

Speakers from the UK and European Historic Houses Associations provide an international perspective and examples from both government and community organisations across Australia provide practical models, questions and solutions for consideration.

Attendance at this conference would benefit representatives from local governments with extensive heritage catchments, and representatives from heritage and environmental bodies at a State and Federal level.

Home Heaven Hell  is the inaugural conference of the Historic Houses Association of Australia, an association supporting historic house owners in Australia. 

To be presented at the Conservatorium of Music in Sydney
5-6 April 2018


Managing and Investigating Misconduct for Local Governemnt

Presented by the Tasmanian Integrity Commission 

Wednesday, 11 April 2018, Hobart Integrity Commission

Fees: $200.00 (GST inc) TTC members and non-members. Register via TTC

*You buy one and get one free (or register four and pay for two or register eight and pay for four so on so forth).

Includes all course materials and catering.     

Wombat Room, CCAMLR, 181 Macquarie Street, Hobart

9:00am - 5:00pm (Registration starts at 8:45am)       

Generally, misconduct is behaviour that threatens, or has a negative impact on the employment relationship. It is sometimes motivated by an improper purpose, and may include a blatant failure to perform a duty.

Not managing and appropriately investigating allegations of misconduct can lead to low employee morale and loss of public trust and confidence in the public service. Effectively managing misconduct protects employees, the public, public monies and public sector organisations.

This is a new and highly interactive workshop packed with lots of practical tools and tips, all underpinned by best practice research.

This workshop focuses on building the skills and strategies needed to effectively manage and undertake an investigation into allegations of misconduct.

Pre-course work

Participants will need to undertake some pre-course work which will be sent out to everyone before the workshop.  Please set aside some time to go over the pre-course work before the workshop and bring with you any questions you have to the session.

Key learning outcomes

The Commission’s recently released Guide to managing misconduct in the Tasmanian public sector is the foundation for the workshop and it will align with the three stages of dealing with misconduct detailed in the Guide.

  • Conducting a preliminary assessment
  • Record keeping
  • Planning an investigation
  • Conducting an interview and taking a statement
  • Collecting, analysing and interpreting evidence
  • Key elements of an investigation report
  • Legal principles that underpin an investigation
  • When to seek advice from the Integrity Commission

You will receive a Certificate of Completion.


Tasmanian Road Safety Advisory Council  - Safe System Principles Training

9 April Burnie, 12 April Launceston 

The Safe System forms the basis of Towards Zero, the Tasmanian Government’s Road Safety Strategy. 

This training is designed for professionals who want to understand Safe System principles in the road and roadside environment.
Participants will gain an understanding of the Safe System philosophy, managing roadside hazards, intersection energy management and Safe System Assessments. Road design and operation for advanced vehicle technology and newly trialled and approved products, designs and practices will also be covered.

Safe System




Tasmanian Road Safety Advisory Council - Free Young Driver Symposium

Tuesday 1 May, Hobart

 Young Driver


Coast to Coast Conference 

coastThe Australian Coastal Society’s, Coast to Coast Conference will be held 16-20 April 2018 at the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Hobart. Coast to Coast is Australia’s national coastal and marine management conference.   This year’s theme is Meeting on the Margin, and organisers hope to encourage deep dialogue, present inspiring presentations, fruitful workshops and networking. 

Details include:

Monday 16th April - workshop on coastal hazard management with a national team of presenters and professional facilitation, organised by the Griffith Centre for Coastal Management.

Tuesday 17th April - coastal climate adaptation with keynote presentations - including finance, engineering, insurance, community attitudes and engagement, case studies.

Wednesday 18th April - field excursion visiting key sites along Kingborough, Hobart and Clarence coastlines.  

For more information and to get involved visit the conference website     


6th National Climate Adaptation Conference 2018, 8-10 May 2018

The National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility NCCARF and Engineers Australia are delighted to nnounce the  6th National Climate Adaptation Conference  you to join us in Melbourne from 8 -10 May 2018 at the Crown Conference Centre. 

The 2018 conference also incorporates Engineers Australia's meeting "Practical responses to climate change". Climate Adaptation 2018 will be the major Australian forum focused exclusively on climate impacts and adaptation

Climate Adaptation Champions Award

Are you inspired by someone who is finding practical and innovative ways to adapt to the impacts of climate change? Or perhaps you know about a project that is helping vulnerable communities to adapt to an altered future? If that is the case, please share your story by nominating a Climate Adaptation Champion!

Currently in its sixth round, NCCARF’s Climate Adaptation Champions Award recognises the work of Australian people, businesses and governments who are leading the way in climate change adaptation. Nominations are sought in each of four categories: Individual, Community, Government and Business.

The winners will receive free registration and travel to Climate Adaptation 2018, where Champions will be announced and receive their awards.

To find out more about this Award visit the website or contact Ana Perez:  


28th Australian Road Research Board International Conference

29 April - 2 May 2018 

REGISTRATIONS ARE NOW OPEN! Be sure to book your ticket for what is gearing up to be the largest ARRB conference yet!

Leading experts will discuss 'Next Generation Connectivity' at the 28th Australian Road Research Board International Conference .



Floodplain Management Australia Conference 

FloodplainThe 2018 Floodplain Management Australia National Conference, will be held from 29 May to 1 June at the Gold Coast Exhibition & Convention Centre.

The theme for the conference is Waterways of Success: Developing flood resilience in our communities, with focus on Australian and international achievements in flood risk management, with practical examples from the Gold Coast’s network of waterways, rivers, creeks, lakes, canals and coastline. For more information visit the conference website



Australian Disaster Resilience Conference 6-7 September 2018 *Registrations Open*

Opportunity to Showcase Tasmanian Local Government Initiatives in Disaster Relief

resilience pic

The Australian Disaster Resilience Conference (ADRC) is a unique opportunity to be immersed in leading disaster resilience thinking. Representatives from government, business, community, academia, emergency services and NGOs will meet in Perth on 6-7 September 2018, to share thinking and practice in meeting the challenges of future disasters.

Registrations now open for Australian Disaster Resilience Conference

Our understanding of disaster resilience is changing. With new groups, new technologies and new partnerships, we have a chance to build new approaches to tackle the challenges.   

Organised by the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience, the first-ever Australian Disaster Resilience Conference will be held in Perth on 6-7 September 2018, to share thinking and practice in meeting the challenges of future disasters.

The Conference will explore:

  • disaster resilience strategy and policy
  • new directions in resilience thinking
  • education for young people
  • animals in disasters
  • measuring and assessing disaster resilience
  • community recovery
  • innovative case studies that demonstrate disaster resilience in practice.

Tailored for a diverse audience, including local government, communities, NGOs, research organisations, education partners and the private sector, join the sector for two energising days of keynotes, panels, workshops, networking and more - all curated to broaden learning and encourage lively debate and discussion.

The Conference will provide an opportunity to share lessons and good practice and build a more inclusive and diverse community committed to building disaster resilience across Australia.

Register now to help shape the future thinking and action in disaster resilience.




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