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  New General Manager for Waratah Wynyard Council

Shane CrawfordMr Shane Crawford is the new General Manager of Waratah-Wynyard Council, commencing in the role on 11 December 2017.

Shane most recently held the position of Executive Manager Corporate, Community and Business Services with the Devonport City Council; a broad role responsible for a number of functional areas of Council.

Shane has over 13 years’ experience in Local Government on the North West Coast, holding management positions at both Devonport and Burnie Councils and has also worked in human resources roles in private enterprise. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Tasmania. Shane was the LGMA (now LG Pro) Management Excellence Award Winner in 2015.

Shane is a current Member of The Training Consortium Executive, current Board Member of Our Lady of Lourdes School and current President of Cricket North West. He is married to Melanie and has two children aged nine and seven. 

Welcome Shane!





Tassie’s Tidiest Town to Boast New Wellbeing Centre

Smithton was recently announced as the 2017 winner of the Tasmanian Tidy Town Award. It’s the second consecutive year of Smithon Tidy Townsuccess for the Circular Head Council, following on from Stanley winning the title in 2016.

The community of Circular Head now have even more to celebrate, after construction for the new Circular Head Community Wellbeing Centre in Smithton commenced on Friday 3 November.

Mayor Daryl Quilliam, Braddon Liberal MHA Joan Rylah and a group of local school children were there with shovels in hand for the traditional ‘turning of the sod.’

Highlights of the centre will include a six lane, 25 metre pool, program pool, change room and shower facilities and refurbishment of two existing squash courts into an exercise program room.

The project is being jointly funded by the Federal Government ($3,822,750), the State Government ($3,500,000), and the Circular Head Council ($4,539,295) and is due for completion in November 2018.


Wellbeing Important for the Heart

Clarence WellbeingClarence City Council is one of only two councils in Australia to be awarded an Innovation Initiative by the Heart Foundation.

The accolade was awarded for a simple but effective project aimed to promote good mental health in the community.

The ‘My Wellbeing Kit’ is a pocket-sized parcel of 13 cards which contain simple ideas of how to keep your mind at ease - even when times are tough. The ideas are illustrated through colourful illustrations by local artist, Shiloh Longbottom.

The Council was also the state winner of councils with a population over 50,000 in the Heart Foundation’s Local Government Awards.
The My Wellbeing Kit is available from the Live Clarence website - 


BEST LOO IN TASSIE - New Ross amenities block

Best LooThe Northern Midlands Council is celebrating the opening of the new amenities block at Ross. This much-needed upgrade had a design in keeping with the heritage feel of the historic town. Being within a heritage precinct, Council understands the requirements to respect and acknowledge the heritage of the town that the community boasts.

The amenities block was opened to the public in mid-November and has already received fantastic feedback on the great design which has also been labelled as the “best loo in Tassie”.

The Northern Midlands Council is proud to offer upgraded facilities such as this within the municipality and is eagerly awaiting the completion of the extension to the Campbell Town amenities block (due for completion in February 2018).


Hard-Won Victory Award for George Town

George Town Council, with 6ty Pty Ltd, recently won the ‘Hard-Won Victory Award’ at the recent Planning Institute of AustraliaGeorge Town Planning Awards (PIA) for Excellence 2017 (Tasmania).

The PIA “Hard-Won Victory” award recognises effort or leadership that has resulted in positive planning outcomes in the face of difficult or trying circumstances.

The award was for George Town Council’s Hillwood Structure Plan, which overcame severe budget limitations by adopting a strategic and innovative approach to working with consultants to produce a comprehensive plan.


City of Hobart’s New "Small Items" Recycling Centre

Hobart RecyclingDrawers of old batteries, pens and broken remotes can now have a second life through the new Recycling Centre at the Hobart Council Centre, open 8.15 am – 5.15 pm, Monday–Friday, on the corner of Elizabeth and Davey Streets.

The Recycling Centre will accept small items such as light globes and fluorescent tubes, batteries, toner cartridges, mobile phones, DVDs and CDs, x-rays, cosmetic containers, toothpaste tubes and brushes, mail satchels, pens, and small electronics such as remote controls.

All these goods can be recycled into raw materials to make new products. Some of the uses they will be put to include plastic products, asphalt, roofing, car parts, insulation and fertiliser.



New Town Centre for Legana

Legana Town CentreWest Tamar Council has awarded the Tender for Stages 1 and 2 of the Legana Boulevard Development, as part of the Legana Town Centre Structure Plan. Work is set to begin in early 2018 on developing a main street between Brigalow Street and the Legana Recreation Ground.

The boulevard is designed to draw shoppers into the retail area, with the option to shut off the main street for special events such as markets and festivals.

The work on the boulevard will be the first noticeable change in the area with all previous works from the plan being carried out underground.

Stages 1 and 2 of the project are able to go ahead due to the funding of $2.8million towards the project from the Federal Government.



Building Better Regions Fund *note early closing date 19/12*

Applications are now open Round Two of the Building Better Regions Fund. The Better Building Fund the program aims to continue to deliver projects that help rural, regional, and remote communities reach their potential. 

· Funding allocated to investment ready projects in regional, rural and remote Australia

· **Applications close on 19 December 2017**

Find out more:


Natural Disaster Resilience Grants Now Open

Funding for projects to mitigate the impact of natural hazards by increasing community resilience to natural disasters are open, with applications closing on 31 January 2018. Funding is available through 3 grant programs:

· Natural Disaster Resilience Grants Program (NDRGP) - a competitive grants program which aims to support Tasmanian communities in implementing the NPA and strategic priorities outlined in the State Emergency Management Committee Strategic Directions Framework;

· Emergency Volunteer Fund (EVF) - a competitive grants program that provides extra support to emergency management volunteers; and

· State Emergency Management Program (SEMP) - a competitive grants program that aims to assist the State Emergency Management Committee in delivering programs to address significant natural disaster resilience projects. Guidelines and Application Forms are here


The Centenary of ANZAC Grants Program

The Centenary of ANZAC Grants Program has a total funding pool of $50,000 each year available to projects that commemorate the Centenary of ANZAC in Tasmania.

Grants up to $5,000 will be made available to eligible organisations through a competitive application process. The grant program will be run each Financial Year of the Great War centenary period, ending in 2017-18. For more information please visit


Regional Arts Funds

The Regional Arts Fund is an Australian Government program that supports sustainable cultural development in regional and remote communities in Australia. The program is managed by Regional Arts Australia and, in Tasmania, by Arts Tasmania.

There are two grant rounds 1) Small Community Grants for up to $5,000 and 2) Major Community Grants up to $10,000. Dates for Round 1 Applications for projects commencing after 1 August 2018 are:

· Opens: Thursday 1 February 2018

· Closes: Thursday 15 March 2018

For further information visit:


Smart Farming Partnerships

There are pressures on Australia’s natural resources that can limit the viability and productivity of Australia’s farming, fishery, aquaculture and forestry industries. In response to these needs the Australian Government has established the Smart Farming Partnerships grant program under the Smart Farms initiative, an agriculture component of the National Landcare Program (NLP).

Applications for the first round of the Smart Farming Partnerships grants program opened on 19 October 2017 and close at 2:00 pm AEDT on 21 December 2017.

For further information visit -


Women & Leadership Australia – Executive Ready Leadership Program

$4,000 Scholarship Support for Local Government aspiring and mid-level managers Developed by the country’s foremost authority on women’s development, Executive Ready is an intensive leadership development program enabling exceptional performance, behaviours and mindsets. It is designed to stretch leadership capacity in preparation for greater responsibility, giving participants the skills and confidence to step up. To view the full program prospectus click here.

Fee support opportunities for women in the Local Government Sector

$4,000 scholarships are available to support women’s leadership development in the Local Government Sector. A successful scholarship application will offset 40% of the program fees. For more information, or to nominate yourself or a colleague please email the following information to - Name, Position title, State, Email, Phone.


Hobart City Council Community Christmas Activation Quick Response Grants

The Hobart City Council Community Christmas Activation Quick Response Grants provide funding to community groups for events and celebrations to give the City an opportunity to enhance community spirit and encourage participation across all sectors of the community.

Grants are for up to $500.

For further information go to


26TEN Grants

26 TenBuild 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 Wednesday 28 February 2018.

Information about the grant program is available at or contact Jennifer Dunbabin 03 6165 6122 /




Climate Leadership Conference Sydney March 15 – 16, 2018

Special group rates for Local Government 

The Climate Leadership Conference 2018 will cover the latest developments surrounding the Paris Agreement (from the recent COP23 Conference) and their implications at the local level. Over 20 of Australia’s leading climate experts will present the latest best-practice climate strategies, ensuring the Conference will equip you with leading edge information to take back to your Council.

 There is a special group discount rate to local government representatives. Early Bird registration is currently $1195 – but Councils can send each additional delegate at a 30% discount but you must register by 15 December. To register visit: or contact Emma Stirling, Conference Director, on


The Historic Houses Association National Conference

SYDNEY – 5 & 6 APRIL 2018

Local Government plays a vital role in the conservation of historic properties.

For the first time in Australia a conference is being held that addresses the issues and concerns of private owners and independent managers of historic properties, especially houses. The conference is designed around lectures, panel discussions and case studies. Delegates will hear from owners around the country, selected local and international experts and heritage professionals.

This should be of special interest to planners and heritage specialists in local government (both urban and rural) and it is important their voice be heard at the conference. For more information : or contact or P: (02) 9252 5554


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 .



Coast to Coast Conference – Call for Abstracts and More

The Australian Coastal Society’s, Coast to Coast Conference will be held 16-20 April 2018 at the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Hobart. Organisers are calling for contributors to submit abstracts for potential presentations, running a workshop or displaying your council’s work at a trade booth exhibition. This year’s theme is Meeting on the Margin, and organisers hope to encourage deep dialogue, present inspiring presentations, fruitful workshops and networking. For more information and to get involved visit the conference website


Floodplain Management Australia Conference – Call for Abstracts

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

Organisers are calling for abstracts of potential presentations to be received by Monday 30th October. 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



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