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Key Role for Local Government in Safeguarding Crowded Places

Local Government’s responsibility for managing the public realm now extends to developing, implementing and regularly testing protective security measures at venues considered susceptible to terrorist attack.  The Commonwealth’s Strategy for Protecting Crowded Places from Terrorism makes clear that councils have a duty of care to take all reasonable steps to prevent harm to people gathered at civic spaces for public activities or celebrations. 

To help owners and operators safeguard crowded places, the Strategy includes a ‘how-to guide’’ aimed at strengthening cooperation and information-sharing between government and industry, enabling access to threat information, and providing counsel and guidance on the most appropriate and effective security measures.  Crowded Places Forums, a mechanism for police to engage with owners and operators of such spaces, will be introduced across all jurisdictions.  To determine how attractive a location may be for a terrorist to attack, owners and operators should first complete the Crowded Places Self-Assessment Tool.

Local Government's Community Infrastructure Ideas Register

The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) is developing a register of potential community infrastructure projects around Australia.  ALGA will draw on this register in building the evidence base to strengthen the case for a Commonwealth funding program to help councils undertake vital projects to meet community needs.  While some facilities are relatively new, many were built decades ago and require significant maintenance and upgrades if they are to continue to meet community needs.  ALGA is calling for a Commonwealth funding program of $300 million a year for four years to improve our community infrastructure.  To help achieve this aim, ALGA needs many council examples to demonstrate the strong need for Commonwealth funding – at least three projects from every council in Australia.  Register your project ideas by completing the form on the ALGA website.

Tasmanian Councils Invited to Join Climate Council Power Partnership

The Cities Power Partnership program supports and celebrates the emissions reduction successes of local councils across the country.  The program connects local councils with shared emissions reduction project interests across the pledge areas of renewable energy, energy efficiency, sustainable transport and community advocacy.  To support councils in their work, the Climate Council is offering increased connectivity for shared learnings, access to an online knowledge hub and project analytical tool and profiling of success stories via its extensive media reach.  There are no costs associated with joining the program, which will open for a further 35 councils in the second round of applications from mid-October until late November.  For further information visit, or email

Disability inclusionNew Disability Inclusion Framework Launched for Local Governments

The University of Technology Sydney Institute for Public Policy and Governance has released its latest resource for Local Government practitioners, How local governments can increase the social and economic participation of people with disability: A place-based framework for success.  This resource aims to help councils increase the social and economic participation of people with disability.  The resource and related materials can be found here.

Changes to Traffic Fines

Since 26 July, there have been changes to how traffic offences appear in the law and the dollar value of all fines have changed slightly.  Traffic offences will now be expressed in penalty units instead of dollars.  A web page has been developed that translates penalty unit amounts for each offence into dollars, to ensure people can get accurate fine information.  There will be no changes to demerit point amounts.  More information is available here.


Minor Grants Program - Round 1

The Minor Grants Program provides grants of between $500 and $10,000 to clubs, associations, councils and other not-for-profit providers of sport and active recreation.  Eligible projects must benefit sport and/or recreation clubs, and applicants must contribute at least half of the project funding.  Applications close on 12 September.  Find out more online.

Regional Tasmania Jobs and Investment Package

The Regional Jobs and Investment Package for the Regional Tasmania region is a $25 million investment by the Australian Government to help diversify the regional economy, stimulate economic growth and deliver sustainable employment in the region.  The Regional Tasmania region includes all Tasmanian Local Government Areas except for Brighton City Council, Clarence City Council, Glenorchy City Council, the City of Hobart and Kingborough Council.  The program aims to drive economic growth and create jobs by investing in projects that will: diversify regional economies; stimulate long-term growth; deliver sustainable employment; and enable applicants to enter new markets and sectors.  Grants will provide up to 50% of eligible project costs.  There are three grant funding streams available, including local Infrastructure grants (up to $50,000), business innovation grants (up to $50,000), and skills and training grants.  Find out more here 

Liveable Communities Grants Program

In May, the Tasmanian Government released the Strong, Liveable Communities: Tasmania’s Active Ageing Plan 2017-2022.  The Liveable Communities Grants Program is one of the key initiatives developed to support implementation of the plan.  Funding will be directed towards innovative and strategic projects that aim to make local communities more responsive and inclusive of the needs of older people.  The program will provide funding for interested, well-placed and strategically-ready local councils or Local Government authorities to run a pilot project in their community, to improve its liveability.  Applicants can apply for grants between $5,000 and $15,000.  The Liveable Communities Grants Program 2017-18 Guidelines and Application Form are available here.  Applications must be received by 9 October.  Further information can be obtained by email, or by phoning 1800 204 224. 

Healthy Tasmania Community Innovations Grants

Physical Activity

Healthy Tasmania Community Innovations Grants of up to $25,000 each for projects lasting up to 12 months are now available for local activities that promote healthy lifestyles in Tasmania.  Grants are available to support healthy eating, physical activity and quit smoking initiatives, and to encourage community connections and partnerships.  Grants totalling $1 million will be available over three years with up to $500,000 on offer in 2017.  Grant applications are required by 15 September.  Visit the website for more information.

Major Grants Program

The Tasmanian Government’s Major Grants Program provides grants of between $15,000 and $80,000 to clubs, associations, Local Government and other not-for profit providers of sport and active recreation.  Eligible projects must benefit sport and/or recreation clubs, and applicants must contribute at least half of the project funding.  Applications close on 2 November.  For further information see the Major Grants Program webpage, or contact Communities, Sport and Recreation on 1800 204 224.  


Introduction to Meteorology  

7-8 September - Hobart

Introduction to Meteorology provides expert insight by professional meteorologists and hydrologists into the fundamentals of weather forecasting, and helps you make more informed decisions.  Course content is relevant to government and private organisations, as well as individuals who rely on timely and accurate weather information to manage risk and make critical decisions.  The course can also be customised to your needs and interests.  Cost is $990 (incl. GST).  FIND OUT MORE

Grant Writing Workshop

6 September – Burnie
7 September – Launceston

12 September – Hobart

Want to get a fabulous project off the ground?  Don't know how to find the funds?  Feel overwhelmed by grant application questions and processes?  This is your chance to shake off those 'but it takes so much time and we're never successful' grant application feelings.  This workshop suits both beginners and veterans of grant writing.

Environmental Impact Assessment, Condition Writing and Powers

8 September - Westbury
21 September - Hobart

Planners and Environmental Health Officers are invited to attend a free EPA Tasmania and Local Government joint training program.  Thesession will include: an overview of the Environmental Impact Assessment process and Land Use Planners Guide; writing environmental conditions for planning permits; the powers of council officers under EMPCA; and compliance management.  A light lunch will be provided.  For a copy of the registration form, please contact Robyn Shaw on 6165 4509, or by email.  

Difficult Conversations Workshop

21 September – Hobart

Gain a greater knowledge and understanding of the fundamental skills required to be effective in delivering and respondingto difficult conversations in today’s complex and sometimes pressured workplace.  Cost is $300 (incl. GST)For enquiries, phone1300 671 077, or email

Tasmanian Governance Forum

28 September – Hobart

The Governance Institute of Australia is pleased to invite you to our 2017 Governance Forum.  Don’t miss your opportunity to receive the latest information and expert opinion from leaders who will discuss the key issues facing governance professionals today.  A complimentary session and networking lunch for small business - trips and traps from the regulators .  Register here


Waste Infrastructure Requirements for Tasmania

29 September – Hobart

This seminar, coordinated by the Waste Management Association of Australia - Tasmanian Branch, will update you on the current waste management policy settings and innovative recovery and processing options for different waste streams, and their viability for Tasmania.  Cost is $60 (members) and $80 (non-members).  Registrations are required by 25 September.  REGISTER HERE

Gov Innovate Summit

10-12 October, Canberra

Be part of Australia's premium, public sector only event for driving transformative digital service delivery and engagement. This year’s topics include: digital transformation; multichannel citizen engagement; e-Government service delivery; digital identity; and cyber resilience.  FIND OUT MORE.

2017 International Festival of Landscape Architecture - The 3rd City

13-14 October - Sydney, NSW

The 3rd City is the future city, a postulation to be mapped, tested and debated.  Explore its dimensions, imagine its landscape potential and what is possible for future cities.  BOOK NOW

17th International Cities Town Centres & Communities Conference 

25-27 October, Melbourne

Join hundreds of city leaders, planners and placemakers to discuss the latest thinking and trends in transforming cities and towns into vibrant places to live, work, play and visit.  FIND OUT MORE

LG Professionals Annual Conference
- Resilience in the Face of Adversity

1-3 November – Hobart

Hear from a great line-up of speakers who will dive deeper into the topic of resilience and share useful case studies.  Registrations close on 16 October.  REGISTER HERE

Tasmanian Works and Engineering Conference - Getting the Job Done Right

3 November - Glenorchy

Organisers are seeking expressions of interest for presentations at the conference.  A broad range of papers will be considered covering the areas below: project management and delivery; open space and public buildings; road and transport infrastructure; stormwater and flood risk; asset management and infrastructure.  FURTHER DETAILS AVAILABLE HERE 

2017 National Local Roads and Transport Congress

6-8 November – Albany, WA

Featuring key ministers, federal politicians and a range of experts.  REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN

National Local Government HR Conference 2017 - 'Brave New World'   

15-17 November - Sydney

For HR professionals interested in the people issues facing local governments across Australia, featuring expert speakers and interactive workshops to exchange best practice across councils on the subjects of opportunity and innovation, future workforce, digital technologies, health and wellbeing, analytics and strategy.  FIND OUT MORE 

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