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Changes to Local Government Election Advertising

On the 1st of August, changes to the Local Government (General) Regulations will come into force.

These are of particular importance to candidates for the upcoming Local Government elections as the largely relate to electoral advertising.

Importantly, there is a new spend limit on election advertising of $8000 that applies to all candidates (Mayoral, Deputy Mayoral and Councillor candidates equally).

Candidates no longer have limits on how they may spend their advertising funds.  The limits on poster numbers and size, as well as TV and radio time and newspaper space have been removed from the Regulations.  Candidates can chose how they wish to advertise within the $8000 spend limit.

It is important to note however, that in relation to poster and signs, there are requirements with council planning schemes.  The planning scheme will dictate when poster and signs can go up without a permit and when they must come down.  And posters over a certain size may require a permit.  Please contact your council for advice. 

Other changes to the Regulations relate to declaring gifts and benefits and the Declaration of Office for newly elected councillors.

From the 1st of August, you will be able to view the Regulations on


Building Great Communities for Tasmania's Children Forum - Key Documents

The Building Great Communities for Tasmania’s Children forum was hosted by LGAT, City of Hobart, B4 Early Years Coalition and the Australian Early Years Census - Tasmania in Campbell Town on July 5, 2018.  

The forum bought together a diverse range of speakers covering topics including the role of Local Government in early childhood, child-friendly communities, the arts, playgrounds, using data for planning and engaging with children to help shape their communities.   

The forum was attended by 32 people including representatives from eight councils, along with workers from community organisations and State Government.  

City of Hobart's Smart City Strategy

The City of Hobart (CoH) is creating its first Smart City Strategy which will provide a roadmap for how the City uses technology and data to better service the community’s
COH Smart Cityneeds, improve liveability, manage resources, drive economic activity and foster innovation.

This August CoH will host three free public forums to spark conversation about the Smart City concept. Each forum will feature an expert panel and focus on a different topic. They will encourage debate, introduce different viewpoints and perspectives and discuss the big issues.

Smart City Public Forums will be held from 6 – 8 pm in the Hobart Town Hall Ballroom, 50 Macquarie Street.

15 August – Smart Cities: The art of possible

22 August – Smart Cities: What you need to know

29 August – Smart Cities: Building a contemporary Australian city

Find out more and register for forums at:


Councils Supporting Councils - Thank You West Tamar 
War Wyn Derwent Valley

Following the devastation caused in parts of the Derwent Valley Municipality following heavy rains and flooding in May, West Tamar Council donated $6000 to Derwent Valley Council to help with repairs to Tynwald Park. A great example of Local Government working together in times of diffculty to support communities.






2018 Palliative Care Awards 

Please find link below to the online nomination form for the 2018 Tasmanian Palliative Care Awards.

The 2018 Awards comprise three categories:

Outstanding Palliative Care Organisation

Open to any organisation providing palliative care to Tasmanians with a life-limiting illness. Includes:

  • Palliative care units, hospitals, multipurpose centres, district or regional hospitals, aged care providers, volunteer organisations, community groups, community services or home care providers. 

Outstanding Palliative Care Professional

Open to any paid employee, or student, working in the palliative care sector in Tasmania. Includes:

  • Nurses, carers, doctors, allied health professionals, CEOs, aged care workers, administrators, marketers, academics, students or educators.

Outstanding Palliative Care Volunteer

Open to any volunteer supporting Tasmanians with a life-limiting illness and their families. Includes:

  • Palliative and hospice care volunteers, hospital volunteers, community volunteers, cancer support centre volunteers, aged care volunteers.

The winner of each category will receive $500 to go towards continuing professional development in palliative care.

If you have a question regarding Awards eligibility or experience any technical issues with the online form, please contact or call (03) 6231 2799.


Winners will be announced at the Awards presentation evening in October.

 The 2018 Tasmanian Palliative Care Awards are proudly sponsored by HESTA.


West Tamar Council’s 2019 Australia Day Awards and Grants are now being accepted:

 Australia Day Awards:

Recognising and rewarding individuals, groups and events that have made a noteworthy contribution during the current year, or give an outstanding service over a number of years to the community.

Nominate a group or individual you admire in one of the following categories:

  • Citizen of the YearThe nominee must be an Australian Citizen.
  • Young Citizen or Young Sportsperson of the Year – The nominee must be an Australian Citizen under 30 years of age on 26 January 2019.
  • Community Group/Event of the Year – The nominee(s) must be a group or person that has staged an outstanding community event or activity during 2018 or over a number of years.

Nominating is easy, simply fill out the details on the back of the attached form. If you need a hand finding the words to describe your nominee please view the detailed Tips for Nominating on Council's website.

Alternatively, feel free to call the Community Development Officer for assistance on 6323 9200.

Extra pages are welcome and will be accepted with the nomination form.


Australia Day Grants:

West Tamar Council is offering grants of up to $2,000 to assist community groups in the West Tamar municipality to hold community Australia Day events.

On Australia Day we come together as a nation to celebrate what is great about Australia and being Australian. It is the day to reflect on what we can be proud of and for communities to celebrate together. In line with the National Australia Day Council, West Tamar Council encourages our valued community groups to Celebrate What’s Great.


Nominations and applications close on Monday 1 October 2018. For more information visit the Council website or phone the Windsor Community Precinct on 6323 9200.



Recently the ‘Oatlands Key’ was launched in Oatlands, the system allows 7 days per week access to the Southern Midlands Council Keyoperated significant heritage buildings including the:


1829 Oatlands Supreme Courthouse, 1836 Oatlands Gaoler’s Residence and the

1827 Oatlands Commissariat

Visitors can collect the Oatlands Key access fob from participating High Street businesses who display the ‘Oatlands Key’ sign, which allows them to unlock each building having been fitted with an electronic card reader. Aside from offering the opportunity to visit the historic buildings, visitors will also be able to view the archeological and heritages collection items on display as well as the information panels telling the history of the site.  A map is provided enabling visitors to easily navigate the short distance between all three buildings. 

The key system was implemented through a successful Tasmanian Community Fund Grant of $43,135.


Planning a Better Event Toolkit

event toolkit

An innovative new resource has been developed by Clarence City Council to make the sometimes daunting task of planning and running an event easier for all members of the community. 

Council, in partnership with Healthy Tasmania, identified that a simple toolkit which aims to help organisers ‘think outside the box’ – looking beyond the sausage sizzle – to create more diverse events which are inclusive to more people.

The ‘Planning a Better Event’ toolkit is a guide to help identify, personalise and brainstorm all aspects of planning an event, leading to healthier, more engaging and memorable events in Tasmania. The toolkit is divided into sections – food, the physical environment, sustainability, social inclusion and legalities with each listing a number of items to consider.  

The quality of food presented can make a big difference to the success of an event, how it is perceived by event-goers and whether they decide to return to future events. The ‘Planning a Better Event’ toolkit provides a check-list to help planners think about whether food supplied at an event is suitable and desirable.

Sustainability is also covered and is based on the ‘no trash, no trail and no trace’ motto – and how to make more sustainable choices. Transport for event goers is something also to be considered to help include more people from all around the community.

Council has partnered with Healthy Tasmania to provide the toolkit to other organisations around the State. It is also available to download online at:    


Updated National Community Recovery Handbook to assist in Disaster Recovery

The Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience has published an updated handbook to build capability for those assisting disaster recoverycommunities in recovery.

The updated Community Recovery Handbook is a useful resource for those in local government who have a role or responsibility in supporting communities through recovery after a disaster. The handbook explores key concepts and frameworks in recovery and provides resources for readers to work with communities to deliver effective recovery processes, services, programs and activities.

It can be used by local government to develop policies, capabilities, emergency management plans and other documents that incorporate disaster recovery within their own jurisdictions and that support local communities.

The handbook aligns to the recently updated National Principles for Disaster Recovery and includes guidance on applying the principles within various demographics and throughout the various complexities in supporting a community through the recovery process.

The revised handbook is freely accessible on the Knowledge Hub: 


Tasmanian Government Sport & Recreation Major Grants Program - Open Now

The Sport and Recreation 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.

For further information see the Major Grants Program webpage or telephone Communities, Sport and Recreation on 1800 204 224.

The Program closes 1 November 2018.


City of Hobart - Grants

The City of Hobart offers specific grant programs for events, community services and environmental activities. For each grant refer to the relevant guidelines and application forms for the program objectives, eligibility information and assessment criteria, available to download from each grant program page.

At the City of Hobart we have 17 Grant Programs available in three streams: Quick Response grants, which are open all year round, and two competitive grant streams, open annually in June, and biannually in February and August. The areas they cover include Creative Hobart, Community, Events, Marketing, Christmas, Venue Support Waste Reduction and Urban Sustainability.

Further information can be found at 


Teddy Sheean Memorial Grants Program 2018-19 – Round 1  

Closes 28 September 2018

The total funding pool for round 1 is $50,000:

  • Grants of up to $10,000 are available for minor capital works and/or refurbishment.
  • Grants of up to $5,000 are available for equipment purchases.
  • Grants of up to $5,000 are available for the repair and maintenance of existing war memorials, and the construction of new memorials.

Eligible Organisations

Minor Capital Works and Equipment Purchases

  • Open to RSL Clubs, RSL sub-branches and ex-service clubs and organisations.

War Memorials – Repair, maintenance and constructions

  • Open to RSL Clubs, RSL sub-branches and ex-service clubs and organisations.
  • Open to not-for profit organisations, local councils and schools:
  • These organisations must demonstrate that they are responsible for the maintenance of the memorial, and do not have a dedicated source of funding to undertake repairs; and
  • Higher priority will be given to organisations that demonstrate support (such as a letter of support) for the project from an RSL or ex-service organisation.


Sport and Recreation Minor Grants Program – Round 1  

Closes 12 September 2018

The Minor Grants Program provides grants of between $500 and $10,000 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. Applicants must contribute at least half of the project funding.

National / International Sport Championships Grant Program

Closes 31 March 2019 (or when funds are expended)

The 2017-18 National / International Sport Championships Program provides grants of up to $3,000 to eligible organisations to assist in meeting costs associated with hosting a national or international sport championship event within Tasmania.

The National / International Sport Championships Grant Program will be open for applications till 31 March 2018, or when the funds have been expended.

For further information see the National / International Sport Championships Grant Program webpage or telephone Communities, Sport and Recreation on 1800 252 476.

Devonport City Council Community Financial Assistance Scheme

Closes 31 August 2018

Applications are now open for the Devonport City Council’s 2018/19 Community Financial Assistance Scheme.  Full information including details on how to apply, is available at


Creativity Australia – Start Your Own Choir  

Closes 31 August 2018

We are providing up to $10,000 in seed funding to community groups around Australia to establish and grow their own With One Voice Social Franchise-Community Choir.

Round Seven of the With One Voice Community Choir Social Franchise Start-up fund is open Now until 31 August 2018.

On the look-out for more people nationwide who are:

  • Community movers and shakers
  • Passionate about community wellbeing and the arts, and
  • Want to create meaningful change and create a more fair and caring society

Clarence City Council Community Grants  


Community Support Grants – For not-for-profit groups and organisations for amounts up to $1,500 for projects that benefit the Clarence community.

Applications Close 15th September 2018.


Partnership Grants

For not-for-profit groups and organisations for amounts up to $15,000 for larger projects that benefit the Clarence community.

Applications Close 1st October 2018.

Grant Guidelines and Application Forms are available via website or by contacting Please read the guidelines to ensure you meet the criteria before applying. Late applications will not be accepted.


Australian Governemnt Try, Test and Learn Fund - Now Open

The Australian Government’s $96.1 million Try, Test and Learn Fund has opened again for grant funding submissions. Tranche two of the fund will build on the success of the initial tranche, which saw over $23 million invested in 14 trial initiatives to support young carers, young parents and young students at risk of long-term unemployment.

The Minister for Social Services, opened tranche two on 22 November 2017; it will close on 28 September 2018.

During this period, submissions that address new and innovative policy responses that help improve the lives of vulnerable working age Australians and help them break from welfare dependency are invited.

These responses need to address the barriers to work among four priority groups:

  • Newstart recipients aged 50 years and over
  • Migrants and refugees on a working age income support payment
  • Working age carers on Carer Payment
  • At risk young people on income support.

This tranche will also welcome ideas to support other groups proposed (and appropriately justified) by applicants.  

Information sessions on tranche two of the Try, Test and Learn Fund will be held in capital cities and some regional centres across Australia over the coming months. More information will be released on the DSS website as dates and locations are finalised. You can subscribe for updates when new information, including dates and locations of information sessions, is released.

Please visit either the Community Grants Hub or GrantConnect website if you are interested in submitting a grant application for tranche two.



 Volunteering Symposium 2018

The 2018 Volunteering Symposium presented by Vounteering Tasmania is to be held in Hobart on September 4 and Launceston September 5. The purpose of the Symposium is to foster a stronger connection between volunteering strategy and volunteer management, organisational outcomes and each other. It will include national key note speakers, local success stories, a digital masterclass, networking and lunch.  The 2018 theme is ‘Connect for Purpose’, and you can find more information here

The Training Consortium

 Short regional courses, open to everyone! 

Big ideas, short courses for Devonport and Launceston

TTC courses are designed to meet professional development needs in the Tasmanian public sector. Learn the smart way, gain new knowledge and achieve results by attending a course held especially in your region.



Wednesday 29 August - FREE Using training effectively - for managers

Thursday 13 September - Writing clearly for government

Wednesday 26 September - Working with challenging clients

Tuesday 16 October - Speaking confidently to groups

Wednesday 31 October - Optimise your time

Wednesday 14 November - Career development

Monday 26 & Tuesday 27 November - New supervisor

Thursday 6 December - Minutes and agendas made easy

What does it cost?

TTC is a member based organisation and has been developing public sector professionals for over 23 years. 

Courses are open to everyone but you can take advantage of our member price if your employer is listed below.





Monday 13 August - FREE Using training effectively - for managers

Monday 13 August - Conflict resolution for field officers

Monday 20 & Tuesday 21 August - Think on Your Feet

Tuesday 4 & Wednesday 5 September - New supervisor

Tuesday 18 September - Email ninja

Thursday 18 October - Writing clearly for government

Tuesday 23 October - TTC Showcase: measuring government outcomes

Wednesday 14 November - Working with challenging clients


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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