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Healthy Tasmanian Workplaces

Healthy Tasmanian Workplaces is a 12 month health and wellbeing program freely available to Tasmanian residents via their employer. All workplaces in Tasmania are eligible to take part and the program is suitable for employees of any age and fitness level.

The program forms a key part of the state government’s Healthy Tasmania Plan and is delivered in partnership with behavioural change experts, Ritualize. The program is funded by the Tasmanian Government and is FREE to employees. Councils have the option to receive centralised reporting at a cost.

Access more information at

Healthy Workplace Healthy Tas Partnership  


Distance Makes the Difference 

New road rules  in Tasmania will help protect cyclists. It is now the law that a driver must be at least one metre from a cyclist when passing on roads that have a speed limit of up to 60km/h and one-and-half metres on roads with speed limits above 60.

Cyclists can travel two abreast, not more than one-and-half metres apart and take the whole lane if necessary to be visible. And cyclists can ride on pedestrian crossings.

Visit the Campaign here:

 1.5 metre  safe cycle


 Tasmania, Battery of the Nation?

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To fulfil the ambitions of the Battery of the Nation initiative, Hydro Tasmania is investigating how Tasmania could contribute more clean energy to the national market.  Ideas include pumped hydro energy storage  and improving existing assets to increase efficiency and optimise production. With investment, regional development and employment opportunities would be boosted. For more information visit the Hydro Tasmania web site.  Interested councils are invited to contact Hydro directly via this email.



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.


Tasmanian Councils Invited to Join Welcoming Cities Initiative

Welcoming Cities facilitates a national network of inclusive, vibrant communities internationally recognised for their ability to foster a sense of belonging and participation.  It seeks to address and embrace the challenges and opportunities of migration, by supporting local councils to leverage the ideas and innovation that come from being welcoming and inclusive.
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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.

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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 /



National / International Sport Championships Grant Program

The Commonwealth’s Regional Jobs and Investment Package is offering three grant streams (local infrastructure, business innovation, skills and training) worth a combined $25 million.  The grants are designed to help diversify the regional economy, stimulate economic growth and deliver sustainable employment in regional areas. Councils in the greater Hobart area (Brighton, Clarence, Glenorchy, Hobart, Kingborough) are not eligible, though all other councils are.  Applications close at 5pm 19 October 2017.  For more information and to make applications visit this link.


Home Energy Bulk Buy

Southern Tasmanian councils and Sustainable Living Tasmania are teaming up to help households buy energy efficient products for the home like: heat pumps, hot water services, insulation, LED lighting, solar panels and more at bulk purchase prices. The Bulk Buy is now open for a limited time so register your household’s interest on the website now.


Tasmania Energy Efficiency Loans Scheme

Energy Efficient Loan Scheme

A joint initiative of the Tasmanian Government and Aurora Energy to assist Tasmanian households with the purchase of energy efficient products. Individuals can borrow up to $10,000 interest free. For more information on the loans scheme visit the Aurora Energy website.





Community Advisory Board Workshop   Community Advisory Boards

** special rate for LGAT Members in association with MAV**

27 November 2017 - Melbourne

David Hammond, one of New Zealand's foremost authorities in connecting councils and communities, has developed Community Boards in New Zealand and now has established Australia's first in Waratah Tasmania.

This workshop will explore a successful new approach to re-engaging commuities in decision-making, projects and community prorities through a new commuity-led governance structure, called a "Community Advisory Board'. 

Register here 


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.  Read more


Forest Practices Conference

20-21 November - Hobart

The Tasmanian Forest Practices Authority is hosting a two-day conference in Hobart at the Wrest Point Conference Centre. Its aim is to consider the first 30 years of Tasmania’s forest practices system, and to use this perspective to assess trends and possibilities in Tasmanian, national and international forest regulation. The conference is designed for forest workers, managers and regulators, government agencies and environmental NGOs. There will be many opportunities for delegates to contribute to discussions. Further information and registration is available here.


Smart Cities Webinars

16 November - 7 December 

Smart CitiesA new series of Smart Cities masterclasses conducted by Cities Leadership Institute in partnership with the Australian Government. are now available online via webinar.

The webinars are designed to and will provide you with knowledge and insights into key areas that contribute to developing and managing a Smart City.

Tailored specifically for local government these interactive specialist masterclasses are:

1. Thursday 16 November: Community Engagement & Customer Service

2. Tuesday 21 November: Creating a Culture of Innovation

3. Tuesday 28 November: Urban Data & Governance

4. Thursday 7 December: Financing and Funding



Women in Leadership Tasmania Summit

Women in leadership

The second Women in Leadership Summit will be held from 4 to 7 December at the Hobart Conference and Function Centre. The Summit will provide a platform for existing and emerging leaders - to learn from those women who have already made it in government, business and manufacturing. For more information and to complete the hardcopy registration, check out the flyer.  



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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