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LGAT Resources for Elected Members

LGAT has developed a range of new resources for councillors. While these are primarily targeted at first time councillors, over the next 12 months we will be addressing a range of topics in greater depth and hope that these resources are useful for all Elected Members.

Please click here to visit the dedicated page on our website where we have videos, handbooks and tool kits as well as events and training to help you understand your role and the role of Local Government.

If you are newly elected we strongly encourage you to undertake our Local Government 101 Workshop on Sat 17 November in Launceston. See our event flyer here.

We would like to thank the Local Government Division at the Department of Premier and Cabinet for their support and assistance with the development of these resources. 


Free Online Resources for Community Safety

The Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience has developed a number of free Handbooks, outlining nationally agreed principles on a range of resilience topics.

Two handbooks published this year that are of particular interest Local Government include:

Public Information and Warnings Handbook: the authoritative national guide for those who provide warnings before, during and after emergencies. The handbook outlines evidence-based, nationally agreed principles and provides guidance on developing and issuing warnings. See the A4 ready-reference poster that supports the Warnings Handbook here 

Safe and Health Crowded Places Handbook: the authoritative guide for groups organising events, managing venues, enacting health and safety protocols and related activities. This handbook had the input of many health professionals and includes a dedicated chapter on public health.

For both these handbooks, there are a suite of online companion resources – all freely available. As we come into the busy season both for emergency management and for summer/holiday events, we’d love to ensure local governments around Tasmania are either made aware or reminded these resources are available to them.

Northern Midlands Council welcomes Her Excellency, the Governor of Tasmania for Municipal Tour Nth Mid Governor visit

On Monday 12 November, newly elected Northern Midlands' Mayor Mary Knowles commenced her new role in impressive style - hosting her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner AC and Mr Richard Warner on a municipal tour. 

The tour included the award winning Norfolk Plains Medical Centre, am Eskleigh community group home, a community organisation expo, The Tasmanian Gourmet Sauce Company, Adams Distillery, the majestic gardens at Strathmore, John Glover's Cottage at Deddington and ended the day with a civic reception at Gallery 81 in Campbell Town.

The civic reception also included the formal Declarations of Office by incoming and re-elected members of Northern Midlands Council.


Central Coast has Tasmania's first smoke free CBD! Smoke Free CBD

Central Coast Council Tasmania has taken a huge step towards making its community healthier, banning smoking in its principal shopping strip. History was made on November 1, when Central Coast Council declared the 3 main retail blocks in Ulverstone’s CBD smoke-free.

It is Tasmania’s first smoke-free shopping precinct and after Glen Innes in northern New South Wales, only the second in Australia. The ground-breaking initiative means visiting the Ulverstone CBD is now a much healthier and sweeter smelling experience for not just shoppers and tourists, but retail staff as well.

Central Coast Mayor, Councillor Jan Bonde, said the smoke-free zoning had wide support. “Councilors voted unanimously to bring in the smoke free designation following extensive consultation, particularly with shop owners and staff who have had to endure passive smoking for too long,” Cr Bonde said.

Ulverstone’s CBD is now a much cleaner, healthier and sweeter smelling place to shop, relax and catch-up.



2018 Human Rights Week - Kindness Rally 

Kindness Rally

     When:   Friday 7 December, 12pm - 1.30pm  

     Where:  Assemble at St David's Park, to walk to Parliament Lawns

     With:     Speakers and Choir of High Hopes

      Find out more here


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.  

Free Literacy Resources for Parents and Carers little people learning

The Australian Literacy Educators’ Association (ALEA) has developed a literacy resource aimed at parents and carers of young children. This resource – the Little People’s Literacy Learning modules – is available to all from ALEA’s website at no charge.

On International Literacy Day, 8 September 2018, ALEA launced an additional nine modules as part of the Little People’s Literacy Learning guide for parents and carers. The new modules complement the 18 modules that were released in 2018. The new modules provide:

• guides for working parents, at-home parents of babies and toddlers, and at-home parents with 2 and 3 year-olds;
• guides to developing the language of mental maths, number, measurement, space and shape, and pattern;
• a guide to technology use.

Written by Anita Ayer, a retired early years teacher, and Professor Trevor Cairney OAM, the modules are open access and free of charge. You can access the modules by copying and pasting this link 

Please share the modules widely!  

2019 Rural Women's Award applications now open

Applications are now open for the Rural Women’s Award, which recognises, celebrates, and acknowledges exceptional rural women. 

The 2019 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award provides a platform to inspire and support Australian women to use their talents and abilities to benefit rural and regional businesses, industries and communities.

To find out more or apply visit


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: 


Australian Drug Foundation: Local Drug Action Team Program – Anticipated Closing 7 December 2018

The Alcohol and Drug Foundation (ADF) is now accepting Expressions of Interest for the Local Drug Action Team Program. Grants of $10,000 to $40,000 per project.  The Local Drug Action Team Program supports organisations to build or extend partnerships in their community and develop activities to prevent and minimise the harm caused by alcohol and other drugs at a grass roots level.

Once we receive your Expression of Interest an ADF Relationship Manager will be in touch with more information and can provide full support to complete your application.

There are currently 172 Local Drug Action Teams across Australia and we look forward to working with you to join them.

For further information or to complete your Expression of Interest (Click Here).

Youth Week Tasmania Grants Program 2019 – Closes 22 November 2018

The Tasmanian Government has allocated $20,630 for the Youth Week Tasmania 2018 Grants Program. Grants of up to $2,000 are available for organisations to support Youth Week Tasmania events and activities.

Further information, guidelines and application forms are available at

Further information can be obtained by emailing or by phoning 1800 204 224. 


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. 

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. 



The Training Consortium (TTC)- Public Sector Management Program 2019 Intake is now open!

The Public Sector Management Program (PSMP):

  • Offers a unique opportunity for new and existing managers (or aspiring) aimed to enhance management skills within context of the public sector environment
  • Is designed for managers across all three levels of government
  • Program is delivered nationally by Queensland University of Technology (QUT), in Hobart
  • Successful completion will result in a Graduate Certificate in Business (Public Sector Management)
  • Consists of 4 units delivered in Hobart with a mix of self-directed online learning and 14 workshop days over 15 months
  • Free Information session will be promoted on the TTC Calendar in early 2019
  • More information is available on the QUT website
  • Download the PSMP Brochure
  • 2019 timetable – Please view HBA 1901


Your Council's LGAT Membership includes Membership of The Training Consortium (TTC).

Check out what training courses TTC have on here

Family Food Patch Training

Are you interested in learning about delicious, family-friendly food and fun ways to get children active?

Family Food Patch is running a FREE training program to help with practical ideas, resources and support for you to share with your family and wider community!

Where:    Baden Powell Hall, 8 Heron St, Huonville

Day:         Tuesdays, for six weeks

Time:       9.30am - 2.30pm

When:     6th November -  11th December 2018

Information Flyer click here .

Free childcare and help with travel available.

For more information contact: Emma - 0438 926 242 or email,

International Public Works Conference - Hobart, 25-29 August 2019 

"Vibrant Futures, Solid Foundations"

**call for abstracts is open**

 Conference date: 25-29 August 2019

Location Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart.

Please see flyer on submitting an abstract here



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