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New Community Health and Wellbeing Resources 

Local Government plays a key role in providing for the health and wellbeing of Tasmanian communities.   This   three-year  project supports councils in this role by informing and inspiring local strategic planning and actions for health and wellbeing.

Visit the LGAT Community Health and Wellbeing Resources webpage by clicking here to find out about the project and aceess free resources and case studies.

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.

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. 

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.



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!    

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: 


Community Road Safety Grants Program - now open

Applications are open from Friday 1 February until Friday 22 March 2019.CRS Grants 2019

Grants funding is available from $500 to $35,000. Larger projects will be considered at the discretion of the funding panel.

The CRSG program seeks to improve safety on Tasmanian roads by supporting community involvement in developing and implementing effective community projects to address local road safety issues.

The types of projects that are eligible for funding under this grants program include advertising campaigns, displays on a road safety topic, education campaigns, programs targeting a range of road user types and behaviour, road safety-related research and workshops with a road safety focus.

Local councils, community organisations, schools and other service areas of the Department of Education, and Tasmanian research institutions can apply for funding to undertake community road safety projects.

Working in partnership with other road safety stakeholders to deliver projects will be strongly encouraged under this grants program.

More information about CRSG and how to apply is available on the Department of State Growth website:

For enquries phone 03 6166 3245 or emial


Hydro Tasmania Community Grant Program 2019 - open

Grants of up to $5,000 are available to non-profit community groups for projects that deliver a great outcome for communities.

Hydro Tasmanian is looking for projects that will achieve a tangible outcome, fulfil a defined need, are realistic and will benefit a broad range of people.

Visit for deatils.

Closes 5pm, 31 March 2019. 


Australian Government Business Case Program for Location-Specific Heavy Vehicle Charging Trials - Open

The Program aims to work with industry and local stakeholders to develop business cases for local heavy vehicle charging trials on specific routes or networks to address local freight and supply chain issues.

The Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities is looking for proposals from industry and local stakeholders (including local councils) to examine productivity increases on routes or networks where industry may be willing to contribute through an additional user charge. These business cases will help to inform decisions about whether a proposal is viable and identify the circumstances under which it could proceed. The Australian Government will contribute funding towards the development of a business case.

Information about the Program is available on the Department’s website at

Click the links to access the Proposal Information Kit and Proposal Application Form .

Proposals are due by 15 February 2019


Vulnerable Road User Program (VRUP) 2019-20 - open

The program aims to provide an opportunity for Local Government to apply for funding for small-scale infrastructure treatments to improve road safety for vulnerable road users (pedestrians, motorcyclists and cyclists).

A total of $500 000 has been allocated from the Road Safety Levy for the 2019-20 grant round. Click the links to access the VRUP Guidelines and Application Form whcih have been revised. There has been no material change to these documents. the Department of State Growths welcome feedback on these documents to further improve our supporting information.

The Road Safety Branch is using SmartyGrants to manage the 2019-20 grant round. A link to the SmartGrants ‘landing page’ will be provided on the Transport website and circulated to you via email once the round is open. The SmartyGrants landing page will provide details on how to lodge an application.  

Further information on the program can be found on the Department of State Growth Transport website here:

 Queries can be directed to:




The Training Consortium (TTC)- Regional Program

Tasmanian Training Consortium believes that everyone in the public sector should have access to quality professional development as part of their employment. The Regional Training Pilot Porgram has been extended unitl June 2019. View the program by clicking here 

TTC REgional 2019


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

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



Teddy Sheean Memorial Grants Program 2018-19 – Round 2 Closes 15 March 2019


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 of RSL and ex-service club and branches only.
  • Grants of up to $5,000 are available for equipment purchasesfor RSL and ex-service club and branches only.
  • 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.



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