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This page information of interest to Tasmania Local Government  and the community.

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May 2020

NEWS & RESOURCES

Please note this page is still under construction

State Government Official Coronavirus (COVID-19) Webpage

Visit the official State Government Coronavirus webpage for all facts and information about COVID-19 here: www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au

LGAT COVID-19 Webpage

LGAT has developed a central point of information on our website for COVID-19 related information. The page includes resources for Members and information for stakeholders seeking information about Local Government activities in response to the pandemic. Find it here or via our the front page of our website.

Careers at Council - Offer for Councils

In recognition of the impact of COVID-19 on council budgets, Careers at Council  extend an offer to all councils to post their job vacancies on Careers at Council at no cost until 1 July 2020.

Careers at Council is a platform that connects candidates to jobs in councils. It is supported by targeted candidate marketing campaigns and is recognised by the Australian Government as the jobs portal for councils nationally. The site is currently visited by hundreds of job seekers each day.

Councils interested in supporting this industry-owned site should also take advantage of the current 15 month subscription offer which effectively gives councils 17 months of national advertising for the cost of a 12 month subscription. Click here for more information

Access and Inclusion Toolkit

Clarence City Council has developed an Access and Inclusion Assessment Toolkit that champions and supports the key importance of accommodating all people in the community when planning for and creating accessible and inclusive environments.

Incorporating legislative standards, universal design, inclusive approaches and functionality to planning, the toolkit helps council staff assess the level of accessibility to and within council’s existing buildings and facilities, and identify poor functionality or design issues early on in the initial planning phases.

The Access and Inclusion Assessment Toolkit was a collaborative project of council’s Disability Access and Positive Ageing Advisory Committees.

The toolkit is relevant and useful for those who:

  • Plan for and contract others when working on new or redesigned buildings or facilities, public open spaces, or recreation and sporting venues;
  • Work on landscape design or streetscape projects;
  • Plan for and develop roads, pathways, transport, car parking or track and trails;
  • Want to ensure that community spaces and places are safe; and
  • Have an interest in the redevelopment of a council facility.

Request a copy of the toolkit here

Code of Practice for Urban Beekeeping in Southern Tasmania

The Southern Branch of the Tasmanian Beekeepers Association has developed the document: Code of Practice for Urban Beekeeping in Southern Tasmania, in response to the growing popularity of backyard beekeeping. Read the Code here

Currently, regulations around bee keeping vary across municipal areas. The Southern Branch of the Tasmanian Beekeepers Association is advocating that all Councils adopt the beekeeping control model which the City of Hobart has put in place under its 2015 By-Law, which reflects the approach outlined in the Code of Practice for Urban Beekeeping in Southern Tasmania.

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 access free resources and case studies.

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. 

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: www.ccc.tas.gov.au/events


GRANTS & FUNDING PROGRAMS

Hydro Tasmania Special Covid-19 Grants

Following Hydro Tasmania's annual Community Grant Program, a series of COVID-19 community grants have been launched.

Hydro Tasmania is offering grants of up to $10,000 to help community organisations that are dealing with the ongoing impacts.

Applications for these grants opened on Monday 25 May 2020 and close at 5pm Friday 5 June 2020.

All of the information is available on Hydro Tasmania's website at www.hydro.com.au/community/community-grants/covid-19-community-grants.

State Climate Change Grants

The Tasmanian Government is offering grants of up to $50,000 towards climate change projects that support research, and/or the development of decision support tools, that align with one or more of these seven Tasmanian priority research areas:

  1. Compound extreme events
  2. Agriculture sector
  3. Biosecurity and invasive pests
  4. Tourism sector
  5. Health and wellbeing
  6. Aquaculture and wild fisheries
  7. Tools for decision making

The total available funding pool is $350,000, and organisations can submit more than one application.

Who can apply?

The Grants Program is open to organisations such as research institutes, Tasmanian peak organisations, businesses, and not-for-profit organisations. Full details are provided in the Program Guidelines.

How do I apply?

You will need to read the Guidelines to see if your organisation and your proposed project is eligible. If it is eligible, you will need to complete the Application Form and submit it to the Tasmanian Climate Change Office. Full details about the program are available on the TCCO website. Applications are now open and we encourage you to apply or share the details.

Applications must be submitted by 5.00 pm on Friday 12 June 2020.

This grant funding is an initiative of Climate Action 21: Tasmania’s Climate Change Action Plan 2017-2021.

City of Hobart - Resilient Hobart Grants

The City of Hobart is providing funding to support the delivery of community and creative projects and programs that support the community to respond to and recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 virus. Find out more here


CONFERENCES, SEMINARS & WORKSHOPS

Many events and conferences are being impacted by COVID-19. Please check with event organisers regarding your event.

LGAT Annual Conference - Cancelled for 2020

Unfortunately, the 108th LGAT Annual Conference will not proceed in July 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic. LGAT has made this decision in response to directives from federal and state governments and in the best interests of our members and the wider community.

LGAT would like to thank our Members, sponsors and exhibitors for their patience and support as we prioritise the health, wellbeing and safety of all Tasmanians through these unprecedented times. LGAT is contacting relevant stakeholders to discuss and revise any arrangements already made. LGAT is working with Wrest Point to have the LGAT Annual Conference return in July 2021.

Tasmanian Training Consortium Update

The TTC's face-to-face calendar courses will re-open from 1 July 2020.

All Tasmanian Councils can access TTC training as part of your LGAT Membership.

TTC also have a number of courses currently running online such as "Email Ninja".

Visit the TTC website to find our more.