LGAT Achievements 2019-2020

WASTE

LGAT’s ongoing advocacy ensured that the State Government committed to the establishment of a state-wide waste levy in 2021 and the introduction of a container refund scheme by 2022. One of the key missing pieces required to support improved resource recovery in Tasmania is a dedicated state-wide waste body. LGAT led the development of a proposal for a joint state and Local Government owned entity to fulfil this role. This proposal was endorsed by Members and LGAT is currently advocating for the State Government to adopt this model. Find out more here.

PLANNING

LGAT has a strong reputation when it comes to land-use planning and over this year we maintained our pressure on the Government to place a greater focus on the strategic end of our planning system. In addition, LGAT delivered Planning Authority Training to a number of councils and also individual Elected Representatives and new General Managers. Previously councils would have to engage a consultant planner or lawyer to undertake this training, however in recent years LGAT has successfully delivered it at no cost as a member benefit. Find out more here.

COVID-19 and RECOVERY

LGAT provided significant and varied support, advice and tools to Members for their response to Covid-19. LGAT coordinated General Meeting resolutions for sectoral in principle support of a 0% rate increase, no penalties, fees or charges, rent relief, and a common approach to hardship policies. Additionally, LGAT advocated around impacts, funding and the Local Government role in recovery including through two submissions to PESRAC. Find out more here.

21st CENTURY COUNICLS

LGAT delivered two significant milestones as part of the the 21st Century Council Project; our sector led investigation into the future of the Tasmanian Local Government sector. LGAT published the ‘21st Century Councils – Structural Reform Discussion Paper’ providing an analysis of the history of work done in relation to Local Government reform in Tasmanian and nationally. LGAT also delivered significant member engagement through ‘roundtable conversations’, looking at Local Government’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. The final background piece comprising one on one targeted interviews with key external stakeholders, was recently completed and LGAT is in the processes of analysing the results. Already this work has proven very useful for LGAT’s engagement with PESRAC and it is expected that it will also provide important context for any future reform discussions with the State Government. Find out more here.

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

The Municipal Emergency Management Guidelines were published with supporting videos. These will assist Municipal Emergency Management Committees in undertaking their roles and followed strong advocacy for the appointment of three regional planners by the SES to support the Municipal Committees. Find out more here.

HEAVY VEHICLES

LGAT continued its very effective work in heavy vehicle policy and regulation, collaborating with other State Local Government associations to successfully advocate for recognition of the local road manager’s role in overall road network outcomes to the National Transport Commission’s (Heavy Vehicle National Law) review. LGAT also continued its strong partnership with the Tasmanian Government, further developing and promoting our State’s nation leading heavy vehicle access conditions. Find out more here.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT LEGISLATIVE REFORM

Through representation on the Steering Committee and via submissions, LGAT had strong input into the State Government’s Directions for the Review of Tasmania’s Local Government Legislation Framework and emphasised the need for a flexible, innovative and future-focussed legislative framework and ongoing and detailed engagement with the sector. LGAT’s advocacy saw amendments to some of the directions originally proposed. Find out more here.

SECTORAL  
SAVINGS: PROCUREMENT & ENERGY
  • $2.5 million total member savings via LGAT Procurement.
  • The total savings made by Members through using LGAT procurement equated to more than double what was paid in subscriptions to LGAT.
  • Councils saved approximately $819,000 on public lighting during the 2019/20 financial year.

Find out more About LGAT PROCUREMENT here.

Find out more about LGAT Energy savings here

CHARITABLE RATES

LGAT established a Steering Committee and Working Group to support progression of an amendment to restore equity in the rating independent living units. Following strong engagement with key peak bodies some agreed principles were developed, along with proposed legislative changes for consultation. LGAT continues to engage with the State Government and key stakeholders on this issue.

COASTAL MANAGEMENT

LGAT successfully advocated to the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE) for public release of its principles for managing coastal hazards. Release of these principles has allowed councils to better communicate to affected property owners the details of the State Government’s current stance on how coastal hazards should be managed and forms a platform for future advocacy.

PARTNERSHIPS & PROJECTS

LGAT’s Community Health and Wellbeing Project developed case studies, based on the work of council Health and Wellbeing Officers, in order to build shared knowledge of their practice and hosted Health and Wellbeing Forums (Hobart and Devonport).

LGAT surveyed Members and facilitated discussion with the Minister for Mayors and LGAT’s General Management Committee regarding online bullying and harassment of councillors. Subsequently targeted training and resources were made available to Members. Resources regarding online bullying and harassment can be found on our extranet.

The LGAT 2020 Performance and Improvement Survey showed improvements in satisfaction from Members across the areas of advocacy, policy development, engagement, procurement, and training.

The Tasmanian Environmental Health Officer Workforce Development Project, which aims to address a critical skills shortage, undertook stakeholder consultations and reporting with initial findings strongly supported by councils.

COMMUNICATIONS AND PUIBLICATIONS
EVENTS & TRAINING
  • General Meetings
  • ALGA Board Meetings
  • LGAT Life Member Awards
  • LGAT Annual General Meeting
  • International Women’s Day Awards lunch
  • Storytelling for Leaders with TASCOSS
  • Workshops with Members on data access and analysis with AURIN
  • National Street Lighting Webinar
  • LGBTI Relations and Service Delivery Workshop for Members
  • Elected members Weekend in Launceston
  • Procurement Staff Vendor Panel Training
  • Elected members Weekend Training 2020
  • Food and Waste Hub Forum
  • Community Health and Wellbeing Project Forums
  • Skype sessions for new councillors
  • 107th LGAT Annual Conference
  • LGAT webinar – ‘Leading in the time of a Pandemic’.
  • LGAT Stakeholder event.
  • Mayors Professional Development Weekend
  • General Managers’ Workshops

Find out more about LGAT events and training here

TOOLS & TEMPLATES

The following new tools and templates were provided to Members:

  • Additions to the Workplace Behaviours Toolkit, including a significant update to the model employment contracts which are extensively used by councils.
  • Online social media guidance and resources for elected members and council officers designed to assist navigating the online platforms (supported through a series of regional training workshops)
  • Updating of the Tasmanian Municipal Standard Drawings and the addition of a complementary written specification both available on LGAT Website.
  • Model hardship policy with commercial addendum in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Guide to remote meetings and Covid-19 safe plans for council meetings.

Access Tools and Templates via our Extranet.