Issue 994:                                                      Week ending 5 Sep 2014

Call to Parties issued to all sides of politics
Patchwork goes live in Colac
Victorian councillor service awards
MAV Annual Conference: speakers announced
New national planning and development guidelines released
The Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry Report tabled in parliament
MAV Age-Friendly Communities and LG National Conference
Summer Fire Campaign Communications Briefing
Garage Sale Trail 2014

Release of the Victorian Coastal Strategy 2014
International Mining and Resources Conference
In social media news...

Call to Parties issued to all sides of politics

Our Call to Parties has been sent to all political parties ahead of the 29 November State election, outlining 51 commitments sought by local government.

Our key priority commitments include:

  • Respect for councils’ autonomy to determine local budgets, set rates and make decisions on behalf of the communities who elected them
  • Joint State-local government advocacy to secure appropriate Federal funding for core services and infrastructure
  • A statewide transport infrastructure plan, including a significant expansion and effective integration of the public transport network and public transport services.

We have provided all political parties with the opportunity to respond to each commitment and will publish responses on our website once received. All correspondence to political parties can be viewed online.

The Call to Parties was developed with extensive input from councils through our strategic planning process, state council resolutions, and metropolitan and rural/regional forums. We would also like to thank councils for their input during the consultation period of the Call to Parties.

Patchwork goes live in Colac

The MAV welcomes Colac Otway Shire’s 

town-wide adoption of the Patchwork program this week.

In a Victorian first, families and young people in Colac now have more responsive and accessible community and health services.

Patchwork will help multiple agencies to quickly and easily find contact details of other professionals working with the same client, and is a way for services to coordinate with each other so that better support is provided.

Colac is taking the usefulness of the Patchwork program to the next level, allowing all services in the shire to sign up.

Victorian councillor service awards

The MAV recognises the contribution of all councillors and continues our tradition of conferring awards for long serving councillors.

The awards program comprises six awards. Long service is recognised at the levels of 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 years’ service. The award of Mayor Emeritus will recognise councillors that have served three full terms or more as mayor.

Application forms for the long service award and the Mayor Emeritus award are available online.

All entries must be from current councillors and applications close on 9 October. An awards ceremony will be held at our Annual Conference dinner on 23 October.

For further information, or to apply, contact Andrew Rowe on 9667 5549.

MAV Annual Conference: speakers announced

We are still putting the finishing touches on our program for the MAV Annual Conference and Dinner on 23 October, but can confirm the following identities will be presenting:

  • The Premier, The Hon Dr Denis Napthine
  • Victorian Greens Leader, Greg Barber
  • Victorian Auditor General, John Doyle
  • ABC 774 presenter Jon Faine.

Presenters will discuss current and future challenges facing local government, and the upcoming State election.

Registrations are now open for the event, and a full program will be released shortly.

New national planning and development guidelines released

The Commonwealth Department of Education has developed national Guidelines for the Planning and Development of Child Care Facilities. The University of Technology, Sydney’s (UTS) Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government helped develop the guidelines.

These guidelines are now available for councils, developers and child care providers. The MAV and some Victorian councils were involved in their development, which illustrate examples of solid and consistent planning by councils.

Whilst the guidelines are broad for the national context, and were developed largely to address planning inconsistencies that are not always present in Victoria, they may assist councils to plan for the future child care needs of communities through their strategic planning, land use planning, and development assessment functions.

For further information, contact Jan Barrett.

The Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry Report tabled in parliament

The report, produced by a government-appointed Board of Inquiry chaired by Honourable Bernard Teague AO, contains 18 recommendations. The Victorian Government has stated it supports the 12 recommendations which apply to it; 11 of them in full, and recommendation five in principle.

The remaining recommendations are directed at the mine owner, GDF Suez.

The report covers issues including health and wellbeing, the mine regulatory regime, fire management planning, land use planning, and communications during emergencies. It commends Latrobe City Council for undertaking a door knock of the entire town of Morwell, as well as the efforts of council officers who assisted with the door knock.

Neil Comrie AO APM, who was the Implementation Monitor for the Bushfire Royal Commission, will oversee the implementation of these recommendations.

MAV Age-Friendly Communities and LG National Conference

The MAV is holding an an Age-Friendly Communities and Local Government National Conference on 29-30 October.

This conference will explore how councils can develop a vision and a whole-of-council response to creating age-friendly communities; and provide the leadership and commitment to working with older people to meet the exciting challenges of an ageing community in the 21st century.

Registrations can be made online and a full program is now available.

Summer Fire Campaign Communications Briefing

Registrations are open for the 2014/15 Summer Fire Campaign Briefing for council communications officers and emergency management officers.

The agenda will include the seasonal outlook by the Emergency Management Commissioner, Craig Lapsley along with presentations about the current messaging and priorities to improve community awareness and preparedness for bushfire/grassfire.

This free event, organised by the Department of Justice and the MAV, will be held on 14 October from 10am-3pm at MFB Burnley, 450 Burnley Street, Richmond.

Garage Sale Trail 2014

The Garage Sale Trail is back for another year on 25 October with 17 Victorian councils on board.

The Garage Sale Trail began in 2010 and organises communities around Australia to hold a garage sale on the same day to promote re-use, waste reduction to landfill and positive social interactions among communities.

Councils who partner with the trail receive resources and support to coordinate the community-wide event.

Councils who are not official partners can still get involved and promote the day to community groups, businesses, schools and households to hold a garage sale, or attend one.

Garage sales can be registered online.

Release of the Victorian Coastal Strategy 2014

The Victorian Coastal Strategy 2014 was gazetted by the Minister for Environment and Climate Change on 1 September.

The strategy is the result of extensive research and consultation with stakeholders and the community undertaken over two years.

Last year we made a submission to the strategy, and we will provide further details to members once we have finished reviewing the strategy at length.

International Mining and Resources Conference

The International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC) on 22-26 September at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre will assist a wide range of Victorian businesses to promote their capability in the mining sector in Australia and internationally.

Senior executives from major global companies such as BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, Vale, Adani and GVK Hancock will be attending IMARC. There will be several opportunities for businesses to network with procurement managers and decision makers of major resource projects.

A special deal for Victorian manufacturers has also been announced, with free entry to the exhibition hall and a $495 all-day pass to the Technical Investment Stream. Please email Renee Kjar or call 9027 5492.

In social media news...

Upcoming MAV events...

18 September

The future of local food

18 September

Maternal and child health conference

2 October

Dealing with difficult people and situations


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