Issue 1023:                                                  Week ending 17 April 2015

MAV Draft Strategic Work Plan: feedback required
MAV State Council: motions reminder
Financial Assistance Grants campaign
LG Infrastructure Conference

MAV Technology Annual Conference: save the date
The art of revitalising small towns and communities
Local Government Forest and Timber Industry Conference
ACELG research: leadership and partnership
Customer-led service design: a master class for council staff

Australian Association of Social Workers training events
In social media news...

MAV Draft Strategic Work Plan: feedback required

The MAV’s Draft Strategic Work Plan has been circulated to members for feedback.

The draft plan has been prepared following extensive member consultation including eight strategic planning sessions held throughout the state in February and March this year.

The plan has seven priority areas including rate capping, Financial Assistance Grant indexation and federation and taxation reform, and innovation, efficiency and productivity of local government

The MAV welcomes written submissions for amendments to the draft plan, ending close of business 24 April. Please email submissions to Lisa Bennetto.

Each submission will be acknowledged and will be considered by the MAV Board for inclusion in the final plan, which will be presented for consideration and endorsement by the MAV State Council on 15 May.

MAV State Council: motions reminder

Councils are reminded that motions to be submitted for the MAV State Council in May are due by 17 April.

Councils are encouraged and welcome to submit motions on issues of significance to the local government sector. The State Council Motion template is available for councils to download.

State Council will be held on 15 May from 9am. Registrations can be made online. It will be held in the Auditorium at the Sofitel Melbourne, 25 Collins Street.

Financial Assistance Grants campaign

An Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) campaign to restore the indexation of Financial Assistance Grants is underway.

The campaign also calls for the Federal Government to consider the adequacy of the quantum of Financial Assistance Grants, and the indexation methodology in the future.

Councils will be receiving a letter from the ALGA president, urging them to adopt a resolution acknowledging the importance of Financial Assistance Grants in the delivery of vital local services and infrastructure, and ensuring that the positive impacts of these payments are publicly acknowledged.

Councils are also being encouraged to seek the support of Federal Coalition MPs in raising the matter with the Treasurer about the importance of restoring the indexation.

More information about Financial Assistance Grants is available on our website.

LG Infrastructure Conference

The MAV is hosting the 2015 National Local Government Infrastructure and Asset Management Conference, on 14-15 May at the Rydges Melbourne Hotel.

The event will focus on:

  • Exploring the broadening scope of infrastructure management at a time of rapid change
  • Strengthening leadership and influence to deliver better outcomes in a sustainable manner
  • Integrating community priorities, asset management and service planning.

Speakers include Ray Bongiorno, Director, Sweett Group; Lucinda Hartley, CEO, CoDesign Studio; and Menno Henneveld, Vice President, World Roads Association.

A full program is now available. Registrations can be made online.

MAV Technology Annual Conference: save the date

Councils should save the date for this year’s MAV Technology Annual Conference on 19-21 August.

This year's conference is going national with invitations to participate being extended to local government associations from across Australia. The program will be available soon, so mark your diary for our best event yet.

Further information about MAV Technology is available online.

The art of revitalising small towns and communities

The MAV is holding an event called Small Town Sexy which will be held on 8 May.

It will be an inspiring and practical thought-provoking day with Kim Huston (USA), author of ‘Small Town Sexy’, and president of Nelson Economic Development Agency. Kim is from Bardstown, Kentucky, USA, voted the most beautiful small town in America.

She will be joined by Gilbert Rochecouste of Village Well, one of the world’s leading place-makers who has helped revitalise hundreds of small towns, main streets and communities over the last 25 years.

Together they will discuss:

  • DNA of successful small towns
  • Ten steps to small town renewal
  • Working collaboratively
  • How to mobilise the community
  • Delivering small wins that work
  • Successful small town retail and business activation ideas
  • Keeping and engaging youth in place
  • Successful social and civic entrepreneurship strategies that have catalysed renewal.

It will be held at the Mercure Treasury Gardens, 13 Spring Street, Melbourne from 10am-4pm. Registrations can be made online. For further information, contact John Hennessy.

Local Government Forest and Timber Industry Conference

A full program for the National Timber Councils Association (NTCA) Local Government Forest and Timber Industry Conference is now available.

The conference on 29-30 April at Bayview Eden, Melbourne will include presentations from:

  • Tim Lee, ABC Landline presenter
  • Rob De Fegely, President Institute of Foresters Australia, Co-Chair FIAC
  • Senator Ricky Muir
  • Sean O’Malley, Planet Ark
  • Senator Richard Colbeck, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minster for Agriculture.

It will also include a walking tour of the Docklands' cross laminated timber buildings including Forté Apartments, the world’s tallest timber apartments, and the City of Melbourne’s Docklands Library.

Registrations can be made online.

ACELG research: leadership and partnership

Two new research papers were released by the Australian Centre for Excellence in Local Government (ACELG) last week.

Councils learning from each other: An Australian case study explores how councils can work together to develop solutions to common problems and challenges, particularly within the context of sector reforms. The paper identifies the mechanisms which facilitate inter-council learning, and how such mechanisms can support local governance initiatives, reform processes, and approaches to local government education and capacity building.

Council approaches to leadership: Research into good practice reviews a number of council approaches to leadership development identified as ‘good practice’. Using examples from eight Australian councils, the study outlines examples that work well to build the leadership capacity of local government managers.

Both research papers were produced by the UTS Centre for Local Government for the ACELG.

Customer-led service design: a master class for council staff

The RedQuadrant Academy is running a master class for council staff, hosted by Boroondara City Council for two sessions on 21-22 April and 23-24 April.

The training is based on the most effective service transformation programme in UK local government. It builds on current techniques with:

  • Deeper analysis of service demands and their causes to find new ways to connect with the community
  • Agile techniques: moving beyond service reviews
  • Helping councils achieve transformational change.

For more information, call 9013 7230.

Australian Association of Social Workers training events

The Australian Association of Social Workers Victorian Branch (AASW) is offering a number of training opportunities and events.

Events are relevant to Allied Health Practitioners and those working in community organisations, and might be of interest to council staff.

More information is available online.

In social media news...

Upcoming MAV events...

22 April

Social enterprise and economic development in local government workshop

23 April

Company Directors Course

29 April

Planning and specification development course


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