Issue 974:                                                      Week ending 18 April 2014

CiVic magazine out now
Minister Lovell supports MAV MCH project
Annual Report Writing Workshop
Early Childhood Agreement for Children in Out of Home Care
Dealing with Difficult People program
MAV Rural and Regional Planning Conference program announced
National Local Government Cultural Forum meeting
Emergency Risks in Victoria report
ALGWA conference ‘Where the City Meets the Country’
Stormwater Victoria Conference
World Environment Day Awards

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CiVic magazine out now

The first issue of CiVic magazine for 2014 is out now. Councils can expect copies of CiVic to arrive before Easter. You can also read it online or via our iPad app.

CiVic showcases good news stories from Victorian councils. In this issue, learn about how local government is supporting and embracing Victoria’s Aboriginal community, Darebin’s new “shimmy” bicycle trails and Casey’s planned new cultural precinct.

If you have stories you would like featured in the next edition, contact Kristi High at Puffafish. Like CiVic magazine on Facebook to hear more about featured stories.

Minister Lovell supports MAV MCH project

The MAV met with State Minister for Children and Early Childhood Development Wendy Lovell to discuss the MAV’s proposal to support councils to develop a new data management system for the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) service.

The minister indicated that the State is supportive of the project, which will be undertaken in close collaboration with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD). The project is ready to proceed to the detailed specification stage.

The MAV also discussed the issue of universal access (UA) to 15 hours of kindergarten with the minister, including strategies to ensure ongoing funding for the current rollout in Victoria.

The minister raised the Victorian position on UA at the Standing Council on School Education and Early Childhood in Canberra this month. Ministers agreed upon a number of reforms to the Education and Care Services National Regulations. Decisions regarding UA are awaiting outcome of the 2014 Review of the National Partnership Agreement.

The MAV will provide information to all councils to support advocacy with Federal and State MPs on the importance of maintaining funding for 15 hours of kindergarten.

Annual Report Writing Workshop

The MAV is again hosting our annual reporting writing workshop to assist local government officers to prepare their 2013-14 annual reports. The workshop, to be held on Monday 26 May, aims to support the continuous improvement of local government annual reporting.

By completing the workshop, participants will gain an enhanced understanding of best practice annual reporting structure, content and communication and how to plan, manage and deliver a local government annual report.

Phil Hughes, founder and principal at Hughes Strategic Consulting, will facilitate the workshop. Phil is a highly experienced annual reporting advisor, analyst and workshop facilitator. Since 2006, Phil has worked with more than 20 local councils on best practice annual and sustainability reporting. Phil is also a judge on the MAV Annual Report Awards committee.

Places for the workshop are filling fast—to register, visit the MAV events website.

Early Childhood Agreement for Children in Out of Home Care

The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) has released the Early Childhood Agreement for Children in Out-of-Home Care.

The agreement reflects the shared commitment of the DEECD, the Department of Human Services, the Municipal Association of Victoria and the Early Learning Association of Australia to children who live in out-of-home care.

The agreement aims to increase the participation of children in out-of-home care (OoHC) in high-quality education and care, with a focus on Maternal and Child Health (MCH) and kindergarten services, by identifying shared aspirations and setting out clear roles and responsibilities.

This agreement involves a strengthened role for local government, to ensure that children in OoHC are engaged in appropriate early childhood services. In the first instance, this involves local government nominating a key contact (for example, the MCH Coordinator) to work through implementation at the local level.

For more information, contact Clare Hargreaves on 9667 5543.

Dealing with Difficult People program

The MAV's Dealing with Difficult People program is designed to assist anyone that deals with people, whether they are colleagues, citizens, stakeholders or others. The program will improve your communication and assist you in achieving outcomes.

The program includes role plays and opportunities for questions and discussion.

Managing Director of MaST Australia, Roger Ballantine will facilitate the program. Roger has over 30 years-experience training in the corporate, NGO and government sectors.

The one-day program is to be held on 9, 23 and 29 May. To register, visit the MAV events website.

For further information, contact Andrew Rowe on 9667 5549.

MAV Rural and Regional Planning Conference program announced

This winter, all roads lead to the Yarra Valley. The annual MAV Rural and Regional Planning Conference, to be held at the Yarra Valley Lodge in Chirnside Park on 26-27 June, is the perfect place to see what is around the corner for planning outside of metropolitan Melbourne.

The conference program is packed with a range of expert speakers including Minister for Planning and Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship, Matthew Guy and Deputy Secretary of the Department of Transport Planning and Local Infrastructure, Christine Wyatt.

The conference also includes networking opportunities and a range of sessions to choose from, including on securing regional industries with CEO Australian Food and Grocery Council, Gary Dawson; reviving rural and regional towns with Director City Design at the City of Melbourne, Prof. Rob Adams; and ‘un-planning the future’ with CEO of Renew Australia, Marcus Westbury.

The Yarra Valley Lodge has also generously agreed to provide discount accommodation for those who wish to extend their stay.

Capacity is limited—get your registrations in quickly. Visit the MAV events website for further details.

National Local Government Cultural Forum meeting

The third meeting of the National Local Government Cultural Forum, held in Brisbane on 19 March, considered progress on the group’s priority areas.

The Cultural Forum is a meeting of cultural policy and planning representatives from Australia’s capital cities and local government associations, the Commonwealth Ministry for the Arts and the Australian Council for the Arts.

At the forum’s March meeting, representatives resolved to examine current structures supporting integrated planning for arts and cultural policy, provide an overview of local government relationships with state agencies and other peak bodies, carry out a review of existing arts and cultural data and undertake research about what data, is currently used and sought by councils.

Emergency Risks in Victoria report

The Department of Justice last week released a report of the 2012-13 State Emergency Risk Assessment project. Emergency Risks in Victoria reports on 15 significant emergency risks, outlining why each of the risks exists in Victoria and what arrangements are in place to address each risk. The highest priority risks identified are bushfire, flood and pandemic influenza.

The report does not attempt to predict when a disaster may occur. It examines each risk’s likelihood and the impact of emergencies on the community, infrastructure, economy, and environment. The report will be updated every few years.

For more information, contact Martijn Gough.

ALGWA conference ‘Where the City Meets the Country’

The Australian Local Government Women’s Association (ALGWA) annual conference ‘Where the City Meets the Country—supporting community leadership’ is calling for final registrations.

The conference includes addresses from Women’s Trust Executive Director Mary Crooks, the enterprising western female mayors, innovation expert Rowena Morrow, community activist Amanda Gibson and a discussion about the latest in the local government empowering women movement with the MAV’s Kellie Nagle and Women’s Health Victoria’s Rita Butera.

The conference will be held at the Eltham Community and Reception Centre in Nillumbik Shire on 1-2 May.

Stormwater Victoria Conference

This year’s Stormwater Victoria Conference will be held at the Novotel Forest Resort, Creswick, from 5-7 May.

The conference will examine change and opportunities in the stormwater industry in Victoria.

The conference program includes a keynote address from CEO of the Office of Living Victoria (OLV) Mike Waller. His presentation will be will be followed by an OLV panel session, giving attendees the opportunity to get direct feedback from the people who are driving the new Water Reform agenda.

World Environment Day Awards

This week is your last opportunity to nominate for the World Environment Day Awards 2014.

Each year, in support of United Nations World Environment Day (5 June), the United Nations Association of Australia recognises innovative and outstanding environmental initiatives and projects.

These national awards recognise and showcase initiatives across 12 categories that display innovation and dedication in their work to protect, manage or restore our environment.

Entries close on Thursday 17 April at 5pm.

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Upcoming MAV events...

29 April

Evaluation & Negotiation in local government (Colac)

30 April-1 May

MAV Environment Conference

6 May

Cultural planning in local government (Camperdown)


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