Issue 1015:                                              Week ending 20 February 2015

MAV Elections
Presidential Candidate Forums
Meeting with Minister Mikakos
Reform of the Federation White Paper roundtable
MAV Aboriginal Employment Project e-bulletin

Connecting Communities Event
2015 GCA Conference: call for speakers
Green Army Round 3 now open for applications
Back to School competition

Sustainable Cities 2015 awards: entries open
EOI for Victorian Coastal Council and Regional Coastal Boards

Venue change for Stormwater Victoria and Clearwater event
In social media news...

MAV Elections

Nominations for candidacy for President and regional representatives for the MAV elections closed on 13 February.

We congratulate the seven board members that were uncontested:

  • Metro South East: Cr Coral Ross
  • Metro South: Cr Geoff Lake
  • Rural North Central: Cr Rod Fyffe
  • Rural North East: Cr Mark Byatt (new member)
  • Rural North West: Cr Gary Norton
  • Rural South Central: Cr David Clark
  • Rural South West: Cr Ruth Gstrein

Five regions have been contested. Candidates are:

  • Interface: Cr Mary Lalios and Cr Helen Coleman
  • Metro Central: Cr Oscar Yildiz, Cr Stephen Mayne, Cr Jackie Fristacky and Cr Bernadene Voss
  • Metro East: Cr Andrew Munroe, Cr Tom Melican and Cr Peter Lockwood
  • Metro West: Cr Angela Altair and Cr Kathy Majdlik
  • Rural Gippsland: Cr Malcolm Hole and Cr Kimberley Brown

Two candidates are contesting the MAV presidency; Cr Bill McArthur and Cr Andrew Munroe.

Voting information can be found on the Victorian Electoral Commission’s website.

Presidential Candidate Forums

Three Presidential Candidate Forums will provide MAV representatives with the opportunity to meet candidates Cr Bill McArthur, Golden Plains Shire Council and Cr Andrew Munroe, Whitehorse City Council (in ballot order), and ask questions about their respective election platforms. The dates for the forums are:

  • 23 February, 5pm at the Benalla Performing Arts Centre, 57 Samaria Rd, Benalla
  • 25 February, 5pm at the Stawell Entertainment Centre, Town Hall, 63 -65 Main St, Stawell
  • 26 February, 5pm at the MAV Level 11, 60 Collins St, Melbourne (webcast available).

Registrations can be made online.

Meeting with Minister Mikakos

Last week, the MAV had a very productive meeting with Minister for Families and Children and Youth Affairs, Jenny Mikakos, who offered to establish quarterly meetings going forward.

Minister Mikakos indicated that she values the contribution councils make to the planning and provision of universal services, as well as the support provided to vulnerable children, families and young people.

In line with the State Government’s Call to Parties commitment, it was also agreed to align sector advocacy with the State to the Commonwealth around ongoing funding for 15 hours of kindergarten, and the priorities Victoria would like considered by the Federal Government in the forthcoming ’families package’.

Following further discussion with the Minister’s office, the MAV will provide materials to councils to progress the 15 hours campaign as soon as possible with Federal MPs.

Please see our website for more information on 15 hours of kindergarten.

Reform of the Federation White Paper roundtable

The MAV attended the Reform of the Federation White Paper roundtable last week, hosted by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, and the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet, to discuss the impact it will have on local government.

Our President spoke at the roundtable and expressed our views on cuts to Financial Assistance Grants, and rate capping.

We also attended a second roundtable specifically focused on early childhood and schools. We raised the issue of the need for enduring National Partnership arrangements to be agreed by COAG in areas such as kindergarten funding for the year prior to school.

The White Paper processes on Federation and Taxation will be explored in further detail at the ALGA’s National General Assembly in Canberra on 14-17 June. Registrations are now open.

MAV Aboriginal Employment Project e-bulletin

The first edition of the MAV Aboriginal employment e-bulletin for 2015 is now available.

It provides an update on the local government Aboriginal employment framework, and current news and events relevant to Aboriginal employment and engagement.

For more information or to subscribe, contact Lidia Thorpe. See more of the MAV's work on Aboriginal employment on our website.

Connecting Communities Event

Telstra, a preferred ICT supplier, in conjunction with the MAV, are hosting an event for councils on 11 March. This event will cover a number of areas of interest, including: connected city capabilities; occupational health and safety in the mobile workplace; fleet tracking; and accessibility needs within the community.

Telstra has invested a lot into developing solutions that specifically addresses key challenges for councils, such as: asset and infrastructure utilisation, sustainability and green reporting, cost containment, duress and lone worker legislation, OH&S, safety of the community and liability, and serving the community of the blind, vision/hearing impaired, physically disabled and aged.

This event will give you a great opportunity to hear from Telstra, peers, and experts. The day will be focused on your challenges and creating outcomes for councils, rather than technology.

For further information, please email Cameron Spence, or call 9667 5554.

2015 GCA Conference: call for speakers

The annual Government Communications Australia Conference for communications, engagement, social media, and customer service professionals in the government sector will be held on 13-15 May at Jameson Amora, Sydney.

Guest speakers include senior government representatives, professionals from corporate and non-profit sectors, and international speakers. The conference provides a platform from which to develop, build and strengthen relationships; source new ideas; and gather relevant up-to-date technical data and practical skills.

The call for speakers is now open. If you are interested in sharing your knowledge, insights and communications success stories, please send an abstract of approximately 250 words (including presentation title) and a brief speaker bio to Caryn Morgan, or call (02) 9810 2701.

Green Army Round 3 now open for applications

Community organisations, environment groups and local councils around Australia are invited to nominate new Green Army projects to support practical environment and conservation activities in their region, with Round 3 of the programme now open for applications.

The Green Army gives Australians aged 17-24 years the opportunity for training and experience in environmental and conservation fields and to explore careers in conservation management.

To be eligible for Round 3, projects sponsors must have at least one project ready to begin between 1 June 2015 and 30 June 2016.

Applications close on 17 March.

Back to School competition

Councils are asked to encourage young community members to enter a new VicRoads competition.

Entries need to include 25 words or less on how your school crossing supervisor keeps you safe. Three winners will take home a $100 Officeworks voucher each, to set them up with the best gear for the school year.

Entries close on 29 March and can be emailed to VicRoads. Full terms and conditions are available.

Sustainable Cities 2015 awards: entries open

Entries for the Keep Australia Beautiful Victoria – Sustainable Cities Awards are now open.

The awards recognise and reward local councils, community groups, schools and individuals who demonstrate innovation, leadership and commitment through positive action to protect and enhance their local environment.

Entries are open until 16 March and can be made online.

EOI for Victorian Coastal Council and Regional Coastal Boards

The Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water is seeking expressions of interest for appointment to the Victorian Coastal Council and the three Regional Coastal Boards. There are 36 positions to be filled, effective 1 July.

Information about the recruitment process and application forms are available online. Any questions should be directed to Ms Sashani Llyanaarachchi on (03) 9637 8980.

The deadline for expressions of interest is midnight, 1 March.

Venue change for Stormwater Victoria and Clearwater event

In a recent edition of the MAV bulletin we promoted an event called Delivering Value in Integrated Water Management: How Much are ‘Multiple Benefits’ Really Worth?

The venue of this seminar has changed, and will now be held at Victoria University – City Convention Centre, Level 12, 300 Flinders Street, Melbourne, from 8am-10am on 26 February.

Registrations can be made online.

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