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Issue 1093: 9 September 2016
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Strategic priorities
  • Councillor Service Awards: The MAV would like to congratulate the 40 recipients of our 2016 Councillor Service Awards. Councillors from across Victoria received their awards at last night’s MAV Annual Dinner for 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 years of service to their community. The Mayor Emeritus was awarded to 10 councillors who have served three or more full terms as mayor. A full list of winners is available on our website.
  • Candidate nominations and caretaker: Nominations for council elections open next week from 15 September, and close at midday on 20 September. Councils are reminded that the election caretaker period begins following the close of nominations on 20 September.
  • Have you subscribed? The MAV produces a range of policy e-bulletins each month including Environment, Human Services and Procurement to keep the sector up-to-date on the latest local government news. You can check out current and past issues and subscribe online.
The annual fire season briefing session for councils will be held on 28 September.

Hosted by the Department of Justice and Regulation in partnership with the MAV, the session includes a presentation from Craig Lapsley, Emergency Management Commissioner. Other speakers from State departments and emergency services agencies will be providing updates for councils ahead of the summer fire season.

The briefing will include an overview of Fire Action Week (scheduled for 23-30 October); a seasonal outlook; relief and recovery arrangements; and State bushfire and heat-related campaign and policy updates.

Registrations are open online, and an agenda is also available. Council communications and emergency management staff are encouraged to attend.

The MAV held a successful forum this week addressed by the Minister for Families and Children, Jenny Mikakos (pictured with MAV CEO, Rob Spence), with over 100 council representatives and State Government colleagues.

The forum discussed the development of a 10-year Early Years Compact (to support Victorian children and families) between the MAV on behalf of local government, the Department of Education and Training (DET), and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

Councils indicated that the concept of a ‘Compact’ resonated with them, especially with both DET and DHHS at the table. A draft Compact will be sent to all councils shortly, with feedback reviewed prior to formal consideration of the final document by MAV members after the council elections.

For further information, contact Clare Hargreaves.

Our Power to the People Conference on 14-15 September will include a thought-provoking session on the use of citizen juries.

The session, run by Max Hardy of Max Hardy Consultants, and Iain Walker, Executive Director at The newDemocracy Foundations, will explore this creative way to achieve real community engagement in decision-making.

Max and Iain, who between them have been involved in most of the citizens juries in Australia, will cover a number of case studies and variations in the methodology in their presentations.

Registrations for the conference can be made online.

Following last week’s release of the Department of Environment, Land, Water, and Planning’s (DELWP) Marine and Coastal Act consultation paper, a range of workshops have been scheduled in Victoria to discuss the paper.

DELWP will hold practitioner workshops in the following locations:

  • Melbourne: 12 September, 9am - 12pm
  • Traralgon: 3 October, 2pm - 5pm
  • Torquay: 11 October, 10am - 1pm
  • Warrnambool: 13 October, 9am - 12pm

For further details and to RSVP email

The MAV will be drafting a response to the paper in consultation with the sector. The deadline for submissions is 23 October. The MAV contact is Claire Dunn.


Come along to our 2016 Victorian Local Government Multicultural Issues Network Forum (VLGMIN) on 21 September.

Walkley Award winning ABC journalist Rafael Epstein will facilitate the day exploring the benefits, barriers and business of harnessing the economic advantages of Victoria’s cultural diversity.

An impressive list of presenters will address the forum including Chair of the Victorian State Practitioners Network for Economic Development Australia, Bruce Marshall.

The forum is delivered in partnership with the Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria, and Welcoming Cities, and hosted by the City of Greater Geelong.

Registrations can be made online.


We are holding a range of MAV Procurement courses in October and November as part of our 2016 Procurement and Contract Management Excellent Series.

The first in the series is Probity and Risk Management on 4 October.

The course will cover conflicts of interest, awareness of corruption, consistent and transparent approaches with suppliers, and ethical warning signs.

It will be held from 9am-1.30pm at the MAV Office, Level 11, 60 Collins Street, Melbourne.

Registrations can be made online.

  • There is still time to apply for the VicHealth Alcohol Culture Change Initiative for Local Councils, with applications closing on 13 September. The initiative is open to all Victorian councils who are interested in finding solutions to cultures of risky drinking in their local community. Applications require a mandatory research partner. A new resource has been uploaded to the VicHealth website to assist councils identify a suitable research partner.
  • Councils are invited to apply for funding as part of the next round of Melbourne Water’s Living Rivers program. The program offers councils funding, expertise and guidance to build understanding, skills and commitment for managing stormwater within an integrated water management approach. Applications opened on 2 September and close at 5pm on 5 October.

Have your say: MAV communications survey

The MAV is seeking feedback on our current publications and communications channels to gain a better understanding of what our members receive, read and find useful.

As a loyal bulletin subscriber you are invited to have your say and participate in our MAV Communications Survey.

Your views about our current communications will help us to improve the information we provide, and ensure our member communications are informative, timely and meet your needs.

The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete and all responses are anonymous. The survey closes on 23 September.

Local government health and wellbeing indicators

In October VicHealth will release selected findings from the VicHealth indicators survey conducted in 2015, which includes approximately 300 respondents from each local government area.

The indicators include subjective wellbeing; safety; physical activity; sedentary behaviour; healthy eating; alcohol consumption and related social norms; mental wellbeing; and gender equality.

Some indicators have changed from the 2011 survey to ensure alignment with VicHealth’s Action Agenda and to reflect recommendations arising from consultation with the MAV, councils and other key stakeholders.

  • The Heart Foundation's has launched its Australian Heart Maps that bring together, for the first time, a national picture of hospital admission rates for heart-related conditions at a national, state, regional and where possible, at a local government level. They can act as a valuable tool for health professionals, health services, local government, researchers and policy makers.
  • The National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility has launched CoastAdapt to support adaptation to coastal climate change and sea-level rise. CoastAdapt is an online resource that includes tools and information on the science of climate change, risks, effective response options, and likely costs of action. It is currently available in beta version for review and consultation. A final version will be released in early 2017.
  • Over seven million Census forms have now been received by the ABS, with around one and a half million forms still to be collected. The ABS Secure Paper Data Capture centre has received over 2.6 million paper forms and has commenced scanning these.

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