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Issue 1118: 23 March 2017
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Strategic priorities
  • Rate cap hearing: The MAV has again presented to the Environment and Planning Committee’s Rate Capping Inquiry. The MAV highlighted examples how the rate capping policy is affecting councils. Our testimony focused on the difficulty rural and regional councils will have in continuing to maintain their infrastructure adequately, as well as the potential services that councils are considering rationalising as a consequence of rate capping, such as HACC, school crossing supervisors and SES funding.
  • Football grounds: With local football seasons about to get underway, advice has been provided to MAV Insurance members regarding appropriate boundary run-off distances on council owned and managed grounds. 
  • End the Freeze: In a press release on Monday, MAV President Mary Lalios has called on the Commonwealth Government to honour its promise and restore indexation of Financial Assistance Grants in the May Federal Budget. Councils are encouraged to email their Federal MP about the issue using ALGA’s End the Freeze campaign website.

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The MAV is progressing work on new webpages for the 100 year anniversary of the Maternal and Child Health Service in Victoria, including an events page to promote all the celebrations taking place across the state this year.

Councils organising local celebrations are asked to send details of their event to the MAV communications team so it can be included on the webpage. Please include the date, time, location, contact details and a picture or council logo.

A major centenary celebration is being organised with Yarra City Council, where the first service was established, on 30 June. The Premier and Minister have been invited to attend and more details will be provided to councils soon.

The MAV will also be providing councils with resources to assist the promotion of the 100 years of Maternal and Child Health, including fact sheets and social media graphics. 

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Banyule City Council won the Gold Medal in the 2017 MAV National Local Government Innovation Awards for its Sensory Friendly Festivals initiative.

The award was voted on by attendees at ‘Hacktivation: Transforming Local Government in the Innovation Era’ held on 15-16 March.

Banyule’s Sensory Friendly Festival initiative was inspired by work happening globally to support attendance of children on the autism spectrum at major sporting and culture events.

Mount Alexander Shire won the Silver Medal for its Fire Inspection App, while the City of Melbourne won the Bronze Medal for its Local Food Launchpad Program.

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The MAV hosted the inaugural local government road safety forum last week, which included presentations by both local and international speakers.

This included representatives from the Danish Road Safety Council, VicRoads, the City of Yarra, Mornington Peninsula Shire Council, and Victoria Police.

The forum was well attended and initial feedback has been positive.

Video recordings and presentation materials are available through the MAV members-only website.

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The State Government has launched the Value Creation and Capture Framework, a new strategy to achieve maximum value for Victorians from major projects.

The framework will apply to all major projects and precinct developments in Victoria, with agencies required to explore all value capture and creation options in the development of their proposals.

The MAV has previously provided feedback to Infrastructure Victoria’s Value Capture Discussion Paper, where we stated that we are opposed to councils collecting a levy for the State Government as a form of value uplift. We believe the State Revenue Office would be better equipped to implement this funding methodology.

The MAV supports the framework’s approach that project sponsors need to align their value creation objectives with those of local government as part of their stakeholder engagement processes.

The MAV has also assisted the ALGA in developing a value capture submission to assist the Federal Government in its deliberations on this matter.

For more information, contact Kevin Peachey.

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Rural and Regional Planning Conference

The MAV is calling for papers or case studies to be presented at the MAV Rural and Regional Planning Conference in Inverloch on 29-30 June.

This year’s conference will consider alternative approaches to planning and shaping communities, with a focus on sustainability. It will also explore the economic, social and environmental challenges Victorian planners face now and in the future.

The MAV welcomes all rural and regional councils and industry professionals to present a paper or case study that demonstrates innovation and an association with the conference theme.

To submit your paper or case study, or for further information, contact Michelle Croughan.

Further conference information and registration is available online.


Local Government Summit

The 2017 Future of Local Government National Summit will be held on 25-26 May.

Future shock is upon us, but our system of governance is disintegrating. We are in the midst of a crisis of confidence in government and governance, and this year’s summit aims to launch a call to action to councils across Australia.

Summit highlights will include:

  • Jonathan Carr-West, CEO, Local Government Information Unit (UK)
  • Design Charrette 2030 with Jacyl Shaw
  • Great speakers, case studies and co-design activities.

The outcomes of the summit will be discussed with the ABC, with a view to it being a ‘Q&A’ topic later this year.

More information and registration details are available online.

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  • Bridge renewal: The third round of the Federal Government’s Bridges Renewal Programme is open to support upgrades and repairs to bridges to enhance access for local communities and facilitate higher productivity vehicle access. The Federal Government will contribute up to 50 per cent of the total project cost to successful projects. Applications for round three of funding close on 15 May.
  • Preventing graffiti vandalism: Applications are open for the State Government’s Graffiti Prevention Grants. Councils are invited to apply for grants of up to $25,000 to partner with community groups to deliver local graffiti prevention initiatives. Applications close 4pm on 12 May and should be submitted online via the Community Crime Prevention website.
  • Early years awards: Applications are open for the 2017 Victorian Early Years Awards. The awards, now in their 11th year, recognise the crucial work early childhood professionals do to make a difference to the lives of Victorian children and families. Winners in each category will receive between $10,000 and $15,000 to go towards enhancing their work.

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Institute of Company Directors Course 

The 2017 Australian Institute of Company Directors Course will be held from 20-28 April at the Australian Institute of Company Directors in Melbourne.

The program is suitable for councillors, senior managers, non-executive directors, CEOs and senior executives who report to boards.

It is recommended that participants have completed the Foundations of Directorship program or have equivalent professional experience before enrolling.

For further information visit the MAV Events page or contact Julie Saylor-Briggs.

'Water Drinks' networking event

The next ‘Water Drinks’ event is being hosted by Clearwater and Stormwater Victoria on 20 April from 4pm-7pm.

The events are held quarterly to provide an opportunity to network with stormwater and Integrated Water Management (IWM) practitioners from across Victoria.

The April Water drinks will include cocktail snacks and a drink at a Melbourne City venue, which will be advised closer to the event.

Register for the event online before 13 April.

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  • Victoria’s Legislative Council has introduced e-petitions to encourage greater community engagement. Only e‑petitions hosted on the Parliament of Victoria website can be submitted for tabling in the Legislative Council and the usual rules for making a petition will still apply. For more information, see the Legislative Council’s e‑petitions webpage.
  • Christine Mackenzie, Executive Officer, Public Libraries Victoria Network, and previously CEO of Yarra Plenty Regional Library, has been successful in her nomination as President-elect of the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) 2017-19. She will take up her position as President in 2019 for a 2 year period.  IFLA is the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users.
  • Through the Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group, metro councils have secured two agreements to divert organics (food and garden waste) away from landfills. Five councils in Melbourne’s east have appointed Van Schaiks Bio Gro and Enviromix as the preferred tenderers while eight councils in Melbourne’s southeast have signed contracts with Veolia Environmental Services, Cleanaway and Sacyr Industrial to process organics.
  • The MAV Land Use Planning Bulletin was issued earlier today, which keeps you up to date with relevant legislative changes, training opportunities, advocacy and news. To subscribe to this and other MAV policy bulletins, visit our website.

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