June edition of CiVic out now
The June edition of CiVic is now available and has been sent to all councils. It can also be read online, or you can download the CiVic app.
This edition includes some great feature articles about age-friendly cities, preventing violence against women, and the innovative work of councils to create active schools.
Advertising and content deadlines are available on our website. Story ideas can be sent direct to our editor, Kristi High.
Funding for kinder teacher ratios welcome
We have welcomed the State Government’s announcement to boost kindergarten funding by $83.7 million so councils and providers can implement new staff-to-child ratios beginning in 2016.
Councils and the MAV have advocated for additional funding since the new ratios were included in the National Quality Framework which came into effect in January 2012. Under the new ratio for 2016, kindergartens will provide one educator per 11 children. The current ratio is one educator per 15 children.
We hope the State Government will continue to provide this additional support to kindergartens so they in turn can continue to support Victorian children and families.
Roads to Recovery funding boost
We have welcomed the Federal Government’s decision to further boost Roads to Recovery funding following an announcement it will be re-introducing the indexation of fuel excise to inflation.
The move is expected to raise $3.6 billion over five years to the end of 2018-19, and all future funding from the initiative will go towards road infrastructure.
The move will see the government provide an additional $1.105 billion in funding for the Roads to Recovery (R2R) Program nationally over the next two years. Victorian councils are expected to receive an extra $61.1 million in 2015-16, and an extra $163.9 million in 2016-17 – this is on top of the government’s announcement that it will double R2R funding in 2015-16.
More information on R2R is available online.
MAV Local Government Funding Vehicle: update
Earlier this year the MAV called for expressions of interest from councils looking to participate in the second issuance of the LGFV, planned for the second half of 2015. More than 20 councils have indicated participation in the second issuance.
We are working towards an issuance in October or November 2015, with a longer tenor than the inaugural issuance expected, market conditions currently favouring a 10-year term.
If your council has not yet responded to the EOI but is interested in participating in the second issuance, please contact our procurement team and request an EOI form by 30 June.
For further information regarding the LGFV, contact Cameron Spence.
Power to the People: event
The MAV and the Bank of IDEAS is holding a Power to the People conference on 26-27 August at the Mantra Bell City complex in Preston.
The annual national event continues to focus on the fact that we are living in times of unprecedented change and complexity, and that governments are becoming increasingly aware they often do not have the answers to the major challenges confronting society.
This conference explores:
- Communities transitioning beyond engagement and beyond dependency
- The global trend towards community empowerment with a new emphasis on localism
- How great communities don't just happen – they are created, nurtured and sustained by caring and involved residents.
A full program for the event is now available. Registrations can be made online.
For further information, contact John Hennessy.
Vale Cr Adrian Stubbs
The MAV sends its condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of City of Stonnington councillor Adrian Stubbs who passed away on Sunday.
Cr Stubbs was an active member of the community and was elected to council in 2012 and served one term as mayor. He will be sadly missed.
A statement has been released by the City of Stonnington.
Youth Entrepreneurship and Economic Development in LG
The MAV is running a Youth Entrepreneurship and Economic Development in Local Government workshop on 29 July.
The workshop will provide insights into youth entrepreneurship as a tool to support the mutual local government objectives of economic and community development. It will feature case studies and speakers from government and the young entrepreneurs sector. There will also be panels and interactive workshops to assist delegates in identifying practical field opportunities.
Councillors, CEOs, and officers working in the economic development, community development, youth work and council services areas will all benefit from this event.
It will be held at the MAV office, Level 11, 60 Collins Street, Melbourne. Registrations can be made online.
For further information, contact John Hennessy.
Creative Industries Strategy: MAV response
The State Government has invited input from councils to inform the development of Victoria’s first Creative Industries Strategy. The strategy is intended to grow Victoria’s creative industries and increase their social, cultural and economic value.
In response, the MAV, in conjunction with the Arts and Culture Committee, convened a local government consultation with Creative Victoria on 18 June to provide councils’ perspectives on the vision and aspirations for creative industries in Victoria. This was attended by 50 councillors and senior officers.
The MAV proposes to coordinate a brief overview response in regard to the key issues raised by councils for submission by 17 July. Councils are encouraged to attend regional consultations and make their own submissions. Councils can also send key points for the MAV submission to Clare Hargreaves by 3 July.
MAV Technology National Conference 2015
The annual MAV Technology National Conference will be held on 19-21 August, and councils are encouraged to save the date.
The conference will explore the transformative role of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in delivering services to Victorian councils and their communities.
A program will be available shortly. The event will be held at the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins Street. Registrations can be made online.
National Award for Excellence in Local Government
The MAV would like to congratulate Maroondah City Council for winning the National Award for Excellence in Local Government for its Changing Places—Changing Lives project.
The awards celebrate innovative projects that help create better communities. Other Victorian council category winners included:
- Northern Grampians Shire Council for From Italy to Stawell—the Stawell Underground Physics Laboratory
- South Gippsland Shire Council for Gippsland Safe Freight Network
- Mildura Rural City Council for Flexible Learning Options Connect.
A full list of winners is available online.
Consultation on Regional Network Development Plan
The State Government has initiated a consultation process to collect the thoughts and strategies of the community and stakeholders to inform the creation of the Regional Network Development Plan. This plan intends on setting out the priorities for regional public transport services, infrastructure and investment in the next 20-30 years.
A Regional Transport Advisory Group with representatives selected from across Victoria will advise the government during the consultation process and drive consultation with local communities and councils. The engagement process will facilitate two types of workshops - community and stakeholder. It is understood that councils will be invited to the stakeholder meetings, but council representatives are welcome to attend the community workshops as well.
Please check the PTV website for updates of the dates for this consultation process.
Policy, People & Prevention: Ending violence against women
VicHealth is holding a conference called Policy, People and Prevention: Ending violence against women in Victoria, targeted at senior officers and decision makers in state and local government.
The conference will include presentations from a range of leaders and experts to describe how they are addressing the root causes of violence across portfolios – in sports, education, business, health, justice, employment, planning and infrastructure.
Attendees will learn how every government official and every policy officer can shape a Victorian community that is safer, more respectful and more equal in the future.
The event will be held on 14-15 July at the State Library of Victoria from 9am-5pm. Registrations can be made online.
Victorian Coastal Awards for Excellence
Nominations are now open for the Victorian Coastal Awards for Excellence.
The awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding achievements of people preserving and enhancing Victoria’s coastal and marine environments.
Nominations are being sought in the following categories: natural environment, education, community engagement, design and building, planning and management, and outstanding individual achievement.
Nominations close midnight 2 August.
ARA Annual Report of the Year Awards
A range of Victorian councils have been recognised at the Australasian Reporting Awards (ARA).
The awards provide an opportunity for organisations to benchmark their reports against the ARA criteria. The awards are open to all organisations that produce an annual report.
The Borough of Queenscliffe won Best First Time Entry, and Glen Eira City Council won the Governance Reporting Award in the public sector, and the Sustainability Reporting Award.
Ten Victorian councils took home Gold Awards for their annual reports including Queenscliffe, Boroondara, Greater Geelong, Kingston, Stonnington, Glen Eira, Macedon Ranges, Manningham, Surf Coast, and Yarra Ranges.
A full list of winners is available online.
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