Gaming regulation and legislation
This week the MAV met with the office of the Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation, Jane Garrett to discuss local government's concerns with the majority of poker machines being located in communities that can least afford gambling losses. We also discussed the Enough Pokies campaign which launched last year, which is a partnership between the MAV, the Salvation Army, the Inter-Church Taskforce on Gambling, and councils.
The changes that the MAV and councils are seeking to the legislation were outlined. Common interest was expressed in finding solutions and minimising harm to the community, and there is general agreement that timelines and costs for councils are unnecessarily prohibitive.
We will continue to liaise with the Minister’s office and the regulator, and will provide updates as soon as possible on any concrete legislative, policy or practice reforms.
For further information, contact Jan Black.
Victoria’s Creative Industries Strategy
The State Government’s Creative Industries Strategy Discussion Paper, released in June, reinforces Victoria’s leading position within the creative and cultural industries, and in particular the significant contribution these industries make to the economic, social and cultural life of Victorians.
The MAV submission to the strategy has been prepared with significant input from councils, and oversight from the MAV Arts and Culture Committee.
Given the major role and investment by local government in the arts, culture and libraries, of the 11 recommendations put forward, our key recommendation is that the partnership between Creative Victoria and the sector through the MAV is strengthened, and that local government is closely involved in the ongoing development of the Creative Industries Strategy for Victoria.
For further information, contact Clare Hargreaves.
Home and Community Care (HACC) Fees
The State Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has now provided the 2015/16 HACC Fees Schedule, with increases set at the HACC programme indexation, and the annual income levels adjusted for consistency with the Centrelink pensions means testing levels.
This was delayed in anticipation of changes to accommodate the proposed national Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) Fee Policy which would apply in Victoria from mid-2016.
However, based on consultation feedback on the draft CHSP Fee Policy and schedule, and the decision announced in the Federal Budget to move towards having one home care programme from 2018, the Federal Government announced it will not immediately introduce a uniform, national CHSP Fees Policy in 2015/16, but rather will introduce a set of fee principles for service providers, following further consultation.
For further information, contact Derryn Wilson.
Casserole Club Showcase event
FutureGov and the MAV invite councils to attend a showcase of the Casserole Club which has been rolled out in Boroondara, Macedon Ranges and Moreland councils.
At the event you will hear from cooks, diners and councils who have already commissioned Casserole Club, and about how Casserole Club can create a positive force for change in a community by addressing social isolation and linking generations and neighbours.
The event is free and will be held at Kinfolk, 673 Bourke Street, Melbourne on 11 August from 10am – 12pm.
Bookings can be made online. For further information, contact Jan Bruce.
Future of Local Food Conference: MAV event
The MAV will host a second Future of Local Food Conference, in partnership with Backyard Harvest and Sequence Digital, following the success of last year’s inaugural event.
This year we showcase food system innovation, strategy and inspiration. It will be an opportunity to share experiences and explore how to design food systems to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
This event is suitable for councillors and local government professionals, as well as community groups and industry professionals.
A full program is now available with a range of speakers including:
- Adam Grubb, Very Edible Gardens
- Kat Lavers, My Smart Garden Sustainability Officer
- Vanessa Kwaitkowski and Mat Lumalasi, Melbourne City Rooftop Honey.
It will be held on 10 – 11 September at Treasury Theatre, 1 Macarthur Street, East Melbourne. Registrations can be made online.
Procurement Leaders Conference: registrations open
As part of the MAV’s ongoing commitment to supporting the performance of the sector, MAV Procurement is excited to host the second annual Procurement Leaders Conference on 3 – 4 September. This year the conference will be held at the Novotel Forest Resort Creswick, and will focus on the latest trends and innovations in procurement.
The conference will provide a unique opportunity for current and aspiring procurement leaders to undertake an intensive program designed to showcase the latest examples of innovative approaches in procurement strategy within government and private sectors.
It will be led by skilled facilitators and include presentations, workshops, and discussions with highly respected leaders from a variety of disciplines.
The program will be available shortly. Registrations can be made online.
Facilitating Living Smart course
The MAV and the Bank of Ideas will hold a two-day Facilitating Living Smart course, run by Shani Graham and Tim Darby of Ecoburbia on 24 & 28 August.
Living Smart is an award-winning sustainable education program that focuses not just on what people can do to reduce their environmental footprint, but developing a community of others wanting to do the same.
This facilitator training will leave participants able to present this program in their own communities.
This training is not only for those presenting Living Smart, but for anyone interested in learning more about sustainable behaviour change and/or becoming a better facilitator.
It will be held at the MAV office, Level 11, 60 Collins Street, Melbourne. Registrations can be made online.
Graffiti Prevention Grants: applications now open
Applications are now open for the 2015–16 Graffiti Prevention Grants.
Victorian councils are invited to apply for grants of up to $25,000 to partner with community groups to deliver local graffiti prevention initiatives.
The Graffiti Prevention Grants are part of the Victorian Government’s Community Crime Prevention Program which helps promote community safety and prevent crime in communities across Victoria.
Community organisations and groups that may be eligible to partner with councils include:
- Incorporated and non-incorporated not-for-profit community organisations
- Local groups and organisations which represent special interests and issues eg. schools, youth, environment, heritage, cultural and sporting groups, residents groups
- Local retailers, small businesses and local trader associations
- Local police
- Public transport and utility companies.
Applications close on 18 September. For further information call 1300 221 249, or contact the Department of Justice via email.
Creative councils for creative communities
The ACELG has published a report called Creative councils for creative communities produced by Marrickville Council (NSW) and the UTS Centre for Local Government.
The resource emphasises the role of creativity as a prerequisite to innovation in local government, particularly during a time of change and reform to the local government sector.
The paper explores current thinking about creativity in communities, organisations and the public sector, and discusses an approach taken within Marrickville Council about organisational creativity that could be considered by other councils wishing to operate in a more creative and innovative way.
Heatwave plan for Victoria: feedback wanted
The Department of Health and Human Services is updating the Heatwave plan for Victoria, and the Staying Healthy in the Heat communication resources for the 2015-2016 summer. The updated plan will take into account the State Heat Plan and whole of Victorian Government messaging.
The Department also ran a Heat Health Campaign through radio, social media and news media. They are seeking feedback on the key messages and artwork used to refine the campaign for the 2015-2016 summer.
Feedback can be given on the heatwave plan and communication resources, and on the Heat Health Campaign. The surveys will be open until 31 July.
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