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Issue 1096: 29 September 2016
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Strategic priorities
  • Planning fees win: The MAV has welcomed the State Government’s new planning fees. The State has adopted option 3 from the Regulatory Impact Statement, which was our preferred option. Further information below.
  • Candidate statements: Council election candidate statements are now available online, along with questionnaires. Ballot packs will be sent between 4-6 October.
  • Flood recovery: As we head into the long-weekend with predictions of continued severe weather, the MAV would like to commend all 27 councils who continue to play a vital role assisting their communities to recover from the recent floods across Victoria. The role of councils during extreme weather conditions is not without challenges, but through collaborative efforts with government and emergency agencies, affected councils can be proud of their efforts in assisting communities through difficult circumstances.
  • Last chance to have your say: Our communications survey will close on 30 September, so please complete it now if you would like to give feedback on all areas of MAV communication.
The MAV has welcomed new planning fees that will create a fairer system for communities, following a decade of inequity.

The new fees will see annual indexation restored, and will return an estimated additional $40 million in fees per annum to councils (according to the Regulatory Impact Statement).

Current planning fees cover about 20 – 30 per cent of councils’ planning costs and the new fees are expected to cover 60 – 70 per cent of councils’ planning costs.

It is pleasing that the government has acted upon many of the concerns raised by councils and the MAV throughout the review process.

We would like to congratulate the 10 councils who received a share in $345,000 of Victorian Government funding for prevention of violence against women projects. The MAV administered the grants and was part of the assessment process.

We received 31 applications from Victorian councils who sought a total of $1.7 million in funding.

Councils who received funding were Latrobe, Darebin, Maroondah, Ballarat, Whittlesea, Horsham, Frankston, Port Phillip, Nillumbik, and Macedon Ranges. In addition to these councils, a further 11 councils will be directly involved via a collaborative approach led by funded councils.

We look forward to seeing the outcomes of these projects and how they can be shared and adopted across the sector to promote gender equality, and help rid communities of violence against women and children.

The Victorian Parliament’s Environment and Planning Committee is calling for submissions to the Environment Protection Amendment (Banning Plastic Bags, Packaging and Microbeads) Bill 2016 inquiry.

The Bill seeks to restrict the supply and sale of plastic bags and plastic and polystyrene packaging, and would prohibit the supply and sale of plastic microbeads.

Submissions can be made until 21 October.

Infrastructure Victoria will release its draft 30-year infrastructure strategy on 4 October. The MAV will hold a local government briefing on the draft on 11 October.

The draft will outline a range of projects, policies and reforms to respond to infrastructure challenges and opportunities over the short, medium and long term. Infrastructure Victoria CEO, Michel Masson will present the draft strategy to briefing attendees.

During the development phase of the draft, the MAV provided two submissions and we will be developing a submission on behalf of the sector in response to the draft strategy.

The briefing will be held at the MAV Office, Level 11, 60 Collins Street Melbourne from 2–3pm. Registrations can be made online.

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The program for our statewide Maternal and Child Health Conference on 14 October is now available.

Presenters include Minister for Families and Children, Jenny Mikakos; La Trobe University, Research Fellow, Dr Josephine Barbaro; and Department of Education and Training, Principal Maternal Child Health Nurse Advisor, Megan Leuenberger. This conference provides an opportunity for the MCH workforce to come together and learn about a range of subjects that impact the MCH service.

It will be held at the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre but will also be web-streamed at several locations across the state.

Registrations can be made online.

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

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.

  • Councils and library corporations across Victoria can now apply for part of $4.5 million of State Government funding under the Living Library Infrastructure Program. Grants of up to $750,000 are available to fund new, renovated or refurbished library buildings, or to go towards a mobile library. Applications close on 16 December.
  • There is still time for councils to apply for funding under the Community Shade Grants Program, which closes on 6 October. Grants will fund new built shade, purchase of portable shade, planting of natural shade and repair of existing shade.

Personal Electric Transportation Devices workshop

VicRoads is seeking stakeholder feedback on an Austroads project aimed at developing a regulatory framework for Personal Electronic Transportation Devices (PETDs) in Australia. PETDs include segways, hoverboards and solowheels, and are considered to be recreational or commuting devices not primarily mobility devices.

The MAV and VicRoads will run a workshop on 24 October for councils interested in providing feedback to ensure the safety of all road users. It will run from 9-11am at the MAV Office, Level 11, 60 Collins Street, Melbourne.

Registrations can be made online. If you are unable to attend but would like to provide feedback, contact Kevin Peachey for a copy of the proposal.

Campaigns

  • New statistics on injury claims by young workers have been released by WorkSafe to support its new social media campaign. The campaign features simulated CCTV footage of young workers in construction, retail, manufacturing and hospitality about to make potentially catastrophic workplace safety decisions.
  • The Australian Research Council and key Victorian road and rail agencies have funded a four year research program on human factors relating to safety at level crossings. Findings and practical implications from this research will be shared at a conference on 17-18 November, which is free for councils to attend.
  • Play Australia will hold an Early Years Risk Management Conference on 25 November. Materials including all relevant standards and regulations concerning outdoor play spaces will be provided for each participant for ongoing reference.
  • Victorian Landcare has a revamped website to improve the communication tools available to landcarers.
  • Clearwater is now taking registrations for a seminar on 6 October from 1.30-3.30pm about the Melbourne Water Stormwater Harvesting Guidelines. The seminar will provide applicants and practitioners with guidance on requirements for stormwater harvesting schemes on Melbourne Water assets.

In social media news...

In social media
  • Melbourne launches world-class free wi-fi network
  • #SAStorms: social media reacts to South Australia blackout
  • Melbourne Water has launched a Frog Census App – a community frog monitoring program.

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