Issue 961:                                               Week ending 20 December 2013

Merry Christmas from the MAV
MAV welcomes new funding announcement
Climate Adaptation Mentors
Urban Water Strategy
State Council Resolutions Report
VCAT news
FireReady app
For those who’ve come across the seas…
Affordable housing study tour
Applications for Flagship Leadership Program now open
Weather the Storm kit

In social media news...
Events

Merry Christmas from the MAV

This will be the last bulletin for 2013. The MAV Board, CEO and staff would like to take this opportunity to extend the season's best wishes to everyone involved in Victorian local government.

Thank you for your continued support over the last 12 months and we look forward to working with you again in 2012. The bulletin will resume in mid January.

Our office will close on 24 December and will re-open on 2 January.

Please enjoy our Christmas e-card.

MAV welcomes new funding announcement

This week over 100 council delegates and other partner agencies attended a MAV Preventing Violence Against Women Forum.

The forum showcased local government approaches to preventing violence against women.

At the forum, Andrea Coote, Parliamentary Secretary for Families and Community Services announced $200,000 in new funding for the MAV’s Local Government Preventing Violence Against Women Project on behalf of Minister Wooldridge.

The MAV is delighted to be able to harness the momentum already built with councils for a further two years with State funding support to bring about social and cultural change in the community.

Ken Lay, Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police gave an inspired speech about the need for men to actively lead the discussion towards systemic change.

Climate Adaptation Mentors

With funding and support from the Department of Environment and Primary Industries, the MAV is seeking to employ three skilled mentors to work with the Victorian local government sector to support climate change adaptation actions.

One position will be based in Melbourne and the other two will be in either Traralgon, Benalla/Bendigo, Ballarat, Warrnambool, Horsham/Colac or Wangaratta.

Mentors will demonstrate leadership, initiative and a passion for establishing and expanding existing networks to empower councils and bring them to the forefront on innovative climate change adaptation.

More information is available on our website.

Applications close at 5pm on 6 January 2014.

Urban Water Strategy

The Victorian Government has released the Melbourne’s Water Future strategy, to help drive ‘whole of water cycle management’ and reduce the need for new desalination plants in the future.

The government has also announced $15 million of funding in round two of the Living Victoria Fund. There is up to $3 million set aside for community/not-for-profit organisation projects and up to $5 million for projects outside Melbourne.

Underpinning the strategy is the Melbourne-regional-local water cycle planning, with councils being asked to play a big part in how water is managed. The MAV made a submission in September to the draft Melbourne Water Future.

Applications are due by 2pm on 17 March. Contact James Cleaver.

State Council Resolutions Report

The MAV Board has determined how resolutions from the October State Council will be progressed by the Association.

You can now review the Resolutions Report detailing the recommended actions on the MAV website.

VCAT news

The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) has announced the criteria for planning matters that can be heard under its Major Cases List has been broadened, with all developments in a Residential Growth Zone eligible to be included in the Major Cases List as of 1 December.

Prior to December, developments containing a dwelling, such as a unit development, could only opt into the Major Cases List if the development had an estimated value of at least $10 million, while developments not containing a dwelling could opt in regardless of their value.

The change only applies to the Residential Growth Zone and the $10 million threshold still applies for residential developments in any other zone.

The Residential Growth Zone was one of three new residential zones introduced by the Victorian Government in July this year and aims to encourage higher density housing development.

FireReady app

The State Government has launched a new website to deliver all emergency information and a new FireReady app is also available to download.

The website will allow Victorians to access vital emergency information from one source.

The FireReady app will provide real-time warnings and information on incidents attended by CFA, the MFB and the Department of Environment and Primary Industries while withstanding heavy demand during peak periods of fire activity.

A video has also been created about what’s changing with community information and warnings.

For those who’ve come across the seas…

The MAV has contributed to a new book on Australian multicultural theory, policy and practice called ‘For those who’ve come across the seas…’.

The book was launched at Melbourne’s Immigration Museum.

A chapter of the book titled ‘Local Government: Access, Equity and Social Inclusion’ showcases four Victorian councils; Darebin, Ballarat, Greater Shepparton and Greater Geelong.

Copies of the book can be ordered online.

Cover image: Andrew Hill

Affordable housing study tour

The Planning Institute of Australia and the University of Melbourne are leading a study tour to San Francisco, Vancouver and Portland in February 2014.

The tour is part of a research project called Getting to Yes which investigates ways to overcome the shortage of affordable and family friendly housing options in central Melbourne.

Up to 20 interested practitioners from the development, financing, state and local government, planning, social housing, and design sectors will be able to take part.

The tour will depart Melbourne on 1 February and return on 15 February. The approximate cost is $5000 including flights and accommodation.

Please email University of Melbourne Associate Professor Carolyn Whitzman, or call 03 8344 8723 for further details.

Applications for Flagship Leadership Program now open

The Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government (ACELG) and the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) has announced applications are open for the ACELG/ANZSOG 2014 Excellence in Local Government Leadership Program.

The program will be held in Canberra from 21-25 July. This annual program is designed specifically for senior local government leaders, including Mayors, leading elected members, CEOs and local government executives in Australia and New Zealand.

It will address themes including leading and managing change and forging a strong CEO-Mayor relationship.

For further information contact Program Coordinator Jane Durlacher.

Weather the Storm kit

The National Rural Women's Coalition has launched a Weather the Storm kit. 

The kit supports women to prepare for disasters and emergencies. It consists of three manuals which can be downloaded.

The kit received a Highly Commended Award at the Resilient Australia Awards in Canberra last week.

The award recognises that the kit can contribute greatly to making communities safer, stronger, more resilient and better prepared for disaster.

The NRWC thanks the Office for Women who provided funding for the development of the kit.

In social media news...

  • 2014 Digital Government Conference: Read more here.
  • The do’s and don’ts of social media for business infographic. Learn more.
  • Permit tracking app for San Jose City Council, USA. Read more.
Upcoming MAV events...

4 March

The Company Directors Course

26 March

Smart Urban Futures

2014

Key dates for the year ahead

 

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