In this issue:                                                                    August, 2016

Have your say: MAV Communications Survey
Marine and Coastal Act: consultation paper

Climate Change Adaptation Plan: Directions Paper consultation
Water policy, capacity-building and contacts

In brief

Have your say: MAV Communications Survey

The MAV is seeking feedback on our current publications and communications channels to gain a better understanding of what our members receive, read and find useful.

As a loyal bulletin subscriber you are invited to have your say and participate in our MAV Communications Survey.

Your views about our current communications will help us to improve the information we provide, and ensure our member communications are informative, timely and meet your needs.

The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete and all responses are anonymous. The survey closes on 23 September.

Marine and Coastal Act: consultation paper

The Department of Environment, Land, Water, and Planning (DELWP) has released its Marine and Coastal Act consultation paper. The paper seeks feedback on the vision and objectives for marine and coastal management, and discusses a number of alternatives to the current system.

The paper canvasses a number of proposed reforms, some of which would have significant implications for councils, including:

  • A proposal to transition smaller Category 2 Committees of Management (CoMs) into either larger Category 1 CoMs or to local government to manage as the CoM
  • Greater use of shared services and better integration by Category 1 CoMs with local government
  • A review of fees and charges to identify where the beneficiary pays principle can be applied.

DELWP is holding a series of practitioner workshops to discuss the consultation paper:

  • Melbourne: 12 September, 9am - 12pm
  • Traralgon: 3 October, 2pm - 5pm
  • Torquay: 11 October, 10am - 1pm
  • Warrnambool: 13 October, 9am - 12pm

For further details and to RSVP email

The MAV will be drafting a response to the paper in consultation with the sector. The deadline for submissions is 23 October. The MAV contact is Claire Dunn.

Climate Change Adaptation Plan: Directions Paper consultation

DELWP has released its Victoria’s Climate Change Adaptation Plan Directions Paper for public feedback. The Directions Paper notes that this is the final opportunity for public input prior to publication of Victoria’s second Climate Change Adaptation Plan in early 2017.

The paper outlines the vision and goals that will be included in the plan, as well as 12 principles to guide decision-making and action. Six priority areas for action are identified.

DELWP has established a consultation website, with the deadline for feedback 5pm on 23 September. The MAV intends to prepare a response in consultation with members.

For further information, contact Claire Dunn.

Water policy, capacity-building and contacts

As previously advised, the MAV has been funded by DELWP to engage with councils on a range of issues and projects related to the development and achievements of Water for Victoria.

In a similar vein, Clearwater has been funded to deliver a two-year integrated water management capacity building project in regional Victoria. The project aims to understand council (and other stakeholder) needs in planning and delivering integrated water management. Based on these needs, the project will develop knowledge, tools and skills to assist councils in delivering some of the Water for Victoria outcomes.

In order to enhance communication with councils about this work, we are updating our distribution list for water-related communications. We’re particularly keen to improve our links to officers with responsibility for infrastructure and/or urban development.

Officers interested in being added to the contact list should email their details to Nicky Kindler.

In brief

  • Round two of the Victorian Litter Innovation Fund grants program is now accepting expressions of interest. Councils are eligible to apply for grants of up to $20,000 for innovative solutions to litter and illegal dumping that are delivered through a partnership approach. An expression of interest is due by 3pm on 3 October.
  • The Australian Government recently announced a $50 million Smart Cities and Suburbs Program to support local government to fast-track innovative technology solutions that improve long-standing urban problems. A roundtable will be held in central Melbourne on 14 September to introduce the program and encourage input on how it can be designed to best meet council and community needs. Registrations for the roundtable can be made online.
  • Thirty finalists for the Premier’s Sustainability Awards have been announced ahead of an awards ceremony later this year. Congratulations to Moonee Valley, Hobsons Bay and Maribyrnong councils for making the shortlist.
  • The National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility has launched CoastAdapt to support adaptation to coastal climate change and sea-level rise. CoastAdapt is an online resource that includes tools and information on the science of climate change, risks, effective response options, and likely costs of action. It is currently available in beta version for review and consultation. A final version will be released in early 2017.
  • Councils are invited to apply for funding as part of the next round of Melbourne Water’s Living Rivers program. The program offers councils funding, expertise and guidance to build understanding, skills and commitment for managing stormwater within an integrated water management approach. Applications open on 2 September and close at 5pm on 5 October.
  • Clearwater is holding an `Introduction to Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) principles & technologies’ one day training course on 22 September at the University of Melbourne’s Burnley Campus. Register online or for more information, contact
Upcoming MAV events...

14 September

BESS advanced training workshop

14-15 September

Power to the People Conference

28 September

Summer preparedness - local government briefing day


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