- The Essential Services Commission is due to provide its recommended rates capping and variation framework to the Minister for Local Government and the Minister for Finance this week. We urge the government to release the report as soon as possible and undertake further consultation with local government about the recommended approach.
- The Australian Government announced a $100 million package for women and children at high risk of experiencing domestic violence. The package will improve frontline support and services, leverage innovative technologies to keep women safe, and provide education resources to help change community attitudes to violence and abuse.
Annual Conference and Dinner program
The program for our Annual Conference and Dinner has been released, with a range of presenters to address key issues facing the sector.
- Minister for Local Government, Natalie Hutchins
- Shadow Minister for Local Government, David Davis
- Russel Howcroft, Executive GM, Channel 10, and Gruen Transfer panelist
- Ruby O’Rourke , Group Executive Officer, HubCare.
There will also be a presentation by Whitehorse, Greater Dandenong, Northern Grampians, Port Phillip and Corangamite council CEOs.
The event will be held on 22 October at the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins. Registrations can be made online.
Early childhood agreement reaches next step
The MAV, together with the Early Learning Association Australia and the Australian Education Union have signed a Heads of Agreement (HoA) for the early childhood sector as the basis for finalising a new industrial agreement.
Signing of the HoA ensures the State Government contributes additional funding to assist stakeholders to resolve a number of outstanding employment issues including increases in salaries.
The MAV has worked consistently during the last two years to ensure a good outcome for councils in this agreement, and this next step will help achieve a successful result for early childhood educators and teachers.
EPA inquiry: draft MAV submission
The Ministerial Advisory Committee (MAC) for the Inquiry into the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has invited submissions about the future task of the EPA. The scope of the Inquiry is very broad and future focused; inclusive of the legislative framework and operational issues. The MAC has released a discussion paper to prompt submissions.
The MAV has prepared a draft submission, which has been sent to all council CEOs. Our draft contemplates the future of the EPA and its role as a critical pillar in the government’s approach to environmental protection. The draft touches on areas of interaction between the EPA and councils including landfills, onsite wastewater, potentially contaminated land, major hazard facilities, and noise and odour complaints.
We are keen for councils’ input to our submission and welcome feedback. When providing comments please make suggestions about recommendations, provide examples where possible and identify other issues that you believe should be covered.
Please provide all comments to Michelle Croughan by 21 October.
Minister Hutchins to speak at MAV governance event
The Minister for Local Government, Natalie Hutchins, will speak at the MAV’s Governance as Leadership conference on 9-10 November at the Melbourne Arts Centre.
The Minister will discuss what the State Government hopes to achieve through its review of the Local Government Act.
This will be followed by an expert panel discussing the review. Registrations can be made online. For further information, contact John Hennessy.
MAV workshop: Demystifying council finance
The MAV is holding a councillor fundamentals workshop on 10 October called Demystifying Local Government Finance & the New Reporting Framework.
As a councillor in local government, navigating your way through and understanding complex financial documents and reports is a challenging task.
The program will focus on:
- The requirements of the financial planning and accountability framework including recent changes to legislation
- Key financial terms and definitions
- Reading and interpreting key financial documents and reports
- Identifying the key financial indicators to look for and questions to ask officers.
It will be held at Whitehorse Council Conference Centre, 379 Whitehorse Road, Nunawading. Registrations can be made online.
Grants available to councils
- Melbourne Water’s Living Rivers Fund is now open to councils until 19 October. For further information, contact Melbourne Water on 131 722 or via email.
- Rural, regional and outer metro councils can apply for sport club funding through the State Government’s Country Football and Netball Program. Applications close on 11 February 2016. For further information call 1300 366 356, or email the Department.
Close the Gate on Pool Drownings
The MAV has sent information to all councils about how to join a new Kidsafe Campaign called Close the Gate on Pool Drownings.
Councils are urged to join the campaign and encourage residents to check the safety of their pool barriers and gates at the beginning of daylight savings on 4 October, in the lead up to the warmer months with an ongoing promotion through summer.
The campaign is social media based and encourages participants to share social media content from KidSafe.
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