Issue 992:                                                      Week ending 22 August 2014

Productivity Commission Draft Report: childcare
MAV Planning Improvement Conference 2014: speakers announced
MAV State Council Meeting: 24 October
MAV Home and Community Care Forum
LiveLighter campaign

Coal seam gas consultation session at the MAV
Keep Australia Beautiful Victoria winners
Victorian women councillors 1914-2014
Meet the Ombudsmen
The Community Balanced Scorecard approach to health planning
Changing Places, Changing Lives

Melbourne named world’s most liveable city
Grants for communities wanting to improve local environment

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Productivity Commission Draft Report: childcare

The MAV appeared at the Productivity Commission hearings into Childcare and Early Childhood Learning on 19 August. We had the opportunity to put forward key issues identified by councils as being critical to ensuring that early childhood education and care remains accessible, affordable and of a high quality.

The MAV is currently formulating a response to this draft report on behalf of councils. A small working group of councils and the MAV met recently to go through the draft recommendations, and identify the key issues that the MAV will respond to.

For further information, or to contribute to the MAV draft response, contact Wendy Allan before 25 August.

MAV Planning Improvement Conference 2014: speakers announced

A range of excellent speakers have now been confirmed for the MAV Planning Improvement Conference, with more to come in the following weeks.

David Ryan, General Manager for Customer Solutions, Melbourne Water will be speaking on the challenges relating to process improvement and organisational change. DTPLI will be releasing and presenting on the most recent Planning Permit Activity Reporting System data for councils.

Vincent Mifsud, Director at the City of Marion (South Australia) will discuss improving organisational structures, in particular increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of local government. Also joing the conference is Christie Kahukiwa, Senior Strategic Planner at Place Design Group (Queensland) who will be speaking on a methodology developed for testing and measuring town centre performance.

There are many ways in which your council can improve planning processes so make sure your council is represented at this important event.

Registrations are now open.

MAV State Council: 24 October

The next MAV State Council meeting will be held on 24 October from 9.30am at the Sofitel, Melbourne.

A formal notice of the meeting will be sent in due course. The due date for receipt of motions is 26 September.

The State Council motion template is available and registrations are now open.

MAV Home and Community Care Forum

Registrations are still open for the Home and Community Care (HACC) Foruon 28 August from 1pm-2.30pm at the Windsor Hotel, Spring Street, Melbourne.

Minister for Health and Ageing, David Davis, will address councils regarding the reforms taking place in the HACC program. The Forum will also include a discussion about the progress to date on the MAV’s negotiations with the Commonwealth, and options moving forward.

For further information, please email the MAV events team or phone 03 9667 5555. For questions specific to the Forum program, please contact Clare Hargreaves.

LiveLighter campaign

Cancer Council Victoria has launched their LiveLighter campaign, a statewide social marketing initiative to promote healthy weight through healthy eating and physical activity.

The MAV has signed on as an official LiveLighter supporter and is encouraging councils to also consider joining this campaign.

In partnership with the Heart Foundation, the Cancer Council Victoria will ensure LiveLighter also provides a wealth of information, resources and tools to support and encourage people in making and maintaining positive lifestyle changes.

The Cancer Council can also forward information that has been provided to Healthy Together Community-funded councils, such as media and public relations materials that you may wish to use.

For further information, email the Cancer Council or phone 03 9514 6835.

Coal seam gas consultation session at the MAV

Following discussions with the MAV, the State Government has agreed to hold a consultation session on coal seam gas exploration in Victoria at our offices on 4 September from 10.30am-12.30pm.

Representatives from the Department of State Development, Business and Innovation (DSDBI) will make a presentation and then independent facilitators engaged by the State will seek your feedback.

Registrations can be made online. For further information, email Claire Dunn or phone 9667 5533.

Keep Australia Beautiful Victoria winners

The MAV would like to congratulate Brimbank City Council for being named the Sustainable City of the Year 2014 at the Keep Australia Beautiful Victoria Sustainable Cities Awards.

Brimbank also won the Community Action and Leadership, and Resource Recovery and Waste Management awards. The City of Monash won the Community Government Partnerships award, and Melton City Council won the Environmental Sustainability award.

The awards recognise and celebrate positive actions taken by communities, councils, schools and groups in urban areas to protect and enhance their local environments.

Victorian women councillors 1914-2014

The Australian Local Government Women's Association (ALGWA) is compiling a list of elected women councillors to celebrate the centenary since legislation was passed on 2 November 1914, which enabled women to stand for local government.

Cr Helen Harris from Whitehorse City Council is seeking assistance in correcting information and providing additional information.

The lists, which are divided into pre and post amalgamation, are incomplete so assistance with missing names and corrections is welcome. If you have further information, please contact Cr Harris.

Meet the Ombudsmen

Deakin University's Centre for Rural and Regional Law and Justice invites you to participate in a FREE law seminar to meet four of Victoria’s Ombudsmen on 17 September from 10.30am-12pm.

These leaders will discuss current dispute resolution issues facing rural and regional communities and the systems in place to assist them. How is complaints handling advancing and what impact, if any, has there been from the recent service and regulatory reviews.

These seminars are video conferenced across Victoria from Deakin University's Melbourne City Centre. Questions will be welcome before and during the seminar via text message (to 0427 659 140) or email and we encourage you to let us know in advance if you have a specific question you would like to ask.

Register online or visit the website for further information.

The Community Balanced Scorecard approach to health planning

Councils are invited to a free training event on 4 September on applying the Community Balanced Scorecard in health planning.

Achieving the ambitious goals of organisational and municipal public health and wellbeing plans requires the cooperation of many community partners. However, managing partnerships to achieve results can be especially difficult.

This workshop will introduce council staff to strategy maps, driver-outcome measurement and community results compacts, to help you harness the power of community collaborations to achieve desired outcomes.

The free workshop will be held from 9.30am to 12.30pm at the University of Melbourne, with Paul Epstein presenting directly from New York. Online registration is available.

Changing Places, Changing Lives

Councils are invites to attend the Changing Places, Changing Lives forum on 11 September at Deakin Edge, Federation Square from 10am-2pm.

The forum is run by Maroondah City Council in partnership with the MAV, Planning Institute of Australia and City of Melbourne.

It will showcase world’s best practice in accessible toilet and bathroom solutions and will feature leading edge Australian examples. It incorporates a program targeted at architects, planners, developers, designers, access consultants, facility managers, policy makers and anyone with an interest in removing barriers to social inclusion for people with a profound disability.

The forum brings together expert presenters from a range of backgrounds to discuss community and business benefits of Changing Places. Registrations are now open and close on 4 September. For further information phone 9879 2933.

Melbourne named world’s most liveable city

Melbourne has topped the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Index (EIU) for the fourth consecutive year.

The EIU Liveability Index is the world’s most widely accepted ranking of liveability, comparing 140 of the world’s major cities. Melbourne excelled in the five criteria: stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.

Vienna ranked second in the survey, with Adelaide (5th), Sydney (7th) and Perth (9th).

Grants for communities wanting to improve local environment

The Department of Environment and Primary Industries has a new grants program for community groups wanting to improve the amenity of their local area.

Local Landscape Enhancement Grants are for projects focused on practical environmental improvements that address local needs. Perhaps a community group wants to conduct some native landscaping to turn a neglected corner into a community hub? Or maybe they wish to help protect the environment through educating the community about sustainable living.

Councils are encouraged to promote these grants to your local community groups and networks. Applications close 4pm, Monday 15 September.

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Upcoming MAV events...

27 August

The company directors course

11 September

Managing contracts in local government

17 September

Future of local food in Australia workshop


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