Issue 1035:                                                  Week ending 10 July 2015

Climate change review: submissions now open
Final call for registrations: Councillor Development Weekend
Learn how technology is changing local government
Regulation of public lighting charges
Company Directors Course
Cranlana Colloquium Scholarship
Round 2 Bridges Renewal Program now open
NAIDOC Week celebrations
Draft Flood Management Strategy consultation
2015 Fire Awareness Awards
Entries closing soon: Premier’s Sustainability Awards
In social media news...

Climate change review: submissions now open

The State Government is seeking input from all Victorians as part of its review of the Climate Change Act 2010. The government has appointed an Independent Review Committee to conduct the review, which includes a public submission process.

Public submissions open this week and can be made online until 2 August. The submission seeks specific input on:

  • The effectiveness of the current Climate Change Act 2010 in driving climate change action
  • The role the Act should play in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, adaptation, a competitive Victorian economy and providing accessible climate change information to the Victorian community.

The MAV will also be making a submission to the review and we welcome initial feedback on the above questions from councils.

For further information, contact Claire Dunn.

Final call for registrations: Councillor Development Weekend

Registrations for the MAV’s Councillor Development Weekend will close on 17 July, with places filling up fast.

An updated program is now available, and includes presentations from Australian of the Year, Rosie Batty, popular Australian scientist, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, and global strategist, Holly Ransom.

The event will be held on 24-26 July at the RACV Torquay Resort.

Learn how technology is changing local government

Join us from 19-21 August at the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins for another stellar MAV Technology National Conference, featuring our Awards for Excellence Dinner and extensive Trade Expo.

It's a highly accessible, informative and entertaining program that will be of great value for anyone interested in how technology is changing local government. We are delighted to once again offer two-for-one pricing for rural and regional councils.

In addition to the return of Shannon Spanhake, former Deputy Innovation Officer, San Francisco, this year’s program also includes:

  • Nadira Hussain, President of SOCITM, UK
  • Laura Manley, Co-Founder and Director of Partnerships & Programs at Center for Open Data Enterprise, San Francisco, USA
  • Paul Shelter, CEO of the Australian Government Digital Transformation Office
  • Ben Rimmer, CEO City of Melbourne and former leader of myGov
  • Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, scientist and futurist
  • Dr Catherine Ball, Systems lead for Unmanned Aerial, URS
  • Adam Fennessy, CEO/Secretary of the Department of Environment, Land Water and Planning
  • Dr Hugh Bradlow, Telstra’s Chief Scientist
  • Judith Lucy, comedian, broadcaster, actor and author

A full program will be released shortly. Free workshops will also be offered on the Friday following the conference facilitated by Shannon Spanhake.

Registrations can be made online.

Regulation of public lighting charges

At a street lighting forum on 22 June, the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) advised that it has not made a final decision regarding a move to negotiated pricing for dedicated street lights. Councils, and any other interested parties, have the opportunity to provide the AER with a submission in relation to this proposed change, and any other AER-relevant public lighting issues by COB 13 July.

The MAV has written to all councils seeking their views on whether the AER should retain its role in regulating prices for dedicated public lighting assets. While the current AER regulated pricing process is far from perfect, we believe having the AER act as an independent arbitrator is preferable to leaving the parties to attempt to work things out between themselves.

There are a number of difficulties councils are likely to face if required to negotiate operation, maintenance, repair and replacement (OMR) charges for dedicated street lights, without the AER ensuring that the Distribution Network Service Providers (DNSPs) adopt reasonable charges. The costs involved in pursuing the negotiations to a successful outcome are unclear, but are possibly substantial. Under the proposed arrangement, if councils and the DNSPs are unable to reach a negotiated agreement, mediation and arbitration are the next steps. The AER will not play a role in the process.

For further information, contact Claire Dunn.

Company Directors Course

Registrations are now open for this year’s Company Directors Course that will run over five full days: 11, 18, 25 September, and 2 and 9 October, conducted by the Australian Institute of Company Directors on behalf of the MAV.

The Australian Institute of Company Directors is Australia’s pre-eminent organisation for both directors and those seeking to become directors. Many councillors have completed the Company Directors Course over the past few years to:

  • Enhance their own learning and development
  • Contribute to their council at a higher level
  • Create new opportunities for themselves.

All participants in this program will be from local government to maximise the experience for councillors and officers. Numbers are limited to 20 people.

Cranlana Colloquium Scholarship

Nominations for the Cranlana Executive Colloquium Scholarship close on 23 July.

The scholarship gives one councillor the opportunity to join a leadership program with 20 other leaders from corporate, not-for-profit and government organisations.

The Cranlana Executive Colloquium is a six-day leadership program run by the Myer Foundation. It challenges leaders from business, government and community to examine their values, ethics and vision through the prism of classical and contemporary readings. This enables participants to reflect on their leadership style, judgement and decision-making capability.

The scholarship will run from 13-18 September. For further information, contact Andrew Rowe on 9667 5549.

Round 2 Bridges Renewal Program now open

The Federal Government has announced that Round 2 of the Bridges Renewal Program is now open for applications.

The second round of the program will provide $100 million that will be available only for local government projects to help councils build connectivity and productivity through replacing bridges and improving access for communities and businesses.

The second round will be open for proposals until 31 August, with successful projects to be selected through a competitive, merit-based process.

To receive a proposal form, register your interest with the Department by sending an email with your contact details.

NAIDOC Week celebrations

Many councils are getting involved in NAIDOC Week which runs 5 – 12 July. This year’s theme is ‘We all Stand on Sacred Ground: Learn, Respect and Celebrate’.

NAIDOC Week is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements, and is an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society.

Although the week has already kicked off, councils can still get involved by holding flag raising ceremonies. Events can be registered online.

Draft Flood Management Strategy consultation

Melbourne Water has released the Draft Flood Management Strategy – Port Phillip and Westernport for comment.

In addition to requesting formal submissions, Melbourne Water would also like council staff to complete a survey to provide individual perspectives on the strategy. The strategy can be accessed online, along with the survey.

The draft strategy has been developed with input from over 57 stakeholders including government, community and business. It outlines a framework for flood management in the Port Phillip and Westernport region, and supports all organisations to work together to prevent and reduce the risk of floods.

Webinars outlining the Melbourne Water strategy will be held on 14 and 23 July. A briefing will be held on 17 July. Registrations for the webinars and briefing can be made online.

Consultation will close at 5pm on 31 July.

2015 Fire Awareness Awards

Entries for the 2015 Fire Awareness Awards are now open.

The community focussed awards acknowledge the great work of individuals, community groups and organisations who deliver projects that reduce the incidence and impact of fire in Victoria. Projects can focus on any fire type, including structure fires (housing, commercial, industrial), bushfires and grassfires.

Entries close at 5pm on 30 September. All entries must be submitted via the online entry platform.

Entries closing soon: Premier’s Sustainability Awards

Entries for the Premier’s Sustainability Awards will close on 13 July.

The awards recognise and reward organisations and individuals who have led innovative and sustainable change in reducing their everyday environmental impact.

They celebrate efficient use of water, resources and energy, better waste management and recycling practices, the enhancement of the environment, and practical community action.

Finalists will be announced mid-September, and an awards ceremony will be held on 29 October.

In social media news...

Upcoming MAV events...

23 July

Patchwork Forum for EMCH and Family Service Staff

24 July

From monster trucks to driving global business success forum


24-26 July

MAV Councillor Development Weekend


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