Issue 1011:                                               Week ending 23 January 2015

Save the date: MAV Forums, State Council and Annual Conference
Tree clearance around powerlines: MAV submission
Deepening Community for a Collective Impact

National Awards for Local Government
Royal Commission into Family Violence: terms of reference
Vale Cr David Cooper and Cr Ian Harris
Share a world of food and culture at work with A Taste of Harmony
The H30 Challenge
VCGLR Annual Report 2013-2014
Heart Foundation’s Blueprint for an active Australia
In social media news...

Save the date: MAV Forums, State Council and Annual Conference

Councils are advised to save the date for 2015 MAV events that will be of particular interest to mayors, councillors and CEOs.

  • State Council: 15 May and 23 October, 9am-3.30pm
  • Annual Conference and Dinner: 22 October, conference 8.30am-5pm, dinner 6pm- 11pm.
  • Metropolitan Mayors, CEOs and MAV Representatives Forum: 16 April and 6 August, forum 3pm-6pm, dinner 6pm-9pm
  • Rural and Regional Mayors, CEOs and MAV Representatives Forum: 23 April and 13 August, 10am-2pm
  • CEO Forum: 28 May and 19 November, forum 3pm-6pm, dinner 6pm-9pm

Online registrations will be made available closer to each event. For any queries please email the MAV events team, or call 03 9667 5555.

Tree clearance around powerlines: MAV submission

The MAV has provided Energy Safe Victoria (ESV) with a response to the regulatory impact statement (RIS) for the Electricity Safety (Electric Line Clearance) Regulations 2015.

Our submission notes that while the draft 2015 regulations represent a step in the right direction in terms of achieving a better balance of safety, environmental and amenity considerations, more change to the regulatory regime is needed in order to achieve sensible outcomes for the community. The success of councils in achieving compliance with the proposed regulations will largely be dependent on the level of cooperation they receive from the distribution businesses.

The MAV understands that the feedback received by ESV will be considered at a meeting of the Electric Line Clearance Consultative Committee (ELCCC) on 29 January. ESV has indicated that copies of submissions will be available on the ESV website next week.

For further information, contact Claire Dunn.

Deepening Community for a Collective Impact

The MAV and Bank of IDEAS are holding a workshop on 2 March called Deepening Community for a Collective Impact.

In this workshop, hosted by Paul Born, co-founder and President of Tamarack (Canada), participants will learn how to engage their community and build a common agenda for large scale change.

Attendees will learn to form multi-sector leadership teams for system transformation, and harness the latest techniques for community engagement.

The event will be held at Hotel Mercure, Melbourne Treasury Gardens. Registrations can be made online. For further information, contact John Hennessy.

National Awards for Local Government

Applications for the 2015 National Awards for Local Government are now open, and will close on 27 February. Councils are encouraged to enter the awards, which will recognise their vital role in Australian communities.

This year there are eight categories including boosting productivity through infrastructure, disability access and inclusion, and youth employment.

Submission guidelines are now available online. Winners will be selected on their progressive ideas and leading practice.

Category winners will be announced in April, and the National Award winner will be announced at the Australian Local Government Association National General Assembly dinner in June.

Royal Commission into Family Violence: terms of reference

The proposed Terms of Reference have been announced by the State Government for the Royal Commission into Family Violence, with a strong focus on early intervention and response.

They also include a commitment to ‘examine and evaluate strategies, frameworks, policies, programs and services across government and local government, media, business and community organisations and establish best practice for… the prevention of family violence’.

Justice Marcia Neave will chair the Royal Commission with Patricia Faulkner and Tony Nicolson serving as Deputy Commissioners. The proposed Terms of Reference task them with finding the most effective ways to:

  • Prevent family violence
  • Improve early intervention to identify and protect those at risk
  • Support victims
  • Make perpetrators accountable
  • Improve the way that government and society work together

The proposed Terms of Reference will be presented to the Governor of Victoria so the Royal Commission can commence its work in February.

Vale Cr David Cooper and Cr Ian Harris

The MAV sends its deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Knox councillor and former mayor David Cooper, who passed away on 15 January, and Ararat Rural City councillor Ian Harris who passed away on 6 January.

Cr Cooper was elected to Knox Council in 2004 and served continuously until his passing. He was mayor for two terms in 2005-06 and 2008-09. He was a passionate member of the community and will be sadly missed.

Cr Harris was elected in 2012 and was also active in many Ararat committees and boards for many years. He was a valued member of council and a highly respected local leader. He was passionate about, and will be remembered for, his dedicated work in the community.

Share a world of food and culture at work with A Taste of Harmony

Thousands of workplaces across Australia will host a lunch, morning or afternoon tea, inviting colleagues to contribute a dish that represents their own cultural heritage, as part of A Taste of Harmony.

There’s no fee or fundraising involved and it’s quick and easy to register your team online. Registrations can be made by choosing a date within the week of 16-22 March to hold your event.

For more information contact A Taste of Harmony or call 1800 077 067.

The H30 Challenge

Councils are encouraged to get involved and promote VicHealth’s H30 Challenge which asks people to make a 30-day pledge to replace sugary drinks with water.

The aim is to help establish healthier habits, with water becoming the main choice of beverage in the long-term. Sugary drinks include sugar-sweetened soft drinks, energy drinks, fruit drinks, sports drinks, ready-to-drink iced tea, flavoured water and cordial.

There are a range of tips and tools and resources available online. For further information, contact Sarah Saunders, or call 9667 9018.

VCGLR Annual Report 2013-2014

The Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation’s (VCGLR) Annual Report 2013-2014 is now available as a pdf and e-book.

The report was tabled in the Victorian Parliament in October 2014 and presents the VCGLR's key milestones, achievements and financial results for the 2013-2014 financial year.

It shows that last year, despite huge percentage increases in sport betting (to $29.50 per head) the per capita expenditure on pokies has increased to $615.93 per head.

Our Enough Pokies in Vulnerable Communities campaign commenced because per capita expenditure is far greater in communities that can least afford it. The MAV will continue to seek legislative changes to support councils in protecting vulnerable communities.

Heart Foundation’s Blueprint for an active Australia

Blueprint for an active Australia (Second edition) outlines the case for change towards a more physically active Australia.

This document is the result of the combined efforts of some of Australia’s foremost researchers and leaders in the fields of physical activity, transport, planning and health, who have generously donated their time and expertise.

This edition features 13 new action areas, reflecting a growing evidence base that reinforces the need for urgent action.

For further information, contact the Heart Foundation.

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28 January

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18 February

Social enterprise and local government forum

19 February

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