MAV strategic plan consultations
Prior to Christmas we released the dates for our 2015 strategic plan consultation sessions in February and March.
The consultations are an important way for councils to provide input to the MAV’s strategic work plan for 2015/16, with eight sessions scheduled and the first two taking place on 2 February in Bendigo, and 3 February in Warrnambool.
To RSVP or for more details about our strategic plan consultation sessions contact Gavin Mahoney at the MAV.
New resources on MAV comms hub
Councils are reminded that they can access a range of new resources, especially in relation to Emergency Management via our members-only comms hub.
The latest documents include Emergency Management Victoria’s (EMV) Code Red determination processes and communications plan; EMV key messages and background for Summer 2014-15; Guidelines for public communication in emergencies from the Department of Human Services; and EMV’s Whole of Victorian Government grass and bushfire communications framework.
An extensive range of other resources are available on the comms hub as well, and it is regularly updated. If you don’t already have a username and password you will need click the sign up button.
Carbon tax landfill liabilities
In December the Department of Environment released its Handling of Early Collected Carbon Tax Charges held by Landfill Operators consultation paper. The purpose of the paper is to obtain stakeholder views on the design of a proposed voluntary Framework for the use of funds collected by landfill operators in respect of anticipated future carbon tax liabilities.
The proposed voluntary Framework is broadly consistent with the Australian Local Government Association’s (ALGA) preferred approach to handling of the funds.
The Framework is likely to commence following consultation with stakeholders and after agreement is reached between the Federal Government, the Australian Landfill Operators Association and the ALGA.
The Department is seeking responses to the consultation paper by 12 February via email. The MAV will be providing input via the ALGA. Please email any consultation paper feedback to Claire Dunn by 28 January.
MAV Procurement Bulletin
In December we launched a re-invigorated Procurement Bulletin, to provide details on upcoming tenders, changes to contracts, news from suppliers, and other procurement news for members.
The first edition of the bulletin is available online. The next edition is planned for late January, and will continue to be distributed each month. We welcome input from all councils and suppliers.
You can subscribe to the Procurement Bulletin online.
Social media for rural and regional councils
Places are still available for our social media workshop for rural and regional councils on 19 February.
This workshop acknowledges the resource constraints of smaller councils and is tailored to explore how social media resources can be leveraged by rural and regional councils to communicate – even with offline stakeholders. The workshop will include how to identify key policy issues, risks and opportunities, incorporating social media tools into your engagement strategies, and learning how to deal with, or head-off, online criticism.
It is suitable for any local government employee whose role involves communication or community engagement. A laptop or tablet is required to participate in this session.
Registrations can be made online.
Melbourne Water engagement workshop: floodplain management strategy
The MAV will host a session with Melbourne Water on 28 January to inform its new Floodplain Management Strategy for the Port Phillip and Westernport Region.
Melbourne Water will use the information provided to ensure the new strategy and future actions reflect the knowledge and priorities of local government.
It will be held at the MAV office, Level 11, 60 Collins Street, Melbourne, 3000. Registrations can be made online.
New guidelines to better manage freight access in industrial areas
Austroads have released guidelines designed to help councils plan and assess road freight access to industrial areas, including ensuring that infrastructure provided by developers is adequate to meet access needs for many years.
The guidelines aim to help all participants understand the needs and challenges associated with developing road freight access and circulation in industrial areas.
They should allow councils and developers to work together to facilitate industrial developments and ensure that the costs of development are recognised and managed fairly.
2015 Stormwater Victoria Conference: Call for Abstracts
Stormwater Victoria is convening their 2015 State Conference from 5-7 May at Cape Schanck Resort on the Mornington Peninsula. The Conference Steering Committee is inviting submissions from urban water management professionals to present at the Conference. The theme this year is: Climate Change - Does it Matter Anymore?
Further information on the Call for Conference Abstracts is available online. Submissions close on 29 January.
For further information contact the Stormwater Victoria Secretariat on 02 9744 5252 or email Julie McGraw.
Local level water management in a changing climate
Clearwater is holding a ‘local level water management in a changing climate’ event on 21 January from 9am-1.30pm.
The event will address how councils can assess the impacts of a changing climate on integrated water cycle and asset planning, and the different practical approaches that will ensure local resilience to future climate shocks.
It will feature leading experts and researchers in this field and will discuss the impacts of a changing climate on local level water management and how these issues can be addressed practically.
The event is at Melbourne University, 555 Lonsdale Street. Registrations can be made online.
No Excuse Needed campaign
Vichealth is seeking support from councils to promote its No Excuse Needed campaign particularly through social media. A range of resources and toolkits are available.
The No Excuse Needed campaign aims to drive cultural change by challenging perceived social norms around drinking. The campaign challenges the perception that many young people are drinking heavily on a regular basis, and works to normalise a more moderate drinking culture among the target audience.
The campaign empowers young Victorians to say no to another drink using a positively framed, humorous approach. It highlights that their peers aren’t actually drinking as heavily as they think. And through this, VicHealth is working to create a new norm to decrease the acceptability of intoxication.
It will run until 31 January via radio, print and cinema advertising, and on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.
To access the stakeholder toolkit contact Helen Vatzakis on 9667 1394.
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