Issue 931:                                                     Week ending 24 May 2013

Annual report awards 2013
MAV response to stage two of library review
MAV State Council
Prevention of Violence Against Women
Protected disclosure information seminars
Public consultation: unaccompanied minors on licensed premises
Graffiti Prevention and Removal Grants information session
National Reconciliation Week: 27 May - 3 June
Community Infrastructure Grants round opens
Play Your Part award nominations now open
Vale: Cr Tom Morrissey
In social media news...

ICAA/MAV Annual report awards 2013

Congratulations Yarra Ranges Shire Council and Colac Otway Shire Council for taking out the Best Annual Report 2011/12 award in the 2013 ICAA/MAV Local Government Annual Report Awards.

Both councils produced outstanding reports that consistently demonstrated leading practice and above average annual reporting.

The competition was closer than it was last year and the judges had to make some very difficult decisions. Well done to all our 2013 winners, and to those councils who produced great reports, but just missed out.

An Annual Report Writing Workshop will be held in mid-June for those looking to advance their annual reporting skills. Detailed feedback sessions will also be offered for a fee. To discuss a feedback session please contact Carole Rushford.

For more information visit the MAV website or contact Eliza Nolan.

MAV response to stage two of library review

The MAV held a forum with all councils and regional libraries in early May to formulate the MAV’s response to the second stage of the Ministerial Advisory Council’s library review. While councils and regional libraries are in general supportive of the key elements of the ‘Victorian library’ proposal, the sector expressed significant concern about committing to a model whose benefits and costs are not yet demonstrated, either at the statewide or local level. All statewide initiatives would also require additional funding to be allocated by the State. Councils expressed concern that the system reform should not obscure core funding issues facing public libraries.

We are proposing that a joint governance and decision-making structure needs to be established to oversee the development of a business case for the statewide proposals on the table. The MAV’s response letter to Minister Powell will be discussed with the Minister at our next meeting in early June.

MAV State Council

Over 70 motions were put before the 2013 May State Council last week. With some spirited debate, 54 motions were endorsed by the MAV representatives. Resolutions will be available on the MAV website shortly.

State Council also voted to adopt the MAV Strategic Plan 2013-14.

Prevention of Violence Against Women

At the International White Ribbon Conference last week the MAV launched a new publication, Prevention of Violence Against women: Leading change in the Victorian local government sector. This handbook, developed with funding support from VicHealth, showcases the innovative work of eight Victorian councils in their efforts to eliminate violence from our society. It also provides background and context to the work occurring in local government and a summary of the MAV’s achievements in this area. This publication is in the process of being sent to every council across Australia.

For further information contact Kellie Nagle.

Protected disclosure information seminars

The Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC) is offering free seminars to assist Victorian Protected Disclosure Coordinators understand their organisation’s obligations to comply with the Protected Disclosure Act 2012.

Local government is captured under the legislation and is encouraged to attend these seminars to ensure they comply by 11 August 2013.

These free two-hour seminars are available at a range of times and dates in June.

For further information contact IBAC’s education and communications team on 1300 735 135.

Public consultation regarding unaccompanied minors on licensed premises

The Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) has released a public consultation paper about underage live music events in licensed premises and invites feedback on plans to streamline regulatory requirements for liquor licensees.

The live music industry has indicated that the current approach to regulating underage events in licensed venues is not working well and, in some instances, can make it difficult for events to be organised. The VCGLR is looking at ways to remove any unnecessary regulation while ensuring that it can continue to achieve its harm minimisation policy objectives.

Submissions are invited by 5 pm on 18 June and should be sent to the VCGLR in writing either by post or email to

Graffiti Prevention and Removal Grants information session

The Community Crime Prevention Unit is holding an information session at 121 Exhibition St, Melbourne on Friday 14 June from 9 am to 12.30 pm to support the development of applications for the soon-to-be-announced 2013 Graffiti Prevention and Removal Grants.

Councils that delivered projects in the previous two rounds will present on their experiences and lessons learned in developing and delivering projects. Program information and tips on application writing will also be covered.

Visit the Community Crime Prevention website to register and for further information.

National Reconciliation Week: 27 May - 3 June

National Reconciliation Week is an annual celebration and a time for all Australians to reflect on our shared histories, and on the contributions and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The week is framed by two key events in Australia’s history that provide strong symbols of the aspirations for reconciliation - the historic 1967 Referendum and Mabo Day. The theme for this year is 'Let’s Talk Recognition'.

Councils around the state are celebrating the week with their local Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities with a wide range of activities, including flag raising ceremonies, a Sorry Day Walk, Aboriginal art exhibitions, film and theatre events, story-telling in libraries and a schools Indigenous arts program. For a list of events, see the Reconciliation Victoria website.

Community Infrastructure Grants round opens

Nominations have opened for the 2013 Small Capital Infrastructure Grants Program, which is part of the Cultural Precincts and Community Infrastructure Fund.

Under this program, not-for-profit organisations representing culturally and linguistically diverse communities may apply for grants of between $20 000 and $100 000, to restore existing community-owned facilities across Victoria.

Councils are encouraged to inform community groups of the program, which will fund improvements to venues and facilities used by community organisations to hold social activities; provide support services to their local community, including the elderly and recent migrants; and to teach community languages.

The Small Capital Infrastructure Grants round is open between 18 May to 28 June.

Play Your Part award nominations now open

In National Child Protection Week 2012 NAPCAN launched the Play Your Part Award for Outstanding Prevention Initiative nationally to recognise individuals, communities and organisations which have played their part in creating safer communities for children and young people.

Last year, the inaugural Play Your Part Awards were presented to recipients across Australia, to build an honour roll to showcase exemplary and successful initiatives that contribute to preventing child abuse and neglect. Nominations are now open for the 2013 awards and close on 14 June.

Vale: Cr Tom Morrissey

On 17 May, Councillor Tom Morrissey passed away, aged 68. The MAV would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge his commitment and contribution to Victorian local government, particularly in the metropolitan south-eastern region.

Beginning his council career in the former City of Waverley in 1990, he was then elected to Monash City Council in 1997, 2000, 2005, 2008 and 2012. Tom was previously Mayor of the City of Monash in 2001-02 and 2006-07.

In 2002, he was awarded the Centenary Medal for services to Local Government.

His involvement in Victorian local government spanned approximately 23 years and his passion and enthusiasm for his local area is an inspiration to the sector.

Our thoughts are with his family, friends and Monash Council colleagues.

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Upcoming MAV events...

29 - 30 May

Local government infrastructure & asset management conference

5 - 6 June

Planning and economic development: a critical relationship 

12 June

Climate change & road management financial modelling workshop


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