Issue 999:                                                 Week ending 10 October 2014

Visions of Victoria, CEOs share their council’s future plan
Casserole Club has launched
Local government briefing on the East West Link

National Stronger Regions Fund
Positive Ageing: State-MAV partnership agreement
National Local Roads and Transport Congress
Metropolitan Framework submission

IUCN World Parks Congress 2014
Community Sustainability Infrastructure Fund
New data on asylum seekers living in the community
Flood Forum Victoria
VCGLR liquor and gambling information session

In social media news...
Events

Visions of Victoria, CEOs share their council’s future plan

We are excited to announce the council CEOs who will present their Visions for Victoria at our Annual Conference on 23 October.

Presentations will be made by the following CEOs:

  • Mark Crouch, West Wimmera Shire Council
  • John McLinden, Loddon Shire Council
  • Kerry Thompson, Wyndham City Council
  • Vijaya Vaidyanath, City of Yarra
  • Tim Tamlin, South Gippsland Shire Council.

Other speakers include Victorian Premier, Dr Denis Napthine; Victorian Greens Leader, Greg Barber; Victorian Auditor General, John Doyle; ABC 774 presenter Jon Faine; and Fran Kelly, presenter of ABC Radio National Breakfast program.

Councillor Service Awards will also be presented at the dinner, celebrating the commitment of long-serving councillors. Places are still available but are booking out quickly. Registrations can be made online.

Casserole Club has launched

Our Casserole Club pilot project launched this week, enabling interested community members from Moreland, Boroondara and the Macedon Ranges to get involved.

This exciting meal sharing and social connections program will see volunteer ‘cooks’ prepare an extra portion of home cooked food for older ‘diners’ who have difficulty cooking for themselves.

The project, funded by the Department of Health, has been rolled out in Brunswick, Canterbury, Surrey Hills and Lancefield. Follow Casserole Club on Facebook and Twitter to keep up-to-date.

The project will test a range of technical and local issues with FutureGovUK, the technology company that developed the concept, with the aim for a broader roll out across Victoria in future years.

For further information, contact Jan Bruce.

Local government briefing on the East West Link

The Linking Melbourne Authority has released additional information about the East West Link Eastern Section.

Following discussions with the Linking Melbourne Authority, we have arranged a local government briefing session on the East West Link Eastern Section, which will be held at the MAV offices on 31 October from 10am – 11am.

Registrations to this free event are now open.

National Stronger Regions Fund

The MAV is encouraging councils to apply for Stage 1 funding of the National Stronger Regions Fund, announced by the Federal Government last week.

This funding is welcome, however there remain significant challenges for councils, particularly with the freeze on indexation of Financial Assistance Grants.

Further information about the funding is available online. Applications close on 28 November.

Positive Ageing: State-MAV partnership agreement

The State Government released Seniors Count - Victoria’s Seniors Participation Action Plan on 1 October.

The plan outlines activities the government is focussing on now and into the future which will create a better Victoria for older people.

It recognises the important role of local government in achieving age-friendly communities.

A draft State-MAV partnership agreement has been developed to guide both state and local government with this commitment. It is expected the agreement will provide an opportunity for councils to publicly declare a commitment to the age-friendly communities direction, and provide leadership on this direction within their communities.

For further information, contact Jan Bruce.

National Local Roads and Transport Congress

The 2014 National Local Roads and Transport Congress will explore the themes of 'collaboration and corridors', and there will be a strong focus on how best to manage transport infrastructure and systems, and how they contribute to Australia's continued economic growth.

An updated program is available via the ALGA website.

Key aims of the Roads Congress on 12-14 November in Tamworth are to highlight the importance of issues such as Federal funding in overcoming road and infrastructure challenges, and reinforce the need for increased and permanent funding under the Roads to Recovery program beyond June 2019.

Registrations can be made online.

Metropolitan Framework submission

On 25 August the Victorian Government released the Metropolitan Whole-of-Water-Cycle Strategic Framework 2014-2024 Discussion Paper. The Metropolitan Framework proposes reforms that are substantial and ambitious, and outlines a number of roles for local government.

It contains implications for how councils will be expected to plan, implement, fund and be evaluated for their whole-of-water-cycle management (WWCM) projects and programs.

The MAV, in consultation with our members, has developed a submission to the framework. The submission outlines that there is a high level of in-principle support for the framework’s objectives among councils.

However, the lack of certainty, clarity and detail in the framework highlights that significant work still needs to be done to articulate a clear model capable of achieving the ambitious WWCM objectives. Councils also firmly believe that costs of the new approach must be transparently assessed and allocated equitably.

For further information, contact Martijn Gough.

IUCN World Parks Congress 2014

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress 2014 is a landmark global forum on parks and protected areas held once every 10 years.

The Congress will be hosted in Sydney, from 12 – 19 November, with the theme Parks, Planet, People: inspiring solutions.

The Congress program consists of eight concurrent streams, one of which is Improving Health and Wellbeing: Healthy Parks Healthy People. Over 150 speakers from around the world will contribute to this stream program alone and between 3,000 to 5,000 delegates are expected to attend.

Registrations are now open. For further information, email the IUCN.

Community Sustainability Infrastructure Fund

The Community Sustainability Infrastructure Fund is now open to local government, businesses and Victorian community groups to help achieve local sustainability goals.

Councils can apply to Sustainability Victoria for funding to investigate, develop and implement infrastructure projects that facilitate resource efficiency, resource recovery and/or local environmental improvements.

The fund guidelines stipulate a 1:1 co-contribution from councils to the total project cost.

Applications can be made at any time and will be assessed from their submission date. Projects must be completed by 30 June 2017.

New data on asylum seekers living in the community

Following strong advocacy from the MAV and the Victorian Government, the Federal Department of Immigration and Border Protection has released a new quarterly publication series called Illegal Maritime Arrivals on Bridging E Visa.

It includes current data on asylum seekers living in the community on bridging visas by location.

Flood Forum Victoria

The Mallee Catchment Management Authority (CMA) is hosting a two day flood forum in Mildura on 13-14 November. The forum provides an opportunity for people involved in floodplain management to come together to network, listen, and present on issues of relevance to Victoria.

The event will begin with a dinner cruise along the Murray River on 12 November, with the following two days including presentations from CMAs, Melbourne Water, Department of Environment and Primary Industries, State Emergency Services, the Bureau of Meteorology, local government, the MAV and the private sector.

The forum will also include a late afternoon tour of Hattah Lakes on 13 November.
Registrations are now open. For more information, email Geri Thwaites or call 03 5051 4377.

VCGLR liquor and gambling information session

Councillors, planners and policy officers with an interest in liquor and gambling issues are encouraged to attend a free information session facilitated by the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR).

The event will be held at the Werribee Racing Club on 15 October from 10am – 2.30pm. The event includes presentations from the VCGLR Chairman and staff, GoodSports program and Victoria Police.

The event is free but places are limited so make sure you RSVP to Christopher Emerson by 13 October.

In social media news...

Upcoming MAV events...

15 October

The Future of Communities - Power to the People Conference

17 October

MAV Planning Improvement Conference 2014

23 October

MAV Annual Conference and Dinner 2014

 

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