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Issue 1103: 17 November 2016
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Strategic priorities
  • Cr Coral RossThe MAV Board has appointed Cr Coral Ross (Boroondara City Council) as the Interim President until MAV general elections in March 2017. Cr Ross said she is particularly delighted to take on this role at a time when Victorian local government now has the highest percentage of women councillors in the country. The MAV Board also appointed Cr Angela Altair (Hobsons Bay City Council) as MAV Vice President (Metro).

  • Know Your Council data for 2015-16 was published online this week. The data shows an improvement in councils’ efficiency, and also a decrease in the number of decisions made in meetings closed to the public. We issued a statement encouraging residents to read the ‘council says’ information alongside the performance measures, as it provides important context about the results and helps to explain the differences when comparing one council to another.

  • Prep, Check and Know for a Safe Return brochureA new statewide boating community safety program has been launched by the Emergency Services Commissioner for the Boating Industry Association of Victoria. Prep, Check and Know for a Safe Return aims to ensure Victoria’s 190,000 registered boat owners are aware of the need for regular maintenance checks covering the condition of their boat, equipment and trailer as well as other skipper rules and responsibilities. A brochure is available for download from the campaign website.

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Lightbulbs hanging on a stringOn 5 December the MAV is collaborating with the Idea Factory to offer a one-day workshop that is part learning and part innovation lab - exploring innovation tools, processes, and skills. Participants will then design their own leadership strategy to shape a more innovative organisation.

The objectives of the workshop are:

  1. Learn how to build the capacity to innovate in your organisation.
  2. Experience a range of tools and process that are part of the innovation toolkit
  3. Develop new and stronger personal innovation skills.
  4. Develop an innovation strategy for your team or organisation.

View the workshop program and register online

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This week the Victorian Government released a discussion paper to help shape development of a Safe and Accessible Victorian Waterways Strategy. It outlines the value, management, safety and accessibility of our waterways and was developed with input from the boating and fishing industry, waterway managers and local government.

Given the importance of waterways, and their recreational and commercial activities for councils, the MAV is arranging a session with the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) to discuss the issues and provide opportunity for councils to give preliminary feedback on the proposals.

The deadline for submissions is 14 December, however we are seeking an extension of the deadline to enable more time for councils to consider the issues they may wish to formally highlight. We will advise councils of the outcome of our request as soon as possible.

For further information, contact Rosemary Hancock.

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VicHealth this week released major population health survey results to inform council Municipal Health and Wellbeing plans currently being developed.

The VicHealth Indicators Survey 2015 interviewed almost 23,000 people from across the state, including respondents from each of Victoria’s 79 local government areas. LGA profiles, with localised health and wellbeing data, as well as evidence-based LGA Action Guides, have been provided to councils.

Councils and health planners seeking deeper insights into their LGA’s data, including breakdowns by demographics and health indicators, should visit www.exploreyourdata.com.au

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A neVicEmergency appw VicEmergency app was launched this week to replace the FireReady app. The new app provides warning and incident notifications for a range of emergencies, including storms and beach closures, not just fires. It also features improved watch zones so users can target the locations and incidents that are relevant to them, and can send 1.2 million notifications per minute.

A new VicEmergency hotline has also been created so the community has timely access to all warnings, preparedness and recovery information before, during and after emergencies. It replaces the existing Victorian Bushfire Information Line and Victorian Emergency Recovery Information Line. Existing phone lines will remain active and will redirect to the VicEmergency Hotline – 1800 226 226.

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The Australian Smart Communities Association(ASCA) is inviting nominations for prospective Board members to undertake a lead role in helping to continue the Association’s work to facilitate, promote and advise on how communities can build liveable, sustainable, workable smart cities.

ASCA members include local government, Regional Development Australia committees, Regional Organisations of Councils, industry, businesses, R&D organisations, and individuals.

Nominations for the ASCA Board must be submitted in writing by 18 November to admin@australiansmartcommunities.org.au. Office bearers will be elected at the Annual General Meeting on 28 November.

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Councillor Induction Day
Councillor Induction Day

Registrations are now open for our Councillor Induction Day on 24 November at Darebin Arts Centre, Preston. It is free for all councillors from member councils.

This event is designed to provide both new and returning councillors with an understanding of the MAV and our key support mechanism for elected representatives.

The day includes a workshop session by Don Clayton on Leadershift, looking at ‘whole of life leadership’. The program will also provide insights, tips and advice into the realities of being a councillor, allowing for a broader understanding of local government, the roles, responsibilities and expectations of being a councillor.

MAV 2016 Mayoral Program
MAV 2016 Mayoral Program

Registrations are now open for our Mayoral Program on 1 December being held at the MAV offices.

The Mayoral program is a no cost event for Mayors (and Deputy Mayors) and provides a robust environment to look at the complexities of being Mayor (and Deputy Mayor).

The workshop program will explore the CEO performance appraisal process, recent issues for Mayors and other key topics relating to the mayoral role. It offers a great atmosphere for discussion and networking, facilitated by the MAV CEO Rob Spence and Deputy CEO Alison Lyon.

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  • A reminder that nominations for the MAV Insurance Risk Management Award are open until 5pm on 2 December. The award is open to all current LMI scheme member officers, and we will provide one award for Victorian scheme members and another award for Tasmanian scheme members. Winners will have the opportunity to build their professional growth through attendance at a major international conference. Nominations should be provided to Owen Harvey-Beavis using the nomination form circulated to all members.

  • The Significant Sporting Events Program helps sporting, community and event organisations to deliver significant sporting events in Victoria. Councils are eligible to apply for funding, with Event Assistance grants up to $20,000 and Event Development grants up to $300,000 available.

  • The Victorian Veterans Council – Commemoration and Community Education Grants Program closes at midnight on 12 December. Funding is available for projects which honour or commemorate the service and sacrifice of veterans, and educate Victorians about the contribution made by our veterans.

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Proposed freight strategy

Last week the ALGA National Local Roads and Transport Congress launched a Congress Bulletin (PDF) highlighting a proposed freight strategy, which calls for the Commonwealth Government to invest $200 million per year for five years.

The funding would support local government in the assessment of key local road assets on designated freight routes to address bottlenecks and improve capacity.

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ATO briefing

The Australian Taxation Office is hosting a briefing session for Victorian councils about Taxable payments reporting for Government entities. This reporting requirement commences on 1 July 2017.

The briefing is on Thursday 8 December, 10.30 am – noon at the MAV offices and the session is suitable for council finance managers, CFOs and others who will have responsibility for lodging reports with the ATO. Please RSVP directly to Owen Harvey-Beavis to attend.

The ATO will also host a live Webinar for government entities on 30 November at 2pm. Those who cannot make the 8 December briefing may like to register for the Webinar.

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  • The Victorian Government this week announced a $109 million package to address homelessness, including targeted early intervention support services for people at risk and additional housing options.

  • Australia’s first Pride Centre, to be chaired by Jude Munro, will be a hub for LGBTI groups and organisations, showcase LGBTI culture and history, bring together health and support services and provide community spaces.

  • A new fact sheet has been released to summarise the role of Victoria’s integrity agencies and what they do.

  • A revised Disability Inclusion Planning guide for local government was this week launched by the ALGA with the support of the Australian Government. It updates a 1995 guide to take account of developments in disability standards, strategy and practice.

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