ESC draft report: Rate Capping & Variation Framework Review
The Essential Services Commission (ESC) has released its draft Volume 1 initial report and Volume 2 report, on the proposed framework for the introduction of rate capping. The MAV encourages councils to take a look and consider any feedback.
The MAV will be reviewing the Commission’s suggestions in depth over coming days and will report back to the sector with our thoughts shortly.
As mentioned in the report there will be further consultation with the sector and other relevant parties prior to a framework being finalised. The MAV will again prepare feedback and input into this process on behalf of the sector, however we also encourage individual councils to consider doing the same.
The closing date for further submissions is 28 August; these can be emailed to the ESC.
MAV conference: Power to the People
Places are filling up fast for our Power to the People conference on 26-27 August at the Mantra Bell City complex in Preston.
In partnership with the Bank of IDEAS, this annual national event continues to focus on the fact that we are living in times of unprecedented change and complexity, and that governments are becoming increasingly aware they often do not have the answers to the major challenges confronting society.
Speakers at the conference include Shadow Assistant Treasurer, Andrew Leigh, author of Take a Street and Build A Community, Shani Graham, and co-founder of CoDesign Studio, Lucinda Hartly.
A full program for the event is now available. Registrations can be made online. For further information, contact John Hennessy.
Regulation Impact Statement: Child Care Assistance Package
In June the Federal Government released its Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) into the Child Care Assistance Package for consultation. This RIS comes after a long line of inquiries and reports which commenced in December 2013 with the release of the Productivity Commission’s Issues Paper Inquiry into Child Care and Early Childhood Learning.
The MAV recently developed a submission to the RIS with feedback and inclusions from councils.
The MAV has maintained a consistent position which includes support for all families by ensuring affordable and flexibility of choice in high quality childcare options that:
- Optimise children’s learning and development; maintain public investment in a universal approach to early childhood education and care with a priority focus on vulnerable families
- Provide infrastructure support for capital, workforce, planning and integrated facilities and regulatory requirements
- Reviews all levels of government planning and funding to ensure greater collaboration and greater strategic use of available resources.
For further information, contact Wendy Allan.
Parliamentary Inquiry: MAV response
The MAV has responded to the Parliamentary Inquiry in regard to two specific agreements: the National Partnership Agreements on Universal Access to Early Childhood Education, and the National Partnership Agreement on Preventive Health.
The concerns of councils have been reiterated in terms of the need for an enduring Commonwealth commitment to the provision of funding for preschool education. Another concern is the whole of community approach to healthy eating, and increased physical activity which is being compromised by the federal withdrawal of funding to the State for the preventive health program ‘Healthy Together Victoria’. Fourteen councils have been involved in this program.
LG roundtable: prevention of family violence
Minister for Women and for the Prevention of Family Violence, Fiona Richardson chaired a Local Government Roundtable with senior executives from metropolitan councils, along with representatives from the MAV, to discuss the role of local government in relation to the prevention of family violence.
The Minister appreciated hearing directly from councils about the community education and service provision opportunities and challenges, and has committed to using the insights and discussion through the consultation to inform the Royal Commission into Family Violence.
The Minister will be conducting further Roundtables in regional Victoria to provide all councils with the opportunity to participate. These will be scheduled soon.
The MAV has been invited to present to the Royal Commission in a session on ‘culture change in workplaces & the community’ (10 August) and the City of Greater Dandenong Maternal and Child Health coordinator will be presenting in a session concerning the ‘role of the health system’ (12 August).
For further information, contact Kellie Nagle.
Future of Local Food: speaker profile
Tino Carnevale, from the ABC’s ‘Gardening Australia’, is one of the highlight speakers at the MAV’s Future of Local Food Conference on 10 – 11 September.
Tino will speak on ‘The importance of growing our own’. Other highlight topics are Rooftop Honey, Fair Food: the documentary, my Smart Garden, and the Food Hub Project.
A full program is now available. It will be held at Treasury Theatre, 1 Macarthur Street, East Melbourne. Registrations can be made online.
Female focus on new $100 million sports infrastructure
Female friendly facilities are a focus of the new Community Sports Infrastructure Fund. Councils can now apply for a share of $100 million to build, upgrade or plan sports infrastructure.
The funding can be for sports facilities of all sizes, including pools and cricket facilities. The fund categories are:
- Better Pools - grants of up to $3 million to build new or upgrade existing aquatic centres
- Major Facilities - up to $650,000 to develop or upgrade major sport and recreation facilities
- Small Aquatic Project - up to $200,000 to upgrade pools and aquatic leisure facilities
- Minor Facilities - up to $100,000 to develop or upgrade local sport and recreation facilities
- Female Friendly Facilities - up to $100,000 to build new or upgrade existing change rooms to prioritise female participation
- Cricket Facilities - up to $100,000 to develop or upgrade cricket facilities
- Planning - up to $30,000 for initiatives that assess the future sport and recreation needs of local communities, and up to $50,000 for regional planning initiatives.
Councils can complete a Project Proposal form and submit it via email by 24 August.
Victorian Honour Roll of Women: nominations open
Nominations are now open for the Victorian Honour Roll of Women, which recognises the achievements and contributions of Victoria’s most remarkable women.
Nominations are open to women who have made a significant and lasting contribution at a local, state, national or international level, and who were either born in Victoria, have spent a considerable part of their life in Victoria, or have made a significant contribution to the state.
The successful nominees will be notified later in the year, and formally inducted at an event in March 2016 that will coincide with International Women’s Day celebrations.
Nominations close on 21 August and can be made online.
ALGWA 2015 Bursary Award
Applications are now open for the ALGWA 2015 Bursary award.
Established in 1989, the study award is to encourage and assist women in local government to further their education.
The award is open to permanent members of staff in a Victorian city or shire council. The applicant must be currently studying at a Diploma level or higher, at a recognised tertiary institution, on a part time or external basis, and must demonstrate an ability to make a positive contribution to their area of employment and to their employer through further tertiary study. The studies undertaken must be directly related to the applicant’s field of employment.
Applications close 31 August.
Online forum: effect of family violence on children
The National Children's Commissioner, Megan Mitchell, and 1800 Respect have extended an invitation to all councils to take part in an innovative online forum on 12 August. It will discuss the effects of family and domestic violence on children.
The webinar is a unique opportunity to have your say, participate in the discussion, or simply listen and learn.
The Commissioner will discuss her role and the development of her 2015 Parliamentary report into children’s rights, which has a substantive focus on how children aged 0-17 are affected by family and domestic violence.
Participants will be asked to contribute to the development of this important report by providing a response to six questions around the impact of domestic violence on children.
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