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Issue 1059: 15 January 2016
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  • The MAV, along with all Victorian councils, continue to support the No Exceptions, No Excuses campaign, which was highlighted by the State Government this week after new data showed 225 children were left in cars during December, up from 161 in December 2014. Councils are encouraged to continue sharing information with communities throughout the warmer months using resources that are available online.
  • Councils have until 31 January to inform the Essential Services Commission of their intention to seek a variation to the rate cap. The MAV will be collating details on the impacts of the rate cap across the sector. We would appreciate if councils could notify the MAV if they plan on seeking a variation. Please contact Owen Harvey-Beavis.
  • Our submissions to the Plan Melbourne refresh and the Review of the Local Government Act are now available on our website. A total of 190 submissions made to the Act review discussion paper have now been published online. We consulted widely with the sector for both submissions and will report back on the outcomes as they are made available.
Our 2016 consultation sessions will take place in February and early March to gain councils’ input into common strategic priorities that members would like the MAV to focus on in our 2016-17 annual work plan.

Eight sessions have been scheduled across the state:

  • Bendigo, 8 February, 12-2pm
  • Traralgon, 23 February, 12.30-2.30pm
  • Melbourne, 23 February, 6-8pm and 25 February, 2-4pm
  • Edenhope, 26 February, 12.30-2.30pm
  • Wangaratta, 3 March, 10am-12pm
  • Geelong, 10 March, 4-6pm
  • Warrnambool, 11 March, 11am-1pm

Councillors, CEOs, and senior council staff are encouraged to attend. To RSVP, or for more details about the sessions, contact Gavin Mahoney.

Council annual reports will once again be eligible for the MAV’s Reporting Awards for the 2014/15 financial year.

To be considered for the awards, councils can forward a copy of printed annual report to the MAV, Level 12, 60 Collins Street, Melbourne, by 31 January. Reports will then be judged by an Assessment Committee.

The purpose of the awards is to encourage excellence in the content, clarity and presentation of information in council annual reports.

For further information, contact Polly Banks.

Publication dates, content deadlines, and advertising costs for the 2016 editions of CiVic are now available on our website.

Four editions will be published this year on 4 March, 3 June, 2 September, and 2 December. Story ideas can be discussed or submitted to Kristi High.

A copy of the summer edition was sent to all councils late last year, and is available online and via the CiVic app.

The MAV Audit Committee is an advisory committee to the MAV Board and assists it in maintaining its governance framework by reviewing financial and risk controls, including internal and external audit reports, monitoring organisational performance and corporate governance generally.

We are seeking to appoint an independent Chair and/or member with Audit Committee experience, accounting skills and insurance knowledge. Risk management or local government experience would be highly regarded.

Please forward your expression of interest, together with your CV and a summary of relevant experience to Alison Lyon by 5 February. Interviews will take place the week commencing 22 February.

The Draft Victorian Community and Business Waste Education Strategy has been released for public consultation.

The Strategy, which is a key element in the delivery of the 30-year Statewide Waste and Resource Recovery Infrastructure Plan, identifies six strategic directions for waste education over the next 10 years. It also identifies priority areas, actions and outcomes from 2015 to 2020.

The draft strategy is open for public consultation until 4 March. Consultation on the strategy will occur via the Sustainability Victoria feedback portal, and at face-to-face workshops to be held across Victoria from mid-January to February. Further detail about the dates and locations of these workshops will be made available shortly via the portal.

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Key MAV event dates for this year have been released, with a range of workshops, forums and conferences.

Events include our Metropolitan Forum on 14 April, and Rural and Regional Forum on 21 April.

Our first State Council for 2016 will be held on 13 May, followed by our Rural and Regional Planning Conference on 23-24 June, and our Environment Conference on 14 July.

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Our annual Smart Urban Futures conference will be held on 22 – 23 March, and will focus on building liveable, walkable, and sustainable communities.

Speakers include Gyles Bendall, Urban Design Program Leader, Auckland Council; and Gilbert Rochecouste, Founder and Managing Director, Village Well. A full program will be available shortly.

  • Councils can now apply for grants of up to $20,000 in the first round of Sustainability Victoria’s Victorian Litter Innovation Fund. The Fund is a $700,000 package, and grants will be offered over two rounds. The deadline for expression of interest applications for the first round is 3pm on 4 March.

MAV sponsor and exhibitor opportunities

Sponsorship and exhibitor information for MAV events in 2016 is now available.

Our brochure contains detailed information about the costs of being a sponsor or exhibitor at a range of MAV events, as well as event information.

Sponsors and exhibitors are given the unique opportunity to raise their organisation’s profile with senior decision-makers within local government, as well as network with potential and current clients.

Alliance for Gambling Reform

The MAV will hold a meeting on 3 February from 2 – 3.30pm with councils interested in the Alliance for Gambling Reform.

We will also discuss the Gaming Machine Arrangements Review. Submissions for the review close on 26 February.

The Alliance launched in October 2015 and seeks to campaign for reforms to the gambling industry to reduce harm from poker machines, and to protect disadvantaged communities from the infiltration of increasing numbers of poker machines. The MAV and 19 councils are founding supporters of the Alliance, along with other organisations.

  • The Victorian Government is inviting public feedback on how best to support drought affected communities through an online forum. Encourage your communities to have a say on how best to allocate the $10 million Drought Response Fund to support drought affected farmers, their families and community.
  • LG Pro is running four caretaker period workshops to assist councils during this year’s elections
  • The Australian Industrial Ecology Network is hosting an Australian Waste to Energy Forum on 17-18 February in Ballarat
  • The Borough of Queenscliffe Council is interested in hearing from other councils who have completed or are undertaking a plan in terms of tree management of Avenues of Honour and commemorative plantings. For further information, email Phil Josipovic, or call 5258 1377.
  • Clearwater is currently taking registrations for Integrated Water Management events coming up in January and February. Topics include stormwater management principles and designing biofiltration systems.

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