Issue 1044:                                            Week ending 11 September 2015

Local Government (General) Regulations: exposure draft
Planning fees review update
Consultation begins on Local Government Act review
Victorian Young Achiever Awards
New app to support women experiencing violence
Leadership in the Public Sector Awards
Living Libraries Infrastructure Program now open
Graffiti Prevention Grants applications closing soon

Workshop to highlight the importance of shade
VicHealth’s Active Club Grants 2015-16: round 1 open
In social media news...

Local Government (General) Regulations: exposure draft

Local Government Victoria (LGV) has circulated an exposure draft of the Local Government (General) Regulations 2015, together with a comprehensive Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) to council CEOs. The current regulations are due to expire on 25 October. Submissions to LGV on the proposed regulations and RIS close on 25 September.

The principal changes between the 2004 regulations and the proposed 2015 regulations are:

  • Removal of the requirement for vendors to lodge Notices of Disposition
  • Inclusion of information in notices of rates and charges about the type/class of a property for differential rating purposes
  • A reduction in the documents to be made available for inspection
  • A change in the application fee for a Land Information Certificate and providing annual indexing by tying it to fee units in the Monetary Units Act 2004
  • Amendments to prescribe additional information to be included in the Notice of Acquisition.

The MAV has undertaken a review of the proposed regulations and has circulated a discussion paper to council CEOs with a proposed position on each provision of the new regulations. Please take time to review the proposed regulations, the RIS and the MAV position paper and make a submission to LGV.

We would appreciate receiving your comments or a copy of your submission to assist in developing a sector position. Please direct any enquiries to Steve Goldsworthy on 9667 5513.

Planning fees review update

A review of planning fees has long been called for by the MAV and local government sector. The issue was most recently raised in the MAV’s strategic planning sessions and at State Council in May. Improving the planning fees regime has been a priority of successive MAV Strategic Plans.

We are pleased to report that the Department of Land, Environment, Water and Planning will commence a review of planning fees in September, with the implementation of new fees expected in the last quarter of 2016.

For more information about the legislation and regulations, and the review of planning and subdivision fees is available online.

The MAV would like to thank those who provided their statutory planning revenue and cost data to inform our advocacy documentation.

Consultation begins on Local Government Act review

The State Government has begun the consultation process for its Local Government Act review, and councils are encouraged to have their say.

The State has released a discussion paper and launched a consultation website. Submissions can now be made until 18 December.

The government has stated that the review will be far-reaching and comprehensive, examining issues from the role and functions of councillors and CEOs, to donation regulation and how complaints should be handled. Following the consultation period, a Directions Paper will be developed in 2016 and will be open for public submissions.

The MAV will consult with the sector and formulate a submission.

For further information, contact Alison Lyon.

Victorian Young Achiever Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2016 Victorian Young Achiever Awards, and councils are encouraged to nominate local community members.

The awards acknowledge, encourage and promote the positive achievements of young Victorians up to 29 years of age.

In 2016 the awards will recognise the achievements of young people across 11 categories ranging from arts and fashion, to community service and leadership.

Nominations close on 11 December, with the winners announced at a Gala Presentation Dinner in May 2016.

New app to support women experiencing violence

Councils are encouraged to promote a new app aimed at supporting women who are experiencing the impacts of sexual assault, domestic and family violence

The updated Daisy app was launched last week by the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, and Australian of the Year Rosie Batty, with new features including translated information across 28 language groups, text-to-voice functionality for women with a vision impairment (or low literacy) and an SMS function for women living in rural or remote areas.

The app – developed with input from all state and territory governments and funded by the Australian Government – has been downloaded approximately 100 times each week since its launch in March. In total, there have been more than 2000 downloads nationally.

Leadership in the Public Sector Awards

Open to Commonwealth, State, local government and community sectors delivering government services in Victoria, the Leadership in the Public Sector Awards recognise innovation and outstanding achievement, and practice of teams and individuals across eight award categories:
  • Communication
  • Environmental sustainability
  • People development
  • Indigenous employment
  • Policy development
  • Risk management
  • Service delivery
  • Health, safety and wellbeing

The closing date for nominations is 19 October.

The awards, hosted by the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA Victoria) are an opportunity to formally recognise the diverse, complex and crucial work of IPAA members in delivering services to the Victorian public.

For further information contact the IPAA Victoria’s Awards Coordinator on 9653 2000 or via email.

Living Libraries Infrastructure Program now open

The State Government’s Living Libraries Infrastructure Program is now open for Expressions of Interest (EOI) and will close on 1 October.

Councils and regional library corporations may apply for a grant of up to $750,000. Revised funding ratios allow greater opportunities for small rural councils to take part in the program.

An electronic version of the guidelines and EOI template are available online.

For further information contact Kane Roach on (03) 9948 8514 or via email.

Graffiti Prevention Grants applications closing soon

Victorian councils have until 4pm on 18 September to apply for grants of up to $25,000 to partner with community groups to deliver local graffiti prevention initiatives.

The Graffiti Prevention Grants are part of the Victorian Government’s Community Crime Prevention Program which helps promote community safety and prevent crime in communities across Victoria.

Community organisations and groups that may be eligible to partner with councils include:

  • Incorporated and non-incorporated not-for-profit community organisations
  • Local groups and organisations which represent special interests and issues eg. schools, youth, environment, heritage, cultural and sporting groups, residents groups
  • Local retailers, small businesses and local trader associations
  • Local police
  • Public transport and utility companies.

For general enquiries about these grants, email or phone 1300 221 249.

Workshop to highlight the importance of shade

On 8 December a shade workshop will be held in Melbourne as part of the third International Conference on UV and Skin Cancer Prevention. The shade workshop is a pre-conference event specifically for local government.

Presented jointly by the Department of Health and Human Services, SunSmart and the MAV, the workshop features international and local speakers who will present on some of the leading international initiatives in shade, the importance of well-designed shade in parks and public places, how to better incorporate natural shade in playgrounds, parks and public venues, the importance of trees in the public realm, and how to encourage sun smart activities at the local level through effective UV protection and shade policies.

The event will be of interest to health planners, recreation and facility managers, infrastructure and design teams, early years staff, and landscape designers.

It will be held from 9.30am-4pm at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, College of Surgeons' Gardens, 250-290 Spring Street, East Melbourne. Registrations can be made online.

VicHealth’s Active Club Grants 2015-16: Round 1 open

VicHealth’s Active Club Grants offer funding to community sport and recreation clubs to increase or maintain participation through their club, by purchasing core equipment. Grants of $3,000 and $10,000 are available for clubs to get more people participating in sport and keep people active.

Priority will be given to applications from clubs/organisations who can demonstrate that an Active Club Grant will increase opportunities for regular physical activity in their community.

This year VicHealth is offering clubs the option to apply for either the traditional grant of up to $3,000, or a larger grant amount of up to $10,000. VicHealth are offering up to 10 of these larger grants per round for clubs that can make a big impact and enable a greater number of Victorians to start or continue being physically active.

The program guidelines and application information is available online.

In social media news...

Upcoming MAV events...

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Writing for the web

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Meeting the needs of LGBTI HACC clients - a year on

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Demystifying Local Government Finance & the new Reporting Framework


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