Issue 919:                                                       Week ending 1 March 2013

Constitutional Recognition
MAV elections - Make your vote count
MAV Outdoor and Works Field Day
National Local Government Asset Management Conference
Future of Local Government National Summit
Government response: Opportunities for Participation of Victorian Seniors
Tomorrow's Library review
Matching trucks to the road network
Mid-term review of ACELG
Seminar on speed limits
Harmony Day
In social media news...

Constitutional Recognition

The ALGA, on behalf of the MAV, has again appeared before the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Local Government. The ALGA argued in favour of a referendum for financial recognition of local government at last week's second hearing.

The following day at the ALGA Board’s strategic planning meeting, it resolved to support a referendum in favour of constitutional recognition even if the preconditions have not been met. This means that the ALGA and the MAV will campaign in support of a referendum in the event that the Commonwealth Government announces its support for the referendum.

The ALGA has now provided its updated position to the Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government, Simon Crean, and the Joint Select Committee.

The MAV has also written to all councils to provide an update on the campaign for constitutional recognition, including the likely campaign financing requirements. The MAV State Council last year resolved that any financial contribution to a campaign would be voluntary.

For further information contact Owen Harvey-Beavis.

MAV elections - Make your vote count

All MAV representatives are reminded to vote at the MAV Board and President elections if they have not done so already. Voting closes at 4 pm on 1 March and MAV representatives are encouraged to post their votes promptly to ensure they are received in time.

MAV Outdoor and Works Field Day

The MAV Outdoor and Works Field Day is a new event, initiated by MAV Procurement, to showcase and demonstrate the latest advancements in the fleet, outdoor and works areas. The day will offer council staff a place to look for new ideas and initiatives to improve processes and efficiency in these areas. To be held on Friday 3 May from 10 am to 4 pm, the day will be of interest to local government staff with roles associated with procurement, works, engineering, parks, building, asset and infrastructure, as well as councillors and industry professionals.

This event will be held at Manheim, Gordon Luck Ave, Altona North and costs $95 including GST.

For more information contact MAV events.

National Local Government Asset Management Conference

The tenth National Local Government Infrastructure and Asset Management Conference will be held from 29 to 30 May at Rydges Melbourne. The conference will continue the tradition of quality speakers; good practice knowledge-sharing, tools and templates to maximise council sustainability; networking; and building credibility.

Local government plans, develops, maintains and replaces key infrastructure for its community and is responsible for over $200 billion of infrastructure nationally, including roads, bridges, footpaths, water and sewerage (in some states), stormwater drainage, waste disposal, public buildings, parks, recreational and cultural facilities. Finding ways to use resources to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of infrastructure in delivering quality services to the local community are key priorities. Implementing more systematic asset management processes and adopting good practice financial management are key local government responsibilities. This is one event not to be missed if you are serious about the financial sustainability of your council.

For further information contact John Hennessy.

Future of Local Government National Summit

The Future of Local Government National Summit will be held on 22 to 23 May at Rydges Melbourne. A tsunami of change is imminent, and local government will either change or be changed. The time for talking about local government embracing and driving change has gone. Now we need to put in the hard yards and do it. The Summit features outstanding international and Australian speakers. It will incorporate a review of the vision and game plan for the sector. If you have an interest in the future of local government this is the only place to be.

For further information contact John Hennessy.

Government response: Opportunities for Participation of Victorian Seniors

The Victorian Government tabled a response to the Parliamentary Inquiry into Opportunities for Participation of Victorian Seniors on 19 February. The response includes:

  • establishing a Commissioner for Senior Victorians
  • appointing a Ministerial Advisory Committee
  • developing a whole-of-government older persons action plan to be undertaken by the Ministerial Advisory Committee, working with local government to integrate age-friendly approaches
  • undertaking further research to model the economic impact of increased participation of older workers in Victoria
  • preparing, with the MAV, best practice guidelines for engaging seniors in decision-making at the municipal level; and
  • working with councils to encourage inclusion of older people, positive ageing and age-friendly initiatives within Municipal Public Health Plans.

For further information contact Jan Bruce.

Tomorrow's Library review

Stage 2 of Tomorrow's Library, the review of Victoria's public libraries, has commenced. This follows the release of the Review of Victorian Public Libraries Stage 2 Discussion Paper last week.

The Tomorrow's Library review is being undertaken by the Ministerial Advisory Council on Public Libraries and will assess the Victorian Library concept and review public library funding. The Victorian Library concept was introduced in the Review of Victorian Public Libraries Stage 1 Report, released in December 2012.

The discussion paper has been developed for councils, regional library corporations and peak bodies to respond to during the Stage 2 consultation period. Submissions are now being accepted and must be received by 16 May. It is anticipated that Stage 2 will be completed at the end of 2013.

For further information contact Local Government Victoria.

Matching trucks to the road network

VicRoads, Roads Australia and ARRB Group are hosting a local government truck demonstration and briefing on matching trucks to the road network from 9 am to 12 pm on 8 March at Sandown Racecourse. The session will discuss many local government freight issues such as:

  • the new approach to heavy vehicle access management under the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR)
  • planning for heavy vehicle access in new and existing industrial estates
  • a demonstration of the joint MAV / ARRB Performance Based Standards (PBS) Route Assessment Tool
  • the features of new PBS vehicles and their effect on local road infrastructure
  • a demonstration of the most common types of PBS vehicles.

This is a great opportunity for councils to understand changes to heavy vehicle access management under the NHVR and experience the performance of these new vehicles as they demonstrate common turning and braking manoeuvres.

Registration costs $165 for up to three delegates.

For further information about the demonstration contact Damien Hense at ARRB on 0413 356 632. For further information on the MAV’s involvement in freight, including the Ministerial Freight Advisory Council and the MAV / ARRB PBS Route Assessment Tool contact James Cleaver.

Mid-term review of ACELG

The Australian Government is currently undertaking a mid-term review of the Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government (ACELG), which in part will assess the Centre's progress towards achieving its vision as a Centre of Excellence. One component of this review is a short survey, designed to gather valuable information about ACELG and its work.

The survey is being conducted in two parts:

  1. A "by invitation" survey to a selected sample of key stakeholders, including councils, local government associations, professional associations, organisation and jurisdictions throughout Australia
  2. An "open participation" survey, containing the same questions as the "by invitation" survey, to seek wider feedback, and provide an opportunity for those not selected to be part of the "by invitation" survey to provide feedback about ACELG.

The two surveys will be analysed separately. Responses will be confidential and individual responses will not be disclosed. Results will be reported in aggregate form only.

For further information contact the Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport.

Seminar on speed limits

The Institute of Transportation Engineers Australia and New Zealand (ITEANZ) is hosting a free forum on the Victorian Speed Limit Review including speakers from VicRoads, Mornington Peninsula Shire and the City of Melbourne.

This event will take place at the Department of Transport Theatrette, Level 5, 121 Exhibition Street, from 4.30 - 6 pm on Tuesday 5 March.

Further details are available on the ITEANZ website. Register online.

The MAV and councils are continuing to work with VicRoads to provide input to the new Speed Zone Guidelines. If you would like to participate, contact James Cleaver.

Harmony Day

21 March is Harmony Day. This year’s Harmony Day theme is Many Stories - One Australia. Every one of Victoria’s 5.53 million residents has their own unique story to tell, making up the chapters of the bigger Australian story we share today. Encourage your communities to share their stories on the Harmony Day website.

In social media news...

  • Hepburn Shire has partnered with OurSay to get input into their four-year Council Plan. Find out more here.
  • Maribyrnong City Council has created their own mobile app for council requests, which is available for both iOS and Android. Download it here.
  • SEOmoz has collated the top 10 tools for creating infographics and data visualisation. Read more here.
  • In Singapore, the Red Cross has released an emergency rescue app for use in a medical emergency. Find out more here.
Upcoming MAV events...

26 February - 8 March

LG employment branding campaign workshops

5 March - 4 April

Strategic planning meetings

22 - 23 May

Future of local government summit


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