Issue 976:                                                      Week ending 2 May 2014

MAV kindergarten funding campaign: update
Terms of Reference for Productivity Commission Inquiry announced
Emissions Reduction Fund White Paper released
Joint Use Agreements for facilities on school and council sites
Graffiti Prevention and Removal Grants applications now open
2014 VLGMIN Forum
What's the link between housing & economic development?
2014 the Year of Developmental Local Government
Robin Clark Memorial Awards
New suburb names to honour our ANZACs
Field of Women 2014

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Events

MAV kindergarten funding campaign: update

We have continued our kindergarten funding campaign, with an email sent to all mayors and CEOs this week, encouraging councils to advocate to Federal and State MPs for continued government funding for 15 hours of kindergarten.

The Australian Government has not committed to continue its five hour funding share of the operational costs of delivering 15 hours kindergarten beyond December 2014, when the current National Partnership Agreement expires.

The Commonwealth has indicated that a decision about its future funding arrangements will not be known before the completion of the National Partnership Review in June 2014.

The issue is being taken up broadly and it is likely that kindergartens in your municipality will already be taking part in advocacy efforts undertaken by Early Learning Association Australia and the Australian Education Union, as well as other groups nationally and statewide.

The MAV will focus on campaigning to the Federal Government while the National Partnership Funding Review is taking place and update councils through our weekly Bulletin.

Councils seeking further assistance or information in their advocacy efforts can contact Jan Barrett.

Terms of Reference for Productivity Commission Inquiry announced

The terms of reference for the Productivity Commission Inquiry into Natural Disaster Funding Arrangements were announced on Monday. Commonwealth and State expenditure in relation to disaster mitigation and recovery will be included in the scope of the inquiry.

The Productivity Commission will identify options for achieving an effective and sustainable balance between natural disaster recovery and mitigation funding.

The Commission will soon be seeking submissions to the inquiry, with the submission deadline in the first week of June. The MAV will be making a submission in consultation with councils.

Councils are encouraged to register on the Productivity Commission website to receive the issues paper and other information directly.

A report of the draft findings will be released in September 2014 and the Commission will deliver a final report to the Government at the end of the year.

For further information, contact Emma Lake or Martijn Gough.

Emissions Reduction Fund White Paper released

The Federal Government released the Emissions Reduction Fund White Paper last week.

The paper sets out the final design for the Emissions Reduction Fund which calls on interested parties to submit tenders, via a reverse auction process, for projects that will either lower emissions or offset them.

Successful bidders will enter into contracts where the government agrees to purchase emissions reductions from their projects. Auctions will be run by the Clean Energy Regulator and will begin in the second half of 2014. They will take place quarterly.

Examples of emissions reducing activities include upgrading commercial buildings, improving energy efficiency of industrial facilities and houses, and reducing electricity generator emissions.

Joint Use Agreements for facilities on school and council sites

The MAV and DEECD have undertaken a partnership project to streamline the processes around developing agreements for the shared use of facilities and land between schools, councils and the community.

Historically the process of reaching agreements has involved significant complexity, legal costs and lengthy timeframes.

Following significant council input, and legal advice sought by the MAV, improved processes and simplified templates have been developed, which were distributed to all council CEOs by DEECD this week.

For further information, contact Philip Trengove.

Graffiti Prevention and Removal Grants applications now open

Applications are now open for the 2014–15 Graffiti Prevention and Removal Grants.

Victorian councils are invited to apply for grants of up to $25,000 to develop and deliver local graffiti projects in partnership with their communities.

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

Community organisations and groups that may be eligible to partner with councils include: not-for-profit community organisations; special interest groups involving schools, residents, youth, environment, heritage, cultural and sporting groups; local retailers, small businesses and local trader associations; local police; and public transport and utility companies.

Applications close 5pm Friday 20 June.

2014 VLGMIN Forum

Planning is underway for the annual Victorian Local Government Multicultural Issues Network (VLGMIN) Forum.

This year the forum will focus on arts and culture themes in partnership with the Cultural Development Network and Multicultural Arts Victoria. It will be hosted by the City of Ballarat on 30 October at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka.

Registration and program details will be available early in the second half of the year, but in the meantime please let your council’s arts and culture program colleagues know about this event and save the date.

What's the link between housing & economic development?

Victorian councils are invited to express interest in a research project examining the link between housing and economic development. The project has been funded by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) and is being conducted by RMIT University.

By reviewing the kinds of data and models that exist, and the feasibility of using them to improve knowledge of key connections between housing and economic development, the study will indicate ways to strengthen Australian housing research capacity for the future.

RMIT hopes to examine 12 economic development strategies in rural, regional city and metropolitan areas. Selected councils will be invited to participate in an interview, but will not be expected to prepare any material or supply data.

To express interest in this research, please contact Rilke Muir on 0424 468 486 by 7 May.

2014 the Year of Developmental Local Government

One of the outcomes of the 2013 Commonwealth Local Government Forum was a call to designate 2014 as the Year of Developmental Local Government.

This was endorsed by Commonwealth Heads of Government at their meeting in Sri Lanka in November 2013.

CLGF has written to its members to inform them about 2014 being designated the year of developmental local government, and how they can get involved through events, activities and campaigns.

CLGF’s own events and activities are marking the year and highlighting the developmental role of local government. This pack provides some information, resources and materials to help you join in the 2014: Year of Developmental Local Government.

Robin Clark Memorial Awards

Nominations are now open for the annual Robin Clark Memorial Awards.

Child Protection Week 2014 will be officially launched in Victoria on Tuesday, 9 September at the Robin Clark Memorial Awards.

The awards are dedicated to the memory of Robin Dennis Clark (1936–2001), a visionary and leader who has greatly influenced current practice in Victorian child, youth and family services.

Councils can nominate foster carers, kinship carers, child protection practitioners, academics and child, youth and family services staff.

For further information, contact Nicola McCracken on 9096 5323.

New suburb names to honour our ANZACs

Councils will be able to pay homage and tribute to our ANZACs, places and events by naming new suburbs across Melbourne through the State Government’s ANZAC Commemorative Naming Project.

The project honours the significant contribution that everyday people have made to Australia’s military activities and our way of life. It acknowledges Australia’s wartime service during the ANZAC centenary period (2014-2018) and next year’s 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing.

The Metropolitan Planning Authority will work in conjunction with growth area councils to provide suitable ANZAC names to be applied to precincts early in the planning stage.

Further information on how to apply is available online.

Field of Women 2014

Breast Cancer Network Australia's Field of Women (also known as the Pink Lady on the MCG) will be held at the MCG on Saturday 10 May from 4.30pm.

Show your support for all Australians affected by breast cancer and join 15,000 men, women and children on the Field of Women to represent the number of people who are expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer this year.

Everyone is welcome to participate – you don’t have to have had breast cancer to take part.

The event will be held before the Melbourne vs Western Bulldogs match in the evening, and includes a moving ceremony and entertainment.

Tickets are $55 each and all proceeds go towards helping Breast Cancer Network Australia continue its important work supporting Australians affected by breast cancer.

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