Issue 971:                                                      Week ending 28 March 2014

MAV State Budget submission
MAV/MPA partnership agreement
Local councils encouraged to sign on as Refugee Welcome Zones
MAV Environment Conference update
Healthy Eating Forum
Cultural Planning Forums
Save the date - MAV Rural and Regional Planning Conference
The Green Star guide
Minister announces a range of early years initiatives
MobileMuster Local Government Awards

In social media news...

MAV State Budget submission

Our recent submission to the State Budget has called for funding programs that will provide long-term benefits to Victorians, primarily through the continuation of existing or recently expired infrastructure programs.

These include public library funding, which takes into account $20 million for an extension to the Living Libraries program, flood mitigation infrastructure, planning reform and support for rural councils.

Our submission also calls for an extension of the Country Roads and Bridges Program, and the Regional Growth Fund including a further $100 million for each of the Putting Locals First and Local Government Infrastructure programs.

These vital initiatives were the key drivers for our Funding Regional Communities campaign, given their importance to renewing, reviving and revitalising regional communities.

MAV/MPA partnership agreement

Consistent with our submission to Plan Melbourne and our position developed with councils, the Metropolitan Planning Authority (MPA) and the MAV has commenced discussions on the development of a Partnership Agreement.

The development of the agreement was identified to provide an overarching framework to guide the relationship between the MPA and councils. It also provides guidance on the rules and processes for designated sites where the MPA may become the Planning or Responsible Authority.

The MAV is currently seeking councils’ comments on a position paper summarising our initial views and the draft partnership agreement prior to entering into further negotiation with the MPA.

The document has been circulated to CEOs and Planning Directors. Feedback is requested by 18 April.

For further information, contact Gareth Hately on 9667 5596.

Local councils encouraged to sign on as Refugee Welcome Zones

The Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) is encouraging local councils to join the Refugee Welcome Zone initiative.

The RCOA has issued a research paper, which explains how local councils throughout Australia are welcoming refugees into their communities.

The Refugee Welcome Zone initiative comprises 89 councils which have made a commitment in spirit to welcoming refugees into the community.

MAV Environment Conference update

An exciting addition has joined the MAV Environment Conference program with Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Ryan Smith now speaking at the event.

Minister Smith will be joined by an impressive list of speakers including Federal Minister for the Environment, Greg Hunt, Co-Founder and councillor of the Climate Council, Tim Flannery, and State Shadow Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Lisa Neville.

This year’s conference features a range of expert speakers who will present the latest information on environment and sustainability – where things are at now and where we’re heading.

There will be a particular focus on the challenges and opportunities facing local government.

The conference will be held on 30 April and 1 May at Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre.

Register online, or for further information, contact MAV Events.

Healthy Eating Forum

The MAV is holding a forum on 21 May for local government to showcase practice-based evidence of programs and initiatives that focus on healthy eating.

This will be the first of a series which will include physical activity and community wellbeing later in the year.

For further information, contact Jan Black on 9667 5512.

Cultural Planning Forums

The MAV, in conjunction with the Cultural Development Network and host councils, is running a series of three Cultural Planning Forums for local government.

The forums will be held between April and July in central Melbourne and four regional locations; Camperdown, Kerang, Seymour and Morwell.

The format will include presentations, group discussion, case studies and information about resources. Participants will:

  • Learn how to consult, research, develop, implement and evaluate cultural plans
  • Develop skills in use of national, state and local data to inform their planning
  • Share knowledge and ideas with councils in their region
  • Link in to worldwide networks and resources on culture and planning
  • Consider their council’s plan in the light of a shared statewide approach.

For more information, contact Kim Dunphy. Or register online.

Save the date - MAV Rural and Regional Planning Conference

Don’t miss out on the MAV Rural and Regional Planning Conference Future Proofing Regional Victoria – the journey of transformation on 26-27 June 2014.

The conference focuses on building capacity, increasing knowledge and delivering better planning practice in rural and regional Victoria.

We have prepared a stellar program, including presentations from:

  • Christine Wyatt, DTPLI deputy secretary
  • Marcus Westbury, Renew Australia on future proofing regional Victoria
  • Strategies for regeneration of Rural and Regional Towns – practical lessons from Melbourne – Rob Adams AM, Director City Design, City of Melbourne
  • Successful pillars of regional plan implementation - Gary White, MacroPlan Dimasi.

The conference will be held at Yarra Valley Lodge.

More speakers will be announced soon. Register online.

The Green Star guide

A new guide for local government will support the development of communities that are liveable, prosperous and sustainable.

The Green Star – Communities Guide for Local Government was launched last week by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) and AECOM.

The guide explains how councils can use the Green Star – Communities national framework and the Green Star – Communities rating tool to achieve better economic, social and environmental outcomes across the built environment.

Minister announces a range of early years initiatives

The Early Years Strategic Plan – Improving outcomes for all Victorian children 2014-2020 was released by the Minister for Children and Early Childhood Development, Wendy Lovell, last week.

The plan aims to improve outcomes and better support children in the period from birth to age eight. It has three key areas of focus; supporting parents and communities to give children a great start; early and sustained support for those who need it most and high-quality early learning for all children.

The Minister also announced a range of initiatives that may support councils in their early years’ service provision and planning roles. These include $8.4 million in initiatives to provide additional support to young families and children.

MAV will follow up and inform councils further on the details of these initiatives.

For further information, contact Clare Hargreaves.

MobileMuster Local Government Awards

Nominations are now open for MobileMuster's 2014 Local Government Awards.

The awards began in 2007 to recognise the outstanding efforts of councils in promoting and collecting mobile phone components for recycling.

Read the case studies on the award-winning programs and initiatives that councils have run to encourage the community to participate in the program.

Five awards are presented each year including best promoter, working with schools, top collector/recycler and a national excellence award.

We encourage councils to nominate for an award. Awards will be announced on 17 June.

In social media news...

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  • Glen Eira City Council launches Safe Food Guide iPhone app.
Upcoming MAV events...

3 April

Patchwork: introductory and networking session

23 April

Media skills workshop

30 April - 1 May

MAV Environment Conference


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