Comments invited to inform new regulations
The Local Government (General) Regulations 2004 are due to expire on 26 October. New regulations are proposed and a Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) is expected for public comment in August / September 2014.
Local Government Victoria is seeking comments from councils to inform the remaking of these regulations, in particular, any concerns or issues that occurred from applying the regulations in their current form.
The MAV will hold a meeting on 18 June for interested council officers to discuss the regulations in terms of what works and what needs amending. We will then complete an informed submission on behalf of the sector, but we encourage councils to complete their own as well.
The meeting will be held from 2pm at the MAV office, 60 Collins St, level 12. Registrations can be made online. For more information, contact Jaclyn Felton.
Submissions close on 30 June. For further information, or to submit your comments, contact Michael Concas at LGV, or call (03) 9208 3670.
Feedback wanted on proposed ‘My Council’ website
Local Government Victoria is seeking feedback about its My Council style website, to inform the functionality and content for the proposed site.
The aim of the website is to allow the public to see how councils perform against a range of indicators.
The MAV encourages all councils to get involved in the feedback process that is currently online.
In March, we completed a submission to the Local Government (Planning and Reporting) Regulations 2014 Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS), which outlined some of our concerns with the website.
For more information, contact Amelia Chapman at LGV.
Social media for rural and regional councils
This hands-on workshop shows you how to incorporate social media tools into your engagement strategies.
Council staff required to communicate externally including HR practitioners, librarians, health planners, and community services and youth services officers will benefit from tutorials and case studies.
The all-day program delivers practical advice on:
- Leveraging digital tools to address regional and rural issues
- Producing content tailored for hard-to-reach audiences
- Using social media for issues and reputation management
- Communicating during disaster and emergency response situations
- Promoting and hosting events online
- Setting up a digital archiving system to meet records management requirements
- The future of mobile apps.
This interactive session will be hosted at the MAV office on Thursday 28 August. RSVP through the MAV website.
MAV planning conference: last call for registrations
All roads lead to Chirnside Park. Well it appears so, as the last few tickets are selling fast.
The annual MAV Rural and Regional Planning Conference is being held at the Yarra Valley Lodge on 26-27 June.
An updated program, showcasing new speakers, is now available.
New speakers include Peter Seamer, CEO of Metropolitan Planning Authority (MPA) and Tim Peggie, Director of Structure Planning at MPA.
Ample time is provided for networking with presenters and delegates before and after the conference. The Yarra Valley Lodge has also generously provided discount accommodation for those who wish to extend their stay at the Lodge.
Registrations close on 23 June.
Hold put on coal seam gas exploration approvals
The State Government has announced a hold on work plan approvals for onshore gas exploration along with its current moratorium on fracking.
The hold will be in place until more information is available including evidence from a water study, community views, and industry impacts.
Currently there are 73 licences in place for coal seam, shale, and tight gas exploration, and 23 approved fracking operations.
Community consultation is being undertaken throughout June in Gippsland and Western Victoria. The sessions will be held in as ‘open days’ and include information sessions for communities.
Updated bushfire mapping
A review of bushfire prone area mapping has removed 7,549 properties and included 133.
The purpose of the review is to ensure the mapping is accurate and up-to-date. It enables mapping anomalies to be identified and for areas that are no longer a hazard to be removed.
The amended Bushfire Prone Area maps were approved under the Building Regulations 2006, and gazetted on 3 June.
The fifth review of the Bushfire Prone Area map is currently underway and councils have been asked to identify areas/sites that they would like reviewed.
The BPA mapping criteria is available online to provide greater transparency.
For more information, contact Gareth Hately on 9667 5596.
MAV Technology Annual Conference
The MAV Technology Annual Conference, on 13-14 August, will explore how Information and Communications Technology (ICT) can transform the way councils deliver services to communities.
The conference will be chaired by former Premier of Tasmania, David Bartlett. Confirmed keynote speakers include Larry Irving, former head of the US National Telecommunications Infrastructure Administration, Shannon Spanhake, former Deputy Innovation Officer of San Francisco, Tom Quinn, CIO of News Corp, and Richard Host, CIO of NSW Fire and Rescue.
We will be running an extensive trade exhibition where delegates can see demonstrations and speak with a broad range of ICT consultants, service providers and product providers.
The MAV Technology Awards for Excellence dinner will be held on day one of the conference. Two for one prices are available for Victorian rural and regional councils. Complimentary registration is available for council CEOs.
Registrations are now open.
MobileMuster 2014 Local Government Awards finalists announced
Victorian councils were among the finalists in MobileMuster's 2014 Local Government Awards, announced last week.
The Victorian finalists are Monash, Darebin and Moonee Valley councils in the top collector/recycler category, and Boroondara in the working with schools category.
Now in its 8th year, the awards celebrate the innovative and outstanding environmental efforts of local councils in promoting and collecting mobile phone components for recycling.
The award winners will be announced at the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) Conference in Canberra on 17 June.
2014 Queens Birthday Honour Awards
Past and present mayors, councillors and council staff have been announced as recipients of the Queens Birthday Honours Awards.
Recipients include Winsome McCaughey (AO), John So (AO), Cr Des Callaghan (OAM), Lyn Coulston (OAM), David Eltringham (OAM), Toni McCormack (OAM), Maria McGowan (OAM), James Ryan (OAM), Allan Bawden (PSM) and Ian Rossiter (PSM).
The MAV congratulates all recipients on their awards. A full list of recipients is available online.
Achieving integrated water projects at the local level
Clearwater and the Australian Water Authority will hold a seminar on 17 June about how the release of Plan Melbourne will impact councils in the area of water management.
The plan addresses the issue of sustainable water management, calling for initiatives such as local stormwater catchment and recycling.
How are developers, water authorities and councils going to respond? What are the practical opportunities? And at what cost? These issues will be explored in this seminar.
For more information, contact Melissa Cordy.
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