March edition of CiVic out now
Our first edition of CiVic for 2015 in now available and has been sent to all councils. It can also be read online, or you can download the CiVic app.
Feature articles in this quarter’s edition include Bully Zero councils, Boroondara’s innovation revolution, and councils introducing paid family violence leave.
Advertising and content deadlines are available on our website. This year CiVic will increase to a quarterly publication, and we are excited about the growing opportunity for councils to showcase their work.
Story ideas can be sent direct to our editor, Kristi High.
MAV PVAW international award finalist
The MAV was selected as a finalist for the fourth annual Avon Communications Awards: Speaking Out About Violence Against Women awards for our Prevention of Violence Against Women - Leading Change in the Victorian Local Government Sector booklet.
The booklet captures some of the outstanding work that has been achieved by Victorian councils working in the area of preventing violence against women, and gender equity more broadly.
We are one of 20 organisations from across the globe to be chosen as a finalist for the prestigious awards, which recognise outstanding communications campaigns that are helping change communities, policies, institutions and behaviours to end violence against women.
The five winning organisations will be chosen by an expert panel of judges and announced on 23 March. Further information of our gender equity work is available online.
Draft guide to dealing with recommending referral authorities
The MAV will hold a sector briefing on our draft guide to dealing with recommending referral authorities on 31 March.
The draft guide has been prepared to articulate a best practice approach for councils, as the responsible authority, to discharge their functions where a planning permit is required to be referred to a recommending referral authority.
A briefing will be delivered by John Rantino, Partner at Maddocks Lawyers, to explain the content of the guide, and to provide opportunity to ask questions and raise additional matters to be addressed in the guide. We encourage planning directors and risk managers to attend this session to fully understand the implications on the changes to Planning and Environment Act and the planning scheme.
It will run from 12pm-2pm at the MAV office, 60 Collins Street, Level 11. Registrations can be made online. For further information, or for a copy of the draft guide, contact Gareth Hately. Video and teleconference facilities are available if you wish to dial in. Please email MAV Reception or call 9667 5555 for video and teleconference details.
Asylum seekers living in the community
Last week the MAV facilitated a ‘Local Government and Asylum Seekers Living in the Community’ forum. The forum attracted more than 60 council staff, including maternal and child health nurses.
Representatives from the Australian Government, service providers, non-government organisations and councils offered their perspectives on how all parties can work together to best meet the needs of these residents.
We appreciate the input of all participants and presenters, in particular the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, whose Canberra representative provided updated information about this often changing space. Information provided at the forum is being circulated to all councils.
For further information, contact Bianca Nutt.
Family Violence Royal Commission: opportunities for LG input
The MAV is facilitating the development of a sector submission to the first ever Family Violence Royal Commission, and invites interested councils’ input.
If councils are planning on making their own submission directly to the Commission, we would appreciate being advised of this and copies being made available in due course.
The closing date for submissions is 29 May. Input can be made through the established channels of the MAV Preventing Violence Against Women Network or the MAV Gender Equity Leadership Group. Alternatively, councils can contact Kellie Nagle, at the MAV on 9667 5585 before the end of April.
The Commission will also be undertaking community consultation sessions. Once information about these processes have been determined, the MAV may seek the opportunity for councils to contribute to this consultation.
This week there has also been the appointment of Assistant Commissioner Dean McWhirter as leader of the first Family Violence Command in an Australian policing jurisdiction. The command will be dedicated to family violence, sexual assault and child abuse, and aims to ensure Victoria Police provide the best possible response.
2015 Rural Summit program released
A full program has been released for Rural Councils Victoria's 2015 Rural Summit in Halls Gap on 15-17 April.
The program features national and international speakers on the theme: Standing out from the flock: is difference the key to success in rural communities?
The summit has incorporated a range of speakers including RedBalloon Founding Director and ‘shark’ on TEN’s Shark Tank, Naomi Simson; winner of Masterchef and former Transport Planner, Emma Dean; and Gourmet Farmer television host, Matthew Evans.
The summit will be hosted by the Northern Grampians Shire Council and is expected to attract more than 150 delegates from Victorian councils, as well as business and government representatives.
Registrations can be made online.
Certification scheme for contaminated land assessors and managers
In response to concerns about variable service levels provided by site contamination practitioners, the Cooperative Research Centre for Contamination and Remediation of the Environment (CRC CARE) in consultation with regulators, industry and consultants, has developed a certification scheme to benchmark, maintain and improve the standard of professional services.
Under the brand of Site Contamination Practitioners Australia, the certification scheme is designed to complement the accredited environmental auditor system currently operating in Victoria. The new certification scheme is relevant to those commissioning or reviewing site contamination reports, or who have involvement in contaminated land issues.
For more information, contact Paul Saeki on (08) 8302 3933.
Vale Daryl McLure
The former mayor of Bendigo Council and state MP Daryl McClure died over the weekend.
The 68-year-old was elected to the City of Greater Bendigo from 1996-2004, and served as mayor in 1999-2000. He held the seat of Bendigo, in central Victoria, for the Liberal Party for a decade from 1973.
The MAV sends condolences to the family and friends of Mr McClure.
Walkability for Transport and Results Based Accountability
A new indicator of Walkability for Transport has been developed by Community Indicators Victoria to assess the walkability of Melbourne neighbourhoods. A summary report describing how Walkability for Transport was calculated and results for metropolitan Melbourne is available online.
Following this, Community Indicators Victoria is holding a Results Based Accountability workshop on 23 April.
Results Based Accountability is a disciplined way of thinking and taking action that can be used to improve the quality of life in communities, cities, states, territories and nations. It can also be used to improve the performance of programs, agencies and service systems.
Learning outcomes include:
- establish results and indicators of community wellbeing
- use results to drive decision making and budgeting
- identify performance measures for programs, agencies, and service systems.
The workshop will run from 9.30am-4.30pm at The Woodward Centre, University of Melbourne, 185 Pelham Street Carlton. Registrations can be made online.
Event management short course: Melbourne
Council event management staff are invited to participate in an event management short course on 14-17 April.
The four-day Certificate in Event Management, run by the Australian Centre for Event Management, has been designed to provide a foundation of key skills and knowledge associated with the creation and delivery of events.
The course is designed to provide a foundation of key skills and knowledge associated with the creation and delivery of events. Topics include, event project management, creation and planning and operations.
Registrations can be made online.
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