State Council: update
Last week we held our first State Council for 2015, with 56 motions adopted. A report will be presented to our Board at a meeting in June to decide on the best course of action for each motion.
The MAV/Institute of Chartered Accountants Annual Report Awards winners were also announced at the meeting, with 15 councils taking home awards. Congratulations to the overall winners, Kingston City Council and Colac Otway Shire, and all category winners.
The MAV Strategic Work Plan 2015-16 was also endorsed with unanimous support, and will guide our strategic directions and resourcing for the coming year.
Our next State Council is scheduled for October.
Annual Report Award winners from Surf Coast Shire Council with MAV President Cr Bill McArthur (far right). Photo: Ben Johnson, 2vue Imagery.
Understanding local government: workshop
The MAV is running a workshop for both new and seasoned council staff about understanding local government, its role, responsibilities, and history.
In the workshop we examine local government’s place within our federal systems and its legislative relationship with the State Government.
The program explores:
- How councils are structured, funded and governed
- The role of the administration
- Issues of governance
- Community engagement
- The role of the council and councillors
- Future challenges and emerging issues.
The workshop will be held on 22 June at the MAV office, 60 Collins Street, Level 11. Registrations can be made online.
MAV Future of Local Government event
There’s only a few days left to register for our Future of Local Government National Summit on 28-29 May.
The summit will feature a range of local and international speakers discussing future directions and challenges for local government.
A full program is now available. The event will be held at the Rydges Melbourne, 186 Exhibition Street.
Local Government Forum
The MAV and FOI Solutions, Solicitors and Consultants will hold an inaugural Local Government Forum: FOI, Privacy & Protected Disclosures – a unique conference on 15 June for all councils.
It will cover freedom of information, privacy and protected disclosures, as well as other council-specific legislation.
The event will be held at Adina Apartment Hotel Melbourne, 189 Queen Street. Registrations can be made online.
Applications now open for National Stronger Regions Fund
The National Stronger Regions Fund (NSRF) will provide funding of $1 billion over five years to fund priority infrastructure in regional communities. Grants of between $20,000 and $10 million are available to local government and incorporated not-for-profit organisations.
Round two is now open and will close on 31 July. Grant funding must be matched in cash on at least a dollar for dollar basis.
Grants will be provided for capital projects which involve the construction of new infrastructure, or the upgrade or extension of existing infrastructure. The project must deliver an economic benefit to the region beyond the period of construction. Projects should support disadvantaged regions or areas of disadvantage within a region. The NSRF funded component of the project must be completed on or before 31 December 2019.
Many Victorian councils received funding in the round one of the grants, with a full list of successful projects now available.
VCGLR knowledge exchange
The Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) will hold a ‘knowledge exchange’ in Preston on 2 June, which is suitable for council staff and planners.
It will be an opportunity for attendees to share expertise with the VCGLR and each other, about current gambling and liquor regulation issues. A full program is now available.
It will run from 10am-12.30pm at the Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre. Registrations can be made online.
BusVic Maintenance Conference and Bus Expo 2015
BusVic are holding a Bus and Coach Expo at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre on 8-9 July. Discussions will focus on a range of topics including network service planning. The full program is available online.
This event may be of interest to council planners and councils who operate their own bus service. BusVic has extended a reduced ticket price offer to MAV members. To access the discounted members rate, please contact Craig Spurr.
Early Years Awards
Nominations are now open for the 2015 Victorian Government Early Years Awards.
The awards recognise outstanding achievements by those in the early childhood sector. They celebrate exceptional early childhood teachers, programs, services and partnerships that improve the health, learning, development and wellbeing of Victorian children from birth to eight years and their families. This year there are five categories.
Winners in each of the four partnership award categories will receive $15,000 to further develop and share the learnings of their innovative approach, while the winner in the early childhood teacher category will receive $10,000 to support their professional development goals.
Nominations can be made online by 5 June.
Community Safety Fund grants now open
The Community Safety Fund grants provide funding of up to $10,000 for community organisations and Victorian councils to support effective crime prevention initiatives within local communities.
Eligible projects can include:
- Crime prevention education and awareness activities
- Initiatives for vulnerable groups at risk of offending or victimisation
- Initiatives to improve safety and better activate local public spaces
- Security infrastructure for community facilities.
Applications close at 4pm on 10 July.
Public Safety Infrastructure grants now open
The Public Safety Infrastructure Fund provides grants of up to $250,000 to support Victorian councils to undertake the development and improvement of public safety and security infrastructure.
The grants will support projects using good urban design and technology, including CCTV and lighting, to help improve community safety, security and confidence in public places. An information forum to assist councils intending to apply for a grant will be held in Melbourne on 4 June.
Applications close at 4pm on 21 August.
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