Council rates package
Last week we released our annual rates package to the media, which was compiled using data from all 79 Victorian councils.
The data showed the lowest average rate increase in 10 years of 3.8 per cent, or $67, (down from 4.2 per cent from the previous year).
The purpose of this survey is to present rates data in a consistent format across all councils, and to ensure rates-related media stories are positioned within the context of the financial challenges facing the sector.
The MAV would like to thank all 79 councils who participated.
MAV Metropolitan Forum and Dinner
Council CEOs, mayors and MAV representatives have been invited to the annual MAV Metropolitan Forum and Dinner on 10 September.
Attendees are invited to submit any items for discussion. An agenda will be circulated closer to the date.
The forum will be held from 3-6pm followed by dinner. It will be held at the Sofitel Melbourne, 25 Collins Street.
Registrations can be made online. For further information, contact Polly Banks on 9667 5502.
MAV draft submission for Floodplain Management Strategy
The MAV has developed a draft submission to the revised Draft Victorian Floodplain Management Strategy, which has been sent to councils for feedback.
The Victorian Floodplain Management Strategy sets proposed direction for floodplain management in Victoria, and defines policies, actions and accountabilities.
To inform the draft submission, the MAV sought preliminary feedback from council officers, attended roundtables and information sessions organised by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and reviewed the council submissions from the 2014 consultation round.
We have also distributed a draft response to the Draft Flood Management Strategy for Port Phillip and Westernport. The 38 councils covered by Melbourne Water are encouraged to consider the two strategies together. The MAV will be considering council feedback to both draft submissions as we finalise our response to the two strategies.
Please provide your feedback to Emma Lake by 5pm on 5 August. For further information, contact Emma on 9667 5532.
Managing Residential Character in Rural and Regional Victoria
We recently released our Managing Residential Character in Rural and Regional Victoria report. The report was commissioned, with funding assistance from the Department of Environment Land Water and Planning, in response to concerns expressed by rural and regional councils about their ability to manage residential development that is distinct from development occurring in metropolitan Melbourne.
Planisphere has undertaken some terrific work to define the essential characteristics of residential development in rural and regional areas, outlines the range of mechanisms that can be used to guide improved future residential development and identified areas of potential reform.
We would like to thank the members of the Steering Committee (Greater Bendigo, MPA and DELWP) who provided valuable insights and generously gave their time. The input of the councils who provided case studies and/or attended the two workshops is also gratefully acknowledged.
For further information, contact Michelle Croughan.
Building safe communities for women and children
The Federal Government is inviting applications for projects under Building Safe Communities for Women and their Children funding round, which is open to councils.
This one-off investment will assist local communities to improve safety for women and their children through locally based and locally designed solutions to meet local needs. It can also be used to support the development of positive responses for communities of interest.
The grants are designed to support communities to develop and implement practical solutions to reduce violence against women and their children in their own community; to help prevent this violence into the future; and to make a positive difference for women and their children who are victims of domestic violence.
Applicants can apply for one-off time limited funding of up to a total of $150,000 over two financial years. Total funding of up to $4 million is available from 1 October 2015 to 30 September 2017. Applications close on 27 August at 2pm.
Litter prevention grants available
Councils in the Port Phillip Bay catchment area can now apply for the third round of Litter Hotspots funding.
The Litter Hotspots program encourages community action to tackle litter in local areas, preventing it from polluting waterways, and helping make a cleaner, safer and more appealing environment.
Eligible councils can apply for grants between $5,000 to $15,000.
Applications close 31 August.
Future Industries Fund
Councils are invited to have their say on the direction of the State Government’s $200 million Future Industries Fund.
The State has identified six priority sectors that have potential for extraordinary economic growth and the capacity to create high-skill, high wage jobs. These include:
- Medical technologies and pharmaceuticals
- New energy technologies
- Food and fibre
- Transport, defence and construction technologies
- International education
- Professional services.
Discussion papers have been prepared to help frame the issues and outline the opportunities.
For further information, call 13 22 15.
Guidelines for stormwater biofiltration systems
The CRC for Water Sensitive Cities (CRCWSC) has just launched a second version of the Adoption Guidelines for Stormwater Biofiltration Systems.
This document outlines the latest science and research guiding the construction of urban biofilters (also called raingardens) to filter pollutants and manage stormwater flows.
Clearwater has partnered with CRCWSC to deliver two-days of training to help local government practitioners understand and apply the Guidelines.
Registrations for training on 5-6 August can be made online.
VCGLR Knowledge Exchange
Councils are invited to attend a Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) Knowledge Exchange on 25 August at the Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre.
The Knowledge Exchange is an opportunity for industry, local government and the community to share expertise with the VCGLR, and each other, about current gambling and liquor regulation issues.
A full program is now available. For further information please email the VCGLR or call 1300 182 457.
Round 2 National Stronger Regions Fund closing this week
Round two of the Australian Government's National Stronger Regions Fund will close on 31 July.
The program is providing funding of $1 billion over five years, commencing in 2015-16, to fund priority infrastructure in regional communities - from freight and transport projects to convention centres and major multipurpose sports facilities with a focus on strengthening economies in Australia’s regions by improving the productivity, employment, and workforce skills.
Projects seeking funding will be considered in consultation with the government’s National Infrastructure Committee.
The Guidelines for the National Stronger Regions Fund provide information about the type of project proposals being considered, how proposals will be assessed, and critical dates.
Lessons learnt from place-based approaches
The Centre for Community Child Health and the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth will present a seminar to explore lessons learnt from place-based initiatives.
Keynote speaker, Naomi Eisenstadt, will begin the seminar with a discussion on The English Experience. Drawing on her experience with Sure Start and other initiatives, Naomi will talk about what is meant by ‘place’, the opportunities and challenges of collaboration and integration, and the lessons she has learnt along the way.
Attendees will also see presentations that set the scene on place-based initiatives across Australia, with a focus on Victorian Area Partnerships.
A full program is now available. It will run on 13 August from 9.30am – 3.30pm at the Jasper Hotel, 489 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne.
Registrations can be made online. For further information, contact Catherine Archer.
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