HACC funding win
The MAV and councils have been seeking higher unit prices for HACC services for some time and we have finally achieved some positive results.
The Department of Health intends to implement a price increase for personal care, domestic assistance and respite - the major proportion of councils’ HACC services, from September 2014, but effective from July 2014. The 45 per cent increase will bring funding from $30.89 per hour to $45 per hour.
This increase follows last year’s meal funding boost, where the Department of Health doubled the subsidy paid to councils for delivered HACC meals. These increases are an important win for councils as they build towards a more sustainable HACC service, and better position HACC for transfer of over 65 year olds to the Commonwealth in mid-2015.
Last week we circulated details to councils seeking feedback on the proposed transition statement to guide the transfer of HACC services to the Commonwealth from July 2015. We are seeking endorsement from councils on the draft by 3 October. The transition statement is currently under consideration by the Victorian and Commonwealth governments. For further information, contact Clare Hargreaves.
Roads to Recovery funding allocation
The Australian Government has announced that councils will find out this week their Roads to Recovery funding allocations.
We are pleased that delayed R2R allocations will be made up to councils this financial year, and that councils’ own funding contributions will be anchored at 2013-14 levels.
While this funding to 2019 is welcomed by the MAV, we support national local government calls for R2R funding to become a permanent program to address the funding shortfalls and infrastructure backlog facing local roads.
Natural Disaster Funding
On 25 September the Productivity Commission released the Natural Disaster Funding Arrangements Draft Report. A number of the draft recommendations directly affect local government and, if implemented, will significantly change the way natural disaster mitigation, relief and recovery is funded across Australia.
We provisionally support draft recommendations pertaining to councils receiving additional support and guidance from the State Government to effectively implement a number of their responsibilities. However, further investigation is required to understand how these recommendations will work in practice.
We will be considering the draft recommendations and their implications in more detail in coming weeks, and in consultation with our members will provide a formal submission to the Productivity Commission.
For more information, contact Martijn Gough.
Growth Areas Social Planning Tool
The launch of a Growth Areas Social Planning Tool on 15 September was a wonderful culmination event of the development of this tool, which has been collaboratively created by growth area councils, but driven and resourced by Whittlesea Council.
Along with MAV's involvement, Cardinia, Casey, Greater Geelong, Hume, Melton, Moonee Valley, Whittlesea, Mitchell and Wyndham councils have been involved.
The Growth Areas Social Planning Tool is also a finalist in the Planning Institute of Australia's (Victorian) Planning of Excellence Awards.
The MAV looks forward to supporting the use of the tool which has application for all new communities, and has been developed with a view to sustainability and collaboration.
Enhancing cultural wellbeing and citizenship through the arts
Local government embraces all of its culturally diverse citizens. While councils include diverse cultural groups in municipal festivals and special celebrations, much more can be done to embrace the diversity of people from all cultural backgrounds, and enhance cultural wellbeing and cultural citizenship.
This year’s annual VLGMIN Forum invites local council officers, councillors, and partner organisations to join us in addressing the cultural development of local communities.
It will be held in Ballarat on 30 October. Registrations can be made online.
Scholarships Available for Early Childhood Educators
Aboriginal people working in early childcare could be eligible for a scholarship through the DEECD Early Childhood Qualifications Fund.
The DEECD Early Childhood Scholarships for Aboriginal People provides support to Aboriginal people working in a Victorian early childhood setting to upgrade or attain an early childhood qualification.
Successful applicants will be required to enter into a formal agreement with the DEECD to successfully complete the qualification and, upon completion, work for a minimum period in a Victorian licensed children’s or approved education and care service.
Applications are available online and close on 31 October. For further information, or to submit an application, email the Early Years Workforce.
Age-friendly Communities and Local Government National Conference
This conference on 29-30 October at the Arts Centre Melbourne will explore how councils can develop a vision and response to creating age-friendly communities. It will provide information on leadership and commitment when working with older people to meet the challenges of an ageing community in the 21st century.
Speakers including Dr Jane Barratt, Secretary General of the International Federation on Ageing, will present on the age-friendly communities direction, and the importance of local government leadership in achieving better communities to grow old in.
A program is now available online. Please register by 27 October. For further information, contact Jan Bruce.
Scams hurt. Talk helps.
Consumer Affairs Victoria will run a week long campaign Scams hurt. Talk helps during Mental Health Week (5-11 October) to raise awareness that anyone can fall for a scam, and to promote the support services available if needed.
The MAV has sent template materials to all councils to assist in sharing the campaign with communities including website details, key messages, short promotional text, a selection of social media posts, and digital graphics.
Councils are also encouraged to use the campaign hashtag #ScamsHurtTalkHelps for social media posts.
Last year, Victorians reported more than 19,000 scam-related incidents and over $21 million in losses. As many scams go unreported, the actual numbers are likely to be much higher.
Victorian Transport Statistics Portal: data updates
The Victorian Transport Statistics Portal (VTSP) has been updated with new data, arranged into many useful geographic and transport related categories. This data can also be interrogated to profile transport issues at a Local Government Area level.
For further information, contact Christine Inbakaran.
Freight and the Port
The MAV Transport Infrastructure Committee has arranged a presentation from Dr Hermione Parsons from Victoria University and the Supply Chain Advisory Network (SCAN) to come and present at the MAV offices.
Due to the high profile of the speakers organised, the presentation will be open to all councils who are interested in attending.
The presentation will discuss freight movements relating to the port, and the future placement of the port in Melbourne. Following the presentation there will be an interactive question and answer session with the presenters.
It's on 13 November from 4pm-5pm. Registrations can be made online.
Help create a new Melbourne Flood Strategy
Melbourne Water has written to the 38 councils within the MW boundary seeking feedback to help draft a new Floodplain Management Strategy for the Port Phillip and Westernport region.
The strategy will guide how Melbourne Water and other agencies with flood management roles work with the community to manage flooding and risks into the future.
After holding a series of community and stakeholder workshops, Melbourne Water has developed a Key Concepts and Directions document outlining the issues so far, and preliminary objectives and action pathways for the new strategy.
Consultation is open until 5pm, 29 October. You can review all information and provide formal submissions online. For more information email Melbourne Water.
The inaugural Paul Mees public debate
RMIT University is hosting a debate, with the topic: Is public transport too important to be left to politicians?
The free event will honour one of Australia’s foremost transport advocate and planning scholars, Dr Paul Mees OAM.
It will be hosted by Jon Faine, of ABC 774 Melbourne, and debaters include Senator Janet Rice, Australian Greens; councillor Jackie Fristacky, Mayor of Yarra City Council; and Associate Professor Wendy Steele, principal research fellow at RMIT University.
It will be held from 6pm – 7:30pm on 14 October at the RMIT Capitol Theatre, 113 Swanston Street Melbourne.
Invitation to commemorate Victoria’s first convoy
The Department of Premier and Cabinet is asking that councils extend an invitation to communities to an event to commemorate the embarkation of Victoria's First Convoy in World War One, which departed from Port Melbourne 100 years ago.
The event will be held at Princes Pier, Port Melbourne on Sunday 19 October.
Registrations can be made online.
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