Issue 1036:                                                  Week ending 17 July 2015

MAV submission to Rate Capping Inquiry
Victorian Emergency Management Strategic Action Plan released
Native vegetation review
2015 Vic Health Awards
Government grants and payments: release of draft legislation
New wave of FReeZA funding up for grabs
Rail Freight Alliance Conference 2015
Nominations open for 2016 Australian of the Year Awards
The Future of Australia's Federation: what do you think?
2015 Stormwater Victoria Awards for Excellence
In social media news...

MAV Submission to Rate Capping Inquiry

The MAV has made a preliminary submission to the Environment and Planning Committee’s inquiry into rate capping.

The Committee’s inquiry will examine the rate capping framework as well as the ongoing implications of the framework on the sector and the community. The MAV’s submission emphasised the points made to the Essential Services Commission as part of their options paper consultation, as well as highlighting the current ambiguity in how the framework will operate.

The submission emphasises our principle that a democratic level of government’s revenue powers should not be constrained, and raises concerns that the focus of the sector’s activities could narrow to mandatory statutory requirements, to the detriment of the community and policy innovation.

The submission will be available online in the coming days.

For further information, contact Owen Harvey-Beavis.

Victorian Emergency Management Strategic Action Plan released

The MAV has welcomed the Victorian Emergency Management Strategic Action Plan 2015-2018 which was released by Minister for Emergency Services, Jane Garrett this week.

The plan outlines how the state will prioritise improvements to emergency management across Victoria, and projects that will benefit the community in the years to come.

Of particular relevance to local government is Priority B – enhance the capability and capacity of local government to meet their obligations in the management of emergencies, and Priority E – define emergency management roles and responsibilities across all tiers of government, non-government organisations, agencies, business and the community, and make sure they are understood by all involved.

The MAV has been advocating for a review of local government’s role in emergency management so that it better reflects councils’ capability and capacity for a number of years.

The MAV was consulted throughout the plan’s development.

Native vegetation review

As part of a review of the native vegetation controls, the Department of Environment Land Water and Planning (DELWP) is holding a series of consultation sessions across Victoria in July and August.

There will be nine sessions in regional Victoria and two in Melbourne.

An online survey has also been prepared by DELWP seeking information and the views of councils about how the controls are working. An email has been sent to council CEOs seeking a sector-wide response. Survey responses are requested by 29 July.

2015 Vic Health Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2015 Vic Health Awards, which will be presented on 1 December at the National Gallery of Victoria.

The awards celebrate the health promotion achievements of the last 12 months. All areas of Victoria’s health programs are encouraged to enter the awards.

Categories include:

  • Promoting healthy eating
  • Encouraging physical activity
  • Preventing tobacco use
  • Preventing harm from alcohol

Submissions for the awards must be completed online by 5pm on 14 August.

Government grants and payments: release of draft legislation

Federal Treasury has now released its exposure draft legislation and accompanying explanatory materials online.

Councils are invited to comment on the exposure draft and explanatory material. Please send your submission directly to Treasury. The closing date for submissions is 14 August.

The ATO has published a discussion guide and electronic reporting specifications online. This material provides more detail on how they intend to implement the measure.

For further information, contact Robert Muscat on 03 9275 4834 or Scott Anderson on 03 9285 1882.

New wave of FReeZA funding up for grabs

FReeZA grants applications are now open, and councils are encouraged to apply.

The program provides funding for organisations and councils to involve young people to plan and stage fully supervised, drug, alcohol and smoke-free events in their community. Young Victorians have the chance to be part of staging free music and arts events in their local area.

Each year FreeZA gives more than 130,000 young Victorians the chance to be part of more than 400 events.

Applications for the funding close on 21 August.

Rail Freight Alliance Conference 2015

The Rail Freight Alliance will be holding a conference on 4 September at the Pullman Melbourne on the Park in Melbourne.

It will include presentations from several rural and regional councils, and a keynote presentation from the Australian Rail Track Corporation Ltd. (ARTC)’s Executive General Manager Mr Simon Ormsby.

A full program is now available. Registrations can be made online.

Nominations open for 2016 Australian of the Year Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2016 Australian of the Year Awards and councils are encouraged to nominate worthy community members.

The Australian of the Year Awards provides all Australians with the opportunity to recognise someone who makes them proud in four categories: Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year (those aged 65 years or over), Young Australian of the Year (aged 16 to 30) and Australia's Local Hero.

Nominations can be made online and are open until 3 August.

The Future of Australia's Federation: what do you think?

Councils have been invited to participate in the The Future of Australia's Federation Survey: Australian Policymakers & Practitioners Study, an important research project informing the future of Australia’s system of government.

This study is a first-ever major national survey of public officials and policymakers from all levels of government on issues related to the functioning of the federal system, led by Griffith University’s Centre for Governance & Public Policy.

The survey promises to provide valuable new insights into how those with most direct involvement in advising government on policy, designing services and regulation, and delivering those to the community, consider how processes of government might be developed or reformed to deliver better outcomes.

The survey closes on 31 July. For further information, email Polly Banks or call 9667 5502.

2015 Stormwater Victoria Awards for Excellence

Entries are now open for the Stormwater Victoria Awards for Excellence. The awards encourage and celebrate excellence in the innovation, development, completion and management of stormwater projects in Victoria and the people involved.

The award categories for the 2015 Awards for Excellence are:

  • Excellence in Strategic or Master Planning
  • Excellence in Infrastructure
  • Excellence in Asset Management
  • Excellence in Research and Innovation
  • Excellence in Policy or Education
  • Excellence in Integrated Stormwater Design.

For further information, contact Katherine Ducker.

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Upcoming MAV events...

24 July

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24 - 26 July

MAV Councillor Development Weekend

29 July

Youth entrepreneurship and economic development in local government


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