Issue 993:                                                      Week ending 29 August 2014

MAV Annual Conference: registrations now open
Roads to Recovery funding to continue
Councillors running for state election
Local government briefings
New community engagement toolkit for small councils

RCV Educate and Innovate Spring Tour 2014
2014 Local Government Ministerial and Mayors Forum
2014 Rail Freight Alliance Conference

Youth: On Track
LGE Health Plan: birthday celebration

PIA Planning Ideas Competition
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MAV Annual Conference: registrations now open

Councils are reminded to save the date, 23 October, for the MAV Annual Conference and Dinner.

The Annual Conference will deliver a range of inspiring speakers who will discuss different issues and future challenges facing local government. The event will be an opportunity for councils to reflect on how far the sector has come, with 2014 marking the 20th birthday of council amalgamations.

Registrations are now open for the event, and a full program will be released next week.

Roads to Recovery funding to continue

The vital Roads to Recovery funding was passed through the senate this week, after a lengthy period of debate between political parties in parliament.

The Land Transport Infrastructure Amendment Bill, which includes R2R funding, had been stalled since June leaving councils unsure of the future of R2R.

The MAV welcomes this confirmation. Roads to Recovery is a critical funding program for local government that helps keep communities safe on our roads.

Councillors running for state election

With the state election only a few months away, councils are reminded to read our policy on canditure of councillors in elections.

Our guidelines state that a councillor who nominates as a candidate for a state election (a Nominated Candidate), should apply for a leave of absence from the council no later than the date of their nomination.

The guidelines were updated by the MAV in March and recommend, at a minimum, that councils adopt them as part of their Code of Conduct, or to supplement their code.

Candidates, including those pre-selected by a registered political party, only become a nominated candidate once their nomination form has been submitted to the Victorian Electoral Commission.

The VEC has advised the nomination date for the 2014 state election is 5 November and nominations will close at noon on 14 November.

For further information contact Alison Lyon.

Local government briefings

The MAV has been approached by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) and Aboriginal Affairs Victoria (AVV) to run a briefing on the review of the State Environment Protection Policy for control of noise, and the Exposure Draft of the Aboriginal Heritage Amendment Bill 2014.

The briefings have been combined and will be held on 10 September from 10am-1pm at the MAV office, level 11, 60 Collins Street.

For those in regional Victoria who would like to tele/video conference, please email MAV Reception or phone 9667 5555 for the relevant details. Please provide the title and date of the session when making your request.

An invitation has been circulated to all councils. Registrations can be made online.

New community engagement toolkit for small councils

A new resource has been developed by the Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government (ACELG) to assist rural, remote and Indigenous councils to improve their engagement with communities.

While there are numerous resources available about community engagement, this is the only toolkit specially designed for the needs and circumstances of rural, remote and Indigenous (RRI) councils.

Community engagement is essential to democratic government, yet research by ACELG found that small councils in regional and remote Australia may not have the staff and resources to undertake elaborate community engagement activities.

This toolkit aims to address these needs. It is designed as a practical guide with simple tips and advice on engaging communities and includes practical tools, methods and downloadable templates especially suited to the circumstances of RRI councils.

RCV Educate and Innovate Spring Tour 2014

Rural Councils Victoria’s Educate and Innovate Spring Tour 2014 will run across the state on 30 October.

Councils can enjoy easy access to RCV’s latest training and sector development workshops, as well as information about other RCV projects and activities.

The workshops will include:

  • Introducing councils to the latest RCV products – including the new RCV Economic Development Guidelines, the enhanced Rural Migration Tool, and the Regional Fleet Collaboration Toolkit
  • Seeking participation in a Rural Council Sustainability workshop
  • A tailor made ‘Marketing Your Assets’ workshop.

Each workshop will have two streams running concurrently – targeting CEOs, mayors, officers, and other council staff.

This is a free event but registrations are essential.

2014 Local Government Ministerial and Mayors Forum

Minister for Local Government, Tim Bull has invited all mayors, CEOs and other key stakeholders to this year's ministerial forum and dinner in Melbourne on 10 September.

A key highlight will be the formal signing of the revised Victorian State-Local Government Agreement by the Premier and the MAV President, Cr Bill McArthur.

This invitation-only event provides an opportunity to reflect on local government achievements and the major reforms implemented over the past few years to ensure the sector remains strong and accountable into the future.

For further information, email Kathy Pryor or phone (03) 9208 3654 or 0427 400 207.

2014 Rail Freight Alliance Conference

The Rail Freight Alliance will hold its Alliance of Councils for Rail Freight Development Conference 2014 on 10 October at the Grand Hyatt, Melbourne.

Key speakers include Minister for Public Transport and Roads, Terry Mulder; Shadow Minister for Industrial Relations, Ports, Freight and Logistics, Natalie Hutchins; and the executive general manager, major projects, Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC), Peter Winder.

Registrations are now open.

Youth: On Track

On Track 2014 survey results specific to local government areas (LGA) are now available.

On Track is a Victorian Government initiative that surveys school leavers within six months of leaving school to see if they are on a path to further education, training or employment. It also enables young people to seek further advice and assistance via a referral service if required.

The 2014 LGA specific report includes information on:

  • Post-school destinations of school leavers surveyed within your LGA
  • Post school destinations of school leavers surveyed at each school within your LGA
  • Reasons why school leavers chose not to continue their education or training
  • Occupations of school leavers who were employed.

Additional reports can be found online.

LGE Health Plan: birthday celebration

If you've been considering joining or switching your health cover, now may be the time to make the change.

Employees of participating councils and water corporations who join GMHBA through the LGE Health Plan before 30 November will go into the draw to win a year's free health cover – up to $4500.

The LGE Health Plan is an exclusive corporate health insurance arrangement that lets you join a health cover with a hospital excess - and save with much lower premiums (you can add extras if you want to). Then, if you or an eligible family member are hospitalised and pay the excess, the LGE Health Plan will refund it to you as a tax free workplace benefit.

PIA Planning Ideas Competition

The Planning Institute of Australia is in the final stage of a competition to crowdsource ideas on how to positively promote planning. Council input is needed to give the competition a last push before it closes in October, to highlight planning as an exciting and valuable profession.

The Planning Ideas Competition grew from PIA’s Planning Matters strategy, a three-pronged plan to improve the public standing of planners and the planning profession. It is intended to engage a broad audience from all around Australia in a contest of ideas, with a prize of $10,000 cash for the single best idea.

PIA is looking for a product, a website, a marketing tool, an app – virtually anything at all that casts planning in a positive light to the largest possible audience. Ideally it will be something that PIA can use immediately without further commercialisation.

The competition closes on 3 October and a winner will be announced on 7 November.

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Upcoming MAV events...

12 September

Opportunities for partnerships

17 September

Future of local food in Australia workshop

18 September

Maternal and child health conference


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