Introduction of VicSmart
A new 10-day approval process for simple planning permit applications commenced last week. It will affect anywhere between 5 per cent and 30 per cent of applications, depending on the council.
We have prepared a video to explain what organisational support is needed for the smooth introduction of VicSmart. This has been narrated by Rob Milner, who facilitated the business process workshops for the MAV.
The Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure has also prepared a wide range of supporting material.
We are also designing our STEP planning program to take a cross-organisational approach to give you a structured way to effect change. For further information, email Michelle Croughan or call 9667 5541.
Preventing Violence Against Women: funding win
This week, the Minister for Crime Prevention, Edward O’Donohue announced a further $200,000 for the MAV to deliver our preventing violence against women initiative for the next two years.
This will build on our earlier work to develop local government engagement in the prevention of violence against women, and we are thrilled to continue this vital work with councils statewide.
The funding will enable us to develop a Gender Equity Action Plan, and provide support to councils to embed gender equity, and the prevention of men’s violence against women into council policies and programs.
For further information, contact Kellie Nagle.
Local Government Electoral Review: submission
The MAV has prepared a draft report on the 55 recommendations on the Local Government Electoral Review, on behalf of the sector.
Our report includes a proposed position and comments on each recommendation, along with our submission on the earlier Discussion Paper.
An email has been sent to all council CEOs inviting them to submit council views to assist our feedback. Comments will need to be received by 20 October and can be emailed to Steve Goldsworthy.
Councils can submit directly to LGV if they choose by 3 November.
MAV Planning Improvement Conference: agenda announced
The agenda for the MAV Planning Improvement Conference on 17 October is now complete.
We have an excellent line-up of speakers to present on topics including lean thinking, leadership styles and culture change, performance of town centres, economic impact of the planning scheme, and customer focus.
Three master classes in the afternoon will allow attendees to develop their skills on chosen topics including process, customers and people.
This event is suited to local government planners across Australia, senior decision makers, CEOs, councillors and those that interact with local government on a regular basis.
Registrations can be made online.
Social media for emergency situations
Learn how to reach communities during emergencies while protecting your council’s reputation.
This one-day seminar shares lessons from the Tasmanian bushfires and Hazelwood Inquiry findings, and provides practical ways to:
- Prepare emergency communication policies and council parameters
- Integrate social media policy within emergency management capabilities
- Design a template flowchart communications response model
- Determine the most applicable communications channels
- Explore the role of a council in the context of community expectations (to communicate or not to communicate – that’s the question)
- Engage other agencies.
A Q&A panel from emergency management, local government, and state agency bodies will provide further insight on how other organisations run and collaborate with others during crisis situations.
Only 30 places are available, RSVP by Monday 27 October.
MAV innovation conference
The MAV is convening a national conference called Innovation as Leadership in Local Government on 8-9 October at Rydges, 186 Exhibition Street, Melbourne.
This conference has leading speakers from Australia and overseas, as well as extensive expert commentary on how to establish a culture of innovation and deliver outstanding outcomes.
Some of the great case studies to be presented include:
- Peppercorn Services: a social enterprise unit established by Hawkesbury City Council
- Innovation Labs: how to establish a culture of innovation in a council
- Logan City Council: how it has reduced development application times by 68 per cent (95 per cent within 24 hours).
Registrations can be made online.
Presentation of condolence books for MH17 victims
Condolence books for the victims of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 tragedy have been presented to the State Library of Victoria by Premier Denis Napthine.
Seventeen Victorians were among the 298 victims of the MH17 tragedy that took place on 18 July.
Condolence books were placed at councils, public libraries, the offices of members of Parliament, the Melbourne Town Hall, Parliament House, the multi-faith service at St Paul's Cathedral and at the State Library of Victoria.
The books will form part of the library's manuscripts collection, and will be available to the public in the Heritage Collections Reading Room.
Skin cancer: are you putting your workers at risk?
Outdoor workers in Australia are at an increased risk of skin damage and skin cancer, receiving five to 10 times more sun exposure than indoor workers. It is estimated that around 200 melanomas and 34,000 non-melanoma skin cancers per year are caused by occupational exposures in Australia.
SunSmart offers face-to-face workplace education sessions to help organisations, including local government, to protect workers from the harmful effects of ultraviolet (UV) radiation.
The program comprises a 1-1.5 hour group session with an experienced facilitator, who will visit your workplace. The interactive group sessions cover a range of topics, including: how to create a SunSmart workplace; understanding UV; prevention and early detection of skin cancer and vitamin D.
For more information contact Millicent Burke on 9514 6420.
RCV Educate and Innovate Spring Tour 2014
Registrations will close next week for Rural Councils Victoria's Educate and Innovate Spring Tour 2014, running 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.
Registrations are essential and close on 30 September.
Victoria’s Multicultural Awards for Excellence 2014
The MAV would like to congratulate past and present local government identities who were successful at Victoria’s Multicultural Awards for Excellence.
Greater Shepparton City Council won the Local Government Award for addressing issues of rasicm and discrimination through the development of two Respecting Differences Forums, to provide the council’s Culturally and Linguistically Diverse and Aboriginal communities an opportunity to share their stories and experiences in a safe environment.
Current Moonee Valley councillor Jim Cusack, and former Alpine Shire councillor Antonio Mautone were given Meritorious Service to the Community Awards for their work with the Irish and Italian communities in Victoria respectively.
A full list of winners is available online.
Pool Safety Summit and WAW Forum
Councils are invited to the third annual Pool Safety Summit. The summit aims to review, discuss and plan the future of pool and aquatic safety, and address a selection of current industry challenges.
The unique event will be immediately followed by the Watch Around Water Forum.
Expert industry speakers will present on a range of relevant topics in this informative and progressive format. It will also be a great opportunity to network. A draft program is attached.
It’s on 24 October from 9am-4pm at Lifeguards@200, Port Melbourne.
Bookings are essential and places are limited.
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