MAV President and Board elections result
Councillor Bill McArthur from Golden Plains Shire Council has been re-elected MAV President for the next two years.
Cr McArthur will join the following 12 Regional MAV Board Members from the five contested regions:
- Interface: Cr Helen Coleman (Nillumbik Shire Council, new member)
- Metro Central: Cr Bernadene Voss (City of Port Phillip, new member)
- Metro East: Cr Tom Melican (Banyule City Council, new member)
- Metro West: Cr Angela Altair (Hobsons Bay City Council, returned member)
- Rural Gippsland: Cr Malcolm Hole (Wellington Shire Council, new member).
Seven Board Members were also elected unopposed:
- Metro South East: Cr Coral Ross (Boroondara City Council, returned member)
- Metro South: Cr Geoff Lake (Monash City Council, returned member)
- Rural North Central: Cr Rod Fyffe (Greater Bendigo City Council, returned member)
- Rural North East: Cr Mark Byatt (City of Wodonga, new member)
- Rural North West: Cr Gary Norton (Swan Hill Rural City Council, returned member)
- Rural South Central: Cr David Clark (Pyrenees Shire Council, returned member)
- Rural South West: Cr Ruth Gstrein (Corangamite Shire Council, returned member).
Since council amalgamations, the MAV members have elected a mix of metropolitan presidents (Hobsons Bay City, Monash City, and Port Phillip City) and rural presidents (Surf Coast Shire and Golden Plains Shire), who have led the MAV for similar lengths of time.
Current images of Cr McArthur can be downloaded from our website.
Kindergarten campaign: update
This week council CEOs were sent campaign materials from the MAV to assist in sector-wide advocacy for continued Federal funding for 15 hours of kindergarten.
Following on from the Productivity Commissions’ report into Childcare and Early Learning, we encourage all councils to make urgent contact with your Federal MPs about this matter through letters, emails, face-to-face meetings, and via social media during March and April, prior to the May Federal budget.
The central message for MPs is that without continued Federal funding, families of 73,000 Victorian pre-schoolers will face untenable fee increases of up to 100 per cent.
For further information, contact Clare Hargreaves.
Local Government Funding Vehicle: briefing session
Following the successful launch of the Local Government Funding Vehicle (LGFV) in November 2014, work has now commenced on preparation for the second issuance, anticipated for the second half of 2015.
The LGFV is Australia’s first aggregated funding vehicle for local government and has been labelled as a landmark deal to introduce a municipal bond market in Australia.
We are now seeking expressions of interest from councils looking to participate in future issuances of the LGFV.
A briefing session with councils to provide details on the planned process will be held on Wednesday 18 March, from 1pm-3pm at the MAV, Level 11, 60 Collins Street.
If you would like to attend this session please RSVP to our Procurement Team by 13 March.
National LG Infrastructure and Asset Management Conference
The MAV is hosting the National Local Government Infrastructure and Asset Management Conference on 14-15 May. The key focus areas of the event will include financial sustainability and the role of debt, community engagement, public lighting, financing options, and bridges.
A full program is available on our website. Registrations can be made online.
For further information, contact John Hennessey.
Cranlana Colloquium Scholarship: applications open
The Cranlana Executive Colloquium Scholarship gives one councillor the opportunity to join a leadership program with 20 other leaders from corporate, not-for-profit and government organisations.
The Cranlana Executive Colloquium is a six-day leadership program run by the Myer Foundation.
It challenges leaders from business, government and community to examine their values, ethics and vision through the prism of classical and contemporary readings. This enables participants to reflect on their leadership style, judgement and decision-making capability.
The next program will run from 14-19 June inclusive. Nominations are now open for this program and will close at 5pm on 10 April. For further information contact Andrew Rowe on 9667 5549.
MAV Technology Forum
The MAV Technology Forum is a free event for Victorian council staff, and will be held on 26 March in Pakenham.
The popular event examines how technology is transforming local government. The agenda will include a ‘cloud services showcase’ from several leading providers, a tour of Cardinia's award winning Area Based Work environment, webcasting of council meetings case study, and launch of the MAV Technology Strategy & Annual Report.
An update on key projects and activities for 2015 will include the latest on open data, the Local Government Enablement Platform proof-of-concept, the Maternal and Child Health software roll out, public Wi-Fi best practice, and advisory services.
Registrations can be made online.
Optimising Outcomes for Local Government: event
As part of the recently launched MAV LEAP Procurement Development program, MAV Procurement in partnership with ArcBlue Consulting will be running a series of category management workshops throughout 2015 titled Optimising Outcomes for Local Government.
The first category management workshop on 24 March will focus on HR and recruitment services, with a specific focus on temporary labour hire, an area of high importance and expenditure across the sector. It will include case studies from Hays, Comensura and Social Traders.
The objective of these workshops is to identify and develop opportunities to optimise the procurement and contract management process across the respective category.
It will be held from 9am-3pm at the MAV office, Level 11, 60 Collins Street. Registrations can be made online. Councils participating in the LEAP program should register by emailing the Procurement Team.
Accessibility workshop for Word and PDF documents
A half-day option for the web accessibility workshop will be held on 8 May, covering Word and Adobe Acrobat.
This practical workshop teaches attendees how to format documents to meet the legislative requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act, ideal for council staff who regularly have their documents published online.
You can still register for the full-day session on 27 March, which also covers InDesign accessibility techniques.
For further information, contact Alvin Bautista.
Regional external advisory panel announced
The State Government has announced the establishment of an External Advisory Board to provide advice and oversee the Victorian Government’s independent review of regional development, which aims to improve economic growth and regional service delivery.
The Terms of Reference for the review have also been released. The review will be conducted over the next three months and will involve a program of targeted stakeholder engagement over the coming weeks. Input and ideas will be invited from all interested members of the public, to build on the considerable strategic planning already undertaken by regional leaders and communities across Victoria to identify the best new options to drive sustainable economic growth in rural and regional Victoria.
The review will cover programs and services currently delivered by the department, including within Regional Development Victoria (RDV), agriculture and biosecurity services, and transport.
Input and ideas can be made by Friday 10 April via your local RDV office.
See past the stereotype campaign
A great new campaign by Knox City Council, Yarra Ranges Council and Maroondah City Council is raising awareness about gender stereotyping.
The Campaign, called See Past the Stereotype, involves the creation of short films that present three common scenarios where assumptions are made about an individual based on their sex – with unfair results.
The three films were developed as part of the Office of Women’s Affairs funded Preventing Violence against Women in Our Community (PVAWC) project between Knox City Council, Maroondah City Council and Yarra Ranges Council. For more information on the PVAWC project please visit the Maroondah City Council website and/or watch an infographic on the project.
Federal funding for bridges across Victoria
Twelve council bridges will be upgraded under the Australian Government’s Bridges Renewal Programme, totalling almost $8 million in funding provided to councils in this stream. This funding is matched at a 1:1 ratio by successful councils.
An additional six State Government projects were funded through the same program to a value of $4.8 million Federal Government investment, matched by the State Government as part of their Stronger Country Bridges Program.
The Federal Government is committing $114 million over Round One of the Bridges Renewal Programme across Australia, with the entire program valued at $300 million over five years. Details of round two of this program are expected to be announced in late 2015.
Call for applicants for 2015 Youth Parliament
Councils are encouraged to share information to young community members about a call for applicants for the 2015 Youth Parliament.
YMCA Youth Parliament is an opportunity for young Victorians to stand up, talk hard and be heard. Any Victorian aged 16-25 who wants to have their voice heard is eligible to participate. Youth Parliament involves 20 teams of six people who:
- Learn to draft and debate legislation
- Conduct research into issues
- Receive training in public speaking and leadership skills.
Applications can be made online until 7 April.
L2P Learner Driver Mentor Program continued
The State Government has continued funding for the L2P Learner Driver Mentor Program for four years. L2P assists young disadvantaged Victorians to obtain their drivers licence, and has 37 programs in rural Victoria, 24 within metropolitan Melbourne, and two within the Department of Human Services programs.
The mechanism for delivery of this program is the Victorian Community Road Safety Partnership Program (VCRSPP), which supports a number of local and statewide registered groups who have an interest in road safety. Many councils are registered groups in this program, or have involvement in their local Roadsafe group. These groups deliver the L2P program along with a range of other programs aimed at increasing road safety with the assistance of State Government funding.
If you would like to know more about the VCRSPP please contact Kevin Peachey.
National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility coastal tool
NCCARF are currently developing a tool to guide local and state governments, and other organisations to make better decisions about managing risks from coastal climate change.
A briefing for councils is being held at the MAV to scope and design the development of the coastal tool.
The meeting will be held from 9.30am – 3.30pm on 19 March at the MAV, Level 11, 60 Collins Street, Melbourne. Registrations can be made online.
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