Issue 957:                                               Week ending 22 November 2013

Racism. It stops with me
Victorian Local Government Preventing Violence Against Women Forum
Financial Management of Emergencies Guide launched
Making community solar a reality
Swinburne University / MAV Graduate Diploma of Management
Productivity Commission inquiry into infrastructure costs
Annual Bursary Award
PIA Kemsley Oration
One regulator, one rule book- National Heavy Vehicle Regulator
Productivity Commission Inquiry in to Child Care and Early Childhood Learning
Anti-racism and pro-diversity LEAD Training
In social media news...

Racism. It stops with me.

The MAV is proud to have joined forces with the Australian Human Rights Commission to support the ‘Racism. It stops with me’ campaign.

Our organisation has committed to preventing racism by pledging to undertake activities over the next three years in support of the campaign.

Victorian councils are also joining the campaign, with 11 officially signed up as supporters to date. Research from 2011 shows that one in seven Australians said they experienced discrimination because of their colour or background. This figure has been increasing steadily in recent years.

Follow the campaign on Twitter.

Victorian Local Government Preventing Violence Against Women Forum

The MAV and VicHealth are hosting an exciting forum at the Windsor Hotel on Wednesday 18 December. The program’s keynote speakers include the Hon. Mary Wooldridge, Minister for Mental Health, Community Services and Disability Services and Reform; the Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police, Ken Lay APM; and comedic health promoter Nelly Thomas as MC.

The forum is designed for those councils just starting out on their journey to prevent violence against women, as well as those more progressed. It will showcase councils’ innovative work and includes a workshop on ways to successfully argue the case for preventing violence against women and gender equity. The full program is available on the MAV website.

Book online. If you are from a small council and find the $65 registration fee cost prohibitive please contact Kellie Nagle.

Financial Management of Emergencies Guide launched

A new guide for councils was launched at the MAV’s ‘Financial Management of Emergencies’ forum last week. The guide provides recommendations to assist councils to develop knowledge and financial processes in advance of an emergency that will support council planning and decision making throughout an emergency and the relief and recovery stages.

The guide and presentations from the forum are now available on the MAV’s e-library in the EM Capability Building/Financial Management of Emergencies folder.

Presentations focus on natural disaster funding arrangements, insurance, Moira Shire Council’s experience of flood and tornado, and the collaborative work of East Gippsland Shire Council and Datalink to add new functionality to the Crisisworks (MECC Central) incident management software. For further information contact Ros Handley. Making community solar a reality

As announced earlier this year, the MAV Local Government Fellowship for 2013 was awarded to Surf Coast Shire councillor Eve Fisher.

Cr Fisher is now overseas conducting her three month study tour on researching the options for community solar power available to Victorian councils. To keep up to date with Cr Fisher’s journey you can follow her progress through her blog.

Applications for the 2014 Fellowship valued at $12,000 will open soon. For more information contact Andrew Rowe or call 9667 5549.

Swinburne University / MAV Graduate Diploma of Management

The MAV and Swinburne University will offer a Graduate Diploma of Management beginning on 21 March 2014. The content has been carefully designed to match with the activities of the local government sector.

This program has been conducted since 2011 with the first group of participants completing their journey early in 2013. A second group is approaching the halfway stage of this exciting 2 ½ year, part time program.

The diploma is specifically designed for employees and councillors of our member councils. It gives students the unique opportunity to learn contemporary management skills, be better equipped to engage and deal with challenges and develop management skills and capabilities.

Information sessions will run on 29 November and 31 January at the MAV.

For further details contact Andrew Rowe or Patricia Kimtia.

Productivity Commission inquiry into infrastructure costs

The Australian Government recently announced a Productivity Commission (PC) inquiry into infrastructure costs and financing in Australia. The Terms of Reference for the inquiry include the rationale, role and objectives of alternative funding and financing mechanisms.

The PC will hold public hearings early in 2014, with a draft report expected in March next year. The MAV will contact councils with opportunities to inform our engagement with the PC when further details are available.

For further information contact James Cleaver.

Annual Bursary Award

The Australian Local Government Women’s Association, is inviting MAV members to an afternoon tea at the historic Windsor Hotel.

Special guest speaker is Maxine Morand, CEO of the Breast Cancer Network. The annual Bursary Award will be presented to a female employee of local government.

The event is on 27 November from 2pm-4.30pm. Complete the booking form or contact Helen Harris for further information or call 9897 1312 or 0400 630 828.

PIA Kemsley Oration

The annual Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) Kemsley Oration will be held on 28 November.

This year’s Orator is by business leader and former CEO of the City of Melbourne and Secretary of the Department of Premier and Cabinet, Elizabeth Proust, AO. The Kemsley is held each November and is named after one of the founders of town planning in Victoria - Colonel Sir Alfred Newcombe Kemsley.

The event will be at the Telstra Conference Centre, 242 Exhibition Street, Melbourne at 5.45pm.

Fellowships will be presented on the night. Please register online or contact Eula Black at the PIA office on 9347 1900.

One regulator, one rule book- National Heavy Vehicle Regulator

Australia's transport ministers have set 10 February 2014 as the start date for the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) to administer one heavy vehicle rule book, representing a historic milestone for the road transport sector in Australia.

Under the new legislation, councils are responsible for heavy vehicle access decisions on local roads, with all route applications coming to councils via the NHVR, and requiring a response within 28 days in most cases.

The NHVR has prepared an information pack for councils and will hold forums specifically for local government in Melbourne on 27 November from 10am – 1pm; and Traralgon on 28 November from 1pm – 4pm.

The MAV has identified a number of key decision areas that councils need to consider before the starting date including arranging suitable delegations, pre-approving selected heavy vehicle routes and ensuring at least one staff member has experience in using the LG Route Assessment Tool.

For further information contact John Hennessy.

Productivity Commission Inquiry in to Child Care and Early Childhood Learning

The Australian Government has announced the establishment of a Productivity Commission (PC) inquiry into Child Care and Early Childhood Learning. The PC inquiry was a Coalition election commitment.

The Inquiry will identify how the current system can be improved to make it more responsive to the needs of parents. The Commission has been asked to undertake an appropriate public consultation process including holding hearings, inviting public submissions (due by 3 February 2014) and releasing a draft report In July, and a final report to be provided before the end of October 2014.

The ALGA will consult with state and territory associations in making a submission to the review, and the MAV also plans to make a submission on behalf of Victorian councils.

Once the issues paper has been released by the Commission in early December, the MAV will be seeking your feedback and input.

Please contact Wendy Allan for more detail.

Anti-racism and pro-diversity LEAD Training

The MAV is an implementing partner in the LEAD Project (Localities Embracing and Accepting Diversity).

LEAD is a pilot program to prevent discrimination and support cultural diversity within local communities and organisations. LEAD training is now available from the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC) on a fee-for-service basis, in a range of forms suitable for Councillors and Executives, Managers and Team Leaders, customer service staff and community groups.

The MAV played a key role in shaping one of the key interventions within the LEAD Project along with VicHealth, the City of Whittlesea, the City of Greater Shepparton, the VEOHRC and other organisations.

Contact Jane Lewis about training or phone on 9032 3400.

In social media news...
  • Social media statistics for Australia, Oct 2013. Find out more
  • From the UK: Using digital technologies for better citizen engagement. Read more.
  • Online mapmakers are helping the Red Cross with its aid efforts in the Philippines. Find out more.
Upcoming MAV events...

27 November

Environmental Policy Forum: Local government's role in whole of water cycle management

5 December

LGICT December forum

6 December

Aboriginal Employment Forum


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