National Twitter Day - My Place, My Council
The MAV, in collaboration with other Local Government Associations across Australia, will be trialling a National Twitter Day for councils to showcase the different tasks they undertake on a day-to-day basis.
The date for this National Twitter Day is Wednesday 23 July, and we would encourage all councils to get involved where possible.
The day will run under the hashtag #MPMC - an acronym for My Place, My Council – which is simply a mechanism to group tweets on the day.
The purpose is to try to engage all councils with Twitter accounts in focusing on a similar approach to Twitter feeds during one 24-hour period. The focus will be on illustrating a diverse range of services in supporting communities from the first task of the day to the last task. This doesn’t require additional work from councils other than adding the hashtag.
Our website will keep track of all tweets that use the #MPMP hashtag.
Action required by councils for changes to Family Day Care services
As you will be aware, the Australian Government has proposed to change the funding arrangements for Family Day Care Services from July 2015.
The MAV is urging councils, in conjunction with your communities, to speak with State and Federal MPs to ensure that council run Family Day Care services remain an important offering as part of the overall mix of affordable and flexible education and care arrangements for families and children.
The MAV has taken up this issue at a senior level and has written to the Prime Minister urging the government to continue its funding contribution to support the delivery of high quality, council delivered Family Day Care services.
For further information, contact Clare Hargreaves.
Last call: MAV Councillor Development Weekend registrations
Time is running out to secure a spot at the MAV Councillor Development Weekend with registrations closing on 18 July.
This year’s program at Creswick is being held from 25 July - 27 July. It will feature workshops on policy development, social procurement, community engagement, finance, councillor conduct and councillor work/life balance.
These are ideal opportunities to participate in a program designed to assist councillors in fulfilling their roles and responsibilities, and participating in ongoing learning alongside colleagues form across Victoria.
Keynote speakers include Waleed Aly, Chris Caton, Steve Sammartino, Leslie Cannold and Jackie Dickenson, as well as presentations from Local Government Minister Tim Bull.
The MAV has developed two helpful infographics – an overview of service delivery statistics and a handy snapshot of local government.
The infographics provide a refreshing and informative look at what councils do and where money is spent, in a more creative way.
Councils are encouraged to use our infographics where appropriate. The infographics are suitable for use on council websites, social media and hardcopy distribution.
MAV Technology Annual Conference – session with Larry Irving
Mayors and CEOs have been invited to a special morning session of the MAV Technology Annual Conference on 13 August.
The session runs from 9.20am-12.40pm at the Sofitel Melbourne, followed by a lunch with Larry Irving, co-founder of the Mobile Alliance for Global Good and former Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information in the Clinton administration.
During his seven years in the Clinton administration, Larry had principal responsibility for formation of the administration’s domestic and international telecommunications and information technology policy.
The morning session will be chaired by former Tasmanian Premier, David Bartlett, and will also feature Tom Quinn, CIO of NewsCorp Ltd, and Richard Host, CIO of NSW Fire & Rescue.
To register contact the MAV Events team on 9667 5555, or via email.
Future of Local Food Conference
The MAV is co-ordinating the Future of Local Food Conference on 18 – 19 September. The local food movement is sweeping the world and this conference will explore how to design food systems to meet challenges of the 21st century.
Keynote speakers include renowned chef and food educator, Stephanie Alexander, co-founder of Ripenear.me, Alistair Martin, and founder and manager of CERES Fair Food, Chris Ennis.
A full program is now available and registrations are open.
Key themes throughout the two-day event include food policy strategies and tools, local food, health and nutrition, and organic food waste strategies.
For further information, contact John Hennessy.
MAV Technology Innovation Fellowship
The MAV Technology Innovation Fellowship is a $10,000 grant provided by MAV Technology to advance a current or proposed Information and Communications Technology (ICT) project that:
- demonstrates innovation within your council or community
- advances council’s business objectives
- has the potential to influence or assist other councils to improve service delivery.
Selection criteria and information about previous recipients is available on the MAV Technology website.
Entries must be emailed to Lisa Bennetto, by 5pm on 31 July.
The recipient of this year’s MAV Technology Innovation Fellowship will be announced at the MAV Technology Awards for Excellence Dinner on 13 August.
Food Sampling app pilot success
The successful pilot for a Food Sampling Form app developed through a partnership between MAV Technology and the Department of Health will conclude on 18 July.
The Food Sampling app streamlines the reporting process for council EHOs and has been extremely well received by the forty councils that participated in the pilot.
The app should be available from September and will be supported and maintained for five years at no cost to councils.
For more information, contact Lisa Bennetto.
Place Planning & Complete Streets with Jennifer Keesmaat
The Planning Institute of Victoria (PIA) is holding an event to discuss the critical topic of creating a city-building culture that engages people in the creation and curation of place.
The event will be presented by Jennifer Keesmaat, Chief Planner, City of Toronto, to give an international perspective, and includes discussions on planning approaches utilised in Toronto and its relevance to Victoria.
It’s on 21 July from 8.30-10.30am at Russell Kennedy Solicitors, Latrobe Street Melbourne. Registrations are now open.
For further information, contact PIA Vic Events.
Melbourne Liquor and Gambling Information Session
The Melbourne Liquor and Gambling Information Session on 23 July is a free event covering a range of gambling, liquor and other related topics.
The day will include engaging presentations with practical advice from experts in liquor and gambling regulation – from compliance inspector visits and legislative updates to renewing gaming venue operator licences.
Speakers include the Chairman of the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR), Bruce Thompson and representatives from GoodSports and Victoria Police.
The session runs from 10am-2.30pm and is at Functions on Chapel, Corner Greville and Chapel Streets, Prahran.
Register via email to Christopher Emerson or call 1300 182 457.
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