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Issue 1091: 26 August 2016
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Strategic priorities
  • VEC election alerts: Voters in the 22 October council elections can use a new and free notification service offered by the Victorian Electoral Commission to assist in remembering key election dates. Vic Election Alerts will give voters reminders on their personal devices (via text, email, or both) about important dates during the council elections. People using the service will receive up to five alerts during the election period and can opt out at any time.
  • New MAV Board Member: Earlier this month the MAV welcomed a new MAV Board Member for the Rural North East Region, Cr Ronald Janas from Alpine Shire Council. Cr Janas will fill the vacancy resulting from the resignation of Cr Mark Byatt in July.
  • Victorian Planning Authority: Melbourne’s Metropolitan Planning Authority has been renamed and expanded Victoria-wide to boost planning support for regional cities and towns. The new Victorian Planning Authority will work on the long-term plans needed to cope with the state’s growing population, set to reach 10 million people by 2051.
The MAV will provide an update to member councils on the Local Government Funding Vehicle (LGFV) on 22 September. This follows the second successful issuance for $100 million on behalf of 16 councils in June.

The LGFV is an ongoing facility available to councils and we are now turning our attention to the next issuance. The briefing session will include presentations from LGFV partners and will cover a range of topics including potential LGFV structural changes, capital management strategies, and an update on the market.

We are also seeking expressions of interest for participation in the LGFV in 2016-17. The EOI will close at the end of September following the briefing session, allowing councils to fully understand the opportunities available through the LGFV. Councils have been sent a copy of the EOI form that can be returned to Cameron Spence by 30 September.

The briefing session will run from 10.30am-1pm at the MAV office, Level 11, 60 Collins Street. Please register by emailing Cameron Spence. For further information contact Cameron on 9667 5554.

Following a recent Sydney case of fraudulent claims of family day care (FDC) payments, the Victorian Government has called on the Commonwealth to cease funding new FDC schemes in areas already saturated with services, and undertake a review of the sector. The MAV supports this State position.

Local government in Victoria has a long history of providing high quality and compliant FDC for communities. Recent information from the Department of Education and Training shows that 91 per cent of council-run FDC schemes are meeting or exceeding the National Quality Framework.

Family day care is the only service that can provide flexible, home-based childcare options for families – particularly suitable for rural families, shift workers and vulnerable children. We will continue to support councils who operate this beneficial service, and our advocacy to secure a review is ongoing.

Applications have now closed for the Local Government PVAW Grants Program, funded by the Victorian Government and administered by the MAV.

A total of 31 applications have been received on behalf of 66 councils. Applications are currently being assessed and councils will be advised of shortlisted applications by the end of August.

The grants aim to increase the leadership capacity and capability of local government to engage and lead community action for the prevention of violence against women, and embed principles of gender equality.

The number and strength of applications received clearly demonstrates the readiness of councils to lead primary prevention work in their local communities.

For further information, contact Kellie Nagle.

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning has released Victoria’s Climate Change Adaptation Plan Directions Paper for public feedback. The paper notes this is the final opportunity for public input prior to publication of Victoria’s second Climate Change Adaptation Plan in early 2017.

The paper outlines the vision and goals that will be included in the adaptation plan, as well as 12 principles to guide decision-making and action. Six priority areas for action are identified.

A consultation webpage has been established and the deadline for feedback is 5pm on 23 September. The MAV will prepare its response in consultation with councils.

For further information, contact Claire Dunn.

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We have now confirmed that Western Distributor Authority CEO, Peter Sammut, will present at our local government briefing on 1 September.

Peter was appointed earlier this month, and has previously overseen the construction and rollout of a range of public and private partnership projects including Melbourne’s desalination plant and the $2.5 billion Eastlink toll road.

He will be discussing all aspects of three interrelated major projects: the Monash Freeway Upgrade, Webb Dock Access, and the Western Distributor.

The session will be held at the MAV office, Level 12, 60 Collins Street from 2.30-3.30pm. Registrations can be made online.

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Writing for the Web workshop

Attend our Writing for the Web workshop on 9 September and learn techniques to develop content that specifically caters to online reading habits.

Participants will learn how to:

  • Write, edit and present better web content
  • Make it easier for people to find information
  • Lay out scannable content.

Council staff will also gain an understanding of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 and design considerations for people with disabilities.

Registrations can be made online.

  • There is only a few weeks left for councils to apply for VicHealth’s Alcohol Culture Change Grants Initiative. The grants aim to assist in finding solutions that improve cultures of risky drinking communities to prevent and reduce alcohol-related harm across Victoria. Applications close on 13 September.
  • Nominations are now open for Round 2 of the Victoria Litter Fund. Round 2 includes a two stage competitive, merit-based application process with applications for the stage 1 EOI process due by 3pm on 30 September, and stage 2 shortlisted projects due by 3pm on 5 December.
  • Councils can encourage local sporting clubs to apply for VicHealth’s Active Club Grants to help increase the opportunities Victorians have to participate in community sport clubs. Applications close on 23 September.

National Litter Index Report

The State Government has announced that results from the Keep Australia Beautiful National Litter Index Report show that Victoria’s total litter count has dropped 27 per cent compared to last year and the total litter count is now 47 per cent lower than the national average.

Campaigns

  • Public Transport Victoria (PTV) is developing bus stop product design guidelines to help inform future bus stop infrastructure. PTV is consulting councils on where to place bus stops and how to improve customer experience for bus users. PTV invites councils to participate in a workshop on 21 September from 9am-3pm at the MAV office, Level 12, 60 Collins Street.
  • The Victorian Parliament is looking at ways to power up community energy projects in Victoria and is inviting input from the public. Submissions to the inquiry are open until 29 September.
  • Consultation sessions for specific groups of Victorians around the Victorian Gender Equality Strategy are currently running until early September. A full list of dates and further details are available online.
  • Melbourne Water has released its 2015-16 Waterways Local Updates which provide a snapshot of projects completed by Melbourne Water, and cover each local government area in the Port Phillip and Westernport catchments.

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