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Issue 1089: 12 August 2016
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Strategic priorities
  • National Twitter Day: We would like to thank all councils who participated in our national local government Twitter Day on 3 August. It was a big success, with more than 2,200 tweets, 1,128 retweets and more than 500 separate Twitter users participating. Our hashtag #youratesatwork was also trending in Australia. The day gave a first-hand look at the diverse range of council services and created awareness of the important work that councils do. A summary report of the day is available online.
  • MAV State Council: All member councils received early State Council motions last week. Further motions are due today and will be distributed to MAV Representatives with the State Council business papers on 26 August. Registrations for the 9 September meeting can be made online.
  • Enrol to vote: Victorians who are eligible to vote in the 22 October council elections need to enrol by 4pm on 26 August, if they are not already enrolled. Enrolment details can be checked and updated online. The VEC has also released its 2016 candidate handbooks.
The State’s Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Committee will examine the operational challenges of rural and regional councils in Victoria in a new parliamentary inquiry.

Issues being explored by the Committee include funding and budgetary pressures, infrastructure needs, and rates policies. The inquiry’s terms of reference identify flood planning and preparation; maintenance of flood mitigation infrastructure; maintenance of local road and bridge networks; and weed and pest animal control as key issues for the Committee to examine.

The MAV will develop a submission to the inquiry and will seek sector feedback on our draft submission. Submissions are due by 12 September.

In April the majority of councils endorsed the MAV signing the Home and Community Care (HACC) tripartite Statement of Intent (SoI) covering the transition period (2016-2019) of HACC services to the Commonwealth Government.

Tripartite discussions continued on 28 July to address outstanding concerns raised by remaining councils. The MAV has successfully negotiated the next proposed wording changes to the SoI to strongly recognise the contribution of local government, and to clarify that any ongoing investment will be at councils' discretion according to community needs.

In addition, a clause has been included stating that the Commonwealth acknowledges the particular role of Victorian councils, and to ensure flexibility in reconciling service targets with councils throughout the transition period. The MAV has also obtained agreement to a mechanism being included to enable unresolved issues affecting councils to be addressed at the tripartite meeting as required.

The final draft has now been circulated to all councils, and the Commonwealth and State will finalise through their internal processes. The SoI is being entered into in a spirit of goodwill to maintain the high quality of services provided to communities, and is not intended to be legally binding. The finalised SoI will then be signed by Federal and State ministers, and the MAV President.

For further information, contact Clare Hargreaves.

We would like to congratulate our MAV Technology Awards for Excellence winners who were announced at our Technology Conference this week.

The following councils took home awards:

  • Individual Achievement: Lorrain Tighe from City of Melbourne - IBM Smarter Cities Challenge 2016
  • Rural and Regional Team Achievement: Southern Grampians Shire - Digital Transformation of a Rural Community: a journey
  • Metropolitan Team Achievement: City of Port Phillip - EPathway Customer Experience Improvements
  • Collaboration of the Year: Bass Coast Shire Council - Free Public WiFi.

We would also like to congratulate all of our finalists for a great effort.

The MAV has welcomed $5.33 million of funding from the State Government to ensure Aboriginal children and young people in out-of-home care remain connected with their culture.

The funding will support 18 new cultural planning positions at 11 Aboriginal community controlled organisations, as well as a statewide coordinator. The cultural planners will put together tailored support plans for Aboriginal children and young people in out-of-home care.

The MAV’s work with councils and Aboriginal employment is continuing through our Victorian local government Aboriginal employment framework.

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This unique MAV masterclass on 31 August aims to inform councils of the opportunities the Pokémon Go phenomenon is creating at the local level. Councils should know a Pokéstop from a PokéGym and understand how they can integrate these landmarks into their organisational agenda.

Many key local government assets are important places to the rapidly growing Pokémon Go gaming community including libraries, community centres, town halls, parks and main streets. This comes with risks and opportunities.

The session will be facilitated by Stephen Yarwood, former Lord Mayor of Adelaide, and well-known contemporary city planner and urban futurist.

It will be held at the MAV office, Level 11, 60 Collins Street, from 2-4pm. Registrations can be made online.

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Our Power to the People Conference on 14-15 September will highlight innovative ways to create vibrant communities led by active, caring and engaged citizens.

Highlights include:

  • Inspiring speakers and case studies offering insights into citizens as co-designers and co-producers
  • A choice of five inclusive learning workshops
  • A gala dinner with guest speaker Andrew Fuller and PechaKucha presentations.

A full program is now available. The conference will be held at the Rydges Hotel, Melbourne. Registrations can be made online.

  • Councils and communities can apply for funding under the State Government’s new Living Heritage Grants to support the repair and conservation of ‘at risk’ heritage places and objects included in the Victorian Heritage Register. Applications close on 7 November.
  • Female council staff in Victoria can now apply for the Australian Local Government Women’s Association Annual Bursary Study Award. Candidates must be permanent council staff in Victoria. Applications close on 25 August.
  • Nominations are now open for the Waste Management Association of Australia’s Women in the Environment Award. It will be presented to a woman who has made a significant contribution to environmental sustainability in Australia in the past five years. Applications close on 31 August.
  • Nominations are now open for the Victorian Honour Roll of Women, which acknowledges and celebrates the outstanding achievements of women in Victoria. Nominations close on 7 October.

Encouraging female sport participation

The State Government has developed a Female Friendly Sports Infrastructure Guide to help sporting clubs, councils, architects and designers make grassroots facilities more welcoming for women and girls.

It includes the latest tips, tools and techniques to build or repair sports facilities for the record numbers of women and girls taking to the pitch.

Facilities at clubs play a key factor in encouraging female involvement in sport.

Campaigns

  • The Department of Premier and Cabinet has developed an Inclusive Language Guide to provide guidance to the Victorian public sector regarding appropriate language. The Guide addresses issues including confusion about the acronym 'LGBTI' and the differences between sexual orientation, sex and gender identity.
  • Registrations can still be made for the Regional Leadership Summit in Bendigo from 16-17 August.
  • A Community Resilience Framework is being developed by Emergency Management Victoria as one of the flagship actions from the Resilient Melbourne strategy.
  • Registrations can be made for the Coast to Coast Conference on 29 August – 1 September. It will include a series of multi-streamed sessions and workshops that will enable attendees to better understand and respond to coastal and marine issues and sustainable outcomes.

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