Issue 996:                                              Week ending 19 September 2014

MAV McArthur Fellowship: Community Solar Report
Federation White Paper: release of issues paper
MAV Councillor Training Survey
Waste tyres: Regulatory Impact Statement
Opportunities for Partnerships
Community, Self-Reliance, Limits to Growth and Local Governance
Yarra City becomes Australia’s 1st ‘One Planet Council’
Urban disadvantage in Australia

VCGLR liquor and gambling information session
Love Food, Hate Waste
Victorian Safe Communities Network: Mapping our Practice Event
Waste and resource recovery strategy workshops

NRSPP: National Fleet Benchmarking Project
In social media news...

MAV McArthur Fellowship: Community Solar Report

The report from 2013 McArthur Fellowship winner, Cr Eve Fisher from Surf Coast Shire Council, is now available.

Cr Fisher completed her study tour in late December and January to explore making community solar a reality. She has been presenting to a number of interested councils and groups.

More information on the McArthur Fellowship is available on our website.

Federation White Paper: release of issues paper

The Commonwealth has released its first issues paper to inform the White Paper on the Reform of the Federation. The issues paper was developed in consultation with the states and territories and the ALGA, and sets out key matters the White Paper will consider.

This includes the allocation of roles and responsibilities within the Federation, Federal financial relations, governance arrangements and performance reporting. The Prime Minister will release a series of policy specific issues papers, including education, housing, homelessness and Federal financial relations, in the coming months.

A Green Paper outlining specific reform options will be released in the first half of 2015, with the White Paper to be delivered by the end of 2015.

The Commonwealth announced its intention to conduct a review of taxation, which will be related to the outcomes of the Federation White Paper. The two reviews will potentially influence the roles, functions and taxation powers of both the states and councils, and will be key reviews for local government to articulate its views on the preferred structure of government in Australia.

MAV Councillor Training Survey

A survey is now available to all councillors who have completed MAV training, so we can gain feedback and guidance to help improve future training.

The survey includes 20 questions and the process is anonymous. It will help us understand councillor needs and interests, and the obstacles to participation.

Feedback is welcome from all councillors regardless of whether you have attended many, or no MAV training events.

We will publish the results of the survey in the MAV Bulletin. The survey closes at 5pm, 14 October. For further information, contact Andrew Rowe on 9667 5549.

Waste tyres: Regulatory Impact Statement

The EPA has released a Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) canvassing regulatory and non-regulatory options to achieve safe and efficient storage of used waste tyres.

The RIS aims to identify the best way to minimise the environmental, fire and public health impacts from inappropriate storage of waste tyres.

It is estimated that approximately six million waste passenger car tyres were unaccounted for in Victoria in 2012-13, believed to be stockpiled or illegally dumped. Large volumes of tyres can create a serous fire hazard, and once ignited are difficult to extinguish and can cause significant environmental, social and economic costs.

The proposed regulations require premises that store more than 40 tonnes or 5,000 equivalent passenger units of whole waste tyres to obtain works approvals and licences from EPA.

Submissions are due by 5pm, 31 October and can be emailed or posted to Waste Tyres RIS, Policy and Regulation Unit, EPA, GPO Box 4395, Melbourne Victoria 3001.

Opportunities for Partnerships

The MAV’s multicultural policy development conference, hosted by Wyndham City Council last week, was a big success.

At the conference attendees deliberated on statewide local government cultural diversity planning issues.

Our keynote speaker was Fatima Shama, the former Commissioner of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (via Skype). She presented on NYC’s 12 Blueprints for Migrant Integration.

Conference presentations and related resources will soon be available on our website.

Community, Self-Reliance, Limits to Growth and Local Governance

The MAV is hosting a Community, Self-Reliance, Limits to Growth and Local Governance workshop on 3 October.

Presenting at the event is Nicole Foss, an internationally recognised speaker on the future of society, sharing her practical views on the importance of community resilience.

It runs from 10:30am-3pm at the MAV office, 60 Collins Street, Level 12.

Yarra City becomes Australia’s 1st ‘One Planet Council’

The MAV would like to congratulate Yarra City Council for becoming the first council in Australia, and the third in the world, to be officially accredited as a One Planet Council.

One Planet Living is an internationally recognised benchmark bestowed on regions around the world, for being exemplars of sustainable living.

Yarra Council’s sustainability performance was independently assessed against 10 principles that allow communities to live and work within their fair share of the earth’s resources.

We hope this achievement will encourage other councils to discover how they can implement more sustainable practices.

Urban disadvantage in Australia

The Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) will hold a forum in Melbourne on 25 September to explore and find solutions to contemporary locational disadvantage in Australian cities.

AHURI will use its latest research along with international research for the basis of discussions.

Registrations can be made online.

VCGLR liquor and gambling information session

Councillors, planners and policy officers with an interest in liquor and gambling policy and issues are encouraged to attend a free information session facilitated by the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR).

The event will be held in Morwell on 1 October at Kernot Hall from 10am-2.30pm. It includes presentations from the VCGLR Chairman and staff, GoodSports program, and Victoria Police.

At 1pm, there will be a dedicated workshop for council staff to work with VCGLR staff and discuss alcohol and gaming related issues, legislative changes, VCGLR processes, policies and hearings. This session is designed to share knowledge and provide feedback.

Please RSVP by 29 September to Christopher Emerson or call 1300 182 457.

A full program is available online.

Love Food, Hate Waste

The State Government has launched a new campaign, Love Food, Hate Waste, to remind people to shop wisely after estimates suggest that Victorians are throwing out $4 billion worth of food and drink each year.

Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Ryan Smith said the campaign would give households handy hints, such as recipes using leftovers, storage ideas, and suggestions for meal planning and shopping.

The campaign encourages Victorians to adopt easy, money saving measures to reduce the amount of food that ends up in the bin.

Victorian Safe Communities Network: Mapping our Practice Event

The Victorian Safe Communities Network (VSCN) will host a Mapping our Practice event on 8 October from 9:15-3pm at the Library at The Dock.

The event will explore community safety and will touch on topics including film making to prevent violence, measuring community safety initiatives, and safe public places.

The event will coincide with Community Safety Month which runs throughout October. Tickets and a program is available online. For further information, contact Sharyn Cox on 0433 403 105.

Waste and resource recovery strategy workshops

From late September to late October, Sustainability Victoria (SV) will be hosting a series of workshops for business, industry and government on a suite of new strategies and frameworks to improve waste and resource recovery management, and market outcomes.

SV is seeking local government input on its Victorian Market Development Strategy for Recovered Resources, the Investment Facilitation Framework, and the Victorian Collaborative Procurement Framework.

For further information, or to register, visit the SV website.

NRSPP: National Fleet Benchmarking Project

Interested councils are invited to a National Road Safety Partnership Program (NRSPP) consultation to learn more about a proposed benchmarking tool.

The benchmarking tool is a user-friendly online resource, providing organisations with an analysis and summary of fleet performance, road safety, cultural maturity, and trends over time. It is proposed the benchmarking resource will be made available through the NRSPP website.

The NRSPP consultation is on 29 September from 9am-12pm, at the National Transport Commission, 628 Bourke St Melbourne, Level 15. For further information contact James Newton.

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