Issue 951:                                                  Week ending 11 October 2013

Plan Melbourne launched
MAV Annual Conference program released
Rural and Regional Planners Forum
Electoral reform review
Improved registration in relief centres
Public Safety Infrastructure Fund grants information forum
Recreational fishing grants - funding now open
Victoria's Waterway Management Strategy launched
Maroondah Preventing Violence Against Women Pledge
Sports expo
In social media news...

Plan Melbourne launched

This week the MAV attended the long-awaited launch of Plan Melbourne by the Government, a new 40 year planning blueprint to manage Melbourne’s growth until 2050.

Key aspects of Plan Melbourne include a permanent urban growth boundary and a decentralised approach with a ‘State of Cities’ to create new population and employment towns for growth in regional areas; new urban renewal precincts and nomination of key major transport infrastructure projects; creating Australia’s largest jobs hub in central Melbourne by 2040; extending the Vic Smart system to multi-unit developments in defined locations; and the independent Metro Planning Authority to manage and deliver an integrated land, transport and economic strategy.

We issued a statement welcoming the launch of Plan Melbourne and calling for a coordinated and funded approach to delivery. In line with the MAV’s proposed model for the new planning authority, Minister Guy has reaffirmed that it will work with local government, not duplicate councils’ roles.

We are pleased the Government has acted on our request to provide briefing sessions for councillors, CEOs and council Planning Directors over the coming weeks. The MAV will work closely with councils to coordinate a sector response during the consultation period and will provide further details on our process for council feedback and input shortly. Submissions are due by 6 December.

A series of community information sessions and displays will be held each Saturday across the city over coming weeks and a Plan Melbourne newsletter has been launched. Find out more at

MAV Annual Conference program released

The full program for the MAV Annual Conference and dinner on Thursday 24 October is now available. Drawing from the diversity of work local government is involved in, keynote speakers will address current challenges facing councils.

Natasha Stott Despoja will discuss the recent federal election outcome and reflect on the past few years in politics. What has a hung parliament meant for Australian politics and policy? Will the composition of the 2014 Senate result in further dysfunction? She will also discuss her new role as Chair of the Foundation to Prevent Violence Against Women and their Children.

We look forward to welcoming you at the conference and annual dinner. Register online now.

Rural and Regional Planners Forum

The MAV, with support from the Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure (DTPLI), is proud to announce our next Rural and Regional Planning Forum. To be held at the RACV Club in Melbourne on 8 November, this event is open to all planners and councillors.

The agenda will cover a range of topics relevant to rural and regional councils, including the revised rural zones, the case for an agricultural overlay, the revised native vegetation regulations and the CFA’s Bushfire Management Overlay schedules. Six councils will also discuss projects they are working on, from major agricultural developments and flood studies to tourism and salinity management. An update on regulatory changes to the Planning and Environment Act will also be delivered by DTPLI.

The Forum is held in conjunction with the annual Rural and Regional Planners Conference and provides a great networking opportunity, typically attracting about 100 attendees. For further information contact Stuart Grigg on 9667 5595.

Electoral reform review

Public hearings on the independent panel’s comprehensive review of the Victorian local government electoral system commenced in Melbourne last week and will run across the state until 21 October.

The MAV made some preliminary comments at our appearance before last Thursday’s panel hearing. The Panel Chair, Petro Georgiou AO, also met separately with the MAV Board last Friday to receive feedback.

We will circulate a draft submission in response to the panel’s discussion paper shortly to gather further feedback from the sector.

As the review is quite broad in nature, councils are encouraged to make a submission or attend a hearing to articulate what you would like to see retained or changed with the current system.

The review Secretariat is asking that individuals register to present to the panel. In the event that individuals cannot make a submission to the panel at one of the hearings, the Secretariat is also happy to establish additional consultations where demand is high.

Please contact Kendrea Pope, Head of the Review Secretariat to register.

Improved registration in relief centres

Addressing a statement from the Emergency Management White Paper, a collaborative project by the Department of Human Services (DHS), the Red Cross and the MAV has developed a paper-based information sharing form to be used in emergency relief centres. The form aims to minimise the need for people affected by an emergency to provide the same information repeatedly.

The form, with multiple carbon copies, has been developed so that relief agencies can collect personal information from affected individuals, and is tailored to capture appropriate information for each agency. It will be distributed to councils in the next fortnight.

For further information please contact Clare Smith on 03 9667 5532.

Public Safety Infrastructure grants information forum

Applications for the next round of Public Safety Infrastructure Fund grants will open on 21 October and close on 21 February 2014.

Councils can apply for grants of up to $250 000 to help fund the development of new, or redevelopment of existing infrastructure to help improve community safety, security and confidence in public places. This can include lighting systems, other physical security or safety measures, streetscape and amenity improvements, and CCTV systems.

The Department of Justice’s Community Crime Prevention Unit, in partnership with the MAV and LGPro, is holding an information forum for council staff about principles, practices and issues for consideration in developing public safety infrastructure, and tips on writing grant applications.

The forum will take place on Wednesday 6 November at the Treasury Theatre, East Melbourne, 10 am – 1 pm. Register by Thursday 31 October.

Recreation fishing grants - funding now open

Applications for the 2013-14 round of the Victorian Government’s Recreation Fishing Grants program are now open. Funding is available in two categories:

  • Small Grants Program for projects up to $5 000 (GST exclusive). Applications are accepted all year round.
  • Large Grants Program for projects from $5 001 to $100 000 (GST exclusive). Applications opened on 1 October and can be submitted until 28 February 2014.

Program guidelines and application processes can be found on the link above and enquiries can be directed to the Recreational Fishing Grants Secretariat.

Victoria’s Waterway Management Strategy launched

The Victorian Government has launched its new Waterway Management Strategy, an eight-year plan to improve the environmental management of waterways.

This strategy encourages a partnership approach between government and citizens. It sets out how communities can have a say about the future management of waterways in their region and how they can help set priorities that guide government investment.

Read our submission to the strategy.

Maroondah Preventing Violence Against Women Pledge

The City of Maroondah invites people to join its councillors in signing the Maroondah Preventing Violence Against Women Pledge and affirming joint commitment to raise awareness of this serious, prevalent and preventable issue.

To achieve a community where women can live free from violence means building a community that is non-violent, gender equitable and where equal relationships between citizens are valued and encouraged. Freedom from violence is a fundamental human right.

Local government, in its capacity as the level of government closest to the community, is in a unique position to play a key role in the prevention of violence against women. Sign the Pledge here.

Sports expo

The Melbourne Sports Club Management Expo will be held on Sunday 17 November at the State Library of Victoria. This one-day event will feature both workshops and exhibitors, with workshop topics to include: writing grants and fundraising, using Facebook & Twitter, building participation, the latest Working With Children Checks, sports rage, the new workplace health and safety laws for clubs, and more.

Council staff will find the expo useful to improve the management of sport in their municipality, educate their local clubs and engage possible speakers for future events, and may gain valuable contacts to pass onto their clubs.

Tickets are available at and spots are limited.

In social media news...

  • Plan Melbourne, the Victorian Government’s new 40-year planning blueprint is on facebook, twitter and Youtube.
  • London puts stop to sidewalk bins that track cellphones. Read more here.
  • 'HopStop Live' adds crowdsourced service to your commute.
Upcoming MAV events...

18 October

Maternal and Child Health Nurses Conference

23 October

Effective mentoring - strategies for success

24 October

MAV Annual Conference and dinner


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