MAV State Council
The first MAV State Council for 2015 will be held on 15 May from 9am.
A formal notice of the meeting will be sent in due course. The due date for receipt of motions is Friday 17 April.
Councils are encouraged and welcome to submit motions on issues of significance to the local government sector. The State Council Motion template is available for councils to download.
Our draft Strategic Work Plan will also be considered at the meeting.
Registrations can be made online. It will be held in the Auditorium at the Sofitel Melbourne, 25 Collins Street.
Vale Carol Friday
Our thoughts go out to the family, friends and colleagues of long serving City of Casey Maternal and Child Health nurse Carol Friday, and her son Greig who tragically died in this week’s plane crash in France.
Carol was a much loved member of the MCH team and was committed to supporting families in one of Melbourne’s fastest growing areas to give their children a great start in life.
Carol will be remembered for her quick wit, sense of humour, and most importantly for her compassion, drive and integrity.
Proposed moratorium on destruction of restricted breed dogs
The Victorian Government has introduced the Domestic Animals Amendment Bill 2015 into parliament to bring in a moratorium on the destruction of restricted breed dogs pending a parliamentary inquiry into the effectiveness of the current legislative arrangements.
Under the proposal, councils will be required to keep restricted breed dogs impounded, rather than euthanizing them, until the parliamentary inquiry and the consideration of its recommendations is completed. The bill provides for a moratorium end date of 30 September 2016.
While the MAV was aware of the Labor Party’s election commitment to review the laws, we have not been consulted about the proposed moratorium nor about the timing or terms of reference of the parliamentary inquiry. We are seeking a meeting with the Minister’s office.
For further information, contact Claire Dunn.
Enough Pokies reports released
The MAV has released two new research reports, commissioned through Monash University to help inform our advocacy approach in protecting communities from the harms of Electronic Gaming Machines (EGMs).
Building on the Enough Pokies campaign that launched last year, the main research examines the decisions made in relation to EGM applications over a six-year period. It concludes that the net community detriment tests are poorly defined and very difficult to quantify, which adds weight to our argument for legislative reform.
In the second report, the issues of maximum bet limits, community benefits and geographic caps on numbers of machines are also discussed, with conclusions supporting our call for reform.
More information about the Enough Pokies campaign is available on our website.
Emissions Reduction Fund briefing session
The Commonwealth Department of Environment is running a series of workshops to brief government and business on the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF).
A session for local government has been arranged for Monday 30 March, 2:30pm – 4:30pm at Cliftons, Level 1, 440 Collins Street, Melbourne.
To RSVP and for further details contact Briony Papps.
The Department has also released the draft methodology that would apply to projects that upgrade lighting systems in commercial and industrial buildings, and public lighting, such as pedestrian, street and traffic lighting. Submissions in response to the draft methodology close 15 April.
MAV Rural and Regional Planning Conference: 25-26 June
Save the date! The MAV Rural and Regional Planning Conference will be held at the recently open Vibe Marysville Hotel and Conference Centre on 25-26 June.
With the assistance of some knowledgeable thought leaders in the industry, we are in the process of pulling together an inspiring program that will blow your socks off.
Further information will be distributed shortly.
Virtual council: Future of local government
Is the ‘virtual council’ the biggest wake-up call in the history of local government? Which Victorian council is the first in Australia to transform the way it works by going paperless via activity-based working? What is place activation? These and a host of other questions will be answered and discussed at the 2015 Future of Local Government National Summit, on May 28-29.
For further information contact John Hennessy.
Commencement of new outdoor smoking bans
New laws to ban smoking at entrances to all Victorian childcare centres, kindergartens, schools, children’s indoor play centres, hospitals and certain Victorian Government buildings will come into effect on 13 April.
These laws are intended to protect the community by reducing the incidence of smoking in these public places frequented by children and younger people. Councils will be involved in the implementation of these reforms, and grants have been made available by the Department of Health to assist them with distributing signage to children’s indoor play centres and responding to complaints.
Information, including fact sheets, have been sent to all councils and are available on the Department of Health website.
For further information, contact the Tobacco Control Section at the Department of Health via email.
Call for local leaders to drive regional economic development
Community volunteers are being sought to join Regional Development Australia (RDA) committees in Chair, Deputy Chair and Committee Member positions in Victoria, New South Wales, and Tasmania.
RDA Committees provide a vital link between local community stakeholders and government, advising the Australian Government on critical issues affecting economic development in regions and enhancing awareness of Australian Government programmes.
Further information including an expression of interest form and information booklet can be found online, or by contacting 1800 505 938 or by email.
Submissions close on 30 June.
Community Road Safety Grants
Councils are encouraged to inform communities about the latest round of TAC’s $1 million Community Road Safety Grants program, open to not-for-profit registered groups who can identify a road safety issue and come up with a project to overcome it.
The grants program has been running since 2008 and has targeted a wide range of issues including speed, drink driving, education, and pedestrian, motorcyclist and cyclist safety.
Applications for the latest round of grants close on 17 April. Application forms and additional information are available on the grants website.
For further information, contact the Community Road Safety Grants officer on (03) 5225 7517, or via email.
Men’s Shed funding
Councils and not-for-profit organisations can apply for State Government funding totalling $750,000 to build Men’s Sheds.
Grants of up to $60,000 are available to build sheds, or to redevelop an existing building into a Men’s Shed or co-locate a Men’s Shed in a multifunction community facility or hub.
Guidelines for applying are available online. Final applications must be submitted to the Department's Local Connections Team by 5pm, 19 June.
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