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Local Government News
31 March 2017
Issue 12

In this issue... 

Meeting with Minister for Local Government, Heritage, Culture and the Arts, Hon David Templeman MLA
WALGA representatives met with the new Minister for Local Government Hon David Templeman MLA on Tuesday, 28 March. The meeting was very positive with the Minister commencing the conversation stating that he wanted to be genuine, consultative and respectfultoward the sector and this was reciprocated.
It is clear that the new Minister wants to work together in a productive relationship. The Minister also indicated that the State Government has a strong Job Focus and is keen to see evidence and/or opportunities for reduction of red tape in Local Government. 

He also said that he would welcome feedback from Local Government on any of the Government’s priorities where we think we can add value.

The Minister confirmed that the State Government is keen to establish and sign a State Local Government Partnership Agreement.
Other items discussed included:
  • establishing a Local Government Act Review, including the review of key issues and a process for consultation
  • the need for urgent Act/Regulatory amendments in respect to Regional Subsidiaries, Gift provisions, Investments and Local Government Audit
  • WANDRRA changes, and
  • reversal of the loss of the vehicle licence concession.  

WALGA looks forward to working with the Minister on key Local Government and State issues.

For more information, email CEO Ricky Burges or Executive Manager, Governance and Organisational Services Tony Brown.
Land Use Planning and Urban Greening Presentation
WALGA, together with the Department of Planning, will hold a presentation on land use planning and urban greening on Wednesday, 5 April.
Attendees will gain an understanding of emerging action in urban greening in the eastern states; and management of trees in new subdivisions, small lots and private property.

The event will also include an activity that explores the key challenges to urban greening in Perth, and information needed to inform decision making and facilitate positive action.

Click here for details on the event.

Date:       Wednesday, 5 April
Time:      10:00am to 12:00pm (registrations open from 9:30am)
Venue:    City of Vincent Administration and Civic Centre,
Function Room,
                Level 1, 244 Vincent Street, Leederville
Cost:       Free
RSVP:     By Monday, 3 April
To register or for more information, email the Environment team.
The following courses are available for Local Government Officers:
Preparing Agendas and Minutes
Tuesday, 18 April
Effective Letter and Report Writing
Wednesday, 19 April
Conducting Performance Appraisals
Wednesday, 3 May
Accounts Payable for Local Government
Thursday, 11 May
Accounts Receivable for Local Government
Friday, 12 May
Participate in Local Government Emergency Management
Thursday, 11 May
Manage Recovery Activities in Local Government
Friday, 12 May
To register online or for more information, visit the WALGA Training website or email the Training team.
Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport: Draft
The Commonwealth Government invites feedback on draft accessibility guidelines for a whole of journey approach to public transport.
The Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002 (Transport Standards), are formulated under subsection 31(1) of the Commonwealth Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA).

The DDA requires the Transport Standards to be reviewed every five years - the first review commenced in 2007 and the second in 2012. The next review is scheduled to commence this year.

Recommendation 4 of the 2012 review proposed the development of accessibility guidelines for a whole of journey approach to public transport to act as a planning tool.
The Commonwealth Government supported this recommendation, which has resulted in the development of  the report The Whole Journey: A Guide for Thinking Beyond Compliance to Create Accessible Public Transport Journeys.
WALGA is proposing to prepare a submission and is seeking to identify issues and perspectives from all Local Governments by Friday, 5 May

A copy of the guide is available here.
For more information or to provide feedback, email Policy Officer Transport and Roads, Marissa MacDonald or call 9213 2050.
Bridges Renewal Programme - Round 3
Round 3 of the Australian Government’s Bridges Renewal Programme is now open for proposals. The objectives of the programme are to upgrade and repair bridges to enhance access for local communities and facilitate higher productivity vehicle access.
Local Governments are encouraged to consult with their regional Main Roads Asset Manager (Structures) to identify priority structures for renewal and develop proposals.

Local Governments are required to submit proposals directly to the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.

Proponents need to contribute 50 per cent of the total project cost. Priority projects will be considered for co-funding subsidies under State Road Funds to Local Government Agreement.

The proposal period closes on the Monday, 15 May. Programme information and forms can be downloaded here.
For more information email Policy Manager, Transport and Roads Mark Bondietti or call 9213 2040.
Innovation in Local Government Forum – Metropolitan Local Governments
Regional Development Australia is hosting a forum for Elected Members and key senior decision makers of metropolitan Councils to start the conversation around innovation and technologies in Local Government.
The forum will explore how technologies can be utilised to assist with many of the day to day activities that Local Government undertakes for their communities.

Date:         Friday, 7 April
Time:        8:30am to 3:00pm
Venue:      International Hotel on the Water, 1 Epsom Avenue, Ascot.

Click here for more details or to register.
For more information, call Regional Development Australia's Colleen Yates on 9371 5525.
Vacancies on Boards and Committees
The Association is pleased to announce the following vacancies:
  • Local Health Authorities Analytical Committee (LHAAC)
    • 1 Metropolitan Member and 1 Non-Metropolitan Member
  • National Trust of WA
    • 1 Member
  • Officers Advisory Group (OAG)
    • 2 Metropolitan Serving Officers
Nominees are required to submit a completed nomination form, statement addressing the selection criteria and a short curriculum vitae (two pages maximum) before the close of nominations on Monday, 10 April at 5:00pm.
Nomination forms are available here
For more information, email Governance Support Officer, Margaret Degebrodt or call 9213 2036.
Local Government Honours Awards 2017
WALGA Honours Awards recognise some of the most valuable and committed members of the community. This year's program opens until Friday, 5 May.
There are six categories of awards in the 2017 Honours program:
  • The Local Government Medal and the Life Membership Award recognise outstanding achievements and significant contributions by Elected Members and Officers to the Association and/or to Local Government.
  • The Eminent Service Award recognises personal commitment, eminent service and contribution to Local Government or the Association by an Elected Member or Serving Officer of the Association.
  • Those who have provided a high degree of service as either a State Councillor for over eight years or an Elected Member for more than 12 years could be eligible for the Long and Loyal Award.
  • The Merit Awards recognise Councillors who have demonstrated distinguished service to the community through their Local Government.
  • The Local Government Distinguished Officer Award recognises the achievements of Local Government Officers.
Nomination forms and policy documents are available on the WALGA website.
Awards will be presented to recipients at a ceremony held during the WA Local Government Convention on Wednesday, 2 August
For more information, email Executive Officer, Governance and Organisational Services Ana Fernandez or call 9213 2013.
WALGA/LGIS Human Resources Forum
WALGA and LGIS will present a joint forum that aims to facilitate discussions on human resources, employee relations and occupational health and safety matters.
There will be a specific focus on topics that are of relevance to the Local Government sector and particular regions.

This event is designed for HR professionals. However, frontline supervisors and Local Government managers may benefit from the topical issues discussed.

Date:        Wednesday, 10 May
Venue:     WALGA Boardroom - ONE70, LV1, 170 Railway Parade, West
Time:       10:00am to 3:00pm (registration from 9:30am)
Cost:        Free
RSVP:      Monday, 1 May

Click here to register for the Human Resources Forum.
For more information, email Marketing and Event Officer Ulla Wolter or call 9213 2043.
Local Government Health and Wellbeing Forum
WALGA will hold a Local Government Health and Wellbeing Professional Development Forum for Elected Members and Officers. The forum will provide community health information featuring Local Government case studies.
University of Western Sydney Planetary Health Professor Anthony Capon and Antimicrobial Resistance Awareness Project Leader Dr Barry Mendelawitz will present topics on antimicrobial resistance, Local Government case studies and information on health in rural, remote and Aboriginal communities.

The forum will also include a trade expo featuring providers of health, wellbeing support and products for Local Governments. The trade expo will be available for participants to view during breaks.

Date:     Wednesday, 10 May 
Time:     9:00am to 4:15pm
Venue:   Bendat Community and Family Centre, 36 Dodd Street, Wembley.
Cost:     $95 including GST

Coffee/tea, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided.

The invitation to this event will be circulated through the WALGA newsletters and the WALGA website in early April. 
For more information, email Community Policy Officer Evie Devitt-Rix or call 9213 2082.
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