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Local Government News
17 February 2017
Issue 6

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Mailbag Media Release

Local Sports Stars Program
The Community News Group (CNG), in partnership with Marketforce, is hosting an information session on its new Local Sports Star program, which encourages participation and celebrates excellence in local sports. 
Local Government engagement in this initiative will support active communities. It will also help the sector showcase sports and recreational facilities, local sports events and healthy living initiatives. 

This opportunity is supported by WALGA through its Group Advertising Service contract.

The information session will be of relevance to Local Government Officers who run sport and recreation community programs, as well as marketing and communications officers.  

Date:       Thursday, 23 February
Time:      10:00am to 11:30am
Venue:    Marketforce - 1314 Hay Street, West Perth
Cost:       Free - light morning tea will be provided.
To register or for more information, email Procurement and Category Manager Andrew Blitz or call 9213 2046.
Vehicle Licence Fee Concessions
WALGA is seeking to have the incoming State Government reverse the decision to remove vehicle licence fee concessions for Local Governments.
As some vehicles will remain eligible for licence fee concessions under other categories, the Association is waiting on more detailed analysis from the Department of Transport setting out the impact on each Local Government. 

In recent weeks the Association has:
  • written to the Minister for Transport, Minister for Local Government, the Treasurer and the Director General of the Department of Transport urging that this decision be reversed
  • met with the Director General of the Department of Transport
  • written to the Leader of the Opposition, National Party and the Greens
  • generated and responded to media enquiries
  • sought information on the impact of the decision from all Local Governments to fully inform the advocacy position
  • engaged the support of other representative organisations in rural and regional areas; and
  • prepared an agenda item for consideration by the Zones and State Council.
For more information, email Policy Officer, Road Safety Mal Shervill or call 9213 2068. 
The following courses are available for Local Government Officers:
Financial Fundamentals - Budgeting
Monday and Tuesday, 20 and 21 February
Interpretation of the Local Government Industry Award 2010
Tuesday, 21 February
Rates in Local Government (Clerical)
Thursday, 23 February
Rates in Local Government (Debt Collection)
Friday, 24 February
Effective Supervision - Part 1
Thursday and Friday, 23 and 24 February
Planning Practices - The Essentials
Thursday, 9 March
For more information or to register, email WALGA Training or visit the website.
Accessible Voting for Eligible Electors
Eligible and enrolled electors will be able to vote at the March State Election by telephone, computer or mobile device.
The WA Electoral Commission is introducing iVote so that eligible electors can cast their vote unassisted and in secret from home or wherever they are comfortable.

An eligible elector is anyone unable to vote without assistance and/or anyone who may have difficulty casting a vote at a polling place. An eligible elector will be asked to make a self-declaration, confirming their eligibility.

To register for the iVote system, visit the elections website or call the Help Desk on 1300 648 683 by Friday, 10 March.
For more information, call the WA Electoral Commission iVote Help Desk on 1300 648 683.
Workshop on Outdoor Fitness Areas
Parks and Leisure Australia will hold a workshop about outdoor gyms and fitness areas.
The workshop will provide an understanding of structured outdoor training spaces and maximising the multiple benefits from these places.

The workshop topics include:
  • current and proposed Australian standards
  • resource and design guidelines
  • best practice facility and activation case studies; and
  • equipment innovation.
Date:      Thursday, 16 March
Time:      9:00am to 2:30pm
Venue:    Tompkins on Swan, 632 Canning Highway, Alfred Cove
Cost:       Non-members: $150; Members: $120
For more information or to register, visit the Parks and Leisure Australia website.
ACROD Parking Training
National Disability Services will hold a training session for Local Government Officers who enforce parking by-laws about the relevant standard relating to off-street parking for people with disability.
Topics to be covered include:
  • a profile of ACROD parking permit holders
  • understanding of Local Government legislative requirements
  • parking bay design; and
  • update on the Australian Disability Parking Scheme implementation
Date :       Tuesday, 28 March
Time :       9:30am to 12:30pm
Venue :    NDS Training Room, 12 Lindsay Street, Perth
Cost :       Early bird or multiple registrations - $60 members / $70
                 After Tuesday, 7 March - $80 members / $90 non-members
To register or for more information, visit the NDS website or call Jeremy Barrett-Lennard on 9208 9814.
National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and Their Children
The Third Action Plan of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022 was launched by the Prime Minister Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP.
A copy of the Plan is on the Department of Social Service’s website.

The Third Action Plan lists six national priority areas. Under National Priority Area 1: Prevention and Early intervention, Action 1.2 is of relevance to Local Government:
  • Co-design tools and resources with Local Governments to engage with business, sporting organisations and community groups to promote action against violence against women and their children.
The Department of Social Services is currently in the early stages of project planning around this action, and have met with ALGA to have preliminary discussions. The department is keen that Local Governments have an active voice in the project's direction, and are intending to consult ALGA and State and Territory Associations as the project progresses.
For more information, download the department's eNewsletter.
Amendments to the Public Building Regulations
Local Governments are advised that amendments have been made to the Health (Public Buildings) Regulations 1992.
In late 2015, the Department of Finance completed a mapping project examining the regulatory barriers to starting a restaurant in Western Australia. The resulting report provided recommendations to reduce the compliance burden on small business owners in WA, including the request that the Department of Health repeal provisions in the regulations that are covered in the Building Code of Australia.

A copy of the updated Regulations can be downloaded from the State Law Publisher website.

Additionally, the Guidelines on the Application of the Health (Public Buildings) Regulations 1992 will be updated as a matter of priority.

Local Government will be advised as soon as the revised guidelines are available.

A range of frequently asked questions to assist Local Governments to interpret the amendments will be available in the coming weeks on the Department of Health's website.
For more information, email the Department of Health.
Amendment to Building Act
The Building Regulations 2012 were amended on Wednesday, 8 February to introduce a transitional process for making streamlined applications under section 39 of the Building Act 2011 for seeking a declaration from the Building Commissioner for the non-application or modification of a bush fire building standard.
The Building Commissioner can only make a declaration when satisfied that the declaration would not increase the risk to people, property or the environment and that making the declaration is:
  • in the public interest; or
  • consistent with the purpose of any other written law or Commonwealth law.
The key amendment regulations are outlined in this industry bulletin.
For more information, visit the State Law Publisher website.
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