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25 september 2020
WALGA
Issue 38

In this issue...

 
WALGA Field Training: Plant Recognition and Restoration Practices in Natural Areas
WALGA, in partnership with the City of Stirling, will hold a field training day at the Trigg Bushland Reserve on Thursday, 8 October from 9:00am to 3:00pm. 
The field training will include topics such as:
  • key diagnostic characteristics of vegetation complexes on the Swan Coastal Plain, including coastal heathland, and banksia and tuart woodlands
  • case studies of ecological restoration projects, including weed management, erosion control, revegetation and integrated pest control
  • identification of common weed species, including grasses, broadleaf, bulb and woody weeds. 
To register or view the full list of included topics, click here
For more information, email the Environment Team or call 9213 2065.
 
Webinar - Industrial Relations Amendment Bill 2020
Representatives from the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS), Private Sector Labour Relations division, will join WALGA to present a webinar about the Industrial Relations Legislation Amendment Bill 2020.
The webinar will focus on the State Government’s proposal to amend the Industrial Relations Act to declare Local Governments not to be a national system employer and the proposed transitional arrangements to the State IR system.

The webinar will also include a brief overview of the proposed changes to employment records and pay slips requirements, stop bullying provisions and compliance and enforcement in the State system.

Local Government CEOs, Executives/Senior Managers and Human Resources personnel are encouraged to attend. 

Date:      Monday, 19 October 
Time:      2:00pm to 3:00pm
Cost:      Free event
For more information or to register, click here.
 
Underground Power Program
All metropolitan Local Governments and regional cities are invited to participate in a workshop to examine and provide feedback on design and funding options for underground power projects beyond the current Round 6 of the State Underground Power Program. 
In 2017, 17 projects were funded from 70 Local Government applications in Round 6 of the State Underground Power Program.

The last of these projects are scheduled to complete construction in late 2022. To maintain continuity of work, identification of projects that could commence construction in 2022 is now urgent.

In addition to the State Underground Power Program, some areas are being converted to underground power through Local Government funded projects and other areas are being converted under a network (Western Power) initiated program. 
 
Date:       Wednesday, 21 October
Time:       2:30pm to 4:00pm
Venue:    WALGA ONE70, LV1, 170 Railway Parade, West Leederville

To register, email Infrastructure Administration Officer Audra de Pina.
For more information, email Executive Manager, Infrastructure, Ian Duncan, or call 9213 2031.   
 
Policy and Application Guidelines for Tourist And Service Signs
Main Roads WA has drafted a new Policy and Application Guidelines for Tourist and Service Signs, which is now available for review and comment.
The policy identifies the application and approval guidelines for use by Local Governments and others for tourist and service signs on State roads.

It is expected Local Governments will take these guidelines into account when approving and arranging tourist signs under their responsibilities for consistency throughout WA.

Feedback to Main Roads WA is important as the policy has relevance to Local Governments. Access the new policy here.

To submit feedback, email Policy Officer, Road Safety, Mal Shervill by Wednesday, 21 October
For more information, email Policy Officer, Road Safety, Mal Shervill or call 9213 2068.
 
Remodelling of WALGA Preferred Supplier Program
WALGA is rebuilding its entire Preferred Supplier Program.
Between now and June 2021 a new structure will be implemented to modernise the Preferred Supplier contracts, recognising the need to provide greater agility, ease of access, and broader market reach.

View the flyer for more details. 
For more information, email the Commercial Team
 
Local Government Road Safety Awards 
Nominations for the 2021 WALGA Local Government Road Safety Awards are starting to roll in.
The Awards acknowledge outstanding achievements by Local Governments in the area of road safety, and recognise innovation in engineering countermeasures contributing to safe system implementation, along with local road safety partnerships. The Awards also provide an opportunity to recognise an individual who has made a significant and outstanding contribution to road safety through the Joe North Award.
 
Nominating local projects provides an opportunity to showcase Local Government leadership in road safety. Nominations close at 5:00pm on Friday, 30 October.
Visit the RoadWise website to download the Local Government Road Safety Awards Kit and Info Sheet, then contact the closest Road Safety Advisor about local projects or individuals to nominate.
 
Grants for Local Government Australia Day
Acknowledging the vital role that Local Governments play in celebrating Australia Day, the National Australia Day Council, with the support of the Commonwealth Government, is offering $8 million in grants to Local Governments to assist in delivering Australia Day 2021 events.
COVIDsafe Australia Day Events Grants
300 grants of $20,000 (GST exclusive) will provide for resources and services to ensure 2021 Australia Day events meet the relevant State and Territory requirements for COVIDsafe events.
 
To be eligible, Local Governments who ran an Australia Day event in 2020 must financially invest at least the same amount in 2021. Funding may be used to deliver Australia Day activities in a COVID safe environment. 

Click here for more information on the State Government's COVIDsafe Event Guidelines. 

Australia Day Event Branding Grants
To assist Local Governments to adopt and use the new branding and designs for Australia Day 2021 celebrations, 500 Local Governments will receive a grant of $1,000 (GST exclusive) to help with associated printing costs. The new branding and designs for Australia Day 2021 follow the message of ‘Reflect. Respect. Celebrate. We're all part of the story’
For more information or to apply, visit the National Australia Day Council website or email the Auspire - Australia Day Council WA, Grants Program Manager, Kirsten Larkin.
 
Vacancies on Boards and Committees
The Association is pleased to announce the following vacancies:
  • DFES Bush Fire Services Capital Grants Committee (Elected Members and Local Government Officers)
    • 2 Members (at least one must be non-metropolitan).
  • DFES State Emergency Services Capital Grants Committee (Elected Members and Local Government Officers)
    • 2 Members (at least one must be non-metropolitan)
  • Local Health Authorities Analytical Committee (LHAAC)
    • 1 Metropolitan Member
    • 2 Non-Metropolitan Members
  • National Trust WA
    • 1 Member
Nominees are required to submit a completed nomination form, statement addressing the selection criteria and short curriculum vitae (two pages maximum) before the close of nominations at 5:00pm, Friday, 16 October.
Nomination forms are available here.
For more information, email Governance Support Officer, Chantelle O’Brien or call 9213 2013.
 
Officer Training
The following WALGA training courses are being delivered at WALGA’s West Leederville office in September and October:
Local Government Industry Award 2020
Friday, 2 October
 
Effective Supervision- Part 1
Tuesday & Wednesday, 6 & 7 October
 
Accounts Receivable for Local Government
Thursday, 8 October
 
Rates in Local Government – Clerical (two days)
Tuesday & Wednesday, 20 & 21 October
For more information or to register online, visit WALGA Training or email training@walga.asn.au to secure a place.
 
Shelter WA Awards Nominations Open 
Shelter WA are launching the inaugural WA Affordable Housing and Homelessness Awards, to recognise the organisations and individuals in the sector for the work they do.
These awards reflect collaboration, excellence, innovation, compassion and leadership in the social and affordable housing and homelessness sectors.

Local Governments are encouraged to nominate for the Local Government award category. Awards nominations close on Friday, 9 October.

The awards will be presented on Thursday, 26 November at Russell Square in Northbridge, Perth.
For more information or to nominate for the awards, visit the Shelter WA website.
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PO Box 1544, West Perth, WA 6872
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Email: info@walga.asn.au
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