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Community and Place News
Issue 10


Community and Place News is a monthly publication produced by WALGA's Community Team, part of the broader WALGA Strategy, Policy and Planning Team.

WALGA acknowledges the many traditional owners of the land on which we work throughout Western Australia. We pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging.

In this issue...

Funding opportunities, resources, upcoming events and contacts:

New Online Resource Helps Trace Aboriginal Family Histories
The State Government has launched the Norman Tindale Collection which includes genealogical information and photographs from Aboriginal communities throughout Australia.
The new online index was created by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries' Aboriginal History WA to assist Aboriginal people to research their family and community histories.
It contains vast amounts of genealogical information, recorded in 50 Aboriginal communities across Western Australia between 1935 and 1966. The index features more than 14,000 names, photographs, and data cards.
The information contained within the index will assist individuals to access their history and re-establish important links to family, culture and country.
To access Tindale records, applicants will need to complete a family history request form available here.
Mental Health Week 
Mental Health Week begins on Saturday, 10 October, which is also World Mental Health Day. 
Mental Health Week has been coordinated in WA by the Western Australian Association for Mental Health (WAAMH) for more than 50 years, and is supported by the State Government, Mental Health Commission and Lotterywest, plus many community organisations.

The 2020 Mental Health Week theme is 'Strengthening Our Community – Live, Learn, Work, Play' which aims to increase mental wellbeing in WA communities. 

A range of events are planned around WA.
For more information or to be involved, click here
Heritage Workshops for Local Government
The Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage is partnering with Local Governments to hold a series of free workshops covering current issues in historic and Aboriginal heritage.
One-day workshops are being held in Busselton, Geraldton, Albany and Perth and are offered to Local Government officers and executives.  A series of webinars will provide core material for those unable to attend a workshop. 

Topics covered will include:
  • Guidelines and information for local heritage
  • Heritage and planning reform
  • Updates on the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Bill
  • Noongar Heritage Agreements for Local Government
  • Working with community
Further information for each workshop is provided in the links:

Busselton: Friday, 16 October
Geraldton: Friday, 30 October
Albany: Thursday, 12 November
Perth:  Wednesday, 18 November.
Webinar details to follow.
For more information or to register, email the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage or call 6552 4151. 
Advocacy for Optimal Mental Health Funding - Prevent Support Heal Campaign
The WA Association for Mental Health (WAAMH) launched the Prevent Support Heal campaign to advocate to the political parties in the lead up to the 2021 State Election, for a funding commitment towards an optimal mix of funding for mental health.
The campaign seeks an optimal mix of funding outlined in the State Government’s ‘Better Choices. Better Lives: Western Australian Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drug Services Plan 2015-2025’. 
In particular, the campaign is seeking increased funding for prevention and community support measures. These are extremely important to support the community during the current COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
The campaign’s State Election Platform was launched on Tuesday, 15 September with people sharing their experiences in WA’s mental health system, demonstrating the importance of funding for the optimal mix of services in mental health.

WALGA has written to all Local Governments to encourage support of this advocacy campaign. 
For more information, click here
Australian Local Government Association's Policy Position on Arts and Culture
The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) has endorsed a policy position on arts and culture. 
The Australian Local Government Association calls for support of the pivotal role Local Government plays in the development of the creative sector, which is essential to the liveability and economic sustainability of all Australian communities.
To view the policy position, click here
Raising Awareness to Stop the Violence - 16 Days in WA Campaign
The annual 16 Days in WA to Stop Violence Against Women campaign has motivated thousands of people to raise awareness and create an environment where women and girls are safe and respected.
Now in its fourth year, 16 Days in WA is held from Sunday, 15 November to Thursday, 10 December and is part of a broader international campaign to end gender-based violence.

Statistics around violence against women provide a stark reminder of the importance of the 16 Days in WA campaign. In 2019, 63 per cent of assaults in WA were related to family and domestic violence, and as many at 56 per cent of youth homelessness cases in WA are linked to family and domestic violence.

This year’s campaign theme, Respect starts with you, highlights the importance of equality and respectful relationships, violence-free spaces and safer communities as factors to end violence against women.

There are many ways Western Australians can join the conversation and take action to stop violence against women, such as sharing campaign messages through social media or hosting or participating in an event.
For more information, click here
State Government’s Draft Blueprint for Improving Digital Inclusion in WA
Digital inclusion is about making sure that more Western Australians can enjoy the benefits offered by technology. It’s also about making sure that as more things become digital, our people and communities don’t get left behind.
The Office of Digital Government is inviting the community to join an information session on the Government’s draft Blueprint for improving digital inclusion in WA. At the session, you’ll get to hear from the digital inclusion project team on the Government’s proposed approach and learn more about what it will mean for you and your community.

Date: Tuesday, 20 October
Time: 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Venue: State Library of Western Australia
RSVP: on Eventbrite by Friday, 16 October 
For more information, email the Office of Digital Government or call 6552 5235. 
2020 Local Government Policy Awards 
The Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA (PHAIWA) will announce the 2020 Local Government Policy Awards on Wednesday, 4 November. 
The Awards recognise Local Governments who prioritise the health and well-being of children through the implementation of innovative sustainable projects and programs. 

The Awards will be presented by the Minister for Local Government, Heritage, Culture and Arts, Hon David Templeman MLA.

After the formal presentation of the Awards, a workshop will be held with Local Governments which will cover consultation with children, a Local Government panel with Q&A and networking.

Date: Wednesday, 4 November
Time: Awards Only 9:00am - 11:00am, Local Government Child Health Workshop 11:00am - 2:00pm
Venue: Burswood on Swan
Cost: Awards - $30, Awards and Workshop - $45

Tickets for both events should be secured by Monday, 26 October here
For more information, email PHAIWA or call 9266 1544. 
Volunteer Community Reference Group
Established by Volunteering WA under the direction of the Minister for Volunteering, Hon Mick Murray MLA, the Volunteer Community Reference Group provides a direct voice on volunteering issues to the WA State Government.
WALGA is representing WA Local Governments on this group. The latest meeting focused on the challenges to reinvigorate the sector as a result of COVID-19. The group will continue to work with State Government to support volunteering in the recovery phase.
For more information on the last meeting of this group, view the August 2020 Communique here
Volunteering WA – Pandemic Response Guide for Volunteers and Organisations
Volunteering WA has released two pandemic response guides for both volunteers and organisations who involve volunteers.
Responding to a Pandemic
  • provides practical guidance and assistance to volunteer organisations when responding to a pandemic
Volunteering in Response to a Pandemic: A practical guide for volunteers
  • provides practical guidance to support volunteers to be better informed in response to a pandemic
For more information, visit the Volunteering WA website.
Trees in a Liveable City: An Urban Forest Conference
WALGA, in conjunction with the Local Government Urban Forest Working Group, invites you to join us for Trees in a Liveable City: An Urban Forest Conference on Friday, 27 November at the University of Western Australia.
The conference aims to showcase the achievements of the various stakeholders involved in growing Perth's urban canopy, incorporating best practice examples and highlighting new research to provide attendees with practical outcomes to take away and integrate into their own strategies, projects and policy settings.
The conference will be of value to: Local and State Government across planning, urban design, environment, sustainability, infrastructure, community, and engineering portfolios; developers; consultants; academia; and the broader community.
Attendees will have the opportunity to attend the conference in person or online via webinar.
To download the conference schedule and to register, click here.
For more information, email A/Event Manager, Ulla Prill or call 9213 2043.
PHAIWA - Local Government Public Health Planning Support
The Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA (PHAIWA) continues to support and mentor Local Governments through the public health planning process. 
PHAIWA's support comprises of, but is not limited to advice, mentoring, meeting attendance, stakeholder connections and partnerships or internal capacity building workshops – everything can be customised. 

PHAIWA can also provide in-depth support to Local Governments working through one specific component of a public health plan which may include gathering public health data and evidence, community consultation, stakeholder engagement or priority area mapping. PHAIWA is only able to support a select number of Local Governments with this in-depth support. 
For more information, email PHAIWA's Senior Project Officer, Jo Malcolm
Collections WA Workshops
Australian Museums and Galleries Association Western Australia are holding training on how to use and upload records to Collections WA.
Collections WA is a free online, searchable platform that brings together collections from galleries, libraries, museums, archives, cultural organisations and community groups from around Western Australia. Organisations are able to add content to Collections WA and the general public can access it as a searchable database. 
The training will also cover:
  • Sensitive records
  • Copyright
  • Indigenous Cultural Intellectual Property
  • Fundamentals of cataloguing
  • Hands on digitising session
  • Mass importing your records
Workshops will be held in the following locations:
  • Kalgoorlie
  • Geraldton
  • Albany
  • Carnamah
  • Manjimup
For more information or to register for a workshop, visit the Australian Museums and Galleries Association Western Australia website
Heritage Skills Survey - Open for Comment
The newly formed Heritage Skills Association WA Inc (HSA) is surveying Local Governments to ascertain the types of heritage skills that are needed across Western Australia to conserve and adapt heritage buildings.
The survey results will be used to inform HSA’s pilot projects in heritage skill training and accreditation.

The survey closes Friday, 20 November. To respond to the survey, click here
For more information or to join the mailing list, email HSA's Heritage Skills Facilitator, Yolanda Cool
Resources on Food Insecurity
The Australian Institute of Family Studies has published two resources on food insecurity in Australia. 
These companion resources provide evidence-informed insights and tools to understand, identify and respond to food insecurity in Australia.

The research paper Understanding food insecurity in Australia explores common experiences of food insecurity and looks at which populations groups are most commonly impacted by it.

The practice guide Identifying and responding to food insecurity in Australia is for anyone working with families who may be experiencing food insecurity. It includes a guide to screening for food insecurity, reflective questions to help identify support options, and case study examples.
For more information, click here
Day of Demonstration: Arts Transforms Community
In these uncertain times, one thing we can be sure of is the power of arts and creativity to heal, connect, inspire and lead social change.
The Community Arts Network are running a day-long immersive experience to demonstrate how arts and creativity can transform lives and build a stronger, more tolerant community.

Date: Friday, 6 November 
Time: 8.30am- 5:30pm (option to attend full-day or specific presentations, check program.)
Venue: Joondalup ECU, building 21 and outdoor lake area.

This is a free event, however you must secure a ticket.  

This event is being held in collaboration with the City of Joondalup, Museum of Freedom and Tolerance, Creative Recovery Network, ArtsFront and Edith Cowan University.
For more information or to secure a ticket, click here
Development of an Online Mental Health Collaboration and Engagement Hub
The Western Australian Association for Mental Health (WAAMH) is designing and launching a Collaborative and Responsive Engagement (CARE) Hub for people involved in, interested in or connected to the community mental health sector.
The CARE Hub will act as an online community for members to communicate and collaborate on issues that are important to them. It will support best practice in responding to those experiencing mental health challenges, while also supporting workforce development, including the provision of free online training.

Local Government officers involved with public health, homelessness, family and domestic violence, and community safety are encouraged to complete the survey. 

The survey closes Friday, 16 October
To participate in the survey, click here
Funding Opportunities
WA Grants Directory
Australian Government GrantConnect
Lotterywest COVID-19 Relief Fund 
Targeted Participation Program
2021 Harmony Week Grants
Festivals Australia Grants 
Grants for Women
Youth Week WA Grants
Community Gardens Grants
Upcoming Events and Training
WA Association for Mental Health Events and Training
Various dates

Mental Health Week
Saturday, 10 to 17 October

Mental Health Week Live Webinar: The Role of Support Groups in Trauma and Recovery
Tuesday, 13 October

Developing Community - the What, Why and How
Thursday, 15 October

COTA WA Webinar - Elder Abuse - What is it and what does it look like?
Thursday, 15 October

Community Convergence - Placemaking for Doers
Saturday, 17 October

Webinar: Climate Change and Injury Prevention
Wednesday, 21 October

Day of Demonstration: Arts Transforms Community
Friday, 6 November

People with Disabilities WA Conference
Thursday, 19 & Friday 20 November 

WACOSS Conference
Monday to Wednesday, 22 to 24 February 2021
Contact the WALGA Community Team
Contact the WALGA Community Team:
A/Policy Manager, Marissa MacDonald, 9213 2074
Policy Officer, Susie Moir, 9213 2058
Policy Officer, Bec Waddington, 9213 2055

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