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Community and Place News
october 2018
Issue 10

The Community Team is part of the WALGA People and Place Team and we cover a broad portfolio of issues. These include social justice, women's interests, disability and NDIS, access and inclusion, CaLD communities, health and wellbeing, public health, environmental health, Native Title and Aboriginal communities, culture and the arts, community safety, recreation and tourism.

In this issue...

Events, funding opportunities and resources:

Public Health Planning Information Session for Elected Members and CEOs
On Wednesday, 12 September, WALGA hosted a session to provide information and support to Local Governments relating to their obligations under the Public Health Act 2016, including the requirement to prepare a Local Public Health Plan.
Pictured: Richard Crane from South Metropolitan Health Service.
The event featured presentations from PHAIWA, the Department of Health, Area Health Services and Local Governments, and was attended by nearly forty Local Government representatives, both in person and via webinar.

The session provided information and examples about how Local Governments could gather data, develop a community profile, and create and implement clear objectives.

Key messages from presenters included:
  • Many of the activities and infrastructure already provided by Local Government contributes to public health, and therefore can be consolidated into their Local Public Health Plan. This could include the sporting facilities, swimming pools, playgrounds and walking paths, road safety campaigns, community events and programs currently offered by Local Governments.
  • Regional Public Health Plans are acceptable if Local Governments wish to plan collaboratively.
  • Localised public health planning data is available from the Department of Health Epidemiology Department on request.
  • Support with local public health planning is available through the Area Health Services.
  • Many WA Local Governments are involved in this process, and can provide information and support to others.  
Presentation slides and a video of the event are now available on the WALGA website. For more information, please email Senior Policy Advisor, Evie Devitt-Rix.
The Centenary of the Armistice and the End of the First World War
Sunday, 11 November is Remembrance Day. Australians will commemorate the centenary of the Armistice and the end of the First World War.
The State Government has developed a services of initiatives to be promoted across Western Australia in the lead up to Remembrance Day, to pay respects to the many service men and women who sacrificed so much for our country.

These initiatives will be supported by a Centenary of Armistice logo and branding, which was created by the Department of Communities and has been adopted by our State and Territory counterparts for use across the country.

The Western Australian Centenary of Armistice branding and logo, as well as communication tools and information about the initiatives taking place in the lead up to Armistice, can be found on the Department’s website.
If you have any questions, please email Natalie La Touche on 9222 2833.
Draft WA Cultural Infrastructure Strategy Regional Consultation Webinars
The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) has prepared the draft WA Cultural Infrastructure Strategy and is seeking input from Local Governments.
The purpose of the strategy, the first for the State, is to enrich the lives of Western Australians by ensuring access to arts and cultural experiences.

WALGA and DLGSC are hosting two upcoming webinars as part of the consultation phase and all Local Governments are encouraged to take part.

The first webinar will provide an overview of the draft strategy and the second will engage Local Governments in feedback. The webinars can be accessed online on the following dates:

Tuesday, 23 October at 2:30pm - Information Session
Tuesday, 30 October at 2:30pm - Engagement and Feedback

A copy of the draft strategy and an online survey will be provided to attendees.
For more information on the draft WA Cultural Infrastructure Strategy, email the DLGSC or call (08) 6552 7466.
Official Opening of the Pingelly Recreation and Cultural Centre
Pingelly celebrates the opening of the Pingelly Recreation and Cultural Centre (PRACC).
Rick Wilson, MP for the WA Liberal Party, represented the Deputy Prime Minister at the official opening of the Pingelly Recreation and Cultural Centre Friday, 31 August. Community members, Shire Councillors, staff and special guests came together to celebrate the long awaited milestone for Pingelly.

The Shire of Pingelly constructed the facility in just over a year, at a total cost of $9.1 million through a mix of grant funding and Shire contribution.

One thousand tonnes of yellow stringy bark, sourced from a plantation near Manjimup, created the walls, floor and decking, with the structural timber imported from New Zealand and was constructed by Sime Building and Construction.

The PRACC is set to become a thriving community hub, and will inject tourism, employment opportunities and large scale events into the community, putting Pingelly on the map as a place to visit in the Wheatbelt.
For more information please click here, email Community Club Development Officer Kristel Steel, or call (08) 9887 1066.
City of Swan Youth Café Takeover for RUOK Day
On Thursday, 13 September the Ellenbrook Youth Development Team delivered a chosen project "A Cafe by Young People".
Partnerships for the project consisted of Ellenbrook Central, City of Swan, Youth Focus, Expresso Pump and Yahava Coffee. The youth completed Barista training at Yahava Coffee and Tim from Expresso Pump kindly offered his coffee shop for the project and trained the youth over several days.

Pictured: Tim from Expresso Pump training youth on expresso machine

A series of engagement activities were held at Ellenbrook Central's two main entry points, including candlemaking, calligraphy, essential oils and flowers sales. Two dollars from each coffee sold was donated to youth mental health. Over $1000 was raised.
For more information please contact Jimmy Cangy on (08) 9207 8580.
McGowan Government Supporting Active and Engaged Communities
Local community and sporting organisations are being encouraged to apply to share in $1 million in funding from the State Government's Targeted Participation Program (TPP).
Applications are now open for projects in the $1000 to $15,000 and $15,001 to $50,000 grant categories.

The program targets projects that increase participation in physical activity and encourage pathways into community sport and active recreation. Funding may be used for such things as training volunteers, workshops, venue and equipment hire, transport and travel and administration.
For more information, application deadlines and how to apply, click here or email The Inclusion Team.
PHAIWA Seeks Success Stories for Advocacy Toolkit
The Public Health Advocacy Institute of Western Australia (PHAIWA) is currently updating their Advocacy in Action Toolkit, and invites organisations to share their advocacy success stories for inclusion in the Toolkit.
Organisations who have recently used advocacy skills to influence policy or change in the community are encouraged to share their stories for the Toolkit, via an Expression of Interest.

The current Toolkit is used as a teaching aid within tertiary environments, as well as by a range of advocacy organisations worldwide.

PHAIWA is interested in a diverse range of advocacy examples, and all relevant organisations are encouraged to submit an EOI by Friday, 30 November. Through participation with Toolkit development, success stories will assist in training new advocates both nationally and internationally.
An Expression of Interest form is available here, or for more information, please contact Abbie-Clare Vidler.
Draft Country Ambulance Strategy Released for Consultation
The Strategy was released in late September, and country communities are encouraged to provide comment.
The Draft Strategy is the result of extensive consultation with key stakeholders who use and run ambulance services in country communities.

The Strategy makes a range of recommendations including increasing investment in community paramedics, measures to retain volunteers, and improved consistency of response times. A major recommendation is the implementation of a policy framework to set a foundation for the future and ensure consistent standards across all communities.

Development of the Draft Strategy resulted from over one hundred meetings with key stakeholders in forty towns across WA, along with a review of best practice in geographically challenging communities internationally.

Comments on the Draft Strategy close on Monday, 10 December.
The Draft Strategy is available here.
Funding Opportunities
Volunteer Grants 2018 Funding Round Now Open
One off grants of between $1000 and $5000 are available to organisations to support their volunteers through practical measures such as the purchase of equipment, reimbursement for the cost of fuel, training and screening checks.

Creativity Australia One Voice Choir Grants
Creativity Australia is offering a limited number of start-up funding grants of up to $10,000, to encourage communities to start their own choir. Successful applicants will receive the start-up grant and join a 12-month intensive mentoring program to guide them through the process of building their own With One Voice Social Franchise choir. Applications close Friday, 9 November.

Upcoming Events
Public Health Planning for Not-For-Profit Health Organisations
Date: Wednesday, 24 October
Time: 9:30am to 12:30pm
Venue: WALGA, LV1, ONE70, 170 Railway Parade, West Leederville
Cost: Free

HWWA Health and Wellbeing Coordinator Workshop
Date: Thursday, 15 November
 8:30am to 12:00pm
Venue: Cancer Council WA - Shenton Park
Cost: Free

Know Injury Youth Injury Prevention Seminars
Preventing Youth Self-harm injuries
Date: Wednesday, 31 October

Preventing Youth Transport injuries
Date: Wednesday, 14 November

Preventing Youth Alcohol-related injuries
Date: Wednesday, 28 November

All seminars:
Time: 9:00am to 11:00am
Venue: Bendat Community Centre, Wembley and via Webinar
Cost for series: In-person $60, webinar $30
Cost per seminar: $25 in-person, $15 webinar

Tourism Council WA Training Workshops

Perth Metro Suicide Prevention Training Calendar
Contact the WALGA Community Team
Contact the WALGA Community Team:
Policy Manager, Community Kirstie Davis (P) 9213 2044
Senior Policy Advisor, Community Evie Devitt-Rix (P) 9213 2082
Policy Officer, Community Elle Brunsdon (P) 9213 2055

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