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Community and Place News
may 2019
Issue 5

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...

Funding opportunities, resources, upcoming events and contacts:

Seeking Comments: Review of the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972
WALGA is preparing a sector submission on the proposal for new Aboriginal heritage legislation for the State and is hoping to receive comments from Member Councils.
In March, the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs released a suite of consultation materials about modernising the State’s Aboriginal heritage legislation, to make it more culturally appropriate and equitable for Aboriginal people, and more efficient for industry.

In order to gather the views of Member Councils, WALGA has prepared a survey here. The survey is based on the Consultation Paper released by the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage in March.

The WALGA survey closes on Wednesday, 15 May.

Local Governments who have made a submission directly to the Department are encouraged to forward a copy to Policy Manager, Community, Kirstie Davis.

Submissions to the State Government close on Friday, 31 May.

WALGA has formed a sector reference group to assist in developing the submission. Local Governments who would like to participate in the reference group can email Policy Officer, Community, Susie Moir.
For more information, email Policy Officer, Community Susie Moir or call 9213 2058.
Managing Public Health Risks at Events in WA  Consultation Now Open
The Department of Health (DOH) has released a Discussion Paper ‘Managing Public Health Risks at Events in WA’ exploring how the risks associated with public health should be managed into the future.
As part of the implementation of the Public Health Act 2016, DOH has reviewed the management of events under the Health (Public Buildings) Regulations 1992.  The review must determine whether public health risks at events should continue to be regulated under the framework provided by the Public Health Act 2016, or whether these risks can be effectively managed through an alternative approach.

Feedback can be provided by written submission or completion of an online survey. Submissions are due by Friday, 21 June.

Local Governments are encouraged to send written feedback or a copy of their completed survey to the Community team to assist WALGA in developing a sector submission.

Click here to access the Discussion Paper and survey.
To have your views included in the submission, please send feedback via email to Kirstie Davis, Policy Manager Community by Tuesday, 11 June.
Expressions of Interest Sought from Local Governments for Social Cohesion Strategy Group
The Social Cohesion Strategy Group (SCSG) seeks to identify issues and appropriate strategies to promote social cohesion objectives and improve coordination between Commonwealth, State and local government agencies engaged in social cohesion initiatives.
Expressions of Interest are sought from Local Governments interested in joining the SCSG. SCSG meets on an as-needed basis. The roles and responsibilities of members are to:
  • actively participate in meetings,
  • contribute skills, experience and expertise to assist in the achievement of the group’s objectives,
  • provide information and relevant input in relation to social cohesion issues including the provision of statistics and preparation of background papers, and
  • facilitate access to appropriate resources and networks of their agency to assist in advocating the role of the group.
The SCSG is supported by the Office of Multicultural Interests and members include various Commonwealth and State Government departments and agencies, WALGA and the City of Stirling.
For more information, to view the SCSG’s Terms of Reference or to lodge an expression of interest, email Policy Officer, Community Susie Moir or call 9213 2058.
New Director General for Department of Communities
Respected public servant, Michelle Andrews, has been appointed as the new Director General of the Department of Communities.
Ms Andrews has more than 30 years of experience in leadership roles in the public service.  

The Department of Communities includes the Ministerial portfolio areas of:
  • Child Protection; Women’s Interests; Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence; Community Services,
  • Disability Services,
  • Seniors and Ageing; Volunteering, and
  • Housing, Veterans Issues, Youth.
As part of her appointment Ms Andrews will also be appointed CEO of the Housing Authority, Country Housing Authority and the Disability Services Commission.
Making a Difference Award Recognises Local Governments in Regional and Rural Areas
Nominations have opened for the annual Western Australian Regional Achievement and Community Awards, WA’s most prestigious and publicly recognized regional awards program.
The Awards encourage, acknowledge and reward the valuable contributions individuals, communities and businesses are making throughout regional and rural Western Australia.  The awards recognize and pay tribute to their achievements, which contribute to making regional Western Australia a better community.  

This year, a new award category ‘Making a Difference’ has been added to recognise collaborative efforts by Local Governments to ensure positive outcomes for WA’s regional communities, recognizes and celebrates the importance of Local Government working for the benefit of our regional communities and the valuable contribution that Local Government makes every day.

Nominations close on Wednesday, July 10.
For more information on the Awards, including how to nominate, click here.
Experience a Behaviour Change Program
WALGA is hosting a free sampler of the Living Smart program over two consecutive sessions in May.
The aim of the course is to provide information on the program content and an opportunity to participate in activities, so that Local Governments can consider if the program meets their community and/or corporate needs.
Local Governments want community members to lead healthier and more sustainable lives by engaging in actions such as better lifestyle choices, reducing waste, and being more energy efficient at home. Behaviour change models that provide experiential learning and build a commitment to act can lead to lasting positive change in individuals.

Living Smart is a non-for-profit organisation that uses trained facilitators to deliver behaviour change programs for adults.

Dates:  Thursday, 16 May and Thursday, 23 May
Time:    2:00pm to 4:00pm
Venue: WALGA Boardroom, Lvl 1, 170 Railway Parade, West Leederville
Cost:    Free
To register or for more information email Biodiversity and Sustainability Project Officer Melanie Davies or call (08) 9213 2065. 
Information to Circulate: Unlicensed Security Installers
Currently, a high number home owners are utilising the services of unlicensed security installers, and may be unknowingly inviting criminals into their home. Local Governments are encouraged to circulate information on unlicensed installers to their communities.
These businesses and individuals advertise their services on websites and social media, offering to install alarm systems, CCTV cameras, security doors and locks, often at below market prices.

In WA, providers of security alarm or CCTV systems, security doors or locks are required to hold a Security Installer’s Licence issued by the WA Police Force. Checks carried out by Police reveal that there are many unlicensed operators in the marketplace who are unqualified, have a criminal record or are persons of interest.
  • before getting security installed, check if someone is a valid licence holder by visiting the WA Police website and searching the Current Licence Holders list.
  • for concerns that unlicensed security agent may have completed work in a home, email the WA Police Force Licensing and Compliance Unit or call 1300 171 011.
  • consumers who experience problems with tradespeople can email Consumer Protection or call 1300 304 054.
For more information call 1300 304 054 or click here.
New Street Trees for West Perth - City of Perth
Between April and October, the City of Perth will be planting more than 180 new trees in selected West Perth streets as part of the City’s ongoing Urban Forest Plan. 
These new trees will not only enhance and cool surrounding streets, but bring a range of environmental, social and economic benefits to the West Perth community. 

Defined as a collection of green spaces, trees and other vegetation growing on both public and private land, the City’s urban forest improves city liveability, promotes community wellbeing and contributes to the creation of a climate resilient city.
The Urban Forest Plan is a strategic priority of the City of Perth due to the numerous environmental, social and economic benefits an urban forest can deliver.
More details on the new tree planting program for West Perth can be found on Engage Perth while a copy of the Urban Forest Plan plan can be found on the City of Perth website.
The Regional Homelessness Plan – Cities of Joondalup and Wanneroo
The Cities of Wanneroo and Joondalup have developed a Regional Homelessness Plan in a combined effort to prevent and respond to homelessness. The plan has been two years in the making and was formally adopted by both Councils on Tuesday, 11 December 2018.
Both Cities have worked collaboratively to build an understanding of homelessness throughout the region. This has included valuable input from stakeholders who have an interest in the wellbeing of people at risk of homelessness or are currently experiencing homelessness.

The Regional Homelessness Plan recognises the multi-dimensional nature of homelessness and will be reviewed, evaluated and reported on annually.

The plan highlights that collaboration and partnership with the State and Federal Government, neighbouring Local Governments, homeless support services, community organisations and other relevant stakeholders is paramount to ensure people experiencing homelessness are provided with an effective and coordinated response.
The plans can be found on the Cities websites. Click here for Wanneroo and here for Joondalup.
Rockingham Noongar Trail in Karnup
On Tuesday, 9 April the City of Rockingham hosted an event to launch the Nyoongar Trail in Karnup.
The new trail recognises the importance the Nyoongar seasons have in understanding the country we live in and the way that Aboriginal people have lived for tens of thousands of years.

New signage contains significant use of Nyoongar language, which has been included to increase the visibility and recognition of the language in the community.
Click here for more information.
Safer Spaces - Community and Place
Recently, the City of Perth completed a new guide to creating safer spaces.
Providing the tools needed to build a safe and inviting environment for everyone, the Creating Safer Spaces guide is an effective way to empower individuals and businesses to enhance and optimise safety in public spaces.

Hawkers Markets - photo courtesy of Jarrad Seng
This guide is slightly different to other Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) guides with an intent to cross various sectors of the community in supporting planners, business, residents and event operators.
Learn more by downloading the guide here.
Opportunities and Challenges of Working with Town Teams Workshop
Local Government officers are encouraged to attend an action focussed workshop on how to maximise opportunities and manage challenges of working with Town Teams.
Town Teams are positive and proactive organisations that include businesses, landowners and residents working collaboratively with their Local Government to improve a place or area. They often, but not always, form around a town centre or ‘main street’.

Place: Kitchen Building, Heathcote Cultural Precinct, 58-60 Duncraig Road, Applecross
Date: Tuesday, 28 May
Time: 8:45am to 12:00pm
Cost: $99.00 incl GST
There are now Town Teams in 11 Local Governments in Western Australia and other Local Governments are also considering the model. The aim is to work together, to share knowledge and experiences. This group workshop with your peers will build your understanding, skills and equip you with new ideas. You'll leave with actions you can implement straight away.
More information and tickets are available here.
Funding Opportunities
Youth Engagement Grants Program
Closes Sunday, 30 June

Grants for Women
Closes Sunday, 30 June

One Voice Seed Funding Grants
Closes Sunday, 30 June

City of Perth - Community Enhancement Grant Round 1 2019/2020

Grants Available Throughout WA
Upcoming Events
Aboriginal Program Evaluation in Practice seminar
Hosted by Know Injury.
Wednesday, 29 May. This is a free event.
Bendat Community Centre

Prevention in Practice Conference
Melbourne Exhibition and Conference Centre
Monday, June 24 and Tuesday, June 25
2019 National Alcohol and Other Drugs Excellence and Innovation Awards

Shifting Sands and Rising Tides - Leading Libraries Through Innovation
IATUL Conference - Perth
Sunday, 23 June to Thursday, 27 June

Making a Difference Awards
Nominations close on Wednesday, 10 July
Contact the WALGA Community Team
Contact the WALGA Community Team:
Policy Manager, Community Kirstie Davis (P) 9213 2044
Senior Policy Officer, Community Marissa MacDonald (P) 9213 2074
Policy Officer, Community Susie Moir (P) 9213 2058
Policy Officer, Community Bec Waddington (P) 9213 2055

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