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Community and Place News
june 2019
Issue 6


The WALGA Community Policy team has recently welcomed two new additions. We are now a full team ready to take on the rest of 2019.

Pictured left to right Susie, Bec, Kirstie and Marissa.
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:

Public Libraries Strategy Forum
A framework for the introduction of a new multi-tiered model for public library service delivery was endorsed by State Council in May.
WALGA's Public Libraries Strategy Forum will explore and identify issues and opportunities that the proposed funding change would have for Local Government.

The new model for public library services in WA proposes that the capital funding for public library materials is instead provided as recurrent funding for distribution to Local Governments via a new grants based model and the ownership of existing and new public library stock purchased with State funding is transferred to Local Governments.

Date:    Friday, 21 June
Time:    1:00 PM to 4:00 PM (Registration from 12:30PM)
Venue:  ONE70, LV1, 170 Railway Parade, West Leederville, WA 6007
Cost:     Free event

RSVP by Friday, 14 June.

This event is also available via webinar. To register please click here.
If you have any questions regarding the program please email Kirstie Davis, Policy Manager Community on 9213 2044.
Seeking Feedback: Air Handling, Water Systems and Offensive Trades Regulations
The Department of Health (DOH) is seeking feedback on two discussion papers: Managing Public Health Risks Associated with Offensive Trades in WA and Air Handling and Water Systems Review.
With the introduction of the Public Health Act 2016, existing legislation relevant to these matters must be reviewed and repealed or replaced with new management strategies in accordance with the new regulatory framework.

Feedback can be provided to DOH by written submission or completion of an online survey. Submissions are due by Wednesday, 31 July.

WALGA is developing sector-wide submissions on these issues. Local Governments are encouraged to send written feedback or a copy of their completed survey by Thursday, 18 July to the Community Team to assist WALGA in developing the submissions.
To submit feedback or for more information, email Policy Officer, Community Bec Waddington.
Officer Access to WALGA Trade Exhibition and Free Breakfast Event
Local Government Officers are invited to visit the WALGA Trade Exhibition and attend a free Breakfast event which will feature guest speaker – Australian Cricketer Brad Hogg.
The Trade Exhibition, held alongside the WALGA Convention at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre from Thursday, 8 August to Friday, 9 August features suppliers offering a range of goods and services relevant to Local Government operations – entry is free to Officers of Local Governments.
In addition, officers may attend a free breakfast event featuring Australian cricket legend Brad Hogg on Friday, 9 August.
Relax with coffee and hot breakfast as Brad takes attendees on a journey of his life, the people who inspired him and his reflections on what the baggy green means to him and Australia.
Click here to view the flyer.
Registration is essential for both events by Friday, 26 July.
For more information or to register, click here or email Marketing and Events Officer Anthea Astone.
A New Regulatory Framework for Drinking Water in Western Australia - Consultation Now Open
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.
The Department of Health (DOH) has prepared the consultation paper entitled ‘A new regulatory framework for drinking water in Western Australia’ which provides a summary of the current regulatory framework and presents the options on how the public health risks associated with the supply of drinking water can be managed.

It also proposes a new and more robust regulatory framework made under the Public Health Act 2016.

The discussion paper and survey can be accessed from the DOH’s consultation hub.
Feedback can be provided by written submission or completion of an online survey. Submissions are due by Friday, 30 August.
National Reconciliation Week Celebrated at WALGA
WALGA celebrated National Reconciliation Week between Monday, 27 May and Monday, 3 June with a number of activities including a morning tea and sponsorship of three banners as part of the 2019 Reconciliation Week Street Banner Project.
WALGA staff including the Community Team attended a morning tea where Joy Kickett conducted a moving Welcome to Country and Shahna Rind, City of Perth Community Development Officer (Aboriginal Projects) spoke about her experience of working in Local Government and her family story. 

Local Aboriginal artist Michelle Kickett (Wilura) reflected on what reconciliation means to her and discussed a recent artwork.

WALGA also ran a raffle with all funds raised being donated to ‘Feed the Little Children’, a Broome based charity providing meals to disadvantaged Aboriginal children.
WALGA demonstrated its commitment to reconciliation by sponsoring three banners through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries 2019 Reconciliation Week Street Banner Project.

The City of Rockingham, Shire of Gnowangerup and Town of Port Hedland were selected based on Expressions of Interest submitted in March.
WALGA Community Team also attended the 2019 National Reconciliation Week Breakfast at Crown Perth on Friday, 31 May hosted by Reconciliation WA. There were more than 1350 people in attendance where the Honourable Ken Wyatt, Minister for Indigenous Australians, provided a moving and memorable call to action, in his first public appearance since his appointment in the 2019 Federal Election.
Waakal Moort Kaadadjiny | ’Rainbow Serpent Family Learning’
An Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing Festival is planned for Armadale on Thursday, 24 October. This is a community-driven initiative in response to the loss of a number of young people to suicide.
It will bring service providers together with Aboriginal community to connect and;
  • Raise awareness about local services;
  • Inform and engage service providers together; and
  • Unite the community for an important cause!
Those who attend will get to experience a journey involving food, entertainment, yarning sessions and a traditional smoking ceremony.
This festival will provide an excellent opportunity for all to meet, share and work more closely and collaboratively and will take place on Thursday, 24 October at Champion Centre; Seville Grove Western Australia.
If you would like further information about the festival, please email Wayne Ryder or call (08) 9328 7355.
Shire of Harvey’s Golden Giselles Spring into Shape
The second season of the Shire of Harvey’s Golden Giselles is underway, giving people over the age of 55 the opportunity to learn ballet.
For the love of ballet – joining hands to increase social participation and the overall health and wellbeing of seniors in the Shire.
More than 60 ladies participate in the program which is run by the Shire’s Community Development Officer Stella Johnson who loves passing on her skills in a fun and social way.

Ms Johnson acquired an active ageing grant through the Department of Local Government Sport and Cultural Industries which assisted in launching the initial program.

She said through learning ballet the participants' coordination, posture and balance had improved, while enjoying social interaction and camaraderie with like-minded people.
For more information please email Stella or to join the Golden Giselle's call the Shire of Harvey on (08) 9729 0300.
Expressions of Interest sought for Local Government Community Safety Network Steering Committee
The LGCSN works to support and assist Local Governments, WA Police and stakeholders to effectively support and work together to address community safety and crime prevention issues in the community.
The LGCSN holds two half day events each year, and a Conference. This year the Conference will be held on Tuesday, 3 September.
Expressions of Interest are sought from Local Government staff working in crime prevention, community safety, community development and rangers with an interest in joining the Steering Committee to plan and deliver the conference and other events. The Steering Committee comprises representatives from Local Government, WALGA, WA Police Force and Injury Matters.
To lodge an Expression of Interest, view the LGCSN Terms of Reference or for more information, email Susie Moir, Policy Officer Community or telephone on (08) 9213 2058.
Connection Week Assists Vulnerable People Living on Midland’s Streets
The City of Swan recently partnered with Indigo Junction for Midland’s first Connection Week.
Connection Week Midland aims to identify and address the needs of people experiencing homelessness in Midland and surrounding suburbs.

Trained volunteers, including City of Swan staff, went out on Wednesday, 22 May talking to people about the support they need.
Following these conversations, Indigo Junction is preparing a community briefing to share their key findings to help connect people to services, inform future service delivery and attract much needed resources for homelessness services.

The City offers a range of volunteering opportunities for people that want to make a difference in their community.
For more information about volunteer opportunities and how to get involved, click here.
Western Australian Men's Health and Wellbeing Policy
The vision of the WA Men's Health and Wellbeing Policy is to optimise the health and wellbeing of all men and boys in WA.
The policy is the result of an intensive phase of research, discussion and consultation with many stakeholders.

Community members had the opportunity to provide feedback on the draft Policy, released in June 2018, via an on-line survey or at one of the community consultation forums, which included four in the metropolitan region and 15 in regional areas.

More than 400 people provided their insights on the draft WA Men’s Health and Wellbeing Policy between June and August 2018.
To read more click here.
City of Perth Winter Fest 2019
The City of Perth's annual festival will see an impressive program of free events and experiences from large-scale art installations and school holiday activities to make-believe snowfall in the malls and live ice carving.
There will also be food and beverage offers from local businesses and $10 parking at select CPP car parks.

Borealis photo courtesy of Sebastien Puiatti
This year will see Forrest Place transformed as Swiss artist Dan Acher brings the Northern Lights to Perth with Borealis – a unique light installation that beams high power lasers through particle clouds to recreate the mesmerising natural phenomenon.
Skating at Festival Elizabeth Quay
For families looking to entertain the kids these holidays, there will be a plethora of activities to choose from, including Water Wildlife Up Close which gives little scientists the opportunity to meet and learn about sea creatures.
For more information, please call (08) 9461 3333 or visit the City of Perth website.
Supporting Communities Forum – Latest Communique
The Supporting Communities Forum (the Forum) supports the implementation of the State Government’s Supporting Communities Policy, which is overseen by the Community Safety and Family Support Cabinet Sub Committee.
The Forum is committed to work with the community services sector, to improve the way services are delivered to individuals, families and communities most in need, and to explore effective ways of engaging with the sector, to enable positive change to complex issues impacting on the lives of Western Australians.

The Forum and its Working Groups aim to identify opportunities for better designed services, and help guide future Government priorities. WALGA is currently represented on the Forum’s State Homelessness Strategy Working Group.

The Supporting Communities Forum will meet four times in 2019. Please see the Forum Communique from their 19 March 2019 meeting.
For further information on the work of the Forum please email the Secretariat directly, or for more information on the work of the State Homelessness Strategy Working Group please email Jo Burges Executive Manager, People & Place.
Colourful Designs bring Byford Bus Shelters to Life
Two Western Australian artists have had their engaging designs installed on two new bus shelters which have recently been installed in the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale.
In February, the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale put a call out for artists to submit their designs for the two bus shelters that best reflected the Byford community, lifestyle and location.

Artist Andrew Frazer had his design chosen for the bus shelter located on Plaistowe Boulevard, next to Bill Hicks Reserve in Byford, while the second shelter, located near Byford West Primary School on Kardan Boulevard, features a design by artist Peta Roebuck.

Right Kardan Bvd, left Plaistowe Bvd bustops in Byford
Experienced in public murals, Mr Frazer is the founder and creative director of Bunbury-based initiative Six Two Three Zero that uses street art to promote social change. His design is inspired by Byford’s parks and nature reserves and acknowledges the area’s equestrian culture.

With the Kardan Boulevard bus shelter, the Shire wanted to see themes of school and community represented as the bus stop would predominately be used by school children. The flora and fauna found on the Munda Biddi Trail inspired Ms Roebuck’s design, which also includes children playing.
The designs were installed on the bus shelters in May. Click here to read more.
City of Perth’s Draft City Planning Strategy
The City of Perth’s City Planning Strategy aims to be a clearly communicated planning framework that aligns with Government and community expectations to guide capital city growth for the next 10 to 15 years.

Collaboration with the community, State Government, key industry stakeholders and Local Governments is an important part of delivering the City Planning Strategy.
From Monday, 10 June to Friday, 19 July, the City of Perth will be engaging with its community and stakeholders to obtain feedback regarding the draft City Planning Strategy. This will include information booths set up across neighbourhood centres between Tuesday, 11 and Tuesday, 25 June.
For more information or to have your say, visit the City’s Engage Perth website.
City of Greater Geraldton FOGO Trial
Kerbside collection of Food Organic and Garden Organic (FOGO) waste is one step closer to being implemented in the City of Greater Geraldton with Council recently agreeing to list a trial program for consideration in the 2019/20 Budget deliberations.
The FOGO waste collection trial will be the first step the City of Greater Geraldton could take towards meeting Western Australia State Strategy waste recovery target set to increase Municipal Solid Waste material recovery by 50% in major regional centres by 2020.

The small-scale FOGO trial would involve providing 500 randomly selected houses across the City's suburbs with a second bin for FOGO waste over a 12-month period.

The trial will also provide the City with an opportunity to gather realistic data regarding waste portions in our bins, residential participation uptake, local FOGO processing and to identify a local market for the end product.
For more information clicker here.
Funding Opportunities
Give it Forward Easy Grants up to $10,000
Applications close Friday, 28 June

Youth Engagement Grants Program
Closes Sunday, 30 June

Grants for Women
Closes Sunday, 30 June

One Voice Seed Funding Grants
Closes Sunday, 30 June
Upcoming Events
WA Public Libraries Strategy Forum
Friday, 21 June - Free Event

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

Canning Art Award Entries Now Open
Entries close Sunday, 7 July

Remix Academy Perth - Culture Technology Entrepreneurship
Thursday, 29 August

Town Team Conference
Friday, 13 September & Saturday, 14 September
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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