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Community and Place News
july 2019
Issue 7


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:

Climate Health WA Inquiry
In March, the State Government announced the Climate Health WA Inquiry to investigate the implications of climate change.
The aim of the Inquiry is to review the current planning and response capacity of the health system in relation to the health impacts of climate change, and make recommendations for improvement. The Inquiry has been established under part 15 of the Public Health Act 2016.

This Inquiry was a key recommendation of the Climate and Sustainability Forum held in July 2018. The forum acknowledged that climate change has serious implications for the population of WA and the WA health system. The impact from changing climate conditions including more frequent and intense extreme weather events, can lead to increased injury, physical and mental illness as well as increasing the risk of death for vulnerable individuals. This inquiry also aligns with a recommendation on climate change in the Sustainable Health Review final report released in April, as well as WALGA’s Policy Statement on Climate Change.

The Department of Health will be accepting public submissions closing Friday, 30 August. WALGA will be developing a representative submission on behalf of the Local Government sector. Local Governments are encouraged to provide feedback to WALGA by Friday, 9 August. Local Governments are encouraged to consider the following in their submissions:
  • highlight particular challenges, strengths, opportunities or initiatives relevant to WA, that may not be evident from the national or international literature
  • outline not only what the issues are but how problems can be addressed, and
  • describe what you or your organisation would be willing to do or contribute following the Inquiry.
Following the closing of public submissions, the Department of Health will hold formal hearings from September to November. The final report for this inquiry will be submitted to the Minister for Health for consideration, and for tabling before each House of Parliament in March 2020.
To provide feedback or for more information email Policy Manager, Community, Kirstie Davis or call on (08) 9213 2044.
WA Strategy to Respond to the Abuse of Older People – Open for Comment
The State Government has released the draft 10 year Strategy to Respond to the Abuse of Older People (Elder Abuse) for public comment.
The strategy aims to ensure that all older Western Australians live free from elder abuse, and are safe, respected and valued.
WALGA is developing a sector-wide submission on this issue. Local Governments are encouraged to provide feedback to WALGA by Friday, 12 July.

Individual submissions from Local Governments are also encouraged to submit them directly to the Department of Communities by Wednesday, 24 July.
To provide comments or for more information email Senior Policy Advisor, Community, Marissa MacDonald or call (08) 9213 2074.
WA Access and Inclusion Forum
WALGA is hosting Creating Accessible and Inclusive Communities: How We Can Work Better Together.
WALGA invites representatives from Local Government, State Government and Not for Profits who work in the disability access and inclusion sector to attend this event. The program will feature presentations about what access and inclusion looks like from:
  • a Local Government perspective
  • a State Government perspective
  • a Not for Profit perspective, and
  • a case study on cross sector collaboration.
The program will include a workshop on ways to connect and collaborate for better community outcomes in access and inclusion. This event is also available by Webinar.

Date:      Thursday, 29 August
Time:      9:30am to 2:30pm
Venue:   ONE70, LV1, 170 Railway Parade, West Leederville, WA 6007
Cost:      FREE

To register please follow this link.
For queries relating to the program, or if you have an interest in presenting please email Policy Officer, Community Bec Waddington or call (08) 9213 2055.
Local Government Forum: Building Positive Partnerships with Aboriginal Communities
This forum will provide information to assist Local Governments to develop strong, ongoing relationships with local Aboriginal communities that recognise our shared cultural heritage, build community capacity and celebrate successes.
Topics include how to focus on meaningful engagement processes, Reconciliation Action Planning in Local Government, employment pathways, cultural interpretation and traditional land management techniques.

There will also be an update on the South-West Native Title Settlement and identification of land for the Noongar Land Estate.

Collaborative projects between Local Government and Aboriginal community stakeholders from across the State will be showcased at the forum.

Date:     Tuesday, 6 August
Time:     9:00am to 3:30pm (Registration from 8:30am)
Venue:   Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre
Cost:      $99.00 (Incl GST) Local Government and Community Groups
              $154.00 (Incl GST) State Government and Corporate
              $55.00 (Incl GST) Webinar
Register by Tuesday, 30 July. Click here to register.
For more information email Marketing and Events Officer, Anthea Astone or call (08) 9213 2010.
Emergency Management Workshop: Before – During – After
WALGA invites you to participate in an event that will shape the Association’s advocacy in Emergency Management in 2019 and beyond.
This is a free event, and is aimed at Local Government Elected Members and Officers.

Date:     Tuesday, 6 August
Time:     9:00am to 12:00pm (registration from 8:30am, morning tea provided)
Venue:   Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, Mounts Bay Road, Perth
RSVP:   Tuesday, 30 July

The Emergency Management: Before – During – After Engagement Workshop will capture information on Local Governments’ current awareness and activities in the Emergency Management, and define how WALGA can assist Local Government through member representation, advocacy and capacity building.

The half-day session will run prior to the WALGA Local Government Convention, providing the potential for regional delegates travelling to Perth for the Convention to attend.

Register for the workshop here.
For more information please contact WALGA Senior Policy Advisor, Emergency Management, Evie Devitt-Rix on (08) 9213 2082 or email Emergency Management.
PHAIWA Local Government Policy Award Breakfast
Do you work with Local Governments and want to celebrate their work in Children's Environment & Health?
Date:     Thursday, 8 August
Time:     7:00am to 8:50am
Venue:   Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre, Mounts Bay Road, Perth
Cost:      $40.00 (Incl GST)

PHAIWA awards to be presented during breakfast at the WALGA Convention by the Hon. David Templeman MLA, Minister for Local Government; Heritage; Culture and the Arts with Griffin Longley, CEO of Nature Play WA and Elizabeth Chester, Director of Communication & Development, Telethon Kids as the event MC.
Click here to find out more and to join us to celebrate.
Geraldton Opens a New Animal Pound
The City of Greater Geraldton has opened its new Animal Management Facility that can temporarily house up to 50 dogs and 20 cats, has an animal livestock yard and quarantine area.
Before the fully RSPCA compliant facility was built animals had to be kept at three separate, overcrowded facilities with Rangers often taking animals to their homes due to lack of space.

On average, 30 animals a week are impounded, of which more than 80% of the dogs and 99% of the cats collected are unregistered and may have no owner.
Mayor Van Styn (centre) is joined by members of the Geraldton Dog Rescue and City Rangers to officially open the new Geraldton Animal Management Facility.
With almost 7000 dogs and more than 1100 cats currently registered in the City region, numbers that increase annually, it is critical to have a facility that can meet the growing demand for animal management and continue working with animal rescue organisations to ensure healthy, non-aggressive animals can find new owners.
More information on the new Animal Management Facility click here.
Shire of Harvey Library Staff Encouraging it's Eldest Citizens to Recall Lives Well Lived
Along with new premises at Hocart Lodge in Harvey has come an incease in activities provided for its residents, with one such activity being a monthly BookChat group with Harvey Library staff.
Participants enjoy conversation and debate on any topic that has been raised through their recent reading or thinking. Lively discussion encourages residents to;
  • ponder on places they have travelled
  • decide which things are special to WA
  • tell about the history of Harvey, and
  • think about brave things they have done. 
This uncovered some fascinating stories, including arriving in WA as a three year old with an unknown adult, facing an initial class as a new teacher in a one-teacher Wheatbelt school, and being the only child on an isolated northern station with just a dog and a horse for company.
Residents appreciate these opportunities to tell of their memorable experiences.
Spearwood's Disappearing Colonial and Horticultural History has been Revived in Brilliant Colour
WA artist Irene Osborne has painted two 20m long murals commissioned by the City of Cockburn in its 40th year, for the intersection of Rockingham Road on Spearwood Avenue.
Completed in her Spearwood studio, the 22 artworks celebrate the area’s early settlers who worked for many decades to build the foundations for today’s contemporary community.
 Irene Osborne painting Spearwood mural
After a slow start in the 1870s, Spearwood became a booming market gardening area supplying the Fremantle district. It eclipsed the earlier market gardening areas of Jandakot and South Coogee and was connected by railway in 1905.

After WWI it became a centre for migrants escaping war-torn Europe. During WWII, many residents were exempted from military service so that their gardens could feed the army and the nation.

Residential development began in the 1960s and 20 years later, the 25 pound five-acre blocks first marketed as Spearwood Gardens in 1897, gave way to a housing boom that continues today.

Spearwood mural unveiling
Rockingham Nyoongar Stories Exhibition
The Rockingham Nyoongar Stories Project sought to connect the community with the stories and experiences of local Aboriginal community members.
An exhibition of audio material and photographic portraits developed through the project was installed in the foyer gallery at Rockingham Central Library from Saturday, 25 May to Saturday,1 June.
First photo: Nyoongar Stories participant Elder Theresa Walley, Mayor Barry Samuels
Second photo: Wayne Devine and Nyoongar Stories participant Lindsay Calyun
Third photo: Gillian Peebles, Elder Theresa Walley, Mayor Barry Sammels, Deputy Mayor Deb Hamblin

The exhibition featured an audio compilation of 10 Nyoongar people sharing stories about their lives and their connection to Rockingham. The opening event was held on Tuesday, 28 May to launch the exhibition and recognise the contribution made by each of the participants.

It was a wonderful event that reflected a strong feeling of reconciliation and healing for all who attended.
Please click here for more information.
Shire of Augusta Margaret River Showcase 'Connection of Country' Film
The 2019 National Reconciliation Week’s theme of Grounded in Truth: Walk Together With Courage was celebrated at the Shire of Augusta Margaret River on Saturday, 22 June. 
The Undalup Association with Wadandi/Pibulmun Cultural Custodian, Wayne Webb, presented their film 'Connection of Country'. Members of the community enjoyed children’s activities, cultural displays, bushfood tastings and yonga stew with damper.

This celebration was coordinated by both the Shire’s Community Development and Library Services teams and was attended by 90 adults and children. Events such as these continue to foster a partnership between the Shire and community as well as provide opportunities for education and sharing of stories and local knowledge.
Inaugural Meeting of Metropolitan Area Recreation Advisory Group
The inaugural meeting of the Metropolitan Area Recreation Advisory Group was on held on Thursday, 4 July at the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.
The aim of this group is to provide leadership, coordination, advocacy and strategic direction relevant to the development and operation of metropolitan sport and recreation facilities, programs, services and projects. At the first meeting David Bruce, Coordinator Project Services at City of Bayswater was voted in as the Chair with WALGA providing secretariat support. The group discussed the key sport and recreation topics to be scheduled for 2019/20. The group will meet three times each year in March, July and November.
MARAG inaugural meeting and cake cutting
For further information email WALGA Senior Policy Advisor, Community, Marissa MacDonald or call on (08) 9213 2074.
Comment Now: DWER Draft Compliance and Enforcement Policy
The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation is currently undertaking consultation on the draft Compliance and Enforcement Policy.
The draft Compliance and Enforcement Policy details the Department’s approach to ensuring compliance with the legislation it administers, and responding to breaches of the law to deter and punish offenders and rehabilitate damage caused to the environment.  

The draft Policy covers a number of Department operational areas including native vegetation, contaminated sites, licensing of prescribed premises, water discharges and emissions, WARR Levy compliance and water licensing.

WALGA is developing a sector wide Submission on the draft Policy. To contribute to the Submission, please email by 5:00pm Wednesday, 31 July.

The Association encourages Local Government to provide comments directly to the Department by 5:00pm Friday, 16 August.
For more information email the Environment Team.
Iceland Planet Youth Pilot in Australian Locations & WALGA's Planet Youth Webinar
The Alcohol and Drug Foundation (ADF) has announced a trial of an internationally renowned alcohol and other drug prevention program in Australia.
The Planet Youth trial is a unique opportunity to apply international evidence to strengthen the work of Australia’s Local Drug Action Teams.

The trial will take place over two and a half years in 10 locations in South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and New South Wales. Western Australian Local Governments who are interested are encouraged to contact the Alcohol and Drug Foundation directly.

WALGA hosted a webinar on Planet Youth: Iceland Drug Prevention presented Dr Pall Melsted Rikhardsson from Iceland and Greg Williams, State Manager WA, Alcohol and Drug Foundation. The presentation covered how Iceland has successfully addressed drug use by adolescents.

In the 1990s a group of Icelandic social scientists at the Iceland Center for Social Research and Analysis (ICSRA), along with policy makers and practitioners, began collaborating in an effort to better understand the societal factors influencing substance use among adolescents and potential approach to prevention. ICSRA developed an evidence-based approach to adolescent substance use prevention that involved a broad range of relevant stakeholders who worked together on this community-based, socially embedded and highly participatory effort.

More information regarding the drug prevention model in Iceland can be found here
The webinar was recorded and is available here (file size 283MB).
Funding Opportunities
One Voice $10,000 Grants available
Applications close Friday, 30 August.

Shortcut to Grants Directory
Upcoming Events
2019 WA Infrastucture Sustainability Conference
Wednesday, 24 July

WA Association for Mental Health
Professional Development Series Monday, 22 July through to Friday, 26 July

WA Mental Health Awards 2019
Closes Sunday, 28 July

Workplace Health and Wellbeing Coordinator Training
Wednesday, 7 August

Fifth Annual Migration and Mobilities Update Conference
Wednesday, 28 August

Remix Academy Perth - Culture Technology Entrepreneurship
Thursday, 29 August

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

Grass Roots Falls Festival
Thursday, 19 September & Friday, 20 September

Western Australia Rural and Remote Mental Health Conference 2019
Tuesday, 15 October to Friday, 18 October

Parks and Leisure Australia National Conference
Sunday, 27 October to Wednesday, 30 October

14th Australasian Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Conference
Monday, 25 November & Tuesday, 26 November
Contact the WALGA Community Team
Contact the WALGA Community Team:
Policy Manager, Community, Kirstie Davis (P) (08) 9213 2044
Senior Policy Officer, Community, Marissa MacDonald (P) (08) 9213 2074
Policy Officer, Community, Susie Moir (P) (08) 9213 2058
Policy Officer, Community, Bec Waddington (P) (08) 9213 2055

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