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Community and Place News
august 2019
Issue 8


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 well-being, 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:

WA Access and Inclusion Forum
WALGA is hosting an event on creating accessible and inclusive communities.
The program will feature presentations about what access and inclusion looks like from:
  •     Local Government perspective,
  •     State Government perspective,
  •     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 via 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, follow this link
For more information, email Policy Officer, Community, Bec Waddington or call 9213 2055.
Local Government Community Safety Network 2019 Conference
This annual Local Government Community Safety Network Conference will be held on Wednesday, 4 September at Burswood on Swan and will explore current issues in community safety and crime prevention in Local Government.
Expert speakers include representatives from the WA Police, Crimestoppers, Peel Mental Health, Shelter WA, Crimestoppers, the Alcohol and Drug Foundation, NBN Co and the Cities of Melville, Joondalup, Wanneroo and Perth.

Conference topics will include current and new WA Police initiatives, the role of Local Government in addressing homelessness, suicide prevention, community safety services, and online safety and scams.

Registrations open on Tuesday, 13 August.

Date:       Wednesday, 4 September
Time:      9:00am to 3:45pm (registration from 8:30am)
Venue:    Burswood on Swan
Cost:      $99 (Incl GST) per person, fully catered

The program can be viewed here.
For more information, email Policy Officer, Community, Susie Moir or call 9213 2058.
Local Government Mental Health Forum - Expressions of Interest

WALGA is planning to host a Local Government Mental Health Forum on Monday, 11 November.

The event aims to provide guidance to assist Local Governments to consider developing programs and policies to address mental health in their local communities. In particular, the link between domestic violence, alcohol and drugs, and mental health will be explored. Case studies demonstrating what particular Local Governments are already implementing will also be included.
This event is for Local Government staff as well as Elected Members.

Please indicate your interest in attending the event, or presenting about an initiative or program of your Local Government, by emailing the Community Team. If you would like to hear about a particular mental health topic, please let us know by email.

Please note the final program for the event and invitations for formal registration will be available in September.
For more information, email Senior Policy Advisor, Community, Marissa MacDonald or call 9213 2074.
Climate Health WA Inquiry
In March 2019 the State Government announced an inquiry into the implications of climate change on health, particularly the increased risks of individuals to injury, physical and mental illness, and death as well as the increased burden on health services.
This inquiry aligns with WALGA’s Policy Statement on Climate Change which acknowledges that Local Governments are committed to addressing climate change. This inquiry was a key recommendation from the Climate and Sustainability Forum held in July 2018 and one of the recommendations from the Sustainable Health Review final report released in April.

The Department of Health is requesting public submissions until Friday, 30 August, with formal hearings to commence from September to November. 

Local Governments are encouraged to attend the public forums hosted by the Department of Health during August, in three metropolitan and six regional locations, to discuss how climate change is affecting local communities, and how health services can prepare for these impacts. Registration is required to attend these Forums.

The final report for the inquiry will be submitted to the Minister for Health by March 2020.
For more information or to provide feedback email Policy Manager, Community, Kirstie Davis or call 9213 2044.
Community Industry Reference Group Inaugural Meeting
The inaugural meeting of WALGA’s Community Industry Reference Group was held on Friday, 26 July. The membership of this group consists of community development Directors and Managers from 12 Local Governments across Western Australia.
The purpose of this group is to provide overarching strategic direction and guidance to the community services functions in Local Government, to improve the delivery of community programs and services to local communities and to strengthen WALGA’s whole of sector advocacy efforts. At this first meeting, the group endorsed the Terms of Reference and had a robust discussion about the actions moving forward.
After the meeting finished, the group networked with the following officials from State Government:
  • Director General from the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, Mr Duncan Ord
  • Assistant Director General, Commissioning and Sector Engagement from the Department of Communities, Brad Jolly
  • Executive Director Culture and the Arts, Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, Colin Walker, and 
  • Executive Director, Office of Multicultural Interests, Kim Ellwood.
For more information email Policy Manager, Community, Kirstie Davis or call 9213 2044.
State Public Health Plan – Final Released
The Chief Health Officer of the Department of Health has released the State Public Health Plan for Western Australia 2019-2024.
The Plan provides high level strategic directions focusing on prevention, health promotion and health protection strategies that aim to prevent disease, illness, injury, disability and premature death in Western Australia.

The Plan establishes a vision for Western Australians, where we aspire for the people of WA to experience the best possible health, wellbeing and quality of life. This vision is supported by three objectives:
  • Objective 1 - empower and enable people to live healthy lives,
  • Objective 2 - provide health protection for the community, and
  • Objective 3 - improve Aboriginal health and well-being.
This is the first State Public Health Plan produced for WA to support the future requirements of Part 5 of the Public Health Act 2016, requiring each Local Government district to publish a Local Public Health Plan that is consistent with the State Public Health Plan.

This Plan is intended to support Local Governments commencing or continuing the Public Health planning process. Local Governments can consider the Plan’s priorities and adapt them as necessary to reflect the particular Public Health risks prevailing in its local district.
For more information on the plan, click here.
Artworks Recognise Contributions of Aboriginal Men and Women in War and Defending Country
The Australian War Museum invited the City of Cockburn to feature the new Aboriginal Memorial Artwork by Sharyn Egan on its website.
Seven sentinel artworks to create awareness of the contributions made by Aboriginal servicemen and women during times of conflict and war involving Australians, stand proudly at Yandi Park in Cockburn Central West.

The series of seven, two-metre high, cylindrical, aluminium drawings supported by posts resembling Aboriginal spears are easily viewed as a journey while walking along the wetland boardwalk at the new park on Remembrance Drive.

Artist Sharon Egan with City of Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett

The $145,000 artwork was commissioned by the City of Cockburn and funded through its public art program. Hamilton Hill artist, Sharyn Egan created the works to recognise the contributions of Aboriginal people during times of conflict while defending their clans after the arrival of European settlement, to enrolling and fighting for their country alongside fellow Australians in the nation’s defence forces.

The artworks are nestled among plantings alongside the boardwalk and the shields around each of the human images represent the 14 different Nyungar clans, evoking a feeling of guardianship of the land and its people.
For more information click here.
Exploring the Use of Aboriginal Place Names
Local Governments interested in Aboriginal language names for places are encouraged to seek assistance from Landgate and the Geographic Names Committee.
2019 is the United Nations International Year of Indigenous Languages and recently the Minister for Lands and Minister for Local Government wrote to all Local Governments encouraging them to partner with Aboriginal communities to identify opportunities to preserve and reawaken local languages through place naming.
Landgate’s Location Data Maintenance Team (topographic, names and addressing) can offer assistance to Local Governments in identifying and recording Aboriginal place names as well as providing guidance as to the policies that impact place naming.
For more information, email Landgate's Names Team or call 9273 7200.
Town Team Conference - Festival of Inspiration and Ideas
This is a conference with a difference! We'll discover how to create positive change in your organisation and community.
The International keynote speaker will be Gabriella Gomez-Mont. Gabriella founded Laboratorio para la Ciudad, the award-winning experimental arm of the Mexico City Local Government.
Sessions include:
  • Perth as a Capital Culture,
  • Better Community Engagement,
  • Local Government Innovations,
  • Town Teams Lessons Learned,
  • New Ways to Activate Ground Floors,and
  • Story-telling and Place.
Date:     Friday, 13 September
Time:     8:30am to 5:00pm
Venue:  Young Australia League building, 45 Murray Street, Perth
Cost:     $495.00 (Incl GST)
Tickets and Conference Program are available here.
Tourism at Abrolhos a Reality as Islands Named a National Park
Premier of Western Australia, Hon Mark McGowan MLA and the Minister for Environment, Hon Stephen Dawson MLC made the announcement in Geraldton recently.
A total of $10 million will be invested over the next two years to establish visitor operations and infrastructure. It will include the creation of a jetty, installation of signage and paths, and the expansion and upgrades to the airstrip. In addition to the $10 million, a further $3.8 million will be spread over the four-year budget period for the ongoing management of the Islands.

The announcement coincided with the Houtman 400 Festival, which celebrated the 400 year anniversary of Dutch explorer Frederik de Houtman’s discovery of the Islands.

The Abrolhos Islands is the first National Park to be created under the State Government’s Plan for Our Parks initiative.

WA Premier Hon Mark McGowan MLA, Mayor Shane Van Styn, Member for the Agricultural Region Laurie Graham MLC, Minister for Environment Hon Stephen Dawson MLC and Member for the Agricultural Region Darren West MLC
Click here for more information.
Be Connected at Shire of Harvey Libraries
Within the first month of the Be Connected technology program being launched at Harvey Shire Libraries, more than 60 people had already signed up and taken part in one-on-one technology classes.
The sessions are held during library opening hours and use either library equipment or personal devices brought by participants. The libraries have plenty of iPads for use by people who do not own their own device.

Library staff have assisted participants with topics on the Be Connected website, and offered other topics on request. They have learnt about editing photos, creating email accounts, using online shopping, staying cyber-safe, keeping in touch with family and friends, and lots more.

Branch Librarian Laine Brown with one of the participants at a Be Connected session at Australind Library
Be Connected is an Australia-wide initiative aimed at helping Australians confidently participate in the digital world. Click here for more information.
City of Fremantle Recognised at National Local Government Awards
The City of Fremantle was recognised at the 2019 National Local Government Awards for promoting Indigenous Recognition.
Recognition was for the One Day event which showcases the richness and significance of Aboriginal culture and heritage within Fremantle on a day in January in which everyone can celebrate what it means to be Australian. This high profile award is recognition for a peaceful, positive event, celebrating our country, based around reconciliation and the truth about Australia’s history.  
Announcement of the award coincided with the endorsement of The Walyalup Reconciliation Action Plan 2019-22 (WRAP) by Reconciliation Australia, which made mention that while this is the City of Fremantle’s first RAP, it is certainly not the beginning of its reconciliation journey.
Images from City of Fremantle's One Day Event, and City of Fremantle’s Aboriginal Engagement Officer, Brendan Moore assists Facilitator, Corina Abraham in making damper.
2019 ANZSLA Conference Perth
The annual Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Association Conference will be held in Perth in October/November at Crown Resort and Optus Stadium.
There is a fantastic social and sporting events program organised, where you can network and develop new and build upon existing relationships within sport and recreation. Full Conference Delegates will have the opportunity to tour Optus Stadium and participate in a fun run and walk with Lord Sebastian Coe.

Dates:      Wednesday, 30 October to Friday, 1 November
Venues:   Crown Resort and Optus Stadium

The conference keynote address will be delivered by Lord Sebastian Coe, centering on breaking boundaries during his time at the IAAF. The program is filled with well-regarded speakers from across Australia and New Zealand exploring current issues in sports law.

Presentations and panel sessions will cover topics, such as; athlete well-being, live streaming and the sale of rights, crisis management, e-sports integrity, anti-doping, data privacy and ethical decision making in team environments among many more.
For further information and to register visit the ANZSLA website.
Australian Museums and Galleries Association Western Australia 25th Anniversary Celebration
The Australian Museums and Galleries Association (previously Museums Australia) is celebrating 25 years as the representative body for museums and galleries across Australia.
Local Government museums, art galleries, and local history archives play a huge role in the collections sector and our organisation has worked closely with many people working in Local Government departments over the last 25 years. We invite current, past and future AMaGA members to join us for drinks, food and chats about the history of the organisation.

Time:      5:00pm to 7:00pm
Date:      Friday, 23 August
Where:   Museum of Perth, The Esplanade
Tickets:  $40 for AMaGA Members, $50 for non-members
Please click here for more information.
Funding Opportunities

Round Two RED Grants

Shortcut to Grants Directory

Youth Week WA 2020 Grants now open. Email Letty Durkin or phone on (08) 6551 8412
Upcoming Events
Fifth Annual Migration and Mobilities Update Conference
Wednesday, 28 August

Remix Academy Perth - Culture Technology Entrepreneurship
Thursday, 29 August

Town Team Conference
Friday & Saturday, 13 &  14 September

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

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

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

14th Australasian Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Conference
Monday & Tuesday, 25 & 26 November

Leisure Facility Managers Course - PLAWA

Aboriginal Insights Workshops

Western Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Conference
Tuesday - Friday, 15 - 18 October

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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