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Community and Place News
september 2019
Issue 9


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:

A Climate for Change
The State Government has released an Issues Paper Climate Change in Western Australia, and is seeking public comment to help inform the development of WA’s new State Climate Change Policy.
The paper outlines key issues facing Western Australia across 11 areas in transitioning to the ‘net zero emissions in WA by 2050’ target recently announced by the State Government.

The Issues Paper is available on the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) website, and is open for public comment until Friday, 29 November. Responses to the Issues Paper will help inform the State Climate Change Policy due for release in 2020.

DWER will be running an information/consultation session for Local Government on Wednesday, 23 October at WALGA. Registrations will be open soon.

WALGA will be consulting with the sector and seeking Local Government input to its submission, drawing on the WALGA Climate Change Policy Statement. Local Governments are also encouraged to make submissions directly.

If you have any questions, please contact the WALGA Environment Team on 9213 2049.
Local Government and Mental Health Forum – Registrations Open
WALGA will hold a Local Government and Mental Health Forum on Monday, 11 November focusing on mental health in local communities.
The forum aims to provide guidance and information on programs and policies that will help Local Governments to address mental health in local communities. Topics covered include the link between mental health and public health planning, family and domestic violence, a personal lived experience perspective, as well as case studies of the actions Local Governments are implementing.

Date:                Monday, 11 November
Time:                9:00am to 4:00pm (registration from 8:30am)
Venue:             Lakes Suite, The Boulevard Centre, 99 The Boulevard, Floreat
Cost:                $99 (incl. GST) per person
Registration:   Click here to register by Monday, 4 November.
For more information, email Senior Policy Advisor, Community, Marissa MacDonald or call 9213 2074.
Local Government's Role in Addressing Family and Domestic Violence – Survey
There has been an increase in attention to family and domestic violence and recognition of the critical role Local Governments play in the culture and attitudes of the community through the services and initiatives run at a local level.
WALGA has been requested to represent the Local Government sector on a variety of family and domestic violence topics. This has included Local, State and Commonwealth Government legislative reviews and the development of resources.

To continue to assist with WALGA’s advocacy in this area, Local Governments are encouraged to complete a survey on the role of Local Government in addressing family and domestic violence.

Local Governments are encouraged to respond to the survey by Friday, 4 October.
For more information, email Senior Policy Advisor, Community, Marissa MacDonald or call 9213 2074.
WALGA Public Health Advocacy
Local Government have requested for WALGA to continue to advocate for funding, support and resources from the State Government to assist with their transition to the new obligations under the Public Health Act 2016 and support for improved health outcomes for their communities. 
WALGA's advocacy approach for Public Health can be viewed on the WALGA website here. The Association is guided by a WALGA Health and Wellbeing Advisory Group that is Chaired and Coordinated by the Policy Officer Community, Bec Waddington.

Recently the Department of Health released the first State Public Health Plan for Western Australia 2019 - 2024 which aims to guide State and Local Governments and key partners, to work together and contribute towards influencing the health and wellbeing of all Western Australians.

The plan has been developed by the Chief Health Officer of the WA Department of Health in collaboration with the Mental Health Commission and numerous WA public health experts. It 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 WA. 

Most importantly, 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 - Empowering and enabling people to live healthy lives
Objective 2 - Providing health protection for the community
Objective 3 - Improving Aboriginal health and wellbeing

A simple and effective overview of the Plan can be viewed in the following resources: .
For more information email Policy Manager, Community Kirstie Davis or call 9213 2044. 
Healthy Food and the Built Environment Free Workshop
Healthy Active By Design is holding a free workshop Tuesday, 17 September at the City of Busselton, Civic Building Undalup Room.
Gain the resources and skills to communicate withing multidisciplinary teams, to ensure relevance of healthy food in the planning of built environments.

Date:    Tuesday, 17 September
Time:    10:30am to 2:30pm
Venue:  City of Busselton Civic Building, 2 Southern Drive Busselton
Cost:     Free Event

For more information, email Jo Appleby or call 9382 5953.
Click here to register by Friday, 13 September.
Outdoor Classroom Day Australia
Outdoor Classroom Day is a day to celebrate and inspire outdoor learning and play.
On Thursday, 7 November, schools around Australia will take lessons outside and prioritise playtime.

Nature Play WA are leading the campaign in WA, and are asking for help to reach as many parents, schools and early learning centre's as possible, encouraging them to register. 

Last year 36% of WA primary schools took part, in nearly every Local Government area around the State.

Outdoor learning improves children’s health, engages them with learning and leads to a greater connection with nature. Play not only teaches critical life skills such as resilience, teamwork and creativity, but is central to children’s enjoyment of childhood.

Find lesson plans and resources for educators here.
For more details and promotional material, please email Katherine Healy, or call 9389 4050.
National Principles for Child Safe Organisations Online Training
The Australian Human Rights Commission has released a series of free online training courses to help groups understand the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations.
The principles were developed by the Commission and other entities and are aimed at people working or volunteering in all organisations of various sizes that engage with children and young people.

The modules support the training required to implement the ten National Child Safe Principles endorsed by COAG in February, which are based on the child safe standards recommended by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

They include an introductory module that gives an overview of the development and content of the National Principles, and separate modules on each of the ten National Principles.
There are 11 e-learning modules, and each is designed to be used on a desktop computer, laptop or tablet. Each module takes around 20 minutes to complete.
Living Well and Staying Connected - Dementia Forum
This dementia awareness-raising forum aims to increase awareness and understanding of what it means to be living with a dementia diagnosis today and how a person diagnosed can be supported to maintain their quality of life within the local community.
The number of people diagnosed with dementia is on the increase and people’s experience of living with dementia is changing.

Date:       Wednesday, 2 October
Time:       5:30pm to 7:30pm
Venue:     Curtin Campus, Elizabeth Jolly Theatre,
                Building 210 Kent Street, Bentley

For more information please email Fabienne Vonarburg.
Click here to register.
Western Australia ‘I need an Interpreter Card’
The WA Interpreter Card is free and available to anyone who finds it difficult to communicate in English. These cards are used to inform government agencies that you need an interpreter and in what language.
The WA Interpreter Card is free and available to anyone who finds it difficult to communicate in English. These cards are used to inform government agencies that you need an interpreter and in what language.

Western Australians who may require assistance to communicate effectively include people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, Aboriginal people and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

The Western Australian Language Services Policy 2014 seeks to ensure that in a linguistically diverse community, limited competence in the English language is not a barrier to accessing services. 

A Local Government agency can request WA Interpreter cards from the Office of Multicultural Interests. Please include the number of cards and a postal address on your request.
More information on how to use the ‘I need an Interpreter Card’ is available in 25 languages on the OMI website.
Funding Opportunities
1000 Play Streets Grants Now Open
Ends Friday, 27 September

2020 Funding for Harmony Week Activities

2019/20 Targeted Participation Program (TPP)

City of Fremantle Community Grants

Community Gardens Funding

Shortcut to Grants Directory
Upcoming Events
Town Team Conference
Friday & Saturday, 13 & 14 September

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

Curtin University Public Lecture with Professor Kate Hunt
Wednesday, 25 September 5:30pm

Mental Health Week Mega Fitness Class
Friday, 11 October 7:00pm

Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing Festival
Thursday, 24 October

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

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

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