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Community and Place News
October 2019
Issue 10


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:

Multicultural Communities Forum
The forum will explore the role of Local Government in supporting diverse, multicultural communities including the role of place planning in providing for unique communities, regional migration and supporting multicultural communities in the regions, and the role of innovation and flexibility in developing programs and services.
CEO of Welcoming Cities, Aleem Ali will present on the work Welcoming Cities is doing to support Local Governments to advance communities where everyone can belong and participate in social, cultural, economic and civic life.
Expert speakers include representatives from Welcoming Cities, the Goldfields Chamber of Minerals and Energy, the Shire of Katanning and Cities of Wanneroo, Stirling, Canning, and Cockburn.
Manager Community & Culture at the City of Canning, Sarah Janali, will facilitate a panel discussion and workshop exploring opportunities for mainstreaming multiculturalism in Local Government.

Date:     Monday, 21 October
Time:    10:00am to 2:45pm
Venue:  WALGA Boardroom, ONE70, 170 Railway Parade, West Leederville
Cost:     $99 (Incl GST) Local Government & NFP / $154 (Incl GST) Corporate 

RSVP by Wednesday, 16 October.

For regional Local Governments this event is also available via webinar. Register here.
For further information, email Policy Officer, Community, Susie Moir or call 9213 2058.
Local Government and Mental Health Forum
WALGA will hold a Local Government and Mental Health Forum on Monday, 11 November to guide Local Governments to better understand their role and responsibilities in the development and delivery of policies and programs to address mental health in their local communities.
The event will begin with the Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Premier; Health; Mental Health, Hon Alanna Clohesy MLC providing an address on the State Government's priorities for mental health. 

The Mental Health Commission will provide a presentation on how Local Governments can include mental health initiatives as part of the development of local public health plans. 

Case studies from the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River, the City of Rockingham and the Town of Victoria Park will showcase how Local Governments are already implementing initiatives to address mental health in their local communities. 

Other presentations will cover family and domestic violence, alcohol and drugs and Aboriginal mental health. 

The program is available here.

Date:       Monday, 11 November
Time:       9:00am to 3:30pm (Registrations from 8:30am)
Venue:    Lakes Suite, The Boulevard Centre, 99 The Boulevard, Floreat
Cost:       $99.00 (Incl GST)

Click here to register by Monday, 4 November.
For more information, email Senior Policy Advisor, Community, Marissa MacDonald or call 9213 2074.
WALGA Emergency Management Engagement Survey Now Open
WALGA is conducting an Engagement project across the Local Government sector, which will result in the development of a WALGA Emergency Management Strategy.
The Emergency Management Engagement project commenced in August with the Before – During - After workshop for Local Governments. Key themes identified from the workshop were Funding, Policy and Governance, Workforce Planning and Capacity Building. The feedback has been used to shape the Emergency Management Engagement Survey to further consolidate and prioritise responses. 

The survey takes a comprehensive look at all aspects of Local Government’s involvement in Emergency Management, in order to build a picture of current challenges, strengths and priorities across the sector. The survey will take approximately thirty minutes to complete, and Local Governments are encouraged to complete all sections to inform this process.

Following collation of the survey results, WALGA will prepare an Emergency Management Strategy to set the key priorities for the Emergency Management team. The Strategy will be circulated to the Local Government sector for comment prior to WALGA State Council endorsement. 

The survey should be completed by someone with a good understanding of emergency management arrangements, resourcing and budgeting in your Local Government.

The survey will close on Monday, 28 October. Click here to access the survey.
For more information, email the Emergency Management team.
Comments Required on Managing Housing Health Risks in WA Discussion Paper
With the introduction of the Public Health Act 2016, the State Government is reviewing all regulations from the previous Health Act 1911.
The Department of Health (DOH) has released a Discussion Paper on Managing Housing Health Risks in WA for comment. The DOH is involved in housing through the following pieces of legislation:
  • Health (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1911 Part V, Division 1 (Houses unfit for occupation)
  • Health (Laundries and Bathrooms) Regulations 1971, and
  • Sewerage (Lighting, Ventilation and Construction) Regulations 1971.
The DOH must determine how to manage these housing risks to health into the future, and the discussion paper details the options of:
  • option A retaining the status quo
  • option B repealing the regulations without replacement, and
  • option C developing new regulations.
Local Governments are encouraged to provide comments to WALGA by Friday, 29 November to assist with developing a representative submission.
Local Governments can also provide direct feedback to DOH through a survey.
For more information, email Policy Officer, Community, Bec Waddington or call 9213 2055.
Western Australian Women’s Health and Wellbeing Policy
The Western Australian Women’s Health and Wellbeing Policy provides a strategic, coordinated, and gender-responsive approach by the WA health system and its partners to drive equitable, accessible and appropriate services that optimise the health, safety and wellbeing of women and girls in WA.
The Policy demonstrates the WA health system’s commitment towards achieving the shared vision and strategic priorities of the National Women’s Health Strategy 2020-2030 and aligns with the Department of Communities WA Women’s Plan and 10 Year Strategy for Reducing Family and Domestic Violence in WA (currently in development). The Policy complements the Western Australian Men’s Health and Wellbeing Policy.

The Policy's vision is to "drive continuous improvement in the health, safety and wellbeing of women and girls in WA, particularly those at greatest risk of poor health."
For more information click here.
Announcement of the Sustainable Health Review Oversight Committee  
The State Government has endorsed the membership of the Sustainable Health Review (SHR) Independent Oversight Committee which will play a pivotal role, reporting to the Minister for Health, providing advice and assurance on the status of the implementation of the Sustainable Health Review. 
Eight experts have been appointed to the committee which will be independently chaired by international expert Professor Hugo Mascie-Taylor with the first meeting in October.

The SHR final report was released in April 2019 and outlined 30 recommendations under eight enduring strategies, as a platform for future health reform, designed to deliver safe, high-quality and financially sustainable health care across the State.

The SHR Independent Oversight Committee will be supported by the Sustainable Health Implementation Unit, which will also support the Health Service Providers and Department of Health in implementing the SHR recommendations.
For more information click here
Department of Communities Housing Strategy Consultation with Local Governments
The Department of Communities will be guiding a discussion with Local Governments on key issues that are required to be addressed in the next 10-year State Government Housing Strategy.
Local Governments are invited to attend a workshop to raise key housing issues facing their local community. The workshops are still being finalised, however are expected to be held on Monday, 4 November and Tuesday, 5 November. WALGA is currently in discussions with the Department of Communities to finalise the workshop details and Local Governments will be informed.
For more information, email Policy Manager, Community, Kirstie Davis or call 9213 2044. 
Shelter WA Regional Affordable Housing and Homelessness Workshops
In partnership and on behalf of the Department of Communities, Shelter WA will be holding regional workshops to discuss issues and solutions that should be captured in the next State 10 year Housing Strategy, as well as collecting feedback on Shelter WA's pre-budget submission, which will help drive advocacy and guide policy reforms.
Local Governments are invited to attend the regional workshops to provide feedback. See below for details:
  • Karratha              Monday, 14 October, 10:00am           Register here
  • Port Hedland       Tuesday, 15 October, 11:00am          Register here
  • Bunbury              Wednesday, 16 October, 2:00pm       Register here
  • Albany                 Friday, 18 October, 11:30am              Register here
  • Broome               Wednesday, 23 October, 9:00am       Register here
  • Kununarra           Thursday, 24 October, 9:00am           Register here
  • Northam              Monday, 28 October, 10:00am           Register here
For more information email Shelter WA's Consultant – Policy and Advocacy, Lisa Kazalac
WA Heritage Awards
Local Governments are urged to nominate their heritage heroes for the Heritage Council's prestigious WA Heritage Awards.
Since the first Awards in 1992, the Heritage Awards have been an opportunity to showcase the excellent work being done in revitalising State Registered Heritage Places, setting standards in interpretation, heritage tourism, conservation and adaptive reuse.

The State Government Awards recognise the outstanding contribution of private owners, volunteers, professionals, organisations, local governments and State Government agencies who work hard to promote and conserve WA's cultural heritage.

Nominations close Friday, 13 December.
For more information click here.
City of Perth Wraps Trees Blue for Mental Health Week
Ahead of Mental Health Week from 6 to 12 October, the City of Perth worked with the Blue Tree Project to raise awareness of mental health.
The Blue Tree Project - which began in Mukinbudin in Western Australia’s Wheatbelt - encourages people to talk about mental health and speak up if they are suffering from depression or anxiety.

Giving the project its own twist, the City of Perth covered 34 trees on St Georges Terrace with blue muslin wrap from 6 to 12 October.
In doing so, the City aimed to raise awareness of suicide prevention, encouraging people to talk about support of mental health in the city and beyond.
For more information on the Blue Tree Project, click here.
Young People Speak Out in the City of Swan
Twenty five young people had their voices heard at the City of Swan's Youth Out Loud public speaking competition series.
Contestants in junior, intermediate and master categories were asked to deliver a speech that explored the theme of impact.

The overall winner was Prachi Dave from Ellenbrook Secondary College who talked about gender equality, stereotypes and under representation of females in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). 

She called on the City to hold more events and workshops with an emphasis on STEM, with different experience levels (beginner to expert). Sandra Gregorini presented the Charlie Gregorini Memorial Shield to Prachi.

The Young Australia League Encouragement Award was presented by Tammy-Rae Schaper to Robin Njobo, for his engaging speech on the importance of reading books.

For more information click here
Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale recognises RedInk Homes as ‘Builder of the Quarter’
RedInk Homes has been recognised by the Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale as ‘Builder of the Quarter’ for their efforts in minimising the impact of building dust and waste on the local environment.
In 2017, the Shire created its Dust and Building Waste Local Law to ensure builders were disposing of building site waste and materials correctly. In the 2018/19 financial year, the Shire issued 955 building permits, all of whom are required to comply with the local law.

Shire President Michelle Rich said the Builder of the Quarter initiative was about recognising companies for demonstrating excellence in relation to management and disposal of building site waste.

“With the significant growth and development in the Shire, we started to see an increase in issues relating to the impact of building site waste and dust in the community,” Cr Rich said.

“Through the development and implementation of the local law, Shire rangers have been working with building companies to inform them of their responsibilities, while at the same time ensuring our streets and environment remain free from unwanted rubbish.”

Cr Rich recently presented RedInk Homes Construction Manager, Chris Hardwick with the ‘Builder of the Quarter’ certificate.

“On behalf of the Shire, congratulations to RedInk Homes for their work in managing their building site waste materials during the period of April – June 2019,” Cr Rich said.

Ranger Jason Carrall, Shire President Cr Michelle Rich and Ranger Chris Hulme present RedInk Homes Construction Manager, Chris Hardwick (second from left) with the ‘Builder of the Quarter' award.

For more information click here.
New Mountain Bike Network at Lake Leschenaultia
Hundreds of visitors to Lake Leschenaultia have enjoyed riding Perth’s newest mountain bike trail network since it opened in September.
Featuring 12kms of trails – and created by volunteers from the Western Trails Alliance with support from the Shire of Mundaring – the MTB network is the first of its kind to be built in Perth in the past five years.

With trails named 'Yeehaa', 'Shakes n' Ladders' and 'Woohoo', the network includes nine trails spanning 540m to 1.9km.

Shire Manager Recreation and Leisure, Kirk Kitchin, said the Perth Hills Trails Master Plan identified a need for mountain bike trails that cater for starters to mid-range riders in the region, and Lake Leschenaultia was considered the perfect site.

“We are looking forward to seeing lots of new mountain bikers having their first trail experience at Lake Leschenaultia,” he added.

For more information click here.
Inaugural Subiaco Lounge Series a Success
The inaugural Subiaco Lounge Series took place Thursday, 3 October to Saturday, 5 October to increase visitation and vibrancy to the town centre.
It brought three nights of live jazz to Subiaco with balcony performances, roaming street acts and intimate gigs hosted by some of Subiaco’s best restaurants and bars – all coming together to create a New Orleans vibe.

Thomas HS Jazz Trio
For more information click here
McCusker Centre for Citizenship Internships - Looking for Host Organisations 
The McCusker Centre for Citizenship partners with more than 250 not-for-profit, community and government organisations locally, regionally and interstate to offer University of WA students 100-hour community service internships.
Internships are highly-structured, quality placements that are developed by agreement between the Centre and partner organisation. The program aims to inspire active citizenship among students and promote the contribution they can make to the community.
For more information or to discuss hosting an intern, email Internships Coordinator, Sam Andrews or call 6488 7553.
As We Are Art Awards and Exhibition
As We Are is a community initiative that aims to bring joy and wellbeing to the lives of artists who have an intellectual disability. 
Inspired by the creative expression of these artists and a belief in equal opportunities, As We Are was initiated in 2002 as a one-off art award and exhibition, and has grown to become a significant annual event. 

In 2019 there are seven art awards each with a corresponding cash prize of $500. A judging panel will also award a number of certificates of high commendation for exceptional entries. 

Entries are due by Friday, 18 October

The opening night and awards ceremony will take place on Saturday, 9 November at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. An exhibition will continue from Sunday, 10 November to Thursday, 21 November
For more information. email Susie Waller or call 6253 4700. 
Funding Opportunities
Shortcut to Grant Directory

Playing WA Grant Program

Regional and Remote Festivals Fund

Community Grants - International Day of People with Disability

Fostering Integration Grants
Upcoming Events
South Subi Block Party
Sunday, 13 October

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

CDN Event - WA Youth Strategy Engagement
Tuesday, 29 October

WA Bike Month Challenge
Friday - Saturday 1 - 30 November

44th EHA National Conference 2019
Wednesday - Friday, 6 - 8 November

Food Safety Week Seminar for Food Act Authorised Officers
Tuesday, 12 November

WA Mental Health Conference 2019
Tuesday & Wednesday, 19 & 20 November

Age Friendly Australia National Forum
Wednesday & Thursday, 20 & 21 November

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

Health Promotion Short Course
Monday - Thursday, 25 - 28 November

Aboriginal Insights Workshops

Injury Matter's Workshops

Preventive Health Conference 2020
Wednesday - Friday, 13 - 15 May 2020
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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