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Issue 11


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:

WALGA Multicultural Communities Forum Success
On Monday, 21 October WALGA held a successful Multicultural Communities Forum. Approximately 70 attendees gathered from Local Government, community and not-for-profit organisations and State and Commonwealth Government Departments, as well as academics and researchers.
Feedback from the forum was extremely positive with almost all survey respondents finding the information very or extremely useful, and valued the quality of the speakers and the range of topics covered.

Some of the key messages from the day included:
  • Diversity is our reality and it’s our willingness to embrace diversity that makes us Australian.
  • Local Governments are moving from a ‘service provider’ to a ‘capacity builder’ role, providing a ‘backbone’ organisation that supports and stabilises partner organisations and assists to broker partnerships and collaborations.
  • You don’t build partnerships overnight – you need to work on small issues first and then build up to bigger issues.
  • Katanning’s Harmony Festival is their key annual event and the local community is involved in every aspect of organising it, which helps people get to know each other and helps them to work together on other projects.
  • Social functioning, employment outcomes and self confidence of diverse communities are supported by having their own spaces to meet and spend time.

Community and Youth Development Officer from the Shire of Katanning, Ziagul Sultani
The presentations from the event are available on WALGA's website.
WALGA Local Government and Mental Health Forum 
On Monday, 11 November more than 70 attendees from Local Government, State Government and not-for-profit organisations attended WALGA's Local Government and Mental Health Forum, exploring and acknowledging the contribution that Local Governments are providing to address mental health in their local communities. 
After a warm Welcome to Country by Shaun Nannup, WALGA's President, Cr Lynne Craigie gave an overview which framed the rest of the day. The Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Premier, Health, Mental Health, Hon. Alanna Clohesy MLC provided an address on the State Government's priorities, policies and programs in mental health and the importance of a coordinated approach. There was a range of case studies provided for the rest of the day. 

Feedback provided by participants showed a strong interest in future events allowing for more interaction and engaging conversations with a focus on Local Government public health planning.

The presentations from the event are available on WALGA's website here.

Hon. Alanna Clohesy MLC providing an address at the Forum
For more information email Senior Policy Advisor, Community, Marissa MacDonald or call 9213 2074.
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.
Productivity Commission Draft Report on Mental Health Released for Comment
In any year, approximately one in five Australians experiences mental ill-health. While most people manage their health themselves, many who do seek treatment are not receiving the level of care necessary. As a result, too many people suffer additional preventable physical and mental distress, relationship breakdown, stigma, and loss of life satisfaction and opportunities.
The cost to the Australian economy of mental ill-health and suicide is, conservatively, in the order of $43 to $51 billion per year. Additional to this is an approximately $130 billion cost associated with diminished health and reduced life expectancy for those living with mental ill-health.

Changes recommended are substantial but they would set Australia on a path for maintainable long term reform of its mental health system. Priority reforms are identified and a staged reform agenda is proposed.

Reform area 1: prevention and early intervention for mental illness and suicide attempts
Reform area 2: close critical gaps in healthcare services
Reform area 3: investment in services beyond health
Reform area 4: assistance for people with mental illness to get into work and enable early treatment of work-related mental illness
Reform area 5: fundamental reform to care coordination, governance and funding arrangements

The draft report is open for comment until Thursday, 23 January 2020.
To access the report click here
Interim Report - Royal Commission into Aged Care
The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety’s Interim Report has found the aged care system fails to meet the needs of its older, vulnerable, citizens. It does not deliver uniformly safe and quality care, is unkind and uncaring towards older people and, in too many instances, it neglects them.
The Interim Report of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, which was tabled in the Australian Parliament, found that a fundamental overhaul of the design, objectives, regulation and funding of aged care in Australia is required.

The Interim Report sets out the extent of the failure of Australia’s aged care services and what the Royal Commission has learned to date. Commissioners describe the many problems that older people and their families have in trying to get access to aged care services, service shortfalls, the dispiriting nature of residential care, serious substandard care and unsafe practice, an underpaid, undervalued and insufficiently trained workforce, and isolation of young people with disabilities.

Commissioners identified three areas where immediate action can be taken:
  • to provide more Home Care Packages to reduce the waiting list for higher level care at home
  • to respond to the significant over-reliance on chemical restraint in aged care, including through the seventh Community Pharmacy Agreement, and
  • to stop the flow of younger people with a disability going into aged care, and speed up the process of getting out those young people who are already in aged care.
Submissions to the Royal Commission are being accepted until Thursday, 30 April 2020
To access the interim report click here
New Regulations - Liquor Control Act 1988
The State Government has introduced changes to the Liquor Control Act 1988 and the Liquor Control Regulations 1989 to reduce alcohol-related harm in the community by clamping down on the proliferation of liquor barns.
The new regulations will not allow large packaged liquor outlets - of 400 square metres or greater - to be established within five kilometres (metropolitan area) or 12 kilometres (regional areas) of an existing large packaged liquor outlet of 400 square metres or more. The distances are calculated using the shortest route by road.

The changes will still allow for 'greenfields' outlets to be established as a 'first mover', but no further large packaged liquor outlets will be allowed within the above distances. The changes are not retrospective - all existing venues will be unaffected, but they will not be able to increase the size of their retail sales area to more than 400 square metres if another large packaged liquor outlet is within the prescribed distances.

Other amendments to the Act include allowing the Director of Liquor Licensing to assess whether consumers' needs are reasonably met by existing packaged liquor outlets when assessing a new application for an outlet in a local area.

The changes were drawn up in consultation with key stakeholders including the Liquor Stores Association of WA, Australian Hotels Association (WA), the McCusker Foundation and WALGA, as well as a range of private companies and peak bodies.
For more information click here
Take Action Now to Prepare for Bushfire Season
With summer just around the corner and temperatures rising, Western Australians are being urged to get ready for the upcoming bushfire season.
WA has just experienced its warmest September on record while rainfall for the month was the fifth-lowest since records began.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services is working to mitigate the bushfire threat through activities such as prescribed burning and developing firebreaks, as well as holding community workshops to educate the public on planning and preparedness.

Emergency Services Minister, Francis Logan called on Western Australians to support the efforts of emergency services by doing everything they can to prepare their families and properties this bushfire season.
For more information on how to prepare for bushfires, click here.
Ageing with Choice: Future Directions for Seniors Housing
Most older Western Australians want to age in the communities they know, where they feel valued and connected to families and friends. But many, especially those on low incomes, struggle to access housing that meets their changing needs.
Ageing with Choice is the State Government’s response to this complex issue and represents a key achievement under the Affordable Housing Action Plan 2017-18 to 2019-20.

It includes a five-year plan to support older Western Australians, particularly those on low to moderate incomes, to access affordable, manageable and stable homes so they can age well in their community of choice. It commits to:

  • delivering an increased proportion of homes that can support ageing in place
  • trialling innovative housing options for people on low to moderate incomes
  • developing targeted responses for vulnerable groups, and
  • improving information and tools so older people can better understand and compare their housing choices.
For more information click here.
Parks and Leisure Australia WA - Community Facilities Guidelines Draft Report - Info Sessions
This report is a high level overview of the current provision of public open space (POS) and community level sport infrastructure provided by Local Governments.
It points to levels of provision and makes recommendations for amending the Parks and Leisure Australia (PLA WA) 2012 Guidelines for Community Infrastructure which describes population triggers and spatial catchments for the infrastructure.

The 2012 Guidelines were developed from a desktop study and shared industry knowledge on standards, sport association plans, Federal, State and Local Government policy and practice. With changes in sport and recreation trends and further planning by government and sporting bodies, there was a need to check the 2012 Guidelines against an inventory of POS and community sports facilities.

Further work on reviewing current POS planning and facility development guidance will be finalised in early 2020 to assist Local Governments with community facility scoping projects. A sports lighting guideline will compliment this planning tool.

PLA WA are conducting information sessions with Perth metropolitan and regional Local Governments, State Government and peak bodies throughout November and December. See below for more information:

Local Governments are encouraged to provide feedback on the report by Wednesday, 1 January 2020.

The report can be accessed here.

For more information or to provide feedback email PLA WA Executive Officer, Leith Fradd or call 0451 993 526. 
2020 Western Australian Heritage Awards - Nominations Open
Nominations are now open for the 2020 Western Australian Heritage Awards. The Awards are Western Australia’s premier heritage event which highlights best practice in adaptive reuse, conservation, interpretation, heritage tourism, and promotion.
The Western Australian Heritage Awards are open to all individuals, property owners, architects, developers, builders, tourism operators, government and non-government agencies. Local Governments are encouraged to consider nominating their own contributions to cultural heritage and/or heritage-related work, services or programs in Western Australia.

There are also categories for conservation, interpretation and heritage tourism projects which Local Governments are encouraged to enter.

Nominations close Friday, 13 December 2019.
For more information click here
2020 Multicultural Awards - Nominations Open
Nominations are now open for the 2020 Western Australian Multicultural Awards. The awards celebrate individuals and organisations who have made a positive contribution to multiculturalism in Western Australia.
The State Government is looking to recognise outstanding contributions made by people and organisations who promote and strengthen WA's multicultural community, either in a voluntary or a paid capacity. Nominations for the 2020 Multicultural Awards can be made across eight categories:
  • Outstanding Individual Achievement Award
  • Laksiri Jayasuriya Lifetime Community Service Award
  • Multicultural Youth Award
  • New and Emerging Community Leadership Award
  • Community Organisation Award
  • Multicultural Business Award
  • Communications Award
  • Local Government Award
The awards are administered by the Office of Multicultural Interests. Presented by Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Interests, Paul Papalia at a gala ceremony on Monday, 16 March 2020 the awards will be a highlight of Harmony Week 2020.

Nominations close on Monday, 20 January 2020.
For more information click here
WA’s First Women’s Plan - Open for Comment 
The State Government has released a draft plan to address gender inequality in Western Australia for public comment.
While significant advances have been made to remove barriers to women’s full economic and social participation, there is still a long way to go to bring about lasting solutions.

The Women's Plan will outline long-term strategies for change, taking into account the data in the 2019 Women's Report Card released earlier this year. The report card, produced by the Department of Communities through the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre, details WA women's progress across four key areas: health and wellbeing, safety and justice, economic independence and leadership.

Thousands of women and girls - from Esperance and Bunbury in the south to Karratha and the Dampier Peninsula north of Broome - have already contributed to the plan through the State Government's Women's Voices: Building a Stronger WA Together consultations.

The draft plan can be accessed here. Feedback is encouraged by Monday, 29 November through a survey here
The final Women's Plan is due to be released in March 2020.
Councils Unite to Help Australians Reclaim their Local Streets for Play
Play Australia, supported by Sport Australia, is proud to announce our council partners who have joined the 1000 Play Streets movement, to help Australians reclaim their local streets as places to come together with neighbours and play, in order to build more active, connected and ultimately happier communities.
Play Australia welcomes Darebin City Council and Moreland City Council in Victoria as well as City of South Perth and City of Vincent in Western Australia, as the first councils nationally to sign up to the 1000 Play Streets movement, delivered in partnership with Latrobe University, CoDesign Studio and Nature Play Solutions.

Over the coming months, these four councils alongside one other council partner in Queensland (soon to be confirmed) will help their communities to co-ordinate Play Streets, with a goal to build local supports and create regular opportunities for residents to come together and enjoy street play.
For more information click here.
New ACROD Parking Community Awareness Campaign
Local Governments are invited to provide feedback to the National Disability Services (NDS) on the ACROD Parking program to help inform a community awareness campaign to reduce the improper use of ACROD Parking bays.
Funded by the Department of Communities, the campaign will be developed in partnership with permit holders, Local Governments and private property owners.

NDS is looking to partner with interested LGAs who may like to be involved in the campaign in some capacity. If this is something your organization may be interested in, please complete the short survey here by Sunday, 1 December. 

The campaign is anticipated to run throughout April-May 2020.

Jocelyn Franciscus and Shogo Williams-Matsuoka at a City of Cockburn ACROD Parking bay.
For more information email Jocelyn Franciscus.
Parks and Leisure Australia Partnership to Enhance Community Health and Wellbeing
Sport Australia and Parks and Leisure Australia have launched a strategic partnership, united by a goal to enhance community health and wellbeing through sport and physical activity.
Sport Australia Chief Executive, Kate Palmer and PLA President, Paul Jane signed a partnership agreement at PLA's national conference in Perth last month that will, in the future, expand into a memorandum of understanding on the peak body and Federal agency’s shared areas of interest.

Both organisations agree safe, accessible and modern infrastructure for sport and recreation is critical to encouraging more Australians to live active and healthy lifestyles. Sport Australia’s vision is to make Australia the world’s most active sporting nation and Palmer says that goes hand-in-hand with providing suitable spaces and facilities.

Sport Australia and Parks and Leisure Australia will work collaboratively to identify game changing solutions to increase participation and build industry capability. A key feature of the partnership will be shared research, providing evidence for the planning and management of community sport infrastructure.
For more information click here
Sporting Clubs to Benefit from Completion of Briggs Park Upgrade
Local sporting clubs now have access to improved sporting facilities at Briggs Park following the official opening of the $3.9 million upgrades at the precinct.
The new facilities in the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale were officially opened at a Community Sports Day on Wednesday, 2 October, with free sports and activities on offer to more than 200 parents and children who attended, including local sporting clubs.

Works on the lower oval included re-mediating drainage issues, a new cricket pitch and multi-use cricket and tee-ball nets, while new goal posts were installed on both ovals. Sport will be able to be played at night on both ovals for the first time, with four new light towers installed on the lower oval and the upper oval’s light towers replaced.

Shire President, Michelle Rich said it was fantastic that local sporting clubs now had access to modern, purpose-built facilities to support them to grow their clubs and help them be successful on and off the field.

Hon. Matthew Swinbourn MLC, Shire President, Michelle Rich and Troy Jones from the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, Sport and Recreation – Peel/South West at the official open. 

Geraldton Regional Library Youth Zone Gets Splash of Paint
Geraldton Regional Library have welcomed an enchanting mural to their Youth Zone that is sure to charm youngsters utilising the space.
Andrew Frazer’s latest creation takes inspiration from Geraldton’s windswept landscape and the excitement of finding new literature.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor, Shane Van Styn said it was a fantastic transformation. “Andrew’s mural is very eye-catching and I’m sure it will attract even more youngsters to the already popular Youth Zone at the Library,” he said. “Literature allows you to visit and explore other worlds, so it is fitting to have artwork in there that symbolises dreaming, storytelling and transportation.”

Multidisciplinary artist, Andrew Frazer is no stranger to transforming spaces, having worked on a number of large scale murals in the CBDs of Bunbury and Armadale.

Young people aged 12 to 18 also got to attend an Illustration and Lettering Workshop facilitated by Mr Frazer where they created their own imagination-filled character, a hand letter book cover as well as learnt about the fundamentals of drawing, how to communicate emotion through details, scale, composition and creating a narrative through multiple illustrations. In the evenings, Mr Frazer presented his popular Art and Business and Hand Lettering Workshops to eager audiences at the Geraldton Regional Art Gallery.

The transformation of the Geraldton Regional Library’s Youth Zone and workshops was made possible by the City of Greater Geraldton with generous support from The Geraldton Project.

William Lannerhag, Mayor, Shane Van Styn, Eliza Auld and Sophie Auld enjoying the mural at the Geraldton Regional Library.  
Subiaco’s Innovative Solution to Pollution 
The first Seabin in an Australian lake was installed recently by the City of Subiaco to help prevent pollution from entering the ocean, prevent wildlife from ingesting floating litter, improve water cleanliness, and reduce the risk of algal blooms. 
The Seabin is an innovative Australian product that collects plastics, debris and other water pollution, including surface oil, and will reduce the need for regular manual labour, saving the City about $7000 a year.

The Seabin is in Subiaco Common Lake directly in front of a storm water drain to help stop pollution from reaching our oceans, while increasing awareness of the issue of water pollution. All waste collected in the Seabin will be recycled or reused where possible.
For more information click here.
Two New Local Area Plans for the City of Wanneroo
The development of Local Area Plans is a new initiative linked to the City’s Strategic Community Plan as well as the City’s new Place Framework. 
The first two Local Area Plans developed by the City were endorsed by Council in September 2019 and capture two areas – Girrawheen/Koondoola, and Yanchep/ Two Rocks. The Local Area Plans form part of the City’s new ‘Place Approach’ to guide the continued creation of great places and support the development of unique, vibrant places across the City.
The aim of the City’s Local Area Plans is to:
  • uncover what makes Girrawheen/Koondoola, and Yanchep/Two Rocks special, unique and distinctive
  • develop a clear understanding of the services, facilities and programs that will meet the needs of residents and stakeholders, and
  • guide the provision of services, facilities and programs into the future.

The plans can be accessed here

For more information contact the City of Wanneroo's Principal Specialist Place Management, Nick Stawarz on 9405 5902.
West Gidgegannup Bush Fire Brigade Station Officially Opened
On September 29, Ms Jessica Shaw MLA, Member for Swan Hills, on behalf of the Minister for Emergency Services; Corrective Services the Hon. Francis Logan MLA officially opened the new West Gidgegannup Bush Fire Brigade station.
The $2.5 million facility was constructed as a result of collaboration between the City of Swan, the Department of Fire and Emergency Services and the West Gidgegannup Bush Fire Brigade.

City of Swan Deputy Mayor, David Lucas said the purpose-built facility would meet the current and future needs of the local Bush Fire Brigade. "The City of Swan is proud to have been a major contributor in the project to bring the West Gidgegannup Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade station to life,” he said.

“The new facility will not only help the brigade’s response times to issues that arise in our communities, but will also help to build the skills and knowledge of our volunteer firefighters.”

For more information click here.
National Stigma Report Card: Our Turn to Speak Survey
A National Stigma Report Card will be created from a comprehensive Our Turn to Speak survey of 7000 Australian adults living with complex mental health issues about their experiences of stigma and discrimination.
The National Stigma Report Card project is the flagship project of SANE Australia’s Anne Deveson Research Centre. The project is being conducted in partnership with the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences at the University of Melbourne, with the generous support of the Paul Ramsay Foundation.

The survey findings will provide and evidence based and help inform SANE Australia’s advocacy priorities and contribute to policy change, as well as resourcing and programs at local, regional and national levels. This is with the view to ensure that all Australians affected by complex mental health issues live long and fulfilling lives, free from stigma and discrimination.
For more information or to access the survey click here
Anglicare WA's Walk Through the Darkness
Anglicare WA's ARBOR and CYPRESS 'Walk through the Darkness' Memorial Event was held on Sunday, 27 October beginning before dawn in the city, where participants walked up the hill together towards Kings Park to watch the sunrise.
The event has a unique meaning for everyone, however; it was created to symbolise the difficult journey people face following a loss by suicide, as they walk from absolute darkness towards a possibility for hope in the future.

ARBOR/CYPRESS Counsellors, and lived-experience Peer Volunteers, accompany and support people throughout their journey.

Attendance this year was the largest, ever. Whilst an increase in attendance is always bitter-sweet within suicide postvention, at the same time we acknowledge the prevalence of suicide within WA and the even greater number of people impacted by suicide. As such this is viewed with HOPE, with people who may otherwise remain isolated reaching out for support and connection.

View from Kings Park after the Walk through Darkness event.

For further information please email Anglicare WA.
Funding Opportunities
Shortcut to Grant Directory

Stay On Your Feet® Move Improve Remove grants

Safer Communities Fund - Round 5

Regional Event Scheme

Chosen 2020

Driving Social Inclusion through Sport and Physical Activity Grant
Upcoming Events
City of Canning - Live at the Amphitheatre
Saturdays, 16 November & 23 November

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

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

Busting the Silos: Paths to Inclusion and a Culture of Integration
Thursday, 21 November

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

Local Government Community Safety Network 2019 Symposium
Wednesday 27 November 

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

City of Subiaco Christmas Lights - Merry & Bright Subiaco
Thursday, 28 November

Workplace Health and Wellbeing Coordinator Training
Tuesday, 3 December

Events Strategy: Driving Success
Tuesday, 3 December

NDIS Toolkit Workshop
Thursday, 5 December

City of Canning - Neighbourhood Nights
Friday, 6 December

Perth Metro Suicide Prevention Training Calendar 2019

Aboriginal Insights Workshops

Injury Matter's Workshops

Changing Your World Conference & Fair
Friday & Saturday, 6 & 7 March 2020

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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