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Community and Place News
Issue 1


Community and Place News is produced by WALGA's Community Team, part of the broader WALGA People and Place Team. WALGA's Community Team covers a broad portfolio of issues including Native Title and Aboriginal communities, access and inclusion, multicultural communities, public health, mental health, environmental health, sport and recreation, culture and the arts, social infrastructure, youth and early years, community safety and tourism.

WALGA acknowledges the many traditional owners of the land on which we work throughout Western Australia. We pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging.

In this issue...

Funding opportunities, resources, upcoming events and contacts:

Greetings from WALGA's Community Team
Welcome to the first issue of 2020. We hope everyone has had a positive start to the new year. 
We welcome your feedback and questions at any time, as well as contributions to this monthly newsletter. 

The 2020 distribution dates for Community and Place News are as follows: 
  • Thursday, 12 March
  • Thursday, 9 April
  • Thursday, 14 May
  • Thursday, 11 June
  • Thursday, 9 July
  • Thursday, 13 August
  • Thursday, 10 September
  • Thursday, 8 October
  • Thursday, 12 November
  • Thursday, 10 December
If submitting an article to future editions, please read the guidelines here
For more information, email the Community Team
WALGA Hosts Information Session on State Government’s New Aboriginal Empowerment Strategy
On Tuesday, 21 January approximately 40 Local Government staff and Elected Members attended an Information Session at WALGA to hear about, and provide feedback on, the State Government’s new Aboriginal Empowerment Strategy.
Principal Policy Officer at the Department of Premier and Cabinet, Nicholas Duff outlined the vision for the new Strategy, and facilitated an in depth and honest discussion about the Strategy and the empowerment of Aboriginal people more generally. This included the important role that Local Government plays through reconciliation action planning, local community place based programs and projects, and employment of Aboriginal people.

Feedback from the session will be incorporated into WALGA’s sector submission on the Strategy, which is on the Agenda for State Council in March.
For more information, email Policy Officer Community, Susie Moir or call 9213 2058.
WALGA Event: Update on New Aboriginal Heritage Legislation for Western Australia
Join WALGA and the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage for an update on the new Aboriginal Heritage Legislation for Western Australia which is currently being drafted.
Focused on areas of relevance for Local Government, the update will cover:
  • key elements of the new legislation
  • the new assessment and approvals pathway under the legislation, and
  • ideas for the development of support materials to assist in compliance with the new legislation.
Date:      Monday, 23 March
Time:     10:00am to 11:30am (registration from 9:30am)
Venue:   ONE70, LV1, 170 Railway Parade, West Leederville
Cost:      Free
RSVP:    Tuesday, 17 March

This session will also be available via webinar.
For more information please contact WALGA's Policy Officer Community, Susie Moir on 9213 2058.
WALGA Event: Managing Lodging House Health Risks in WA
WALGA is holding an info session on Managing Lodging House Health Risks as part of the ongoing regulation review under the Public Health Act 2016.
Staff from the Department of Health will present on the proposed regulations as outlined in the recently released discussion paper. There will be an opportunity for Local Government to provide feedback on the proposed changes and the potential impact to members, which will help inform the WALGA submission to Department of Health.

Date:      Wednesday, 26 February
Time:     10:30am to 12:00pm
Venue:   ONE70, LV1, 170 Railway Parade, West Leederville
Cost:      Free 
RSVP:    Friday, 21 February

To register for the event please click here (webinar option available).

Furthermore, Local Governments are able to provide written feedback on the discussion paper to assist in the WALGA submission by sending comments through before Tuesday, 10 March.
For further information, or to provide feedback, email Policy Officer, Community, Bec Waddington or call 9213 2055. 
WALGA Event: Harnessing People Power -
Increasing Local Government Support for Volunteers
WALGA will be hosting a full-day event on Harnessing People Power: Increasing Local Government Support for Volunteers on Tuesday, 24 March in the Perth metropolitan area.
The event will provide information to assist Local Governments to effectively support, direct the efforts of, and grow the community volunteer resource. The event will showcase a number of approaches that Local Governments from across the State are using to successfully engage with volunteers.

Case studies will focus on volunteering programs in environment and sustainability, however the general principles of overcoming the barriers to volunteering, nurturing partnerships and retaining volunteers will apply to many volunteering areas.

The program will cover:

  • Local Government’s role in connecting community through volunteering
  • designing Local Government programs that attract volunteers, from events that support casual participation to formalised volunteer groups
  • effective working arrangements with bushland friends groups
  • pathways to developing local sustainability champions
  • building community through community gardens and men’s sheds
  • directing volunteer effort following bushfires, including assistance for affected residents, wildlife rescue and landscape recovery
  • local area activation through the Town Teams initiative
  • environmental education centres as a hub for community volunteers
  • regional Council training programs to build the capacity of volunteers, and
  • governance, funding and insurance considerations.
To register your interest email WALGA's Environment Team.
WALGA Event: Trees in a Liveable City - An Urban Forest Conference
WALGA, in conjunction with the Local Government Urban Forest Working Group, will host Trees in a Liveable City: An Urban Forest Conference on Friday, 17 April in Perth.
The conference will showcase achievements of the organisations involved in growing Perth's urban canopy, including best practice examples and latest research, to provide attendees with the knowledge needed to make positive change through their own roles, organisations and communities.

The themes of the conference cover urban design and planning to better accommodate canopy, planting for biodiversity, improved data outcomes, trees in a changing climate, community perceptions and behaviour change to effectively engage community, and technical workshops to improve planting outcomes.

The conference will be of value to Local and State Government across planning, urban design, environment, sustainability, infrastructure, community and engineering portfolios; developers; consultants; academia; and the broader community.

Please note the final program for the event and invitations for formal registration will be sent in late February 2020.
To register your interest email WALGA's Environment Team
WALGA Event: RoadWise Meet and Greet
WALGA's RoadWise will be hosting a meet and greet to showcase how the team works with the community and Local Governments, providing road safety advice, support, tools, resources and training. 
The event will showcase how the RoadWise team:
  • Works in diverse regions of the State to identify and address local road safety issues,
  • Builds capacity through the development of tools, resources, and campaigns to assist local communities to address Road Safety Council priorities and local road safety challenges, and
  • Applies systems thinking and current action to work towards the goal of a safe road transport system. 
Date:     Thursday, 12 March
Time:     9:30am to 10:30am
Venue:  ONE70, LV1, 170 Railway Parade, West Leederville
Cost:     Free
RSVP:   Thursday, 27 February
For more information or to RSVP, email WALGA's RoadWise
Draft Revised Australian Guidelines to Reduce Health Risks from Drinking Alcohol
The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has released the draft Australian Guidelines to Reduce Health Risks from Drinking Alcohol for public consultation.
The guidelines are being updated to reflect the most recent and best available evidence on the health effects of alcohol consumption.

The aim of the guidelines is to provide clear guidance for Australians on reducing their risk of harm from drinking alcohol. They are also intended to form the evidence base for future policy making and educational materials.

Feedback closes on Monday, 24 February.

For more information, click here
Construction Starts on Australian-First $18m Bushfire Centre of Excellence
Australia's first-ever Bushfire Centre of Excellence facility is one step closer to reality, with construction commencing on what is expected to become an internationally renowned hub for bushfire management learning and skills development.
The State Government committed $18 million for the facility which will be a place for career officers, emergency service volunteers, bushfire practitioners, researchers, scientists and others to gather to share and learn from the best bushfire management practices and science. The Centre, funded by the Emergency Services Levy, will run courses in bushfire prevention, management and training and have specialist indoor and outdoor training facilities, collaboration spaces, and an interpretive learning centre for the community to come and learn about bushfires.

A key focus of the Centre will also be developing a Traditional Fire Program, believed to be the first of its kind, which will explore traditional Indigenous mitigation and firefighting methods.

Locally based company, Perkins Builders has been awarded the contract to build the Centre, which is anticipated to be complete by the end of 2020, at the Peel Business Park in Nambeelup.

The Bushfire Centre of Excellence team has already been operating since July 2019 at an interim facility at the Pinjarra Heritage Train Station and have introduced new training programs for career and volunteer officers.
For more information, click here
Updated Code of Practice - Aquatic Facilities
The Department of Health has updated the Code of Practice for the Design, Construction, Operation, Management & Maintenance of Aquatic Facilities in response to feedback from the industry and Local Governments. 
The Code of Practice aims to ensure public aquatic facilities are operated to consistently high health and safety standards, by minimising the occurrence of disease, injury and other health-related complaints associated with the use of these facilities.

Key changes are detailed in the Code of Practice January 2020 Amendments Factsheet.
For more information, email the Department of Health Environmental Health Directorate or call 9222 2000. 
International Women's Day 2020
International Women’s Day is held every year on 8 March to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.
It is also a day to recognise what still needs to be done and to create awareness about how we can play our part in making change for better.

The Department of Communities will be promoting the messages of International Women’s Day between Tuesday, 3 March and Sunday, 8 March. Local Governments which are interested in promoting the message can download the International Women’s Day 2020 Toolkit that contains key messages, important facts and statistics.
For more information, click here or email the Department of Communities
'Have You Got Your Key?' Campaign
As a limited offer, National Disability Services are distributing complimentary keys to Companion Cardholders in WA to access Changing Places.  
The key keeps the Changing Places network secure, safe and reserved for people who need them. All Companion Cardholders qualify for one and are currently offered:
  • a complimentary Master Locksmith Access Key (MLAK) to access over 30 Changing Places facilities in WA and over 150 nation-wide, and 
  • a keyring which features a website link to access the most up-to-date Changing Places locations and map. 

Changing Places are secure, clean facilities for people with a disability who need space and assistance to use the bathroom when out and about. Changing Places feature: 

  • a ceiling hoist
  • adult-size change table, and 
  • room for two support people.
For more information, email National Disability Services
Creating Healthier Sporting Clubs Forum 
The South Metropolitan Health Service, Health Promotion, is hosting the Creating Healthier Sporting Clubs Forum.
The aims of the forum are to:
  • learn more about the latest programs available to your clubs, and
  • network with other Local Government staff on healthy sporting club environments.
This forum is open to Local Government Officers and Elected Members. 

Date:     Wednesday, 4 March
Time:     9:30am to 1:00pm
Venue:  Darius Centre, Ken Jackman Hall, Kwinana
Cost:     Free

RSVP by Friday, 14 February.
For more information or to RSVP, please email Corrine Hunt.
WACOSS Cost of Living Report 2019
In late December the Cost of Living Report was launched, with new modelling showing that single parent families and people currently experiencing unemployment have been hit particularly hard by higher living costs in the past financial year.
Across the board, rent, food, utilities and transport have increased, and while households with two sets of wages are better able to absorb the increase in costs, people relying on income support, such as Newstart, are the most impacted by the increases.
To access the report, click here.
Northam’s Bilya Koort Booja Centre Featured on YourEveryday
In 2018, the Shire of Northam opened the Bilya Koort Booja Centre for Nyoongar Culture and Environmental Knowledge.
Located on the banks of the Avon River, the Centre is focused on the culture and history of local Nyoongar people, and features spaces and interactive displays that detail the six Aboriginal seasons and the history of the Ballardong region and its people. WALGA has showcased the Centre in a video available on the YourEveryday website. 
To view WALGA's video about the Centre, click here
South West Placemaking Masterclass
Date:    Thursday, 27 February 
Venue: City of Busselton
Cost:    $150.00 +GST

Topics will include:
  • Introduction to Town Teams and the 7-Day Makeover
  • Best Practice Place Management: Working in stronger partnership with your community and businesses, 'Doing More by Doing Less'
  • Creating your own "What is allowed" and "Yes! Zone Agreement" for businesses
  • Placemaking Health Checks: Uncovering the Opportunities in your Town Centre
  • Walkshop with your Community: Putting your new skills to the test
To register your attendance, click here
Socially Inclusive Communities Projects
Socially Inclusive Communities projects, administered through Inclusion Solutions, build the capacity of Local Governments to create more inclusive, better-connected communities. 
This initiative supports Local Governments and their local community with a range of training workshops, mentoring, advocacy, strategy and personalised support. In the last 18 months the project has engaged with 22 Local Governments which has led to increased knowledge and improved relationships. 

A list of packages available to Local Governments is available here
For more information click here, email Inclusion Solutions or call 9443 7226.
Settle In Program: Drive Safe in WA Workshop
The Settle In Program is aimed towards newly arrived refugees and humanitarian entrants to build their capacity to begin their new lives in Australia and participate as active members of their local communities as soon as possible. 
Settle In is delivered by Communicare in partnership with Save the Children and Centrecare and is available to individuals and families in the South East and South West metropolitan regions of Perth and Mandurah.

The Drive Safe in WA workshop is designed to provide participants with an overview of safe driving practises, essential road rules, how to get an Australian driver’s license and the process of purchasing a car. Participants may be offered the opportunity to meet with qualified driving instructors and receive information about financial supports to assist them in meeting their goal.

Date:    Friday, 6 March
Time:   11:15am to 1:45pm
Venue: Communicare, 28 Cecil Avenue, Cannington
For more information or to register your interest, email the Settle In Program
Celebrating City’s Pioneers in the City of Wanneroo
City of Wanneroo residents who have dedicated more than 50 years of their lives to the local community have gathered at a special event that honours their contributions.
Mayor, Tracey Roberts welcomed 54 Pioneers and their guests to the City’s Pioneers Lunch at the Wanneroo Civic Centre. The City’s early pioneering families worked incredibly hard, often during very difficult times, but remained optimistic and resilient. Their dedication laid the foundations for what has become one of Australia’s fastest and largest growing cities.

Opening of the Betty Brown Historical Centre
Women have been an integral part of rural communities throughout history and often their stories are buried in amongst the stories about the development of towns, regions and infrastructure. 
The Betty Brown Historical Centre in Darkan tells the stories of rural women and the contributions they made to the development of a small rural south western community. The Centre has been developed through a generous bequest from local, Betty Brown, Shire of West Arthur, West Arthur Community Resource Centre and Lotterywest.

The Centre will officially open in March.

Date:    Sunday, 8 March
Time:   10:30am morning tea, 11:30am official opening proceedings
Venue: Burrowes Street, Darkan
            (in the gardens behind the CRC and Shire buildings) 
To RSVP, email the Shire of West Arthur or call 9736 2222.
Funding Opportunities
WA Grants Directory

Australian Government GrantConnect

Outer Metro Arts Grant Program

Maker Projects: Community STEM Engagement Grants 2020

Grants for Women

National Volunteer Week Grants

Criminal Property Confiscation Grants Program

Healthway’s Healthy Sporting Club Program
Upcoming Events and Training
Health Promotion Short Course
Monday - Thursday, 2 - 5 March 

Framework for Mental Health services in Multicultural Australia
Thursday, 5 March 

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

Aboriginal Cultural Awareness and Understanding Workshop
Wednesday, 18 March

National Volunteering Conference 2020
Wednesday - Friday, 18 - 20 March

Emergence Creative Festival 
Wednesday - Friday, 25 - 27 March 

World Indigenous Tourism Summit
Monday - Thursday, 6 - 9 April 

2020 WACOSS Conference
Tuesday - Thursday, 5 - 7 May 

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

Mental Health Services Conference 2020
Tuesday - Friday, 25 - 28 August

Aboriginal Insights Workshops

Injury Matter's Workshops

WA Association for Mental Health Training Courses

Tourism Council Calendar of Events

IAP2 (International Association for Public Participation) Engagement Courses
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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