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Community and Place News
MARCH 2020
Issue 2


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:

2020 Newsletter Dates
The 2020 distribution dates for Community and Place News are as follows:
  • 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 Public Health Planning Survey  
WALGA is consulting to develop a position statement that represents the broad range of Local Governments and their role in public health planning under the Public Health Act 2016.
A strong sector positon will enable Local Governments to be proactive, rather than reactive in highlighting their requirements for public health planning. It is also important to highlight the wide variability of Local Governments and the need for the public health planning framework to account for this. 
Local Governments are invited to complete this survey by Tuesday, 31 March which will provide WALGA with information about current situation, challenges, opportunities and anticipated resource requirements.
Only one survey should be completed per Local Government; ideally by someone with a good understanding of public health planning and associated resourcing and budgeting within the Local Government, in consultation with other relevant staff.

Please note that there is a separate survey for Elected Members to complete.
For more information email WALGA Policy Officer, Community Bec Waddington or call (08) 9213 2055.
WALGA Event: Update on New Aboriginal Heritage Legislation for Western Australia
WALGA and the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage will hold an information session about the update on the new Aboriginal Heritage Legislation for Western Australia, which is being drafted
Focused on areas of relevance for Local Government, the update will cover:
  • key elements of the new legislation
  • new assessment and approvals pathway under the legislation, and
  • ideas for the development of support materials for Local Government 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 Event
RSVP:     Tuesday, 17 March

The Information Session will be broadcast via webinar.

Click here to register.

DPLH has recently released a number of Fact Sheets which are available on their website.
For more information, email Policy Officer, Community, Susie Moir or call 9213 2058.
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.

Date: Friday, 17 April
Time: 9:00am-4:30pm (Registration from 8:30am)
Venue: University of WA, 35 Stirling Hwy, Crawley
Cost: $120.00 (Incl GST) Local Government | NFPs
RSVP: by Thursday, 9 April

To view the program or to register click here
To register your interest email WALGA's Environment Team
WALGA Event: Harnessing People Power: Increasing Local Government support for volunteers
The event will provide information to assist Local Government to effectively support, direct the efforts of, and grow the community volunteer resource. The event will showcase a number of approaches that Local Governments are using to successfully engage with volunteers.
Date:     Tuesday, 24 March
Time:     9:00am to 3:00pm (registration from 8:30am)
Venue:   WALGA Boardroom, LV1 170 Railway Parade, West Leederville
Cost:      $99.00 (incl GST) Local Government.
Fees for other organisations can be found on WALGA’s website here.
RSVP:    Wednesday, 18 March

Case studies will focus on volunteering programs in environment and sustainability, town planning, community development and emergency recovery.  Information on volunteer insurance requirements, developing and nurturing partnerships, supporting community champions, and building the capacity of volunteers will apply to many volunteering areas.

Speakers include representatives from Volunteering WA, Local Government Insurance Scheme, South West Group, community volunteers, and the Local Governments of Cambridge, Cockburn, Harvey, Mosman Park, Stirling and Vincent.

The program will cover:  
  • Local Government’s role in connecting community through volunteering
  • creating an enabling environment for volunteers and maximising the benefits of programs and services delivered
  • building community through community gardens and men’s sheds
  • effective working arrangements with bushland friends groups
  • 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
  • governance, funding and insurance considerations
Morning tea and lunch will be provided.

To view the program or register for the workshop please click here.
For more information, please contact WALGA's Marketing and Event Officer, Michelle Guice or call 9213 2010.
Participation of Local Government in National Redress
WALGA hosted the Department of Local Government Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) to deliver a webinar on the Participation of Local Governments in the National Redress Scheme on Tuesday, 18 February.
The webinar covered key elements of the Information Paper that DLGSC released to the Local Government sector on Monday, 3 February.

The Information Paper and a recording of the webinar is available on the WALGA website here.
For more information relating to National Redress Scheme, or to arrange for a representative from DLGSC to visit your Local Government, email Director Strategic Coordination and Delivery, Gordon MacMile.
New Tiered Model for Libraries
WALGA and Public Libraries WA have been working together with other key partners to identify opportunities and issues for Local Government library services in alignment with the State Public Library Strategy. 
A forum was held at WALGA on Monday, 24 February. Attendees discussed the recent decision to transfer ownership of stock and the repurposing of existing State Government capital funding to progress with implementation of the new tiered model. 
The forum recording and all relevant information is now available on the WALGA website here.
For more information, email Policy Manager, Community, Kirstie Davis or call 9213 2044. 
Stronger Together: WA's Plan for Gender Equality
The State Government has released the 'Stronger Together: WA's Plan for Gender Equality' which sets out a long-term co-ordinated approach to addressing gender inequality in Western Australia.
Statistics consistently show that women in WA are still at considerable risk of violence and abuse, including in their own homes, and bear the majority of domestic work. They also face the nation's biggest gender pay gap of 22 per cent (compared to 14 per cent nationally), and continue to be overlooked for leadership roles. While significant advances have been made to remove barriers faced by women, there is still a long way to go to bring about lasting solutions and achieve gender equality.

The Plan provides a roadmap for industries, communities and individuals to drive change. The Plan also makes the case for the broad community benefits of gender equality, including reducing violence against women. A dedicated family and domestic violence strategy will be released later this year.
For more information regarding the Plan click here
WA State Priorities Mental Health Portfolio 2020-2024
The WA State Priorities 2020-2024 outline the immediate priorities to reform and improve the mental health, alcohol and other drug (AOD) sector over the next four years.
The Government will focus its efforts in 29 key areas to shift to a more effective, sustainable and consumer-focused system.

These priorities have been identified as likely to have the maximum positive impact on the system and provide for further improvements in the future. They provide focus to the large number of actions in the Western Australian Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drug Services Plan 2015-2025.

The Mental Health Commission will lead the delivery of the Priorities in partnership with the Department of Health, Health Service Providers and non-government organisations, and in collaboration with consumers, carers, families, the primary health care sector, wider community and other agencies.
For more information click here
LG Professionals WA Community Development – Measuring Impact Framework Project
LG Professionals WA have partnered with the UWA Centre of Social Impact, Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and six LGs – the Cities of Canning, Joondalup, Mandurah, Stirling, Swan and Wanneroo to develop an impact evaluation framework for Community Development services in Local Government.
Local Governments play a pivotal role in building thriving communities through community development practice. Whilst we know that our work makes a difference, the outcomes we are working towards are often characterised by their intangible quality and can be challenging to measure.

Developing an Evaluation Framework, and embedding an evaluation culture, a shared language and evaluation practices across Local Governments in Western Australia can assist the practice community to come together with shared vision and provide the groundwork for developing consistent measurement of outcomes across various activities to help develop a sense of shared purpose and demonstrate collective impact. It is anticipated the project will be completed in July/August 2020.
Mappa - Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia
The Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia (AHCWA) is the peak body for Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS) in Western Australia. AHCWA exists to support and act on behalf of their 23 Member ACCHS throughout WA, actively responding to the individual and collective needs of their Members.
Governed by an Aboriginal Board of Directors who represent all regions in Western Australia, AHCWA aims to promote and strengthen the ACCHS model of care. A model that is built around the delivery of comprehensive, holistic, and culturally secure primary health care services. 

AHCWA are developing the Mappa platform through an inclusive consultation process with the WA health sector and the wider Aboriginal community. Once completed Mappa will be a free, online database which uses spatial mapping to enable web visualisation of critical information and services available in regional and remote areas. Mappa is designed for use by anyone – Aboriginal people, health professionals, all patients and the general public. It provides timely, comprehensive and reliable information related to geographical access, transport routes and weather conditions.

Mappa is distinctive in that it displays cultural information that raises awareness about the importance of upholding cultural safety and appropriateness when working with Aboriginal people within their communities. The Mappa project aims to remove systemic barriers to better enable Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people to receive adequate healthcare closer to home, with family and on country. 
For more information regarding the Mappa project click here
City of Perth Micro-Greening Guide
As part of the Urban Forest Plan 2016-2036, the City of Perth has released its newest Micro Greening Guide to educate businesses and residents on how to introduce more plants and greenery into their city spaces.
Micro greening is the ‘greening’ or vegetation incorporated at the micro-scale, such as simple plant pots or vines growing up a wall.

Even at this small scale, micro greening can have a profound effect on a city’s liveability by reducing the urban heat island effect, increasing biodiversity and creating an attractive green city.
Ultimately, it can create a sense of place and improve the health and wellbeing for residents and city workers.

The City of Perth has additionally identified small private spaces as missed opportunities which could be contributing to the overall greening of the city.

For more information on the Urban Forest Plan, head to the City’s website
Subiaco Social Infrastructure Plan - Survey
The City of Subiaco is developing its first Social Infrastructure Plan to project the community’s future needs for facilities and services that maintain and improve the standard of living and quality of life. 
The Plan will inform decision making on what to invest in and what to advocate for on behalf of our community. 

Social infrastructure includes libraries, community halls, arts and culture, parks and reserves, recreation centres, education and training, health and wellbeing, safety and emergency, community spaces, and more. 

To have your say, through a survey, visit the City’s engagement hub and be in the running to win a $100 voucher to a local Subiaco restaurant of your choice. The survey closes at 5pm on Tuesday 24 March.

McCusker Centre of Citizenship Internships
Could you benefit from a UWA intern?

The McCusker Centre of Citizenship offers University of WA student 100-hour community service internships designed to foster caring, connected and socially-engaged citizens.
In December 2019, the Centre signed a partnership agreement with the WA Local Government Association and Local Government Professionals WA to offer students more internships in local government. Read about local government-based internship experiences from both students and supervisors on our website. The Centre is currently welcoming interest from local government organisations to host interns during its Winter 2020 (June-July) internship round.
To discuss hosting an intern email Internships Coordinator Sam Andrews or phone 6488 7553.
2020 Parks and Leisure Australia Awards of Excellence Open
The 2020 Parks and Leisure Australia (PLA) Awards of Excellence recognise and showcase the initiatives and innovative efforts of individuals and organisations which promote and enhance leisure opportunities that contribute to a number of social, environmental and economic benefits to the community.
Local Governments are encouraged to nominate. Nominees must be current members (corporate or individual) of PLA.
All projects/events/initiatives must have been completed or occurred and evaluated prior to the submission deadline and within the past two years.
Nominations close on Friday, 27 March.
The winners will be announced at a Gala Dinner held in Sydney on Tuesday, 13 October.
For more information visit the Parks and Leisure website
New Australian Standard for the Storage and Handling of Liquefied Chlorine Gas
Standards Australia has published an updated version of Australian Standard 2927 with which all new and existing chlorine gas facilities will be required to comply.
This Standard applies to public swimming pools which use chlorine gas for water treatment.

The new Standard can be purchased from SAI Global or viewed at the office of the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) at 1 Adelaide Terrace, East Perth.

DMIRS wrote to all Local Governments in February 2020 about the new Standard.

For more information about the new Standard email DMIRS or call 6251 2300.
Draft Guidelines on the Suitable Expertise for Illicit Drug Contamination Assessment 
The Department of Health was tasked by the Environmental Health Standing Committee (enHealth) to develop a guidance document regarding the suitable expertise required for assessing illicit drug contamination. 
The draft guide outlines the suitable expertise required for a professional assessment of any building, structure or site contamination associated with the manufacture, processing or use (primarily by smoking) of an illicit drug. Assessment includes the testing, risk assessment, remediation planning and validation, and the associated reporting.

The draft guide can be viewed here

Comments are due by Tuesday, 31 March.
For more information or to provide comments email the Department of Health
Funding Opportunities
WA Grants Directory

Australian Government GrantConnect

Outer Metro Arts Grant Program

Grants for Women

Criminal Property Confiscation Grants Program

Community Heritage Grants 
Upcoming Events and Training
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 

Western Australian Disability Enterprises 2020 Celebrations & Marketplace
Thursday, 26 March

The Art of Hosting & Harvesting Conversations that Matter
Sun - Wed, 29 March - 1 April

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

MARC Community Information and Engagement Workshop
Thursday, 16 April

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

Hands Healing the Land Boodja-Moort-Kaartdijin
Friday, 15 May

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

2020 WACOSS Conference
Monday - Wednesday, 26-28 October (Note: Rescheduled from May)

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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