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Community and Place News
June 2021
WALGA
Issue 5

Kaya/Hello,

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

Community and Place News is a monthly publication produced by WALGA's Resilient Communities Team, part of the broader WALGA Strategy, Policy and Planning Unit.

In this issue...

Funding opportunities, resources, upcoming training and contacts:

Upcoming Events
WALGA Webinar: South West Native Title Settlement Update
WALGA is hosting a webinar to provide and update for Local Governments on the South West Native Title Settlement. Register here by 15 June.
Date: Thursday, 17 June 10:30am to 12:00pm
Venue: online

Parks & Leisure Australia (WA) Deconstructed Conference
The deconstructed conference will include one-day stream mini conferences which will run throughout the months of May, June, July and August.
Dates: Between Friday, 11 June and Friday, 6 August
Venue: online

National Youth Homelessness Virtual Conference
The conference will aim to mobilise a collective commitment to developing a joint NGO-Government national strategy to end child and youth homelessness.
Date: Tuesday, 15 June to Wednesday, 16 June
Venue: online

Elder Abuse Recognition and Response in Older Adult Clients Webinar
This webinar is for anyone working with older adults, including home care service providers, carers and support workers, community workers, and health and allied health professionals.
Date: Wednesday, 23 June 
Venue: online

National Women's Safety Summit
The Summit is being held to inform the National Plan to reduce family and domestic violence, and includes keynote addresses, panel discussions and workshops focused on issues affecting women’s safety as well as a series of roundtables.
Date: Thursday, 29 July to Friday, 30 July
Venue: online


SAVE THE DATE
 
Local Government Professionals - Community Development Network Conference
This professional development event will showcase an educational and informative program, designed specifically for Local Government officers working in community development. The conference theme is 'Creating community impact - awareness, action, influence.'  
Date: Thursday, 9 September and Friday, 10 September
Venue: Crown, Perth
 
Bringing Children and Young People into View – FDV Conference 2021
The purpose of the conference is to strengthen the understanding of children and young people’s experiences and needs, and to consider the responses that can be put in place to support their safety, health and wellbeing and improve their opportunities.
Date: Monday, 13 September to Wednesday, 15 September
Venue: Crown, Perth
WALGA Celebrates Reconciliation Week
The 2021 Nation Reconciliation Week (NRW) theme 'More than a Word, Reconciliation takes action' urged movement towards braver and more impactful actions.
As part of NRW, WALGA participated in activities to increase knowledge and support staff to be part of the reconciliation journey.
Celebrating Reconciliation Week provided an opportunity for WALGA to reflect on its Reconciliation Action Plan vision that creating strong relationships is the foundation to allowing space to heal and view each other as equals. 
  
WALGA staff attended the Reconciliation Takes Action Forum hosted by Reconciliation WA and participated in a cultural incursion delivered by Creative Culture.
View WALGA’s Reconciliation Actions Plan here.
City of Melville's Recognition for Reconciliation 
City of Melville's commitment to reconciliation is reflected in changes to roles relating to Aboriginal engagement.
The First Nations Engagement Advisor is Leanne Woods a Whadjuk, Wongi, Ballardong woman. Leanne provides advice in the areas of Reconciliation, First Nations Culture and engagement across the organisation, with a specific focus on workplace readiness, business engagement, tourism, and arts and cultural representation.

First Nations Community Development Officer, Iyeesha Jetta is a young Whadjuk, Willman, Ballardong woman. Iyeesha partners with the community to facilitate cultural learning programming and events that contribute to community connectedness, belonging and wellbeing, with a specific focus on First Nations young people and families.

This reclassification is important in light of how the City has progressed on its reconciliation journey, aims to promote increased opportunity for development of staff in identified roles, and recognises the cultural load these roles carry as part of the everyday requirement of their work in a tangible way.

To find out more about their roles, check out these videos showcasing Leanne and Iyeesha’s great work produced by WALGA as part of our National Reconciliation Week celebrations last year.
 
 
For more information please contact Kayleigh Ellis, Community Development Coordinator - People at City of Melville
'Let's Talk About Racism' staff workshops
‘Let’s Talk About Racism’ is a successful, unique and evolving program developed by the Cities of Cockburn and Melville to tackle racism head on, its impacts, causes and solutions.
This is a breakthrough pilot program involving Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal staff from the neighbouring cities of Cockburn and Melville. The workshop series aligns with each city’s commitment to its Reconciliation Action Plan.

The inaugural program recruited approximately 30 staff in 2020/21 with many going on to act as mentors for the next group of staff members who will participate in the second round of four three-hour workshops this year.

The City of Cockburn and the City of Melville will continue to work together to deliver the workshop series as part of a strategy to build a group of champions within each organisation and to actively support each other’s reconciliation goals. The rewarding collaboration has sparked a lot of interest across other Local Governments interested in delivering a similar program under the umbrella of reconciliation.

More information can be found here.
Street Banners Celebrate National Reconciliation Week
Organisations from across Western Australia showed their commitment to and support for reconciliation by sponsoring a banner through the Reconciliation Week Street Banner Project.
The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries co-ordinates the Street Banner Project. This year 122 organisations sponsored more than 310 banners, across the Perth CBD and 17 Local Government areas.  This year's banner features stunning artwork by Aboriginal artist Tee Jay (Thomas) Worrigal. His artwork references the burning of country, rebirth, regrowth and beauty.

WALGA sponsored three Local Governments to participate:
  • City of Canning  
  • City of Melville
  • Town of Victoria Park

This year's reconciliation message is 'More than a word. Reconciliation takes action', urging the reconciliation movement towards braver and more impactful action.
For more information on the banner project, click here.
COVID Health Resources for WA’s Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Communities
The latest batch of COVID health resources for WA’s CALD communities includes videos and social tiles in Dinka, Farsi, Indonesian, Italian, Juba Arabic and Tamil.
The resources aim to promote COVID-safe behaviours, including vaccination, and feature WA healthcare workers and community leaders delivering COVID health messaging in English and in language. 
Visit the HealthyWA website for more health resources and information.
EOI: Mosquito Control Advisory Group
The Department of Health is currently seeking Expressions of Interest from suitably experienced candidates to serve as the regional Local Government representative on the Mosquito Control Advisory Committee (MCAC).
The committee meets in-person, on an annual basis, to provide expert advice on mosquito management in Western Australia. MCAC plays a key role in evaluating Local Government funding applications through the Contiguous Local Authorities Group (CLAG) scheme to enhance mosquito management within their jurisdiction.

The successful candidate will be invited to attend the annual MCAC meeting on Thursday, 19 August (in person) to assist in this process, and annually thereafter. The meeting will be held in Mt Claremont, Perth.

The candidate will need to be an active Local Government employee in regional WA (outside of the Perth and Peel regions) with demonstrated, practical experience in mosquito management in WA and be familiar with the CLAG funding scheme.
 
Interested applicants are requested to provide a one-page expression of interest, detailing their relevant experience and knowledge to Department of Health's Abbey Potter by 5:00pm, Friday, 25 June. 
UWA Sage Lab and Department of Communities Elder Abuse Survey 
The Department of Communities and the UWA SAGE Lab are conducting research to explore what people working in communities throughout Western Australia know about the abuse of older people.  
A key part of this research is a survey now available online, which targets people working with, volunteering with, or managing services for older people living at home in Western Australia. It aims to gather insights from a wide range of people who encounter older Western Australians regularly through their activities. 

This is important research that can inform policy and develop new approaches to support older people and their families living in WA communities.  

The online survey can be accessed here.
If you have any questions about this research, please contact study manager Dr Catriona Stevens on 08 6488 7636. 
Improving Partnerships to Better Support Western Australians
A new roadmap has been released to strengthen relationships between the Department of Communities and its partners to better support Western Australians.
The Partnership Framework is the first of its kind released by Communities, designed to improve the way the agency, community services and private sector organisations work together to provide services to people when and where they are needed most.
 
The Framework outlines Communities’ partnership vision and offers guidance to build and sustain the right relationships, providing a better understanding of the benefits of partnering.
 
The framework’s development stemmed from combined efforts of community sector service partners and the State Government to support Western Australians through the COVID-19 pandemic.
More information and a copy of the framework is available on Communities’ Partnerships webpage.
Public Regional Galleries Improvement Fund Now Open
ART ON THE MOVE is now taking applications for the Public Regional Galleries Improvement Fund 2021 (PRGIF).
Public galleries in regional Western Australia can apply for funding from $2500 to $50,000 for minor or major scale upgrades & support.
 
Applications close 5:00pm Friday, July 30
 
This project has been made possible through the Regional Exhibition Touring Boost managed by the Department of Local Government Sport and Cultural Industries, supported by Royalties for Regions and delivered in partnership by ART ON THE MOVE and the Art Gallery of Western Australia.
For more information head to ART ON THE MOVE’s website here.
Mental Health on the Agenda for Local Governments
Innovative forum in Kwinana brings mental health experts together with Local Governments in Perth’s south.
The Local Government Mental Health and Wellbeing Forum was held on Wednesday, 26 May at Darius Wells Library and Community Resource Centre with more than 50 people attending. The South Metropolitan Health Service, in partnership with the Mental Health Commission, gathered Local Governments across the south metropolitan region to optimise mental health and wellbeing at a local level.

City of Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams said this forum was the result of a strong partnership between Local Government, the South Metropolitan Health Service and the Mental Health Commission. “Local Governments are making an important contribution towards supporting optimal mental health and wellbeing in the community,” Mayor Adams said.

The South Metropolitan Health Service’s Health Promotion Manager Richard Crane said the Health Service was working closely with Local Government and key agencies on a range of evidence- based and evidence-informed mental health promotion and prevention initiatives and programs.
 
For more information about the South Metropolitan Health Service, please visit their website here
Local Government Family and Domestic Violence Focus Event
On Tuesday, 18 May the Local Government Community Safety Network’s (LGCSN) delivered the Local Government Family and Domestic Violence Focus Event.
The event was offered in person and via webinar. Key points from the day were: .
The presentations from the event are available on the WALGA website here. 
Funding Opportunities
Grants Directories
WA Grants Directory
Australian Government GrantConnect

General Grants
Healthy Venues Grants
Office of Multicultural Interests  - Community Grants Program

COVID-19 Grants
Youth Recovery Grants 
Creative Communities COVID-19 Recovery Program
 
Resources
Happiness Research Institute
The ConnectGroups Podcast Series
Food Sensations for Adults Online Program
Australian Government - Community Recovery Handbook
Mappa - Health Services Tool 
Local Governments, Public Health and Cancer Prevention Resource
Injury Matters - Local Government Guide
Myth Busting Domestic and Family Violence at Work
Telethon Kids Institute - Child Development Atlas
Stay On Your Feet Move Your Body Campaign Toolkit
Upcoming Training
WA Association for Mental Health Events and Training
Various dates

Prevention of Violence Against Women for Workplaces - White Ribbon Australia Online Course

2021 PHAIWA Advocacy Short Course
Monday - Friday, 2-6 August
Contact the WALGA Resilient Communities Team
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