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Local Government News
15 may 2020
Issue 19

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Media Release Mailbag

VendorPanel Marketplace Now Live
WALGA is pleased to announce that the VendorPanel Marketplace platform to assist Local Government buyers to link with local suppliers, is now live, to facilitate the management of local procurement processes and help stimulate their local economies.
Following a number of initiatives to drive supplier support, the platform has seen positive response from the suppliers - more than 7000 local suppliers have registered for the Marketplace environment. Member Local Governments are now well positioned to commence issuing business opportunities to these suppliers for low spend, local procurement needs.
Members are encouraged to ensure buyers within their Local Government are registered, and to continue raising awareness of the initiative within their local business communities.

Comprehensive resources to support buyer adoption and supplier onboarding are readily available. There is no limit to the number of buyers a Council has on the platform.
WALGA Preferred Supply Arrangements are managed on VendorPanel so Local Government buyers can access both suppliers from these lists and the public marketplace on the one platform.
For more information, email Manager, Commercial Management, Dale Chapman or call 9213 2095.
Free Lunchtime LGmap Courses
Short LGmap courses are offered to subscribers, suitable for new users and those wishing to refresh their LGmap use skills. The latest functionality extensions will be demonstrated.
Delivered online, these short sessions focus on specific uses of LGmap, the sector specific data reporting and mapping platform. Users can watch and listen while enjoying a lunch and then test their skills.

Thursday, 21 May 12:30pm to 1:30pm 
Creating documentation and shape files to document native vegetation clearing applications

Tuesday, 26 May 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Using the vegetation height layer to support implementation of Urban Forest Plans (Perth and Peel)

Wednesday, 27 May 12:30pm to 1:30pm 
Mapping vegetation for bushfire risk assessment

Login details for accessing these online sessions will be provided to subscribers registering for Lunch Time Short Courses.
To organise a LGmap trial or a Local Government tailored training, email Business Development Officer (Environmental Planning Tool/LGmap), Renata Zelinova or call 9213 2521. 
Western Councillor April-May Edition
The April-May edition of Western Councillor is available to download from the WALGA website.
A bi-monthly magazine, Western Councillor features news and achievements from the sector.

The April/May edition features updates from the WALGA President and CEO, Minister and Shadow Minister for Local Government as well as information on WALGA’s recent organisational restructure, COVID-19 response and support for Members.

This edition of Western Councillor is digital-only, due to working arrangements in the period of COVID-19.
To download the latest edition of Western Councillor, click here. Previous editions of Western Councillors can be viewed here.
WALGA Honours Program 2020
Whilst the 2020 WA Local Government Convention has been cancelled, the annual Honours Awards Program is still being run. Alternative options for presentation of awards are currently being investigated.
There are six categories of awards in the 2020 Honours program, details are below:
  • Local Government Medal
    • recognises outstanding achievement and significant contribution by Elected Members and Officers to the Association and/or to Local Government.
  • Life Membership
    • recognises the long and outstanding service of Elected Members and Officers to the Association and/or to Local Government.
  • Eminent Service Award
    • recognises personal commitment, eminent service and contribution to Local Government or the Association.
  • Long and Loyal Service Award
    • recognises Elected Members who have provided long service of a high degree as an executive member of WALGA for eight or more years or as an Elected Member for 12 or more years.
  • Merit Award
    • recognises Elected Members who have provided distinguished service to the community through their Local Government.
  • Local Government Distinguished Officer Award
    • recognises serving local Government officers who have provided outstanding performance for the Local Government sector
Please note that individual nomination forms have been created for each category to be specifically focused on each awards criteria.

Award categories and nomination forms are available on the WALGA website.

Closing date for nominations has been extended and will close 5:00pm, Friday, 5 June.
For more information or to apply, visit the website.
Online Classroom Training
WALGA Training is offering their face-to-face courses in an online classroom format using GoToWebinar.
Officer Courses:
Policy Development and Procedure Writing
Tuesday & Wednesday, 19 & 20 May
For more information and to register for the courses, click here.
Vacancies on Boards and Committees
The Association is pleased to announce the following vacancies :
  • WA State Graffiti Taskforce (Elected Members and Local Government Officers) - Readvertised
    • 1 Non-Metropolitan Member
  • State Library Board of Western Australia (Elected Members and Local Government Officers) - Readvertised
    • 1 Non-Metropolitan Member (Shire)
  • Local Government House Trust (Elected Members only) - Readvertised
    • 1 Metropolitan Member
Nominees are required to submit a completed nomination form, statement addressing the selection criteria and short curriculum vitae (two pages maximum) before the close of nominations at 5:00pm on Friday, 5 June.

Nomination forms are available here.
For more information, email Governance Support Officer, Chantelle O’Brien or call 9213 2013.
2018 Australian Early Development Census Results
The 2018 AEDC results for Western Australia, including summary results by Local Government area, are now available.
The report and infographic provide an overview of the 2018 AEDC results for Western Australia, including by region and by Local Government area, and complements the information available through online AEDC community maps and profiles.
The AEDC measures young children’s progress across five key areas of development (physical, social, emotional, language and communication). 
Local Governments are encouraged to consider AEDC results in the development and review of their strategic community plans under the Integrated Planning and Reporting Framework and Guidelines. A number of Local Governments are already using the AEDC, including the Cities of Mandurah, Armadale, Stirling and Wanneroo.
For more information, email AEDC WA Coordinator, Gail Clark.
Wear Orange Wednesday Campaign
Local Governments, along with the community, are encouraged to take part in the Wear Orange Wednesday (WOW) Day campaign to recognise the SES volunteers from all walks of life.
Participants can wear orange on Wednesday, 20 May to thank SES volunteers.

The SES provides a vital service for the people of Western Australia - from conducting emergency repairs to buildings damaged by cyclones, storms and floods, to ferrying cargo and passengers across floodwaters.

16 landmarks and buildings across the State, including City of Karratha, City of Busselton, Queen’s Park Theatre Geraldton, Matagarup Bridge, Elizabeth Quay and Yagan Square, will light up orange as part of WOW Day commemorations.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services has a suite of marketing materials, including posters, Facebook banners and an email signature, for Local Governments to promote WOW Day.
Click here to download the marketing materials.
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