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Local Government News
22 may 2020
Issue 20

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Media Releases Mailbag

Webinar: Local Government Support for Aboriginal Language and Place Names
Registrations Open
Join WALGA for a webinar that will highlight how Local Government use of Aboriginal language and place names assists with promoting broader community awareness of Aboriginal history and culture.

Date:   Thursday, 28 May
Time:  1:00pm to 3:00pm

The program will include case studies from the Local Governments of Katanning and South Perth on projects involving Aboriginal language and place naming, as well as a presentation from Landgate on Aboriginal place naming procedures and best practice. Professor Len Collard, together with the Community Arts Network, will also discuss the CAN Place Names program.

The webinar is in support of National Reconciliation Week (Wednesday, 27 May to Wednesday, 3 June) and contributes to this year’s theme, ‘In This Together’.
To view the speaker program and register, click here.
2020 Annual General Meeting
At the Wednesday, 6 May meeting State Council endorsed a plan for the 2020 WALGA Annual General Meeting to be held on Friday, 25 September.
The meeting will be held in person if gathering, travel and other restrictions allow; if not, the meeting will be conducted virtually.

WALGA’s Constitution requires delegate attendance in person for a quorum to be achieved. Effectively, this means the meeting will not be constitutionally valid if the meeting is required to be held virtually, but the intention would be to conduct the meeting in the normal way to facilitate member participation in WALGA’s business and advocacy agenda with the outcomes referred to State Council, as is normal practice.

Formal correspondence will be sent to all member Local Governments in due course.
For more information, email Manager, Strategy and Association Governance, Tim Lane.
Vehicles and Operating Lease Contracts
WALGA has released some commentary regarding the use of Novated Leases and access to Government vehicle pricing.
In particular, awareness is raised regarding Remote Area Mortgage Interest (RAMI) benefits and associated FBT implications within lease contracts. The communication also contains information regarding an extension to the Mitsubishi vehicle offer that provides additional purchase value to Local Government.
For further information, please click here
eLearning Opportunities
WALGA has worked closely with Local Government content experts to create training courses from the ground up to best suit the Western Australian context.
Every course has been created by identifying a strong need in the sector and then working with content experts to provide the most accurate and useful training experience possible.

Elected Member Courses Officer Courses Procurement and Contract Management Courses Town Planning Courses .
For more information and to secure your place, click on the relevant link above.
Emergency Management eLearning – Free
For a limited time only, WALGA Training will be offering our popular Emergency Management eLearning courses free of charge.
These courses have been constructed specifically to address the fundamental skills required to operate effectively in the Local Government Emergency Management environment. Due to the emergency times we are in, WALGA is prepared to offer these eLearning courses free of charge from now until Thursday, 31 December.

Emergency Management Fundamentals (eLearning)
Available now online

AIIMS Awareness 
Available now online
For more information, or to register online visit WALGA Training or email to secure a place.
Free Lunchtime LGmap Courses
Short courses are offered to LGmap subscribers as well as users of Public LGmap.
Delivered online, users can watch these short sessions while enjoying lunch and then test their skills.

Sessions for LGmap subscribers:
  • 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
Sessions for Elected Members and community volunteers using Public LGmap:
  • Thursday, 4 June - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
  • Wednesday, 10 June - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Login details for accessing these online sessions will be provided to subscribers registering for Lunch Time Short Courses.

As well as these formal sessions, WALGA offers Local Government-tailored training and free short trials of LGmap for Local Government staff interested in learning more.
For more information on these lunchtime sessions or the tailored training and free trials, contact Business Development Officer (Environmental Planning Tool/LGmap), Renata Zelinova or call 9213 2521. 
Cycling Guidance for Local Area Traffic Management Schemes
The Department of Transport has released draft Cycling Guidelines for Local Area Traffic Management Schemes for comment.
The document provides guidance about the technical requirements of cycling provisions in local area traffic management (LATM) schemes. 

The draft guidelines, online survey and comment facilities can be found on the My Say Transport website and Local Governments are encouraged to provide feedback on the draft guidelines before Friday, 12 June.

Please forward a copy of your submission to WALGA. This will inform WALGA’s feedback to the Department of Transport.
For more information, contact Policy Officer Transport and Roads, Sebastian Davies-Slate on 9213 2050.
Western Australia Bicycle Network Local Government Grants Briefing Sessions
The Department of Transport (DoT) has scheduled online briefing sessions for Local Governments interested in applying for cycling infrastructure grants.
DoT has released details of briefing sessions to guide grant applications under the Perth Bicycle Network and Regional Bicycle Network grant programs. The programs provide grants of up to 50% of the cost of eligible cycling infrastructure projects.

Local Governments interested in applying for a grant are encouraged to participate in one of these briefing sessions. The sessions will include the opportunity for a one-to-one session on specific projects.

Sessions - Wednesday, 27 May
Metro: 10:00am to 11:00am
Regional: 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Sessions - Thursday, 28 May
Regional: 10:00am to 11:00am
Metro: 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Register your attendance here
For more information, email Policy Officer Transport and Roads, Sebastian Davies-Slate or call 9213 2050. Alternatively, contact the Department of Transport on 6551 6474 (metropolitan) or 6551 6752 (regional).
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