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Local Government News
12 june 2020
Issue 23

In this issue...


Preferred Supplier Update
A number of new Preferred Supplier initiatives have been progressed in recent months, delivering ease of access and value to WALGA Members.
Highlights of the PSA development activity include:
  • a refresh of the Temporary Personnel contract including the addition of a category for Recruitment Services and a variation to facilitate the transition from temporary to permanent placement
  • a new ICT Services contract with new categories for business machines and cyber security.  There are 120 suppliers recommended to the new Panel
  • an ongoing discount arrangement has been negotiated with Mitsubishi
  • a new Library Services contract has been launched with 26 suppliers for library stocks, RFID, Library Management Services and interloan courier services
  • the Engineering Consulting Services panel has been refreshed
  • a new Panel for Tender Management Services has been developed, and
  • regional supply development for the Roads contract continues.
WALGA PSA Contracts are accessible through eQuotes, inclusive of capability statements, contract documents and rates cards for suppliers.  A list of suppliers can be accessed online through the Products and Services Directory
For support or more information, email
WALGA Environment Platform 
Elected Members who have an interest in environmental issues are invited to join WALGA’s Environment Platform.
The Environment Platform is an online hub for the Local Government sector to build and share knowledge in environment and sustainability, as well as provide networking opportunities for a range of users.

To date the main users are Officers, and WALGA would like to expand the number of Elected Members who use the platform.

Platform members will be kept up-to-date with events, environmental news and information, and be able to network with other interested Elected Members.
The Platform hosts four network groups: the Elected Members Group, LGmap Users Group, Sustainability Officers Network Group (SONG), and the Urban Forest Working Group.

Each group has their own page that is regularly updated by WALGA’s Environment Team with upcoming events, grant and funding opportunities, templates, resources, new programs, policy changes, meeting agendas and minutes, and sustainability updates from Local Governments around WA.

To become a member on the Environment Platform, sign up here
For more information, email the Environment Team
Opportunity to Comment: Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements
The Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements has published an issues paper exploring the central role of Local Governments in preparing for, responding to and recovering from natural disasters.
The Local Governments and Natural Disasters paper poses a series of questions on which the Royal Commission invites comment by Thursday, 18 June.

Local Governments are encouraged to provide their views in response to the questions in this paper.
To submit comments, email the Royal Commission.
Network Services Solar Reduction Program
Infinite Energy is facilitating access to a Western Power program aimed at providing stability services for the electricity grid.  
The program will support the integration of renewables on the network and help future proof WA’s energy landscape. 

Businesses with commercial solar PV installations will be paid for participating in this program. 

To qualify for the payment, Local Governments will be required to switch off their solar system on 12 weekends this Spring and Autumn, which will temporarily increase the amount of electricity being consumed and help stabilise Western Power’s grid. 

The program offers significant financial benefits. There are a limited number of places available offered on the basis of registrations received, and the offer is likely to be over-subscribed.    

To participate, complete the form by 12:00pm, Friday, 19 June.
For more information, contact Commercial Energy Consultant, Michael Dichiera on 1300 074 669.
COVID-19 Recovery: West Promotion Offer
To assist Local Governments attract visitors and tourists to help boost local economies recover from the financial impacts of COVID-19, The West Australian newspaper has created a special promotional offer.
As per the presentation, the four-page features in the travel section are being offered for publication from Saturday, 20 June and can be taken by one Local Government or a group of up to four from a region.

The cost to participate is $10,000, which comprises four 10x7 strip advertisements and supporting editorial. The format allows for groups of up to four Local Governments to combine for a regional promotion and pay $2500 each.
For more information contact Marketforce's Brad Haseldine on 0407 380 882 or SevenWest Media Senior Account Manager, Carla Antoniolli on 0403 716 313.
Webinar: Strengthening Climate Resilience in Local Government
The Strengthening Climate Resilience in Local Government will be held on Thursday, 25 June from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.
It will provide more information on WALGA’s Climate Resilient Councils Project, which aims to strengthen Local Governments ability to be climate resilient by ensuring risks are addressed through corporate processes and decision-making frameworks.
WALGA will provide an overview of the extent of climate change planning and action in the Western Australian Local Government sector.  Gaps, barriers and opportunities for improvement will also be identified.

The webinar is available to Local and State Government only.

To view the program or register, click here.
For more information, email A/Event Manager, Ulrike Prill or call 9213 2043.
Public Health Regulation Review: Air Handling Part Two
The Department of Health (DOH) has released a Air Handling Part Two Discussion Paper which outlines the new regulations and implications for Local Government.
WALGA previously provided comment to DOH in relation to Air Handling. The WALGA submission provided general support for development of new regulations; but highlighted that more detail is required to identify the impact on Local Government. This latest discussion paper provides the detail proposed to be included in the new regulations. 

Feedback on this discussion paper part two can be provided to DOH via an online survey by Monday, 31 August. WALGA will also be developing a submission on behalf of the sector and Local Governments are encouraged to provide feedback or a copy of their completed survey to Policy Officer, Community, Bec Waddington by Wednesday, 15 July to contribute to the WALGA submission. 

WALGA plans to host a webinar with DOH about the proposed regulations in early July, which will also be an opportunity to provide comments and feedback for the WALGA submission.
For more information or to register for the webinar, email Policy Officer, Community, Bec Waddington.
2021 Scholarship Nominations – Now Open
WALGA’s Diploma of Local Government (Elected Member) is the highest level of qualification that an Elected Member can obtain through WALGA Training (RTO 51992).
It has been designed specifically to meet the skills and knowledge requirements of an Elected Member’s role in Western Australia. Encompassing completion of Stages 1, 2 and 3 of WALGA’s Learning and Development Pathway, this nationally recognised training program contains 10 units of competency that form the 52756WA Diploma of Local Government (Elected Member).

How Do I Apply?
To apply for this scholarship simply detail in around 250 words what benefits you, your Council and your community would gain from this professional development opportunity.

What Will I Win?
The scholarship will cover the full Diploma training cost and assessment fees, along with relevant travel and accommodation costs, up to the value of $10,000.

Click here for a Nomination Form, which upon completion should be emailed to Nominations close on Friday, 31 July.
A full Diploma outline is is available on the WALGA Training webpage.
For more information on the nomination process, email the Training Team or call 9213 2088.
Officer Training
The following WALGA training courses are being delivered at WALGA’s West Leederville office:
Accounts Payable for Local Government
Monday, 6 July
Preparing Agendas and Minutes
Tuesday, 7 July
Effective Letter and Report Writing
Wednesday, 8 July
Accounts Receivable for Local Government
Monday, 13 July
For more information and to secure your place for the above courses, click here.
'Return to the Office' Facilities Management
Phase 3 easing of emergency restrictions commenced Saturday, 6 June.
With operations returning to regular business and a particular need to enhance cleaning and social distancing, WALGA has advanced additional offers to Members for cleaning products.

A range of manufacturer direct supplies has been negotiated on the back of the successful provision of hand sanitiser during the peak of the COVID-19 market disruption. 
Additionally a special offer has been put together for Hygiene Protection Screens.  .
For more information, email Commercial Development Manager, Andrew Blitz.
VendorPanel Marketplace Update
As part of its response to COVID-19, WALGA has implemented the VendorPanel Marketplace platform to immediately assist Local Government buyers to link with local suppliers and support local economic development.
To provide further information and support WALGA Member use of the platform, an Activating Marketplace in your LGA webinar will be held on Wednesday, 17 June at 11:00am. To attend this presentation, register here.
The platform is rapidly growing with the number of WA suppliers approaching 10,000 businesses. 

Supporting staff to use the Marketplace is available with these resources. VendorPanel is also supporting Local Governments to run campaigns to promote their use of the platform to the local business community. For support on launching and preparing for a local campaign, email VendorPanel's Vivek Thilkan.
WALGA Preferred Supply Arrangements are managed on VendorPanel so Local Government buyers can access both suppliers and the public marketplace on the one platform.

Marketplace is aimed at accessing suppliers for low spend, local procurement needs, and does not entail any WALGA process of prequalification or due diligence. The facility has been licensed by WALGA as a Member benefit and entails no cost to either Members or suppliers. 
To register for the webinar or for more information, click here.
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