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Local Government News
3 july 2020
Issue 26

In this issue...


Review of Regional General Valuations of GRV for 2020-21
WALGA CEO, Nick Sloan and staff this week met with the State Valuer General, Lester Cousins to discuss Landgate’s upcoming work program, in which 41 regional Local Governments were due to have updated gross rental values (GRVs) determined in the 2020/21 financial year with a valuation date of Saturday, 1 August.
The Valuer General has determined it is not practical to undertake these GRV general valuations and that the program will be deferred for twelve months.

He stated that the decision to postpone the regional GRV program acknowledges the impact of COVID-19 on the regional economy and that due to the predicted rental property market volatility at the valuation date, he is not satisfied that it will be possible to interpret the market with sufficient confidence for GRVs to be calculated and defensible.   

In the case of unimproved values, the State-wide program for 2020/21 will be undertaken with a date of valuation of Saturday, 1 August due to the fact that unimproved values must be determined annually unless impracticable. 
Please note that although the valuation date is Saturday, 1 August, these assessments will not come into effect until Thursday, 1 July 2021.

The Valuer General further expressed as the land market is less volatile in response to short term changes, he considers that defensible values can be determined. 

The Valuer General said he will make himself available to attend a future webinar held by WALGA to address the sector and discuss these issues.
For more information, email Executive Manager, Governance and Organisational Services, Tony Brown.
Webinar with U.S. Consul General in Perth - Friday, 10 July
The webinar featuring U.S. Consul General, David J. Gainer is part of WALGA’s webinar series during the COVID-19 crisis.
Consul General Gainer will talk about how his role fits with the community at the Local Government level and outline the opportunities for Local Government and their communities.
Date:     Friday, 10 July
Time:    2:30pm to 3:30pm
Click here to register for the webinar.
A summary of the discussions and the link to the recording will be provided in the COVID-19 Update following the webinar.
For more information, email A/Event Manager, Ulrike Prill.
Free Lunch Time LGmap courses
The lunch time LGmap courses are suitable for new users and those wishing to refresh skills in using LGmap to plan infrastructure or other projects and identifying feasible priorities to be considered for delivery through the varied economy stimulus packages.
Two identical online sessions are available for Local Governments subscribing to LGmap, focusing on working with annotations and the latest functionality extensions will be demonstrated:
  • Thursday, 16 July - 12:30pm to 1:30pm, or
  • Wednesday, 22 July - 12:30pm to 1:30pm.
Login details for accessing these online sessions will be provided after registering for Lunch Time LGmap Short Courses.
As well as these formal sessions, WALGA offers Local Government tailored training and free LGmap trials.  
For more information, email Business Development Officer (Environmental Planning Tool/LGmap), Renata Zelinova or call 9213 2521
Urban Forest Dashboard Webinar
WALGA is hosting a webinar with the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage (DPLH) to launch the new Urban Forest Dashboard.
The Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) has developed a statistical dashboard on urban tree canopy for publication. The dashboard uses the CSIRO’s Urban Monitor canopy data for 2014, 2016 and 2018. These data sets have been re-calibrated to lot level canopy information (plus streets and parks) and will be available to Local Governments through Landgate.

This webinar is an opportunity to find out more about the dashboard and learn how it can be used to help implement urban forest strategy in Local Governments. DPLH Officers will provide a short presentation on the new Dashboard followed by a Q&A session.

Date:   Wednesday, 15 July
Time:   3:00pm to 4:00pm
Cost:   Free

Click here to register.
For more information, email A/Event Manager Ulla Prill.
Input Needed for State Infrastructure Strategy Discussion Paper
Infrastructure WA released its State Infrastructure Strategy Discussion Paper, which provides a foundation for the development of the State Infrastructure Strategy.
The discussion paper can be found here.

WALGA will be preparing a submission on behalf of the Local Government sector and is seeking input from Local Governments.
The paper outlines a series of consultation questions in order to gather feedback from stakeholders to inform the next phase of strategy development, and focuses on:
  • the guiding principles and objectives that will help define the Strategy
  • the methodology and governance for developing the Strategy, and
  • the priority opportunities and challenges the Strategy should address, particularly over the medium to long-term.
More information can be found on the InfoPage.

There are also opportunities for Members to provide input directly to the process by providing a submission, completing a survey, or attending a workshop. Click here for more information.
To submit comments or for more information, email Policy Manager, Economics, Dana Mason by Friday, 17 July.
Future Drought Fund Announced
A Future Drought Fund that will make $100 million available annually to support farmers and communities managing the impacts of drought was rolled out by the Federal Government on Wednesday, 1 July. 
The Australian Government has invested an initial credit of $3.9 billion into a Future Drought Fund which is part of the Government’s Drought Response, Resilience and Preparedness Plan.

On Wednesday, 1 July the Australian Government announced the eight foundational programs for the first year of the fund, to be delivered in accordance with the principles outlined in the Future Drought Fund’s 2020-24 Drought Resilience Funding Plan.

It is encouraging to see that the recommendations outlined in WALGA’s submission have been adopted in the Regional Drought Resilience Planning program.

More information on the funding can be found on the InfoPage.

The program will provide $10 million to support group partnerships with Local Governments and regional stakeholders to develop a Regional Drought Resilience Plan for agriculture, and identify and guide innovative actions to build resilience to future droughts.

WALGA’s submission is available here.

To subscribe to project updates, click here.
For more information, email Executive Manager, Strategy, Policy and Planning, Mark Batty or call 9213 2078.
Procurement Training
The following WALGA training courses are being delivered at WALGA’s West Leederville office:
Procurement and Contract Management Fundamentals
Thursday, 23 July
Planning and Specification Development
Friday, 24 July
Evaluation, Supplier Selection & Contract Establishment
Monday, 27 July
Managing Contracts in Local Government
Tuesday, 28 July
For more information, or to register online visit WALGA Training or email to secure a place.
Facilitating Council Business - Webinar
Councils can use a combination of informal and formal meetings to strategically develop ideas and exchange information and ultimately add value to providing good government for the whole community.
The webinar will focus on:
  • the difference between informal  and formal meetings
  • using a combination of informal and formal meetings to achieve strategic objectives, and
  • how to deal with constituent enquiries.
This webinar will be presented by Executive Manager, Governance and Organisational Services, Tony Brown and co-presented by Manager, Governance, James McGovern and Governance Advisor, Lyn Fogg.

Date:    Thursday, 30 July
Time:    5:00pm to 6:00pm
Cost:    Free 

To register, click here.
A recording of this webinar will be made available to the public within a few days of the event.
For more information or to register, click here.
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