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17 july 2020
WALGA
Issue 28

In this issue...

 
Keeping COVID-19 Local Government Records
Local Governments are encouraged to check out the recently released State Records Office guide, which unpacks how important Local Government and historical records created in the initial phase of the COVID-19 public health emergency can be identified, captured and managed.
The COVID-19 pandemic is a significant event in world history and Local Government’s work in response to this crisis and in supporting the community is likely to be of historical and research interest in years to come. 
 
The transition of Local Government employees to working from home may also have impacted record keeping practices and it is important to recover records that evidence how decisions were made and implemented, along with evidence of financial, legislative compliance and good governance.
For more information or assistance, email the State Records Office.
 
Free Lunch Time LGmap Courses
The lunch time LGmap course is 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.
A short course will be delivered online, focusing on working with annotations and the latest functionality extensions:
  • 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 Governments tailored training and free LGmap trials.  
For more information, email Business Development Officer (LGmap), Renata Zelinova or call 9213 2521.
 
Information session – R-Codes Review
The Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) is seeking public comment on draft amendments to State Planning Policy 7.3 – Residential Design Codes: Volume 1 (R-Codes).
WALGA is hosting an online information session with A/Director DesignWA, Janine Egan on the proposed changes.

The session is being held at 2:00pm on Thursday, 23 July. Click here to register for the session.

This interim review is part of the State Government’s economic recovery response to COVID-19 and aims to make it easier and simpler to build new homes or carry out improvements by streamlining the approvals process. Proposed amendments include revised deemed-to-comply standards and simplification of clauses and related assessment methods.

Comments to the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage close Thursday, 10 September
To submit comments or for more information, click here.
 
Webinars on the Management of Wetlands and Constructed Lakes
WALGA and New WAter Ways have partnered to deliver two upcoming webinars on the management of wetlands and constructed lakes:
  • Webinar 1:  Designing a Water Quality Monitoring Program
    (Thursday, 23 July - 10:00am to 11:00am)
     
    • This webinar will provide information on designing a water quality monitoring program that is tailored to the type of wetland or lake, and the management objectives. New WAter Ways will discuss monitoring considerations such as selecting the right parameters, frequency of monitoring, reactive versus scheduled, groundwater or surface water, and the influence of water level and flow. 
       
  • Webinar 2:  Floating Islands, Drainage Socks and Wildlife Management
    (Thursday, 30 July - 1:00pm to 2:00pm)
     
    • This webinar will provide case studies from Local Governments and the Water Corporation on water quality and wildlife management projects. Information on the performance of floating islands and different types of gross pollutant traps (drainage socks, floating litter booms and floating litter traps) will be discussed. 
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To view the program or register for the webinars, click here.
 
Webinar with Hon Mark Coulton MP - Friday, 24 July
The webinar featuring Federal Minister for Regional Health, Regional Communications and Local Government, Hon Mark Coulton MP is part of WALGA’s webinar series during the COVID-19 crisis.
The Minister will speak about his key priorities as Australia seeks to recover from COVID-19 and restart the economy.

As a former Mayor of Gwydir Council in NSW before he was elected as the Member for Parkes in 2007, and with an extensive agricultural background as a farmer and grazier, Minister Coulton understands regional Australia and the challenges faced by Local Governments.
 
Date:     Friday, 24 July
Time:    1:00pm to 2:00pm
 
Click here to register for the webinar.
 
Registrants are encouraged to submit questions for the Minister to Nicole Matthews by 12:00pm, Wednesday, 22 July.
The next two presentations in this webinar series will be on Friday, 31 July with the Valuer General, Lester Cousins and Friday, 7 August with the State Recovery Coordinator, Sharyn O'Neill. For more information, email A/Event Manager, Ulrike Prill.
 
Improvements to the Native Vegetation Clearing Process for Local Government Webinar
WALGA will hold a webinar on the reforms being implemented by the Department of Water Environment Regulation (DWER) and hear lessons learnt by Local Governments in their management of native vegetation and clearing permit applications.
Over the past two years, the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) and WALGA have worked on a range of projects aimed at addressing issues with the regulatory system for clearing of native vegetation experienced by Local Government.
 
The webinar will focus on:
  • DWER’s internal regulatory reform process relating to native vegetation clearing
  • the role of DWER’s new dedicated Local Government assessment  team
  • examples of strategic clearing permit approaches
  • WALGA support with these processes, and
  • an update on the activities of the Local Government Roadside Clearing Regulation Working Group.
Date:      Tuesday, 28 July
Time:     10:00am to 11.30am
Cost:      Free

The webinar is available to Local and State Government only. 
Click here to view the program or register.
 
Local Government Showcase Webinars
WALGA’s Local Government Showcase webinars provide an opportunity to share stories of how Local Governments are innovating to support their communities during COVID-19.
The focus of the next webinar is recovery. It will feature presentations from the Shire of Narrogin, Town of Victoria Park and City of Mandurah.
 
Date:   Thursday, 30 July
Time:   10:00am to 11:30am

The webinar will be recorded and a link will be circulated after it airs. Previous Local Government Showcase webinars can be accessed on the WALGA website.
Click here to register for the webinar.
 
Auditor General Report – Working With Children Checks
The most recent report from the Office of the Auditor General, Working with Children Checks – Managing Compliance resulted from audits of State Government agencies.
However, the missteps identified and the Auditor General’s subsequent recommendations provide useful guidance that will assist the Local Government sector to better manage the obligations
For more information about obligations, visit the Working with Children Checks website
 
2021 Local Government Road Safety Awards
Nominations for the 2021 Local Government Road Safety Awards are now open.
The Local Government Road Safety Awards is a joint initiative of the WALGA’s RoadWise and the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia – Western Australia Inc.

The awards acknowledge outstanding achievements by Local Governments in the area of road safety, and recognise innovation in engineering countermeasures contributing to safe system implementation, along with local road safety partnerships and champions.

Nominations close at 5:00pm on Friday, 30 October.    
Visit the WALGA RoadWise website to download the Local Government Road Safety Awards Kit and Info Sheet.
 
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 training@walga.asn.au to secure a place.
 
Vacancies on Boards and Committees
The Association is pleased to announce the following vacancies:
  • DFES Bush Fire Services Capital Grants Committee (Elected Members and Local Government Officers)
    • 2 Members (at least one must be non-metropolitan).
       
  • DFES State Emergency Services Capital Grants Committee (Elected Members and Local Government Officers)
    • 2 Members (at least one must be non-metropolitan)
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 5:00pm, Friday, 7 August.

Nomination forms are available here.
For more information, contact Governance Support Officer, Chantelle O’Brien or call 9213 2013.
 
Community Disaster Resilience
The Community Disaster Resilience Strategy aims to reduce the impact of disasters on Western Australian communities by developing their strengths and capacity to cope with and recover from disasters.
The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) will be engaging with communities across WA to learn about their strengths and experiences, and capture ideas for the strategy from August to October. 

Local Governments are invited to host a discussion with their community. The discussions will assist Local Governments identify local actions, whilst contributing to the statewide strategy.

DFES will facilitate the meeting and cover meeting costs.
For more information or to register, email DFES Community Disaster Resilience Strategy Principal Strategy Officer, Su Groome or call 0438 508 189
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