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Local Government News
24 july 2020
Issue 29

In this issue...

Report on Councillor Training
Local Government CEOs are reminded that a Report on Training is required to be published on their official website within one month of the end of each financial year (i.e. by Friday, 31 July) in accordance with Section 5.127(1) and (2) of the Local Government Act:
  1. a Local Government must prepare a report for each financial year on the training completed by Council members in the financial year, and
  2. the CEO must publish the report on the Local Government’s official website within one month after the end of the financial year to which the report relates.
For more information, email Manager, Governance, James McGovern or call 9213 2093.
Webinar with the Valuer General, Lester Cousins - Friday, 31 July
The webinar featuring the Valuer General, Lester Cousins is part of WALGA’s webinar series during the COVID-19 crisis.
Mr Cousins will outline his role as it relates to Local Government rating processes, the upcoming works program for Landgate in assessing Gross Rental and Unimproved Values across regional areas and the recent application of valuations across the metropolitan area.
Date:     Friday, 31 July
Time:     2:00pm to 3:00pm
Click here to register for the webinar.
Registrants are encouraged to submit questions for Mr Cousins to Nicole Matthews by 12:00pm, Wednesday, 29 July.
For more information, email A/Event Manager, Ulrike Prill.
Fuel Tax Credit Reviews
The Preferred Supplier Fuel Tax Credit review service has completed another year of activity which resulted in 26 completed audits and collectively, a total of $470,000 worth of credit rebate was claimed.
The organisations reviewed are now up-to-date with ATO changes made within the last four years and are now in a confident position to maximise their future Fuel Tax Credit claims.
Due to the current COVID-19 situation, AIT Specialists are undertaking reviews via remote engagement, and are able to include Local Governments interested in participating. 

WALGA Members who have not undertaken a recent review are encouraged to consider the benefits of this service.
For more information, email AIT Specialists' Matthew Fahey or call 0481 222 868.
Group Advertising Services
In the year to 30 June, WALGA members received collective savings of $2.3 million (aggregated discounts from standard media rates) on advertising placements through the Group Advertising Services that delivers whole-of-sector media contracts through Marketforce. 
These savings derived from a sector spend of over $4 million, with half of all placements in either The West Australian (30%) or Community News Group (20%).
Media contracts have been negotiated for the forthcoming year, offering rates equal to last year (equivalent to State Government rates) and sector-specific value added benefits, including:
  • bonus space allocations and a feature discount level of 25% for The West Australian
  • new initiatives such as customised features and digital platforms
  • retention of Community Groups discount placements, space allocations and new print/online digital combination packages, and
  • cost-effective rates for casual bookings through Seek, with incentives to purchase “ad-packs”. 
Marketforce is able to assist with the optimisation of spend across all media, including integrated campaign spends.
Email Marketforce Strategic Account Director, Brad Haseldine for more information. For WALGA contract enquiries, email Commercial Development Manager, Andrew Blitz.
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.
WALGA Breakfast with Paul Hasleby
WALGA will hold a breakfast event with former leading Fremantle Dockers player, former coach of South Fremantle Football Club (WAFL), sports broadcaster – Paul Hasleby.
Date:       Friday, 25 September 
Time:       7:30am to 9:00am
Venue:    Crown Perth
Cost:       $90 (Incl GST)

RSVP by Wednesday, 16 September. 
To register for the breakfast, click here.
For more information, email A/Event Manager, Ulrike Prill or call 9213 2043.
Recreational Boating Facilities Scheme: Round 25
The Department of Transport is calling for applications for funding from the Recreational Boating Facilities Scheme for 2021-22.
The Minister for Transport has announced that $1.5 million will be available for new and improved recreational boating facilities across WA in 2021-22.

The Recreational Boating Facilities Scheme (RBFS) is a State Government grants program administered by the Department of Transport and is funded directly from recreational boat registration fees. The RBFS provides grants to eligible authorities for the planning and construction of public boating infrastructure benefiting WA’s recreational boating community.

Applications for Round 25 are now open, the closing date for applications is Tuesday, 1 September. Information about the scheme and application instructions are available here.
For more information, email Department of Transport Grants Officer, Maritime, Maureen Black or call 0439 651 209.
Inviting Project Applications for Commodity Route Funding
Local Governments are invited to submit applications for Commodity Route Funding in 2021/22.
The State Road Funds to Local Government Agreement makes provision for a Commodity Route Fund (CRF). Commodity Routes are defined as routes where there is a significant high priority transport task associated with the transport of a commodity such as grain, timber, agricultural lime, iron ore etc. The assessment process for the Commodity Routes Fund will prioritise projects not eligible for Road Project Grant Funding.
Application forms, application guidelines and assessment guidelines for the CRF are available from the WALGA website.

Completed application forms must be submitted by the RRG Secretariat by email before the closing date on Friday, 25 September.  
For more information, email Policy Manager Transport and Roads, Mark Bondietti or call 9213 2040.
Officer Training
The following WALGA training courses are being delivered at WALGA’s West Leederville office:
Preparing Agendas and Minutes
Tuesday, 4 August
Effective Letter and Report Writing
Wednesday, 5 August
Local Government Act 1995 - The Essentials
Tuesday, 11 August
Dealing with Difficult Customers
Thursday, 13 August
Policy Development and Procedure Writing
Monday & Tuesday, 17 & 18 August
Local Government Industry Award 2020
Friday, 21 August
For more information, or to register online visit WALGA Training or email 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.
WA Government’s Distributed Energy Resources Roadmap Webinar
Local Governments are invited to attend a webinar on the WA Government's Distributed Energy Resources Roadmap, and learn more about the implications for Local Government and the community.
The WA State Government released the Distributed Energy Resources Roadmap, which outlined a plan for how the grid will manage the increasing levels of rooftop solar being installed and move towards a cleaner energy future.

Energy Policy WA will discuss:
  • community behaviour change that is needed to deliver the roadmap
  • potential impacts on Local Government operations
  • ways that local governments can assist or get involved with the roadmap, and
  • upcoming pilot projects, initiatives, support and resources available.
The webinar will be held on Wednesday, 5 August at 10:00am.
Click here to register.
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