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Local Government News
31 july 2020
Issue 30

In this issue...

Registration Open: WALGA AGM, Breakfast and Political Forum
Registration for the 2020 WALGA AGM and Political Forum is now open, with this year’s events to be held at Crown Perth on Friday, 25 September.
With the 2020 WA Local Government Convention no longer going ahead, WALGA will instead be holding a number of events alongside this year’s AGM including a Breakfast with Paul Hasleby, a Political Forum available to Mayors, Presidents and CEOs and a sundowner at the end of the day’s proceedings.
Detailed information and the links to online registration are available here.  
Please note: Pre-event registrations for all events are essential due to possible COVID-19 restrictions.
For more information, email A/Event Manager, Ulrike Prill or call 9213 2043.
Webinar with Hon Mark Coulton MP
The webinar on Friday, 24 July featured Federal Minister for Regional Health, Regional Communications and Local Government, Hon Mark Coulton MP.
In his address, the Minister outlined work being undertaken in the area of rural heath around planning for outbreak management and the recent appointment of a rural health commissioner.

He spoke of the mobile phone blackspot program and recent funding rounds being unsubscribed due to telecommunications companies considering some projects not being economically viable, even with government subsidies. 

The Minister outlined the Regional Connectivity Program, looking at ensuring provision of voice and data services in areas where the NBN is not meeting current need.

He also noted challenges in the provision of rural health services with a general downturn in GP training and a need to provide opportunities for specialist training and establish career paths for new GPs choosing to work in the regions.
To view a recording of the webinar, click here.
2020 National Awards for Local Government
Three WA Local Governments were recognised for their outstanding achievements at the 2020 National Awards for Local Government.
The City of Wanneroo won the Arts Animates category with its DJ Course project.

Winner of Contributing to Regional Growth category, City of Mandurah was recognised for its Entrepreneurial Capacity Building Program project.

The City of Busselton won the Boosting Productivity through Infrastructure category with the Busselton Margaret River Airport Development Project.

WALGA President, State Council, CEO and staff congratulate the Cities of Wanneroo, Mandurah and Busselton on their well-deserved award win.

The winners are in the running for the 2020 National Award for Excellence in Local Government. This award will be announced later this year.
For more information, view the media release here.
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
Certificate IV in Procurement and Contracting
Monday - Friday, 24 - 28 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.
National Resources: Empowering Children and Young People to Make Complaints
The Commissioner for Children and Young People WA has been commissioned by the National Office for Child Safety (NOCS) to develop child-friendly resources that explain their right to make a complaint and empower them speak up when they feel uncomfortable, unsafe or marginalised within organisations.
The resources will complement the NOCS Complaint Handling Guide: Upholding the Rights of Children and Young People, which provides practical advice to organisations about developing, implementing and maintaining a complaint-handling system that prioritises child safety and promotes the child’s voice in decision-making.

In August, the Commissioner’s team will consult with children, young people and adults (parents, carers, youth workers, coaches), with the national resources expected to be available for use in early 2021.

Consultation strategies will include online surveys, focus groups and interviews.
For more information, email CCYP's Marie Slattery or Lorilee Gale.
WA Bike Month Grants
Event grants are available to Local Governments and other organisations for eligible WA Bike Month events held this October.
WA Bike Month 2020 is organised by WestCycle and the Department of Transport, and will run from 1 - 30 October. The grants are being offered for events that encourage people of all ages and abilities to ride bikes for transport, fun and/or for a healthier lifestyle.

There are two categories of grants: minor of up to $200, and major of between $500 and $2000. Grants are open to organisations and groups across the State including Local Governments, workplaces, schools, bike groups and community groups.

Applications close 5:00pm Friday, 14 August.
For more information see the WA Bike Month website or the Information Sheet.
Cycling and Walking Australia and New Zealand
Cycling and Walking Australia and New Zealand (CWANZ) is currently seeking expressions of interest for 2020-2022 members for Local Government, representative organisation and associate.
CWANZ is the Australasian peak group for walking and bike riding for transport. Members include senior and executive level leaders from all Australian State and Territory transport agencies; Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency; Local Government; and leading representative organisations for walking, cycling, health and mobility.
Members meet via quarterly video-conference meetings. Annual face-to-face meetings will resume in 2021.

Members are expected to:
  • share information and knowledge supporting the development of CWANZ materials
  • provide advice and input to CWANZ discussions
  • disseminate CWANZ information and materials to their networks, and
  • keep CWANZ informed of programs, initiatives or policy changes that might be relevant to other members.
Applications close on Monday, 17 August at 5:00pm.

Information and application forms are available here.
For more information, email CWANZ Executive Officer, Sam Boulton or call 0414 907 567.
Non-Metropolitan Local Government Representative Sought for State Graffiti Taskforce 
There is a vacancy on the State Graffiti Taskforce for a non-metropolitan Local Government representative.
The Taskforce is responsible for managing and being accountable for the implementation and outcomes of the State Government’s commitment to reducing graffiti vandalism. Local Government representation includes a metropolitan representative, a non-Metropolitan representative and WALGA.
The Taskforce meets quarterly and regional participants may participate remotely if they prefer.
Information about the Taskforce is available from Goodbye Graffiti.
For more information, including the Terms of Reference, contact WA Police Graffiti Team Project Manager, Lorraine Jarrett on 9222 1735, or WALGA Policy Officer, Community, Susie Moir on 9213 2058.
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