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Local Government News
14 august 2020
Issue 32

In this issue...

Local Government Emergency Management Advisory Group – EOI Process
Expressions of Interest are sought from Local Government Officers interested in participating in the WALGA Local Government Emergency Management Advisory Group (the Advisory Group).
The Advisory Group was established in 2014 to identify and respond to common issues in emergency management, facilitate cooperation on policy development, and provide feedback on State Emergency Management Policy, legislative changes, and emergency management issues to inform sector-wide policy and advocacy positions.
The aim of the EOI process is to identify Officers from three metropolitan and eight regional Local Governments across Western Australia to provide representation on the Group.
EOIs from those with extensive Local Government emergency management experience are welcomed. 
To apply, submit an Expression of Interest by answering the following in a maximum of 400 words:
  • What is your interest in the position?
  • What is your capacity to contribute to the work of the group?
  • Outline your experience in emergency management.
EOIs can be sent to the Emergency Management Team by COB, Thursday, 27 August.

Current Terms of Reference can be accessed here.
For more information, email A/Manager, Emergency Management, Evie Devitt-Rix or call 9213 2082.
Local Recovery Plans to Support Information Sharing
Local Governments are encouraged to provide their Local Recovery Plans to WALGA to support information sharing across the sector.
Throughout the COVID-19 Recovery phase, WALGA has been facilitating shared information and experiences between Local Governments, as well as highlighting best practice examples.
Additionally, information on effective Local Government recovery structures, or useful information that has enhanced recovery planning is also being collected.

Local Governments with a Local Recovery Plan, or any relevant information on effective recovery structures, are encouraged to send the plan to the WALGA Emergency Management Team.
For more information, email A/Manager, Emergency Management, Evie Devitt-Rix or call 9213 2082.
LGmap Data Update and Free Lunch Time LGmap Courses
More than 100 LGmap datasets were recently updated to continue providing Local Government access to the most up-to-date information.
Local Government staff can learn more about using LGmap to plan infrastructure or other projects, or inform land use or environmental planning decisions via short lunch time courses.  

These short courses, suitable for beginners and those wishing to refresh their skills, are delivered online. The one-hour session focuses on working with annotations and addressing any specific questions from participants:
  • Wednesday, 26 August, 12:30pm to 1:30pm 
Login details for accessing the online session 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 (LGmap), Renata Zelinova or call 9213 2521.
WALGA Breakfast with Paul Hasleby 
The WALGA Breakfast event on Friday, 25 September will feature former leading Fremantle Docker, Paul Hasleby.
Paul grew up in Northampton, a small town 470km north of Perth.

He played 208 games spanning 11 seasons for Fremantle Dockers. During this period Paul was awarded the Rising Star Award in 2000, AFL All Australian in 2003 and named as Ross Glendinning Medallist on four occasions.

Paul also represented Australia against Ireland in the International Rules Series and was twice runner up in the Dockers' Best & Fairest Award.

After his impressive career he retired in 2010 and began a career working in the mining and construction industry.

Date:      Friday, 25 September  
Venue:   Crown Perth
Time:     7:30am to 9:00am (Registration from 7:10am)    
Cost:      $90

Click here to register.
For more information, email A/Event Manager, Ulrike Prill or call 9213 2043.
Transport and Roads Forum – Revised Save the Date
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Local Government Transport and Roads Forum has been postponed to Thursday, 11 February 2021.
Please save the date, and further information will be provided over the coming months.

The forum was scheduled to be held in October, but given the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, several months ago it was decided to defer the event.

The all-day event will be held at Crown Perth.

Further information will be released in due course, including the Forum program, which is still being finalised.
For more information, email Policy Officer Transport and Roads, Sebastian Davies-Slate or call 9213 2050.
WALGA Tax Service Guides
The WALGA Tax Service has released its annual guides for Officers and Elected Members to support taxation compliance. 
The Elected Member guide provides guidance on the treatment of assessable income, eligible deductions, substantiation requirements, and other information relating to the treatment of income and expenditure incurred in the course of carrying out duties as a Councillor. 

The guide has been provided to Local Governments subscribed to the WALGA Tax Service.
For more information, email Commercial Development Manager, Andrew Blitz.
Community Crime Prevention and Graffiti Prevention Funding
Grant funding applications to implement community crime prevention and graffiti prevention initiatives open on Monday, 17 August.
The Community Crime Prevention Fund supports local community crime prevention initiatives, involving or supported by the WA Police Force and the community working together on projects to address identified crime prevention priorities. Grants of up to $25,000 per project are available.

For more information, email the Grants Team or call 9222 1423.

The State Graffiti Community Fund supports graffiti prevention initiatives that align to the Graffiti Vandalism Strategy Western Australia 2019-2021

Grants of up to $15,000 per project are available.

For more information, email the Graffiti Team or call 9222 1426.
Applications open at 9:00am, Monday, 17 August and close at 11:00am, Monday, 12 October.
COVID-19 Creative Industries Impact Survey
The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) Culture and the Arts is conducting a survey to assess COVID-19 impacts on employment and revenue in the creative industries, including libraries, galleries and museums, in Western Australia.
The survey is the creative sector’s opportunity to provide critical data for a statistically reliable survey on the employment and revenue impacts of COVID-19 on creative industries across WA. 

Freelancers, businesses and organisations engaged in creative industries are invited to complete the survey.   

The survey is open until Friday, 21 August.
For more information, email DLGSC Culture and Arts Policy and Research Officer, Tina Askam or call 6552 7466.
Officer Training
The following WALGA training courses are being delivered at WALGA’s West Leederville office:
Policy & Procedure Writing in Local Government
Monday & Tuesday, 17 & 18 August

Presenting with Confidence
Monday, 14 September

Local Government Act 1995 - Advanced
Tuesday & Wednesday, 15 & 16 September

Local Government Act - Essentials
(Virtual Classroom through Zoom).
Monday, 21 September

Participate in Local Government Emergency Management Preparation
Monday, 21 September

Manage Recovery Activities for Local Government
Tuesday, 22 September

Accounts Payable for Local Government Officers
Thursday, 24 September
For more information or to register online, visit WALGA Training or email to secure a place.
Integrated Planning and Reporting Forum for Elected Members and Officers
The integrated planning and reporting (IPR) webinar is complementary to WALGA's integrated Strategic Planning training programs for Elected Members. 
IPR gives Local Governments a framework for establishing priorities and to link this information to operational functions.

The Local Government administration, Council and the community are all involved in the development of an integrated plan with each party having a unique role and responsibilities for effective and sustainable integrated planning and reporting.

Localise Director, Alison Dalziel is the speaker for the live Q&A session. 

The webinar is supported and funded by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.

Date:     Wednesday, 30 September
Time:    10:00am to 11:00am
Cost:     Free

Register here by Friday, 25 September.
For more information, visit the website.
Community Facility Guidelines Released
The Community Facility Guidelines (CFG) project was initiated by Parks and Leisure Australia Western Australia (PLAWA) with the aim of developing resources for industry practitioners to assist with public open space (POS), sport and recreation facility strategic planning and development. 
PLAWA has released the first three resources in this project: PLAWA are finalising two additional resources this month.  
For more information, email PLAWA Executive Officer, Leith Fradd or call 0451 993 526
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