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Local Government News
11 september 2020
Issue 36

In this issue...

Comments Sought for WALGA Local Government Family and Domestic Violence Discussion Paper
Local Governments are encouraged to review and provide feedback on WALGA's discussion paper on family and domestic violence to inform an update to the Association's outdated 2011 policy position. 
The discussion paper was developed in response to requests received from two WALGA Zones; the South West Country Zone in March 2019 and the East Metropolitan Zone in November 2019.

The discussion paper provides a broad analysis of the initiatives currently being undertaken to address family and domestic violence, with discussion of the roles of all three levels of Government and comparison across States and Territories as well as Local Government Associations. The results from WALGA's survey of Local Governments between September 2019 and January 2020 regarding family and domestic violence have also been included in this paper.

Not in scope for this paper is the analysis of the legal and judicial system associated with family and domestic violence, the direct support services provided to help support victims (e.g. crisis accommodation, refuges) or the specific programs facilitated to change the behaviour of offenders.

The discussion paper is open for feedback from all Local Governments by Friday, 16 October. Click here to view the discussion paper.
For more information, or to provide feedback, email A/Policy Manager, Community, Marissa MacDonald or call 9213 2074. 
Low Traffic Crumb Rubber Road Fund
Tyre Stewardship Australia (TSA) is inviting Local Governments to submit an expression of interest to access funding for projects using crumb rubber asphalt on roads with low traffic volumes.
As a means of encouraging the use of crumb rubber asphalt for low traffic roads around Australia, the TSA has released the Low Traffic Crumb Rubber Road Fund.

The TSA will provide financial support for additional costs (relative to a conventional road) associated with the installation of crumb rubber asphalt for new, upgrade or maintenance of low traffic roads. TSA has indicated they will provide funding up to approximately $75,000 per application.
Applications are due by Wednesday, 30 September. Funding details and application forms are available here.
For more information, email TSA's Tammie Miller or call 0491 272 805. 
Final Consultation on Modern Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Bill
The draft Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Bill 2020 reflects the feedback of Aboriginal people across the State, industry and stakeholders gathered over two years of consultation.
The Bill addresses the shortcomings of the antiquated Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972 and removes the controversial Section 18 process that does not give Aboriginal voices the opportunity to be heard.
A new approach to protecting Aboriginal cultural heritage focusses on agreement making and establishes a tiered approvals system that considers the proposed land use and the level of potential heritage impact.
Over the coming weeks, briefings will be held with Aboriginal groups and industry stakeholders.
Submissions can be provided to the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage until Thursday, 8 October. WALGA encourages Members who have made a submission to forward a copy to the Community Policy team.
For more information, visit the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage website
Local Government Reporting Channel for COVID-19 Issues
WALGA has the capacity to raise issues to the State Government each week on COVID-19 related issues experienced by Local Governments.
The Association will provide information to the State on response activities, emerging risks, impacts, resource status, recovery and details of significant issues raised where relevant.

Local Governments who would like to report any COVID-19 risk or seek assistance on a specific matter relating to COVID-19 can email COVID-19 Coordinator Nicole Matthews by 12:00pm next Wednesday, 16 September, and it will be provided to the State through WALGA’s reporting mechanisms.
WALGA will continue to send these requests on a weekly basis through our communications channels to ensure the State Government’s awareness of Local Government concerns.
FINAL CALL: Local Government Forum on Information Systems
Local Government Officers are invited to the Local Government Forum on Information Systems to be held on Thursday, 24 September. Event attendees will receive a free 30-day subscription to the digital edition of The West Australian. 
The WA Auditor General released her first report into Information Systems within Local Government in June. Ten Local Government entities participated in this audit.

The findings in the report suggested that significant improvement is required in this area, with none of the 10 entities meeting minimum benchmarks across all control categories. 
The purpose of the forum is to share perspectives from the OAG, Local Government Officers, Industry and Local Government risk-owners. There will be an opportunity for Q&A during a panel session and then a networking session to finish the morning for operational staff impacted by audit findings. 

Click here to view the program.

Date:      Thursday, 24 September
Time:      9:30am to 11:30am (Registration from 9:00am)
Venue:   Crown Perth, Burswood
Cost:      $40

Register here by Thursday, 17 September.
For more information, email A/Event Manager Ulla Prill or call 9213 2043.
FINAL CALL: WALGA Breakfast with Paul Hasleby
The breakfast event on Friday, 25 September will feature former leading Fremantle Dockers player Paul Hasleby. Event attendees will receive a free 30-day subscription to the digital edition of The West Australian. 
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.
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

Register here by Monday, 14 September
For more information, email A/Event Manager Ulla Prill or call 9213 2043.
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)
  • Local Health Authorities Analytical Committee (LHAAC)
    • 1 Metropolitan Member
    • 2 Non-Metropolitan Members
  • National Trust WA
    • 1 Member
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 at 5:00pm, Friday, 16 October.
Nomination forms are available here.
For more information, email Governance Support Officer, Chantelle O’Brien or call 9213 2013.
Officer Training
The following WALGA training courses are being delivered at WALGA’s West Leederville office in September:
Local Government Act 1995 - Advanced
Tuesday and 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, email Governance Support Officer, Chantelle O’Brien or call 9213 2013.
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