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Local Government News
18 september 2020
Issue 37

In this issue...

State-wide Cladding Audit Report
A report outlining the auditing of combustible cladding on high-rise, high-risk private and public buildings has been released by the Department of Mines, Industry, Regulation and Safety here.
The scope of the audit was limited to all Building Code of Australia (BCA) Class 2, 3, 4 and 9 buildings three storeys or greater, built or refurbished after 1 January 2000.
The report concludes with the following comment:
In November 2019, the State Government decided not to expand the current audit scope to include retail, commercial and office buildings.

This decision recognised there is a much lower life safety risk in these classes of buildings due to a number of factors including:
  • smoking inside of workplaces is prohibited
  • the infrequent use of candles and barbeques
  • people do not sleep in these buildings, and
  • occupational safety and health laws mean occupants must have designated fire wardens and practice fire evacuation drills.
For owners of retail, commercial and office buildings, additional guides and further information is available on the DMIRS website here.
For more information, email Policy Manager, Planning and Improvement, Vanessa Jackson or LGIS Risk and Governance Services manager Joan Cavalieri-Fernandes.
State-wide Information Sessions on Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Bill
The Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage is delivering a series of Information Sessions on the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Bill across the State during September and October.
The Information sessions are targeted at Aboriginal stakeholders. However, they are open sessions which industry and community stakeholders are welcome to attend.

The sessions will be delivered in Albany, Moora, Broome, Bunbury, Midland, Fitzroy Crossing, Geraldton, Kununurra, Karratha, Warburton, Kalgoorlie, Port Hedland, Leonora, Newman, Esperance and Carnarvon.

Submissions on the Bill close on Friday, 9 October. Local Governments who have lodged a submission are requested to provide a copy to Community Policy Officer, Susie Moir.
For more information, including dates and locations and how to register, visit the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage website.
2021 Harmony Week Grants
The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries is offering grants of $2000 to support community-led diversity and inclusion activities celebrating Harmony Week in 2021.
Harmony Week is a State Government multicultural community relations initiative.​ The week runs from 15–21 March every year and encourages everyone to experience, explore and appreciate WA's wealth of cultural, religious, linguistic and ethnic diversity.
Activities with a focus on culture and arts and sport and active recreation are encouraged.

Grant applications close at 4:00pm, Monday, 19 October.
For more information, including the funding guidelines and the application form, visit the OMI website.
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 and October:
Participate in Local Government Emergency Management Preparation
Monday, 21 September

Manage Recovery Activities for Local Government
Tuesday, 22 September

Local Government Industry Award 2020
Friday, 2 October
Effective Supervision- Part 1
Tuesday & Wednesday, 6 & 7 October
Accounts Receivable for Local Government
Thursday, 8 October
Rates in Local Government – Clerical (two days)
Tuesday & Wednesday, 20 & 21 October
For more information or to register online, visit WALGA Training or email to secure a place.
Management of Work Health and Safety
Allion Partners, a WALGA Preferred Supplier on the Legal Services Panel, is hosting a presentation on proposed new Work Health and Safety laws in Western Australia.
Using Local Government specific examples, Allion will provide an overview of the new laws and strategies for implementation.
The event will be held on Tuesday, 20 October from 9:30am to 11:00am and places are limited. For more information, click this link.
To register, email Allion Partners
McCusker Centre for Citizenship Intern Opportunities
The McCusker Centre for Citizenship partners with more than 250 not-for-profit, community, and government organisations to provide a structured and quality internship program for UWA students.
In 2019, in order to expand internships through the public and Local Government sectors, the Centre signed partnership agreements with the WA Public Sector Commission, and the WA Local Government Association and Local Government Professionals WA.

This year, the program reached a milestone of completing 1000 internships, contributing more than 100,000 hours’ service to the community. Through this internship program, students can engage in active citizenship by making a difference and contributing to the complex social issues in the community.

Internships are for a minimum of 100 hours, and can be completed in any teaching period (Summer, Winter, Semester 1 or Semester 2).
For more information, click here or email McCusker Centre Internship Coordinator Sam Andrews
Economic Development Australia Education and Training Program
Economic Development Australia has launched its nationally accredited education and training program.
The program provides knowledge, skills and insights, using practical case studies, a global perspective and adaptable tools to help build a strong and resilient local economy.

This course is suitable for professionals at any stage of their career. The first course will commence Monday, 12 October via virtual delivery.
For more information or to register, visit the website.
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