Community & Place News

WALGA’s Community Development Newsletter
February 2023

March WALGA State Council Items of Interest

There are two relevant items of decision to be considered by WALGA State Council in March: 

  • Proposed Advocacy Position on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People (view information paper here)
  • Child Safeguarding Advocacy Position 
  • Submission on Draft Guideline on Minimising Noise Impact from Outdoor Community Basketball
Read more here.

Sector updates

Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act Update

The co-design process to develop the ACH supporting regulation will be completed in late February. DPLH will conduct an education program for stakeholders prior to the Act commencing in July 2023. Find out more here. 

Last Chance to register for Urban Forest Conference 

The conference on Friday, 17 February will bring together thought leaders that challenge the status quo and showcase innovative approaches to incorporating green space into the built environment. Find out more here.

National Reconciliation Week Briefing for Local Government

During NRW there will be regional events and a digitised program so everyone can participate no matter where they live. Local Governments can find out how to participate at a webinar on Thursday, 30 March. Find out more here

Sponsor a Reconciliation Week Street Banner 

Local Governments are invited to display the Reconciliation Week 2023 street banner featuring artwork by a Western Australian Aboriginal Artist.  To participate book your banner by Wednesday, 1 March. Find out more here.

Draft Guideline Minimizing Noise Impact from Outdoor Community Basketball 

WALGA has developed a submission on DWER's draft guideline on minimising noise, from new and refurbished community basketball facilities. Read the submission here

WA Volunteer of the Year Awards 2023

The awards recognise inspiring volunteers, volunteer managers, and organisations in Western Australia. Nominations are now open in seven different categories. Find out more here

New Live Lighter Resources 

Cancer Council WA has launched a new Live Lighter campaign. The Move More campaign focuses on physical activity. Access the social media toolkit and stakeholder kits to promote the campaign in your community. 
Find out more here.

Urban Art, Hoops and Well-being for Youth 

The City of Canning has launched a new initiative funded by a Department of Justice grant aimed at disadvantaged young people experiencing hardship and complex barriers. Find out more here.

New Federal Cultural Arts Policy 

The new policy, titled Revive: a place for every story, a story for every place, will invest $286 million in the arts sector over four years.
Find out more here

Upcoming Grants

Trails Planning Grants Program
Up to $25,000 for projects that support the Trail Development Process. Applications close Monday, 27 February. Find out more here
National Volunteer Week Event Grants
Grants up to $1000 to host an event or activity to recognise and thank volunteers. Close Sunday, 5 March. 
Find out more here


Upcoming Events

WALGA Urban Forest Conference 2023 Valuing Canopy 
In person, at Curtin University on Friday, 17 February.
Find out more here

Food Safety Management Tools 
The Environmental Health Directorate are offering free information sessions for Local Government. Find out more here.

Injury Prevention Summit 2023: Injury is Everyone's Business
The one day event hosted by Injury Matters, will be held on 11 May in Perth. Find out more here. 
National Reconciliation Week Local Government Webinar
An online briefing on Thursday, 30 March for Local Governments to find out how to get involved this NRW. Find out more here.

Health Promotion Course
This 12 week flexible online course from Curtin University runs from 20 March to 26 June. Find out more here

Design Out Crime Training 
Certified online CPTED Training starts 20 March. Find out more here.

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WALGA Resilient Communities Team 

Susie Moir, Policy Manager Resilient Communities, 9213 2058
Vikki Barlow, Senior Policy Advisor Community, 9213 2074
Alina Hobson, Policy Officer Community, 9213 2092
Bec Waddington, Policy Officer Community, 9213 2055
Contact the WALGA Resilient Communities team
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples hold a special place in our communities and connect the broader population with a wealth of history, tradition and culture which enriches our society.  Our work regularly takes us across the State and as such WALGA would like to acknowledge the many traditional owners of the land on which we work throughout Western Australia. We pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging.
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