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WALGA’s Community Development Newsletter
October 2022
2022 Aboriginal Engagement and Reconciliation Forum Highlights

WALGA Aboriginal Engagement Forum

WALGA’s sixth Aboriginal Reconciliation and Engagement Forum is done and dusted for another year, attracting over 200 delegates from Local Government, State Government, non-for-profits and the private sector. The Forum featured the inspirational work occurring between Local Governments and Aboriginal communities. Our indigenous leaders and allies shared personal stories and advice that was emotional, empowering and motivating.

We heard from Daniel Morrison, CEO of Wungening Aboriginal Corporation, who shared that we are in a movement of change for Aboriginal people, and we all have the opportunity to incorporate Aboriginal ways of doing and being into our organisations. Nolan Hunter talked about not letting the past be a burden by facing up to it, and how the ‘history is calling’ campaign aims to support the upcoming referendum on an Indigenous Voice to Parliament.

Local Government case studies presented on the day provided inspiration by demonstrating leading examples of projects in action, proving that the sector is best placed to deliver positive and lasting outcomes 

Presentations and resources from the day can be accessed on WALGA’s website here.

Now is your opportunity to act on what you learnt and advance reconciliation in our State.

Sector updates

Mental Health Week 8-15 October 

This week is Mental Health Week, a time to highlight the connection between social determinants and mental health, and promote effective prevention strategies to keep people mentally healthy.
Find out more here

WA Public Libraries Strategy 2022 – 2026

The release of the WA Public Libraries strategy 2022-2026 will ensure libraries continue to make a real difference for the Western Australian community.
View the Strategy here.

Children's Week 2022

Running from 22 - 30 October, this is a week that celebrates the rights of the child. Find supporting resources and information about a events being held across the State here.

Trails Forum 2022

This year's forum, to be held on Friday, 21 October in Crawley, will have a spotlight on metropolitan Local Governments and how they can benefit from the development of mountain bike and hiking trails in and around Perth. 
Find out more here.

Release of At Risk Youth Strategy 2022-2027

The Department of Communities have released the Strategy which provides support for young people with complex and multiple problems who are most at risk of requiring intervention.
Find out more here.

Upcoming Grants

Youth Week 2023 Grants Open
Grants of $1,500 and $3,000 are available. Round closes on Friday, 25 November. Find out more here.
International Day of People with Disability Grants
Grants are available up $1,000. Round Closes Friday, 24 October. Find out more here.


Upcoming Events & Training

Certified CPTED Training  
The online 6 week, flexible, Design Out Crime course, starts on 17 October. Next course in February 2023. Read more here 

Parks & Leisure State Conference 
Early bird registrations now open for conference, 9-11 November in Perth. Read more here 

Health Promotion Short Course
The four-day face to face short course at Curtin University is on 21-24 November. Read more here.

International Volunteer Managers Day Forum
Volunteering WA are hosting a forum on Monday, 7 November, in celebration of volunteer managers. Register here.

Workshops for Volunteer Managers
Free workshops hosted by Volunteering WA during October. Find out more here.
2022 Trails Forum 
The Department of Local Government Sport and Cultural Industries will host the 2022 Trails Forum in Perth on Friday, 21 October. Read more here.

Peeling the Advocacy Avocado
LG Professionals is hosting this event in Perth on Thursday, 1 December with live streaming available. Read more here

WA Mental Health Conference 2022
Explore practical implications of mental health in the workplace and community settings.7-8 November. Register here.

Community Citizen of the Year Awards

The awards recognise individuals and organisations making a notable contribution. Applications close Monday, 31 October. Read 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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