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Local Government News
30 october 2020
Issue 43

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Save the Date: Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) and Local Government Webinar
The changes to Western Australia’s workplace safety laws have accelerated in recent weeks. It is anticipated that the new Workplace Health and Safety Bill 2019 will become law in 2021.
To support the WA Local Government sector, WALGA have partnered with LGIS and legal firm Clyde & Co to provide tailored advice on what the changes mean for the sector.
In the coming weeks and months, LGIS will be sharing a series of materials, guidelines with Members and WALGA will host a webinar.

The speakers are:
  • Jonathan Wyatt, Partner, Clyde & Co
    • Jonathan will provide an overview of the key changes and legal implications. He’ll also cover legal privilege and explore a number of case studies.
  • Andrew Grieg, Manager Member Services, LGIS
    • Andrew will outline the insurance implications of the new workplace safety legislation.
  • Emma Horsefield, OSH Program Manager, LGIS
    • Emma will provide a combination of strategic and operational advice and guidance, with practical tips on how executives, managers, and supervisors can ensure that they are prepared for any changes, and be confident they are providing a safe work environment.
The webinar will be held on Thursday, 19 November. More information and the registration link will be provided in upcoming issues of this newsletter.
For more information, email Executive Manager, Governance and Organisational Services Tony Brown or call 9213 2051.
Policy and Application Guidelines For Signage and Pavement Markings On Paths
Main Roads WA has drafted a new Policy and Application Guidelines for Signage and Pavement Markings on Paths, which is available for review and comment.
The policy identifies the application and approval guidelines to install, maintain or remove signs and pavement markings for paths. It contains technical information for regulatory and general pavement marking and signage requirements.

Feedback to Main Roads WA is important as the policy has relevance to Local Governments. Access the draft policy here.

To submit feedback by Friday, 20 November, email Policy Officer, Road Safety, Mal Shervill.
For more information, email Policy Officer Road Safety, Mal Shervill or call 9213 2068.
Civic Sunday 
WALGA and the Anglican Diocese of Perth will host the annual Civic Service to celebrate and give thanks for the work of current and new Mayors, Presidents, Councillors and staff at the St Georges Cathedral on Sunday, 22 November at 5:00pm.
The Very Reverend Chris Chataway Dean of St Georges Cathedral, will lead this ecumenical occasion, modelled on the Civic Service that takes place in Westminster Abbey, when Councillors gather together collegially to offer thanksgiving and prayer for their undertakings as representatives of their respective communities.
The nationally-renowned St Georges Cathedral Consort will sing the service, and light refreshments will be served on the Parvis on the Council House side of the Cathedral at the conclusion of the service.

All Local Government Officers and Elected Members are invited. Partners and children are welcome to attend.
For more information or to RSVP, email Executive Officer Governance, Margaret Degebrodt or call 9213 2036.
Vacancies on Boards and Committees
The Association is pleased to announce the following vacancies:
  • Neighbourhood Watch WA State Advisory Board
    • 1 Non-Metropolitan 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, on Monday, 16 November.

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:
Accounts Payable for Local Government Officers
Monday, 2 November

Rates in Local Government- Debt Collection
Thursday, 12 November

Preparing Agendas and Minutes
Monday, 23 November

Effective Letter and Report Writing in Local Government
Tuesday, 24 November

Policy Development and Procedure Writing
Monday and Tuesday, 30 November & 1 December

Local Government Act 1995 - Advanced (two days)
Tuesday and Wednesday, 8 & 9 December
For more information or to register online, visit WALGA Training or email to secure a place.
Online Briefing Session for Australia Day Grant Program
National Australia Day Council CEO Karlie Brand will host an online briefing session for organisations who are interested in applying for one of the available Australia Day grants.
The two grant streams available are:
  • COVIDsafe Australia Day Events Grants, offering up to $20,000 for resources and services and ensure 2021 Australia Day events meet the relevant state and territory requirements for COVIDsafe events, and
  • Australia Day Event Branding Grants, of $1000 to help in adopting and using new branding and designs for Australia Day 2021 celebrations.
Date:      Monday, 2 November
Time:     11:00am to 11:45am

The online session is held via Microsoft Teams: click here to join the meeting. 
For more information, visit the National Australia Day Council website or email Auspire Australia Day Council WA Grants Program Manager, Kirsten Larkin.
Heritage Webinars for Local Government
The Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage (DPLH) is hosting a series of webinars in November for Local Government Officers to assist with effective management of heritage.
The Zoom webinars aim to support Officers to understand the theory and principles of conservation, Aboriginal culture and heritage, and the application of heritage legislation and the heritage provisions in the planning framework.

These webinars are provided for those who are unable to attend the workshops, scheduled in Geraldton, Albany and Perth in October and November and provide core material for attendees.

Heritage in Planning
Tuesday, 3 November from 10:00am to 11:00am
Passcode: 227210
Aboriginal Culture and Heritage
Tuesday, 10 November from 10:00am to 11:00am
Passcode: 494956
Heritage for Local Government
Tuesday, 17 November from 10:00am to 11:00am
Passcode: 355628
For more information, email DPLH Manager, Heritage Sector Services, Callum Crofton or call 6552 4151.
Tourism Bound Event
CEOs, Mayors and Presidents are invited to the Tourism Bound event, held by Tourism Western Australia.
Minister for Tourism the Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA will deliver an opening address, followed by key speakers presenting on a variety of tourism topics and offering Local Government CEOs, Presidents and Mayors the chance to have a say on the future of tourism in the State.

Date:       Wednesday, 18 November
Venue:    Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre 
Time:       9:00am to 4:00pm
                (lunch, morning and afternoon tea provided)

Register here by Monday, 16 November.

For a summary of the day's proceedings, click here

A live-stream option is available to those unable to attend in person by registering here and selecting the "Live Stream Access" option. 
For more information or to submit an enquiry, email Tourism WA Partnership Manager Kym Francesconi.
National Public Galleries Benchmarking Survey  
GalleriesWest Inc is encouraging Local Governments which own and/or operate public galleries to complete the National Public Galleries Benchmarking Survey.
Local Government is the largest investor in small-to-medium public galleries.
The purpose of this survey is to collect data to better support and advocate for the public gallery sector within the state and nationally.
Information collected will also be used as aggregated data to inform the Australian Public Galleries Snapshot.
The survey closes on Monday, 30 November and can be accessed here.
For more information, email GalleriesWest Inc Chair, Julian Bowron.
Act Belong Commit New Campaign
Curtin University’s Mentally Healthy WA has a new Act Belong Commit health promotion campaign.
Local Governments are encouraged to consider becoming a partner with the Act Belong Commit campaign to promote positive mental health to the local community.

The new campaign started on Wednesday, 21 October across media including major metropolitan and regional television stations, catch up TV, radio stations and Indigenous networks, digital and social media platforms.

It runs until the end of November. 
For more information, visit the Act Belong Commit website or email the Act Belong Commit team.
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