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2 october 2020
WALGA
Issue 39

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Opportunity for Promoting Local Wildflower Destinations
Promotional opportunities are available to Local Governments managing reserves and roadsides as tourist destinations via participation in the revised Wildflower Friendliness Award Program.
Local Governments who are eligible to apply have been invited via email from the Minister for Tourism. Applications close on Friday, 30 October.

The program is delivered by the Minister for Tourism and the email correspondence includes details on the submissions and the wildflower friendliness rating. 

Local Governments can use WALGA’s LGmap to check roadside vegetation mapping status, location of Flora Roads  or prepare documentation to support their submissions.  
For more information, email A/Environment Policy Manager, Garry Middle. For more information on LGmap, email Business Development Officer Renata Zelinova or call 9213 2521.
 
Future Drought Fund Grants
Applications are open for Local Governments, organisations, farmer groups, and individuals with innovative ideas to build drought resilience through the Federal Governments Natural Resource Management Drought Resilience Program.
The program will provide $10 million in funding and grants of between $20,000 and $200,000 are available for a range of on-ground activities that aim to strengthen drought resilience.

It is part of the first round of investments in the Federal Government's $5 billion Future Drought Fund that is designed to support drought resilience and preparedness programs.  

Applications close on Friday, 30 October
For more information or to apply for the grant program, click here.
 
Pilbara Waste Summit
The Pilbara Waste Summit has been rescheduled to Thursday and Friday, 5 and 6 November.
The Pilbara Waste Summit will bring high profile speakers to the region as well as showcasing local initiatives and opportunities. Speakers include:
  • Hon Stephen Dawson MLC, Minister for Environment; Disability Services; Electoral Affairs
  • Mike Rowe, Director General, Department of Water and Environmental Regulation 
  • Reg Howard-Smith, Chair, Waste Authority 
  • Michael Aspinall, Chair, Keep Australia Beautiful
  • Rebecca Prince-Ruiz, Founder, Plastic Free July
Participants will also have the opportunity to workshop local waste management issues and opportunities with their colleagues from the region. 
For more information or to view the program, click here.
 
State of the Assets Reporting
ALGA is seeking the support of all Local Governments to provide critical data for the National State of the Assets Report. 
The report will underpin strong, evidence based advocacy to Federal and State Governments for appropriate and targeted support to Councils to provide necessary community infrastructure.   

The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) has commissioned IPWEA to collect infrastructure financial and performance data from all Local Governments. This information is typically found in asset management plans and systems and financial statements.

It is estimated that it will require about one hour of an officer’s time to complete the information.  

ALGA has sent communications to all Local Governments, which includes a link to the data collection platform, and are urged to complete this before Friday, 13 November.
For more information, visit the website, or email ALGA Project Manager Kym Foster or call (02) 6122 9400.
 
Officer Training
The following WALGA training courses are being delivered at WALGA’s West Leederville office in September and October:
Rates in Local Government – Clerical (two days)
Tuesday & Wednesday, 20 & 21 October

Financial Fundamentals - Monthly Annual Reporting
Thursday & Friday, 22 & 23 October
 
Local Recovery Coordinator
Monday & Tuesday, 26 & 27 October
For more information or to register online, visit WALGA Training or email training@walga.asn.au to secure a place.
 
Officer Procurement Training
The following WALGA training courses are being delivered at WALGA’s West Leederville office:
Procurement and Contract Management Fundamentals
Thursday, 22 October
 
Planning and Specification Development
Friday, 23 October
 
Evaluation, Supplier Selection & Contract Establishment
Monday, 26 October
 
Managing Contracts in Local Government
Tuesday, 27 October
For more information or to register online, visit WALGA Training or email training@walga.asn.au to secure a place.
 
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.
 
Volunteering WA – Pandemic Response Guide for Volunteers and Organisations
Volunteering WA has released two pandemic response guides for both volunteers and organisations who involve volunteers.
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For more information, visit the Volunteering WA website.
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