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NUMBER 03/08 – 29 February 2008 Mayor Mike Gaffney Latrobe Council 2007 LOCAL GOVERNMENT CONFERENCE SPONSOR President’s Message of the program, Sandra Gillanders, Managing Director of the Business Savvy Group, will reveal some useful Last week, a number of elected members and techniques and tools that elected members can use council staff attended the regional water and to handle tricky people, respond effectively to sewerage workshops, organised by LGAT. The complaints, and improve communication. presentation by CEO, Allan Garcia, was well received and the ensuing discussion clarified a The full two-day program includes lunch and dinner number of issues and addressed some of the and costs $440 (GST incl.). The day rate is $245. concerns highlighted by participants. A copy of the Partners are welcome to join delegates for dinner on PowerPoint presentation has been forwarded to all the Saturday evening. councils to enable all elected members to access the information. To secure a room, accommodation bookings must be made direct with Tamar Valley Resort by Monday, 3 Whilst it is acknowledged that there is a “long way to March. For a copy of the program, visit go” and many meetings and workshops still to be www.lgat.tas.gov.au, or phone 6233 5966. We look organised, it was encouraging to receive positive forward to seeing you there! feedback about water and sewerage ownership being retained by Local Government, albeit in a somewhat different format. Further developments will be outlined at the next General Meeting on 12 March and LGAT will keep councils up to date on the progress of the formation of the regional companies. Project Officer A reminder to all elected members that enrolments Household Hazardous Waste Pilot for the Tamar Valley Resort weekend workshop at Project (0.6 fte) Grindelwald should be forwarded to LGAT by Monday, 3 March. Whilst this workshop is primarily $58,000 per annum pro rata for newly elected members (2007, 2005 elections), it Our organisation is the peak representative body for Local Government is open to all elected members. The workshop is a in Tasmania. It works closely with its 29 member councils, State good opportunity for councillors to interact, network Government and its agencies, community organisations and industry. and respond to guest speakers who will be We are looking for a dynamic individual to coordinate a pilot program to presenting a variety of interesting and relevant address the management of hazardous household waste. You will work topics. closely with councils and regional waste management authorities to enhance community awareness and establish a regular and efficient collection service for householders. In closing, I would like to commend Clr. Terry McKenna of Central Coast Council for his efforts in Ideally you will have an understanding of project management, with strong skills in communications and stakeholder relations. Some travel organising a council bowls event, to be held in within the state will be required. Tertiary qualifications in a relevant Penguin on 14 March. For details, contact discipline are an advantage. Clr. McKenna on 6437 2207. The Local Government Household Hazardous Waste Pilot (HHWP) project is a partnership between the Association and the Department of Last Chance to Register for Tourism, Arts & Environment. The initial employment is a two-year contract, with a view to extending Elected Members’ Workshop beyond that period. Newly elected members and others who wish to How to apply: further their knowledge regarding essential council For enquiries regarding the position, or to request a Position Description business, are invited to register for a two-day (containing Selection Criteria), phone 6233 5966 or email residential workshop coordinated by LGAT, to be email@example.com held at the Tamar Valley Resort on 15-16 March. Applications, addressing the Selection Criteria, should be forwarded no later than 14 March 2008 to: The comprehensive, weekend program will address the topics of council finance, asset management, Allan Garcia, Chief Executive Officer, rate setting, intergovernmental relations, land use Local Government Association of Tasmania, planning, the Code of Conduct and much more. GPO Box 1521, HOBART 7001. In addition, former Flinders Council Mayor and LGAT President, Lynn Mason, will talk about the ups and downs of life in Local Government and, on day two www.lgat.tas.gov.au www.lgat.tas.gov.au Better Water and Sewerage Services One Step Closer State Cabinet has approved the implementation of the Ministerial Water and Sewerage Taskforce’s recommendations to reform the water and sewerage sector in Tasmania. Under the reforms, three new Local Government owned and regionally based corporations will be created. The intent is for all councils and bulk water authorities to transfer their water and sewerage activities and the ownership of their infrastructure to the three corporations. If the legislation gains Parliamentary approval, it is envisaged that the new businesses will be operational from 1 January 2009. A new, more comprehensive regulatory framework will also be established. Current employees in the sector will transfer to the new companies, with the timing to be worked through with Local Government over the coming months. A comprehensive plan will now be developed to ensure the reforms progress smoothly. Further information is available on the Department of Treasury and Finance’s website at www.treasury.tas.gov.au. Local Government Division Director Appointed The Minister for Local Government, Jim Cox, has announced the appointment of Jessie Byrne as the Director of the Local Government Division in the Department of Premier and Cabinet. Ms Byrne will take up the position at the end of March, and will be managing the division responsible for providing the State Government with strategic advice and direction on Local Government issues, including water and sewerage reforms and the financial sustainability of councils. Ms Byrne will be responsible for a range of important legislation, including the Local Government Act, and will manage the Premier’s Local Government Council and the State Government’s successful Partnership Agreements with councils. Local Government Elected Members Allowance A review of allowances for Local Government elected members is being undertaken by a Board of Inquiry, as appointed by the Minister. The Board encourages interested individuals and organisations to make a submission to the inquiry, either in writing, or in person. Written submissions should be delivered to the secretariat by 5.00pm on 2 May. Oral submissions are welcome at a series of public hearings, scheduled for Queenstown, Burnie, Launceston, St Helens and Hobart from 31 March to 4 April. For further information, visit the Tasmanian Industrial Commission website at www.tic.tas.gov.au/local_government_allowances. Future Development of Launceston Airport Chris Woodruff, CEO of Australia Pacific Airports Corporation, will be talking about The Future Development of Launceston Airport and what it will mean for passengers, airlines and the economic growth of Northern Tasmania, at a luncheon to be held on 6 March in Launceston. Australia Pacific Airports Corporation is currently the operator of the Melbourne and Launceston Airports. The cost is $45 per person. Reservations are essential by 3 March. For further information, contact Northern Tasmania Development on 6391 0333. 2020 Youth Summit A two-day 2020 Youth Summit will be held in Canberra over the weekend of 12-13 April, bringing together 100 young people from around Australia to discuss the 10 critical areas on the agenda for discussion at the Australia 2020 summit. The Federal Government invites nominations from young Australians around the country to take part. Anyone between the ages of 15-24 can nominate by visiting www.australia2020.gov.au and downloading the nomination form. New Guide for Councils on How to Manage Drug and Alcohol Issues A guide for councils on how to deal with alcohol and drug-related issues facing their communities has been released by the Local Government and Shires Associations of New South Wales. The guide provides suggestions on how councils can best engage with their local communities to tackle alcohol and drug-related issues, looks at ways of boosting existing council services, and emphasises the need for alcohol and drug management to be ingrained in core council business areas. The guide may be viewed at www.lgsa.org.au/druginfo. Public Sector Management Program Develop management and leadership skills - enrol in the Public Sector Management (PSM) Program, a national management program for aspiring and current middle-to-senior managers working in Local, State or Commonwealth Government. The program equips participants to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow, by providing them with the knowledge and abilities required to become effective public sector leaders. A free, two-hour information session will be held on 18 March in Hobart to provide a detailed understanding of the program. Further information can be found at www.psmprogram.tas.gov.au, or contact Kate Greenhalgh on 6233 7760. Innovative Financing For Local Government Infrastructure Conference In response to the escalating backlog of infrastructure investment in Local Government - now estimated at $14 billion dollars across Australia - finance and Local Government experts will address a Sydney conference from 12-13 March, aimed at identifying creative solutions to financing council community infrastructure. The conference will hear from a range of experts in project finance, alliancing, and private public partnerships. Senior managers from a number of councils will outline their experiences and strategies in meeting community infrastructure needs. For more information, visit www.lgcentre.com.au, phone 8534 5000, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Local Government Executive Briefing Find out how future IT applications will drive efficiency and productivity gains for Local Government in this briefing hosted by TechnologyOne. Dates are: VIC - 5 March, SA - 6 March, NSW - 13 March, and QLD - 9 April. For full details, visit www.technologyonecorp.com, or call 1800 671 978. Thumbs Up for Uniform Water Restriction Definitions At the National General Assembly held in Darwin in November 2007, the motion forwarded by Glamorgan Spring Bay Council and endorsed by LGAT, was accepted by the masses. The motion proposed “That the National General Assembly call on the states and territories to review the definitions of the levels of criteria of the different stages of water restrictions, with a view to making them uniform cross Australia.” Well done Glamorgan Spring Bay Council on this sensible proposal. Community to Comment on Future Enhancement of Kangaroo Bay The Clarence community will be given the chance to have a say on the future enhancement of Kangaroo Bay, with Council receiving an Urban Design Plan for the area. The plan represents the most detailed level of design yet undertaken for the Kangaroo Bay area and builds upon the strategic direction and framework previously established. It outlines a number of significant proposals, including the upgrading and landscaping of Kangaroo Bay Drive, new traffic access arrangements, and the establishment of an urban plaza near the old ferry terminal. Council will now review the plan and community comment will be sought through public and stakeholder consultation before it is resubmitted to Council for further consideration. It is proposed to display the plan for public comment in the Council offices, at Eastlands Shopping Centre and on Council’s website at www.ccc.tas.gov.au/site/page.cfm. Third Annual Information Exchange Forum The Third Annual Information Exchange Forum - a joint initiative of the Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources, Pitt & Sherry and GHD Pty Ltd - aims to provide a platform for networking and knowledge exchange across the Tasmanian road construction and maintenance industry. This year's forum, to be held on 2 April in Hobart, will focus on managing risk, particularly regarding occupational, health and safety and environmental responsibilities. Cost is $60 per person. Contact Rebecca Roomes of DIER on 6233 8537 for more information. Ross Declared Tidy Towns National Finalist The historic town of Ross has been selected as a finalist in the Keep Australia Beautiful, Australian Tidy Towns Awards. The town will now compete with six other finalists from across Australia to become Australia's Tidiest Town 2008. The awards promote Australia's best examples of excellence in grass roots environmental improvement in regional and rural areas. Over 800 communities entered the awards competition this year, with tens of thousands of volunteers donating their time and effort for practical local initiatives. Members of the public are invited to join in the Australian Tidy Towns activities being held in Hobart from 18–20 April. For details, visit www.kab.org.au/tidytowns. Short Courses in Regulation Provide Competitive Edge Whilst much of the work of councils involves regulatory activities, few professionals see themselves as regulators and many lack an understanding of regulatory concepts. Monash University's Centre for Regulatory Studies is offering Short Courses in Regulatory Fundamentals, run as a 5-day intensive workshop commencing 12 March, or as a 2-day workshop commencing 26 May. To enrol, phone 9905 4135, or visit www.law.monash.edu.au/regstudies/. One-stop-shop for Users of Cycling Information In an effort to create more liveable places, promote healthier life styles, enable a variety of transport options and decrease carbon emissions, Federal, State and Local Governments have been working together, through the Australian Bicycle Council, to establish a Cycling Resource Centre. The website provides users with information on all issues related to cycling, in one convenient location, with hundreds of useful links to information about planning and design, education and training, enforcement and road safety, recreation, funding and research. The site can be found at www.cyclingresourcecentre.org.au/. Searching for Australia’s Entrepreneur of the Year Do you have what it takes to be the Australian Entrepreneur of the Year? Nominations are invited for the 2008 Entrepreneur of the Year program, conducted in five regions, with the overall Australian winner going on to represent Australia at the World Entrepreneur of the Year Awards in Monte Carlo. Nominations close on 14 March. Entry forms are available from www.ey.com.au/eoy. Upcoming Events General Managers’ Workshop, Moina 5-6 March General Meeting, Hobart 12 March General Management Committee Meeting, Hobart 12 March Annual Social Bowls Day, Penguin 14 March Elected Members’ Workshop, Launceston 15-16 March 34 Patrick Street, Hobart, TAS 7000 GPO Box 1521, Hobart, TAS. 7001 Ph (03) 6233 5966 Fax (03) 6233 5986 Email email@example.com
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