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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, 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
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
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

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

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 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

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, 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, phone 8534 5000, or email
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, 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

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

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

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

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

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

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