MAV Bulletin - Issue 741 - 17july09 by elemnopey


									Rooming Houses                                                      E-Sourcing Tool
The MAV welcomes the additional resources for inspection            The availability and use of online procurement tools to place
and focus on rooming house standards announced by the               electronic requests for quotations has grown over the last few
State Government this week. Consumer Affairs Victoria will          years. Such tools simplify the process of finding, evaluating
employ 12 new inspectors to work with council inspectors to         and short listing suppliers while at the same time increasing
undertake more inspections of rooming houses, ensure they           the transparency and enhancing the probity of the procure-
are properly registered and issue compliance notices when           ment process. In recognition that all councils have a procure-
they fail to comply with minimum standards. The MAV has             ment policy that requires staff to get three or more ‘Requests
been invited to be part of a new rooming house taskforce            for Quote’ from suppliers within certain thresholds, MAV Pro-
which will report to the Government, within six weeks, on a         curement has launched practical new tool to assist council
new set of minimum standards and enforcement of standards           staff find Professional Services providers. Staff can request
for rooming houses. Consumer Affairs Victoria has also in-          quotes from their established, local suppliers or to find new
vited the MAV to participate in the Unregistered Rooming            service providers. There is no cost to councils to use the ser-
Houses Compliance Program to improve coordination be-               vice and suppliers are charged a nominal fee if they decide to
tween government departments and agencies in the regula-            submit a proposal. Service providers in the areas of Manage-
tion of rooming houses. These initiatives will be helpful in        ment Consulting, IT Consulting & Services, HR Consulting &
identifying useful ways State and local government can work         Services, Training & Development, PR Consultancy, Engi-
together to ensure rooming houses comply with the law, im-          neering & Construction Consulting, Planning & Environmental
prove living standards for vulnerable people and ensure there       Consulting are listed from large global firms to small, local
is housing choice for Victorians. Contact Rosemary Hancock,         boutique firms. To use the tool, go to
9667 5520,                             or contact
                                                                    Paula Giles, 9667 5555,

State of Regions                                                    Sustainable Public Lighting
The ALGA last week released the supplement to the 2008-09
State of the Regions Report. The report included a snapshot         The journey of councils to access more sustainable public
of how Australia’s regions are performing across a range of         lighting is progressing, albeit slowly. The MAV has been in-
economic, trend and statistical indicators. It emphasised the       formed that the Secretary of DSE, Peter Harris has signed the
need for the Australian Government to link carbon abatement         Public Lighting Taskforce Memorandum of Understanding
measures with expansionary fiscal policy, as governments            (MoU). The MoU will now be signed by each of the electricity
have done in China, Japan and South Korea. It also recom-           distributors, VicRoads, the MAV and the VLGA. Upon comple-
mended that the proposed national Carbon Pollution Reduc-           tion of the endorsement process the report from the Public
tion Scheme be supported by a range of complementary                Lighting Taskforce will be available to stakeholders. The MAV
measures such as further energy efficient retro-fitting pro-        will shortly be asking for expressions of interest for three local
grams, renewable energy sources, carbon capture and stor-           government representatives for the technology review group:
age, greater outlays for public transport infrastructure, and a     the Customer Innovation Committee. A key outcome of the
range of education programs. For a copy:           Public Lighting Taskforce will be an updated financial and
                                                                    policy analysis of an upgrade to more sustainable public light-

Commonwealth Grants
                                                                    ing for the local government sector. A consultancy has been
                                                                    appointed to undertake this work with an initial meeting held
                                                                    with the electricity distributors. Contact Ben Morris, 9667
The issue of direct grants from the Commonwealth to local           5580,
government was this week raised through the release of the

                                                                    Shared Services
High Court decision in the Pape case. Pape had taken the
Commonwealth to the High Court to contest its direct stimulus
payments to individuals arguing that it had no authority to
issue these payments. While the Court ruled in the Common-          The MAV is convening a Shared Services Summit for council
wealth’s favour, it raised the issue of whether payments made       CEOs and corporate services directors on 3 and 4 September
directly to other authorities (other than the State) were consti-   at Rydges Bell City, Preston. The Summit will brief CEOs and
tutional. For local government, this concerns the direct finan-     senior managers on the breakthrough strategy developed
cial relationship between Commonwealth and local govern-            over the past 18 months for shared ICT services for Victorian
ment through the Roads to Recovery and Community Infra-             local government; provide councils with the opportunity to
structure Programs. The ALGA has written to the Prime Minis-        identify and discuss issues in a collaborative, open environ-
ter seeking clarification around the ongoing funding for these      ment, and inform councils about the involvement options for
programs. Further advice will be provided to councils shortly.      the future. To RSVP, go to Contact
Contact Owen Harvey-Beavis, 9667 5513, oharvey-                     John Hennessy, 9667 5525,

                                                                                                     ISSUE 741 week ending 17 July 2009
                                                 MAV Knowledge Centre Programs

Diary 2009                                       n       The MAV Knowledge Centre is running an Asset Based Community
                                                         Development (ABCD) workshop from 11 – 12 August. The workshop
                                                 seeks to both demystify the process of ABCD and equip participants with
                                                 information and a range of tools, resources and stories to enable its facilita-
                                                 tion in a diversity of community-based settings.
22 July                                          A workshop on the Business Expansion and Retention (BEAR) Program will
Future of Local Government Roadshow              be conducted for those wishing to gain facilitator skills for the Program from
Greater Bendigo City Council, 10.30am - 1.30pm   13 – 14 August. The workshop will cover topics such as key players and
                                                 responsibilities, taskforce formation, community volunteer training, and sur-
23 July                                          vey instruments. The BEAR program is an economic development tool which
Word of Mouse: A Workshop for LG                 is highly effective in community building, especially in enhancing community
Communicators on Using New Media                 involvement, strengthening social capital and local leadership development.
MAV, 9.30am - 4pm                                For further information or to register for either workshops, go to
24 July
Intelligent Communities: Where to from here?
12 - 1.30pm, Zinc at Federation Square           Transition Communities Forum
24 - 26 July                                     n      The MAV is convening a statewide forum on the integration of Transi-
                                                        tion Towns/communities and community planning on Friday 21 August
Councillor Development Weekend                   from 10.30am - 3pm at the Spring Street Conference Centre. The forum will
Novotel Forest Resort, Creswick                  discuss the Transition Town/community process and rationale, and present
                                                 the proposed way forward, with the process integration, and how it can be
28 July                                          supported by councils across the state. This is a must-attend event for those
                                                 with an interest in the role of local government in addressing the challenge of
Future of Local Government Roadshow
Yarriambiack Shire Council, 10.30am - 1.30pm     climate change and peak oil, and in supporting the development of more
                                                 resilient communities. To RSVP:
29 July
Future of Local Government Roadshow              Creating Better Places
Latrobe City Council, 10.30am - 1.30pm
                                                 n     Parliamentary Secretary for Planning, Jenny Macklin, this week
                                                       opened round five of the Creating Better Places grants program. The
30 July                                          Creating Better Places and Expert Assistance Program are important
Future of Local Government Roadshow              sources of funding and technical expertise for councils improving their public
Whitehorse City Council, 10.30am - 1.30pm        spaces and places. The recent MAV State Council resolved for the MAV to
Climate Change Green Paper Consultation          seek continuation of this program as a priority. For more information, go to
Charlton, 9.30am - 1pm                 

31 July                                          Cranlana Colloquium
Future of Local Government Roadshow
Benalla City Council, 10.30am - 1.30pm           n     A reminder to all councillors that applications for the scholarship to
                                                       attend the Cranlana Colloquium from 18 – 23 October will close on
                                                 Thursday 23 July. Applicants are required to provide a résumé and written
3 August                                         proposal of no more than 500 words by 5pm Thursday 23 July. For further
Climate Change Green Paper Consultation
                                                 information, go to There is only
Geelong, 9.30am - 1pm
                                                 one scholarship available. Contact Andrew Rowe, 9667 5549,
5 August
Climate Change Green Paper Consultation
MAV, 9.30am - 1pm                                Draft National Waste Policy Framework
6 August
                                                 n      The Australian Government has released a draft National Waste Pol-
                                                        icy Framework for comment. This follows a short public consultation
Focus on Melbourne (Rescheduled)
                                                 period, in which the MAV made a submission on behalf of its members, and
Champions @ Federation Square, 3 - 6pm           where a number of Victorian council representatives met with the Australian
                                                 Government to discuss sector issues. The draft framework supports a na-
                                                 tional approach to product stewardship/extended producer responsibility, fast
13 - 14 August                                   -tracking schemes for electronic waste, end-of-life tyres, batteries, mercury
LGTS Conference
                                                 containing lamps and white-goods; consistent with recent MAV State Council
Sofitel Melbourne On Collins, 9am - 5pm
                                                 resolutions. The draft framework also proposes a national waste classifica-
Further details on these and other events are    tion system, reduction of hazard at production, and improved market signals
available at       along the chain of use of materials. Comments are due by 31 July. The pa-
                                                 per is available at Contact Ben Mor-
                                                 ris, 9667 5580,

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