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Community and Place News
JuLy 2021
Issue 6


WALGA acknowledges the many traditional owners of the land on which we work throughout Western Australia. We pay our respects to their Elders, past, and present.

This week is NAIDOC Week, providing an opportunity for all Australians to come together and celebrate the rich history, diverse cultures and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the oldest continuing cultures on the planet. 

Community and Place News is a monthly publication produced by WALGA's Resilient Communities Team, part of the broader WALGA Strategy, Policy and Planning Unit.

In this issue...

Funding opportunities, resources, upcoming training and contacts:

EOI for WALGA's Aboriginal Engagement and Reconciliation Forum 
WALGA is seeking expressions of interest from Local Governments who wish to showcase an innovative project at the forum. Local Governments are also encouraged to let us know the key topics of interest that they would like covered at the forum.
The upcoming Aboriginal Engagement and Reconciliation Forum will be held Wednesday, 22 September 2021, at Crown Perth. This forum is aimed at assisting Local Governments in developing strong, ongoing relationships with local Aboriginal communities that recognise our shared cultural heritage, create opportunities for Aboriginal empowerment, and celebrate successes. 
The program will cover Aboriginal engagement methods, employment and economic opportunities, cultural awareness and interpretation, and traditional ecological knowledge in landcare. 
Attendees will hear from State Government on key Native Title Settlements in WA, and learn from Local Governments about the process of commencing Reconciliation Action Plans (RAPs) through to embedding reconciliation activities as core business.

Traditional Owners and Aboriginal leaders will have a round-table yarn on the opportunities and barriers experienced by local Aboriginal communities, and the positive impact Local Government can make.      
For more information or to discuss project ideas or topics, please email Alina Hobson, Policy Officer, Community.
South West Native Title Settlement Webinar
On Thursday, 17 June, WALGA hosted an event to provide an update to Local Governments on the South West Native Title Settlement. This is the most comprehensive native title agreement negotiated in Australian history, reaching across 101 Western Australian Local Governments.
Over 90 people participated from regional and metropolitan Local Governments. The presentation and recording is now available on the WALGA website

WALGA will continue to work in partnership with South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council (SWALSC), the Noongar Boodja Trustee, the Department of the Premier and Cabinet (DPC) and the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage (DPLH) to provide information and support to Local Governments. 

To do this effectively we are seeking your feedback on the way you would like to be engaged with in the future regarding the settlement.  Please complete the short survey here.

Information about the development of a Noongar Heritage Agreement for Local Government is available here.
For more information contact Alina Hobson, Policy Officer, Community.
Albany to Restore Menang-Noongar Place Names
Albany’s Council has given its unanimous support to apply to Landgate to officially dual-name 28 places of significance to the local Menang-Noongar people with their traditional cultural names for the first time.
Sixteen landmarks across Albany and a further 12 reserves, geographic features, waterways and vegetation will be included in the application, following extensive consultation with local Menang-Noongar Elders and the broader community.

The Menang-Noongar community discussed and agreed on 66 place names within the City of Albany that were put out for public comment and received overwhelming support.

Twenty-eight of these names were able to be progressed by the City of Albany, while the other 38 names are located on private property or land managed by other stakeholders. Council has voted to continue to work with these landowners to have those places dual-named in the future.
For more information visit City of Albany website.
Applications Open for PHAIWA Local Government Policy Awards 2021 
The Public Health Advocacy Institute (PHAIWA) are excited to announce the 2021 Local Government Policy Awards are now accepting applications.
The Awards recognise and celebrate Local Governments who prioritise the health and wellbeing of children through the implementation of innovative sustainable projects and programs supported by strong public health policy. 

Local Governments are invited to submit in the following categories: 
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child & Young Persons Health
  • Diversity, Inclusion or Multicultural Child & Young Persons Health
  • Consulting with Children
  • Young People Making a Difference in Communities
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing for Children and Young People
  • COVID Recovery and Response for Children and Young People
  • Creating Healthy Environments for Children and Young People
  • Promoting Healthy Behaviours for Children and Young People
Nominations are also open for the new ‘Trailblazer Award’, which recognises new and innovative projects where Local Government has stepped outside the comfort zone of the way they traditionally approach child health issues and projects.  You can nominate any entry for a Trailblazer Award throughout the application process. 

PHAIWA would like to support applications, so encourage Local Governments to contact them with any questions. 
For more information or to get some ideas or to start your entry please visit the PHAIWA website.
Public Health Plan Case Studies
The Public Health Advocacy Institute (PHAIWA), in conjunction with four Local Governments, have produced a series of case studies on the process and journey they took in developing their Public Health Plans.
Each study follows a story like approach asking the why behind the plan, how they went about developing their plan, the outcomes to date due to the plan deliverables, challenges and barriers faced throughout the process, of course the impact of COVID-19 and finally their key lessons and words of wisdom.
The case studies are funded by Healthway and PHAIWA would like to thank the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River, City of Mandurah, Shire of Mundaring and City of Vincent for their input and stories.
For view the case studies, visit the PHAIWA website
Most Accessible Community in Western Australia Award Now Open
Local Governments can nominate their initiatives, infrastructure or projects for the Most Accessible Community in WA award this year.
Sponsored by the Regional Capitals Alliance WA (RCAWA), there are three categories in this year's award: 
  • digital and technology accessibility initiatives, 
    • this could include website design, social media, library innovation, telephone adaptations, inclusion through digital connectivity
  • infrastructure and public open space inclusion and accessibility
    • beyond meeting the standard guidelines, the judges will be looking for spaces that invite inclusion and additional access, and
  • leadership
    • accessible and inclusive Council services, programs and events: including, but not limited to, employment, group facilitation, sport and recreation opportunities.
To nominate, complete the nomination form and submit by Saturday, 31 July.
For more information, view the information pack or email RCAWA Executive Assistant Jane Lewis.
City of Melville's Dementia Awareness Video Series
Did you know that City of Melville has the second highest number of people living with dementia compared to other Local Governments in WA?
The City of Melville is committed to supporting the community to live well with dementia as well as the measures to prevent its onset, and have newly released three educational videos that outline signs, symptoms and how the community can support each other.

Watch The Bank, The Supermarket and The Cafe to gain a greater understanding about people living with dementia.

The City would like to thank the Department of Communities for part funding this project, and to the cast and crew from the Melville Theatre Company and Ross Tinney from RT Films.
To find out more visit the City of Melville website.
Mid-West Art Prize Now Open 
The Mid-West Art Prize is a prestigious art exhibition which is held biennially at the Geraldton Regional Art Gallery.
The Mid-West Art Prize showcases the diversity, quality and innovation of art currently being created in Western Australia.
The Prize is open to artists residing throughout Western Australia and all artworks in the show are new artworks that have never previously been exhibited; ensuring an exhibition of freshness and intrigue.
To find out more visit City of Greater Geraldton website.
Resources to Raise Awareness of Elder Abuse 
The Department of Communities continues to work collaboratively with key stakeholders to actively distribute resources to raise awareness of elder abuse in the community.
Department of Communities has elder abuse posters and postcards that were recently updated in 2020.

More recently, the posters have been translated into four other languages (Arabic, Chinese simplified, Italian, and Vietnamese) to support culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) older people. This is an initial step to ensuring the elder abuse resources are accessible to CaLD groups.

The files can be electronically downloaded and are print friendly. Requests can be made for hard copies of these resources. 
The resources can all be accessed on the Department of Communities website.
Draft Aquatic Facility Contamination Response Guidelines
The Department of Health (DOH) is inviting comment on The Draft Aquatic Facility – Contamination Response Guidelines  which will superseded Environmental Health Guideline – Response to a faecal incident in a public swimming pool in Western Australia.
The guideline outlines the recommended response to contamination events (including faecal and vomit contamination) in aquatic facilities and are intended to promote a consistent approach across the aquatic industry to minimising the risk of waterborne disease transmission.  
For updates on environmental health issues relevant to Western Australia (including Aquatic Facilities), please subscribe to Environmental Health e-News.
To obtain a copy of the draft guidelines and provide feedback, please contact Feedback is due by close of business on Friday, 23 July.
Upcoming Events
Parks & Leisure Australia (WA) Deconstructed Conference
The deconstructed conference will include one-day stream mini conferences which will run throughout the months of May, June, July and August.
Dates: Between Friday, 11 June and Friday, 6 August
Venue: online

Managing Fire Damaged Asbestos Risks in Local Government Webinar
Department of Health are running this webinar to support Local Government Environmental Health Officers to manage fire damaged asbestos risk. 
Dates: Tuesday, 20 July 
Venue: online

National Women's Safety Summit
The Summit is being held to inform the National Plan to reduce family and domestic violence, and includes keynote addresses, panel discussions and workshops focused on issues affecting women’s safety as well as a series of roundtables.
Date: Thursday, 29 July to Friday, 30 July
Venue: online

Perth Soil and Site Evaluation Workshop
The Department of Health has partnered with the City of Bayswater to host a free workshop designed for Local Government environmental health officers, planners, wastewater industry and Site and Soil Evaluation (SSE) consultants involved with wastewater management processes.
Date: Friday, 27 August
Venue: The Rise, Maylands

Local Government Professionals - Community Development Network Conference
This professional development event will showcase an educational and informative program, designed specifically for Local Government officers working in community development. The conference theme is 'Creating community impact - awareness, action, influence.'  
Date: Thursday, 9 September and Friday, 10 September
Venue: Crown, Perth
Bringing Children and Young People into View – FDV Conference 2021
The purpose of the conference is to strengthen the understanding of children and young people’s experiences and needs, and to consider the responses that can be put in place to support their safety, health and wellbeing and improve their opportunities.
Date: Monday, 13 September to Wednesday, 15 September
Venue: Crown, Perth

WA Trails and Recreation Forum: Recovery, Resilience, Recreation
Showcasing the Great Southern region, this event will be a valuable networking and professional development opportunity for the wider trails and recreation community.
Date: Wednesday, 13 October to Friday, 15 October
Venue: Albany 
Funding Opportunities
Grants Directories
WA Grants Directory
Australian Government GrantConnect

General Grants
Healthy Venues Grants
Office of Multicultural Interests  - Community Grants Program

COVID-19 Grants
Youth Recovery Grants 
Creative Communities COVID-19 Recovery Program
Happiness Research Institute
The ConnectGroups Podcast Series
Food Sensations for Adults Online Program
Australian Government - Community Recovery Handbook
Mappa - Health Services Tool 
Local Governments, Public Health and Cancer Prevention Resource
Injury Matters - Local Government Guide
Myth Busting Domestic and Family Violence at Work
Telethon Kids Institute - Child Development Atlas
Stay On Your Feet Move Your Body Campaign Toolkit
Upcoming Training
Curtin University Health Promotion Short Courses 
12 week online course or short course Monday - Friday 22 -25 November available 

WA Association for Mental Health Events and Training
Various dates

Prevention of Violence Against Women for Workplaces - White Ribbon Australia Online Course

2021 PHAIWA Advocacy Short Course
Monday - Friday, 2-6 August
Contact the WALGA Resilient Communities Team
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