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Local Government News
3 september 2021
Issue 34

In this issue...

Safety Ratings on Local Government Roads Tool
WALGA will work together with the UWA Western Australian Centre for Road Safety Research to identify or develop a suitable tool to evaluate safety of Local Government roads.
Funding was recently secured from the Australian Government Office of Road Safety’s Road Safety Innovation Fund to review existing road safety ratings tools and consult with Local Governments on their road safety evaluation practices.

The goal of the project is to provide Local Governments with a safety ratings tool that can be implemented by Local Government Officers without the need for specialised skills or significant resources, whilst providing valuable decision-making information for Elected Members and advice for the community. 

Local Government consultation will take place in early 2022, with the project scheduled for completion in 2023.
For more information, email Policy Officer, Road Safety and Infrastructure, Max Bushell, or call 9213 2068.
Local Government Consultation on Draft Native Vegetation Policy for WA
Local Governments are invited to attend a WALGA webinar on the draft Native Vegetation Policy for Western Australia, which will be released shortly for an eight-week period of public consultation.  
The webinar will include a presentation on the draft policy from the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, which will also cover how feedback provided on the 2019 Native Vegetation in Western Australia Issues Paper has been considered.

This will be followed by a Q&A and a workshop session to discuss the draft policy and its implications for Local Government.

Date:      Tuesday, 7 September
Time:      1:00pm to 2:30pm
Cost:       Free

An update will be provided when the draft policy document is released, expected to be early next week.

To register, click here.
For more information email A/Environment Manager, Garry Middle or call 9213 2049.
Officer Training
The following courses are available in September:
Policy Development and Procedure Writing
Monday, 13 September & Tuesday, 14 September – two-day course
Procurement - Developing Specifications for Excellence
Friday, 17 September
Recovery Coordinators Course for Local Government
Wednesday, 22 September & Thursday 23 September – two-day course
Register online by clicking on the above link, or email the Training Team.
2021 Interim Review of the Map of Bush Fire Prone Areas
The Department of Fire and Emergency Services’ Office of Bushfire Risk Management (OBRM) is undertaking the 2021 Interim Review of the Map of Bush Fire Prone Areas.
The map is used as a trigger for additional planning and building requirements for new land use development proposals within bushfire prone areas. Properties that are in designated bushfire prone areas may require additional assessment as part of any planning or building approval processes.
The 2021 Interim Review will focus on significant changes (greater than one hectare) to vegetation that may impact the Map. For further information, refer to the Interim Mapping Standards for Bush Fire Prone Areas and Frequently Asked Questions available on the DFES website.
On Thursday, 26 August, OBRM emailed all Local Governments requesting they review the Map and reply with any proposed changes by Friday, 22 October. OBRM can provide support in accessing data and identifying changes during this period.
For more information, email OBRM's Ryan Kerr or call 9395 9829.
Seeking Nominations for WA Seniors Awards 2021
The Council on the Ageing (COTA) WA is inviting Local Governments to submit nominations for this year’s Seniors Awards. Submissions close on COB Friday, 24 September.
The WA Seniors Awards is an opportunity for Local Governments to recognise the important contribution of seniors to the community, as well as those who work to improve the lives of older Western Australians. There are five awards:
  • WA Senior Metropolitan
  • WA Senior Regional
  • WA Age Friendly Business
  • WA Age Friendly Local Government
  • WA Seniors Advocate (new category)
A nomination pack is available here.
To submit a nomination or for more information, email COTA WA's Dana Moore.
Solid Futures – Aboriginal Traineeship Program
WA government sector agencies, including Local Governments, can apply to host a young trainee in 2022 through the Solid Futures Aboriginal Traineeship Program.
The traineeship helps kickstart the career of an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person aged 24 years and younger.

By working in different teams and on different projects, trainees gain new skills and use a variety of workplace technology, equipment and systems.

Trainees also work through a Certificate III in Government – a nationally recognised qualification – which will help them gain long term employment. The Public Sector Commission pays all salary and training costs.
For more information, click here.
WA Celebration of Trees Festival
The City of Stirling is leading a project to coordinate a Tree Festival in 2022 and is seeking interest from Local Governments to be involved.
The event will be held between mid April to mid May next year, and will encompass part of the school holidays. 

For more information on how to get involved, view the information sheet.
For more information, email City of Stirling Community Engagement Officer, Parks and Sustainability, Cressida Cullity.
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