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Local Government News
15 october 2021
Issue 40

In this issue...

Road Safety Commission Presentation - Proposed Personal Mobility Device Regulations
The Road Safety Commission (RSC) is preparing draft regulations for the use of Personal Mobility Devices on public roads in Western Australia, and will present on the proposed new regulations to Local Governments in-person and online.
Personal Mobility Devices, also known as eRideables, include devices such as e-scooters, and e-skateboards. The proposed regulations are largely consistent with recent changes to the Australian Road Rules, as set out in the amendment.

The RSC will deliver a presentation to interested Local Governments and provide an opportunity for participants to ask questions and make comments about the proposed regulations.

Date:           Friday, 29 October 
Time:          2:00pm – 4:00pm 
Venue:        WALGA Boardroom, ONE70, LV1,
                   170 Railway Parade, West Leederville WA
Cost:          Free (registration essential)

This event is also available as a webinar via MS Teams.

To register, email Administration Officer, Infrastructure, Audra de Pina by Monday, 25 October, advising whether you intend to participate in-person or online.
For more information on the draft regulations, email Policy Officer, Transport and Roads, Sebastian Davies-Slate.
Great Southern Waste Summit
The Great Southern Waste Summit, organised by WALGA, will bring high profile speakers to the region as well as showcasing local initiatives and opportunities.
This event will bring together Local Government, businesses and the community to build relationships and share knowledge, to improve service delivery, social opportunities and environmental outcomes for local communities.

Speakers include Waste Authority Chair Reg Howard-Smith, Keep Australia Beautiful Chair Michael Aspinall and Containers for Change Shelia McHale.

Date:       Thursday, 11 November to Friday, 12 November
Time:       9:30am to 3:30pm
Venue:    Retravision Stadium Albany, 156 Lockyer Avenue, Centennial Park
Cost:       $250 (summit and tour), $165 (summit only), $150 (tour only)

This event is being hosted by the City of Albany, Shire of Denmark, Shire of Jerramungup and Shire of Plantagenet, and sponsored by Containers for Change and Cleanaway.
To register or for more information, click here.
Breakfast Seminar: HR Responses to COVID-19
Local Government CEOs and HR Managers are invited to attend a WALGA Breakfast seminar on the HR challenges Local Governments are facing in response to COVID-19.
A full program, including speakers, will be announced shortly.

This event is also available as webinar.

Date:        Friday, 29 October 
Time:       7:45am to 9:45am (registrations and breakfast from 7:15am) 
Venue:     WALGA Boardroom, ONE70, LV1,
                 170 Railway Parade, West Leederville WA
Cost:        Free (registration essential)

To register for in-person attendance or webinar, click here.
For more information, email Event Manager, Ulla Prill.
CEO and Executive Team Training
In a disaster, the community will first turn to their Local Government for trusted leadership.
The Emergency Management for Local Government Leaders course addresses the challenges and stressors inherent to lead staff and the community through a crisis and provides information on the actions that can be taken before, during, and after an emergency.

It will ensure the leaders are effectively prepared and able to respond to and recover from emergency events impacting the community.

More critically, this training will provide participants with tools and experience to guide their decision-making in a highly dynamic and potentially hazardous operating environment.

Emergency Management for Local Government Leaders
Thursday, 25 November
Register online by clicking on the above link, or email the Training Team.
Vacancies on Boards and Committees
The Association is pleased to announce the following vacancies:
  • Keep Australia Beautiful Council WA (Elected Members and Local Government Officers)
    • Metropolitan Member and Deputy Member
    • Non-Metropolitan Member and Deputy Member
  • Public Library Working Group – Readvertised (Elected Members and Local Government Officers from a Tier 2 Non-Metropolitan Local Government with a population between 1000 and 10,000).
    • Non-Metropolitan Member
Nominees are required to submit a completed nomination form, statement addressing the selection criteria and short curriculum vitae (two pages maximum) before the close of nominations 5:00pm, Friday, 5 November.

Nomination forms are available here.
For more information, email Governance Support Officer, Chantelle O’Brien or call 9213 2013.
ALGA’s Closing the Gap Implementation Plan
The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) has published its Closing the Gap Implementation Plan, outlining key actions Local Governments and State Associations can take to respond to the priority reforms under the National Agreement on Closing the Gap.
ALGA’s Closing the Gap Implementation Plan is designed to:
  • support Australian Local Governments to harness the opportunities provided to communities by the National Closing the Gap Agreement
  • assist State and Territory Governments to work with Local Governments in the implementation of the National Closing the Gap Agreement, and
  • support strengthened, shared decision-making at the local level, supporting Local Governments to better partner with the Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments, and local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
As the level of government closest to the community, Local Governments play a key role in supporting and helping to steer the development of policies and programs in partnership with local Aboriginal people that address priorities at local and regional levels. 
To read the Implementation Plan, click here. For more information, see the ALGA President’s report.
Second Detection of Polyphagus Shot-Hole Borer
Following the first ever in Australia detection of a Polyphagus shot-hole borer (PSHB) in East Fremantle in August, a second detection was confirmed 300 metres from the initial site on Monday, 4 October and additional suspect detections are undergoing diagnostics.
The second detection is within the Quarantine Area declared last month by the Department of Primary Industry and Regional Development (DPIRD) for parts of the suburbs of Fremantle, East Fremantle, North Fremantle, Palmyra and Bicton.  

DPIRD is actively engaging with Local Governments and residents living in the Quarantine Area to increase community awareness and reporting. Movement restrictions on green waste materials are in place within the Quarantine Area and DPIRD staff are working on establishing a permit system.

The most up-to-date information on the detection, including the Quarantine Area Notice, map, fact sheets on identification and FAQs are available here.
Local Governments are encouraged to let their community members know about reporting any suspect PSHB activity via the MyPestGuide Reporter app, or email the Pest and Disease Information Service or call 9368 3080.
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