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Local Government News
22 october 2021
Issue 41

In this issue...

Leading WA’s Transition to Electric Vehicles
WALGA has partnered with Preferred Supplier Gemtek to provide a Local Government seminar stream at the iDriveWA Towards Zero Emissions Conference and Expo 2021. 
Date:         Thursday, 4 November
Time:        10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Venue:      Driver Risk Management Centre, 16 Grogan Road, Perth Airport
Cost:         Free
The Local Government seminar features presentations from the Cities of Albany, Cockburn and Subiaco, WALGA, Gemtek and the Electric Vehicle Council. 

Information covered will include transitioning corporate vehicle fleets to hybrid, electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, and considerations for the installation and management of charging stations. 
Attendees will have the opportunity to test drive a range of electric vehicles and explore the technology in more detail with exhibitors.
To register or for more information, click here.
Final Call: 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.
The seminar program will include discussion of the impending vaccination requirements announced on Wednesday, 20 October and impacts for the sector including responsibilities and operational considerations for Local Governments as employers.

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.
Great Southern Waste Summit
The program of the Great Southern Waste Summit is now available here.
Organised by WALGA, the summit 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 Sheila 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.
State Government Survey on Non-Metropolitan Sport and Recreation
The State Government is keen to learn about non-metropolitan sports priorities.
An online survey has been developed for Local Governments to provide information on the current participation, barriers and needs to inform State Government Ministers on future regional planning for sport and recreation.

The sector has identified that sport plays an important role in regional areas and this survey provides an opportunity for further input into State Government policy.

To provide input, complete the survey by COB Wednesday, 3 November.
For more information, email WALGA Principal, Policy and Advocacy Kelly McManus.
Financial Fundamentals Training
Throughout November, WALGA Training has two two-day training courses tailored specifically to Local Government Officers who need to increase their knowledge of the Local Government financial management, reporting and budgeting process.
Financial Fundamentals - Budgeting
Monday & Tuesday, 8 & 9 November
Financial Fundamentals – Monthly Annual Reporting
Monday & Tuesday, 22 & 23 November
To register, click on the above links or email the Training team or call 9213 2088.
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.
Impact of Utilities on Road Improvement Projects
Austroads is undertaking a research project to assess the impact of utilities (power, water, gas, telecommunications) on road projects. Researchers are conducting a survey to better understand how Local Government road and transport projects have been affected by utilities.
Road reserves are congested with third party assets including both underground services and overhead electricity transmission lines. 

Many WA Local Governments have first-hand experience of the implications of utilities on the cost, complexity and timeliness of project delivery. 

This Austroads study aims to reduce the negative impacts of these assets on the delivery of transport infrastructure projects, while ensuring they continue to deliver essential public services. It will provide an evidence-base to substantiate issues, highlight areas for change, and identify practical solutions to reduce costs and improve efficiency.
The survey is available here and will remain open until Wednesday, 17 November. It will take 10 – 20 minutes to complete, depending on the amount of information provided. It can be completed as an individual or on behalf of a Local Government.
For more information, email the project Team Leader Robert Eames.
Our Watch – New Resources for Local Government
Our Watch is the national peak body in the primary prevention of violence against women and their children.
A new promotional video for Workplace Equality & Respect has been launched which outlines the importance and elements of primary prevention work in workplaces.
The National Primary Prevention Hub involves forums throughout the year as well as regular reports. The second Hub report was released in July and focuses on exploring collaboration, networks and techniques for effective practice.
The online Local Government toolkit is a resource to support the sector in preventing violence against women in their workplaces and communities
For more information, visit the website.
IPWEA WA 2021 Public Works Professional Development Week
The Public Works Professional Development Week runs from Monday, 29 November to Friday, 3 December. 
This year's program includes a wide variety of topics, including: 
  • roads,
  • biodiversity and environment
  • coastal issues
  • cycling, streets and healthy communities, and
  • infrastructure.
The sessions are held in-person at The Rise in Maylands, and in an online format.
To register or for more information, click here.
Partnerships Key to Preventing Youth Suicide
In September, the Ombudsman Western Australia tabled a report on the steps taken to give effect to the recommendations arising from preventing suicide by children and young people 2020.
Through the Ombudsman’s review, trends emerged that revealed suicide was the most frequent circumstance of death by young people aged 13 – 17 and that Aboriginal young people were significantly over-represented.
The report made seven recommendations about ways to prevent or reduce suicide by children and young people.
The recommendations focus on the effectiveness of partnerships across State Government agencies, community services providers and the local community.
To view the report, click here.
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