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Ticket to Play

Ticket to Play is a Tasmanian Government initiative designed to reduce the cost of participating in club sporting activities for Tasmanian children. Ticket to Play

Tasmanian children aged 5 to 17 who are listed on a Centrelink Health Care or Pensioner Concession Card, or who are in Out of Home Care, are eligible for a voucher of up to $100 in value to be used towards the cost of club membership at an approved activity provider. A list of approved activity providers can be found on the Ticket to Play website.

To apply for a voucher or for more information, visit our website at https://www.communities.tas.gov.au/ticket-to-play.  Vouchers can be applied for and used at an approved activity provider until 30 November 2019.

For more information or assistance with voucher application please contact Communities, Sport and Recreation on 1800 252 476 or tickettoplay@communities.tas.gov.au

 

LGAT & StLukesHealth Corporate Health Plan for Local Government 

We are excited to announce that St.LukesHealth has partnered with the Local Government Association of Tasmania toStLukesCorporateHealth deliver a Corporate Health Plan for eligible employees and elected representatives of Local Government in Tasmania.
 

The Corporate Health Plan provides you with great benefits, such as;

  • A discount on the brochure rates offered in the Corporate Brochure, with easy payment by Direct Debit.
  • Gap free preventative dental^ for the whole family at your choice of dentist. Go to the dentist twice a year for examination, x-ray, scale and clean and fissure sealing!
  • No waiting periods‡ apply when switching from another health insurer, providing you have served all waiting periods with your previous insurer.
  • Pay only half the excess for same-day hospital admissions on selected covers†. No excess on hospital treatment for children covered on the policy.
  • Business Development Consultants that can come to you at a time and place suitable.

Are you already a member with St.LukesHealth? To take advantage of the Corporate Health Plan discount, please contact our customer care consultants on 1300 651 988.  

  

One Music Australia Launched

If your council uses copyright music within your Council, Commonwealth legislation requires permission (a licence) from the creators of that music. You can read independent legal information at copyright.org.au

OneMusic Australia, a joint initiative of Australia’s two music rights management groups, launched on 1 July with one ‘per-resident’ annual rate covering background music, film and other events, music in facilities, telephone on hold and more.  Councils throughout Australia are being notified of the transition (Previously conicls dealth separately with APRA, AMCOS and PPCA).

For before and after comparisons, Councils will need to review whether their current licensing from both organisations is exhaustive (all music uses licensed correctly).

Councils are encouraged to contact OneMusic to gain a better understanding of how their licence fees support musicians in their LGA through the payment of royalties, career development, grant opportunities and more broadly lobbying for more Australian content. More than 85 cents in the dollar is paid out to the copyright owners though these organisations. 

For more details click here

Access and Inclusion Toolkit

Clarence City Council has developed an Access and Inclusion Assessment Toolkit that champions and supports the key importance of accommodating all people in the community when planning for and creating accessible and inclusive environments.

Incorporating legislative standards, universal design, inclusive approaches and functionality to planning, the toolkit helps council staff assess the level of accessibility to and within council’s existing buildings and facilities, and identify poor functionality or design issues early on in the initial planning phases.

The Access and Inclusion Assessment Toolkit was a collaborative project of council’s Disability Access and Positive Ageing Advisory Committees.

The toolkit is relevant and useful for those who:

  • Plan for and contract others when working on new or redesigned buildings or facilities, public open spaces, or recreation and sporting venues;
  • Work on landscape design or streetscape projects;
  • Plan for and develop roads, pathways, transport, car parking or track and trails;
  • Want to ensure that community spaces and places are safe; and
  • Have an interest in the redevelopment of a council facility.

Request a copy of the toolkit here

  

Code of Practice for Urban Beekeeping in Southern Tasmania

The Southern Branch of the Tasmanian Beekeepers Association has developed the document: Code of Practice for Urban Beekeeping in Southern Tasmania, in response to the growing popularity of backyard beekeeping. Read the Code here

Currently, regulations around bee keeping vary across municipal areas. The Southern Branch of the Tasmanian Beekeepers Association is advocating that all Councils adopt the beekeeping control model which the City of Hobart has put in place under its 2015 By-Law, which reflects the approach outlined in the Code of Practice for Urban Beekeeping in Southern Tasmania.

Community Health and Wellbeing Resources 

Local Government plays a key role in providing for the health and wellbeing of Tasmanian communities.   This   three-year  project supports councils in this role by informing and inspiring local strategic planning and actions for health and wellbeing.

Visit the LGAT Community Health and Wellbeing Resources webpage by clicking here to find out about the project and aceess free resources and case studies.

 

LGAT Resources for Elected Members

LGAT has developed a range of new resources for councillors. While these are primarily targeted at first time councillors, over the next 12 months we will be addressing a range of topics in greater depth and hope that these resources are useful for all Elected Members.

Please click here to visit the dedicated page on our website where we have videos, handbooks and tool kits as well as events and training to help you understand your role and the role of Local Government.
 

Free Online Resources for Community Safety

The Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience has developed a number of free Handbooks, outlining nationally agreed principles on a range of resilience topics.

Two handbooks published this year that are of particular interest Local Government include:

Public Information and Warnings Handbook: the authoritative national guide for those who provide warnings before, during and after emergencies. The handbook outlines evidence-based, nationally agreed principles and provides guidance on developing and issuing warnings. See the A4 ready-reference poster that supports the Warnings Handbook here 

Safe and Health Crowded Places Handbook: the authoritative guide for groups organising events, managing venues, enacting health and safety protocols and related activities. This handbook had the input of many health professionals and includes a dedicated chapter on public health.

For both these handbooks, there are a suite of online companion resources – all freely available. As we come into the busy season both for emergency management and for summer/holiday events, we’d love to ensure local governments around Tasmania are either made aware or reminded these resources are available to them.  

 

Building Great Communities for Tasmania's Children Forum - Key Documents

The Building Great Communities for Tasmania’s Children forum was hosted by LGAT, City of Hobart, B4 Early Years Coalition and the Australian Early Years Census - Tasmania in Campbell Town on July 5, 2018.  

The forum bought together a diverse range of speakers covering topics including the role of Local Government in early childhood, child-friendly communities, the arts, playgrounds, using data for planning and engaging with children to help shape their communities.   

The forum was attended by 32 people including representatives from eight councils, along with workers from community organisations and State Government.  

Planning a Better Event Toolkit

event toolkit

An innovative new resource has been developed by Clarence City Council to make the sometimes daunting task of planning and running an event easier for all members of the community. 

Council, in partnership with Healthy Tasmania, identified that a simple toolkit which aims to help organisers ‘think outside the box’ – looking beyond the sausage sizzle – to create more diverse events which are inclusive to more people.

The ‘Planning a Better Event’ toolkit is a guide to help identify, personalise and brainstorm all aspects of planning an event, leading to healthier, more engaging and memorable events in Tasmania. The toolkit is divided into sections – food, the physical environment, sustainability, social inclusion and legalities with each listing a number of items to consider.  

The quality of food presented can make a big difference to the success of an event, how it is perceived by event-goers and whether they decide to return to future events. The ‘Planning a Better Event’ toolkit provides a check-list to help planners think about whether food supplied at an event is suitable and desirable.

Sustainability is also covered and is based on the ‘no trash, no trail and no trace’ motto – and how to make more sustainable choices. Transport for event goers is something also to be considered to help include more people from all around the community.

Council has partnered with Healthy Tasmania to provide the toolkit to other organisations around the State. It is also available to download online at: www.ccc.tas.gov.au/events    

 

Updated National Community Recovery Handbook to Assist in Disaster Recovery

The Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience has published an updated handbook to build capability for those assisting disaster recoverycommunities in recovery.

The updated Community Recovery Handbook is a useful resource for those in local government who have a role or responsibility in supporting communities through recovery after a disaster. The handbook explores key concepts and frameworks in recovery and provides resources for readers to work with communities to deliver effective recovery processes, services, programs and activities.

It can be used by local government to develop policies, capabilities, emergency management plans and other documents that incorporate disaster recovery within their own jurisdictions and that support local communities.

The handbook aligns to the recently updated National Principles for Disaster Recovery and includes guidance on applying the principles within various demographics and throughout the various complexities in supporting a community through the recovery process.

The revised handbook is freely accessible on the Knowledge Hub: https://knowledge.aidr.org.au/community-recovery-handbook 


GRANTS & FUNDING PROGRAMS  

 

**$7,000 Available for Women’s Leadership Development **Closing Soon!

Opportunity for all all women currently working in the local government sector to express interest in a limited pool of scholarship funding that is available.

The fee support opportunity provides women with funding of between $3,000 and $7,000 (per applicant, subject to a set of selection criteria being met) to undertake a range of leadership development programs commencing later this year.

Quite a number of local government women have applied, with many high-calibre candidates being awarded scholarships, and industry stakeholders and creditors want to take this opportunity to thank all of those for their support to date.

To ensure equitable access to the grants, WLA has extended the funding window until September 20.

It is important to note that it is uncertain when these partial grants will be available again; more information and initial expressions of interest are available here: www.wla.edu.au/localgovernment   

Community Defibrillator Fund – Closes 13 September 2019

Applications for the second round of Ambulance Tasmania’s Community Defibrillator Fund are now open for a further 90 Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs). The Tasmanian Government is offering community groups, individuals and not-for-profit organisations the chance to apply for 90 AEDs for the benefit of their local communities.

The probability of surviving a cardiac arrest declines between seven and 10 per cent with each passing minute. Early access to a defibrillator is critical and can save someone’s life.

The AED is very easy to use and has audio to talk you through the procedure. Applications close Friday 13 September 2019.  

 

City Hobart – Events Grants – Various Closing Dates

The City of Hobart Event Grants program provides grants for a range of events that provide benefits to both the local and wider community. The City of Hobart supports events which:

- enhance community identity
- encourage accessibility and community participation
- support and enhance the cultural life of Hobart     
- celebrate cultural diversity
- deliver economic benefits through increased visitation and promotion 
- enhance the reputation of Hobart as an attractive tourist destination. 

All applications are assessed against assessment criteria. It is important to note that meeting all criteria does not guarantee that an application will be successful.  

Sport and Recreation Major Grants Program 2019-20 – Closes 30 October 2019

The Sport and Recreation Major Grants Program provides grants of between $15 000 and $80 000 to clubs, associations, local government and other not-for profit providers of sport and active recreation.

Eligible projects must benefit sport and/or recreation clubs and applicants must contribute at least half of the project funding.

For further information see the Major Grants Program webpage or telephone Communities, Sport and Recreation on 1800 204 224. 

 


CONFERENCES, SEMINARS & WORKSHOPS   

Climate Change Webinar: Case Study Huon Valley Council

Tasmanian councils are grappling with the impacts of climate change, from uninsurable houses, makeshift erosion infrastructure and metres of lost land. The effects of more frequent extreme weather events and sea level rises are being felt across the state, burdening local governments with greater responsibilities and costs.

The regional community of Huonville was this year hit with an emergency-level bushfire, which put the town and surrounding areas at risk for 15 days. Last year, the area experienced flooding.

This webinar will provide a practitioner’s perspective of:

  • How Huon Valley Council sees climate change as an issue for the Council and community;

  • Examples of what we are doing to manage and adapt to these challenges;

  • Examples of what we have found to be the most consistently challenging and solutions that we have tested.

Thursday 12 September 2019

Cost $60 - sign up here: https://www.climate-lab.org/labproducts/huon-valley-council

 

LG Professionals Tasmania Conference: 16-18 October 2019, Devonport

Join delegates from across the industry to hear from leading speakers, over two comprehensive days; and celebrate successes from your colleagues.

Be part of the leading information sharing and networking forum at the new paranaple convention centre in Devonport from 16th– 18thOctober.

Accommodation has been reserved at the Quality Inn Gateway Hotel.

Find out more and register  here 

 

Australian Regional Tourism Convention: 21-23 October 2019, Devonport ART 2019

"Exploiting the new found focus on regions - is regional Australia ready for the spotlight?"

The convention program delivers maximum professional development opportunities, with plenty of time for networking and exploring local tourism offerings. The annual convention provides an exciting platform for tourism professionals across Australia to meet, learn and help drive the tourism industry forward to see growth in our rural and regional communities.

View the program here.

 

The Training Consortium (TTC)

**2 for 1 SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE for LOCAL GOVERNMENT employees for the TTC Public Sector Management Program 2019**

The Australian Public Service Commission is funding national scholarships to boost local government participation in the Public Sector Management Program (PSM Program). The Training Consortium (TTC) has secured one scholarship for Tasmania in 2019, on a two for one basis. TTC, in conjunction with the Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT), are running a process to select two (2) scholarship recipients, with each recipient receiving a 50% discount on the enrolment fee.

Find out more here

The Public Sector Management Program (PSMP):

  • Offers a unique opportunity for new and existing managers (or aspiring) aimed to enhance management skills within context of the public sector environment
  • Is designed for managers across all three levels of government
  • Program is delivered nationally by Queensland University of Technology (QUT), in Hobart
  • Successful completion will result in a Graduate Certificate in Business (Public Sector Management)
  • Consists of 4 units delivered in Hobart with a mix of self-directed online learning and 14 workshop days over 15 months
  • Free Information session will be promoted on the TTC Calendar in early 2019
  • More information is available on the QUT website
  • Download the PSMP Brochure
  • 2019 timetable – Please view HBA 1901

 

Your Council's LGAT Membership includes Membership of The Training Consortium (TTC).

Check out what training courses TTC have on here 

 

 

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