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Tasmania, Battery of the Nation?

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To fulfil the ambitions of the Battery of the Nation initiative, Hydro Tasmania is investigating how Tasmania could contribute more clean energy to the national market.  Ideas include pumped hydro energy storage  and improving existing assets to increase efficiency and optimise production. With investment, regional development and employment opportunities would be boosted. For more information visit the Hydro Tasmania web site.  Interested councils are invited to contact Hydro directly via this email.  


 Key Role for Local Government in Safeguarding Crowded Places

Local Government’s responsibility for managing the public realm now extends to developing, implementing and regularly testing protective security measures at venues considered susceptible to terrorist attack.  The Commonwealth’s Strategy for Protecting Crowded Places from Terrorism makes clear that councils have a duty of care to take all reasonable steps to prevent harm to people gathered at civic spaces for public activities or celebrations. 

To help owners and operators safeguard crowded places, the Strategy includes a ‘how-to guide’’ aimed at strengthening cooperation and information-sharing between government and industry, enabling access to threat information, and providing counsel and guidance on the most appropriate and effective security measures.  Crowded Places Forums, a mechanism for police to engage with owners and operators of such spaces, will be introduced across all jurisdictions.  To determine how attractive a location may be for a terrorist to attack, owners and operators should first complete the Crowded Places Self-Assessment Tool.


Tasmanian Councils Invited to Join Welcoming Cities Initiative

Welcoming Cities facilitates a national network of inclusive, vibrant communities internationally recognised for their ability to foster a sense of belonging and participation.  It seeks to address and embrace the challenges and opportunities of migration, by supporting local councils to leverage the ideas and innovation that come from being welcoming and inclusive.
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 Home Energy Bulk Buy

Southern Tasmanian councils and Sustainable Living Tasmania are teaming up to help households buy energy efficient products for the home like: heat pumps, hot water services, insulation, LED lighting, solar panels and more at bulk purchase prices. The Bulk Buy is now open for a limited time so register your household’s interest on the website now.


Energy Efficient Loan Scheme

Energy Efficient Loan Scheme

Households can also use the Tasmanian Government’s Energy Efficient Loan Scheme for their purchases, which can lend up to $10,000 interest free. For more information on the loans scheme visit the Aurora website.


Regional Jobs and Investment Package for Regional Tasmania

The Commonwealth’s Regional Jobs and Investment Package is offering three grant streams (local infrastructure, business innovation, skills and training) worth a combined $25 million.  The grants are designed to help diversify the regional economy, stimulate economic growth and deliver sustainable employment in regional areas. Councils in the greater Hobart area (Brighton, Clarence, Glenorchy, Hobart, Kingborough) are not eligible, though all other councils are.  Applications close at 5pm 19 October 2017.  For more information and to make applications visit this link.


Liveable Communities Grants Program 

In May, the Tasmanian Government released the Strong, Liveable Communities: Tasmania’s Active Ageing Plan 2017-2022.  The Liveable Communities Grants Program is one of the key initiatives developed to support implementation of the plan.  Funding will be directed towards innovative and strategic projects that aim to make local communities more responsive and inclusive of the needs of older people.  The program will provide funding for interested, well-placed and strategically-ready local councils or Local Government authorities to run a pilot project in their community, to improve its liveability.  Applicants can apply for grants between $5,000 and $15,000.  The Liveable Communities Grants Program 2017-18 Guidelines and Application Form are available here.  Applications must be received by 9 October.  Further information can be obtained by email, or by phoning 1800 204 224. 


Major Grants Program

The Tasmanian Government’s 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.  Applications close on 2 November.  For further information see the Major Grants Program webpage, or contact Communities, Sport and Recreation on 1800 204 224.  


 Women in Leadership Tasmania Summit

Women in leadership

The second Women in Leadership Summit will be held from 4 to 7 December at the Hobart Conference and Function Centre. The Summit will provide a platform for existing and emerging leaders - to learn from those women who have already made it in government, business and manufacturing. For more information and to complete the hardcopy registration, check out the flyer.  


Coast to Coast Conference – Call for Abstracts and More

The Australian Coastal Society’s, Coast to Coast Conference will be held 16-20 April 2018 at the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Hobart. Organisers are calling for contributors to submit abstracts for potential presentations, running a workshop or displaying your council’s work at a trade booth exhibition. This year’s theme is Meeting on the Margin, and organisers hope to encourage deep dialogue, present inspiring presentations, fruitful workshops and networking. For more information and to get involved visit the conference website


Floodplain Management Australia Conference – Call for Abstracts

FloodplainThe 2018 Floodplain Management Australia National Conference, will be held from 29th May to 1st June at the Gold Coast Exhibition & Convention Centre.

Organisers are calling for abstracts of potential presentations to be received by Monday 30th October. The theme for the conference is Waterways of Success: Developing flood resilience in our communities, with focus on Australian and international achievements in flood risk management, with practical examples from the Gold Coast’s network of waterways, rivers, creeks, lakes, canals and coastline. For more information visit the conference website


Forest Practices Conference

The Tasmanian Forest Practices Authority is hosting a two-day conference in Hobart at the Wrest Point Conference Centre. Its aim is to consider the first 30 years of Tasmania’s forest practices system, and to use this perspective to assess trends and possibilities in Tasmanian, national and international forest regulation. The conference is designed for forest workers, managers and regulators, government agencies and environmental NGOs. There will be many opportunities for delegates to contribute to discussions. Further information and registration is available here.


LG Professionals Emerging Leaders Program 

LG Professionals Tasmania is offering their Emerging Leaders Program again in 2017. This two day intensive program will be run from the 30 November to 1 December at the Sebel Hotel in Launceston, with the University of Tasmania. Registrations close 10 November 2017. For more in information view the brochure Emerging Leaders Program Brochure 2017 Final.pdf or website 


Gov Innovate Summit

10-12 October, Canberra

Be part of Australia's premium, public sector only event for driving transformative digital service delivery and engagement. This year’s topics include: digital transformation; multichannel citizen engagement; e-Government service delivery; digital identity; and cyber resilience.  Further information click here.

International Festival of Landscape Architecture 


The International Festival of Landscape Architecture, is a four-day celebration of conceiving, reimagining and transforming the outside world - from streetscapes to parks and playgrounds, transport solutions, tourism strategies, new suburbs and cities. The conference runs from 12-15 October 2017 in Sydney. For more information read more. 


17th International Cities Town Centres & Communities Conference 

25-27 October, Melbourne

Join hundreds of city leaders, planners and placemakers to discuss the latest thinking and trends in transforming cities and towns into vibrant places to live, work, play and visit.  For further information read more.

LG Professionals Annual Conference
- Resilience in the Face of Adversity

1-3 November – Hobart

Hear from a great line-up of speakers who will dive deeper into the topic of resilience and share useful case studies.  Registrations close on 16 October.  Register here.

Tasmanian Works and Engineering Conference - Getting the Job Done Right

3 November - Glenorchy

Organisers are seeking expressions of interest for presentations at the conference.  A broad range of papers will be considered covering the areas below: project management and delivery; open space and public buildings; road and transport infrastructure; stormwater and flood risk; asset management and infrastructure.  Read more. 

2017 National Local Roads and Transport Congress

6-8 November – Albany, WA

Featuring key ministers, federal politicians and a range of experts.  Further infomation here.

National Local Government HR Conference 2017 - 'Brave New World'   

15-17 November - Sydney

For HR professionals interested in the people issues facing local governments across Australia, featuring expert speakers and interactive workshops to exchange best practice across councils on the subjects of opportunity and innovation, future workforce, digital technologies, health and wellbeing, analytics and strategy.  Read more

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