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Our MAV - President's update

MAV President's Update - 15 August 2022

Dear friends and colleagues,

State election campaign - update

We are building momentum towards 2022 State Election and hope to take advantage of this opportunity for local government to come together and ensure the delivery more positive outcomes for councils and communities.

It is imperative we make sure the next State Government – no matter its stripe – understands and acts on the needs of communities through their local councils.

We will argue that the government needs to focus on getting back to making decisions not just on the cost of living, but also the quality of living.

As unveiled at the State Council meeting June, our state election campaign will outline the opportunities, and we are calling for the support of all of our member councils to ensure our voice is collectively as powerful as possible.

We have collated this easy-to-read State Election Platform (PDF) that details the key issues, the “asks” and the community benefit that we will campaign for.

The MAV will lead the sector in a six-week campaign, which will be launched in late September, that will highlight the implications of government policy, local concerns and what we would like to see happen.

We will develop our own communications as well as stakeholder kit, which will include editable social media tiles, email/website banners and template media releases to assist our members.

More details will be coming to you and your council communicators shortly to enable you to consider internally and within the council chamber as appropriate.


MAV Annual Conference & Dinner – Thursday 13 October

Registrations are now open for the 2022 Annual Conference and Dinner, which will explore the theme ‘Transcending Boundaries – A Bold New Era’.

This year’s theme reflects the significant disruption faced by councils as they deal with a range of issues including population change, economic recovery, budget constraints, financial sustainability, climate action, circular economy, and rising demands and expectation on services.

The COVID-19 pandemic has served to catalyse and accelerate changes to council operations and inspired new ways of thinking about the way services are delivered.

Although the challenges are significant, the opportunity to accelerate positive change are now greater than ever before. This conference explores the role of leaders in embracing change and disruption, turning challenges into opportunities, and moving forward positively into a new reality.

We have an impressive array of speaker and thought leaders on the program including:

  • Hon Kristy McBain MP, Minister for Regional Development, Local Government and Territories
  • George Megalogenis, Journalist, Political & Economic Commentator and Author
  • Simon Kuestenmacher, Co-Founder of The Demographics Group
  • Chair Professor Eleanor Bourke AM, Yoorrook Justice Commission
  • Liz Watts, Partner, Local Government Lead, KPMG
  • Cathy Henderson, CEO Moreland City Council
  • Eamonn Fennessy, Director Community, Moreland City Council
  • Dr Stephen Rowley, Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Monash University
  • Dr Nicole Garofano, Planet Ark, Head of Circular Economy Development
  • Dr Sandro Demaio, CEO VicHealth (Invited)
  • Carly Findlay OAM, Disability Advocate
  • Gerard Mansour, Commissioner for Senior Victorians
  • Dr Todd Fernando, Commissioner for LGBTQ+ Communities
  • Kim Howland, Manager Community Services, MAV

The Gala Dinner & Councillor Service Awards
The Gala Dinner is a highlight of this event and will also include acknowledgement and celebration of our Councillor Service Award recipients. Mayors and councillors due to receive their 2021 awards at this year’s rescheduled Councillor Leadership Conference, will now be receiving their awards at the Gala Dinner.

Registrations are now also open for 2022 Nominations and will close Friday 16 September.

Partners of award recipients can also purchase tickets to attend the dinner. Please click here for more information about the Councillor Service Awards and to complete the nomination form.

This conference is renowned as a Victorian local government premier event and networking opportunity for Mayors, Councillors, CEO’s, Executives and Senior Officers. Don’t miss out and book your tickets now!

Date: Thursday, 13 October 2022
Time: 9am – 5pm (Dinner 6:00pm – 10:30pm)
Venue: Arts Centre Melbourne, The Pavilion , 100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne

Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.


Special meeting of State Council – 16 September

Looking forward also to seeing MAV representatives and CEOs at the Special meeting of State Council at Melbourne Town Hall on Friday 16 September 2022 when we will consider the proposed MAV Rules.

Registrations for the meeting on 16 September can be made here until 5.00pm on Wednesday 7 September 2022. Remember, motions from the membership will not be considered at this Special meeting. Please save your motions until our next State Meeting in October.


MAV State Council Meeting - Friday 14 October

Following the annual conference and dinner, a State Council meeting will be held Friday 14 October 2022 from 9.30am to 3.00pm at Arts Centre Melbourne.

The agenda for this meeting will include motions from the membership that are in line with the MAV Strategy 2021-25 (PDF), adopted at the May 2021 meeting of the State Council. The MAV Rules also require motions be of state-wide significance to local government.

This means motions should be relevant to the identified six MAV Strategic Outcomes:

  • Economically sound councils
  • Healthy, diverse and thriving communities
  • Well-planned, connected and resilient built environment
  • Changing climate and a circular economy
  • Sector capability and good governance
  • Effective and responsive MAV

Early motions, received by midnight on Thursday 8 September 2022, will be distributed to MAV representatives on Friday 9 September 2022.

Under the Rules, all motions must be submitted by no later than midnight on Friday 16 September 2022.

Submitters may amend their motions up to three weeks before the State Council meeting by emailing governancesupport@mav.asn.au the amended motions no later than 5.00pm on Friday 23 September 2022.

The Business Papers for State Council will be emailed to MAV representatives and posted on the MAV website on Friday 30 September 2022.

Please note each council is allocated two seats on the floor of State Council. Online registrations are now open here for the State Council meeting on Friday 14 October 2022.


From the Board table

The August Board meeting was held online, and the highlight of the meeting was a visit by the new Minister for Local Government, Melissa Horne.

This was an opportunity to meet with the Minister to raise key issues of concern including emergency management, the recent culture report and the financial challenges facing the sector.

The Board also met with the leadership of Rural Councils Victoria on a shared approach to advocacy priorities for the upcoming State election, worked through the proposed MAV Rules with Mark Hayes from Maddocks and discussed the process to review the MAV regional boundaries.


Vale Cr Tony Driscoll

We were saddened to that the Northern Grampians Shire Council Mayor, Cr Tony Driscoll, passed away on Sunday 31 July.

Cr Driscoll has served Northern Grampians Shire Council since October 2012 and represented the Kara Kara Ward. He has previously held the role of Mayor in 2016-17 and 2017-18. Our condolences go to his family and colleagues.

Warm regards,
Cr David Clark,
MAV President

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