MAV bulletin - Issue 916

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MAV mobile website launched

The MAV’s mobile website has been launched. Featuring news, events, council details and more, our mobile website will help you quickly find the information you need while you're on the go.

From your mobile device you can now find councillor and CEO contact details, locate council offices on a map, add events to your calendar and ask us a question.

The events calendar on the mobile website replaces the MAV diaries that were previously provided to councillors.

Visit our mobile website.

MAV 2013-14 strategic planning consultation sessions

The MAV’s annual strategic planning process will include member consultation sessions across Victoria throughout March and April. These meetings facilitate discussion on key priorities for Victorian councils, seek member input and obtain feedback on our performance to inform development of our 2013-14 Strategic Work Plan. This process is designed to ensure the MAV remains focused on meeting our members’ needs. We encourage councillors, CEOs and relevant officers to take the opportunity to influence and contribute to the MAV's work plan for the year ahead by participating in any of the nine sessions.

LocationDate and time
The Gateway Beet 
Council Offices
75 Lascelles St, Hopetoun

Tuesday 5 March
1 pm – 3 pm

Conference Room
Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre
Cnr Ford & Ovens St, Wangaratta

Thursday 7 March
12 pm – 2 pm

Traralgon (Latrobe)
Conference Room 4
LaTrobe Convention Centre
5601 Princes Hwy, Traralgon

Tuesday 12 March
12 pm – 2 pm

Reception Room, Council Offices
195-229 Lyttleton Tce, Bendigo

Thursday 14 March
12 pm – 2 pm

Reception Room
Council Offices
21 Liebig St, Warrnambool

Tuesday 19 March
12 pm – 2 pm

Bellarine Room
Four Points Sheraton
10-14 Eastern Beach Rd, Geelong

Wednesday 20 March
4 pm – 6 pm

Metro - 2 sessions
MAV offices
Level 12, 60 Collins St, Melbourne

Thursday 4 April
Session 1: 2 - 4 pm 
Session 2: 6 - 8pm

All registrations and queries can be directed to Gavin Mahoney on 9667 5564.

VicRoads school crossing supervision and traffic management prequalification guidelines

The MAV will meet with the VicRoads executive next week. On the agenda will be the recent school crossing supervision program and the new traffic management guidelines. Following the meeting, the MAV will update councils on the school crossing supervisor funding decisions for 2013/14 and the net impact on councils.

In response to council feedback, the MAV is also currently working with VicRoads to streamline the new traffic management guidelines’ requirements for councils. The traffic management prequalification application will also be simplified. The MAV CEO emailed councils with initial information regarding the new guidelines on 14 January and will communicate the streamlined requirements shortly.

For further information contact James Cleaver.

MAV LG Employment Branding Campaign - Concept workshops

The MAV in partnership with Blaze Advertising is revisiting the opportunity to implement a sector-wide employment branding campaign.

An initial workshop with a number of councils last year was valuable in assessing work undertaken to date, with very positive feedback on the direction of this project.

As a next step we will be conducting a series of workshops to present the proposed campaign concepts and seek feedback and support from the sector more broadly.

We encourage all councils to a session to obtain further details on this project. The workshops will be of particular relevance to HR, marketing and communications staff, as well as relevant managers and directors.

Tuesday 26 February
10 am - 12 pm
MAV, Level 11, 60 Collins St, Melbourne
Thursday 28 February
10 am - 12 pm
Lakeview Resort, 286 Napier St, Bendigo
Thursday 28 February 
3 pm - 5 pm
Benalla Performing Arts & Convention Centre, 
57 Samaria Rd, Benalla
Monday 4 March 
10.30 am - 12.30 pm
Colac Otway Performing Arts & Culture Centre, 
Cnr Rae & Gellibrand St, Colac 
Wednesday 6 March 
11 am to 1 pm
West Gippsland Arts Centre, 
Corner Smith and Albert Street, Warragul
Friday 8 March
10 am to 12 pm
MAV, Level 12, 60 Collins St, Melbourne

If you would like to attend please RSVP by Friday 21 February to, including the name, contact details and role of all attendees.

Any questions can be addressed to Cameron Spence on 03 9667 5554.

Local government briefing on development contributions report

The MAV is hosting a local government briefing on the first report by the Standard Development Contributions Advisory Committee, Setting the Framework. Kathy Mitchell, Chair of the Ministerial Advisory Committee will provide councils with an overview of the report, key areas where feedback is required and take questions from delegates. The session will be held on 20 February from 1.30 to 3.30 pm at the MAV offices, Level 11, 60 Collins St, Melbourne.

Wind farm working group to be reconvened

The MAV wind farm working group will be reconvened in March. Council CEOs will this month be invited to nominate a councillor and senior planning officer to participate. The working group will provide an avenue to exchange lessons learnt on wind farm proposals, and a forum to discuss key issues.


Future of VicCLUE

The MAV is convening a meeting to discuss the future direction of VicCLUE (Census of Land Use and Employment). The VicCLUE project represents the collection of data on current business activity and land use at property level.

It is built on the Census of Land Use and Employment designed by the City of Melbourne to assist them with planning their economic, social, environmental and recreational development. It captures information for every property, whether rateable or non-rateable, and includes all residential developments, whether they are in residential or other zones. To date some 30 councils have been involved in the project.

The meeting will be held Friday 22 February from 12.30 pm to 3 pm at the Monash Conference Centre, Level 7, 30 Collins Street, Melbourne.

To register, contact John Hennessy.


New fee structure for VCAT

In mid-December 2012, the Department of Justice issued a Regulatory Impact Statement(RIS) for the proposed Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (Fees) Regulations 2013 to introduce a new fee structure for VCAT. The new fee structure will implement the Government’s policy that VCAT, through its fees, would recover 45 per cent of its operating costs. The Government proposes to implement the new fee structure over three years.

The new fee structure proposes significant increases in the majority of VCAT fees; introduces new administrative fees; and makes it compulsory for parties to alternative dispute resolution (i.e. mediation) to bear part of the costs of this.

Of particular interest are the fees which relate to matters where local government appears at VCAT as either applicant or respondent, where the higher fees will impact the council and community respectively.

The MAV is seeking council input on the likely impact of the Government’s proposal on you and your communities. Input from councils will assist us to develop an appropriate response to the Government. It should be noted that submissions on the RIS close on 15 February and consequently, input from councils should be provided to us by 10 am on Monday 11 February.

For further information contact Paul Rozario on 03 9667 5513.


New speed zone guidelines

The MAV and councils are continuing to work with VicRoads to provide input to the new Speed Zone Guidelines. There are currently two opportunities for councils to participate. First, an online questionnaire is currently live.

The survey should take no more than 20 to 30 minutes and should be completed before Friday 8 February. VicRoads is particularly interested in hearing from rural and regional councils, none of which have responded thus far.

Second, the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia (IPWEA) is coordinating a series of workshops for council traffic engineers. There will be four workshops across Victoria: in Traralgon (26 Feb); Ballarat (28 Feb); Shepparton (12 Mar); and Kew (15 Mar).

Council officers wishing to attend should RSVP direct to IPWEA. For further information contact James Cleaver on 9667 5519.


Ministerial Advisory Committee on Waste and Resource Recovery Governance

The Draft Victorian Waste and Resource Recovery Policy released last October included a commitment for the Minister for Environment and Climate Change to appoint an expert Ministerial Advisory Committee (MAC). The committee is to advise on the best institutional and governance models to deliver on the vision and objectives of the new policy.

The Minister has now appointed the members of the MAC on Waste and Resource Recovery Governance. Each member has expertise in a particular area relevant to the work of the MAC:

  • Lydia Wilson (Chair): local government expert
  • Simon Corden: governance and government expert
  • Paul Clapham: waste and resource recovery industry expert

As it is an expert committee rather than representative, stakeholder consultation will form a key part of the work of the MAC. This consultation process is expected to take place from late February until late March. The MAC secretariat will be coordinating a program of consultation. /

Alpine Resorts Coordinating Council and the Alpine Resorts Management Boards vacancies

The Minister for Environment and Climate Change is seeking expressions of interest for 22 vacancies including the Deputy Chair/Chairperson, on the Alpine Resorts Coordinating Council and the Alpine Resorts Management Boards, to be appointed from mid-2013.

Enquiries can be made to Kristen Mangelsdorf, Andrew Isaac, or Patrick Malins at Hudson on 9623 6666. Expressions of interest close at 5 pm on Monday 18 February.


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  • The Social Media for the Public Sector Conference will be held on 19 and 20 March 2013. Find out more here.