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On VLGA Connect today, Chris Eddy is in conversation with Keiran Brophy from Play Australia about 1000 Play Streets - a national movement to reconnect socially isolated communities and to encourage more play for all on our quiet residential streets. The concept has been piloted in four states with six local governments, leading to a free toolkit fo…
 
On this week's Governance Update, Chris Eddy and Stephen Cooper discuss the local government news of the week, including: the Victorian Ombudsman's report into Kingston City Council planning processes; a parliamentary inquiry releases its report about the closure of a food company and the role of government officials; the opposition move to stop lo…
 
This week, mandated vaccinations for local government workers is the hot topic, with announcements from two Councils and more expected to follow. Richard Scougall from Hunt & Hunt Lawyers joins Chris Eddy and Stephen Cooper to discuss the implications and legal ramifications of these mandates. Plus we look at a unique legal case out of NSW where co…
 
This week on the Governance Update, Chris Eddy and Stephen Cooper explore some of the latest issues to surface in the local government sector, including a growing number of defamation cases and complaints arising from social media usage. Steve makes a link between this week's Australian Story on ABC and local government culture; plus the impact on …
 
Infrastructure Australia recently released its 15 year plan, calling for a new wave of infrastructure reform to drive COVID-19 recovery around the nation. How was the plan developed, and what does it mean for local governments across the country? In this episode of VLGA Connect, Chris Eddy and Kathryn Arndt speak with the CEO of Infrastructure Aust…
 
From the VLGA Connect Newsroom this week, updates on sector happenings with CEO Kathryn Arndt. Plus we're joined by Hannah Duncan-Jones and Madeline Di Pietrantonio from Homes Victoria to discuss local government's role in the Big Housing Build, and the $80 million to address a critical housing shortage in regional Victoria.…
 
On VLGA Connect, IBAC Deputy Commissioner David Wolf joins Chris Eddy and Kathryn Arndt to look at the IBAC report into perceptions of corruption and integrity by people who work in local government. We discuss the key findings and observations, and the implications for Councillors and council organisations. Link: https://www.ibac.vic.gov.au/public…
 
This week on the Governance Update with Chris Eddy and Stephen Cooper - the Tasmanian Government pursuing structural reform of the local government sector; a general manager and mayor bring defamation action against an individual over social media material; nuggets from the latest IBAC newsletter; plus more news and views from around the sector. Th…
 
This week on the Governance Update, we're joined by Lucy Dalton from Local Government Victoria to talk about the cultural review and appointment of municipal monitors; plus a look at what a councillor or candidate should do about anonymous donations or gifts; and for some strange reason, Steve waxes lyrical about Kill Bill 2. I know, weird right?…
 
This week on the VLGA Connect Newsroom, the results of the Strathbogie Shire countback; Maribyrnong Council's medicinal cannabis proposal; a new parliamentary committee report on social media usage; a new CEO for Kingston, and a new shadow LG minister in the Victorian Opposition. Plus more news in the spotlight from around the local government sect…
 
This week, municipal monitor news for two Councils in Victoria; mayoral machinations in NSW; a Tasmanian council's CEO appointment in the news for the wrong reasons; the importance of effective stakeholder engagement for local governments; and lots more with Chris Eddy and Steve Cooper on the Governance Update, brought to you by Hunt & Hunt Lawyers…
 
In the Newsroom this week, Kathryn Arndt highlight some of the latest stories of interest to the local government sector, including new low interest loans for Councils; growth funding and library project grants now open for applications; a new plan from Infrastructure Australia with a strong role for local councils; and upcoming events from the VLG…
 
This week on the Governance Update, sponsored by Hunt & Hunt Lawyers, Steve Cooper and Chris Eddy discuss a range of issues of relevance to the local government sector, including:Conflicts of Interest disrupt Melbourne council meetings; the review of Brisbane's bird management policies after the tragic death of a baby; a public inquiry announced fo…
 
On VLGA Connect, Chris Eddy is in conversation with Leanne Williams, CEO of West Gippsland Regional Libraries and MYLI Community Library, discussing the transition from the former to the latter under the new legislative environment in Victoria. Their innovative 24/7 library model is getting attention from around Australia and beyond, as is their pi…
 
This week in the VLGA Connect Newsroom, Kathryn Arndt and Chris Eddy discuss the latest issues impacting on the local government sector, including the new cultural review announced by the Local Government Minister; the potential impacts of planning reforms and the decriminalisation of sex work; the threat of cyber attacks on Council IT systems; CEO…
 
On a 'Wear It Purple' edition of the Governance Update this week, we're joined by Richard Scougall, Special Counsel from Hunt & Hunt Lawyers to brief us on variations to the Victorian Local Government Award; the Victorian local government cultural review gets underway; the misconduct finding against some NSW councillors; recent court happenings of …
 
Victoria's Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People, Justin Mohamed, is in conversation with Chris Eddy on VLGA Connect about the Commission's report and recommendations for the youth justice system; impacts of the pandemic on young people; and new child safe standards coming into effect next year with a focus on cultural safety for Ab…
 
This week on the Governance Update, reflections on the global panel on community wealth building and the rise of the procurement specialist; viewer research on previous VCAT-Councillor behaviour decisions and the potential local government role in the national vaccine rollout; the Ombudsman to probe EPA decision-making; and more news from around th…
 
This week in the VLGA Connect Newsroom with VLGA CEO Kathryn Arndt: the ever increasing importance of local government's role in pandemic response; NSW government funding for local government job retention; the upcoming global panel on community wealth building; and new opportunities for corporate partnership with the VLGA and the latest profession…
 
This week on the Governance Update, what can we learn from a social media kerfuffle in the cricket world? Steve Cooper has some ideas... plus we follow up on the action taken by the Inspectorate to seek an order from VCAT for a councillor to stand aside whilst legal proceedings are on foot.. and some of the latest people movements making news in th…
 
It's a milestone 200th episode of VLGA Connect. For 18 months, we've kept the local government sector informed and engaged on the key issues, introduced a range of public sector leaders, and provided forums for discussion and exploration on the sector's current and future challenges. In episode 200, Kathryn Arndt, Steve Cooper and Chris Eddy reflec…
 
It's our regular round up of news and issues of relevance to the local government sector, including the importance of accurate census data; vaccine incentive programs; the cost of potential rate exemptions for social housing; use of a new provision in the Local Government Act and lots more.By Victorian Local Governance Association
 
The VLGA Connect Governance Update is back, this week talking about councillor issues in the news, extended mayoral terms due to deferred elections in NSW, Queensland's conflict of interest framework, engaging on asset management plans and much more. Links: Inspectorate moves against Yarra Councillor to step asidehttps://www.theage.com.au/national/…
 
Our guest on VLGA Connect is Kate Symons, Chair of the Essential Services Commission, to talk about the commission's role in relation to local government; how it oversees the rate capping framework in Victoria; and the recently released outcomes report which provides information on the current financial sustainability of Victoria's councils.…
 
On VLGA Connect, we meet the newly confirmed CEO of Land Use Victoria, the agency responsible for so many important but often unseen functions for the Victorian community. LUV looks after land registration, surveying, place naming, maps and spacial data. We talk about how the agency works with local government, and the exciting new Digital Twin Vic…
 
Kathryn Arndt returns to the Newsroom for a discussion about the week's topical issues, including a new campaign to make Parliamentary sessions more inclusive; another deferral of council elections in New South Wales; barriers to female participation as Councillors in the news; and much more as we count down to 200 episodes of VLGA Connect.…
 
In this Governance Update, calls for NSW Council elections to be postponed; the sector is awash with no-confidence motions; a doyen of governance retires; and the latest news on CEO appointments. Links: 1. NSW Elections 2. Yarra no-confidence motion 3. Bathurst no-confidence motion 4. Darwin Turf Club report 5. New Knox CEO appointed 6. Mildura CEO…
 
Our guest in the VLGA Connect studio today is Terry Moran, AC, chair of the Centre for Policy Development, discussing confidence in our democratic institutions, local government's place in our democracy, and 'the lack of faith' at a federal level in the capacity of local government.By Victorian Local Governance Association
 
Victoria's Local Jobs First Commission works to promote employment of apprentices, cadets and trainees on government projects, and oversees compliance of local content and job commitments in contractual arrangements for project delivery. On VLGA Connect, we speak with Acting Local Jobs First Commissioner Greg Wilson about his role, and how the comm…
 
On this week's Governance Update, we discuss the fine line between ensuring transparency of decision making while meeting confidentiality obligations in procurement decisions; the Melbourne council setting the record straight on an ongoing legal matter; and the unique museum that has won the right to keep its scatological signage despite heritage c…
 
The latest Governance Update comes to you from Pitcher Partners in Docklands, where the Leading the Agenda forum took place, exploring the roles and responsibilities of all involved in Council Audit and Risk Committees. Richard Wilson from Pitcher Partners shares observations from the discussion, and then Chris and Steve discuss some governance new…
 
On the Governance Update this week, we discuss the circumstances under which a Councillor might become legally disqualified to continue in the role; a spate of conduct issues under the spotlight in New South Wales; more councils move to abolish overdue library borrowing fines; and more of the week's local government news.…
 
Joining Chris Eddy in the VLGA Connect virtual studio today is Shane Lucas, CEO of the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation, to talk about the work of the foundation with local government, the VLGA, responding to the recent VAGO audit of its operations, and contributing to the Royal Commission regarding Crown Casino.…
 
This week in the Newsroom, Kathryn Arndt reports on the outcome of the election for two positions on the VLGA Board; news coming out of Canberra where the annual National General Assembly of councils is under way; and Victorian councils dealing with a massive cleanup from recent storm damage.By Victorian Local Governance Association
 
A special edition with all three current Chair Administrators in Victoria, Julie Eisenbise, Lydia Wilson and Noelene Duff, discussing the role of an administrator; the task of restoring community confidence after governance failings have led to Council dismissals; and how the role differs (or doesn't) to that of an elected Mayor/Councillor.…
 
This week in the Newsroom with Kathryn Arndt, local government recognition in the Queen's Birthday honours list; councils respond to a major storm event; and a look ahead to coming events, including Leading the Agenda, a global panel discussion, and VLGA board elections closing soon.By Victorian Local Governance Association
 
On this week's Governance Update, so much local government news. A Supreme Court decision reinstates a sacked Council CEO; the Ombudsman reports on how a council officer duped a Council out of $1.6 million; and virtual Council meetings to possible become a permanent feature.By Victorian Local Governance Association
 
In this week's Newsroom update with Kathryn Arndt we hear about the HART Awards winners for 2021, gearing up for a new Leading the Agenda session on audit and risk committees, meeting the new Chief Municipal Inspector for Victoria, and more news from around the local government sector.By Victorian Local Governance Association
 
On a special VLGA Connect, Chris Eddy is joined by VLGA CEO Kathryn Arndt, for an introductory conversation with Victoria's new Chief Municipal Inspector, Michael Stefanovic. We learn about his career highlights to date and his focus for the inspectorate in the weeks and months ahead.By Victorian Local Governance Association
 
"So You've Got a New CEO?" A special edition of the Governance Update, including news from around the sector, and our first ever Top 10 edition where we count down the top 10 factors for success when your Council has a new CEO. Links: NSW LG Minister Statement re: Dubbo Council LGV Guidance on planning and reporting…
 
This week in the VLGA Connect Newsroom, Kathryn Arndt talks with Chris Eddy about the upcoming HART awards, happening online this Friday; a tool to help councils embed alcohol management measures in their Health and Wellbeing Plans; Intro to Gender Equity sessions in high demand; and lots more including upcoming sessions on audit committees and lea…
 
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