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Thank you to my guest on this episode, Denise Massoud, President of the Victorian Local Governance Association and Councillor of the City of Whitehorse. For more information about the Victorian Local Governance Association, go here: https://www.vlga.org.au/ If you would like to contact Charles, you can call him on 0412 317 404 or email charles@kove…
 
On the Roundup today… 9000 ballot packs go missing in the South Gippsland Shire Council election; a CEO talks about being trolled over a mandatory vaccination stance for staff; the deamalgamation question set to be put to residents of Inner West council; and opposition builds to a new waste from energy facility in New South Wales. Just some of what…
 
Bass Coast Shire Council last week became the first council in Victoria to require all staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19. When CEO Ali Wastie announced the policy, she was unprepared for the media attention and the trolling that would follow. On a new Roundup Extra, Chris Eddy speaks with Ali Wastie about the reasoning behind the decision, th…
 
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…
 
Thank you to special guest, Martin Premachandra, CEO of Blue Sky Services and overall winner of the Monash Business Award for 2020. Go to Blue Sky Services website here: https://www.blueskyvic.com.au/ If you would like to contact Charles, you can call him on 0412 317 404 or email charles@kovess.com Charles' website is www.kovess.com and his email c…
 
On the Roundup today… the Victorian Ombudsman releases her Kingston Council investigation report, with no evidence of corruption found; significant reforms to the NSW rate peg methodology announced; Casey and Cardinia Libraries to go their separate ways; Tasmanian general manager recruitment processes under the spotlight; a new claim to local gover…
 
On the Roundup today… vaccination requirements announced to access Council facilities in the City of Melbourne; rural Victorian Councils celebrate major grant funding announcements; a new study quantifies the housing crisis in western Queensland; the countdown to Western Australia council elections enters its final week, and more senior executive a…
 
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…
 
On the Roundup today… the first Council to mandate COVID 19 vaccinations for its entire staff; a city council attracts criticism over a plan to charge traders for using parking spaces for outdoor dining; major road construction contracts awarded for Melbourne’s southeast; and the launch of a new national plan for closing the gap. Just some of what’…
 
Thank you to my guest on this episode, Fiona and Bernie Sombekke, winners of the 2021 Monash Business of the Year award. Contact Som Blinds through their website https://somblinds.com.au/ To follow Som Blinds on Instagram, search somblinds Website is www.somblinds.com.au Monash Gallery of Art is here www.mga.org.au Water Safety online program can b…
 
On the Roundup today… news from Victorian councils on topics including January 26th, level crossing removals, and climate response; a Western Australian Council abandons a staff vaccine incentive proposal after a community backlash; CEO and mayoral announcements, and advocacy updates from New South Wales; a massive funding shortfall identified this…
 
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 …
 
The Climate Council of Australia has released a new report on the Climate Costs and Risks to Councils. The impacts of climate change are felt most acutely at the local level, and this new report uses case studies and data to arrive at a 4 key findings, and 22 recommendations for responding in a way that can bring benefits to communities, create loc…
 
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…
 
On the Roundup today… regional Victorian councils at the centre of new vaccinated economy trials; a defamation case against a former mayor settles out of court; the much anticipated Central Coast public inquiry suspended amid technical issues; and the cost of deferring NSW council elections. Just some of what’s ahead on the midweek update from the …
 
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…
 
On the Roundup today… new household waste disposal contracts secured for 30 Melbourne councils; the city of Melbourne set to turn inside out; sector reform discussions to commence in Tasmania; a report released revealing the reasons for a Council CEO’s sacking; and lots of councillor and senior executive news to roundup. Just some of what’s ahead o…
 
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…
 
Thank you to my guest on this episode, Tony Benbow, OAM. Chairman of Australian Lions Foundation. If you are interested in finding out more about Lions Club, go to their website here: https://lionsclubs.org.au/ If you would like to contact Charles, you can call him on 0412 317 404 or email charles@kovess.com Charles' website is www.kovess.com and h…
 
On the Roundup today… nominations close for the South Gippsland council election; Loddon Shire appoints a new CEO; moves to strengthen NSW Councils against corruption; and a push to have the Shepparton Bypass listed as a national priority. Just some of the stories ahead on the Roundup, which is brought to you by the Victorian Local Governance Assoc…
 
On the Roundup today… the City of Melbourne’s homeless accommodation project gets a big boost; a funding increase for Victoria’s public libraries; the mayoral election decided by just two votes; a council reconsiders a staff vaccination payment scheme; and new voting rules announced for England’s mayoral elections. Just some of the stories ahead on…
 
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…
 
On a new Roundup Extra, Chris Eddy speaks with the Mayor of Maribyrnong City Council, Cr Michael Clarke, about a controversial proposal to explore the production of medicinal cannabis as an alternative revenue stream to rates. Link: Maribyrnong City Council - Medicinal Cannabis SurveyBy Chris Eddy
 
On the Roundup today… the Melbourne council looking to medicinal cannibis for an alternative revenue stream; Kingston Council announces the appointment of its new CEO; A Western Australian council sacks its CEO; and the Sydney mayors finally get their meeting with the NSW premier. Just some of the stories ahead on the Roundup, which is brought to y…
 
Thank you to my guest on this episode, Phil Terry, Head of welfare for the Monash Men's Shed. If you are interested in finding out more about the Monash Men's Shed, go to their website here: https://monashshed.org.au/ They are located at 49-77 Bogong Avenue, Glen Waverley, Vic, 3150 Phone: 03 9561 8557 If you would like to contact Charles, you can …
 
On the Roundup today… municipal monitors for two Victorian Councils; calls for a more localised vaccination approach in areas with low take up rates; a massive infrastructure program announced for Queensland; and vandals targeting QR codes at Melbourne playgrounds. Just some of the stories ahead on the Roundup, which is brought to you by the Victor…
 
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…
 
Thank you to my guest on this episode, Dr Harry Marget, Dentist and Founder of East Bentleigh Dental Group. You can contact Dr Harry and his dental team via the website: https://www.ebdg.com.au/ If you would like to contact Charles, you can call him on 0412 317 404 or email charles@kovess.com Charles' website is www.kovess.com and his email contact…
 
On the Roundup today…bold new investment attraction plan launched by Melton City Council; senior appointments and mayoral updates from two states; East Gippsland calls for urgent action from the Premier; and Mayor reacts strongly to the removal of a Council’s flags under cover of darkness. Just some of the stories ahead on the Roundup, which is bro…
 
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…
 
On the Roundup today… sector leading gender gap measures introduced at a Victorian Council; a public inquiry announced into a NSW council; pilot councils named for Victoria’s e-scooter trial; the start of a 24 hour cat curfew deferred; and a de-amalgamation proposal to be put to voters. Just some of the stories ahead on the Roundup, which is brough…
 
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…
 
Perhaps more so than ever before, the culture of the local government sector across the country is under the microscope. With Council elections coming up in two states before the end of this year, and a wide ranging cultural review under way in Victoria, the Roundup takes a closer look at efforts to draw a line in the sand, and set expectations and…
 
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…
 
I thank my guest on this week's episode, Michael Baden-Powell, 4th Baron of Gilwell, grandson of Lord Baden-Powell, founder of the world Scouting movement. The current Lord Baden-Powell is a member of The World Scout Foundation, The Baden-Powell Foundation of Australia, the Victorian Scout Foundation and is Patron of Scout Heritage of Victoria. You…
 
On the Roundup today… Victoria’s Local Government minister to take leave for health reasons; two mayors challenge each others’ communities to a vaccination race; Sydney mayors rejected by the NSW Premier; and the result of a review into Brisbane Council’s bird management policies after the tragic death of a baby. Just some of the stories ahead on t…
 
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 the Roundup today… a review of the culture of Victorian councils gets underway; rural councils argue for a lighter level of covid restrictions; South Australian libraries turn down a government funding offer; mandatory risk management requirements on the way for NSW councils; and the US city cracking down on whips in public places. Just some of …
 
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 …
 
Many thanks to our guest interviewee this week, Cheryl Lacey, Australia's leading agitator for rational change in school education. You can contact Cheryl directly via her website: http://www.cheryllacey.com/ Expressions of interest are called from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists to design a new permanent art wall on the Clayton Campu…
 
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…
 
On the Roundup today… a finding of misconduct against four NSW Councillors, a Victorian CEO resigns; the Council offering financial assistance to prop up its live music scene; and big news for an innovative future for Melbourne’s west. Links: Buloke Shire CEO resigns Port Phillip support for live music scene Frankston launches homelessness initiati…
 
On the Roundup today… a new 30 year infrastructure strategy released for Victoria; Adelaide appoints a new CEO; Deputy Mayors come and go; a Western Australian council under investigation; and the world’s best new public library announced. Links: Infrastructure Victoria releases updated 30 year strategy; MAV responds Strathbogie Shire Deputy Mayor …
 
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…
 
Coming up on the Local Government News Roundup for 18th August 2021, an investigation into EPA decision making on West Gate Tunnel spoil; Councils concerned over proposed new planning controls for Melbourne Airport; new laws under consideration to protect winter sunlight in Melbourne’s parks; government support to retain Council jobs in New South W…
 
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