These certainly are unprecedented times.
With metropolitan Melbourne in another 6 week lockdown it is important that we look out for one another. It is not a time to apportion blame, but a time to come together across all divides to do everything we can to stop the spread of COVID-19.
To our health care workers, we acknowledge the enormity of the task and the long hours and the work that you are doing in support of our state.
Minister for Local Government
October Elections and Campaigning
The Victorian Government has indicated its preference to go ahead with local government elections scheduled for October 2020.
The VLGA has also sought the advice of the CHO on the following:
As soon as the VLGA receives clarity from the CHO in response to our requests we will update you.
VLGA Board Update
As President of the VLGA I welcome our new board member Cr Denise Massoud from the City of Whitehorse and welcome back Cr Susanne Newton who has been re-elected. Both Susanne and Denise have been elected for 3 years.
They join us at a busy time as the sector prepares for the 2020 Local Government Elections and the implementation of the Local Government Act 2020, which sees all our member councils working diligently to comply with all the governance requirements.
Electoral Regulations and Mandatory Candidate Training
The Electoral Regulations are now available, and it has been confirmed that the prescribed mandatory candidate training will be delivered via an online eLearning module facilitated by Local Government Victoria (LGV).
In addition, the VLGA is conducting Candidate Information sessions, with about 60 sessions booked in. These sessions are ongoing until 17 September 2020. To book a session please contact the VLGA
The VLGA sessions complement the LGV mandatory training which every candidate must complete prior to nominating. The VLGA sessions offer potential candidates an interactive workshop with a facilitator (unlike the online mandatory training) where they may participate in discussion and ask questions.
VLGA Councillor Advisory Network
The VLGA Councillor Advisory Network (CAN) will be meeting in the next couple of weeks to discuss several topics/issues I will then report back to our members. If you have a topic other than what is mentioned please let me know.
Local Government Bill (2020) Implementation Update – overview; Election Regulations and Mandatory Candidate Training; Audit & Risk Committees; Community Engagement; Councillor Induction training; Delegated Committees and Community Asset Committees
To assist councils with their compliance under the Act, the VLGA has been holding several Live Forums as part of our VLGA Connect series. The next one on Monday 13 July at 2pm is with Infrastructure Victoria where we discuss Recycling & Resource Recovery. Bookings are essential.
Otherwise please do keep an eye out for our regular VLGA Connect interviews, access can be gained at any time using the VLGA Connect link.
On behalf of the VLGA I would like to say, thank you, stay strong, stay safe. By working together, we will get through these hard times.
The VLGA acknowledges the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Victoria and recognises their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respects to the Traditional Owners, their elders past, present and future, and to their cultures.
The advice provided by the VLGA is intended to be guidance only. It is not a substitute for legal or formal advice from relevant regulatory bodies.
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