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Hi reader, February just seems to sneak away each year. Here's the latest information relevant to the Peri Urban region. Enjoy!  

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Peri Urban Region represented on Mayoral Panel

Cr Jennifer Anderson, Mayor of Macedon Ranges and former Chair of the PUGRC has been appointed to the Local Government Mayoral Advisory Panel for 2017. Minister for Local Government Natalie Hutchins has selected 12 others mayors to form the third Local Government Mayoral Advisory Panel. The Mayors will provide advice on a wide range of matters of interest to the …

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Digital Transformation Discussion with Helen Anstis, Services VIC

Join the VLGA for their Leading the Agenda session with Helen Anstis, Executive Director from Services VIC The discussion will focus on "The world of machine learning, sensor technology, artificial intelligence and avitars is fast approaching. These technologies are available now and are evolving as they gain data to support their learning. How is local government preparing itself and its …

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Increasing automation and the threat to employment

There is rising concern about how quickly automation is replacing human jobs – this process is occurring much faster than anyone ever imagined. The automation of factories has already caused significant decline in jobs in manufacturing and many believe the rise of artificial intelligence is likely to extend the job losses into other sectors and middle income earners with ‘only …

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Transport Network Pricing Submission to Infrastructure Victoria

The Peri Urban Group of Rural Councils is supportive of initiatives that assist residents from the Peri Urban region and regional Victoria to more equitably access Melbourne for employment and education purposes. We support initiatives that improve access to public transport and reduce congestion and travel times. The residents of the Peri Urban region are already at a significant disadvantage …

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First Home Owner Boon for Region

The Victorian Government has announced the first homeowner grant will be doubled in regional Victoria, helping thousands of Victorians buy their first home. Expected to help up to 6,000 first home buyers, the grant will increase from $10,000 to $20,000, commencing 1 July 2017. The increased grant will be available to first home buyers building new homes valued up to $750,000, …

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Environment Protection Officers Pilot Program Consultation

Local government will be part of a pilot program with the EPA to more effectively respond to local liveability and amenity issues. As part of the Victorian Government’s response to the Environment Protection Authority Inquiry, $4.8 million has been committed for a pilot program of local government environment protection officers. Of the 48 recommendations made by the Inquiry, the government’s response …

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Fast Track Government Land Service

The Fast Track Government Land Service (FTGL Service) manages planning scheme changes relating to surplus government land. This includes ensuring that appropriate planning provisions are in place on government land, correcting anomalies and updating planning scheme provisions to accurately reflect planning use and development. Government sites are usually zoned Public Use Zone (PUZ) to reflect their public ownership and purpose. …

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Smart Planning Update

Consultation on the 'Transform' phase of Smart Planning reform is due to begin soon. The PUGRC has been invited to participate in the Reference Group. The MAV will assist DELWP in organising a workshop session designed for Councillors, executives and officers towards the end of March. This session will take place in Melbourne. DELWP has advised that a number of …

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Funding for 15 hours Kindergarten Campaign

As the Federal Budget approaches, the MAV is ramping up advocacy efforts to secure long-term Federal funding to deliver 15 hours a week of kindergarten. The current National Partnership Agreement ends in December, but the Federal Government has not committed to continuing its share of funding for 15 hours beyond that date. The MAV has recently submitted a Federal Budget proposal …

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Financial Assistance Grants Indexation

Update from the MAV: There is still no “cast-iron” guarantee the Federal Government will reintroduce indexation on Financial Assistance Grants when the budget is handed down in May. The Australian Local Government Association has encouraged councils to email examples of how the freeze to FAGs indexation affected your communities, to strengthen advocacy efforts to sharon.akinyi@alga.asn.au .

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Catholic Education Presentation at April PUGRC Meeting

Megan Ionnou, Director of Planning and Infrastructure for the Catholic Education Office will join us at the April meeting. Megan will present new Principles on the co-location of schools. These Principles have been developed with the Department of Education.  

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Registration now open for 2017 MAV Rural & Regional Planning Conference

Registration is now open for the 2017 MAV Rural and Regional Planning Conference in Inverloch in the Peri Urban region on 29-30 June. This year’s conference theme is ‘Through the looking glass: alternative approaches to planning’ and will consider a range of alternative approaches to planning and shaping communities, with a focus on sustainability. The conference will also explore the economic, …

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Infrastructure Australia's Priority Project List for 2017

Infrastructure Australia has released their priority project list for 2017. The projects are generally focused towards the metropolitan areas. There are two projects which abut PUGRC Shires: • Cranbourne and Pakenham Rail Line Upgrade • Melton Rail Line Upgrade. Read the full list at http://infrastructureaustralia.gov.au/policy-publications/publications/files/Australian-Infrastructure-Plan-2017.pdf

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