Peri Urban Welcome Pack – Partner Project

The VFF and Livestock Health and Security have approached us to be part of a Peri Urban Welcome Pack.

The aim of the welcome pack is to connect and inform peri-urban landholders of their legal obligations as livestock owners, to improve biosecurity awareness and action within Victorian municipalities. This will work towards reducing the risk of emergency animal disease outbreak and spread.

Kathy Mitchell – Guest at PUGRC Meeting in August

Kathy-MitchellWe are thrilled that Kathy Mitchell, Chief Panel Member for Planning Panels VIC will be our guest at the August Mayors and CEOs meeting of the PUGRC.

Kathy Mitchell was appointed as Chief Panel Member in June 2004. Prior to this, Kathy had been a full-time senior panel member with Planning Panels Victoria since its inception in 1996, and an occasional sessional member with the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) from 1999 to 2004.

Kathy is the immediate past President (2004 – 2011) and a Fellow of the Victoria Planning and Environmental Law Association (VPELA). She has been a state judge for the Urban Development Industry Association – Victorian Chapter (UDIA) Awards of Excellence since 2003.

Welcome to Stuart Moseley, CEO of VPA

The PUGRC would like to welcome Stuart Moseley to the role of CEO at the VPA. Mr Moseley is currently the Deputy Director General (Planning Group) for the Queensland Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning.

His previous employment includes time as the CEO of the Adelaide City Council and General Manager of Information and Strategy at the South Australian Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure. He is a Registered Planner and a Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia and has previously served as National Vice President of the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA).

We certainly hope Stuart adapts quickly to our cooler weather and he enjoys his new role with the VPA. He commences at the VPA on 19 June and we look forward to meeting him in the near future.

Best of luck to a wonderful Peri Urban Advocate – Tim Peggie

Regional Lead Director Tim Peggie has announced that he will be leaving the VPA to take on a new role as a director with the newly formed merger between JBA/ Planisphere/BuckleyVann. This is an important opportunity for Tim to join a growing business in a very senior role.

Tim has worked closely with the PUGRC and has supported many of the critical projects undertaken by the VPA in our Shires in recent years. Tim’s professionalism, humour and generosity of spirit will be greatly missed by all at the PUGRC. We wish him all the best in his new role.

Tim will finish up with the VPA on Friday 16 June.

Regional Australia Ministerial Taskforce and Policy

The Government has established a Regional Australia Ministerial Taskforce, chaired by the Prime Minister. the Taskforce will spearhead the Government’s approach to Australia’s regions. The Taskforce is working to improve the lives of rural, regional and remote Australians across the five key areas of health, education, infrastructure, communications and jobs and economic development. The work of the Taskforce builds on the solid foundations set by the Agricultural Competiveness White Paper and the White Paper on Developing Northern Australia.

The Taskforce comprises:

  • Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull,
  • Regional Development Minister Fiona Nash as deputy chair,
  • Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce,
  • Health Minister Greg Hunt,
  • Education Minister Simon Birmingham,
  • Infrastructure and Transport Minister Darren Chester,
  • Resources and Northern Australia Minister Matt Canavan,
  • Industry, Innovation and Science Minister Arthur Sinodinos AO and
  • Employment Minister Michaelia Cash.

Other Ministers will be co-opted onto the Taskforce as needed.

The Taskforce will be supported by the recently release Regional strategy – Regions 2030

Welcoming Cities Consultation

The Australian Standard for Welcoming Cities is open for consultation and feedback until 30 June. It applies to all local councils in Australia including areas, cities, towns, municipalities, regions, shires and districts. Councils can access, and progress through, the standard at different stages in line with their resources, capacity and desired mode of assessment. All feedback can be submitted via email.



Nominations Open for VIC Honour Roll of Women

Nominations are now open for the 2018 Victorian Honour Roll of Women, which celebrates 20 exceptional women who have made a significant and lasting contribution to their communities. Nominations close 5pm Monday 17 July.

Nominate here

Invitation for Councils to Join CASBE

The Council Alliance for a Sustainable Built Environment (CASBE) and the MAV would like to re-extend an invitation to all Victorian councils to join the alliance.

CASBE provides strategic, technical and administrative support to councils working on sustainable built environments. It facilitates the exchange of information between councils who are all advocating for a planning scheme that enables sustainable buildings. CASBE actively participates in policy review, and contributes to the debate on leadership and best practice in sustainable design.

CASBE councils have developed a purpose-built sustainability assessment tool for buildings, called the Built Environment Sustainability Scorecard (BESS). This is now widely adopted by councils as the mechanism for measuring sustainability requirements.

For a CASBE Prospectus, visit the website or contact Natasha Palich, CASBE Executive Officer on 03 9667 5555.

MAV Planning Committee Report

The first meeting of the MAV Planning Committee was held on Friday 19 May. I was an apology.

The Minutes of the meeting have been sent to the PUGRC members with the link to this newsletter.

The Group discussed priority areas for the Committee – attachment 2. My suggestions were included in the Minutes at attachment 3. The priorities will be ranked in the coming week. If you would like to suggest alternatives to those listed in attachments 2 and 3, please send them to me by COB Thursday 1 June.

New Street Lighting Technology Trial

Katherine Town Council has begun a trial of a city wide smart lighting control system that it hopes will enable a cost recovery model based on actual use rather than a fixed cost per quarter for each street light.  The Council has begun replacing all of the township’s streetlights with 855 smart LED lighting fixtures.

This system will incorporate advanced real time power monitoring and lighting controls with the ability to also monitor and control its solar lighting assets deployed in the parkland areas into one central management system. This is deployed in a 3G-4G highly secure cloud based solution developed by Green Frog Systems in Adelaide and its technology partner Cimcon lighting from the USA.

What makes this system unique is that each light reports back its actual power consumption in real time enabling Council to identify actual power usage instantaneously or use its in-built historical reporting based on billing cycles from its electricity retailer.