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FOCUS

July 2016

Welcome to the July edition of 'FOCUS' for 2016.  With our annual conference fast approaching we have been busy preparing our speakers and planning for the new year which is anticipated to be filled with exciting events and offers.

President’s Message

As part of the Memorandum of Understanding between LGAT and LG Professionals Tas, I was invited to present at LGAT’s General Meeting which was held in Hobart on 20 July. It was the first time LG Professionals has had the opportunity to present at this forum.  With Mayors, elected members and Council officers present, I took the opportunity to provide an overview of our organisation’s goals, member services, governance structure and to highlight significant achievements at a State and National level.

I was also privileged to present a certificate at the LGAT conference dinner to retiring Meander Valley Council General Manager, Greg Preece, recognising 15 years of membership with our organisation.  It was wonderful to be able to recognise Greg and his contribution to LG Professionals in the presence of his peers.  I take this opportunity to wish Greg and wife Jude all the very best for his upcoming retirement after a long and distinguished career in Local Government.


Greg Preece - 15 years of membership

By now, members will have received notification of the 2016 elections.  This year we have 2 vacancies, each for a 3 year period.    I have found my experience of being a Board member extremely invaluable, both professionally and personally and I would certainly encourage any member who has an interest in representing the organisation at the Board level, to please consider putting your name forward. Further information can be sourced from our Executive Officer.  Nominations close on 12 August


Regards,


Karen Hampton
President
Executive Officer Message

Hi All,

Welcome to another edition of FOCUS,  I have been very busy with the preparation of our Annual Conference  and the (re)establishment of our Special Interest Groups since our last newsletter.

During my short time here so far and having spoken with both current and previous members, I have realised that being a member of LG Professionals Tasmania means more than just having access to conferences, events and professional development activities, its about being part of an active and growing organisation, building lifelong friendships and networks and being proud to be part of the LG Professionals brand.

Upon this reflection, I aim to do my best to deliver the quality of services our members required and as such, there are some very exciting things in store for the 2016/2017 financial year including a new website to be launched in August, joint projects with the Local Government Association of Tasmania and a review of the benefits and value to our members (starting with a survey). 

I encourage you all to promote the wonderful services, benefits and professionalism of our organisation within your respected areas to drive awareness of who we are and what we do as with a strong membership base we can increase our opportunities both within Local Government and Nationally.

Kind regards

Alyce Jordan
Executive Officer
Special Interest Groups
The first Legal and Property Special Interest Group was held for the year which saw 2 presentations from Page Seager around Mental Illness in the Workplace followed by an update on covert surveillance.  Rolph Voss also provided a fantastic update on the changes to the new building regulations which then held a  fantastic discussion around planning and permits across the councils.

We have also scheduled in a Communications and PR special interest group with Font PR as the sponsor occurring on the 23rd August.  Please see the bottom of this newsletter for future event dates.
National Update
The National office is in a good place financially and is operating sustainably.  There has been a slight shift in direction with national working more in the advocacy and policy space.  Melbourne has a new office which is more suited to the size of the operation which has reduced over heads.
 
In addition special reference was made to the great work LG Professionals are doing in assisting with the development of councils overseas in developing countries.


International Exchange Program with ICMA: 23 Applications were received for the International Exchange Program with ICMA.  Tasmania has had a fantastic response from our members compared to other states.  - Good luck to all that have applied!
 
NSW 4
NT 1
QLD 2
SA 5
TAS 3
VIC 7
WA 1
Total 23


Dennis Hovenden the LG Professionals National Vice President will be attending our Conference in 2016 as a representative and will provide members with a further update on National activities at the AGM.
 
Annual Membership Survey

In order for us to plan for the future and ensure we are offering a quality service to our membership we need your input. Therefore, we are surveying our members to find out where we can improve and obtain suggestions for future activities.

It has been a long time since we have done a survey of our members and as such, we encourage you all to complete the survey by following the below button.

If you have any direct question or concerns please do not hesitate to contact the Executive Officer via the email below:


eo@lgprofessionalstas.org.au
 
Take Survey

New Website!!

Very shortly,  LG Professionals Tasmania will be launching a new website for our members.  The website will include an exclusive area for members to access things like:
 

  • Video's
  • Image Galleries
  • Documents & Resources
  • Online Learning (in development)
  • LG Professionals Tasmania Events

A snapshot can be seen in image below.  It is anticipated that this site will 'go live' around mid August and further communication will be emailed to all members.

A quick snapshot of the new look LG Professionals Tasmania website...  Watch this space!!

Annual Conference 2016

As previously advised this year’s Annual Conference "Rocking the Cradle" will be held at Cradle Mountain Hotel from 12-14 October and the Organising Committee are working hard to ensure it is a must attend event.  Please note that if you going to attend the conference, you should book your accommodation prior to the 31st August.

Details are as follows:

Cradle Mountain Hotel (Conference venue)          
Phone: 6492 1404
www.cradlemountainhotel.com.au 
Booking reference: 80200

 

Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village  (1 and 2  bedroom units available)       
Phone: 6492 1500
www.cradlevillage.com.au

Registrations are now open to attend this event and can be made by clicking on the button below:

Register for the 2016 Here
UPCOMING EVENTS / IMPORTANT DATES
AUGUST
18th  - Northern Branch AGM
18th  - LG Professionals Board Meeting
23rd  - Communications & PR Special Interest Group Meeting
25th  - Human Resources Special Interest Group Meeting

SEPTEMBER
8th - Legal & Property Special Interest Group Meeting

OCTOBER
12th - 14th - Annual Conference & LG Pro TAS AGM
 
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