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EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT &

COMMUNITY SAFETY

Extensive preparation and effective use of resources

figured as key management strategies for councils

facing natural and man-made disasters.


DROUGHT


The MAV convened a Drought

Taskforce to identify major issues

for affected councils and provide

advocacy to the State

Government. This work followed

a seminar convened by MAV for

drought-affected councils and the

Departments of Primary Industries,

Victorian Communities and

Innovation, Industry and Regional

Development. The MAV secured

a commitment from the State

Government that $300,000

provided to all councils in severely

affected areas would not require

matched funding.


FLOOD

MANAGEMENT

Membership of the State Flood

Policy Committee and the Victorian

Flood Warning Consultative

Committee highlighted the MAV’s

key stakeholder role in statewide

flood management planning and

policy. The MAV advocated the

interests of local government

during the development of the

State Flood Response Plan and

the review of the State Flood

Strategy and was instrumental

in gaining participation for a

number of interested councils in

the Melbourne and Metropolitan

Flood Warning Arrangements

Forum.
CAPACITY

BUILDING


The MAV, together with the

Office of the Emergency Services

Commissioner, drafted a

protocol to provide a consistent

process for sharing council

resources in an emergency

situation. The MAV also made

a submission to the Office of

Emergency Services

Commissioner calling for action

to resolve inconsistencies in local

government emergency

management planning, practice

and competencies. A statewide

survey was conducted to identify

the demographics, experience

and training needs of council

officers with emergency

management roles. The survey

revealed many examples of

good practice and identified a

range of needs to inform MAV’s

representation at the state level.
FIRE

HYDRANTS


The MAV continued to lobby

for the shifting of fire hydrant

maintenance costs from councils

to the water agencies, and played

an active role on the Fire Plug

Working Party, which was

convened by the Department

of Sustainability and Environment

to address the issue. Concerned

at the slow progress of the group,

the MAV ran a workshop to seek

further progress, in particular to

lobby for a legislative review of

the Water Act. Advocacy by the

MAV and north-west councils led

to the State Government agreeing

to provide $1.25 million in

funding for the installation of fire-

fighting infrastructure along the

Wimmera Mallee Pipeline.


FIRE

MANAGEMENT

The Integrated Municipal Fire

Management Planning project

incorporated feedback from MAV

and local government into the

final framework for consistent fire

management planning. The

framework was endorsed by the

State Government and will be

implemented over the next two

years. The MAV was also

instrumental in expediting the

release of the Essential Water

Replenishment Guidelines by the

Department of Sustainability and

Environment and the release of

a standard spreadsheet template

by the Department of Treasury

and Finance to assist fire-

impacted councils lodge claims

for emergency expenditure

applications. A video conference

covering Melbourne, Sale and

Benalla was organised by the

MAV to brief fire-impacted

councils on emergency

expenditure reimbursement.


GRAFFITI

In October, the MAV hosted a

forum with the Department of

Justice to examine State and

local government strategies and

responses to graffiti

management. Attended by the

Minister for Police and

Emergency Services, participants

determined a partnership

approach was needed to

eradicate unsolicited graffiti, with

councils to work collaboratively

with other stakeholders and local

strategies to be underpinned by

State funding and strategic

support. The MAV also held a

workshop with councils to discuss

a sector-wide submission being

developed in response to the

State’s draft graffiti legislation.
DRUGS &

ALCOHOL


The MAV agreed to take on

an executive role with the Local

Government Drug Issues Forum

and continued to work to

improve information sharing

on drug and alcohol issues with

members. The MAV made

submissions to the Packaged

Liquor Inquiry initiated by

Consumer Affairs Victoria,

and the Department of Human

Services discussion paper,

Towards a New Blueprint for

Alcohol and Other Drug


GAMING

Following council input, the MAV

prepared a sector-wide response

to issues papers released by the

Gambling License Review.

During the state election,

the Government committed

$250,000 to help councils

implement new planning powers

over gaming venues and

undertake social impact

assessments. To assist local

government planners with

implementing these changes the

MAV, along with other interested

advocacy groups, convened a

forum with speakers from the

Victorian Commission for

Gambling Regulation, Maddocks

Lawyers, the Planning Institute

and Department of Sustainability

and Environment. In April the

MAV made a submission to the

Victorian Parliament Select

Committee on Gaming

Licensing, arguing for stronger

requirements for the Community

Support Fund, shorter review

periods and lengths for gaming

licenses, and a separation of the

monitoring and operational

functions for electronic gaming

machines to ensure probity.
PANDEMIC RECOVERY

PLANNING During the 2006/07 bushfires

The MAV continued to focus on

the implications for local

government in planning for,

responding to and recovering

from a human influenza

pandemic. The Association was

influential in gaining acceptance

by relevant state agencies for

co-ordination and support roles

to assist local government in the

event of an outbreak. A

workshop in December held in

conjunction with the Department

of Human Services, the Office

of Emergency Services

Commissioner and the Red Cross Enhancement Group annual

provided a valuable opportunity

for councils and agencies to

begin to consider regional

responses and co-ordination in

large-scale health emergencies.

with councils to progress

recovery planning.


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