Delegates representing more than 120 local governments from across Western Australia will tomorrow convene to address challenges likely to impact on their communities in the next 20 to 50 years.
Local Government Minister John Castrilli said the 2011 ‘Whole of Local Government Forum’ would pinpoint possible changes in WA’s metropolitan; regional and rural; and remote local government areas.
“The forum, which has attracted 221 delegates, is an opportunity for local governments to collectively deal with social, economic, demographic and environmental issues for the benefit of their communities,” Mr Castrilli said.
“For example, some communities will increase population with a mix of age groups while others may continue to decline in numbers with an ever increasing average age.”
The Minister said it was important that local government elected members and officers invested more time in meaningful dialogue to consider the future and plan accordingly.
“The forum will be a rare opportunity for such a large majority of WA’s local governments to sit down and participate in discussion with the ultimate aim of building a stronger and more sustainable local government sector,” he said.
“It will also focus on how our communities can participate more effectively in our planning, as well as how State and Federal government agencies can work collaboratively with the sector in planning for change.”
The forum is to be held at the South Perth Community Centre and will be facilitated by Professor Janette Hartz-Karp, Professor Sustainability, Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute.
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