Hon John Castrilli MLA

Hon John Castrilli MLA

Former Minister for Local Government; Heritage; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests

    New Bill to strengthen local govt services

    16/08/2012 12:00 AM
    • More flexibility for local governments to deliver services
    • Councils can work together through regional subsidiary bodies
    Local Government Minister John Castrilli has introduced a new Bill to strengthen the ability of local governments to deliver services to their communities.

    The Local Government Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012 enables two or more local governments to form a regional subsidiary, to provide services or carry out activities on behalf of their communities.

    Mr Castrilli said the Bill provided another model for local governments to work together on activities such as the management of information technology, waste management, regional tourism or service delivery to indigenous communities.

    “The councils would form a regional subsidiary with a governing board of members made up of independent and commercially focused people with the skills and expertise for their specific purpose,” he said.

    “This amendment addresses requests from the sector to reduce red tape and allow them the flexibility to formally work together.

    “It will help to build a stronger, financially sustainable and more efficient local government sector in Western Australia.”

    The amendments made by the Bill to the Local Government Act 1995 will:

    • introduce a new power for the formation of a new type of corporate entity which will be known as a regional subsidiary
    • create powers to make regulations that will prescribe a range of requirements on the formation, administration and powers of regional subsidiaries.
    The Minister said the introduction of the Bill was part of the Local Government Reform Program for WA’s local government sector.

    “It enables councils to operate at best practice levels and deliver optimal services into metropolitan and regional Western Australia into the future.”

          Fact File
    • New entity will be governed by a charter approved by the Minister
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