Hendy Cowan

Hendy Cowan


    Local law management made easy for local government

    8/12/2000 1:16 PM

      Local law management has been made easier following the launch of a new software package.

      The Local Law Management and Review System (LMARS) was launched by Minister for Small Business Hendy Cowan at the City of Fremantle this week.

      The software package was developed by the Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC) with funding from the Federal Department of Transport and Regional Services.

      “This fully integrated management system is designed to assist local government authorities manage and review their local laws,” Mr Cowan said.

      “The challenge was to develop a simple software system which offered a range of solutions to improve communication across broad stakeholder groups.”

      Benefits to local government authorities include a library of legislative information, corporate knowledge that is not lost when staff leave and the ability to streamline information to ratepayers.

      The system contains a step-by-step approach to ensure local laws are regularly reviewed and the necessary stakeholders notified.

      “LMARS aims to ensure the impacts of proposed and existing regulations are identified and understood by decision-makers in Government,” Mr Cowan said.

      “Importantly, for small business, the system encourages local government authorities to interact with small business people and their representatives.“

      LMARS has been piloted successfully in four local governments - Fremantle, Swan, Cockburn and Northam. It is available free of charge to all local government authorities throughout the State.

      Media contacts:

      Peter Jackson (Minister’s office) 9222 9595
      Tracy Taggart (SBDC) 9220 0218