John Bowler

John Bowler

Former Minister for Local Government; Employment Protection; Racing and Gaming; Goldfields-Esperance and Great Southern

    Councils urged to have their say in local government review

    7/11/2005 12:00 AM

    All Western Australian councils have been urged to take an active role in the structural and electoral reform review by the Local Government Advisory Board.

    The release of an issues paper on the review by the LGAB, regarded as the next step in the review process, has been welcomed by Local Government and Regional Development Minister John Bowler.

    Mr Bowler said it was important for all councils to closely consider what the LGAB review, announced on October 5, was considering and to take part in the process.

    “A ‘head in the sand’ approach mooted by some local governments will leave their municipalities without a say in matters that will impact on them,” he said.

    “They will be doing a disservice to the residents and ratepayers whom they seek to serve.”

    The Minister emphasised that the review was about more than just a handful of councils.

    “It will cover a broad range of issues that will impact on all local governments in WA,” he said.

    “It is not just about structural reform, it is about electoral reform and it is seeking to ensure the economic, social and environmental sustainability of all local governments in the State.

    “It is important for those councils with experience of reforms to share their experiences and knowledge for the improvement of all local government in WA.”

    The issues paper has been released for public comment by key stakeholders and members of the public, in addition to the announcement of public hearings dates in nine locations across the State.

    For further information or copies of the issues paper and details of the hearings, contact your local government or visit the Department of Local Government and Regional Development’s website at

    Public submissions close on December 23.

    Minister's office - 9213 6500