Hon David Templeman Dip Tchg BEd MLA

Hon David Templeman Dip Tchg BEd MLA

Minister for Culture and the Arts; Sport and Recreation; International Education; Heritage

    MyCouncil data strengthens accountability

    1/06/2017 2:00 PM
     
    • ​2015-16 local government financial data now available
    • MyCouncil website provides a snapshot of WA local government
    • Users can view, compare and share information about their local council

    New data revealing how local governments are raising, spending and managing their money is now available on the State Government's MyCouncil website.

     

    Launched in April 2016, the MyCouncil website has been updated with data extracted from 2015-16 local government annual financial statements.

     

    As part of the update, Western Australian ratepayers will, for the first time, be able to view information on payments received by elected members, local government long-term liabilities and the percentage of female elected members.

     

    MyCouncil has had more than 100,000 page views since its launch, enabling WA's ratepayers to determine their council is value for money by accessing, comparing and sharing information about its financial health.

     

    It is anticipated that the functionality of the website will increase, as the State Government works together with local governments and other stakeholders. For more information, visit http://www.mycouncil.wa.gov.au

     

    Comments attributed to Local Government Minister David Templeman:

     

    "Ratepayers in WA have a right to know how their local councils are spending and managing their money.

     

    "MyCouncil is one of the ways the McGowan Government is demonstrating its commitment to strengthening accountability and transparency throughout the local government sector and ensuring all Western Australians benefit from high-performing councils.

     

    "Much of the information available on MyCouncil will be available for the first time.  In future, it is hoped that more information on local governments will be made public on the website, increasing accountability.

     

    "I am confident this will be a useful tool to prompt discussion about council performance and lead to improved community services for everyone.  I encourage the community to use the website to view and compare their local government's performance, and I encourage local governments to compare their performance with others."

     

    Minister's office - 6552 5400