Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA

Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA

Premier; Treasurer; Minister for Public Sector Management; Federal-State Relations

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

    Partnership agreement to benefit local communities

    2/08/2017 2:10 PM
    • ​State and local government agreement to promote collaboration between sectors

    A new era in collaboration between State and local governments has been marked with a partnership agreement which was signed at Western Australia's biggest event for local government professionals.


    The State Local Government Partnership Agreement recognises the importance of the State and local government sectors working together to improve communication between both spheres of government.


    Premier Mark McGowan and Local Government Minister David Templeman signed the agreement at the 2017 WA Local Government Convention, which was attended by more than 500 local government professionals from across the State.


    The Government of Western Australia, Western Australian Local Government Association and Local Government Professionals Australia WA are partners to the agreement, which promotes transparency and accountability, calls for better community engagement and provides for more consistency in local government decision making.


    Under the agreement, a State and Local Government Partnership Group has been formed which will meet annually to discuss matters of importance to both sectors.


    Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:


    "The State Government's leadership and ability to set policy and implement programs, and the local government sector's presence in all WA communities, are complementary strengths that, when combined, can benefit all Western Australians.


    "Underpinning this agreement is the common objective to deliver the best possible outcomes for WA communities and provision of good governance for, and on behalf of, Western Australians.


    "The new partnership agreement has been designed to better enhance communication between State and local governments, and will allow for improved public sector efficiency, seamless legislation and ensure compliance requirements are met."


    Comments attributed to Local Government Minister David Templeman:


    "The McGowan Government is committed to building a stronger partnership with local government for the benefit of our communities.


    "This agreement ushers in a new era of co-operation, and recognises that a robust partnership, built on trust and mutual respect, ensures good governance and better decision-making across both spheres of government.


    "As Minister for Local Government, I intend to be a champion for the sector. To work with local governments to assist them to confront the major challenges facing them and the communities they represent."


    Premier's office - 6552 5000

    Local Government Minister's office - 6552 5400