- Reform to bring Western Australian local government into the 21st century
- Review of Local Government Act 1995 delivers another McGowan Government election commitment
- Launch of consultation paper coincides with 14 community workshops across the State in November and December
The McGowan Government is seeking the views of Western Australians on the future of local government, as public consultation for phase one of the review of the Local Government Act 1995 kicks off.
The review canvases options for major reforms to modernise WA's local government sector, including ensuring laws around disclosing gifts are simplified and match public expectations of accountability.
Local Government Minister David Templeman today launched the consultation paper at the Local Government Professionals Australia Annual Conference calling on local governments, residents, community organisations and businesses to make a submission.
The Government is seeking public comment on a range of issues including councillor conduct, local government transparency and accountability, and accessibility of public information through the use of technology.
The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries has prepared the consultation paper and will be conducting 14 workshops across the State to promote the paper and provide opportunities for people to have their say.
The consultation is open for public comment until February 9, 2018. To register for a workshop or make an online submission, visit http://www.dlgc.wa.gov.au/LGAreview
Comments attributed to Local Government Minister David Templeman:
"Local governments currently operate under a complex legislative framework that is more than 20 years old and technology and expectations of local governments have changed significantly.
"Whether you are a community, business, resident or local government, this is your chance to contribute to the future of a local government sector that is smart, agile and inclusive.
"Restoring the recently tarnished reputation of local governments is a McGowan Government priority as Western Australians deserve efficient and effective local governments that are positioned to deliver for the community now and into the future.
"Opportunities to influence the ways that local governments work don't come around every day and while the paper addresses specific issues, comments on all aspects of the Act are welcomed."
Minister's office - 6552 5400