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

    New data reveals improved local government financial sustainability

    22/06/2018 9:00 AM
     
    • Fresh data highlights the local government sector is financially strong
    • Improvements across both regional and metropolitan local governments
    • 2016-17 local government financial data now available on the MyCouncil website  

    New data revealing an increase in financial sustainability across metropolitan and regional local governments is now available. 

     

    The State Government's MyCouncil website - http://www.mycouncil.wa.gov.au - has been updated with the most current financial information, and demonstrates an increase in financial sustainability across the sector.

     

    MyCouncil was launched in 2016 as a place for residents and ratepayers to find out how their local governments are raising, spending and managing their money.

     

    The website uses local government annual financial reports and Australian Bureau of Statistics information to chart the growth experienced in the sector.

     

    Residents and ratepayers can view and compare information about their local council including revenue, rate growth, payments received by elected members, and the percentage of female councillors.

     

    The local government sector in Western Australia has an operating budget of over $4.1 billion with more than 15,000 reported employees and $44.3 billion in assets.

     

    Comments attributed to Local Government Minister David Templeman:

     

    "Local governments should be open and transparent when it comes to spending ratepayers' money.

     

    "MyCouncil builds on the State Government's commitment to strengthen local government accountability and ensure all Western Australians benefit from high-performing councils.

     

    "The new data shows that the sector is financially strong and well-resourced to deliver for the community.

     

    "I would encourage the community to use this tool to prompt discussion about council performance and determine if they are receiving value for money."

     

    Minister's office - 6552 5400