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

    A new Act for a new time

    19/09/2018 1:30 PM
     
    • Next stage of McGowan Government's reform agenda to deliver a new Local Government Act underway
    • Local government elections, community engagement and rates and charges to be targeted next
    • Western Australians urged to have a say on the future of their local community  

    Mandatory social media policies, online voting and penalties for breaching tendering rules are some of the possibilities for a new Local Government Act that are now open for public comment. 

     

    Local Government Minister David Templeman has today called on Western Australians to help shape the future of local government in their community by having a say on the proposals.

     

    The proposals mark the next stage of the McGowan Government's reform of the Local Government Act 1995, which aims to empower local governments to better deliver quality governance and services to WA communities now and into the future.

     

    Ideas for change on matters including local government elections, community engagement, rates, fees and charges and financial management, among other areas are now being considered.

     

    The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries has prepared a series of discussion papers and online surveys for public comment.

     

    Workshops will also be held across the State during October and November to provide further opportunities for people to get involved.

     

    More information is available at http://www.dlgsc.wa.gov.au/LGAReview. Public comment is open until March 31, 2019. 

     

    Comments attributed to Local Government Minister David Templeman:

     

    "This is the biggest reform to the local government sector in more than 20 years.

     

    "While I expect local government to play a significant role in the reform process, consultation also requires input from the community.

     

    "As a major employer and the glue for communities in WA, local governments support local economies and businesses which often involves making controversial decisions.

     

    "The reforms will help improve the way local governments make these decisions and contribute to better services, better decisions, and more efficient and accountable local government into the future."

     

    Minister's office - 6552 5400