Western Australian councils come together to plan future

Over 200 Local Government representatives have descended on Technology Park in Perth to discuss the future of the sector in Western Australia.

A joint State and local initiative, the Future of Local Government Forum saw 230 representatives from across the sector.

The day event had two main components – an overview of the current Local Government Act review process and feedback; followed by information on interstate and overseas legislation and trends.

The Western Australian Local Government Association’s President Lynne Craige said the forum sessions were largely interactive to help stimulate new ideas and creative thinking to contribute to the process of the Local Government Act review that has been underway for the past 12 months. “We have an opportunity to create a new Local Government act and not just an updated version of the 1995 legislation,” Cr Craigie said. “The sector has enjoyed a very positive relationship with the McGowan Government and in particular the Local Government Minister, not the least of which has been demonstrated in their willingness to consult with the sector on the changes to the Act.

Speaker presentations are available here.

WALGA is seeking feedback from Local Government by Friday, 22 February. Please email WALGA Executive Manager, Governance and Organisation Services, Tony Brown, or call (08) 9213 2051 for further information.

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