The State Government has called for Western Australians to have their say in a new Local Government Act, as the process reaches the next stage of State Government reform of the act.
Local Government Minister David Templeman claimed the second stage of reform would focus on “a new act for a new time” for an act that reflected modern challenges for the sector and stakeholders had “transparent access to their local government”.
“We need you to have your say,” Mr Templeman said.
“I want to hear from people about what their concerns are and shape that into a new act for a new time and a modern piece of legislation to address a range of challenges that face all local governments across Western Australia.”
The changes would possibly include mandatory social media policies, online voting and penalties for breaching tendering rules.
Ideas for change in local government elections, community engagement, rates, fees and charges and financial management are currently being considered.
Mr Templeman said it was “biggest reform to the local government sector in more than 20 years”.
“The McGowan Government’s focus on reforming the local government in Western Australia is progressing,” he said.
“As a major employer and the glue for communities in WA, local governments support local economies and businesses which often involves making controversial decisions.”
“It’s in everybody’s best interests because local government affects them every single day.”
“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.”
The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries have made a series of discussion papers and surveys available online for public comment.
More information is available at www.dlgsc.wa.gov.au/LGAReview.
Public comment is open until March 31 2019.