Councils Accept Mandatory Local Government Training Amid Concerns It Won’t Improve Accountability

Compulsory training legislation for local government candidates and councillors will be “critically important” but are concerned it will not make a massive difference to accountability, according to councillors. Councillors claim that the introduction of the laws on Thursday were “on the money” to ensure responsibilities in local government positions were understood, but the quality of…

Councillors to Face Compulsory Training Laws Under New Local Government Reforms

Training will become mandatory for local government candidates and council members, the State Government has revealed. The McGowan Government made the online induction prior to nominating for this year’s local government elections compulsory to better equip them and provide greater transparency. Under the Local Government Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 introduced on Thursday, the requirement will…

Grants program for WA contemporary musicians

An open access grants program has been announced for WA Contemporary music artists. The Contemporary Music Fund Grant Program will provide $1 million dollars across the bird to musicians and industry professionals, with the hope of assisting homegrown contemporary music artists with projects that enable them to produce and promote their work, nationally and internationally.…

City of Kalamunda CEO ousting motion reversed

After the City of Kalamunda’s Chief Executive, Rhonda Hardy, was ousted earlier this week, councillors voted unanimously to rescind their decision and reinstate her employment. Ms Hardy has been with the city since 2011, first employed as the Director of Corporate Services, and then progress to CEO from 2013 to present. “It truly saddens me…

“Public Buy-In” Needed for Local Government Act Reform Success: Expert

A political expert has claimed State Government reforms to the Local Government Act need public support to be successful, despite the reforms currently being “just ideas”. Murdoch University Politics and Policy Senior Lecturer Dr Ian Cook stated the changes needed “public buy-in” or it would not be effective, as Local Government Minister David Templeman opened…

New Local Government Reforms To Improve Council Effectiveness

Local government councillors will face harsher rules when accepting gifts as part of a suite of reforms that will be implemented to improve the effectiveness of councils. The changes have been given the green light following a four-month consultation period as part of the first review of the Local Government Act in more than 20…

WA Government Progresses on Consultation For Puppy Farm Ban

The State Government has continued its fight against puppy farming in WA, calling for public consultation on its proposals to stop the practice. Local Government Minister David Templeman said the Government’s consultation paper would be available for feedback, asking the community, industry and local government protect dogs from suffering and neglect on puppy farms. “Stopping…

WA Government Introduces Laws to Suspend, Sack Individual Councillors

The WA Government has introduced legislation today that will give the Minister for Local Government the power to suspend or dismiss an individual councillor. The Local Government Amendment (Suspension and Dismissal) Bill 2018 aims to ensure greater accountability from elected members, focusing on their ability to perform their duties as well as the local government’s…

Commissioners Appointed to City of Perth During Inquiry

Three commissioners have been appointed to run the City of Perth while investigations continue into the conduct of the City of Perth councillors. Retiring chairperson of the Western Australian Planning Commission Eric Lumsden, former executive director of Perth Education City Gaye McNath and retiring chief executive officer of the City of Rockingham Andrew Hammond were…