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…

OPINION: Liberal, Labor Fear Scaffidi At Polls

NEWS COMMENTARY BY: Howard Sattler Pauline Hanson could do a lot worse than to invite suspended Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi to join her WA One Nation team for the next federal election contest. The fanatical campaigns by both major parties, Labor and Liberal, to discredit her and her supporters on council, is positive proof…

Perth Lord Mayor & Councillors Suspended Immediately

Months of allegations and plenty of meetings finally lead to the eventual suspension of the City of Perth Council and Lord Mayor, as announced by Minister David Templeman. “The Councillors and the Lord Mayor of City of Perth are now suspended immediately. The operations and decision making of that council will now be made by…

Inquiry to Investigate “Underlying Issues” in City of Melville

The McGowan government will launch an inquiry into the City of Melville, after almost 300 complaints were made against the council since 2014. WA local government minister David Templeman said on Wednesday the State Government will conduct the inquiry through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries to investigate the underlying issues made…

WA ‘Champions’ of Art Sector Recognised

Philanthropists and businesses have been recognised for their contribution to art and culture in Western Australia. Recipients were honoured for partnering with arts and cultural organisations as part of the inaugural State Arts and Culture Partnership Honours. Culture and Arts Minister David Templeman announced the recipients of the honours on Wednesday, including individual arts patrons…

EXCLUSIVE: Minister Backs Mosman Park Candidate After Online Abuse Over Diversity Call

A young woman running for the Town of Mosman Park has received support from WA’s local government minister, after she was targeted online for calling for more diversity in council. Candidate Georgie Carey received encouragement to keep campaigning from David Templeman, following accusations of being anti-male and anti-white after her calls for more young candidates…