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Want to make a difference? Consider running for your local council this September

Jun 1, 2021
Community members are called on to nominate as a candidate in the upcoming local government elections to be held on 16 October 2021.

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Council Member Essentials Training

16 Nov 2021

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Following the 2021 Ordinary Elections, local governments are reminded that under the Local Government Act 1995, council members must complete the Council Member Essentials (CME) training course.
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Plan on a Page to the local government sector

16 Nov 2021
The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries has launched its Plan on a Page to the local government sector.
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Tourism operators celebrated at Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards

15 Nov 2021
Tourism business founder Troy Thomas was posthumously awarded the Sir David Brand Medal for Tourism at the 2021 Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards last night.
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Local government reforms announced

10 Nov 2021
The State Government has announced the most significant package of major reforms for WA Local Government since the Local Government Act 1995 was passed more than 25 years ago.
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Remembrance Day

9 Nov 2021

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Flags at half mast and observance of 1 minute of silence on Thursday 11 November 2021.
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Local government reforms announced

9 Nov 2021
The State Government has announced the most significant package of major reforms for WA Local Government since the Local Government Act 1995 was passed more than 25 years ago.
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My Place in WA

28 Oct 2021
The Commissioner for Children and Young People has sent information to local governments, encouraging them to involve children and young people in decision making.
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United Nations Day

19 Oct 2021

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Flying of flags
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Child Safeguarding Checklist

12 Oct 2021
Organisations are reminded that a checklist for staff and volunteers working with children and young people has been developed.
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Make your vote count by being a vocal local

8 Oct 2021
With just a week to go until Western Australian local governments hold ordinary elections across the State, Western Australians are being reminded to make their vote count by being a ‘vocal local’.

Local governments lace up

24 Sep 2021
Event preparations are well underway across WA for the State's historic AFL Grand Final celebrations on Saturday — in particular, at the City of Perth and Town of Victoria Park.
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To Dwell in Unity

22 Sep 2021
To Dwell in Unity, a history of the first 150 years of local government, has been launched at this year’s Local Government Convention and Trade Exhibition.
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Flying of flags for Australian Citizenship Day

16 Sep 2021

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Day of National Celebration, Friday 17 September 2021
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Be a Vocal Local – get out and vote!

15 Sep 2021
There is just one month to go until local government ordinary elections take place across Western Australia.
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Model Financial Statements for local governments

7 Sep 2021
DLGSC has started work on a set of Model Financial Statements for WA’s local governments.
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MyCouncil website updated

1 Sep 2021
Western Australian ratepayers and residents now have access to the most up to date information on how their councils are performing individually and against others.
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DLGSC on the road

27 Aug 2021
The 16 October local government ordinary elections are just seven weeks away, so the DLGSC local government team has been out delivering information sessions to local people interested in standing for council.
Be a Vocal Local and stand for council

One week until nominations for local government elections open

26 Aug 2021
With nominations for the upcoming local government elections opening in one week, community members are encouraged to start thinking about standing for their council.

Financial Statements and Asset Revaluations for 2020-21

25 Aug 2021

LG Alert

The transitional period for the Office of the Auditor General (OAG) to take over local government financial statement audits has finished, and all future audits will be undertaken by OAG.
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Minister's webinar

25 Aug 2021
About 100 delegates from the local government sector took part in a webinar held by Local Government Minister John Carey earlier this month.
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CSRFF funds tennis infrastructure

25 Aug 2021
DLGSC has contributed more than $294,000 to tennis infrastructure projects through the Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund (CSRFF) in the 2021-22 small grants funding round.
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Shire support for Banned Drinkers Register

25 Aug 2021
The Shire of Broome has supported the launch of two-year alcohol restrictions, in place in Broome and Derby.
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Robinson Reserve upgrade

25 Aug 2021
The redevelopment of Robinson Reserve in the City of Stirling is transforming the local community.
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Spotlight on Shire of Gingin

25 Aug 2021
The Shire of Gingin is a peri-urban council that is located 80km from the heart of Perth and directly north of Wanneroo. The shire’s CEO Aaron Cook gives an overview of the local government area and the plans for the future.
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Governance update

25 Aug 2021
A reminder of key dates for local governments.
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Liz Ledger, Town of Claremont

25 Aug 2021
CEO Spotlight
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Councillor Karimi: standing for council

25 Aug 2021
Councillor Jesvin Karimi is half-way through her first term as an elected member at the Town of Victoria Park. Here she talks about her experience of running for council.
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Get Out and Vote in the Local Government Elections

20 Aug 2021
Local government elections are happening across the State on Saturday 16 October 2021, and it’s your opportunity to have a direct say about what goes on in your local community.
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Local government annual returns

11 Aug 2021

LG Alert

Local Government Operational Guidelines
Be a Vocal Local and stand for council

Local government elections coming up

3 Aug 2021

LG Alert

There is just a month to go until nominations for this year’s local government elections open.
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Local Government (Elections) Amendment Regulations 2021

3 Aug 2021

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The Local Government (Elections) Amendment Regulations 2021, come into effect on 2 August 2021.
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Local governments share record $7.5 million to reduce bushfire risk

19 Jul 2021
A record $7.5 million has been provided to local governments across Western Australia to help reduce bushfire risks in their communities this summer.

Funding supports sustainable, resilient clubs

14 Jul 2021
$232,000 awarded in 2021-22 round of Every Club grant scheme. Funding supports sport and recreation clubs to build their organisational capacity and capability of governance, planning and management practices
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Small grants a big win for Western Australians

13 Jul 2021
24 local governments and sporting organisations have shared almost $1 million under the State Government's Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund (CSRFF) Small Grants.
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Local Government COVID-19 Vaccine Information Sessions

8 Jul 2021

LG Alert

DLGSC, with the Department of Health, is holding two exclusive information sessions for local government staff and elected members in Western Australia.
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Countdown is on with 100 days until local government elections

8 Jul 2021
With just 100 days until the Western Australian local government elections, community members are being asked to be a 'Vocal Local' by nominating for election to their local council.
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