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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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Child Safety Officers webinar

10 Dec 2020

LG Alert

Discuss the recommended designation of child safety officers within existing staff profiles at WA’s local governments.
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State Government drops in with wheely good news for Morley skaters

8 Dec 2020
The State Government has dropped in with good news for local skateboarders and BMX riders in Morley, allocating $2.5 million to replace the ageing Wotton Reserve Skate Park and BMX track.
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Bindoon Library scoops Making a Difference Award

7 Dec 2020
Bindoon Library has won the prestigious Making a Difference Award at this year’s Regional Achievement and Community Awards.
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Contact register resources available

4 Dec 2020

LG Alert

With just one day to go until COVID-19 contact registers become mandatory for many WA local businesses and venues, there are a number of State Government resources available to assist with communications to stakeholders.
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Local government 2020 Compliance Audit Return

2 Dec 2020

LG Alert

Local governments’ 2020 Compliance Audit Return will soon be available via the department’s Smart Hub online portal.
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Keeping contact registers from 5 December 2020

1 Dec 2020

LG Alert

With COVID-19 contact registers becoming mandatory for many WA local businesses and venues from 5 December, local governments should already be aware of the State Government’s SafeWA app.
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Mandatory contact registers in WA

25 Nov 2020

LG Alert

The State Government has announced that mandatory contact registers at relevant businesses and venues will be introduced from 5 December 2020.
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CEO profile: Rhonda Hardy

20 Nov 2020
Rhonda Hardy has been Chief Executive Officer of the City of Kalamunda since 2013. She has more than 30 years’ State and local government experience, with 20 years in senior management.
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Spotlight on Shire of Murray with CEO Dean Unsworth

20 Nov 2020
Murray is the ancestral home of the Bindjareb people, and one of the first areas of European settlement in Western Australia, dating back to 1834 when the district was founded.
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Report of the Inquiry into the Town of Cambridge handed down

18 Nov 2020
The report of the Inquiry into the Town of Cambridge has been tabled in the Western Australian Parliament.
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Local Government Regulations Amendment Regulations (No. 2) 2020

6 Nov 2020

Departmental Circular 13 2020

The Local Government Regulations Amendment Regulations (No.2) 2020 (previously named the Local Government Regulations Amendments (Consequential) Regulations 2020) have been published in the Government Gazette today (6 November 2020).
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Private ATO ruling applying to regional local governments

30 Oct 2020

LG Alert

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) has recently made a private ruling, confirming that the fee for a Grant of Right of Burial and a renewal of a Grant of Right of Burial is exempt from GST.
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Alternative Queen's Birthday Public Holiday Dates 2021

21 Oct 2020

Departmental Circular 12 2020

The Governor has declared that the Celebration Day for the Anniversary of the Birthday of the Reigning Sovereign (Queen's Birthday public holiday) will be observed in 2021 on Monday 27 September.
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CEO profile: Stephanie Addison Brown

21 Oct 2020
Chief Executive Officer of the Shire of Augusta Margaret River.
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Local governments aid COVID recovery

21 Oct 2020
Local governments are playing a vital role in communities’ COVID-19 recovery.
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Local governments host WA Bike Month events

21 Oct 2020
A host of local governments are among the organisations putting on WA Bike Month events during October.
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Libraries recognised by State and local government

19 Oct 2020
WA’s public libraries have been recognised with the signing of a new agreement.
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Report into Shire of Toodyay handed down

19 Oct 2020
Report into the Shire of Toodyay has been tabled in Parliament.
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Online resource ensuring a safer WA for children and young people

13 Oct 2020
An online resource providing the latest information on child safety for organisations and individuals has been launched by the State Government.
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Grants open for WA sport and recreation industry to support club development

12 Oct 2020
The State Government has committed $600,000 of funding per year for two years to support club development.
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Local government input required — Graffiti Vandalism Strategy

6 Oct 2020

Departmental Circular 11 2020

On behalf of the State Graffiti Taskforce, all local governments are urged to complete the reporting form to help make an accurate assessment of the cost of managing graffiti vandalism in Western Australia.
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Local Government ACROD Parking Accessibility Review Survey

2 Oct 2020

Departmental Circular 10 2020

Amendments to the Local Government (Parking for People with Disabilities) Regulations 2014 (Regulations) came into effect on 25 April 2020.
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Local Government Regulations Amendment (Infringement Notices) Regulations 2020

29 Sep 2020

Departmental Circular 9 2020

I write to inform you of changes to infringement notices prescribed in legislation enforced by WA local governments.
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Amendment to Regulation 9(1) of the Local Government (Rules of Conduct) Regulations 2007

22 Sep 2020

Departmental Circular 8 2020

As a result of queries from the sector, I am providing further clarification regarding the amendments made to regulation 9(1) of the Local Government (Rules of Conduct) Regulations 2007.
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Lodgement of draft financial statements with your auditor by 30 September 2020

18 Sep 2020

LG Alert

Local governments may be aware that the department is currently consulting with the sector on proposed amendments to the Financial Management Regulations that could affect 2019-20 financial statements.
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COVID Event Guidelines and Plans to enable for more events in WA

18 Sep 2020
Events of more than 500 people that require a local government authority approval will be supported with COVID Event Guidelines and COVID Event Plans to ensure more events are held in Western Australia.
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Universal Council Member Training

18 Sep 2020

Departmental Circular 7 2020

The Local Government Amendment Act 2019 has introduced the requirement for all council members to undertake Council Member Essentials training within the first 12 months of being elected.
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WA local governments join the National Redress Scheme

19 Aug 2020
Local Government Minister David Templeman has today commended all 137 Western Australian local governments for joining the National Redress Scheme to recognise the harm suffered by survivors of historical child sexual abuse.
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Electors’ special meetings during COVID-19

19 Aug 2020

Ministerial Circular 5 2020

As you are aware, the Local Government Amendment (COVID-19 Response) Act 2020 was passed by Parliament on 16 April 2020 and came into effect on 21 April 2020.
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Governance update — Engaging with the Community

18 Aug 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has presented many challenges for local governments and their communities but it has also highlighted the innovative ways local governments are working to produce the best outcomes for their communities.
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Get to know Gordon MacMile

18 Aug 2020
Newly appointed Acting Executive Director Local Government.
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WA getting back on track with $5.5 billion Recovery Plan

18 Aug 2020
The State Government released the $5.5 billion WA Recovery Plan in late July, which included huge investments in infrastructure, schools, TAFE and community facilities.
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Report of the Inquiry into the City of Perth

13 Aug 2020

Ministerial Circular 4 2020

As you are aware, I appointed an Inquiry Panel on 2 March 2018 to conduct an inquiry into the ability of the City of Perth (the City) to provide for the good governance of the people in the City.
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City of Perth report a wakeup call for local government: Minister

11 Aug 2020
The final report of the Inquiry into the City of Perth was today tabled in State Parliament, outlining a litany of dysfunction, poor governance, factionalism, and fertile ground for greed, incompetence and mismanagement.
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Survey results show local governments pivotal in COVID-19 recovery

6 Aug 2020
Local Government Minister David Templeman today launched the results of an online COVID-19 survey which mapped community wellbeing and resilience levels across WA.
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Report reveals roadmap to local government reform

4 Aug 2020

LG Alert

Local Government Minister David Templeman today released an expert report which outlines recommendations to guide the development of a new Local Government Act for WA.
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