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  • Expert panel to consider and recommend high-level direction for a new Local Government Act for WA
  • First significant review since the current Act was introduced more than two decades ago

The Local Government Review Panel will consider and recommend high-level direction and guiding principles for the new Act.

The panel will also continue to engage with the sector, community and stakeholders, and make recommendations on the requirements of a new Local Government Act to meet the future needs of local government.

The panel will be chaired by Balcatta MLA David Michael and joined by fellow panel members:

  • Professor John Phillimore, Executive Director of the John Curtin Institute of Public Policy;
  • Local government expert, A/Professor Graham Sansom of the University of Technology Sydney;
  • Ms Anne Wood, Partner at Kott Gunning Lawyers, who specialises in local government law;
  • Mr Henry Zelones, the former long-serving mayor of the City of Armadale; and
  • Mr Duncan Ord OAM, Director General of the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.

The panel will look at best practice models in Australia and overseas as well as feedback from the recent consultation on WA's Local Government Act 1995.


Page reviewed 27 February 2023