Amendments to Local Government Act to support Covid-19 response

Local governments will be supported in new changes to legislation that will help them respond to the coronavirus crisis. The Local Government Act 1995 will be amended to assist councils deal with the COVID-19 outbreak, enabling them to be more agile to changing local conditions. The Local Government Amendment (COVID-19 Response) Bill 2020 amends the…

Local council meetings to continue electronically during coronavirus pandemic

Local government council meetings will continue electronically during the coronavirus pandemic, the McGowan Government has announced. The government has announced new regulations in an effort to continue communications during a public health emergency or state emergency. Taking effect on Thursday, the new regulations will enable local governments to hold meetings by teleconference, video conference or…

Kwinana Ranger Team Recognised On Gala Conference

By Shibs Wei At the WA Rangers Association Conference Gala Dinner held this week, the City of Kwinana ranger team have been awarded runner up, 2019 WA Ranger Team of the Year. The award recognises deeds and achievements by Local Government Ranger teams in their service o their local community. Ranger teams across the state…

Mayor and Minister response to City of Melville Inquiry Report

An inquiry into the City of Melville has concluded and the Department of Local Government released their report detailing findings and recommendations. City of Melville Mayor, Russell Aubrey said they have always been compliant and will continue to work in conjunction with the local government minister, David Templeman and the department. With over 300 complaints…

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…