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Electors’ special meetings during COVID-19

Aug 19, 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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Report of the Inquiry into the City of Perth

Aug 13, 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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Local Government (COVID-19 response) Order 2020

May 7, 2020

Ministerial Circular 3 2020

As you would be 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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Local Government (Parking for People with Disabilities) Amendment Regulations 2020

Apr 30, 2020

Ministerial Circular 2 2020

I am pleased to advise that His Excellency the Governor, in Executive Council, has approved regulation amendments dealing with penalties for illegal parking in ACROD bays.
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Practical assistance for local governments to respond during a state of emergency (COVID-19)

Apr 9, 2020

Ministerial Circular 1 2020

I am advising that His Excellency the Governor, in Executive Council, has approved regulation amendments dealing with access to funding, procurement and long service leave during the COVID-19 outbreak.
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Controlling Off-road Vehicles in Your Community

Aug 22, 2019

Ministerial Circular 2 2017

In light of recent off-road vehicle incidents across the State, local governments are reminded of the options available for controlling off-road vehicle use in the community.
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Local Government Legislation Amendment Bill 2019

Apr 23, 2019

Ministerial Circular 1 2019

Local Government Legislation Amendment Bill 2019
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Ministerial Circular 04 2018

Dec 21, 2018

Ministerial Circular 4 2018

With the end of the year rapidly approaching, it is timely to reflect on a busy 2018 and what promises to be an equally busy 2019.

Local Government Amendment (Suspension and Dismissal) Act 2018

Nov 20, 2018

Ministerial Circular 3 2018

​The Local Government Amendment (Suspension and Dismissal) Act 2018 has received Royal Assent with the amendments taking effect from 20 November 2018.
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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Recognition

Aug 14, 2018

Ministerial Circular 2 2018

Acknowledgement and recognition of Western Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, as the traditional owners of our nation, is an important part of progressing towards the goal of reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

Suspension and Dismissal Amendment Bill 2018

Mar 14, 2018

Ministerial Circular 1 2018

Today I introduced into Parliament the Local Government Amendment (Suspension and Dismissal) Bill 2018.

Local Government Risk Profile

Nov 2, 2017

Ministerial Circular 8 2017

I am aware of concerns raised within the local government sector about the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries' Risk Profile and the way the department has communicated with the sector with regard to the profile.
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Amendment to Regional Subsidiaries Regulations

Oct 16, 2017

Ministerial Circular 7 2017

Following an amendment to the Local Government (Regional Subsidiaries) Regulations 2017, a regional subsidiary is now permitted to conduct land transactions if they are necessary for pursuing a purpose specified in the subsidiary's charter or winding up the subsidiary.
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Regional Subsidiaries — Government Policy and Guidelines

Aug 14, 2017

Ministerial Circular 6 2017

I am pleased to announce the release of the policy and guidelines for the establishment of regional subsidiaries.
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MyCouncil Website Data Update

Jun 2, 2017

Ministerial Circular 5 2017

Local government 2015-16 financial data will be available on the MyCouncil comparative website from Thursday 1 June 2017.
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Regulation Amendment Changes to Fixed Term Deposit Investment Period

May 17, 2017

Ministerial Circular 4 2017

I am pleased to advise that following feedback from the local government sector, the McGowan Government has responded to requests to change the period of time that local governments can invest in fixed term deposits.
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Country Local Government Fund — Youth Development Program 2016-17

Jan 25, 2017

Ministerial Circular 3 2017

Recently, I have had the privilege of awarding funding through the Country Local Government Fund – Youth Development Program to 25 local government scholarship recipients and 12 local governments to implement traineeship programs.
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Local Government (Regional Subsidiaries) Regulations 2017

Jan 21, 2017

Ministerial Circular 1 2017

I am pleased to announce the introduction of the regional subsidiary model in Western Australia. This is a mechanism that local governments have sought for many years and the necessary changes have now been enacted.
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