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Local government councillors

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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Australian outback bush fires

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
Lawn bowls with a close up photo of the bowl and jack, photographed close up low profile shot showing the green grass bowling surface in the background.

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.
A nurse holding up her sleeve showing she has been vaccinated

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.
Illustration of people with the message: Be a vocal local

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.
Australian, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flags

Flying of flags for NAIDOC Week 4 to 11 July 2021

2 Jul 2021

LG Alert

Flying the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flags throughout NAIDOC Week is a sign of national respect for Indigenous Australians.
Gravestones on a grassy field

Department undertaking Cemeteries and Cremation Acts Review

21 Jun 2021
The department is seeking the views and expertise of local governments with cemetery responsibilities to find out more about their experience of cemetery management.
3D architectural model study of a town

Planning changes to reduce red tape

21 Jun 2021
Opinion from the local government sector is being sought on reform to support changes in the planning system.
A photo of Andrea Selvey

Spotlight on: CEO Andrea Selvey, Shire of Carnarvon

21 Jun 2021
Andrea Selvey is the CEO of the Shire of Carnarvon, situated about 904km north of Perth on the west coast.
Australian outback bush fires

Regional local governments invited to take action on climate change

21 Jun 2021
Regional local governments are being invited to submit a proposal to join forces with neighbouring governments to address the effects of climate change and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Sunrise at Busselton Jetty, Busselton, Western Australia

What’s in a name?

21 Jun 2021
In the 150th year of WA local government, Dr Christopher Berry talks about local government names and where they originate.
Roll up for WA banner graphics and images of people who have had a vaccine

Roll up for WA posters

9 Jun 2021

LG Alert

Anyone over the age of 30, and all Aboriginal people over the age of 16, in Western Australia are now eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
A puppy sitting and leaning to one side

Stop Puppy Farming Bill reintroduced

4 Jun 2021
The Dog Amendment (Stop Puppy Farming) Bill 2021 (the Bill) has been reintroduced into Parliament.
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Accounting for Cash in Lieu of Open Space

3 Jun 2021

LG Alert

Amendments to section 154 of the Planning and Development Act 2005 (PDA) changed the accounting treatment for cash in lieu of open space contributions received on or after 12 September 2020.
WA State Parliament

Local Government (COVID-19 Response) Amendment Order 2021

1 Jun 2021

LG Alert

The Local Government (COVID-19 Response) Amendment Order 2021 (the Order), comes into effect on 2 June 2021, providing ongoing assistance to WA ratepayers hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic for the 2021-22 financial year.
Local government councillors

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

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

Comment sought on planning reforms

28 May 2021

LG Alert

Local governments are being invited to comment on the next phase of reforms to streamline the planning system and reduce red tape.
Australian, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flags

Flying of flags: National Sorry Day and National Reconciliation Week

20 May 2021

LG Alert

Flying the Indigenous flags on National Sorry Day and throughout National Reconciliation Week recognises the significance of these events for all Australians and is a sign of respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and culture.
Jacaranda trees blooming in front of townhouses in the suburb of Subiaco in Perth, Western Australia.

Authorised Inquiry reports tabled in Parliament

13 May 2021
Authorised Inquiry reports into three local governments have been tabled in the Western Australian Parliament.
Hand picking a bottle of wine up from shelf

Restrictions on the sale of packaged liquor due to COVID-19 — Kimberley region

11 May 2021
The Director of Liquor Licensing has reviewed the previous restrictions on liquor purchases in the Kimberley put in place to support measures taken due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A close up of who people budgeting using a computer and calculator

Preparing your 2021-22 budget

5 May 2021

LG Alert

Differential rating and minimum payments — return to normal practise.
Staff member using office equipment

Financial assistance for ratepayers to continue

30 Apr 2021
Financial hardship measures introduced by the State Government to protect Western Australian ratepayers hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, will be extended.
Infographic for the post-lockdown transition

COVID-19 update: post-lockdown transition

27 Apr 2021

LG Alert

Following an announcement by the State Government, post-lockdown measures will come into effect from 12:01am Tuesday 27 April until 12.01am, Saturday morning 1 May.
An close up image of a trail bike river on a dirt road

Shire of York off-road vehicle area receives funding boost

20 Apr 2021
The Shire of York's off-road vehicle area, also known as the York Motocross Track, is set to receive an upgrade with a $40,000 funding boost from the State Government.
Naturalisation ceremony at the Northam Town Hall, 1955  SLWA BA1728/165

150 years of local government in WA

19 Apr 2021
This year marks 150 years since a system of local government was introduced in Western Australia.
ASW Bunbury Melo Velo, Makers and co, Lighthouse 5

Bunbury plugs into e-waste solution

19 Apr 2021
The City of Bunbury is one of three local governments to receive State Government funding from the WasteSorted e-Waste grants program.

Spotlight on the Shire of Mingenew

19 Apr 2021
The Shire of Mingenew is about 100km south-east of Geraldton, covering about 2000 square kilometres.
Cottesloe council members inspecting their new rubbish tip truck, 1950.

Roads, rubbish, rates and a hat pin panic

19 Apr 2021
Continuing Local Matters’ acknowledgement of 150 years of local government in WA, here are some lesser known facts about local governments from Dr Chris Berry.
Person writing

Program eases pressure on local small business

19 Apr 2021
The cities of Melville, Rockingham and Wanneroo are the first group of councils selected to take part in the Small Business Friendly Approvals Program.
Amanda O'Halloran, CEO Shire of Derby West Kimberley

Spotlight on CEO Amanda O’Halloran, Shire of Derby West Kimberley

19 Apr 2021
Amanda O’Halloran’s career as local government Chief Executive Officer has taken her from one of the smallest in size — the Shire of Wandering — to one of the largest, the Shire of Derby West Kimberley, at more than 104,000 square kilometres.
OMI Multicultural Award winners 2021

Awards showcase champions of multiculturalism

19 Apr 2021
The Shire of Katanning has been recognised for its outstanding contribution towards multiculturalism at the Western Australian Multicultural Awards 2021.

COVID-19 Audience Outlook Monitor – March 2021 results out now

16 Apr 2021
After months of low COVID-19 cases, Western Australians are confident returning to arts and cultural events – and many are making firm plans to do so.
Reconcilation Week banner artwork by Western Australian Aboriginal artist Tee Jay Worrigal

Reconciliation Street Banner Project deadline extended!

26 Mar 2021
The department is calling on organisations and local governments to show their commitment to reconciliation, by sponsoring a Reconciliation Week Street Banner.
Low Angle View Of Man Riding Dirt Bike During Sunset

Identification of potential areas for off-road vehicles

19 Mar 2021

LG Alert

The Off-Road Vehicle Advisory Committee is asking local governments to identify areas that could be considered for formal gazetting for off-road vehicle (ORV) use.
Perth Skyline from Cable-stayed pedestrian bridge - stock photo

Transitional lockdown restrictions will be lifted

12 Feb 2021

LG Alert

COVID-19 update
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