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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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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.
City of Perth

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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Payment methods

2 Jul 2020

LG Alert

Amendments have been made to the Caravan Parks and Camping Grounds Regulations 1997, the Cat Regulations 2012, and the Dog Regulations 2013.
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Easing of restrictions – Council meetings update

2 Jul 2020
The State Government has announced Phase 4 Easing of Restrictions, introduced on 27 June and removing existing gathering limits.
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MyCouncil website keeps ratepayers and residents up to date on how their councils manage their money

1 Jul 2020
Ratepayers and residents throughout Western Australia will be able to keep an eye on how their councils are performing, thanks to the latest figures provided on the State Government's MyCouncil website.
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MyCouncil website: 2018-19 data now available

26 Jun 2020

LG Alert

Local government demographic, geographic and financial data for 2018-19 is now available on the MyCouncil website.
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MARKYT Community Resilience Scorecard

26 Jun 2020

LG Alert

Local governments encouraged to promote the MARKTY Community Resilience Scorecard study to local communities, open until 3 July 2020.
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WATC Financial Sustainability Modelling

26 Jun 2020

LG Alert

Western Australian Treasury Corporation (WATC) has developed a financial model to help local governments evaluate their solvency and sustainability.
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Governance update

26 Jun 2020

LG Alert

The impacts of the current COVID-19 pandemic have been felt by everyone.
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The Journey of Health and Wellbeing

26 Jun 2020

LG Alert

The Journey of Health and Wellbeing is a 10-minute animation that shows how events of the past play out in the present and offers a framework of hope and equity.
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Local governments share in $1.75 million infrastructure grants

26 Jun 2020

LG Alert

Local governments around Western Australia are to share $1.75m to help fund 27 sport and recreation infrastructure projects to support their communities.
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Share ideas — iThink for WA’s recovery

26 Jun 2020

LG Alert

Western Australians are encouraged to share their ideas on the State’s recovery from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic through the iThink (WA Public Sector), an online ideas community, now also open to the general public.
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Remote Aboriginal communities

26 Jun 2020

LG Alert

Travel update
Aboriginal children at Moore River Settlement Church, courtesy of the AHWA collection.

Aboriginal History WA helping Western Australians unlock their Aboriginal ancestry

26 Jun 2020

LG Alert

The important work of the department’s Aboriginal History WA (AHWA) unit was recognised during National Reconciliation Week.
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CEO profile: Kwinana

26 Jun 2020

LG Alert

“Home to some of the State’s major industrial facilities”
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Funding to give abandoned pets a brighter future

23 Jun 2020
$600,000 in 2019-20 State Budget to support six companion animal shelters over three years.
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COVID Safety Guidelines — Further information for local government

5 Jun 2020

LG Alert

Phase 3 commencing 6 June 2020.
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Sign available for download - responsible use of public equipment and facilities

5 Jun 2020

LG Alert

Responsible organisations should place signage on public equipment and facilities reminding users that they have a personal responsibility to practice physical distancing and personal hygiene.
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Easing of restrictions – Council meetings update

5 Jun 2020
The State Government has announced Phase 3 Easing of Restrictions commencing 6 June that will allow gatherings of up to 100 people indoors (while maintaining physical distancing). What does this mean for council meetings?
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Phase 3 of COVID-19 roadmap to commence from Saturday, June 6

2 Jun 2020
The State Government has announced Phase 3 of the roadmap to ease COVID-19 restrictions in WA, with significant changes coming into effect from Saturday, June 6.
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Town of Cambridge issued with show cause notice

26 May 2020
Local Government Minister David Templeman today issued the Town of Cambridge with a show cause notice asking why the local government should not be suspended for up to six months and require council members to undertake governance training.
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COVID Safety Guidelines and COVID Safety Plans

22 May 2020

LG Alert

The WA Government has implemented a staged lifting of COVID-19 restrictions and developed guidelines to assist businesses and community activities to reopen or recommence.
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State Government fast tracks community sport grants to assist with COVID-19 recovery

21 May 2020
The State Government will fast-track $12 million in funding applications for community sport and recreation projects to expedite the projects and support Western Australia's economy as part of the COVID-19 recovery.
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Local Government Act Review Phase One Regulations - Opportunity to Comment

19 May 2020
The State Government is giving local governments the opportunity to comment on the Local Government Act Review Phase One Regulations.
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Procurement - Contract Extensions and Variations

19 May 2020
On 4 May 2020, the Auditor General tabled a performance audit report in Parliament on local government contract extensions and variations.
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State Library reopens - Welcome home

18 May 2020
The State Library of Western Australia has today (May 18) reopened its doors to the public after being closed for 56 days.
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COVID-19 Easing of restrictions – Further information for Public Libraries

15 May 2020

LG Alert

The State Government has announced the easing of restrictions (phase 2) commencing Monday, 18 May 2020.

Council meetings

15 May 2020

LG Alert

The Premier has announced that from 18 May gatherings of 20 people will be permitted. What does this mean for council meetings?
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Local government sector urged to take leadership role

12 May 2020

LG Alert

The local government sector has a key role to play in the Phase 2 easing of restrictions and in helping communities get back on their feet and the economy back on track.
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State Government exercises new powers to help ratepayers

8 May 2020
The Minister for Local Government has exercised his new powers under the Local Government Amendment (COVID-19 Response) Act 2020.
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Local Government (COVID-19 response) Order 2020

7 May 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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Financial assistance provided to local governments

7 May 2020

LG Alert

WA Government makes $100 million borrowing facility available to local governments to assist with cash flow.

Amendments to Purchasing Policy

7 May 2020

LG Alert

Local government purchasing policies in the Local Government (Functions and General) Regulations 1996 to be amended.
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