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Local Government Legislation Amendment Bill 2019

Apr 23, 2019
Local Government Legislation Amendment Bill 2019
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Ministerial Circular 04 2018

Dec 21, 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
​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
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
Today I introduced into Parliament the Local Government Amendment (Suspension and Dismissal) Bill 2018.
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Local Government Risk Profile

Nov 2, 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
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
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
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
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
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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Controlling Off-road Vehicles in Your Community

Jan 23, 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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