The first tranche of the local government reforms will focus on strengthening local democracy, providing greater transparency and accountability by:
A copy of the Bill, the Second Reading speech, Explanatory Memorandum and a blue bill showing the proposed amendments to the Local Government Act 1995 can be sourced from the WA Parliament website.
This Bill incorporates consultation feedback received from the local government sector, including changing the voting system to optional preferential voting from full preferential voting and adjusting the maximum number of councillors for smaller councils
from 5 to 7.
The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries will be holding a webinar for the local government sector early March 2023 to provide a briefing on the bill and its implications for the local government sector. This will include an address
by the Hon John Carey MLA, Minister for Local Government.
Attendance at this webinar is encouraged, particularly for local government CEOs and staff involved in governance and elections. Registration details to be confirmed.
The webinar will be for approximately 30 minutes and will include a briefing and an opportunity to ask questions. The session will be recorded.
Questions regarding the Bill and local government reforms can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
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