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Moore River and Guilderton

Spotlight on Shire of Gingin

Aug 25, 2021
The Shire of Gingin is a peri-urban council that is located 80km from the heart of Perth and directly north of Wanneroo. The shire’s CEO Aaron Cook gives an overview of the local government area and the plans for the future.
A photo of Andrea Selvey

Spotlight on: CEO Andrea Selvey, Shire of Carnarvon

Jun 21, 2021
Andrea Selvey is the CEO of the Shire of Carnarvon, situated about 904km north of Perth on the west coast.
Sunrise at Busselton Jetty, Busselton, Western Australia

What’s in a name?

Jun 21, 2021
In the 150th year of WA local government, Dr Christopher Berry talks about local government names and where they originate.
A puppy sitting and leaning to one side

Stop Puppy Farming Bill reintroduced

Jun 4, 2021
The Dog Amendment (Stop Puppy Farming) Bill 2021 (the Bill) has been reintroduced into Parliament.

Comment sought on planning reforms

May 28, 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.
Naturalisation ceremony at the Northam Town Hall, 1955  SLWA BA1728/165

150 years of local government in WA

Apr 19, 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

Apr 19, 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

Apr 19, 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

Apr 19, 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

Apr 19, 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

Apr 19, 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

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