State Government announces review of Local Government Act

State Government announces review of Local Government Act

THE State Government wants public feedback as it looks to review the Local Government Act 1995.

The review aims to modernise WA’s local government sector, ensuring laws around disclosing gifts are simplified and match public expectations.

The Government is seeking public comment on a range of issues including councillor conduct, local government transparency and accountability, and accessibility of public information through the use of technology.

Local Government Minister David Templeman launched the consultation paper today and called on local governments, residents, community organisations and businesses to make a submission.

“Local governments currently operate under a complex legislative framework that is more than 20 years old and technology and expectations of local governments have changed significantly,” Mr Templeman said.

“Whether you are a community, business, resident or local government, this is your chance to contribute to the future of a local government sector that is smart, agile and inclusive.

“Restoring the recently tarnished reputation of local governments is a McGowan Government priority as Western Australians deserve efficient and effective local governments that are positioned to deliver for the community now and into the future.

“Opportunities to influence the ways that local governments work don’t come around every day and while the paper addresses specific issues, comments on all aspects of the Act are welcomed.”

The consultation is open for public comment until February 9, 2018.

To register for a workshop or make an online submission, visit http://www.dlgc.wa.gov.au/LGAreview