More training to be rolled out for country councillors outside of Perth

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A FURTHER training program will be offered to country-based members to build skills and improve governance and decision-making, following a successful training program delivered last year by the WA Local Government Association.

Local Government Minister David Templeman and Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan announced the $420,000 program to be rolled out this month.

Training will be delivered by WALGA to all 12 country zones ensuring all country local government elected members will be able to attend training in their own region.

The units are “building blocks” towards a Diploma in Local Government and will give country-based elected members a good foundation to pursue further training and professional development in any aspect of their role.

Mr Templeman said the training would ensure elected members were equipped with a sound working knowledge of their roles and responsibilities, including financial and governance processes informing the major decisions councils make.

“As a former councillor for Mandurah, I understand how important it is that we build the capacity of local governments to deliver the best possible services for our regional communities,’’ he said.

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