MyCouncil website reveals council finances

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NEW data revealing how local governments are raising, spending and managing their money is now available on the State Government’s MyCouncil website.

The MyCouncil website was launched in April 2016 and has been updated with data extracted from 2015-16 local government annual financial statements.

As part of the update, WA ratepayers will for the first time be able to view information on payments received by elected members, local government long-term liabilities and the percentage of female elected members.

Local Government Minister David Templeman said ratepayers in WA had a right to know how their local councils were spending and managing their money.

“MyCouncil is strengthening accountability and transparency throughout the local government sector and ensuring all West Australians benefit from high-performing councils,” he said.

“Much of the information available on MyCouncil will be available for the first time.

“In future, it is hoped that more information on local governments will be made public on the website, increasing accountability.

“I am confident this will be a useful tool to prompt discussion about council performance and lead to improved community services for everyone.”

MyCouncil has had more than 100,000 page views since its launch, enabling WA’s ratepayers to determine their council is value for money by accessing, comparing and sharing information about its financial health.

For more information, visit www.mycouncil.wa.gov.au.

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