Local Government in a tourism setting is governed by legislation from the Commonwealth and State, from land-use planning through to environmental and health legislation; it is impacted by national and State tourism strategies, and participates in, and contributes to the activities of tourism organisations and networks.

Local Government is responsible for providing infrastructure including roads, airports, caravan and camping grounds, visitor centres and parks. As a State, Western Australia is abundant in natural attractions with a climate conducive to tourism activity; there is a lot to celebrate. WA Local Governments are diverse in their interests, needs and support requirements, which is a reflection of their geographical location, economic drivers, industry, resources, capacity and interests.
Each Local Government has a different approach.  For some tourism may be providing infrastructure, events and activities, while other Councils may provide signage and Wi-Fi stops as gateways to other destinations. In many ways it is about working with what already exists, and matching tourism development to Local Government business. It is also an opportunity to be involved in research and support conservation outcomes.
With this in mind, WALGA is working with the State Government and with Regional Development Commissions to develop Tourism Strategy for Local Government.