WALGA consults with its members on a variety of topics to inform our advocacy and service offering to members.
The scope of our requests for feedback reflects the range of operations conducted by Local Government.
Please see below for items for which we are currently seeking feedback from our members.

Biosecurity Position and Recommendations Paper

Based on feedback and further consultation with Local and State Government WALGA has now produced a draft   Biosecurity Position and Recommendations Paper .

The purpose of this document is to:
  • outline WALGA’s existing and recommended future policy position on post border biosecurity
  • summarise the sector's feedback to WALGA that underpins the recommended policy position
  • provide a number of policy initiatives for the State Government to consider either independently or as part of the review of the BAM Act, and
  • provide a number of initiatives considered beneficial to the overall governance and coordination of post border biosecurity under a 'shared responsibility', community based approach.
Local Government is invited to comment on WALGA's recommended draft policy position and the recommendations to the State Government before it is submitted to WALGA's State Council for its consideration. The closing date for comments is Tuesday, 17 January 2017.

Submission to the Joint Standing Committee on the National Broadband Network

WALGA will be making a submission to the Joint Standing Committee on the National Broadband Network and is requesting input from the Local Government sector to help inform its contribution. Established on 14 September 2016, the Terms of Reference for the committee’s inquiry are:
Until the national broadband network is declared built and fully operational, the committee report to each House of the Parliament annually on:
  • rollout progress with particular regard to the NBN Co Limited Statement of Expectations issued by Shareholder Ministers on Wednesday, 24 August
  • utilisation of the national broadband network in connected localities in both metropolitan and regional areas, and the identification of opportunities to enhance economic and social benefits
  • Australia’s comparative global position with regard to residential broadband infrastructure; particularly relative to other large, developed economies
  • national broadband network activation rates, user demand, usage patterns and trends, and any identified impediments to the take-up of national broadband network services
  • any market, industry, or regulatory characteristics that may impede the efficient and cost-effective rollout of the national broadband network; and
  • any other matter pertaining to the national broadband network rollout that the committee considers relevant.
There is no need to address the full scope of the Terms of Reference, therefore input that addresses any aspect of the inquiry will add value to the Association's submission.

For more information about the Joint Standing Committees inquiry or to make a submission, visit the committee webpage.

For more information or to provide input for WALGA's submission, email Regional Cooperation Manager Joanne Burges or call 9213 2048.

Ceding and Vesting of Foreshore Reserves

WALGA is hosting a workshop on the  Ceding and Vesting of Foreshore Reserves for relevant Local Governments to discuss sector responsibilities, concerns and opportunities for engagement with State Government Departments on this issue.

The State Government has indicated a desire to re-establish public open space along foreshore reserves over time, with many possible implications for Local Governments in their land management and planning responsibilities.

The Western Suburbs Regional Organisation of Councils (WESROC) commissioned a study and received a Foreshore Management Plan for the Swan River Estuary in May 2016.

The report outlines a series of issues and concerns for the subdivision, vesting and ongoing management of river foreshore reserves, which are applicable to other river or coastal reserves in WA.

WALGA considers the report an excellent starting point for discussions on sector implications - to download the WESROC report please click here