WALGA is currently undertaking a project to facilitate a strategic approach to economic development in the sector. The project aims to establish:
  • A Local Government Economic Development Framework based on current research and practice about the role of the sector in economic development and the creation of sustainable communities
  • An ongoing professional Local Government Economic Development Network to support Local Governments in the implementation of their economic development strategies and activities and to ensure ongoing alignment with contemporary practice.
To ensure the framework is relevant and meets the needs of all Local Governments, the project is being guided by a Reference Group comprised of senior staff from metropolitan, rural and regional areas.

There will be a number of opportunities to participate as the project progresses. In coming months, WALGA will be undertaking research and collecting data to help inform the project and identify the best way that it can support the sector in this area. The project will be completed at the end of 2018.