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.

Draft Local Animal Welfare in Emergencies Plan Guide and Template - Open for Comment

The Draft Guide and Template was developed by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) as a result of the inaugural WA Local Government Animal Welfare in Emergencies (AWIE) Workshops.
The AWIE workshops, held in August last year, were attended by more than thirty Local Governments.

The workshops introduced participants to the importance of considering animals and their welfare in emergencies, highlighting the unique and sometimes challenging issues that arise.

The Draft Guide and Template has been prepared to assist Local Governments to develop a Local Plan for Animal Welfare in Emergencies (PAWE) that is relevant to their area of responsibility, the risks they face and the community they support. The Guide and Template is a tool, and Local Governments will be encouraged to use the guidance to develop their own PAWE to best suit their needs.

Local Governments are invited to provide comment on any aspect of the Guide and Template by Tuesday, 18 February. Click here to access the Guide and Template.

To submit feedback or for more information, email Senior Policy Advisor, Emergency Management, Evie Devitt-Rix or call 9213 2082.

Extension to Submissions for the EPBC Act Review

The Federal Government has announced an extension to the deadline for providing initial submissions for the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) Review.
A discussion paper was released late in 2019 to start the conversation about how the EPBC Act has operated and whether it is fit for the future. The paper outlines the Act, what it does and where it came from. Potential areas of focus for the review are explored, and options for the reform floated.
 
Public submissions in response to the discussion paper are open until Friday, 14 April and can be made via the website here.
 
WALGA will be making a submission on behalf of the sector following endorsement from the WALGA State Council in March.
For more information, visit the Department of the Environment and Energy website.

Have You Experienced Cyberbullying?

WALGA has been advocating on behalf of the Local Government sector for improved legislation to protect Local Government Elected Members and Officers from cyberbullying and to enable legal recourse when cyberbullying occurs.

The Department of Justice WA has recently initiated a research project to identify which community groups are most affected and whether laws are needed to deal with cyberbullying.
 
An online survey is now available on the Department of Justice website.

If you or someone you know within the Local Government sector has experienced cyberbullying, we encourage you to participate in this survey as your contribution may influence whether a legislated response is appropriate.

For more information, email Manager, Governance, James McGovern.