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.

Feedback on Increased Fees for Clearing Permit and Water Licence Applications

The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation is seeking feedback on the implementation of increased cost recovery for the assessment of applications made under Part V of the Environmental Protection Act 1986 and Rights in Water and Irrigation Act 1914.

The Discussion Paper on cost recovery canvasses significant increases in application fees for permits to clear native vegetation and water licences, which will have financial and program implications for Local Governments.

Local Governments are encouraged to read the discussion paper and consider the implications of the fee increases on their operations.

DWER has extended the closing date for providing comments on the discussion paper to Thursday, 15 November.

To assist in the formulation of WALGA’s submission, Local Governments are asked to provide a copy of their submission or comments to Executive Manager, Environment and Waste Mark Batty by COB Friday, 2 November.

For more information, email Executive Manager, Environment and Waste Mark Batty or call 9213 2078.

State Emergency Management Guidelines for Review

The State Emergency Management Guidelines – Local Recovery Guidelines (the Guidelines) have been prioritised for review after Local Government recovery stakeholders identified it as the key recovery policy priority.

The review and redesign of the Guidelines is expected to be completed by the end of 2019. DFES are seeking feedback on the Guidelines from Local Governments that manage the response.
A consultation version of the Guidelines, which have minor updates reflecting the recent machinery of government changes can be found here

The Guidelines on the SEMC website will remain unchanged until completion of the review. Please refer to the attached consultation version whilst completing the survey. 
The survey should take approximately 10 minutes and can be completed here by 4:00pm, Friday, 2 November. 

For more information, email DFES Recovery Advisor Karen Edmeades or Project and Policy Advisor Loren Bebich.

Department of Health Releases Aquatic Facilities Discussion Paper

The Department of Health (DOH) has reviewed the Health (Aquatic Facilities) Regulations 2007, and developed a discussion paper on the regulations. WALGA will prepare a submission to the discussion paper and encourages Local Governments to provide comment to inform the submission.

The discussion paper reviews the requirements for all groups of aquatic facilities, and outlines a number of options and recommendations for managing public health risks associated with aquatic facilities in WA.

The paper aims to determine whether these public health risks must continue to be regulated under the framework provided by the Public Health Act 2016, or whether they can be effectively managed through an alternative approach such as other State legislation, a guideline or a local law.

Local Governments can provide comment directly to the Department of Health via the online survey.

Members are requested to provide comments to WALGA by Thursday, 15 November to allow time for a submission to be prepared. The Association will accept written comments or a pdf of a completed survey. 

To submit comments or for more information, email Senior Policy Officer, Community Evie Devitt-Rix.