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Lighting the Way

Well-lit streets ensure that our communities are safe, secure and attractive.

Local Governments want to make the most of new technologies that will benefit the community.

By investing $95 million to switch to LED globes in our street light network, we can make our roads and communities safer, save money by using energy more efficiently, and cut our greenhouse gas emissions by half.

Protecting our Coast

Western Australians love the coast, and additional funding is needed to protect the coast and millions of dollars of infrastructure assets at risk from coastal erosion. This risk will only increase as sea levels rise and storm intensity increases in response to climate change.

An additional $50m in funding to Coast WA to provide tools, technical support and project funding to Local Governments will help protect some of our most important State assets, as well as millions of dollars of physical infrastructure.

Sport and Recreation

Western Australians love their sport, and there have been countless studies showing the benefits this delivers in terms of healthier, stronger communities.

In recent years, funding has not been able to keep up with the growing demand for sports facilities.

Increasing funding for the Community Sport and Recreational Facilities Fund to $25 million per annum will mean that we can invest more in the infrastructure the community want such as swimming pools, ovals, skate parks, changing rooms, netball and tennis courts.

Funding for Local Roads

Because Local Governments are getting a smaller share of vehicle licence revenue funding for roads than they used to and the network is being used more by heavy vehicles, some areas of the local road network are run down.

Restoring road funding for Local Governments to previous levels will mean that more can be spent on upgrading and maintaining our roads, to make sure they are safe to travel on and that people and supplies can move where they need to.

Greening our Suburbs

Fewer trees lead to hotter streets in our cities and towns. Shady spaces are highly valued by the community and more trees and more shade create healthier, happier communities. This will be particularly important as the climate warms due to climate change.

A $30m commitment towards a comprehensive tree-planting program will improve wellbeing and build resilience to cope with the impacts of climate change.

Getting Goods to Market

Getting goods to market is important to keep our economy strong. Many of our local roads are not built to handle the growing number of larger and heavier vehicles using them and have been deteriorating.

Investing an additional $20 million to upgrade roads on important freight routes used by our agriculture sector will make our industry more productive by enabling safe access for larger vehicles, reducing wear and tear on vehicles and cutting journey times.

Fairer Fees

Local Government faces a delicate balance in allocating available resources to deliver the greatest return in meeting community needs and aspirations.

This task is made more challenging because of unfair rates exemptions and some fees and charges that have been set by legislation but have not changed for years.

Inequitable rates exemptions (estimated to represent two percent of total rates revenue) and failure to recover the full cost of service delivery through fees and charges means the whole community is subsidising a few.

An independent review into rate exemptions and fees and charges will ensure Local Governments have access to resources to meet the community’s needs fairly and equitably

New Act

The current Local Government Act that governs Local Government operations was passed in 1995 and is past its use by date. It’s focused on tick-the-box compliance and old ways of working.

Local Government needs a contemporary legislative framework to be able to focus on achieving the community’s goals and delivering community benefits.

Working Together

The Western Australian Government, with its leadership and policy direction, and Local Government, with an on-the-ground presence in all Western Australian communities, have complementary strengths which, when combined, provide the greatest benefit to Western Australia.

The Partners in Government Agreement provides a strategic framework to guide collaboration for the benefit of Western Australia.

Greening our Suburbs

Getting Goods to Market

Funding for Local Roads

Protecting our Coast

Lighting the Way

Sport and Recreation

New Act

Fairer Fees

Working Together

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