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7 March 2023

In this issue

ALGA National General Assembly - Call for Motions

The ALGA National General Assembly of Local Government (NGA) – incorporating the Regional Cooperation and Development Forum – will be held at the National Convention Centre in Canberra from 13-15 June.  

West Australian Local Governments with delegates attending the NGA are encouraged to submit motions outlining ideas for new Federal programs and policies that would support Councils to build stronger communities.

Criteria that all motions must meet are outlined in the 2023 NGA motions discussion paper which can be downloaded here.

Motions are due to ALGA by Friday 24 March and can be submitted at

National Awards for Local Government
These national awards celebrate outstanding Local Government achievements across Australia.
All elected Local Government organisations, associations and other recognised organisations providing direct services to communities are eligible to enter across
 11 categories.
Entries close Monday 13 March. Councils can enter via the online platform.

More Information & Register

Call for Fair Financial Assistance Grant Boost

Council sustainability is being put in the spotlight in the lead up to the 2023-24 Federal Budget with a new push to restore fairness to Financial Assistance Grants.

The Australian Local Government Association is lobbying the Federal Government for additional funding to bring the grants program back to one per cent of Commonwealth tax revenue.

Councils are facing significant financial sustainability challenges, impacting on their capacity to support their communities, yet the value of this grants program has halved in the past three decades.

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The Department of Health is reviewing the operation and effectiveness of the CLAG Mosquito Management Program.

The program (formerly the CLAG Scheme) helps Local Governments manage public health risks of mosquito-borne disease.

A changing climate, consecutive years of La Niña weather patterns, and a need for increased preparedness to address the risk of Japanese encephalitis virus have highlighted Local Government’s important role in mosquito management.

We want to hear from current CLAG participants and interested Local Governments to better understand their views and expectations on the effectiveness of the program.

To have your say, please complete the online survey by 5pm, Tuesday 18 April.

New CEO Contract Templates Released

WALGA and Local Government Professionals WA have finalised negotiations for the development of a new CEO contract templates.

We strongly encourage Councils to obtain legal advice when utilising the templates as a contract of employment is a legal document.

WALGA’s legal preferred supplier panel information can be viewed here (please select Legal & Debt from the filter on the left).
If you have any questions please email WALGA Employee Relations or call 1300 366 956.
Download Templates

Nominations for the 2023 Local Government Honours Program are now open.

The Honours Program recognises and celebrates the outstanding achievements and lasting contributions made by Elected Members and employees to their respective Councils, the Local Government sector and the wider community.

Six awards are up for grabs including the Local Government Medal, Life Membership and Troy Pickard Young Achievers Award.

The full list of awards and criteria can be found here. Nominations close at 5pm, 9 June.

Nomination Form

Queensland Fruit Fly Detected in Bayswater

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) is working to prevent the spread of Queensland fruit fly (Qfly), after the invasive pest was detected in Bayswater surveillance traps.

Qfly is a serious horticulture pest, which could impact the horticulture industry and home-grown fruit and vegetables.

Reports of suspected Qfly can be made to DPIRD’s Pest and Disease Information Service on 9368 3080, or via the MyPestGuide Reporter app.

A full list of host fruit and vegetables and more Qfly advice is available at

Local Governments in the area are requested to promote this information to their residents.

For more information contact Rebecca Brown, Manager Waste and Environment, 9213 2063 or
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Local Govt Training Opportunities

Council Member Essentials Training
The Council Member Essentials training is for new and returning Elected Members, or those who wish to run for election and are yet to complete the required training. Three of the five course modules are being offered face-to-face at WALGA in March. Participants will be able to complete these modules in three days. See below for further information. 

Want to learn more about Elected Member roles responsibilities?
In preparation for the upcoming election, WALGA Training is offering Local Govt Officers the chance to better understand the roles of Elected Members.  We are providing the below Council Member Essentials course through our experienced training team.
Thursday, 16 March
Understanding Local Government
Conflicts of Interest
Friday, 17 March
Meeting Procedures

Contact WALGA Training on 9213 2098, or

New Western Councillor Out Now

The first Western Councillor for the year has arrived.​​

The edition includes the generous response from Local Governments across Australia to record flooding in the Shire of Derby West Kimberley, insight into life and public service in the remote Goldfields by Shire of Laverton Deputy President Shaneane Weldon, and an extensive list of training opportunities available this year. 

And of course, we have a bumper seven-page spread of colourful pictures showcasing the best of Local Government land from across the state. Keep an eye on the mail for your copy.

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