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4 April 2023

In this issue

Economic Report Guide for Elected Members

WALGA Economist Daniel Thomson has put together this four-minute video to provide a complete, succinct overview of our Quarterly Economic Briefing.

Released last week, the Quarterly Economic Briefing contains important updates to the Local Government Cost Index, along with broader insights on the economy.
This analysis is a must read for all Local Government leaders in understanding the ramifications of a challenging economy and the effect on the Local Government sector.
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Support to Establish Violence-Free Homes

The Escaping Violence Payment (EVP) program is available for people 18+ who have recently experienced intimate partner violence, have changed their living situation and are experiencing financial stress.

Eligible applicants could receive up to $5,000 in financial assistance, including:
  1. Up to $1,500 in cash
  2. Goods and services
  3. Wrap-around support.
If you have a ratepayer experiencing intimate partner violence, you can refer them here to find out if they’re eligible.

Enquiries: Call 1300 663 298 or email

Sustainability Network to Discuss Canopy

Worried about loss of tree canopy? Join the Elected Member Sustainability Network meeting on Sunday 16 April.

Following on from the Urban Forest Conference, Elected Members are encouraged to discuss tree canopy issues and initiatives with the WA Tree Canopy Advocates Group.

The session begins at 1pm with a trip to Vlamingh Nature Discovery Space, followed by afternoon tea and an urban canopy discussion in the Grove Library and Community Centre from 2-4pm.

RSVP or queries to Cr Chilla Bulbeck: or 0407 165 753

Feedback on Mental Health Wellbeing Guide

The Mental Health Commission is seeking feedback on the draft Mental Health Guide.
The Guide is targeted at organisations and agencies that implement wellbeing initiatives, strategies and actions to support Western Australians to increase or maintain their optimal level of mental wellbeing.
You can download a full copy of the draft Mental Wellbeing Guide here and provide comment through the survey here until 5pm Friday 14 April.

Time to Recognise Local Government Stars

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
Elected Members
CEO Recruitment *New course*
Tuesday, 18 April 
$530.00 plus GST
Register Here
Planning Practices - Advanced
Saturday, 29 April   
$580.00 plus GST
Register Here
Local Government Officers
Policy Development & Procedure Writing
Wednesday, 12 April via ZOOM
$580.00 plus GST
Register Here
Rates in Local Government – Debt Collection
Friday, 21 April 
$580.00 plus GST
Register Here
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Board and Committee Vacancies

WALGA is pleased to announce the following vacancies

  • LGISWA Board (Non-Metropolitan Local Government Serving Officers)
    • Non-Metropolitan Member

Nomination form are available here. Nominees are required to submit a completed form, statement addressing selection criteria and short curriculum vitae (two pages maximum) before the close of nominations 5:00pm Friday 14 April.

For more information, contact Governance Support Officer, Chantelle O’Brien or call 9213 2013.

New Grant Opportunities
CoastWA Grants

 $3.5 million is available to help manage and adapt the WA coastline.

Applications close noon Monday 1 May.
For more information, please contact CoastWA Local Government Facilitator Lucy Sheehy or call 0408 013 522. 

National Disaster Risk Reducation Grants

Applications for the grant program will open on 24 April and close at noon on 29 May.
Projects which reduce disaster risk and improve community resilience to natural hazards can apply for up to $250,000 per local project.
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