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11 April 2023

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Dates Revealed for 2023 WALGA Convention

WALGA's 2023 Local Government Convention will be held at Crown Perth from September 18 to 19.

Join more than 400 senior representatives from WA Local Governments at the premier event for the sector, where delegates hear from and question a wide range of speakers, are challenged in their thinking, and collaborate with colleagues and key stakeholders. 

The WALGA Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Monday afternoon. 

Look out for more information about keynote speakers, registration details and an exciting additional event to be held adjacent to the Convention in coming weeks.

Save the Date: Heads of Agency Breakfast

The next Heads of Agency breakfast is on June 1 at Crown Perth. 

WALGA hosts a breakfast with State Government Heads of Agency twice a year to give Local Governments the opportunity to discuss issues of importance to their communities with the most senior decision makers in State Government departments. 

Information on which Heads of Agency will be in attendance will be released shortly. Local Governments can nominate who they would like to meet and the issues they want to raise.
Mayors and Presidents will be invited by WALGA President Karen Chappel to attend a forum following the breakfast.

Regional Local Governments have had a win, with Western Power now providing a standard connection service capacity of 63-amps for small-use, single-phase (240V) connections regardless of location.

The prior 32-amp cutoff in regional WA limited the ability for residents outside of the metropolitan area to install appliances such as air-conditioners, solar panels and EV chargers.

Following advocacy by WALGA and regional Local Governments, Western Power trialed the higher service capacity in seven Local Governments, which has now resulted in the decision to reduce capacity in regional areas being reversed.

More Information

Gascoyne Waste and Environment Summit

Register now for the Gascoyne Waste & Environment Summit held from May 11 - 12 in Denham.

The event will bring together Government, business and the community with the aim of improving service delivery, social opportunities, and waste and environmental outcomes.

Speakers include Agricultural Region MLC Darren West, Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act Review Panel member Dr Mark Sweetingham, Acting Gascoyne Development Commission CEO Simmone Van Buerle, and Containers for Change CEO Tim Cusack.

Registrations, travel and accommodation should be booked as soon as possible as this is peak season for Shark Bay and options may be limited.
Register Here

New Road Safety Data Available Now

The latest editions of the WALGA’s RoadWise Road Safety Performance Local
Government Roads 2016-2020 reports are now available.

By using this data Local Governments have an opportunity to identify areas to improve road safety outcomes on local roads, set targets and monitor progress.

To find out more or obtain a copy, contact your RoadWise Regional Road Safety Advisor.
Elected Members
CEO Recruitment *New course*
Tuesday, April 18
$530.00 plus GST
Register Here
Planning Practices - Essentials
Saturday, April 29
$580.00 plus GST
Register Here
Local Government Officers
Rates in Local Government – Debt Collection
Friday, April 21 
$580.00 plus GST
Register Here
Introduction to Specification Writing
Thursday, April 27 via ZOOM
$580.00 plus GST
Register Here
More Information

Road Construction Practice Guide

New road construction guidelines will help Local Governments make decisions around sustainable practices and recycled materials when planning road works.

If you are interested in participating in a workshop in May to help develop the guide, send your details, position description and background to under the heading “EOI for Sustainable Road Construction Workshop”.

For more information, contact Max Bushell at or 9213 2040

Bursary for International Students

A $5000 State Government bursary is now available to encourage International TAFE students to study, work and live in regional WA.

The list of eligible courses under the bursary includes childcare, community services, hospitality and nursing. As well as the $5000 bursary, support will be provided to find accommodation, employment and migration pathways.

Students beginning their studies in February or July 2023 or 2024 can apply now.

More Information
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