LG Direct

May 25 2023

In this issue

Dates are locked in, the website is up and registrations are open for the WALGA Local Government Convention 2023.

Hosted at Crown Perth from September 17-19, this year's Convention will be headlined by Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Michelle Payne, global futurist Gihan Perera and award-winning business disruptor Dominic Thorburn.

The Convention will feature panels on pressing issues such as active mobility, regional housing and diverse representation, where experts and insiders will share their thoughts on how to tackle some of the most important topics facing Local Governments today.

Register via the link below and bookmark the page to ensure you stay up to date as WALGA releases more information and announces new speakers over the coming months.
Register Now
Federal Local Government Minister Kristy McBain has invited Mayors and Presidents to the Australian Council of Local Government (ACLG) in Canberra on June 16.
This will be the first ACLG held in more than a decade, and a valuable opportunity to engage with key Federal ministers about the important issues for our communities.
Each council has been invited to send one representative and one observer to the ACLG Forum, and one representative to the ACLG Gala Dinner at Parliament House on June 15.
There is no cost to attend either the Dinner or the Forum, and there is also the option to attend virtually if required.
Registration details are in the invites that were sent to your councils, but if you have any questions about the registration process, please call (02) 6292 9000.

Eligible Local Governments can apply for funding from WALGA’s Local Biodiversity and Native Vegetation Management Project, supported by the State NRM Program.

This is one-off grant to support Local Governments in Western Australia's South West.
Funding is available for:

  1. Ecological assessments of Local Government managed lands, up to $10,000
  2. Development of a Local Biodiversity Strategy, up to $20,000
  3. Development and adoption of local planning policy on native vegetation and biodiversity, up to $10,000.

The Funding Guidelines and the Application Form is available from the WALGA Website.
Applications for funding close July 21.
For more information about the grant, please contact Renata Zelinova, 9213 2521 or Rebecca Brown, 9213 2063, or email to

WA Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA) is inviting Local Governments to be a part of the conversation about the workforce needs and training capacity for GP registrars in your region.

WAPHA is working with stakeholders to undertake analysis and provide advice that will support the transition to college-led GP training.

Sessions are being held in metro and regional locations in June and July 2023. More details available here.

The State Government will also give regional Local Governments a tender exemption to retain GP services. You can read more about this announcement here.

The move means Local Governments will be able to extend, vary or renew a GP services contract through decision at a Council meeting. 
A new online Road Safety Audit short course designed for Local Government planners, managers, engineers and Elected Members is now available.

The course provides an overview of the benefits of road safety auditing, understanding of its key elements, and outlines when an audit should be included in projects.

Introduction to Road Safety Auditing is a half day course comprising of six modules that can be accessed and undertaken at times to suit the participants.

For more information about Road Safety Audit Training and Accreditation visit the Road Safety Audit Portal.
Elected Members
Understanding Financial Reports and Budgets
Monday, 29 May   
$495.00 plus GST
Register Here
Economic Development Essentials for Elected Members, via Zoom
Thursday, 15 June   
$530.00 plus GST
Register Here
Local Government Officers
Procurement and Contract Essentials, via Zoom
Wednesday, 7 June
$580.00 plus GST
Register Here

Introduction to Waste Management, via Zoom
Friday 9 June
$580.00 plus GST
Register Here
More Information

Emergency Services Levy Update

DFES is seeking to extend the Declaration date for the 2023-24 Emergency Services Levy (ESL).

The Fire and Emergency Services Act (the Act) enables the Minister for Emergency Services to extend the legislated 31 May deadline following consultation.

DFES has proposed June 7 for the ESL Declaration to provide Local Govts adequate notice of the 2023-24 ESL rates and operating parameters.

Board and Committee Vacancies

  • Local Government Geographic Names Committee (Non-Metropolitan Local Government Serving Officers) - Non-metropolitan member
Nominees can submit a completed form, statement addressing selection criteria and short CV before 5pm, June 9.

For more info contact Governance Support Officer Chantelle O'Brien, or call 9213 2013.
Nomination Form
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