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21 March 2023

In this issue

Local Government Road Safety Vanguards

WALGA and Main Roads WA are excited to announce a road safety program specific to Local Government.

The program will provide Local Governments with practical information around decision making, planning, influencing outcomes and achieving results to reduce road trauma.

Expressions of Interest are being called to determine the focus of the May program on rural/remote or urban road safety.

If sufficient people are interested, the May program will focus on the challenges, options and resources available for either category.

Forty participants can attend the three-day program free of charge.

Express your interest by 14 April. The program will run 9 to 11 May.

Reserve Your Spot

State Council recently agreed to WALGA’s policy priorities for 2023. These priorities seek to pursue a number of important objectives, including:

  • Agile and empowered Local Government
  • Resilient, capable and inclusive communities
  • Climate action
  • Communities that are safe and resilient from natural disasters
  • Sustainable management of the environment
  • Infrastructure to meet the needs of our economy and communities
  • Thriving economies and local job opportunities

Further detail on WALGA’s priorities can be found here.

New Medium Density Housing Code Webinar

WALGA is hosting a webinar to provide a high-level briefing on the Medium Density Code recently announced by the WA Government.
The amended R-Codes challenge traditional thinking about how we design and deliver medium density housing.
Participants will hear from the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage’s Manager of Design Policy, Daniel Bromley about benefits of the new Code, changes to the process of approvals to local planning frameworks and how local planning policies and other local planning frameworks will need to be reviewed and updated.

The webinar will be hosted at 1pm on 28 March.

Register Here

Be Involved in National Reconciliation Week

Join WALGA and Reconciliation WA for a briefing on how your Local Government can get involved in National Reconciliation Week (NRW), held from 27 May – 3 June.

This year's theme is Be a Voice for Generations, encouraging all Australians to be a voice for reconciliation in tangible ways in our everyday lives.

WALGA and Reconciliation WA are co-hosting an online briefing to showcase ideas for involvement in NRW and share information about Activation Box and other resources. 

The online sector briefing will be held on Thursday 30 March at 2pm.

For more information visit the Reconciliation WA website, email WALGA A/Senior Policy Advisor Community Alina Hobson, or phone 9213 2092.
Register Here
The McCusker Centre for Citizenship at UWA is working with WALGA and Local Government Professionals WA to deliver its award-winning internship program.

This webinar is a chance for those working in Local Government to find out about the program and how to get involved to host internships.
  • Date: Tuesday 4 April
  • Time: 11am
  • Location: Online via Microsoft Teams
More than 2,300 students have undertaken internships through the Centre, contributing more than 255,000 hours in service to the community.
Elected Members
CEO Recruitment *New course*
Tuesday, 18 April 
$530.00 plus GST
Register Here
Planning Practices - Essentials
Saturday, 29 April  
$580.00 plus GST
Register Here
Local Government Officers
Introduction to Managing Business Records in Local Government
Friday, 31 March 
$580.00 plus GST
Register Here
Policy Development and Procedure Writing *New content*
Wednesday, 12 April 
$580.00 plus GST
Register Here

Governance Review Final Report

The WALGA Best Practice Governance Review report has been finalised.

The Steering Committee recommended progressing with constitutional amendments for a slightly revised Model 1.
Emails were sent to Local Government CEOs and Elected Members with links to the Final Report and requesting feedback on the details of the recommended model.

Feedback by 31 March will be included in zone meetings. Feedback received by 21 April will be provided directly to State Council.

Send feedback to

Emergency Management Guide

A Local Emergency Management Committee (LEMC) Handbook has been prepared to guide the administration and operation of LEMCs managed by Local Governments.

Feedback is being sought on the information and best practice guidance provided.
The Handbook aims to assist Local Governments and LEMCs to meet their legislative responsibilities and support LEMC executive officers.
Please provide your feedback to WALGA via by Friday, 14 April.
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