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Local Government News
5 october 2018
Issue 39

In this issue

Local Government Act Review
On Wednesday, 19 September, the Minister for Local Government announced the public consultation for the new Local Government Act, and released a series of discussion papers which cover a range of issues to get the conversations started.
WALGA and the Department of Local Government Sport and Cultural Industries will host a series of Local Government Act Forums throughout October and November to inform the development of a new Local Government Act for Western Australia.

These facilitated forums will be held in respective WALGA Zones groupings. This approach will maximize the opportunity for Councils' input.

A Zone Report will be developed following each forum to inform WALGA Zone discussions and the development of submissions. 

Following WALGA’s request, the consultation period has been extended to Sunday, 31 March 2019.

WALGA is currently organising the Local Government Act forums. The forums will be for all Elected Members, CEOs and CEO-nominated staff. The forums will be held between Wednesday, 10 October and Monday, 5 November.  

We are seeking to have as many Local Government representatives participate as possible.

It is important to note that the discussion papers that have been produced are from the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and not from WALGA. WALGA will respond to the papers after receiving feedback from the sector. It is anticipated that an item will be prepared for sector position on all the issues at the February/March round of Zone and State Council meetings.

WALGA is committed to providing the best opportunity for members to inform the development of the new Local Government Act.

To register for a Forum or view the dates and locations, click here.

WALGA will be preparing an InfoPage highlighting the current sector's positions against the various issues that have been highlighted in the Department's papers in the next week.
For more information, email Executive Manager, Governance and Organisational Services Tony Brown.
New Look for WALGA RoadWise Website
The new WALGA RoadWise website has been launched with a bright new design that incorporates block colours and information tiles to highlight popular road safety topics, projects and resources.  
The website features:
  • The child car restraint project now features prominently on the home page with a dedicated information tile allowing website visitors to gain access with one click.
  • Visitors to the website are able to locate road safety information about their region quickly, through a dedicated menu tile and a matching information tile on the home page.
  • The new ‘Tools and Resources’ menu tile allows regular website visitors, or those who have an idea what they need, to access road safety resources with one click.
  • News, events and social media updates now feature prominently and more dynamically on the home page, helping to showcase the achievements of the WALGA RoadWise network.
For more information, visit the RoadWise website.
Governance Training
The following courses are available for Local Government Officers:
Policy Development and Procedure Writing in Local Government
Wednesday and Thursday, 10 and 11 October
Local Government Act 1995 - The Essentials
Friday, 19 October
Rates in Local Government - Clerical
Tuesday, 13 November
Rates in Local Government - Debt Collection
Wednesday, 14 November
To register online, visit the WALGA Training website or for more information email the Training Team.
FINAL CALL: People and Culture Seminar 2018
The Local Government People and Culture Seminar aims to engage Local Government Officers from a range of disciplines and organisational levels, with speakers offering expertise to help attendees influence their organisation’s culture and build capacity to innovate.
Date:       Friday, 12 October
Time:       8:30am to 5:00pm (Registrations from 8:00am)
Venue:    Optus Stadium
Cost:       $300 (Incl GST)
RSVP:     By Tuesday, 9 October

Topics covered by this seminar include:
  • Workplace Disputes and Engaging with Industrial Tribunals
  • Coaching Style of Leadership and Holding Hard Conversations
  • Gender Diversity and Unconscious Bias
  • Social Media and HR
  • Learning from past Local Government Inquiries (panel session), and
  • Update of WALGA’s new Temporary Personnel Services Preferred Supplier Panel.
The day will conclude with a networking sundowner.
CEOs, senior staff, line managers, governance and human resource practitioners, training and recruitment officers from all Local Governments and Associate Members are encouraged to attend.

Click here to register for the seminar.
For more information, email Marketing and Events Officer Ulla Prill or call 9213 2043.
FINAL CALL: 2018 WA Transport and Roads Forum
WALGA and Main Roads WA invite you to the 2018 WA Transport and Roads Forum which will provide Local Governments the opportunity to influence the future direction of policy, explore challenges and share strategies, hear the latest updates and engage with the State Government.
Date:      Tuesday, 16 October
Time:      8:45am to 4:15pm
Venue:   Crown Perth
Cost:      $50 (incl GST)
Registration is essential by Tuesday, 9 October.

Registration and further information regarding speakers and topics is available here.
For more information, email Policy Officer, Transport and Roads, Marissa MacDonald or call 9213 2050.
Draft National Biosecurity Statement
The Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) is seeking input into the content of a National Biosecurity Statement.
The National Biosecurity Statement is intended to present a common and unified approach to biosecurity by:
  • providing a national vision and goals for biosecurity
  • providing clarity on the roles and responsibilities of all participants, and
  • outlining priorities and principles for managing biosecurity risk.
Submissions on the statement close on Wednesday, 31 October and can be made directly to DAWR here.
Local Governments wishing to contribute to WALGA’s submission are asked to provide a copy of their submission or comments to Environment Policy Manager Nicole Matthews by COB Wednesday, 10 October.
For more information, view the InfoPage.
DWER Fees and Charges Discussion Paper – Open for Consultation
The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) is seeking comments on its discussion paper on a cost recovery approach for the assessment of applications made under Part V of the Environmental Protection Act (1986), and for licences for the approval to both take water (5C licence) and construct or alter a bore (26D licence) under the Rights in Water and Irrigation Act (1914).
The discussion paper canvasses substantial increases in application fees for permits to clear native vegetation under Part V of the Environmental Protection Act (1986), and in application fees for licences under the Rights in Water and Irrigation Act (1914) that will have financial and program implications for Local Governments.
The discussion paper and additional information, can be found here.
DWER is seeking feedback on the discussion paper by Thursday, 1 November. 

Local Governments are encouraged to read the discussion paper, consider the implications of the fee increases for their operations and make a submission as required. 

To assist in the formulation of the WALGA submission, Local Governments are asked to provide a copy of their submission or comments to Executive Manager, Environment and Waste Mark Batty by Thursday, 18 October.

DWER is holding stakeholder information and workshop sessions in Geraldton on Wednesday, 10 October and Broome on Tuesday, 16 October.

A dedicated session for the Wheatbelt and surrounding Local Governments in Northam will be held from 9:45am to 12:30pm on Monday, 29 October.

Click here to register for the Northam event.

View the InfoPage for more details.
For more information, email Executive Manager, Environment and Waste Mark Batty or call 9213 2078.
Draft WA Cultural Infrastructure Strategy Regional Consultation Webinars
The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) has prepared the draft WA Cultural Infrastructure Strategy and is seeking input from Local Governments.
The purpose of the strategy, the first for the State, is to enrich the lives of Western Australians by ensuring access to arts and cultural experiences.
WALGA and DLGSC are hosting two upcoming webinars as part of the consultation phase and all Local Governments are encouraged to take part.

The first webinar will provide an overview of the draft strategy and the second will engage with Local Governments for feedback.
The webinars can be accessed online on the following dates. Register for the webinars using the links below:
Tuesday, 23 October at 2:30pm - Information Session
Webinar 1 registration
Tuesday, 30 October at 2:30pm - Engagement and Feedback
Webinar 2 registration
For more information on the draft WA Cultural Infrastructure Strategy, email the DLGSC or call 6552 7466.
2019 WA Wetland Management Conference - Call for Presentations
The Cockburn Wetlands Education Centre invites all interested persons to contribute plenary, poster and/or workshop presentations to its 15th annual WA Wetland Management Conference, to be held at the Cockburn Wetlands Education Centre on Friday, 1 February 2019 in celebration of World Wetlands Day.
The primary objective of the Conference is to provide an annual opportunity for the exchange of information and ideas with a focus on the latest developments about how to effectively manage and restore wetlands. This year's theme follows the Ramsar theme for 2019 of 'Wetlands and Climate Change'. Sub-themes include wetland management and restoration, wetland education and wetland policy.
The conference will feature keynote, plenary and poster presentations, and concurrent workshop sessions and interpretive tours of local restoration sites. Groups are encouraged to contribute displays and other information. The closing date for abstracts is Friday, 26 October.

The conference program and call for registrations will be issued in late November.
For more information, refer to the information sheet or email The Wetlands Centre Cockburn Westlands Officer Denise Crosbie.
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