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Local Government News
24 April 2020
Issue 16

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Mailbag Media Release

New WALGA Structure: Operations and Services
At the March State Council meeting, WALGA CEO outlined an organisational restructure process, to be implemented in a staged approach, aligned with the budget process.
The underlying intent is to create efficiencies in service delivery, re-orientate each business area to ensure an ‘outward, member based’ focus and improve coordination and collaboration across the WALGA administration.

This has the effect of reducing the size of the Executive Management team across four portfolios:
  1. Policy, Strategy and Research
  2. Commercial and Communications
  3. Governance and Organisational Services
  4. Roads and Infrastructure
Business Solutions will no longer be a stand-alone business unit and the majority of employees will move into the new Commercial and Communications unit with some functions moving into Governance and Organisational Services.

WALGA will phase out the offering of Tender Contract Management Services, along with Recruitment Services.
For more information, view the InfoPage.
WALGA Tax Workshops and Webinars
The WALGA Tax Service is running the 2020 WALGA Tax Workshop and Webinar Series, delivered by Moore Stephens. 
The 2020 GST Workshop will be held on Wednesday, 27 May and will cover issues including GST administration, grants and contributions, fees and charges, land and property deals, retirement care facilities and also cover new GST rulings issued during the 2019-20 financial year. 

For details and registration, click here.
Upcoming Tax Webinars include Understanding Allowances, PAYG and Superannuation which will be hosted on Friday, 1 May.

The webinars: All You Need to Know about Year-End Reporting and Taxable Payment Annual Reports will be hosted on Friday, 5 June
For more information, click here.
Webinar: Sustainability Reporting Frameworks for Local Government
This webinar will focus on how sustainability frameworks can be used to embed sustainability across Local Government by providing a strategic approach to the planning, management and evaluation of activities and services. 
Date:     Thursday, 7 May
Time:    10:00am to 12:00pm

The UN Sustainable Development Goals, One Planet Living and ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems will be discussed, along with examples of tailored Sustainability Reporting Platforms. 

Case studies from the Local Governments of Canning, Melville and Fremantle will provide insights into considerations for Council adoption, and how goals or targets are developed and measured.

Click here to view the program or to register.
For more information, email Event Manager, Ulla Prill or call 9213 2043.
National Redress Scheme Participation
Local Governments are requested by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) to complete key actions in order to participate in the National Redress Scheme with the State Government.
WALGA State Council has endorsed a Memorandum of Understanding that supports Local Governments to participate in the National Redress Scheme with State Government. 

To meet the timeframe for scheme participation, Local Governments are asked to progress a number of key actions.

With the current COVID-19 crisis, DLGCS recognise that progressing these key actions may be challenging.

To assist with the process, the Department sent an email to all Local Government CEOs on Friday, 17 April which includes several templates and a participation spreadsheet.

Each Local Government is requested to return the completed spreadsheet by Sunday, 31 May via email with the subject heading "Attn: Gordon MacMile" to
For more information about the templates, email DLGSC Director, Strategic Coordination and Delivery, Gordon MacMile or call 0418 968 952.
Training via Online Classroom – Available for Officers and Elected Members
WALGA Training is now offering their face-to-face courses in an online classroom format using GoToWebinar.
Upcoming online courses for Officers: Upcoming online courses for Elected Members: All available courses will be updated on the WALGA Training webpage.
For more information and to register for the courses, click here.
Changes to Development Assessment Panels
The State Government has recently announced changes to the Development Assessment Panels (DAPs), effective from the Monday, 27 April.
Click here to read the media release.

The changes will result in five panels being established:
  • City of Perth Local Development Assessment Panel (LDAP):
    Remains unchanged.
  • Metro Inner-North Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP):
    Comprising the existing Metro West JDAP, City of Stirling, City of Bayswater and Town of Bassendean.
  • Metro Inner-South JDAP:
    Comprising the existing Metro Central JDAP (except City of Bayswater and Town of Bassendean), City of Fremantle and Town of East Fremantle.
  • Metro Outer JDAP:
    Comprising the existing Metro East JDAP, Metro North-West JDAP (except City of Stirling) and Metro South-West JDAP (except City of Fremantle and Town of East Fremantle). It is intended that this panel will remain unchanged as part of the future model of no more than three panels.
  • Regional JDAP:
    Comprising the existing Mid-West/Wheatbelt JDAP, Kimberley Pilbara Gascoyne JDAP and Southern JDAP. 
Local Government membership remains unchanged, however, a reduced number of specialist members have been appointed to the panels for a two-year term.

WALGA has been advised that the current nominated Local Government members will have their membership automatically transferred to the relevant new panel, under their existing term.
For more information on the panels and the various specialist members, click here.
Host for 2021 WA State Natural Resource Management and Coastal Conference – Expressions of Interest Deadline Extended
Expressions of interest are sought from Local Governments and regional bodies to host the WA State Natural Resource Management and Coastal Conference - the deadline has been extended to Thursday, 28 May.
The conference, to be held in the second half of 2021, attracts around 200 delegates from community and not-for profit groups, Local Government, State Government, academia and industry. It is an important opportunity to focus on the challenges and opportunities in planning and managing our natural resources, both inland and at the coast.

The conference has the potential to bring many positive benefits to the host and local community, providing a unique opportunity to showcase a local area, and providing a significant boost to the local economy.

Guidelines and further information can be found here.

Expressions of interest close Thursday, 28 May.
For more information, email Acting Manager, Environment Policy, Garry Middle or call 9213 2049.
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