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Local Government News
29 may 2020
Issue 21

In this issue...

Report on Local Government Road Assets and Expenditure 2018/19
The Report on Local Government Road Assets and Expenditure provides comprehensive information and analysis on funding, expenditure and statistics for the local road network.
The report was produced by WALGA with assistance from the WA Local Government Grants Commission. It provides information on the lengths and types of roads, paths and bridges and highlights trends in the data over the preceding five years.

The report includes statistics, trends and analysis on the sources of funding and amount of Local Government expenditure on roads, paths and bridges. There is also information on road condition, serious crashes and the lengths of road open to restricted access vehicles.
View the report on the WALGA website here.
For more information, email Policy Manager Transport and Roads, Mark Bondietti or call 9213 2040.
On-Site Training to Recommence
WALGA Training will recommence on-site training from June with strict adherence to current COVID-19 restrictions.
On-site training is available for Local Governments located in the metropolitan and regional areas. Local Governments save time and money by hosting an on-site training, as there is no need for Elected Members or Officers to travel to the WALGA office.
For more information, or to receive a quote for on-site training, email the Training Team.
WA Tourism Recovery Fund
Eligible tourism operators are encouraged to submit their application for the WA Tourism Recovery Fund.
The fund provides an initial $10.4 million in one-off cash grants for up to 1600 individual small businesses around the State.

The $6500 grants will provide immediate support to eligible tourism operators, with annual taxable wages of less than $1 million, including accommodation, attraction, and tour and transport businesses.

Applications close on Friday, 12 June.

The State Government, through Tourism WA launched the $14.4 million Tourism Recovery Program, which is made up of two funding programs, to support tourism operators around the State to adapt and refocus their businesses in the COVID-19 landscape
For more information or to apply, visit the Tourism WA website.
Vehicle Immobilisation (Wheel Clamping) Ban
The State Government announced its intention to prohibit wheel clamping in February.
Local Governments have an opportunity to comment on the Department of Transport’s Statement of Intent that outlines the Government’s current position.

A Bill to amend the Road Traffic Act 1974 is being drafted, with Regulations to follow.

The Statement of Intent sets out the current Department of Transport position on:
  • the prohibition of vehicle immobilisation
  • the intended regulation of vehicle removal and detention (towing), and
  • and encouraging the use of Local Parking Agreements with Local Governments.

The Statement of Intent supports the increased use of agreements between Local Governments and landowners that extend the application of Parking Local Laws to private land, as currently occurs at many major shopping centres. The availability of these agreements would continue to be at the discretion of the Local Government.

While a full consultation process will not take place, comments may be considered in the drafting of Regulations.

Comments should be sent to by Friday, 12 June.
For more information, email Governance Advisor, Felicity Morris or call 9213 2048.
Vacancies on Boards and Committees
The Association is pleased to announce the following vacancies:
  • WA State Graffiti Taskforce (Elected Members and Local Government Officers) - Readvertised
    • 1 Non-Metropolitan Member
  • State Library Board of Western Australia (Elected Members and Local Government Officers) - Readvertised
    • 1 Non-Metropolitan Member (Shire)
  • Local Government House Trust (Elected Members only) - Readvertised
    • 1 Metropolitan Member
Nominees are required to submit a completed nomination form, statement addressing the selection criteria and short curriculum vitae (two pages maximum) before the close of nominations at 5:00pm on Friday, 5 June.

Nomination forms are available here
For more information, email Governance Support Officer, Chantelle O’Brien or call 9213 2013.
Webinars: Understanding and Accessing Department of Veterans’ Affairs Services
The Department of Veterans’ Affairs and Older Persons Advocacy Network is hosting free educational webinars.
The Department of Veterans’ Affairs offers an extensive range of services to support veterans and their families.

The aim of the webinars is to inform health professionals, community workers, veterans and their families about the services that are available.

Webinar 4: Rehabilitation Appliance Program
Date:    Tuesday 16 June
Time:    9:00am to 9:30am AWST
Webinar 5: Community Nursing Program
Date:     Tuesday, 16 June
Time:     12:00pm to 12:00pm AWST
For more information, visit the Department of Veterans’ Affairs website or the Older Persons Advocacy Network website.
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