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Local Government News
26 june 2020
Issue 25

In this issue...

Media Release

Business News Local Government Magazine Launch Event
To celebrate the launch of the ‘Business of Local Government’ magazine supported by WALGA, Business News will host an online event to further discuss how WA’s Local Governments facilitate economic development. 
Speakers include WALGA President Mayor Tracey Roberts and CEO Nick Sloan, City of Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob, City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder CEO John Walker and South West Group Director, Tom Griffiths.
Date:   Tuesday, 30 June
Time:  12:30pm to 1:30pm
Cost:   Free
To register for this event, click here.
Copies of the magazine are being provided to WALGA and will be sent to Local Government CEOs in advance of the launch.
For more information, email the WALGA Communications Team.
Guidelines for Pedestrian Crossing Facilities at Traffic Signals
Main Roads WA has drafted new Guidelines for Pedestrian Crossing Facilities at Traffic Signals, which is available for review and comment.
The new guideline outlines possible treatments for pedestrian movements at traffic signals; and provides best practice guidance on providing safe and efficient pedestrian crossing access at traffic signals.

This guideline applies to pedestrian crossing access at traffic signals on local roads; therefore, feedback to Main Roads WA is important.

Access the new policy here.

Main Roads WA is seeking feedback by Wednesday, 15 July. Email comments to Policy Officer Road Safety, Mal Shervill.
For more information, email Policy Officer, Road Safety, Mal Shervill or call 9213 2068.
Workshop on Decision Paper - Swimming Pool and Safety Barrier Control
The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety have released a draft Decision Paper - Swimming Pool and Safety Barrier Control for consultation with Local Government.
The Decision Paper is the final stage of an extensive review of WA’s regulatory requirements for swimming pools and their associated safety barriers, following the recommendations in the 2017 Ombudsman’s Report on ways to prevent or reduce deaths of children by drowning. 
The Decision Paper sets out 16 decisions on how the Government intends to improve the regulatory requirements, taking into consideration the feedback received through an extensive consultation process.

The public consultation period on the decision paper will close on Wednesday, 16 September. Comments or queries on the paper can be directed to
In order to prepare a representative submission on the decision paper, a virtual workshop will be held.
Date:          Thursday, 16 July 
Time:          9:00am to 12:00pm
Location:    Online
RSVP:         by Tuesday, 14 July 
To download the decision paper and to register for the online workshop, click here.
For more information, email Planning and Improvement Policy Manager, Vanessa Jackson.
Facilitating Council Business - Webinar
Councils can use a combination of informal and formal meetings to strategically develop ideas and exchange information and ultimately add value to providing good government for the whole community.
The webinar will focus on:
  • the difference between informal  and formal meetings;
  • using a combination of informal and formal meetings to achieve strategic objectives and
  • how to deal with constituent enquiries
This webinar will be presented by Executive Manager, Governance and Organisational Services, Tony Brown and co-presented by Manager, Governance James McGovern and Governance Advisor Lyn Fogg.

Date:    Thursday, 30 July
Time:    5:00pm to 6:00pm
Cost:    Free 

To register, click here.
A recording of this webinar will made available to the public within a few days following the event.
For more information or to register, click here.
Elected Member Training
The following Council Essentials training courses for Elected Members are scheduled for the month of July/August:
Understanding Financial Reports and Budgets
Friday, 10 July
Serving on Council
Thursday & Friday, 30 & 31 July
Meeting Procedures
Monday, 10 August
For more information, or to register online visit WALGA Training or email to secure a place.
Heritage Framework Discussion Group
The Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage (DPLH) invites Local Government Officers with an interest in heritage to join the Heritage Framework Discussion Group.
The Heritage Framework is a series of guidelines and templates that will set the Local Government standard for the identification, protection and activation of local heritage.
The discussion group will contribute to DPLH’s development of the Framework by providing input and feedback to ensure that it meets Local Government needs. The group will be primarily based online, providing input and feedback through surveys, email and online discussion forums.
The first phase of activity aims at producing key Framework documents by December 2020.
Expressions of Interest close at 5:00pm on Friday, 17 July.
For more information or to register interest in joining the Heritage Framework Discussion Group, email DPLH Planning and Engagement Officer Katie Davies, or call 6552 4638.
Heritage List Guidelines Trial
The Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage (DPLH) is seeking interested Local Governments to participate in a trial of new Heritage List Guidelines.
The Heritage List Guidelines assist Local Governments to develop a heritage list, with sample text to include in an associated local planning policy.

Local Government planners or other relevant officers are invited to work with DPLH to put the Guidelines into practice for their own heritage list and provide feedback.

The testing group is for Local Governments that are preparing to review their local heritage survey or progress the adoption of a heritage list.

The group will engage in activities that will test the application of the guidelines against their Local Government heritage list and local planning policy and provide feedback through independent surveys and online discussion forums.

Expressions of Interest close at 5:00pm on Friday, 24 July.
For more information or to register interest for Heritage List Guidelines Trial, email DPLH Planning and Engagement Officer, Katie Davies, or call 6552 4638.
Launch of Collections WA Online Platform
The new digital Collections WA platform showcases unique regional and community collections to the world.
Collections WA is a shared resource that can be used by every community collecting institution across Western Australia to share stories of our unique environment, history, culture, and identity.

Collecting institutions will receive training on the Collections WA platform from the Australian Museums and Galleries Association Western Australia (AMaGA Western Australia), which has been funded through a Lotterywest grant.

 'Collections WA' will connect to the 'Culture WA' portal that provides access to WA's four main collecting institutions; Trove, the National Library of Australia's digital search engine; and a tourism portal which will connect with other tourism platforms to drive tourism to the regions.

The platform was developed and managed by the Collections Sector Working Group, which includes WALGA.
For more information, visit the website.
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