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Local Government News
4 september 2020
Issue 35

In this issue...

Wheel Clamping Ban and Local Parking Agreements
The Road Traffic Amendment (Immobilisation, Towing and Detention of Vehicles) Bill 2020, which prohibits wheel clamping and other means of vehicle immobilisation, and regulates towing of vehicles, passed the Legislative Assembly on Tuesday, 18 August.
A copy of the Bill and Explanatory Memorandum is available on the Parliament of Western Australia website.

During debate, there was discussion of the role of Local Government in parking enforcement when wheel clamping as a private parking control option is banned.

While the Bill does not create any new powers or duties for Local Governments, the Department of Transport supports agreements between Local Governments and private landowners (Local Parking Agreements) as the preferred parking control option to replace wheelclamping. As a result, Local Governments may receive questions from landowners regarding the availability of Local Parking Agreements.

Where a Local Government’s Parking Local Law enables Local Parking Agreements, a landowner and Local Government may agree that the Local Law applies to the specified private land.

The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries has produced some supporting information regarding Local Parking Agreements, including a template Agreement provided by the Town of Claremont.

These resources were developed in the context of enforcing the Local Government (Parking for People with Disabilities) Regulations 2014, which apply as if they were Local Laws, and may be of assistance for Local Governments considering establishing Local Parking Agreements with private landowners. WALGA’s Governance Advisors can also assist with questions regarding Local Laws.
For more information, email Governance Advisor, Felicity Morris or call 9213 2048.
State Recovery Controller- Recovery Impact Survey COVID-19
As communicated by the State Recovery Controller in the letter sent to all Local Government CEO on Thursday, 25 June, the State Recovery Coordinator will be regularly collecting responses from Local Governments on their recovery progress.
Local Governments are invited again to participate in a survey related to Local Government operations. This survey focusses on new impacts, unintended consequences both positive and negative and preseason preparedness.
The State Recovery Coordinator will use these responses to provide an update to the State Recovery Controller and the Public Sector Leadership Council on Local Governments’ recovery progress, successes and key emerging issues.
Local Government staff who are overseeing the delivery of COVID–19 activities and 2020/21 preseason preparedness are encouraged to complete the survey by COB Monday, 14 September.
A PDF version of the survey can be accessed here for ease of collating data. Please enter all responses into the Survey Monkey link.
For more information, call A/Manager Recovery Emergency Management Liz Toohey on 9395 9880.
Local Government Forum on Information Systems
Local Government Officers are invited to the Local Government Forum on Information Systems to be held on Thursday, 24 September.
The WA Auditor General released her first report into Information Systems within Local Government in June. Ten Local Government entities participated in this audit.

The findings in the report suggested that significant improvement is required in this area, with none of the 10 entities meeting minimum benchmarks across all control categories. 
The purpose of the forum is to share perspectives from the OAG, Local Government Officers, Industry and Local Government risk-owners. There will be an opportunity for Q&A during a panel session and then a networking session to finish the morning for operational staff impacted by audit findings. 

Click here to view the program.

Date:      Thursday, 24 September
Time:      9:30 AM to 11:30 AM (Registration from 9:00 AM)
Venue:   Crown Perth, Burswood
Cost:      $40

Register here by Thursday, 17 September.
For more information, email A/Event Manager Ulla Prill or call 9213 2043.
Age-friendly Communities Social Connectivity Grants Program
The Age-friendly Communities Social Connectivity Grants Program will support capacity-building projects that prevent older people from experiencing isolation and reduce the risk and occurrence of elder abuse.
Whilst the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic were both necessary and extremely effective in curbing community transmission, there were many seniors who lost connections with their communities, or found only limited opportunities to reconnect.

The program will maintain those broader themes of:
  • fostering an age-friendly community that recognises the diversity among older people
  • promoting their inclusion and contribution
  • respecting the decisions and choices of older people
  • anticipating and responding to age-related needs and preferences.
Grants of up to $15,000 are available to Local Governments and community organisations. Applications close on Thursday, 8 October.
For more information or to apply, visit the website.
Town Planning Training
WALGA’s Town Planning training has been constructed specifically to address the fundamental skills required to operate effectively in the Local Government Town Planning environment.
Introduction to Planning (eLearning)
Available now online
Planning Practices - The Essentials
Wednesday, 7 October
Planning Practices - Advanced
Monday, 26 October
For more information or to register online, visit WALGA Training or email to secure a place.
Officer Training
The following WALGA training courses are being delivered at WALGA’s West Leederville office in September:
Presenting with Confidence
Monday, 14 September

Local Government Act 1995 - Advanced
Tuesday and Wednesday, 15 & 16 September

Local Government Act - Essentials
Virtual Classroom through Zoom
Monday, 21 September

Participate in Local Government Emergency Management Preparation
Monday, 21 September

Manage Recovery Activities for Local Government
Tuesday, 22 September

Accounts Payable for Local Government Officers
Thursday, 24 September
For more information or to register online, visit WALGA Training or email to secure a place.
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