Community & Place News

WALGA’s Community Development Newsletter
July 2022

Child Safe Awareness Policy Consultation Open

The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) and the Department of Communities (DoC) are developing a Child Safe Awareness Policy for Local Government (Draft Policy).

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse recognised the valuable role Local Governments play in developing local communities and promoting community safety.

Recommendation 6.12 of the Royal Commission recommended that, with support from governments at the national, state and territory levels, Local Governments should designate child safety officer positions from existing staff profiles.

In June 2022, the Department of Communities hosted a co-design process with more than 35 Local Government representatives from across the State to develop a draft policy template for Local Government regarding their role in fulfilling the functions of Recommendation 6.12.

DoC and DLGSC are seeking Local Government feedback on the Draft Policy by Friday 12 August 2022. The draft Child Safe Awareness Policy, Consultation Paper and guiding questions can be viewed here.

DoC and DLGSC are hosting an online information session on the Draft Policy on Thursday, 14 July 2022, 10am - 12:00pm. Please register at

Sector updates

Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Co-Design Stage 2 Workshops

The second phase of co-design will begin on Monday July 18 until Saturday 6 August. Workshops will be held in 34 locations across the State. View the draft documents from Phase 1 here.
Register for the workshops here. 

Two Local Governments Receive Homelessness Grants 

The Cities of Perth and Fremantle have been awarded a total of $278,000 through the Local Government Partnership Fund for Homelessness.
Read more here.

Do you know your local BEN?

All Local Governments along the Perth metropolitan coast have now Beach Emergency Number (BEN) signs. 1500 signs have been installed across the State. 
Read more here

Gathering and Growing Event in Makuru 

Learn more about the connection between community gardens and Local Government at this community event 27 July. 
RSVP for the event here.

Food Community Project expands across WA 

This Healthway funded research project is being expanded to the Kimberley, Pilbara, Midwest-Gascony, Goldfields, Wheatbelt and Great Southern. To find out more or if you are interested in becoming an Advisory Group member visit the website.

Youth Climate Wellbeing Survey Open

Young people aged 10-25 are invited to contribute to climate change research by participating in a youth climate wellbeing survey

Armadale Aquatic Facility Recognised for Safety and Sustainability

The City took home WA Aquatic Recreation Industry (ARI) Awards for Sustainability and the Watch Around Water program.
Read more here.

Nominations Open: National Awards for Local Government  

The awards celebrate the positive impact Local Governments have on their communities. The 11 categories include Indigenous recognition, creativity and culture and cohesive communities.
Read more here.

Regional Arts Survey Open  

Your response to this biennial survey, will contribute to Regional Arts WA better understanding the current challenges, strengths, and priorities of the regional arts sector in WA. 
Read more here
Read the latest WALGA COVID-19 Sector Updates

Upcoming Events and Grants

Parks and Leisure WA State Conference: Call for Abstracts
Abstracts close on Monday, 25 July. 
Find out more here

In the House Grants 
Up to $80,000 available to support performing arts in regional WA. Opening Tuesday, 19 July.  
Find out more here.

Health Promotion 12 Week Online Course
Curtin University, flexible 12 week course starts  15 August.
Find out more here.

Thank A Volunteer Grant
Grants up to $2,000 are available to host events on Thank a Volunteer Day.
Find out more here.

Policy Development and Procedure Training
Learn how to write procedures and coordinate policy development. Find out more here.

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design 
Certified online training two hours per week for six weeks available in August and October. 
Register here

Growing Gender Equity through Governance
Three six-hour workshops across the State, providing a platform for learning, discussion and networking. 
Find out more here
Healthy Clubs Grant Open
Sports clubs can apply for funding up to $4000 from Healthway.
Find out more here.

Criminal Property Confiscation Grant Open
Next round of program opens 6 July. Find out more here.

Save the Date Trails Forum 
The Department Local Government Sport and Cultural Industries will host the 2022 Tails Forum, Friday 21 October.
Read more here.

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WALGA Resilient Communities Team 

Susie Moir, Policy Manager Resilient Communities, 9213 2058
Vikki Barlow, Senior Policy Advisor Community, 9213 2074
Alina Hobson, Policy Officer Community, 9213 2092
Bec Waddington, Policy Officer Community, 9213 2055
Contact the WALGA Resilient Communities team
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples hold a special place in our communities and connect the broader population with a wealth of history, tradition and culture which enriches our society.  Our work regularly takes us across the State and as such WALGA would like to acknowledge the many traditional owners of the land on which we work throughout Western Australia. We pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging.
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