LG Direct

14 March 2023

In this issue

Webinar to Bring Elected Members Up To Speed On Medium Density Housing Code

WALGA is hosting a webinar, to provide Elected Members with a high-level briefing on the recently announced Medium Density Code.
The State Government has introduced a new Medium Density Housing Code. The amended R-Codes challenge traditional thinking about how we design and deliver medium density housing.
Participants will hear from the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage’s Manager of Design Policy, Daniel Bromley. The session will focus on:

  • key changes and benefits of the new Code
  • Key changes to the process of approvals to local planning frameworks – LPPs and LDPs
  • An explanation of the transition period and what it means for local governments
  • How local planning policies and other local planning frameworks will need to be reviewed and updated by the end of the transition period

Local Government officers are also encouraged to register. The webinar will be hosted at 1pm on March 21.

Register Here
The Steering Committee guiding the Best Practice Governance Review has finalised its report and recommended a preferred governance model for WALGA.
The Committee recommended progressing with constitutional amendments to give effect to a slightly revised Model 1.
Feedback, which can be provided to, is sought on the details of the recommended model to inform an agenda item for May State Council.

Feedback received by 31 March will be included in the agenda item for Zone meetings. Feedback received by 21 April will be provided directly to State Council.

A webinar will be hosted on 21 March at 2pm to provide an overview of of Council submissions, outline the recommended direction, and detail the next steps.

After four false starts (thanks, COVID) the 2023 WALGA Transport and Roads Forum was held at Crown Perth on Wednesday March 8.

Headlined by National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Coordinator Brendan Moon, the forum saw about 170 guests congregate to hear about the challenges and opportunities facing the sector.

For those who weren't able to make it - and those who want to check back on interesting speakers - a content hub featuring all the key take-outs and presentations is now available via WALGA's website.

Content Hub

WALGA and DFES have prepared a draft Guidance Note - Section 33 Fire-break Notices to support Local Governments to prepare their fire-break notice.

Under section 33 of the Bush Fires Act 1954, Local Governments may require a land owner or occupier to maintain a fire-break to reduce fuel loads and provide access for firefighting appliances in the event of a bushfire. 

The Guidance Note aims to support Local Governments to produce a clear and enforceable Notice. 

Provide feedback by Thursday, 6 April via email

The Guidance Note and example notices will be published on WALGA's website.

Join Our New Public Library Network Group

WALGA is establishing a Local Government Public Library Google Group as an action under the Public Libraries Strategy 2022-2026.

The group will bring together stakeholders with an interest in public libraries to:

  • share advice and learnings,
  • offer support and encouragement,
  • explore opportunities for partnership and collaboration between Local Governments,
  • disseminate information and
  • coordinate meetings and events.

Membership is open to people working in public libraries or with an interest in public libraries from Local Government, WALGA, State and Commonwealth Government. 

Sign Up

Upcoming Local Govt Training Courses

WALGA Training would like to welcome Councillor Dakota Krispyn from the Shire of Harvey to the Diploma of Local Government - Elected Member Course.

Dakota is very passionate about Local Government and recognises the importance in investing his time in ongoing professional development.
Contact details are below for those interested in enrolling in the course. The next intake commences on May 1.
Upcoming Training - Professional Speaking

Friday March 24
Virtual Classroom via ZOOM
$530.00 plus GST
Register Here

This course presented by experienced media commentator Lanna Hill provides the skills and confidence to communicate effectively, whether facilitating communication with the community or participating at Council meetings.

For more information contact WALGA Training on 9213 2098, or
All Upcoming Courses

Briefing for Reconciliation Week

Join Reconciliation WA for an online briefing on how you, your workplace, and community can get involved this National Reconciliation Week.

The Community Briefings will give you an overview of Reconciliation WA's event program for NRW 2023 and provide links to resources to help you get inspired for the year ahead.

Online Briefing Dates
Tuesday 21 March, 10am-10.45am (open for everyone)
Thursday 30 March, 2pm – 2.45pm (for WA Local Governments and Councils)

More information and registrations for the briefing dates can be made here.

Grants for Local Governments 

Natural Resource Management Community Stewardship Grants are open. Up to $50,000 is available for short-term and $450,000 for long-term projects. Deadline is May 1. Apply here

Community Heritage Grants of up to $20,000 are available to preserve and manage cultural heritage collections. This includes museums, galleries, libraries and historical societies. Deadline is June 1. Apply here

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Regional Grants can be used to hold events and activities during the week of WEAAD (11-17 June) to raise awareness of elder abuse in regional areas. Deadline is March 28. Apply here

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