LG Direct

May 9 2023

In this issue

The Minister for Local Government’s legislative reform agenda includes the introduction of optional preferential voting in Local Government Elections.
It was envisaged this system would be used for Local Government elections.  

Under the Local Government Amendment Bill 2023 optional preferential voting will also apply to the following elections:
  • Mayor or President election by the Council
  • Deputy Mayor or President
  • Committee Presiding and Deputy Presiding Members
Several Local Government representatives have raised concern in about this proposal, citing a preference for the retention of first past the post voting for in-house elections.
This change as has not been the subject of wider consultation, and WALGA will be writing to the Minister for Local Government advising of the sector’s concerns.
Provide any feedback you have about this change to Tony Brown so we can consolidate feedback for the Minister. The Bill is due to be debated in the Legislative Council this week.

Do you have a pressing issue in your community you need to raise with some of Western Australia's most important decision makers?

The free Heads of Agency meeting is your chance to talk in-person with leaders of WA's State Government Agencies.

Hosted on 1 June before the Mayor's and Presidents Forum, 13 Heads of Agency will take the time to sit down and listen one-on-one to you.

A full list of those attending can be found here.

At this stage we are restricting registration to one representative from each Local Govt. We will advise if there is capacity to accommodate more than one by the end of this week.

Register Now

WALGA is currently redeveloping its website to better highlight the work of Local Governments and improve the user experience for members.

As part of the process, WALGA is keen to get input from members into how the new website should look and operate.

This survey is anonymous, however your responses will be viewed by user researchers at ALYKA to compile a report for WALGA.

We will then use this information when building the new website to help us improve and prioritise new features. 

It should take around 10 minutes to complete. 

Take the Survey
WA Police is evaluating the Graffiti Vandalism Strategy to ensure it remains an effective and efficient way of targeting graffiti vandalism in our State. 

Local Government officers are encouraged to respond to the short survey which is open until May 29 and can be found here.

The five-minute survey asks for your opinion on the various initiatives that form the Strategy and how efficient and effective they have been in managing graffiti vandalism.

Pedestrian Planning Feedback Sought

AustRoads is seeking Local Government input as it assesses how pedestrian planning is included in the Guide to Traffic Management.

This project will seek to provide guidance on planning for pedestrians, with increased focus on mobility devices and management of limited corridor, infrastructure, and road space.

The project team would like to understand how existing guidance and policies are applied, used, and adopted. Consultation will occur via Teams this month.

If your Local Government is interested in participating in the consultation, please email Tim Judd at
Elected Members
Strategic Decision Making (IPR)
Monday 22 May  
$530.00 plus GST
Register Here
CEO Performance Review, Via Zoom
Wednesday 24 May   
$530.00 plus GST
Register Here
Local Government Officers
Delegation and Authorisation – Essentials, Via Zoom
Thursday 25 May (1pm-4:30pm) 
$295.00 plus GST
Register Here
Introduction to Waste Management, via Zoom
Friday 9 June
$580.00 plus GST
Register Here
More Information

Escape Violence Payment Session

Uniting WA is hosting two online sessions about the Escaping Violence Payment.

In the half-hour sessions, Uniting WA will provide an overview of the EVP program, including eligibility, support, and referral pathways.

Session Times
Wednesday 10 May, 10am
Tuesday 16 May, 2pm

To register, email

Free Flu Vaccines this May

The flu vaccine is available free in May for all Western Australians aged 6 months and over.
The vaccine is especially important for the elderly, young children, pregnant people, Aboriginal communities, people working in healthcare, and those with chronic conditions.

These groups can get the vaccine for free at any time during the winter flu season.

For information on vaccination locations and other details, visit HealthyWA.

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