Local Governments look forward to a continued positive working relationship with Ministers relating to sector operations with a new Ministerial portfolio announced today.

WA Local Government Association Acting President Cr Karen Chappel thanked previous Ministers for their contributions and welcomed opportunities to work with new Ministers across their portfolios.

“As a sector we are facing considerable challenges with housing, homelessness, climate action, emergency responses, and skills and labour shortages” Cr Chappel said.

“WALGA is appreciative of the close working relationship over the past year with Minister Whitby, especially during Cyclone Seroja and thank him for his past support, and we look forward to continuing that work with Minister Dawson.

“We thank Minister Sanderson for being a great supporter to the sector in her Environment and Climate Action portfolio and we wish her all the best with the very important Health and Mental Health Portfolio.”

Cr Chappel said Minister Carey has been a great advocate for the sector, with WALGA and its Members looking forward to continuing to work with him on current and emerging issues including proposed sector reforms.

“There is great synergy with the Lands and Homelessness Portfolios, along with Housing and Local Government and the sector will certainly benefit from this.”