WA Local Government Association State Council and Staff are greatly saddened to hear of the passing of former WALGA President Troy Pickard.
WALGA Acting President Cr Karen Chappel said Mr Pickard was committed to bringing about positive change for his local communities in Stirling and Joondalup and a passionate advocate for the sector at both the State and National level as President of WALGA and the Australian Local Government Association.
“Across his 15 years of services as an Elected Member, Troy made an immense contribution to the local communities of Stirling and Joondalup, both as a Councillor and in leadership roles of Deputy Mayor and Mayor,” Cr Chappel said. 
“Beyond this local impact, Troy made great strides in representing the WA Local Government sector in his roles as WALGA President from 2010 and 2015 and Deputy President for three years prior; and on the national stage as ALGA President from 2014 to 2016 and Deputy President from 2010 to 2014.”
Cr Chappel said Mr Pickard was committed to achieving positive outcomes for the Local Government sector; with his persistence and influence being of great benefit in funding negotiations, with hundreds of millions of dollars in funding secured for Local Government across many portfolios such as roads, libraries, community infrastructure, waste and environment initiatives.
“Troy also achieved significant wins for the Local Government sector in his role as ALGA President including securing $1.1 billion dollars in additional road funding, which formed the biggest single funding commitment from any Federal Government since Federation to the Local Government sector at the time,” she said. 
“Never one to back away from difficult situations, Troy worked hard to establish strong relationships with our stakeholders whilst still pursuing the best outcome for Local Government with determination and tenacity.
“He will be sadly missed and we offer our condolences to Troy’s family and friends.”