Brumby to boost living libraries

By Angela Dorizas Libraries across Victoria can expect to receive facility upgrades under a $25 million extension of the State Government’s Living Libraries program. In an address to the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) Annual Conference on Thursday, Premier John Brumby announced that a re-elected Labor Government would increase funding to complete 30 local library […]

WALGA welcomes new president

WALGA president Cr Troy Pickard. Image: City of Joondalup. The Western Australia Local Government Association (WALGA) has elected City of Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard as its new president. Cr Pickard was voted in as president at WALGA’s state council meeting last week to replace outgoing president Cr Bill Mitchell.  “It’s a great honour to have been elected, […]

Castrilli defends position on local government reform

By Angela Dorizas West Australian Local Government Minister John Castrilli today denied claims that the new local government reform transition process has disregarded submissions made by councils. The WA Local Government Association (WALGA) president Bill Mitchell said the new reform transition process had “little to no regard” for councils’ submissions.  Mr Castrilli said through the submission process, […]

WA councils ‘confused and angry’ over new reform process

By Angela Dorizas The West Australian Local Government Association (WALGA) has demanded consultation with the Minister for Local Government over what it claims is a shift in the State Government’s approach to local government reform. WALGA president Bill Mitchell said the new reform transition process, announced by Local Government Minister John Castrilli, has little to […]

WA councils welcome new planning framework

By Angela Dorizas PERTH: Development contributions towards community infrastructure costs will become more equitable and transparent with the introduction of a new planning framework in Western Australia. Planning Minister John Day said the state planning policy on development contributions for infrastructure would ovide a consistent, accountable and transparent system for local government. Mr Day said […]

WA communities regain control of council elections

By Staff Writer West Australian councils are celebrating a major win, following the passage of legislation to reinstate the first-past-the-post voting (FPTP) system in State Parliament. The WA Local Government Association (WALGA) said the legislation would effectively prevent political parties from manipulating council elections. WALGA president Bill Mitchell welcomed Local Government Minister John Castrilli’s decision to […]

Long-serving councillors receive accolades

By Staff Writer       The Western Australia Local Government Association (WALGA) has recognised the long service of two councillors. President of the Shire of Morawa, James Cook, and Mayor of Mosman Park, Ron Norris, received a prestigious Life Membership to WALGA at the recent WA Local Government Convention. Cr Cook was elected to council in 1984 […]

Barnett signals ‘significant’ reform of local government

By Rob O’Brien   The number of councils in Western Australia will have to be significantly reduced if real reform of local government is to work, the state’s premier has said.   Speaking to local government members at the WA Local Government Association’s Annual General Meeting in Perth on Friday, Premier Colin Barnett said he […]


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