Cabinet reshuffle means new Local Government Minister

In the shadow of Christmas. Australia had a reshuffle of its Federal Government ministries. The big news was with the senior positions, such as the replacement of George Brandis as Attorney-General by Western Australian Christian Porter, but the process also saw a new Minister for Local Government. He is Queenslander John McVeigh, member for Groom, […]

Policy wasteland wafts from Perth dump

By Paul Hemsley and Julian Bajkowski The president of the Western Australia Local Government Association (WALGA), Troy Pickard, tipped a bucket on both the State Government and Opposition over environmentally harmful waste management policies being touted in vote grabs ahead of the March election. The accusations from the peak body revolve around proposals from both […]

WA crackdown claims second council

By Julian Bajkowski Western Australian Local Government Minister John Castrilli’s crackdown on sloppy management has yielded another casualty after he suspended the Shire of Ashburton in the state’s iron-rich Pilbara region and ordered councillors into governance rehabilitation. The WA government announced last night that the suspension “was effective immediately” and named Ron Yuryevich, Mayor of […]

Perth’s Canning City facing suspension

By Julian Bajkowski Perth’s City of Canning is facing suspension after an inquiry by the state’s Department of Local Government delivered a withering report pointing to widespread dysfunction, micromanagement and alleged serious governance irregularities. Issued late last week, the inquiry has recommended that the state government “suspend the Council under the provisions of section 8.19(1) […]


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