Have say on coun­cils act

Eastern Reporter - - News -

THE State Govern­ment wants pub­lic feed­back as it looks to re­view the Lo­cal Govern­ment Act 1995.

The re­view aims to mod­ernise WA’s lo­cal govern­ment sec­tor, en­sur­ing laws around dis­clos­ing gifts are sim­pli­fied and match pub­lic ex­pec­ta­tions.

The Govern­ment is seek­ing pub­lic com­ment on a range of is­sues in­clud­ing coun­cil­lor con­duct, trans­parency and ac­count­abil­ity, and ac­ces­si­bil­ity of pub­lic in­for­ma­tion through tech­nol­ogy.

Lo­cal Govern­ment Min­is­ter David Tem­ple­man launched the con­sul­ta­tion pa­per last week and called on lo­cal gov­ern­ments, res­i­dents, com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions and busi­nesses to make sub­mis­sions.

“Lo­cal gov­ern­ments op­er­ate un­der a com­plex leg­isla­tive frame­work that is more than 20 years old and tech­nol­ogy and ex­pec­ta­tions of lo­cal gov­ern­ments have changed sig­nif­i­cantly,” Mr Tem­ple­man said.

The con­sul­ta­tion is open for pub­lic com­ment un­til Fe­bru­ary 9.

To reg­is­ter for a work­shop or make an on­line sub­mis­sion, visit www.dlgc.wa.gov.au /LGAre­view.

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