Coun­cil­lor wins study schol­ar­ship

Hills Gazette (Kalamunda) - - NEWS -

MUN­DAR­ING Shire Coun­cil­lor Jason Rus­sell has re­ceived a $10,000 lo­cal gov­ern­ment diploma schol­ar­ship.

The 20-year-old law stu­dent’s achieve­ment marks the first time a lo­cal coun­cil­lor has re­ceived the WA Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment As­so­ci­a­tion (WALGA) Pres­i­dent’s award.

Cr Rus­sell said he hoped to com­plete the Diploma of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment by the end of 2019.

“I am ex­tremely grateful for the op­por­tu­nity WALGA pro­vided me,” he said.

“It rep­re­sents a vote of con­fi­dence in young elected mem­bers’ abil­ity to fully par­tic­i­pate in all as­pects of their role.”

Cr Rus­sell said the diploma would help him ac­quire the skills and knowl­edge to per­form his role to a con­sis­tently high stan­dard.

Units in the course cover re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in­clud­ing plan­ning pol­icy and de­vel­op­ing com­mu­nity lead­er­ship.

The on­go­ing re­view of the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Act 1995 high­lighted the need for com­pul­sory con­tin­u­ous train­ing of coun­cil­lors as an im­por­tant part of re­form.

“As a de­ci­sion-mak­ing body, coun­cil re­lies on the in­for­ma­tion pro­vided by Shire staff and on the abil­i­ties and un­der­stand­ing of coun­cil­lors,” Cr Rus­sell said.

“A well in­formed and well trained coun­cil makes bet­ter de­ci­sions, re­sult­ing in bet­ter out­comes for the com­mu­nity.”

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