Act re­view needs in­put

Midland 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, lo­cal gov­ern­ment trans­parency and ac­count­abil­ity, and ac­ces­si­bil­ity of pub­lic in­for­ma­tion through the use of tech­nol­ogy.

Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Min­is­ter David Tem­ple­man launched the con­sul­ta­tion pa­per on Novem­ber 8 and called on lo­cal gov­ern­ments, res­i­dents, com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions and busi­nesses to make sub­mis­sions.

“Lo­cal gov­ern­ments cur­rently 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 un­til Fe­bru­ary 9. To reg­is­ter for a work­shop or make an on­line sub­mis­sion, visit www.dlgc.wa.gov.au/LGAr­e­view .

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