Leg­is­la­tion paves way for col­lab­o­ra­tion

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

New State leg­is­la­tion will al­low lo­cal govern­ments to de­liver more cost-ef­fec­tive and ef­fi­cient ser­vices to their com­mu­ni­ties.

Former lo­cal govern­ment min­is­ter Tony Simp­son said last week the Lo­cal Govern­ment Leg­is­la­tion Amend­ment Bill 2014 ad­dressed re­quests from the sec­tor to cut red tape and al­low greater flex­i­bil­ity to work to­gether.

“The new re­gional sub­sidiary model will pro­vide in­creased flex­i­bil­ity for lo­cal govern­ments in pro­vid­ing shared ser­vices with­out the sig­nif­i­cant reg­u­la­tory and com­pli­ance bur­den of the ex­ist­ing mod­els,” he said.

“It will strengthen the abil­ity of lo­cal govern­ments to de­liver ser­vices to their com­mu­ni­ties and help build a stronger, fi­nan­cially sus­tain­able and more ef­fi­cient lo­cal govern­ment sec­tor in WA. I en­cour­age all lo­cal govern­ments to take ad­van­tage of this new leg­is­la­tion and to col­lab­o­rate with other coun­cils so they can de­liver sus­tain­able ser­vices into the fu­ture.”

Mr Simp­son said the leg­is­la­tion pro­vided a mech­a­nism for lo­cal govern­ments to col­lab­o­rate on ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing IT man­age­ment, tourism and ser­vices de­liv­ery to Abo­rig­i­nal com­mu­ni­ties.

Pic­ture: Steve Fer­rier

Former lo­cal govern­ment min­is­ter Tony Simp­son.

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