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Pilbara News - - News - Peter Long Peter Long is the City of Kar­ratha Mayor.

Last week was Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Week.

This is an an­nual event or­gan­ised by the WA Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment As­so­ci­a­tion and con­sists of events de­signed to help lo­cal gov­ern­ments im­prove ser­vice de­liv­ery.

This year, there were ses­sions on in­no­va­tion in lo­cal gov­ern­ment, en­gag­ing young peo­ple, waste man­age­ment, the im­pli­ca­tions to coun­cils of the Na­tional Dis­abil­ity In­sur­ance Scheme, the out­comes of the Wa­roona Fire Spe­cial In­quiry and re­views into the Emer­gency Ser­vices Levy and the WA Nat­u­ral Dis­as­ter Re­lief and Re­cov­ery Ar­range­ments. Our State is huge — 2.6 mil­lion square kilo­me­tres — and it has 138 lo­cal gov­ern­ments — 30 in the metropoli­tan area and 108 in the re­gions.

Many of these coun­cils have tiny pop­u­la­tions — the small­est is Sand­stone with only 116 peo­ple — and the av­er­age size of the small­est 30 shires is only 518 peo­ple.

Our City of Kar­ratha is a rel­a­tive gi­ant: the sev­enth largest out­side the metropoli­tan area. The is­sues fac­ing Sand­stone, with 116 peo­ple, com­pared with the largest city — Stir­ling, with 227,000 peo­ple — is enor­mous.

Sand­stone’s 116 peo­ple are re­spon­si­ble for 33,000sqkm of our State: Stir­ling’s quar­ter of a mil­lion have only 105 sqkm to worry about. This is why coun­cils need to work to­gether to im­prove out­comes for their com­mu­ni­ties — and this is what WALGA is do­ing with Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Week.

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