Shire has no plans to bring in WALGA gag order
The Shire of Augusta-Margaret River and its council have no immediate plan to introduce a contentious new local government communications policy.
The WA Local Government Association-developed policy has rolled into some other Shires and divided critics who said it was a risk to elected members’ free speech.
Shire President Pam Townshend said she was aware of the policy. “The Shire has noted WALGA’s proposed communications policy, but does not have any plans to amend its own policy,” she said.
The new social media and communications policy seeks to censor councillors’ critical comments made in private conversations, emails and online.