Coun­cil­lor train­ing head­ing into law

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

LEG­IS­LA­TION was in­tro­duced to State Par­lia­ment in March propos­ing manda­tory train­ing for coun­cil­lors, re­quir­ing can­di­dates to com­plete an on­line in­duc­tion be­fore nom­i­nat­ing for elec­tion, and com­plete five mod­ules of train­ing in the first year of of­fice.

If it passes in time, it will be in place in time for this Oc­to­ber’s elec­tions.

“In pre­vi­ous years, when manda­tory train­ing had been pro­posed, there was quite a strong view from the sec­tor it wasn’t nec­es­sar­ily re­quired,” WALGA chief ex­ec­u­tive Nick Sloan said. “I’ve seen that shift sig­nif­i­cantly.”

Mr Sloan said the sec­tor did not want to put off people from stand­ing for lo­cal gov­ern­ment, but rather give them a more solid un­der­stand­ing of what is re­quired.

“The dif­fer­ence be­tween lo­cal gov­ern­ment and State Gov­ern­ment elected mem­bers is if you get into coun­cil, straight away you’re mak­ing plan­ning de­ci­sions and fi­nan­cial de­ci­sions,” he said. “There’s a lot more that’s ex­pected and re­quired.”

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New WALGA CEO Nick Sloan. Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie

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