THE JOURNAL OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA
councillor ISSUE 47 MARCH 2011
Generosity assists in flood recovery P3
COMMUNITY HEALTH CHALLENGE
Cooperative approach in the Wheatbelt P4
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Department of Local Government.
The team was formed to provide conciliation, and staff individually, as well as in a group
negotiation and mediation support to Local setting, allowing all parties to freely express their
Governments that identified issues of relationship views in a neutral environment. The team will
conflict between Councillors, or between then assist the Local Government to develop
Councillors and senior staff. outcomes and a path forward that is suitable for
The key objective is to assist Local Governments all involved.
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ISSUE 47 MARCH 2011
02 From the corner office
Gozzy Rocks winners - Still Water Giants
President’s report with City of Gosnells Mayor Olwen Searle
03 Let’s get physical
04 Giving spirit Melville
05 Colour the city
06 Community health challenge
07 City achieves greenhouse targets
08 Around the state in pictures
Kott Gunning legal advice
Welcome to Issue 47 of Western Councillor
5 community awards were presented as
COVER part of the 2011 Australia Day Celebrations
The Gascoyne region recovers after the flooding
of the Gascoyne River. Photo courtesy of the
Shire of Carnarvon. Northam
Unfolding of the Quilts Exhibition
Chief Executive Officer Mayor Troy Pickard
FROM THE PRESIDENT’S
CORNER OFFICE REPORT
It’s that time of year when our thoughts go to the Local All WA Local Governments will have received correspondence from ALGA President
Government Convention as we finalise the program and get Cr Genia McCaffery inviting you to become directly engaged in the campaign for
excited about the great speakers we’ve been able to secure. constitutional recognition by carrying resolutions supporting a 2013 referendum on
This year’s theme, Localism – Leading the Way, focuses upon financial recognition of our sector.
the opportunities and challenges emerging as a result of Cr McCaffery has outlined a number of avenues through which Councils can offer
changes in population, culture and the economy. their support, including resolutions of Council and discussions with State and
Opening the Convention will be one of the world’s greatest Federal members of parliament. In these discussions, I believe it is important that
living explorers, Sir Ranulph Fiennes Bt, OBE. Sir Ranulph is an we make very clear that this is not a campaign to encourage the Commonwealth
example of the benefits of perseverance, reaching the summit to take over responsibility for Local Government, nor will constitutional recognition
of Mt. Everest in 2009 after failing on two previous attempts, affect the current rights of the State Government regarding our sector.
in one of which he had to turn back just 300m short of the Our campaign for constitutional recognition is about making sure that the Federal
summit. The first man to cross both polar ice caps and climb Government has the continuing legal capacity to do what it has been doing for a
to the world’s highest peak, Sir Ranulph has through his number of years – provide funding directly to Local Governments. Its ability to do
expeditions raised over $11m for charity. His extraordinary so has been placed in serious doubt by the 2009 challenge by Mr Bryan Pape to the
achievements include the completion of the LandRover 7x7x7 validity of the Commonwealth retail stimulus package.
Marathon Challenge, in which participants complete seven
marathons in seven days on seven continents – and this is Although this challenge was defeated, it is seen by many legal experts to have
after having undergone heart bypass surgery! effectively narrowed the Federal Government’s power to act in this way to situations
of national or international emergency. Clearly regular payments to Local Governments
Our second keynote, who will be speaking on Saturday is a would have difficulty in meeting this threshold requirement. Therein lies the importance
renowned author and university professor, Dr Jung Chang. In of achieving recognition for Local Government in the Australian Constitution.
her best selling family biography Wild Swans, she shares her
experiences growing up in turbulent times under Mao’s China Recognition of our sector and confirmation of the right of the Commonwealth
and the effects of changes in society across three generations to provide us with direct funds will eliminate the risks identified in the Pape case
of her family. During her life in China, Dr Chang worked as and provide greater opportunities to ensure the ongoing sustainability of Local
a peasant, ‘barefoot’ doctor, steelworker and electrician; an Government into the future.
English language student and assistant lecturer before being Local Governments in WA already receive, on average, approximately $90 million in
awarded a scholarship to York University and becoming the direct federal funding through the Roads 2 Recovery program and the Community
first person from the People’s Republic of China to receive a Infrastructure fund. The importance and effectiveness of this funding to the lives
doctorate from a British university. of people in West Australian communities is undeniable. With last month’s State
I am proud to be able to announce these extraordinary Council decision to support a governance review of the entire sector, a secure avenue
individuals as two of the speakers featuring in this year’s for direct funding from the Commonwealth will serve to enhance rather than restrict
program. They will be joined by a range of political and opportunities for the sector that may arise from this review.
academic specialists in areas directly relevant to our sector Of course, securing the commitment of the Federal Government to call a
with a number of topical workshops on offer. referendum and clarifying right question to ask in a referendum is only part of the
Once again we have an extensive trade expo and after the process – we also need to ensure the community is both informed and supportive
successful introduction of the Fleet Expo last year, we have of our claim to achieve a “yes” vote and effect any change. A key part of this is
expanded this offer showcasing products from heavy plant to make sure local communities understand the valuable role Local Government
and equipment suppliers. I am very much looking forward plays in their lives and the importance of representation at a local level. We are in
to catching up with many of you at the Perth Convention an enviable position here, with awareness amongst West Australian communities
and Exhibition Centre in August, and stay tuned for more already increasing as a result of the promotional campaigns WALGA has been
information on the program as it is developed. running over the past five years.
Councils can contribute to this important stage of the constitutional recognition
campaign by securing support in your local community by continuing to raise
awareness of the services delivered by Local Government and the benefits we
achieve for all communities from the current direct funding relationship with
the Federal Government. I urge you all to proclaim the case for constitutional
recognition loudly, and clearly, in your local communities.
The State Government’s Physical
Activity Taskforce wants to get the
population more physically active!
LET’S GET PHYSICAL
Role for Local Governments
As the name suggests the State Government’s Physical Activity Taskforce wants to
get the population more physically active. WALGA Deputy CEO WAYNE SCHEGGIA
argues below that there is much Local Governments can do to assist in achieving this end.
The first ever car was invented in 1672. It networks, neighbourhood revitalisation; • Recurrent funding for activity
was powered by steam and made in China. carbon emission reductions, increased tourism programming - how do we make them
Trends took a long time to catch on in those and reduced crime, to name just a few. sustainable?
days and it wasn’t until Karl Benz patented Local Governments have a big investment in • Competing Interests – the basic transport
his gasoline powered vehicle in 1886 that the active communities. task may conflict with the physical activity
world truly started its love affair with the car. objective.
Planning schemes already demand a 10%
Essentially we have lived in a car-centric society public open space contribution. There is over
ever since and as a result we have designed our 7000 kilometres of footpaths and over 3600
HOW DO WE MOVE
modern built environments around the mobility kilometres of dual use pathways provided by FORWARD ON THESE
of the motor vehicle rather than the physical
activity of human beings. This fact, coupled
Local Governments in WA, as well as sports ISSUES?
grounds, swimming pools and various sporting Here’s a couple of ideas…
with the simultaneous rise in convenience courts, rinks, fields, pitches, and halls.
food and a host of late twentieth century Firstly, we need to keep the objective of
employment and entertainment technologies Councils complete Physical Activity Plans increasing physical activity “front of mind”
has made us fat... and lazy... and, well... you as part of their general strategic planning, as we develop the comprehensive strategic
know what I’m saying. and often come together to plan and planning framework for communities, finances
develop regional level recreation facilities in and asset management that has evolved
The Physical Activity Taskforce would like Local partnership with State agencies.
Governments to help them try and change that. through the Local Government reform process.
If we stop and think about how we might Secondly, as an Association and in conjunction
Local leadership can provide the vision and encourage increased physical activity in our
inspiration needed to unite people in collective with the relevant State agencies, WALGA can
communities, there are some important develop resources for Local Governments on
action and steer the community towards issues we can identify that need to be
active living. Councils interact with their standardised governance approaches.
addressed. Things like:
communities on a daily basis and through Thirdly, whilst pricing needs to be relevant to
a range of functions that can enhance the • Diversity of governance arrangements for costs and reflect local circumstances; more
opportunity for increased physical activity. recreation facilities and services – shared uniform pricing and charging regimes between
use agreements; charging regimes; Local Governments can be encouraged.
Local Governments can use their influence charging for open space use (personal
to shift the thinking of developers, service trainers), maintenance schedules and Finally, embracing an integrated planning
providers, businesses and their citizens facility standards. approach to facility and program
towards a more active community design development that has, at its heart, the
for better social, environmental and • Capital Funding Scarcity. objective of creating more physically active
ultimately economic, outcomes. A more • Maintenance Funding Dilemma – paying communities will put us all on the right path.
active community can reap benefits such to maintain it is often more expensive than
as decreased health costs; increased social building it, in a “whole of life” costing model.
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Photo courtesy of the
Shire of Carnarvon.
Generosity assists in flood recovery
On Thursday 16 December 2010 residents of the Gascoyne region
were warned to brace themselves for the likely flooding of the Gascoyne
River following heavy rain from a monsoonal low. Shire of Carnarvon
Community Development Coordinator COBY KIRWAN shares the
Shire’s experiences in responding to the flood.
Action was taken immediately by the Fire Salvation Army, Department of Agriculture
“This is an event to lift the and Emergency Services Authority (FESA) and the Shire of Carnarvon.
and the Shire of Carnarvon to alert plantation The Shire was able to link people with service
community’s spirit and is an
owners and outlying stations to prepare for providers to remove rubbish and pump out
opportunity to show the rest the worst. septic tanks as well as address accessibility
of Australia that Carnarvon The river peaked three days later at 7.8 problems to plantations and homes.
and the Gascoyne are still on metres - the highest recorded level - but The West Australian Premier Colin Barnett
the map,” said Mr Maslen. with the town levee banks holding, the declared the Gascoyne region a natural
central township of Carnarvon was safe. disaster zone and lobbied for flood-affected
“A big thank you goes Unfortunately this was not the case for residents to be eligible to access up to
out from flood-affected everyone and many residents of the region $25,000 to rebuild homes and livelihoods
were faced with widespread devastation. and replant crops. A visit from Prime Minister
residents to all of the Gascoyne Junction received significant Julia Gillard also recognised the extent of
businesses and organisations damage losing their only store and pub and damage and effect on infrastructure and
who are supporting the ‘Big long term residents were displaced. A Flood properties by supporting and matching
Recovery Committee was set up by the Shire funding offered by the State Government.
Event’,” he said.
of Carnarvon to ensure that people affected This was a welcome relief for many families
by flooding including town, plantation and in the region.
station owners were able to access assistance
when the flooding had receded. “The flood has been a prompt for the
awareness of insurance issues and
The town’s Woolshed: civic Centre Hall flood mitigation problems for residents in the
was first set up as an emergency shelter area,” said Shire President Mr Dudley Maslen.
for people displaced from plantations and
the township of Gascoyne Junction, from “Whilst requests for assistance are still
caravan parks and for travellers stranded coming in and there are pledges of help
in Carnarvon. from volunteers from all around Australia,
it is apparent that country people are
The centre was then transformed into a very self-reliant and do not like to ask for
‘one stop shop’ for flood-affected people help. It is amazing to see the resilience of
to access assistance from the Department the community and the support shown.
of Child Protection, Centreline, Red Cross,
Photo courtesy of the
Shire of Carnarvon.
Photo courtesy of the Shire
of Upper Gascoyne.
However, not everyone is equipped to cope with such a stressful and
traumatic situation and support has been available through the Red Cross, COLOUR
Department of Child Protection, community churches and from volunteers.”
“The best way to assist now is to give cash to the Lord Mayor’s Distress
Relief Fund,” said Mr Maslen. He added that Gascoyne and Midwest Flood
appeal donations can be made at any Bank West branch.
The Shire of Carnarvon, alongside Vince Catania MP and many community
2011 Banners in the
representatives organised a flood relief benefit for towns and communities
in the Gascoyne Region. The Perth Glory Soccer team was billed to play a
Reservations are now open for Councils to
game followed by a big band, local talent and entertainment.
participate in the 2011 Banners in the Terrace
“This is an event to lift the community’s spirit and is an opportunity to Competition, with entrants’ artworks displayed
show the rest of Australia that Carnarvon and the Gascoyne are still on along Adelaide and St Georges Terraces in
the map,” said Mr Maslen. “A big thank you goes out from flood-affected August to coincide with the annual Local
residents to all of the businesses and organisations who are supporting Government Convention.
the ‘Big Event’,” he said.
As one of the State’s largest single community arts
Unfortunately this was not to be as the day before the event was projects, this annual event is widely acknowledged
scheduled the Gascoyne River filled from inland rains giving us another as being one of the most colourful and vibrant
flood, actually the third since December 17, 2010. displays throughout the year, made possible with
The Carnarvon community is very grateful for offers of support from ongoing support provided by the City of Perth.
household items to cash and volunteers, often accompanied with the Information packs including reservation forms
comment from outside of the town that ‘we don’t want the Carnarvon have been distributed to all Members. Due to
Community to think we’ve forgotten them’. With this generous support road works along St Georges Terrace, however,
the community has been encouraged to get back to business as usual and there are strictly limited banner poles available and
spirits are lifted. Councils are asked to make sure their reservation
Above: The Junction Hotel in Gascoyne Junction bore the full force of forms are submitted as soon as possible.
rising waters at a height of over two metres. Pictured are the remains of For further information, please contact Portia
the verandah, whose destruction was aided and abetted by parts of a Jones on firstname.lastname@example.org
house of one of the residents, which was carried from over 300m away.
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Cooperative approach in the Wheatbelt
Ensuring adequate heath services are provided in regional communities is a significant concern
for country Local Governments. Joint Executive Officer, Great Eastern and Central country zones
HELEN WESTCOTT below outlines the recent Wheatbelt Health Memorandum of Understanding.
With the re-signing of the Wheatbelt Health health service delivery within the WACHS– of Consultations August 2009. This Report
Memorandum of Understanding in December Wheatbelt Region. The success of this framework followed on from the completion of the
2010, participants in the MOU paused to is emphasised by the Wheatbelt Development Wheatbelt Health Planning Initiative conducted
reflect on its success and the importance of Commission’s CEO, Wendy Newman, in her under the auspices of the MOU Group and
inter-agency collaboration. comments about the MOU Group. considered an important reference for health
The MOU was first signed in December 2006 “The Commission led the establishment of the service providers across the Wheatbelt.
and built on an Agreement between the WA MOU Group some years ago, and is incredibly This success of the MOU Group is underpinned
Country Health Service (WACHS) and the committed to this partnership between local by all members working collaboratively.
Wheatbelt Development Commission (WDC) government, health providers in the region Speaking about the Group’s work, Cr Eileen
made in August 2005. Operating in parallel to and of course, WA Country Health Services O’Connell, one of the Great Eastern Country
the WACHS/WDC Agreement, signatories to Wheatbelt. It ensures the key players in Zone’s delegates to the MOU Group said that
the Health MOU included the: health planning and delivery are ‘at the table’, the involvement of Councils in the MOU Group
• Central Country Zone; engaging with communities and ensuring is appreciated with Councils being able to
identified community health needs are met.” have input and have involvement in what is
• Great Eastern Country Zone; happening in the Wheatbelt.
These comments are echoed by Graeme
• WA Country Health Service, Fardon, one of the Central Country Zone’s “The Community consultation that happened
Wheatbelt Region; MOU Group delegates. for the Report on Wheatbelt Health was
• Wheatbelt GP Network; and “The MOU Group seeks to address the positive for the communities. The involvement
• Wheatbelt Development Commission. emerging trends of ageing population, of all the groups is seen to be a great positive
increasing coastal population, static or for health in the Wheatbelt with hopefully
The Avon Midland Country Zone on behalf
falling populations in the Eastern Wheatbelt, positive outcomes after consultation with
of its membership was also a party to the
reduction in the number of General Councils and communities affected. The
discussions leading up to the signing of the
Practitioners and the existing WACHS Hospitals Group works well together with discussion on
original MOU but chose not to become a
and Assets in the Wheatbelt Region.” all health issues affecting the Wheatbelt.”
signatory. The Avon Midland Country Zone held
observer status at all meetings until June 2008 Whilst on occasions, particularly to local Avon Midland Country Zone delegate Cr
when it also became a signatory to the MOU. governments across the three Zones, it Lawrie Short feels that the MOU Group is
The MOU Group is chaired by an independent seemed that little progress was being made committed to addressing community needs
chair to ensure all parties can participate in achieving a better level of health service for health care throughout the Wheatbelt and
effectively in the decision making process. provision for Wheatbelt communities, the provides the opportunity to discuss with the
MOU Group has made significant gains in various agencies issues that give concern to
The purpose of the MOU was and remains to act
having the “voice of the Wheatbelt” heard. the diverse community that is the Wheatbelt.
as a mechanism to provide a framework for the
parties regarding communication/engagement, One such significant achievement is the The importance of the MOU Group is further
structures and processes that will enhance Wheatbelt Health Planning Initiative Report highlighted in comments made by Paul West,
“The Commission led the establishment
of the MOU Group some years ago, and is
incredibly committed to this partnership
between local government, health
providers in the region and of course,
WA Country Health Services Wheatbelt. It
ensures the key players in health planning
and delivery are ‘at the table’, engaging
with communities and ensuring identified
community health needs are met.”
the Wheatbelt GP Network’s CEO, who notes that for the Wheatbelt GP
Network, participation in the MOU has been an invaluable investment.
“It brings together the movers and shakers of the health industry in a unique
forum of honesty and even accountability. Although membership in the
group comes with no formal obligations to plan and deliver health services ACHIEVES
in a way that has the unanimous approval of everyone in the group, the
energy that everyone has put into the process leaves the membership with
a sobering feeling of obligation that prevents decisions being made by one
party without consideration for the needs, desires and goals of the other
The opportunity to get to know each other and what each respective HOUSE
organisation can deliver has enabled greater linkages and access to services.
For Wheatbelt GP Network it has provided an opportunity to showcase
its knowledge of the needs of the region’s doctors and its skills in General
Practice management. This has enabled individual organisations represented
The City of Gosnells has recently reached its
within the group to join the Network in implementing innovative solutions
goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions
now. The other real benefit that Wheatbelt GP Network has noticed is
by a fifth. In 1999, the Council joined the
that the process has given it, WACHS and the Shires a more measured
Cities for Climate Protection (CCP) program,
approach to negotiating terms that are more commensurate to, rather than
resolving to cut corporate greenhouse gas
undermining the sustainable models that still exist.”
emissions by 20 per cent.
The State Government, through WACHS Wheatbelt, is also strongly
“The achievement of this goal and the
committed to the MOU Group because it provides a means for community
pursuit of further greenhouse gas emission
consultation and representation. For example, MOU Group members
reduction initiatives show the City of
bring to the table issues for discussion that impact upon their respective
Gosnells is going green successfully,”
communities. It also provides a sounding board for strategic planning
Gosnells Mayor Olwen Searle said.
issues and a forum for discussing major health issues, such as recent review
of emergency departments across the Wheatbelt. “As we move towards an economy with a
price on carbon, the City’s greenhouse gas
The MOU Group has played a pivotal role advising and engaging key health
cuts will potentially reduce future costs and
stakeholders and health service providers. For example, at its December
lower the risk of these costs having to be
2010 meeting, the Health Department’s Director General, Kim Snowball,
passed on to ratepayers.”
outlined the Wheatbelt Health Initiative Package. Currently before State
Government, it is envisaged the package will assist in improving health The greenhouse credits, at a cost of $15,000,
service delivery across the entire Wheatbelt. combined with other in-house energy
efficiency initiatives mean the City has
The MOU Group continues to work toward improved health services
actually reduced emissions by 21.5 per cent.
delivery for the Wheatbelt region. To date the Wheatbelt has attracted
health funding for Aboriginal Health ($6.8m), capital funding for cancer The City, a winner of the Keep Australia
treatment centres at Northam and Narrogin ($6.7m) and a scoping study Beautiful Council’s WA Sustainable Cities
for the Avon Primary Health Centre ($87,000). award in 2010, has a Civic Centre that is the
first in WA to get a Five Star Green Star Rating.
As Graeme Fardon has noted, “The MOU Group has achieved great progress is its
short life and provides the opportunity for Local Government to be “at the table” Work is also being done to educate the
when health matters are being addressed both in the short and long term.” community through the award winning Switch
your thinking! (Syt!) program, a partnership
The MOU Group provides an opportunity for interaction at a more social level,
between the Cities of Gosnells and Armadale
between the key players in health across the Wheatbelt and fosters a stronger
and Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale.
bond between organisations and individuals. It will continue this important role,
with the strength of each of the participants recognised and used in working for
the continued improved health services to communities across the Wheatbelt.
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STATE IN PICTURES
The following pictures celebrate the achievements of Local Government in Western
Australia. Any WA Local Government which has held an event or function and wants to
have it featured in Western Councillor is encouraged to contact Portia Jones at the WA
Local Government Association on (08) 9213 2085 or email email@example.com
The iconic Busselton Jetty
was officially reopened
by the Premier, the Hon
Colin Barnett MLA.
Gozzy Rocks winners - Still Water Giants
Beverley District Hall building City of Cockburn’s Froggy’s on the green with City of Gosnells Mayor Olwen Searle
1. BEVERLEY 3. COCKBURN 5. GOSNELLS
Councillors and community members took The City of Cockburn’s Froggy’s Fun on the Green A large crowd enjoyed an outstanding
the opportunity following this year’s Shire of was recently launched providing free outdoor play performance by this year’s Gozzy Rock
Beverley Annual Electors meeting, to admire sessions for children aged 0 to 5. The sessions are winners Still Water Giants, from Margaret
the historic 1938 Art Deco Beverley District Hall rotated at different parks each term promoting River, at Centennial Pioneer Park Amphitheatre
building in a new light following the recent the importance of play in early learning. in Gosnells. Second prize was awarded to
installation of feature lighting. Gombo and The Kings and Sons received the
The ongoing restoration and beautification encouragement award.
works to the district hall has included rewiring, Other bands to make the final were Wrongtown,
ceiling replacement and air-conditioning to Ticket 4 Two, Here Come the Cavalry, Jake
the main hall, and more recently installation of and the Cowboys and Between Oceans, who
redesigned disability access, planter boxes and performed alongside headline act Optamus of
paving. Technical advancements also include an Downsyde fame.
upgraded speaker system and remote control
screen and projector.
Pictured above are Cr Keith Murray, Deputy
President Cr Lew Shaw, Shire President Cr
Dee Ridgway, Cr Belinda Foster, community
members and Cr Jim Alexander, Cr Corrie
Egberts, Cr Chris Pepper.
The new Tarunda IGA Supermarket officially opened
The iconic Busselton Jetty was officially reopened
by the Premier, the Hon Colin Barnett MLA. The 4. DERBY WEST KIMBERLEY
event attracted State and national attention and The new Tarunda (IGA) Supermarket in
has helped cement the Shire as the emerging Fitzroy Crossing was officially opened by the
event capital of the South West. Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Shire of Irwin CEO Darren Simmons and President
An estimated 10,000 residents and visitors Regional Development, Hon. Wendy Duncan WA Kite Surfing Association, Justin O’Malley
flocked to the Busselton foreshore to join in the MLC, on Wednesday, 16 February. It stands on
celebration that culminated in a magnificent the site where the supermarket complex was
fireworks show illuminating the iconic jetty. completely destroyed by fire in July, 2009. 6. IRWIN
The Busselton Jetty had been closed to the public The new supermarket complex also houses the The weekend of 11-13 February saw the WA Kite
since May 2009 during which time it underwent Post Office, Centrelink, Aboriginal Legal Service, Surfing Association’s (WAKSA) annual ‘Kitestock’
a $27 million refurbishment programme funded Disability Services, a conference room and a festival return to Dongara/Port Denison. This
for the most part by the State Government. takeaway restaurant. event has been held annually since 2007 and
The newly restored Busselton Jetty is the centre Pictured above are Supermarket Manager John brings several hundred kiters and their families
piece for a major foreshore upgrade which Rodrigues; Hon. Wendy Duncan MLC; Shire of to town for a three day festival focusing on the
will see the popular area transformed for the Derby West Kimberley President Elsia Archer social aspects of kite surfing.
enjoyment of people of all ages. and Patrick Green.
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The Shire of Irwin provides a significant level of Watch representative Athul Garg, Sarkis
support for Kitestock, from bins, and port-a-loos, Petrossian, Betty Crandall and City of Melville
to signage and grading the beach. Kitestock is Mayor Russell Aubrey.
the biggest kite surfing event in Australia and in
previous years the event has attracted more than
400 kiters. The event continues to grow every year
and is a major date on the Dongara/Port Denison
tourism calendar, strengthening its reputation as a
fantastic holiday and kite surfing destination.
Paddling down the Murray
The new Moora Youth Centre JARRAHDALE
The Serpentine Jarrahdale Shire held another
very popular, action-packed range of school
9. MOORA holiday activities in January, including a canoeing
The new Moora Youth Centre is a safe and friendly day-trip down the Murray River near Dwellingup.
Mayor Troy Pickard and WA/NT place for young people to gather and to get help The photo shows local young people and staff
Blood Service Manager Rod Astbury with homework or just a place to chat and chill out. from the Serpentine Camping Centre paddling
down the Murray.
The Centre recently held a Come and Try week
7. JOONDALUP with heaps of activities for students aged 10 -
18. It was aimed at young people so they could 12. SOUTH PERTH
Mayor Troy Pickard and WA/NT Blood Service experience what the centre has to offer and meet Tens of thousands of people converged on the
Manager Rod Astbury cut the ribbon to officially the new staff. There was also an opportunity City of South Perth Celebration Zone on Australia
open the new Joondalup Blood Donor Centre. for parents to check out the new look centre, Day to revel in the activities and entertainment
The new centre aims to collect almost 10,000 meet some of the service providers and to gain on the South Perth foreshore.
donations in its first full year of operation and it is an insight into its activities. Most importantly, This year the Celebration Zone, supported by
anticipated this will increase along with the rapid it showcased what Moora can do to provide a Healthway and Lotterywest, attracted 55,000
population growth in Perth’s northern suburbs. secure place for young people where parents to people. From 2pm, 60 free activities and rides
know that the children will be safe. including Belly Bumpers, Crazy Bikes, parasol
There were a number of activities for the Come painting and silent disco, kept everyone from
and Try week including: sports and fitness; a babies to teens amused in a secure 100,000m2
pool competition; table tennis knock out round area. Visitors also enjoyed the continuous
robin; healthy eating and cooking; music and entertainment under the Big Top Tent.
games; and, a movies night.
5 community awards were presented as
part of the 2011 Australia Day Celebrations
The City of Melville’s Mayor and Chief Executive
Officer presented five community awards as part Turning of the Sod ceremony
of the 2011 Australia Day celebrations. Unfolding of the Quilts Exhibition
Citizen of the Year award went to Sarkis
Petrossian and the Mayoral Award for 13. SWAN
Outstanding Service went to Mrs Betty Crandell. 10. NORTHAM The City of Swan marked the start of work on
The Young Citizen of the Year award went to Pictured above are Pat Rumjanstev, Joy its new Ballajura Youth and Community Centre
Lachlan Blair with Caryn Tan highly commended. Harding, Gloria Smith and Denise Gobbart who on February 22 with a Turning of the Sod
Community Group of the Year was awarded to enjoyed the Unfolding of the Quilts Exhibition Ceremony. The centre will provide local youths
the City of Melville Neighbourhood Watch Team. at the Northam Library for the Centenary of with a supportive, safe and secure environment,
Pictured above are City of Melville CEO Dr Shayne International Women’s Day on Tuesday, 8 March. and will be the new home of The Dungeon
Silcox, Lachlan Blair, Melville Neighbourhood Youth Centre. Pictured are East Metropolitan
the STATE in pictures
Hon Donna Faragher MLC, West Swan Hon Rita
Saffioti MLA, Ballajura Ward Councillors Maria
Haynes and John McNamara, Mayor Charlie
Zannino, Deputy Mayor Mick Wainwright, East
Metropolitan Hon Alison Xamon MLC and
Ballajura Ward Councillor Mel Congerton.
School swimming carnival
The Shire of Wickepin celebrated the official
opening of their recently ungraded Aquatic
Centre on Friday, 4 March. The refurbishments
were supported by the Shire of Wickepin,
Royalties for Regions funding and the Regional
& Local Infrastructure Programme. Freeman of
the Shire, Murray Lang, and Shire President Cr
Steve Martin unveiled a plaque commemorating
the event, and are pictured with local children
who enjoyed the facilities earlier in the day at the
school swimming carnival.
Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Day
Minister for Environment; Water Hon Bill
Marmion MLA and Battery Girl (aka WMRC’s
Amy Warne) greeted residents to the WMRC’s South Perth
Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Day on Tens of thousands of people converged on
Saturday, 12 February. the City of South Perth Celebration Zone on
Australia Day to revel in the activities and
entertainment on the South Perth foreshore.
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TRAINING PREPARING FOR
ELECTED MEMBER TRAINING PROSECUTIONS
Change Management From day one [Part 2]
This unit is about planning for and initiating organisational change.
Prosecutions are an unfortunate reality of local
It highlights the need for a thorough planning of the change process
including fully scoping the need for change, consultation with governments everywhere. This article is part of a
stakeholders and the evaluation of actual outcomes against those that series of articles from KOTT GUNNING about
had been planned. For Elected Members, understanding is gained
in how to best cope with change through identifying its causes and
how to ensure that prosecutions run smoothly.
utilising methods of managing its effects.
Date Saturday, 9 April
Site visits occur for a purpose. Either to engage with a potential
Time 8.30am – 4:30pm
accused, examine objects or structures, take measurements, or
Venue WA Local Government Association to observe particular things. When you conduct a site visit you
Cost $395.00 (GST exempt) need to record that visit and that record needs to be kept.
Policy Development MEASUREMENTS
This unit covers establishing, coordinating and promoting policy It is important to take measurements of any unauthorised
development within the context of environmental management issues structures where possible. If you take measurements
which face the Local Government sector. It examines the development contemporaneously, you won’t need to go out again to get
of policy through discussions, policy structure and its changing nature measurements, unless the development has been altered. It is
using examples of an environmental nature. acceptable to record measurements as a file note. It is helpful
Date Sunday, 10 April to take photographs of the tape measure on the side of the
structure if there are two officers at the meeting.
Time 8.30am – 4:30pm
Venue WA Local Government Association
Cost $395.00 (GST exempt)
When the situation calls for it, photographs can provide
Strategic Planning excellent evidentiary support. It is true that a picture paints a
Strategic Planning describes the performance outcomes, skills
When photographs are taken, it is important that they are
and knowledge required to establish the strategic direction of
placed with other records and the following information
Council. It requires analysis and interpretation of relevant markets,
recorded on the photograph:
capability assessment of the Council and its existing and potential
competitors and allies. • Who took the picture
Date Thursday, 14 April • Description of what the picture is of
Time 8.30am – 4.30pm • The date the picture was taken
Venue WA Local Government Association • Signed and dated by the person who took the photograph
Cost $395.00 (GST exempt) • All photographs have to be taken by an officer who is
prepared to give evidence in Court if required. After
Financial Reports & Budgets taking photographs the photographer needs to sign the
printed copies and clearly write “I……………….. took this
This unit gives Elected Members the skills and knowledge required to
photograph at …………………………………… (address) on
analyse financial reports and budgets. The purpose of this training is
to inform Elected Members of their role in monitoring and guiding the
activities of their Local Government, specifically in relation to working It is also helpful if you include a description of what the
to ensure organisational finances are appropriately allocated and photograph shows, such as;
accounted for. This unit requires participants to be familiar with and “I, Laurie James, took this photograph at Level 8, 140 St Georges
able to navigate comfortably around Microsoft Excel. Tce WA on 5 May 2010. This photograph shows the unauthorised
Date Friday, 15 April consumption of a chocolate bar by Anne Wood.”
Time 8.30am – 4.30pm Kott Gunning Lawyers are proud to be on the WALGA
Preferred Supplier Contract for Legal Service Providers. For
Venue WA Local Government Association
Local Government legal advice contact Laurie James or Anne
Cost $395.00 (GST exempt) Wood from Kott Gunning on 9321 3755.
Disclaimer The above article may contain the author’s views or summaries on some
aspect of the law and is not nor is it intended to be a statement of advice. Readers
requiring legal advice should seek specific advice tailored to their particular circumstances.
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Cr P (Paul) Kelly ................................Central Metropolitan Zone
Cr J (Janet) Davidson JP ....................Central Metropolitan Zone
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Mayor T (Terence) Kenyon ................East Metropolitan Zone
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Cr R (Ronnie) Fleay ...........................Gascoyne Country Zone
President E (Eileen) O’Connell...........Great Eastern Country Zone
Cr B (Barry) Webster ........................Great Southern Country Zone
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Cr S (Simon) Broad ...........................Murchison Country Zone
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Cr M (Moira) Girando JP ...................Northern Country Zone
Cr W (Wally) Barrett .........................Peel Country Zone
Cr L (Lynne) Craigie .........................Pilbara Country Zone
Mayor J (James) Best ........................South East Metropolitan Zone
Cr H (Henry) Zelones JP ....................South East Metropolitan Zone
Mayor C (Carol) Adams ....................South Metropolitan Zone
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