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Local Government Advisory Board

Last updated: 21/10/2016 11:33 PM
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​The Local Government Advisory Board is a statutory body established under the Local Government Act 1995 (The Act) to provide advice to the Minister for Local Government on local government constitutional matters. It has five members and four deputy members, including members nominated by local government and the Department of Local Government and Communities (DLGC). The Minister appoints the chair of the board and a member from DLGC, as well as two members from nominations supplied by the Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA) and one member from nominations supplied by Local Government Managers Australia (LGMA). The board's major function is to assess proposals to change local government boundaries and their systems of representation and then make recommendations to the Minister.


There are no current inquiries.

Part of Ascot and part of Redcliffe

In July 2016, the Board resolved to conduct a formal inquiry into a proposal to amend the City of Swan's district boundary to include a portion of the suburb of Ascot and a portion of the suburb of Redcliffe currently located in the City of Belmont.

Outcome

A public submission period commenced on Thursday 8 September 2016 and closed on Thursday 20 October 2016. The Local Government Advisory Board will present a report on the inquiry and a recommendation to the Minister for Local Government. An outcome on the inquiry will be advised in due course.

Hamilton Hill and part of North Coogee Inquiry

In June 2016, the Board resolved to conduct a formal inquiry into a proposal to amend the City of Fremantle's district boundary to include the suburb of Hamilton Hill and a portion of the suburb of North Coogee currently located in the City of Cockburn.

Outcome

A public submission period commenced on Thursday 1 September 2016 and closed on Thursday 13 October 2016. The Local Government Advisory Board will present a report on the inquiry and a recommendation to the Minister for Local Government. An outcome on the inquiry will be advised in due course.

Wattle Grove Inquiry

In October 2015, the Board resolved to conduct a formal inquiry into a proposal to amend the City of Gosnells' district boundary to include part of the locality of Wattle Grove currently located in the Shire of Kalamunda.

Outcome

The Minister approved the Board's recommendation to not accept the proposal submitted by the Wattle Grove electors group to amend the area bounded by Tonkin Highway to the west, Welshpool Road to the north, the Wattle Grove locality boundary to the east and the existing municipal boundary between the Shire of Kalamunda and the City of Gosnells to the south.
You may download a copy of the Wattle Grove Inquiry report.

 

Paynes Find Inquiry​

In October 2015, the Board resolved to conduct a formal inquiry into a proposal to amend the Shire of Dallwallinu's district boundary to include parts of Paynes Find and adjacent pastoral stations currently located in the Shire of Yalgoo.

Outcome

The Minister approved the Board's recommendation to not accept the proposal submitted by the Shire of Dalwallinu to transfer the area from immediately north of Paynes Find settlement, generally west to the Shire of Perenjori boundary, east to the Shire of Sandstone and Shire of Mt Marshall boundaries, and south to the current boundary of the Shire of Dalwallinu.
You may download a copy of the Paynes Find Inquiry report.

 

Noranda Inquiry

In October 2015, the Board resolved to conduct formal inquiries into the following proposal to amend the City of Bayswater's district boundary to include a portion of the suburb of Noranda currently located in the City of Swan.

Outcome

The Minister approved the Board’s recommendation to accept the proposal submitted by the Noranda Action Group to amend the City of Bayswater’s district boundary to include that portion of the suburb of Noranda bounded by Widgee Road, Tonkin Highway, Reid Highway and Alexander Drive currently located in the City of Swan.

You may download a copy of the Noranda Inquiry report.

North Fremantle Inquiry

In October 2015, the Board resolved to conduct formal inquiries into the following proposals to amend the Town of Mosman Park's district boundary to include a portion of the suburb of North Fremantle currently located in the City of Fremantle.

Outcome

The Minister approved the Board’s recommendation to not accept the proposal submitted by the group of North Fremantle electors so that the portion of North Fremantle located east of Stirling Highway and north of Craig Street would be transferred from the City of Fremantle to the Town of Mosman Park.

Additionally, the Minister did not approve the Board’s recommendation to accept the proposal submitted by the City of Fremantle to extend the City of Fremantle’s boundary into the Town of Mosman Park to include the industrial land along the northern side of McCabe Street to Edwards Parade; and transfer residential land (the balance of the Minim Cove development) from the City of Fremantle to the Town of Mosman Park.

You may download a copy of the North Fremantle Inquiry report.

​Position​Member
​ChairMr ​Mel Congerton
​Deputy chair ​Ms Mary Adam (DLGC)
​MemberCr ​Karen Chappel (WALGA)
​​Member​Mr Anthony Vuleta (LGMA)
​​MemberCr Russ Fishwick (WALGA)
​Deputy ​Member​Ms Jenni Law (DLGC) - deputy member to Mary Adam
​​Deputy ​Member

Mr ​Gary Brennan (WALGA) - deputy member to Karen Chappel

​​Deputy ​MemberMs Francesca Lefante (LGMA) - deputy member to Anthony Vuleta
​​Deputy ​MemberCr ​Chris Cornish (WALGA) - deputy member to Russ Fishwick

Under Schedule 2.1 of the Act, proposals to change local government district boundaries can be submitted to the board by the Minister, local governments or electors of an affected local government.

Where the board decides that a proposed district boundary change is not minor, it must conduct formal inquiries giving affected local governments and electors six weeks to make submissions.

The board must consider any submissions received and take specific factors into consideration. When its assessment is complete, the board submits a report to the Minister for Local Government with a recommendation. This may recommend that the proposal be accepted or rejected. The Minister may accept or reject the board’s recommendation but cannot change it.

Changes to Wards and Representation

Under Schedule 2.2 of the Act, local governments with wards must conduct regular reviews of ward boundaries of representation in consultation with their communities.

The board considers the outcome of these reviews and ensures that the local governments have complied with the Act.

The board must recommend to the Minister any proposal that, in its opinion, correctly takes account of the criteria in the documents below. The Minister may accept or reject the Board’s recommendation but cannot change it.