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.
In October 2015, the board resolved to conduct formal inquiries into the following two proposals:
- 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.
- 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.
For both inquiries the board will be conducting a public submission period until
Thursday 17 December 2015.
Information papers have been developed which contain information about the proposals, the inquiry process and how to make a submission to the board. All submissions must be forwarded to the Local Government Advisory Board by 4.00pm, Thursday 17 December 2015.
To make a submission
1. Online submission
online submission form allows anyone to electronically lodge a submission about the proposals.
2. Written and email submissions
- Post: Local Government Advisory Board, GPO Box R1250, Perth WA 6844
- Fax: (08) 6552 1555
- Download a submission form:
3. Phone submissions
Alternatively, you can contact the Department of Local Government and Communities on:
- Phone: (08) 6552 1733, or
- Freecall: 1800 620 511 (for country callers).
Closing date for submissions
The six week submission period will close at 4.00pm, Thursday 17 December 2015.
The board will hold a public hearing at the Lightning Park Recreation Centre, Corner of Reid and Tonkin North Highways, Noranda (access off Tonkin Highway) on Thursday 26 November 2015 from 7.00pm to 9.00pm.
The board will hold a public hearing at the North Fremantle Community Centre, 2 Thompson Road, North Fremantle on Monday 30 November 2015 from 7.00pm to 9.00pm.
The purpose of the hearings is to provide an opportunity for interested parties to express their views on the relevant proposal to the board.
The board will also conduct private hearings on request.
For more information about making a submission, the public hearings or private hearings, please contact the Department of Local Government and Communities:
Telephone: (08) 6552 1417
|Chair||Mel Congerton |
|Deputy chair and member||Mary Adam (DLGC)|
|Member||Shayne Silcox (LGMA)|
|Member||Helen Dullard (WALGA)|
|Member||Karen Chappel (WALGA)|
|Deputy Member||Tim Fowler (DLGC) - deputy member to Mary Adam|
Mark Chester (LGMA) - deputy member to Shayne Silcox
|Deputy Member||Richard Smith (WALGA) - deputy member to Helen Dullard|
|Deputy Member||Gary Brennan (WALGA) - deputy member to Karen Chappel|
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.