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Local Government Advisory Board

Last updated: 15/04/2016 5:08 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.


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. The Board conducted a six week public submission period which closed on Thursday 3 March 2016.

An information paper was developed which contained information about the proposal, the inquiry process and how to make a submission to the Board. A public hearing was also held in Forrestfield during the submission period.

The Board has now considered all submissions and has made a formal recommendation to the Minister for Local Government. An outcome is expected in due course.

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. The Board conducted a six week public submission period which closed on Thursday 25 February 2016.

An information paper was developed which contained information about the proposal, the inquiry process and how to make a submission to the Board. Three public hearings were also held in Dalwallinu, Paynes Find and Yalgoo during the submission period.

The Board has now considered all submissions and has made a formal recommendation to the Minister for Local Government. An outcome is expected in due course.

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
​Chair​Mel Congerton
​Deputy chair and member​Mary Adam (DLGC)
​MemberShayne Silcox (LGMA)
​​Member​Helen Dullard (WALGA)
​​Member​Karen Chappel (WALGA)
​Deputy ​Member​Tim Fowler (DLGC) - deputy member to Mary Adam
​​Deputy ​Member

​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.