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Local Government Advisory Board

Last updated: 20/01/2016 11:48 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 to amend the City of Gosnells' district boundary to include a portion of the suburb of Wattle Grove currently located in the Shire of Kalamunda.

The Board will be conducting a public submission period from Thursday 21 January 2016 until Thursday 3 March 2016.

Make a submission



Paynes Find Inquiry

​In October 2015, the Board resolved to conduct a formal inquiry into the following 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 will be conducting a public submission period from Thursday 14 January 2016 until Thursday 25 February 2016.

Make a submission


Closed Inquiries

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 conducted a public submission period which closed on Thursday 17 December 2015.

Information papers were developed which contain information about the proposals, the inquiry process and how to make a submission to the board. Public hearings were also held in Noranda and North Fremantle during the submission period.

The board is now considering all submissions and will make a formal recommendation to the Minister for Local Government in due course.

​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.