Minister A Step Closer To Local Government Reform

Minister A Step Closer To Local Government Reform

Western Australia Minister for Local Government John Castrilli

Ten Regional Shires Sign Collaborative Agreement

Victor P Taffa

Local Government Minister John Castrilli has congratulated 10 Local Governments in the Goldfields-Esperance Region for engaging in the State Government’s Local Government Reform Program.

The Shires of:

  • Kalgoorlie-Boulder,
  • Laverton,
  • Leonora,
  • Dundas,
  • Coolgardie,
  • Esperance,
  • Menzies,
  • Ngaanyatjarraku,
  • Ravensthorpe,
  • Wiluna.

Have signed an agreement formalising the formation of a Regional Collaborative Group.

The group represents the largest regional group formed through the reform process, covering a total area of over 900,000 kilometres and a combined population of more than 57,000.

Mr. Castrilli said this was a significant move forward for the Goldfields-Esperance Region as bringing together 10 Separate Local Governments authorities was a great achievement for the Region.

“The decision to form a Regional Collaborative Group is a positive step in securing the long term future of these communities.” Mr. Castrilli said.

The Local Governments will now develop a Regional Business Plan to look at various services and facilities delivered to residents and to identify how a regional approach may benefit all concerned.

“The opportunity also exists to improve strategic planning, asset management and financial management which will have an extremely positive impact on the affected communities.” the Minister said.

“This is about planning, prioritising and identifying challenges to be derived from a Regional approach.”

Mr. Castrilli said he was pleased with the strong leadership within the participating Local Governments which was clearly focused on their communities’ best long-term interests.

“I am optimistic about the advantages that Local Government reform will bring the Goldfields-Esperance Region and I will continue to provide my support to them as they advance this process.” Mr. Castrilli said.