Western Australia Minister for Local Government John Castrilli
Local Government Reform Forum A Success
Victor P Taffa
130 representatives from 50 Local Governments from Esperance to the Pilbara recently attended a forum on Local Government Reform.
The forum was an ideal opportunity for Local Government Representatives to collectively identify challenges, constraints and explore further opportunities associated with the reform process.
Local Government Minister John Castrilli said he was particularly pleased with the way the participants engaged with each other and displayed their proactive readiness to provide feedback and discussion on their experiences so far.
“The forum identified core themes and provided the State Government with a very clear message that reform of the sector is required and should be progressed.” Mr. Castrilli said.
“Issues raised included the need to maintain community representation and engagement as well as calls for ongoing funding support to drive the reform process.”
“It also identified a number of important opportunities for local governments including increasing organisational capacity and improving ability to deliver services.” Mr. Castrilli said.
“While issues facing local governments may vary, the opportunities that this process provides to improve service delivery into the future are common across the sector.”
The Minister said the feedback from attendees at the forum was very frank, positive and encouraging.
“The forum was an ideal platform for the Government to listen to the local government representatives who are displaying strong leadership within the participating local governments and are clearly focused on their communities’ best long term interests.” the Minister said.
“A number of participants indicated their desire for annual forums to examine ways of improving the Local Government Sector.”
“I am confident this will occur as the reform process develops in Western Australia.” Mr. Castrilli said.