WALGA consults with its Members on a variety of topics to inform our advocacy and service offering to Members.

The scope of our requests for feedback reflects the range of operations conducted by Local Government.
Please see below for items for which we are currently seeking feedback from our Members.

Public Libraries Strategy Consultation

The background paper and draft strategy paper on WA public libraries are currently open for comment. WALGA and the State Library WA will host a forum to discuss the paper in the coming months.

Minister for Culture and the Arts Hon David Templeman MLA released a background paper and draft strategy paper on WA Public Libraries, and is seeking input into transforming the State’s public library system to meet the diverse needs of the community.

The public consultation phase will close on Thursday, 29 March, and all Local Governments are encouraged to submit comments.

The discussion paper, draft strategy and survey can be found here.

WALGA and State Library WA are organising a forum for Local Government representatives to discuss the background paper and draft strategy in February or March, as part of the consultation phase.

WALGA will communicate the details once confirmed and invite Local Government representatives to attend in person or via webinar.

For more information, email State Library WA CEO and State Librarian Margaret Allen or call 9427 3328.


Comments sought on WALGA Draft Climate Change Policy Statement

Following on from WALGA’s release of the Climate Change Policy Statement Discussion Paper , WALGA has now produced a draft revised WALGA Climate Change Policy.
WALGA received a total of 26 responses in response to the Climate Change Policy Statement Discussion Paper. Roughly half were individual responses (some officers, some councillors) and the other half were responses endorsed by the Local Government. Responses were overwhelmingly supportive of producing a strong policy statement, that reflects the scientific consensus, international developments (e.g. the Paris Agreement and the UN Sustainable Development Goals) and most importantly, the fact that Local Governments are already experiencing climate change, and taking mitigation and adaptation action.
Councillors, CEOs and Local Government Officers are encouraged to consider the draft Climate Change Policy Statement and provide any comments by cob Tuesday 24 April to Laura Simes (Environment Policy Advisor,  lsimes@walga.asn.au).
After input has been received and considered, the draft Policy Statement will be submitted to State Council for its approval or comment. If endorsed by State Council, it will provide the basis for WALGA’s climate change advocacy plan, which will be developed in consultation with the sector and further detail how WALGA will promote and prosecute Local Governments’ key climate change priorities over the next few years.