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.

Proposed Changes to Road Classification Methodology

An Administrative Road Classification Process is used to designate whether a road should be managed by Main Roads or Local Government. Main Roads has released amended criteria for the Administrative Road Classification Process for roads within built up areas for consultation.
Main Roads formed a working group with WALGA and Local Government representatives in 2015 to review the existing process. The working group has proposed the introduction of a revised methodology based on a two tier system to take into account both the requirements of the Main Roads Act 1930 and functional requirements of the State’s road network.

A preliminary assessment of the application of the revised methodology shows that several Metropolitan and Peel roads could meet the criteria to satisfy redesignation as State Roads. Main Roads will need to consider the operational and economic impact of possible transfer of roads from Local Governments to Main Roads before a decision is taken. A similar review of rural roads will be performed next.
Local Governments are encouraged to provide feedback on the new criteria by Friday, 1 December.

For more information or to provide feedback email Policy Officer-Transport and Roads, Marissa MacDonald or call 9213 2050.

Seeking Local Government Feedback on Revised State Planning Policy 5.4 - Road and Rail Noise

The Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) has released a revised State Planning Policy 5.4 - Road and Rail Noise, and associated Guidelines for public comment. WALGA will be developing a sector submission.
The key objective of SPP 5.4 is to minimise the impact of road and rail noise on noise-sensitive land uses; and protect the State’s key transport corridors.
More information on the draft SPP 5.4 and Guidelines can be found here.
Submissions are required to be lodged with the WAPC by 5:00pm on Friday, 15 December.
The Association requests member feedback by Friday, 1 December, which will be used to develop a sector submission for WALGA’s State Council’s endorsement.

For more information or to provide feedback, email the WALGA Planning team.

Climate Change Policy Statement Review – Discussion Paper released for comment

Climate change is a key issue for Local Governments that impacts almost all aspects of their operations and responsibilities.  

WALGA is reviewing the existing Policy Statement on Climate Change, endorsed by State Council in 2009 to ensure it reflects the contemporary views of the sector and takes into account the significant scientific, technological and political developments that have occurred in that time.

WALGA has released a Discussion Paper and is seeking input from Local Government on key advocacy priorities for Local Government, and on the preferred content of the Policy Statement. Click here to view the paper.

Comment on the Discussion Paper is sought by Tuesday, 16 January 2018. Please send comments to environment@walga.asn.au

For further information, contact Laura Simes, Environment Policy Advisor,  lsimes@walga.asn.au   or 9213 2049.