City of Stirling to seek alternative support to WALGA

A Stirling City councilor has urged the city to review its association with the WA Local Government Association, claiming it spends a disproportionate amount of time endorsing and supporting smaller regional councils.

Cr Keith Sargent said smaller councils had “quite different agendas and scope” than Stirling and, as WA’s largest local government, the city should “research the risks and benefits of linking up with WALGA and whether there are more strategic options going forward”. .

The council voted 13 to 1 to request a report on the history, costs and services resulting from membership in WALGA, the value of the association and alternative options for advocacy and support that might be more relevant to Stirling.

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WALGA is a membership-based non-profit organization aiming to serve 139 local governments in WA. It is not an authority or agency.

City officials said Stirling has been a member of WALGA since its inception in 2001, paying an annual membership fee that was about $130,000 in 2022-23.

“WALGA recommends that its strategic focus be conducting research on key local government issues, developing progressive policy solutions, providing services to support local government and advocacy for the sector,” they said.

“Membership benefits include consulting on labor relations, corporate governance, procurement, tax and human resources, training and development programs, a preferred supplier program and local government insurance system indemnification.”

A report will be presented at a forthcoming Council meeting. City of Stirling to seek alternative support to WALGA

Nate Jones

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