Newsletter for the Rotary Club of Geraldton Greenough - Issue No.: 457 Issue Date: 12 Feb, 2018

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Local Government, What does it do?

Maurice Battilana, the CEO of Chapman Valley Shire gave us a brief overview of the operation of Local Government.

There is a huge problem with the legislation governing Local Government. The 1960 Act was changed in 1995 to “supposedly” reduce the “red tape” controlling them and allowing councils to become more entrepreneurial. Did this happen? By 2020 there will be 25000 pages of Primary Legislation in the Local Government Act with a legislative burden of 8% of GDP and costing ratepayers in W.A $20million for compliance. Imagine if these funds were available to Councils !

There has been a surge in corruption investigations. In the last 2 years the CCC has had 700 allegations made against Local Government. 10 were investigated and 2 cases were found to have misconduct. The current saga with the Lord Mayor of Perth is not helping with Local Government image. For comparison, 8500 allegations have been made against the State Government.

Maurice is an advocate of structural reform however he believes that boundary changes should be determined by people NOT politicians and sharing of resources would improve efficiencies. The constant cost shifting from Federal to State to Local Government has a major effect on our rates.

(I hope my summary is near correct. Apologies to Maurice and the Accountants if I have erred.)

Lew Hills expressed a vote of thanks to Maurice.

Author: Geoff Wood

Published: 3 September, 2017

 


Meeting Rosters
Date
Setup & Door
Setup & Door
Guest Speaker Host
Invocation & Toast
Raffle & Rotary Cor
Guest Speaker Thanks
Fines Master
Student
14 Feb, 18
Dan Crisp
Robert Houwen
Jim Dillon
Geoff Watson
Terry Stewart
Lew Hills
Grant Woodhams
Laurie Dines
21 Feb, 18
Luke Bayley
Phil Martin
Hugh Lavery
Kevin Watson
Kim Stokes
Laurie Dines
Tim Duggan
Douglas Bruce
28 Feb, 18
Glenn O'Brien
Hugh Lavery
Steve Muir
Dan Crisp
Lew Hills
Peter Sukiennik
Phil Martin
Michelle Mitchell
07 Mar, 18
Clark Scarff
Bruce Ralph
Terry Stewart
Ian Taylor
Scott Bennett
Stu Watson
Dan Crisp
Geoff Wood
14 Mar, 18
Peter Svensson
Grant Woodhams
Ray Haynes
Jim Dillon
Graeme Bylund
Robert Houwen
Laurie Dines
Kim Stokes
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