Julie Matheson

Business Specialist CFP | Local Government Expert | Political Adviser

Parliament approves a power grab

On 16 April 2020, Parliament approved the progress of the Local Government Amendment (COVID-19 Response) Bill 2020. The Bill gives local governments near unlimited powers to suspend local laws, spend … Continue reading

April 18, 2020 · Leave a comment

Third Party Appeal Rights for WA

Last week I made a personal submission to WA Local Government Association (WALGA) in support for the introduction of Third Party Appeal Rights in Western Australia. Our state is the … Continue reading

March 22, 2018 · 1 Comment

City of Perth Bill before Parliament today

The future of the City of Subiaco hangs by a thread today.  The Legislative Council have formed a committee to do a Second Reading of the Bill, clause by clause. … Continue reading

February 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

Perth Metro councils support Shire of East Pilbara

@TheNationalsWA have stuck their neck out in support of the community of Newman by refusing to sign off on BHP’s lease extension for a 1,600 bed FIFO camp. This decision … Continue reading

November 27, 2015 · 1 Comment

Monitoring your local government

The Local Government (Administration) Regulations 1996 has been amended to require each local government to adopt a Strategic Community Plan and a Corporate Business Plan. Section 5.56(1) and (2) of … Continue reading

August 26, 2013 · Leave a comment

Strategic Community Plan

As from 30 June 2013, all local governments must have a Strategic Community Plan. This plan is informed by community consultation.  In the case of Subiaco, we used Think 2030 … Continue reading

July 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

Subiaco’s view on amalagamations

According to Tony Simpson, the new Minister for Local Government, “the Liberal Party does not support forced amalgamations”.  He issued a statement on 21 February 2013 about the Liberal Party’s … Continue reading

March 28, 2013 · 1 Comment

WA Election 2013 WALGA Issues

In the lead up to the State Election in March 2013, WA Local Govt Association (WALGA) has issued a list of local issues that the major parties are requested to prioritise … Continue reading

January 15, 2013 · 1 Comment

City of Canning

I wonder if the State Government will use the City of Canning as a point of reference to justify its plans to do away with small local government? http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/breaking/15390368/damning-report-sheds-light-on-canning-council/

November 15, 2012 · Leave a comment