Gingin councillors can now access training

A funding boost means Shire of Gingin councillors will more easily be able to access training from a WALGA program.

GINGIN councillors are set to benefit after the extension of a training program to include country local government  members.

The WA Local Government Association said the funding extension would deliver 48 training days in country areas which was expected to provide courses for about 450 regional elected members, which Shire of Gingin councillors would be able to access.

WALGA President Cr Lynne Craigie said the new training allocation was a sensible approach to elected member training that recognised the challenges faced in regional communities.
“Most of our smaller local governments in WA are located in regional areas with limited funds to support councillor training but also the greatest costs in having to travel to metropolitan based programs,” she said.

The core training will be selected stage 1 courses from the WALGA learning and development pathway program.
Local Government Minister David Templeman and Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan said the $420,000 program extension would be rolled out this month.

Mr Templeman said the training would be delivered by WALGA to all 12 country zones ensuring all country local government elected members would be able to attend training within their own region.

He said the units on offer were ‘building blocks’ towards a diploma in local government.

“This training will ensure that elected members are equipped with a sound working knowledge of their roles and responsibilities, including financial and governance processes informing the major decisions councils make,’’ he said.

Ms MacTiernan said providing access to training for country local government elected members was essential to ensure regional councils had strong and effective governance.

“Local government has a key role to play in creating and supporting sustainable regional communities and this investment will build their capacity to better serve their constituents,’’ she said.