The Local Government Minister Hon David Templeman published the media statement below this morning and we couldn’t agree more – diversity is critically important to good government and good community outcomes!
We therefore thought we would do our bit and share the good Minister’s statement in the hope that some of our incredibly diverse 26,000 Bushfire Volunteers might be encouraged to consider nominating for election to your local government.
As the peak body for the women and men of WA’s largest emergency service, it isn’t the job of the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) to be partisan, but it is absolutely our role to support good public policy regardless of who (or which political party) is proposing it. And that brings us to the uncomfortable reality that some decision-makers believe our Local Government “owned” and managed Bush Fire Service should be handed over to the state government for centralised control and cost “efficiencies”.
However, we know the value of local knowledge, control and understanding of local fit-for-purpose methodologies goes well beyond just the management of bushfire. The AVBFB is a passionate advocate for local management being integral to many other non-frontline aspects of community resilience and that often determines the sustainability (or not) of any given population centre.
So we clearly have a very strong and proper interest in urging the women and men who understand our very successful bush fire service model and as volunteers, obviously want the best for their local community to think about adding your experience and understanding to your community as an elected Councillor.
Diversity sought in ‘Put Yourself Forward’ elections campaign
- Nominations open on September 5 for candidates to stand in local government elections
- Video campaign calls for people from diverse backgrounds to put their hand up to make a positive difference in their communities
Local Government Minister David Templeman today called on people with diverse backgrounds and experiences to nominate to stand in the local government elections on October 19.
Mr Templeman made the call at the launch of a video campaign with the message ‘Put Yourself Forward’.
The 15-second video will run on commercial TV, radio and social media and calls on people from all walks of life – including people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, Aboriginal people, women, young people and people with a disability – who might not normally be involved in local government to nominate as candidates.
The campaign is being run by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries in partnership with Western Australian Local Government Association, the WA Electoral Commission and the Office of Multicultural Interests.
The October 2019 local government elections are the first to be held since a series of local government reforms were recently passed by the WA Parliament.
The changes include the requirement for all candidates to now undertake a mandatory online training course prior to the elections.
The online candidate induction, along with more information for candidates and an election timetable are available on the website of the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries at http://www.dlgsc.wa.gov.au
Comments attributed to Local Government Minister David Templeman:
“WA has a very multicultural population with Census figures showing that more than 240 languages, including Indigenous languages, are spoken in Western Australia.
“I believe that sort of diversity, knowledge and experiences should be reflected in the local governments we elect.
“The aim of this campaign is to try to ensure that local governments more accurately reflect the communities they serve.
“I always encourage people from all backgrounds to put their hand up to stand.
“Having more diversity in local government can bring many benefits including better decision-making and the ability to draw on a wider range of experiences and skills.”