WA updates MyCouncil to track council spending

By Dylan Bushell-Embling
Monday, 05 June, 2017

WA updates MyCouncil to track council spending

The WA government has upgraded its MyCouncil website to include new information on how local councils are raising, spending and managing money.

The MyCouncil website, which launched in April last year, now provides access to data from local government annual financial statements for the 2015–16 financial year.

Ratepayers will for the first time be able to view information on payments received by elected members, as well as information on government long-term liabilities. Users will be able to compare how their local council is spending compared to others in the region.

“Ratepayers in WA have a right to know how their local councils are spending and managing their money. MyCouncil is one of the ways the McGowan Government is demonstrating its commitment to strengthening accountability and transparency throughout the local government sector and ensuring all Western Australians benefit from high-performing councils,” WA Minister for Local Government David Templeman said.

“Much of the information available on MyCouncil will be available for the first time. In future, it is hoped that more information on local governments will be made public on the website, increasing accountability.”

The MyCouncil website will also for the first time list comparative information on the percentage of female elected members.

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