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Part 5 - Local Government

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This is an unofficial consolidation


52. Elected local governing bodies

(1) The Legislature shall maintain a system of local governing bodies elected and constituted in such a manner as the Legislature may from time to time provide.

(2) Each elected local governing body shall have such powers as the Legislature may from time to time provide being such powers as the Legislature considers necessary for the better government of the area in respect of which the body is constituted.

[CA section 52]

53. Certain laws not affected

Section 52 does not affect the operation of any law –

(a) prescribing circumstances in which the offices of members of a local governing body shall become and remain vacant; or

(b) providing for the administration of any area of the State –

i. to which the system maintained under that section does not for the time being extend; or

ii. when the offices of all the members of the local governing body for that area are vacant;


(c) limiting or otherwise affecting the operation of a law relating to local government; or

(d) conferring any power relating to local government on a person other than a duly constituted local governing body.

[CA section 53.]

Acknowledgement of Country

The Government of Western Australia acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.