Welcome to the 2014 Christmas edition of the Mead Perry Group newsletter.

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In this Issue

  • What have we been doing?
  • Facebook Milestone
  • WA Metropolitan Local Government Reform Announcements
  • Conferences
  • Client Profile: Getting to know You
  • Further Conferences Scheduled
  • Our Specialist Services
  • Skills Manager
  • Our Local Buy registration contract details


What have we been doing?

We have been keeping busy with a variety of specialist projects for Councils throughout Australia, including but not limited to;

  • Business Process Improvement - 1 Council, 2 projects;
  • QRA Data Review - 1 Council;
  • Financial Consultancy - 2 Councils;
  • Policy Reviews - 1 Council;
  • Rates Reviews - 1 Council;
  • Team Building Exercise - 1 Council;
  • Works Operations Review - 1 Council;
  • Change Project - 1 Council, 2 projects;
  • Skills Manager - 1 Council
  • Corporate Business System Project - 1 Council.

Does your organisation need advice or assistance in any of these areas?

We can help.

MPG feel it is important to ensure good communication and networking continues to be a high priority with both existing and new clients to better serve needs of local governments and the issues that immediately affect you!


Out and about in Gayndah - the Jockey Club statue represents the fact that this lovely town has the honour of being the home of the Queensland Derby.

Scott, Leanne and John at Diamantina Shire Council in Bedourie.

The new administration building in Thargomindah.


Front of new Bulloo Shire Council Building.

Commemorative statue of John Leahy, politician and businessman, recognising his contribution to Thargomindah and the Bulloo Shire.


Honouring Vincent Dowling, explorer and pastoralist, signifying his achievements towards the settlement and growth of Thargomindah and the Bulloo Shire..

Our Facebook Milestone!

Early in October our Facebook page registered over 100 likes - so thanks to all of you for helping us reach this significant milestone - next target 150!  

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WA Metropolitan Local Government Reform Announcements
On 22 October 2014 the Premier and the Minister for Local Government, released the recommendations of the
Local Government Advisory Board Report, and announced which recommendations the Minister would
accept and reject.

The report recommends the following local governments be joined by boundary adjustments:
o City of Swan* and Shire of Mundaring to form City of Swan
o City of Bayswater* and Town of Bassendean to form City of Bayswater
o City of Belmont* and Shire of Kalamunda to form City of Belmont
o City of Subiaco and Town of Cambridge* to form City of Subiaco
o City of Armadale* and the north of Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale to form City of Armadale
o Shire of Murray* and the south of Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale to form Shire of Murray
o City of Canning and City of Gosnells* to form City of Gosnells
o A modified City of Stirling*
o A modified City of Melville*
* Asterisk marks the continuing local government in the boundary change process.

The report recommends six local governments be amalgamated into three:
o City of South Perth and Town of Victoria Park to form City of South Park
o City of Fremantle and Town of East Fremantle to form City of Fremantle
o City of Kwinana and City of Cockburn to form City of Jervoise Bay

All of the above recommendations were accepted by the Minister and will proceed.

The Report also recommended:
o The amalgamation of 5 Western Suburbs Councils (City of Nedlands, Town of Cottesloe, Shire of
Peppermint Grove, Town of Claremont and Town of Mosman Park) to form the City of Riversea.
o The merger of the City of Perth and City of Vincent to form the City of Perth.

The Minister has rejected the above two recommendations.

In rejecting these recommendations, the Premier and Minister provided the following reasons:
“The Minister has rejected the Board’s recommendation for the City of Perth, on the basis that key icons
such as The University of Western Australia (UWA) and the Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre (QEII),
were not included. As a result of the flow-on effects from City of Perth changes, he has also rejected the
recommendation for the proposed City of Riversea, which includes five western suburbs councils.”
Premier Colin Barnett said the State Government would introduce a City of Perth Act to set the city's new boundaries."

It was not expressly stated how the State Government would re-address the merger of the 5 Western
Suburbs Councils, however the Government is committed to implementing that merger. It seems most
likely that this will return to the Local Government Advisory Board.  The cities of Joondalup, Rockingham and Wanneroo are not affected by the local government boundary changes.

The announcement today received has mixed response from Mayors, Presidents and CEOs.  These decisions made today will have a significant impact on most local government employees in the metropolitan region. The decisions to abolish local governments and amalgamate others has and will continue to have a significant personal and professional impact on officers and elected members. Most of whom, if not all, have a real and personal connection and attachment to their local government, local community, built through many years of work and service.

...and there were many, many conferences...

LGMA Queensland Annual Conference, Bunya Mountains, September 2 - 4

Leanne and Tanya with Mark Watt, CEO Longreach Shire Council during the Conference Famil.


Ross Norman, CEO Palm Island Aboriginal Shire Council and Scott during the Conference Famil.

Scott and John were very proud of themselves after finding these - they were greatly enjoyed during our stage of the Progressive Dinner on the free night.


Leanne, John and Leon Yeatman, CEO of Mapoon Aboriginal Shire Council during the Gala Dinner.

John, Leanne, Tanya and Scott at the Gala Dinner.

LGAQ Annual Conference, Mackay, October 27 - 29

Scott with Des Howard, CEO Barcaldine Regional Council.


Scott with Joe Owens, Mayor of Longreach Shire Council in the Exhibition Area.

Tanya with Ken Timms, CEO Blackall-Tambo Regional Council.


Tanya with Julie Groves, Mayor of Barcoo Shire Council, a winner of the business card giveaway prize.

Peter Bennett, Acting CEO Richmond Shire Council and Leon Love, CEO Diamantina Shire Council at the Gala Dinner.


Entertainment at the Gala Dinner.

LGMA WA Annual Conference, Fremantle, October 29 - 31

Leanne in the MPG booth, set up and ready to go!


John with Stan Scott, CEO Toodyay Shire, one of the winners of our Spring Conference Giveaway.

Leanne with Kevin Sheedy, AFL Legend.


Leanne and John with the winner of the business card draw - Simon Marshall, DCEO Shire of Beverley.

Ceo's Of Western Shire (COWS) Forum, Jundah, November 7 - 8

The view looking back towards Yaraka.


This photo was emailed to us with the subject heading "Who said anything about camping?".  Cheer up, John.

Client Profile

Getting to know You...

with Ken Timms, CEO Blackall-Tambo Regional Council


I love doing what I do because…
I believe I can make a difference and improve the lifestyle in the community I live in. 
What takes up most of your spare time?
Trying to unwind after a week’s work and at the same time meet the needs of my family. 
What are three things you couldn’t live without?
Family, friends and having fun. 
What is your favourite weekend activity? 
Sitting by the water, reading a book with a glass of red in the other hand.
What is your career highlight? 
Becoming CEO of Kilcoy Shire Council.
What is your hidden talent?
I am not sure, it must still be hiding.
One of the most exciting experiences of my life has been...
Going on the Bay of Fires walk in Tasmania, it was fantastic. 
The question people always ask me is... 
Are you related to ------- Timms, and my response is no she/he must be related to the coffee man because I’m not.
My best ever holiday was… 
2 week bus trip through west coast of America.
My favourite movie is… 
Any James Bond movie.
I love the smell of… 
Lantana, because when I smell it, I’m getting close to the beach (water).
The thing I love most about my town is…
Friendly and no hustle and bustle of the city. 
What motto do you live by?
Give it a go, you may never get another opportunity. 


Further Conferences scheduled for your information

Local Government Association
Local Government Managers Australia
South Australia
Local Government Association
Local Government Managers Australia

New South Wales
Local Government Association
Local Government Managers Australia
Local Government Association
Local Government Managers Australia
Local Government Association
Local Government Managers Australia
Western Australia
Local Government Association
Local Government Managers Australia
Northern Territory
Local Government Association


Ask us about our Skills Manager Software, it's a very efficient way to keep track of all your training and qualifications!

Skills Manager is a database application that has been developed by Mead Perry Group to manage and report on licences, training and skill development information where the organisation’s corporate systems are not meeting their needs.
The advantage of using a database is the improved reporting options that are available compared to Word or Excel systems.  Skills Manager utilises the Microsoft Access database.  The major aims of Skills Manager include providing reports on:


  • individual employees licences and training; and
  • licences and training held by individual employees; and
  • when training or licences have expired.

Our Specialist Services

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