The Tasmanian Government says it will work with the Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT) to develop an ongoing learning and professional development framework for candidates and councillors.
Minister for Local Government, Nic Street said the Government was a strong supporter of the state’s Local Government sector and its local elected representatives.
“A key reason for this new framework is to encourage more Tasmanians from all walks of life to feel supported in putting their hands up for a seat at their local Council table,” said Mr Street.
“The framework is also an important step to promote a positive culture within Local Government, to support greater awareness about the role of councillors, and to give people a strong understanding of what to expect if elected.”
He said the framework would extend from information for those thinking about putting their hand up in Local Government elections through to a comprehensive post-election module to ensure councillors have a deep understanding of their role, obligations and responsibilities.
“Over the last four months I have met with nearly every Mayor and Council in the state and received the consistent message for improved and ongoing training for local government candidates and elected members.”
“This year’s Local Government elections will have more Tasmanians than ever before casting their vote, and as Minister I am committed to ensuring our Local Government representatives have all the skills and development opportunities available to help them deliver on the issues that matter to their local communities,” he said.
People interested in completing the training online can register via https://forms.office.com/r/jh4dNEDQZw