Whyalla will have an even stronger voice in South Australia after Mayor Clare McLaughlin this week joined the Local Government Association of South Australia (LGA) Board.
Mayor McLaughlin was appointed by the South Australian Regional Organisation of Councils (SAROC) to fill a casual vacancy on the LGA Board. Whyalla is part of SAROC, which appoints three members to the ten-person LGA Board, in addition to the SAROC Chair.
Council CEO Chris Cowley said the appointment was an honour for Mayor McLaughlin and a fantastic opportunity for the city as it gains a direct voice to the LGA executive.
“It is a great recognition for Mayor McLaughlin who has been a councillor and deputy mayor for four years before being elected Mayor for this next four-year term,” Chris Cowley said.
“Whyalla has been making big news and is being noticed in Adelaide and throughout the country.
“Having our Mayor on the LGA board spreads that message that Whyalla is up and about and a serious player in this state.
“This can only benefit us, promote the city transformation we are undergoing and give us direct access to the LGA and its decision-making process.”
LGA President, and Tumby Bay Mayor, Sam Telfer welcomed Mayor McLaughlin to the LGA Board.
“2019 will be a pivotal year for local government in South Australia as we work with the Government and Parliament on opportunities for reform,” Mayor Telfer said.
“I’m excited to work with Mayor McLaughlin and the rest of the Board on these opportunities and others, so that we can deliver even better value for our communities.
“It's an advantage having representation from the Spencer Gulf and Eyre Peninsula on the LGA Board at a time where there is so much potential in the region."
The LGA is a membership organisation which provides service and leadership relevant to the needs of member Councils. It is guided by a board, supported by staff and represented by a number of nominees on a large number of State, Federal and community boards, committees and commissions including SAROC.
SAROC is formally established through the LGA Constitution and its role is regional advocacy, policy initiation and review, leadership engagement and capacity building in the regions.