Local Government in Western Australia – Fight Against Suspension Ends in Supreme Court Victory

    View Author October 2020

    Earlier this month, the WA Supreme Court upheld an application made by the Town of Cambridge (Town) against Local Government Minister David Templeman (Minister), to prevent the Minister suspending the Town’s Council.

    Our firm acted for the Town of Cambridge.

    This case sets legal precedent on the powers of the Minister and the entitlements and structure of a local government. Critically, this decision has significant policy implications for the Minister, the Department for which he is responsible and the State Government, as it seeks to reform the Local Government Act.

    How far can a Minister go in seeking to control a local government and where are the brakes on his power?