Shire of East Pilbara President and WALGA President Cr Lynne Craigie talks about her role on Council and as head of the sector member organisation WALGA.
Hello my name is Lynne Craigie. I'm the President of the Shire of East Pilbara and also the President of WALGA.
I first ran for election in 2003 and got into the East Pilbara Council and in 2005 ran for the Shire President's position and have been there ever since. I guess I came to Local Government, having moved to a mining town, and seen what was available, looked around and thought we needed to be doing more for our community and as such, took it upon myself.
If you're going to talk about it, let's do it. So I took up the role and have loved every minute of it since.
I became president of WALGA in 2016 having previously, in the previous four years, been deputy president.
Times are certainly changing for the Local Government. At the moment I see this as a time that we need to build our relationships and work closely with our communities to achieve things that benefit us all.
At WALGA, we have a really strong relationship with the State Government as evidenced by our partnership agreement signed last year and we continue to work well with them and also with other sectors, to provide the best we can for our communities and our Local Governments.
If you're involved in Local Government, I ask you to come forward, look at all the things that WALGA offer - the training sessions and the other things that they offer to assist you in your role as a Councillor.
If you're not in Local Government, ask your Council: what are they doing for you?
This is our time.