Howlett elected as Pilbara rep

Courtney FowlerNorth West Telegraph

Town of Port Hedland mayor Kelly Howlett has been elected as the Pilbara Zone representative on the WA Local Government Association State Council for a two year term.

She joins WALGA president Lynne Craigee as the second female councillor to be elected from the region this year.

Ms Howlett said she was humbled to have the opportunity to represent local governments across the Pilbara on a state-wide level.

“It’s great to have two female representatives to take a Pilbara voice to the State Council table,” she said.

“I have taken the opportunity to canvas other Pilbara representatives on the Pilbara Regional Council to see what issues and recommendations they would like to see made.

“It’s also good to hear what other local governments are doing around the state and what strategies and ideas I can bring back to the Pilbara.”

Ms Howlett said she looked forward to working with State Councillors to bring improvements and positive change to the Pilbara.

“There are lots of different zones around the council table, with 26 mayors, shire presidents and councillors around the table,” she said.

“Everyone gets quite vocal and it does provide different slants of information that you may not have considered before.

“After attending two meetings it has been good to hear about what has been done after the bushfires in Yarloop and Esperance- this is valuable information that I can translate into our own disaster and recovery measures for cyclones in the Pilbara.”

WALGA represents 139 local governments in WA, with approximately 1300 elected members, 14,500 employees and 2.2 million constituents.

The next State Council meeting is in May, to see what’s on the agenda visit http://walga.asn.au/MemberResources/StateCouncilDocuments.aspx

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