Advocating to extend TCorp loans to all councils; the Auditor-General and veterans’ employment – This week we attended the Ministerial Advisory Group (MAG), which I’m pleased unanimously endorsed our recommendation that TCorp loans should be available to all councils based on standard credit criteria rather than Fit for the Future status. This recommendation will now formally go forward to the NSW Government for consideration – we’re determined to see this change.
The group heard presentations from the Auditor-General (on the recently-published financial audit of local government), and we know many of you can comment about this process. If you do, please contact Shaun McBride, Chief Economist, LGNSW, so we can ensure we provide the Auditor-General the appropriate feedback for next year.
We also heard from the NSW Government Veterans Employment Program (VEP) and will work with the them to find out how the highly trained skills of former veterans, including specialist trades, leadership and teamwork, and the ability to work in a fast-paced, changing environment, may be better utilised by local government – especially in regions experiencing skill shortages.
LGNSW is developing a template veterans’ employment policy which should be available via LGNSW’s HR Advance site later this year. In the meantime, email LGNSW’s Industrial Relations team to find out more or see the Veterans Employment Program website. You might also want to flag relevant vacancies with the VEP via email.
Recognising outstanding local government achievements in arts and culture – If you know of any outstanding achievements in strategic planning and delivery of arts and culture to local communities by NSW councils, I urge you to nominate them for the Leo Kelly OAM Arts and Culture Awards. The awards were introduced last year to honour the late Councillor Leo Kelly OAM, a passionate and dedicated LGNSW Board member and champion of the arts. Cultural programs give our communities a strong sense of identity and help to build cohesion – be it through art, music, performance, festivals or other live events – while delivering great economic benefits to councils. Read more in our media release.
Call for nominations for StateCover non-executive director position – As you would know, our Board has transformed the way nominations for external boards and committees are conducted, and we now advertise vacancies to all of our membership to ensure we put forward strong candidates.
As a result, expressions of interest are now being sought from eligible, suitably-qualified councillors who wish to be considered for appointment to the Board of StateCover. Read more.
Celebrating inspirational female leaders – There’s still time make a nomination in the Top 50 Public Sector Women (New South Wales) 2018 awards. The awards shine a light on achievements in the sector and provide a platform to support and encourage other women. Make a nomination online by 8 May.
Planning Reform Advocacy – I was pleased to meet with Deputy Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Minister for Planning Michael Daley this week to advocate for including detailed consideration of NSW Local Government Conference motions in the Opposition’s policy formulation process.
Engaging with joint organisations (JOs) and regional organisations of councils (ROCs) – It was a pleasure to meet with the Canberra Region Joint Organisation Board this week to hear its views about the future of LGNSW and the value we can offer. I am always happy to attend JO and ROC meetings where I can to ensure we’re working closely for local government – feel free to email me with the details.
Counting down to LGNSW Regional Summits 2018! – Finally, our regional summits for mayors, councillors and senior staff begin next week in Leeton (Thursday 10 May). There’s still time to register online. We look forward to seeing many of you there!