Focus on the Far West – I was delighted to be back in the Far West this week for our latest council summit, hosted by Cobar Shire Council. We discussed the implications of the recent state budget and the current recycling crisis, as well as the proposal to form two joint organisations in the Far West which we hope will be a step forward from the Far West initiative. Thanks to the team from Cobar Shire for their hospitality and to Bogan Shire and Warren Shire councils, who also hosted us on our travels.
During the summit, I also had the great pleasure of presenting Cr Lilliane Brady OAM with the first-ever LGNSW Lifetime Achievement Award, in recognition of her exceptional contribution to the Cobar community.
Cr Brady moved to Cobar from Sydney in the seventies and since then has dedicated more than 35 years’ service to Cobar Shire Council. One of her most notable achievements was her commitment to establish an aged-care nursing home in Cobar, ensuring local elderly people could remain close to their family and community networks. She fought hard to raise the $70,000 needed to build Lilliane Brady Village, which was named for her. In recent years, as deputy chair of the Association of Mine Related Councils, Lilliane has pushed for mining royalties to be paid to the communities where the resources originate.
Our next summit will be hosted by Belligen Shire Council on Thursday 12 July. Find out more.
Local Government NSW Committees Working For Members – Our Board members and I have been busy this week, with four LGNSW committees meeting to progress issues to support you.
Our committees have:
• finalised changes to our LGNSW rules for presentation to the Board and conference later this year
• fine-tuned our campaigns in response to your surveyed priorities for the state and federal elections
• considered how LGNSW should continue to add value to our members
• considered how to extend use and benefits to our LGNSW Capability Framework to support the professional development of our local government sector.
Can you help find the next Australian of the Year? If you know an inspirational Australian, please consider nominating them so they can be given the recognition they deserve. There are four categories – Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year (aged 65 years and over), Young Australian of the Year (aged 16-30 years) or Australia’s Local Hero. Visit the Australian of the Year Awards website to find out more and make a nomination (by 31 July).
Finally, Women for Election Australia’s second annual conference is coming up (Sydney, 17 August). If you are passionate about seeing more women in local, state and federal government, if you want to run for office or support other women to get elected – this is the event is for you. Find out more.
Until next week!