Meeting North Coast members – It was the North Coast’s turn this week as we reached the halfway point in our series of council summits. Key issues for discussion included affordable housing and recycling. Special thanks to Bellingen Shire for hosting and to Port Macquarie-Hastings, Kempsey Shire, Nambucca, Coffs Harbour, Clarence Valley, Richmond Valley, Byron Shire, Tweed Shire and Ballina Shire councils for taking part.
It was wonderful to meet members, hear their stories and gather practical examples to strengthen our advocacy work. I look forward to meeting more members next week (Wednesday 18 July) at the Southern and Eastern Metropolitan Summit. Find out more.
Renew our libraries – I’m sure you were as disappointed as I was to see funding for public libraries cut during the recent state budget. And as you’ll recall, during our 2017 conference, it was unanimously agreed to put pressure on the NSW Government for increased funding for libraries. We have written to members this week, asking for support. I trust all councils will help us to raise awareness of the vital role of libraries in supporting educational, social, cultural and economic outcomes in NSW communities. For more information contact Damian Thomas, Senior Policy Officer, LGNSW.
Get organised for Local Government Week (30 July-5 August) – Local Government Week is a great opportunity for councils to showcase their work and the services they provide, via special events, competitions, media, social media, websites and newsletters. Participating can be as simple as using #LGWeek2018 in your social posts or as complex as hosting a series of events. The more councils that participate the better, as with any other whole-of-sector sector campaign, we are stronger when we speak with one voice. Visit the LGNSW website to get on board.
Register now – Don’t miss the LGNSW Annual Conference 2018 (Albury, 21-23 October) – our flagship event of the year where councillors come together to share ideas and shape a common local government agenda. Book now to secure an early bird rate. Motion submissions are also open, giving members the opportunity to determine our advocacy agenda. Visit the LGNSW website to find out more and make a submission.
Board election – Nominations for the Office of Vice President (Rural/Regional) on the Board of the Local Government and Shires Association of New South Wales (LGNSW) open on 13 July 2018, and close at 12:00 noon (AEST) on 3 August 2018. Read more
StateCover and Local Government Super Boards – Expressions of interest are now being sought from eligible, suitably-qualified councillors who wish to be considered for appointment to the StateCover and Local Government Super Boards. Applications close on Friday 27 July 2018. Read more in the items below.
NAIDOC Week ends on Sunday – I’ve been inspired to see events taking place all over Australia this week in celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples under the theme – ‘Because of her, we can!’ If you’re holding an event over the weekend, tag us @LGNSW in your posts so we can share them!