Working for you – The LGNSW Board’s working committees met in Sydney this week to progress a range of issues including uptake of the Local Government Capability Framework, the results of a recent skills shortages survey, joint organisations, our response to the value audit of LGNSW and current campaigns – Renew Our Libraries and Save Our Recycling. We continue to be very focused on delivering value for members and ensuring they are aware of the support and services we provide.
Meeting with rural and regional colleagues – Congratulations to Katrina Humphries on her re-election as the Chair of Country Mayors Association of NSW, and to all those elected to the executive at the AGM today.
It was a great pleasure to address members in Parliament House in Sydney. We’re working together on a range of priorities, including drought and water infrastructure funding. We’re also planning to co-host a forum for leaders of state parliamentary parties in the lead up to the NSW State Election – we’ll be in touch with details soon.
LGNSW Planning Breakfast: Where will the children play? – We’re excited to have NSW Planning Minister Anthony Roberts join us for our LGNSW Planning Breakfast (Parliament House, Sydney, 27 November). At this latest event in our planning series we’ll discuss maintaining open space for communities in the face of population growth and increased housing density. Places are limited so register online today to ensure you don’t miss out.
LGNSW advocacy success on electoral funding – We welcome the release of the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters’ Impact of expenditure caps for local government election campaigns report, tabled last Friday, which delivers several significant wins relating to expenditure caps and third-party campaigners.
The report aligns with much of what LGNSW has been calling for, however, we continue to call upon the NSW Government to urgently undertake detailed modelling of the proposed reforms to determine any unintended consequences on electoral law and NSW council elections.
We’re urging the NSW Government, in the final few sitting weeks, to accept and legislate to adopt the proposed amendments to the Electoral Funding Act so that fair and democratic local government elections can be held on 2020. Read more.
If you have any questions email Damian Thomas, LGNSW Senior Policy Officer, or call 02 9242 4063.
Supporting multicultural communities – Last week, I had the honour of addressing the NSW Local Government Multicultural Network’s Mental Health and Wellbeing in CALD (culturally and linguistically diverse) Communities Symposium, hosted by Penrith City Council, on the vital role of local government in empowering diverse communities through inclusive policies. It was wonderful to see collaboration between council staff and mental health professionals towards improving services.
100 years of Anzac – Finally, with Remembrance Day fast approaching (Sunday 11 November) branding resources – reflecting a nationally-consistent brand developed by the federal government in consultation with states and territories – are available on the Anzac Centenary website. Councils can raise awareness and participation in their communities by encouraging people to wear a red poppy as a symbol of remembrance and to stop at 11am on 11 November to observe a minute’s silence.