Preparing for the NSW State Election – As we mark 100 days until the NSW State Election, LGNSW is making the case to the NSW Government, Opposition and minor parties about the importance of committing to good policy that supports our state’s councils.
Whether reinvesting the NSW Waste Levy in recycling and waste, making the changes we need to ensure local governments can be financially sustainable, or investing in local infrastructure like libraries, cycleways and roads, NSW councils need strong policy commitments from our state representatives and candidates.
Today I met with the Opposition Leader, Michael Daley MP, to call on the Opposition to commit to supporting all our NSW local governments.
Code of conduct and meeting practice in effect – The NSW Government’s new model codes of conduct and meeting practice commenced today, and councils have until 14 June 2019 to adopt them. Ongoing professional development programs for councillors and mayors are now mandatory. Read more.
Acting on mixed waste organics ban – This week we called on the NSW Government to support councils affected by the recent ban on the use of mixed waste organics.
Twenty-nine NSW councils affected face significant additional costs as a result of the ban, on top of the impacts of the national sword crisis.
Thanks to our advocacy, the NSW Environment Protection Authority met with affected councils this week and is planning a series of workshops in February. We will continue to work with the NSW Government and industry to find a long-term solution, as our landfill capacity is increasingly limited.
Recognising the importance of early childhood education – As a result of LGNSW’s push, quality standards and funding relating to early childhood education were on the agenda at Wednesday’s Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting in Adelaide.
LGNSW has been advocating strongly for COAG to commit to the national partnership agreements for the national quality agenda, and universal access to early childhood education and care (ECEC).
Councils in NSW own and operate more than 300 ECEC services. High quality pre-school education gives children the best start at school and sets them up for the rest of their lives.
Recognising this, leaders agreed to the early learning reform principles developed by the COAG Education Council and informed by the Lifting Our Game report prepared by the states and territories. Permanent, adequate funding for universal access in the year before school and maintaining the national quality framework is the first recommendation in the report.
For more information contact Elizabeth Robertson, Senior Policy Officer, LGNSW.
Urgent reform of road freight needed – NSW councils need to be supported to meet the demands of the growing freight task – predicted to double by 2030 and triple by 2050.
We met with NSW Roads and Maritime Services to advocate for a range of issues including road freight network connectivity, natural disaster recovery arrangements, chain of responsibility and the need for another road classification review.
While there are huge economic benefits to be gained from increased national production and movement of goods, councils must be adequately funded to upgrade and maintain roads to keep up with the growth in use.
Council visits – Thanks to Blacktown, Ryde, Lane Cove and Hunters Hill councils for hosting our visits this week. It’s been a fantastic series and we’re planning many more in the new year.