President's Message

Linda ScottPreparing 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.

If your council hasn’t already considered mayoral minutes or motions to Renew Our Libraries and Save Our Recycling, make sure you give notice and join our LGNSW campaigns now.

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.

Please keep us informed on how this is impacting your council and communities. Contact Liz Quinlan, Senior Environment Policy Officer or Susy Cenedese, LGNSW Environment Strategy Manager.

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.

Blacktown and Ryde visits


Hunters Hill-Lane Cove visits



Our Local Website

Councils are encouraged to submit listings for community activities, services and events of interest to children and young people for inclusion on the NSW Government’s Our Local website, set to launch early next year.

The website has been populated with publicly available information and councils are invited to check the current listings and add further details.

Contact the Our Local team on 1800 687 562 or 9248 0980, or via email.

For further information download the Our Local background document.

There will be ongoing opportunities to add information following the website’s launch.


NSW Youth Week 2019


Councils are reminded to update their contact information with the NSW Department of Family and Community Services – which administers the grants for NSW Youth Week (10-18 April 2019) – to enable the department to keep in touch regarding the grants process.

Youth Week is an opportunity for young people aged between 12 and 25 to take part in a variety of council-run events and activities.

To update your details, email the department by 11 January 2019, providing contact details for your Youth Week coordinator.


Targeted Earlier Intervention Training

Councils with targeted earlier intervention (TEI) services – including those under the Child Youth and Family Support and Community Builders programs – are invited to attend training on reporting under the new outcomes framework.

The NSW Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) will host the training during February and March 2019. It is relevant for services opting into the TEI Outcomes Framework and the Data Exchange (DEX) reporting process.

If you are planning to attend view the Data Exchange 101 - Introduction Webinar and the DEX fact sheet beforehand and register for an AUSkey (a requirement when using online government services including DEX).

The following sessions are scheduled; locations will be confirmed on the FACS website later:

Sydney City: Tue 12 February 2019

Blacktown: Wed 13 February 2019

Wollongong: Thu 14 February 2019

Wagga Wagga: Wed 20 February 2019

Orange: Thu 21 February 2019

Armidale; Tue 26 February 2019

Ballina: Thu 28 February 2019

Newcastle: Tue 5 March 2019

Maitland: Wed 6 March 2019

Coffs Harbour; Fri 8 March 2019

Dubbo: Wed 13 March 2019

Queanbeyan: Fri 15 March 2019

Gosford: Tue 19 March 2019

To register interest and for more information email FACS.


Reconciliation Week 2019


Reconciliation Australia is offering councils free street banners for National Reconciliation Week (27 May-3 June).

The banners are available in a range of sizes and are available to councils with existing poles or infrastructure to display them. 

Interested councils must provide evidence of their capacity to display the banners and make a commitment to display them in the lead-up to and during, National Reconciliation Week in 2019 and 2020.

Councils may retain the flags if they will be displayed in the years following 2020.

For more information call Alex Bleasdale, Communications Coordinator, Reconciliation Australia
on 02 6272 2643.


Event Funding for Rural and Regional NSW


Organisers of regional and rural events held between July and December 2019 are eligible for up to $20,000 funding from the NSW Government.

For new events, being held for the first or second time, funding is available through the Incubator Event Fund to assist with marketing, venue hire and attendee research.

For organisers of emerging events with the potential to become recurrent, funding is available through the Flagship Event Fund to assist with marketing activities.

Applications for round two close on Sunday 13 January 2019.

Find out more an apply online.


New Online Tourism Hub for Members

Tourism staff can access a new online hub, established by Australian Regional Tourism, including a discussion forum exclusively for LGNSW members. 

LGNSW has entered into an agreement with Australian Regional Tourism to trial the hub until 30 June 2019, a positive step towards connecting and developing supportive tourism partnerships.

LGNSW members can use the forum to discuss knowledge and resources and to access other Australian Regional Tourism discussion forums.

For more information visit the LGNSW website then subscribe online.

Australian Regional Tourism is a national membership-based body representing the needs of regional tourism stakeholders.

Contact: Lauren Douglass, Executive Officer, Australian Regional Tourism.


LGNSW Tourism Conference 2019


Early-bird registration is now open for next year’s LGNSW Tourism Conference (Terrigal, 17-19 March 2019), until 28 January 2019.

The conference is a must-attend event for elected representatives and council staff involved in tourism, economic development, marketing, planning and event management.

It provides an ideal opportunity for delegates to share ideas and find out what’s new in the world of tourism and destination marketing.

This year’s theme is ‘Experience Changes Perceptions’.

LGNSW has secured discounted room rates at Crowne Plaza Terrigal for delegates attending the conference. To find out more visit the Accommodation and Travel page on the LGNSW website.

The 2019 conference is supported by strategic partner Destination NSW. Download the conference sponsorship prospectus from our website.

For information, email Karen Rolls, LGNSW Administrative Officer Communications and Events.

Find out more and register online.


Changes to Permits for Class 3 Heavy Vehicles in NSW

Class 3 heavy vehicle permits in NSW will be processed directly through the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) from Monday 17 December 2018.

This change, which is being managed by NHVR in partnership with NSW Roads and Maritime Services, affects class 3 permits only (flat rack containers, open top containers, concrete pipes, tow trucks, and controlled access buses).  

The class 1 permit process in NSW (oversize overmass, special purpose vehicle and agricultural) will not change as part of the return of class 3.       

For more information, visit the NHVR website.


Bus Layover Parking Guidelines

Transport for NSW has published guidelines for bus layover parking to support planners, operators and developers in the design and location of layover parking, enabling public transport to be successfully delivered now and into the future.

For more information email Sarah McKay, Precincts Program Manager, Transport for NSW.


New Online Resource for Senior Managers

A new online toolkit providing development options for senior leaders and managers in councils has been developed for LGNSW by the University of Technology Sydney Institute of Public Policy and Governance.

The toolkit, which is available free of charge to councils, aligns with the Local Government Capability Framework and is based on the 70:20:10 model which captures three types of learning – experiential, social and formal.

It is useful for senior leaders wishing to develop personalised, tailored learning and development pathways and for human resources, and learning and development professionals to identify training needs for senior staff. It may also be useful during staff appraisals.

The toolkit was developed after consultation with 200 managers, directors, elected members and learning and development professionals from a range of rural, regional and metropolitan NSW councils.

The outcomes from those consultations are detailed in the report Strengthening Leaders: Learning and Development Options for Senior Staff in Local Government.

Access the new toolkit on the LGNSW website.

For more information email Sarah Artist, Senior Manager, Innovation and Capacity Unit or call 02 9242 4182.