President's Message

Cr Linda ScottThank you! On behalf of LGNSW, thank you for all your hard work for the public good this year, and for your support for our work. 

As this is the final edition of the Weekly for 2018, on behalf of all at LGNSW, I wish you a safe and happy holiday season – we’ll be back with the first issue of 2019 on 11 January.

Please note LGNSW will be closed from Monday 24 December, reopening Wednesday 2 January. However, members can call 02 9242 4000 for information on how to contact staff on urgent matters.

With state and federal elections due, 2019 is set to be a big year and I look forward to working with you through our ongoing campaigns, and our state and federal election platforms – to achieve the best possible results for our sector.

Save Our Recycling survey launched – On your behalf, as part of the Save Our Recycling campaign, we’ve launched a survey to build momentum for the campaign. We’re encouraging all community members to complete the survey to help us better understand the ways in which NSW residents recycle, and their attitudes towards the management of household waste and recycling. You can help by posting sharegraphics and a link to the survey, on your Facebook page asking others to take part. See our media release.

Acting to address local government skills shortages – With the completion of our national skill shortage survey, LGNSW is calling upon the NSW Government, Opposition and minor parties to commit to funding a program that increases the number of cadets, apprentices, trainees and university graduates employed across all areas of councils over the next four years. Keep an eye out in the new year for the survey results, and how you can help!

LGNSW win: Opposition commitment to act on abandoned shopping trolleys – In line with Coffs Harbour City Council’s 2016 conference resolution to improve management of shopping trolleys, we welcome NSW Labor’s announcement that, if elected next year, they will introduce powers to empower councils to impound shopping trolleys causing an obstruction or safety risk, with a revenue mechanism. Maximum penalties for owners abandoning trolleys would also be increased, similar to current legislation on share bikes. If you would like to raise any issues regarding this, contact Susy Cenedese, LGNSW Environment Strategy Manager.

Induction and professional development and model codes – The NSW Government has introduced a new regulation mandating ongoing induction and professional development programs for councillors and mayors, and annual reporting on both. See the Office of Local Government circulars webpage for more information and for details of the recently introduced model codes of conduct and meeting practice. LGNSW can provide support for implementing these changes. To find out more email Jessica Wood, LGNSW Legal Officer. Read more.

Proper process followed; Blue Mountains Council public inquiry delayed – LGNSW has welcomed the announcement that the commissioner appointed to investigate asbestos management at Blue Mountains Council will wait until related investigations by SafeWork NSW and the NSW Environment Protection Authority have been completed before beginning his public inquiry, not expected to be until after March 2019. For more information email Daniel Adler, LGNSW Asbestos Policy Program Manager, or call 02 9242 4128.

Until next year!

Community Service for Councils

Councils can sign up as community service work partners with Corrective Services NSW’s Community Corrections agency.

Offenders undertake community service work as part of their sentence: it is unpaid and does not replace the work of paid employees.

Several councils across NSW have signed up, with offenders undertaking graffiti removal and grounds maintenance.

Community Corrections can allocate offenders to service ongoing projects or seasonal work, such as large-scale rubbish collection before a community event.

To register your interest email Community Corrections.

Container Deposit Scheme Ministerial Advisory Committee

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NSW councillors interested in being the local government representative on the container deposit scheme ministerial advisory committee must submit completed application forms (including a one-page resume) by 31 January 2019.

The committee advises the Environment Minister on relevant aspects of the Return and Earn scheme including:

  • the ongoing administration and management of agreements with key delivery partners such as the scheme coordinators and network operators
  • reviewing the scheme's delivery and operation.

The committee is comprised of representatives from the beverage industry, local government, the environment and resource recovery sectors, and regional and legal experts.

For an information pack email Susy Cenedese, Environment Strategy Manager, LGNSW or call 02 9242 4080.

Best Practice Asbestos Management for Councils Forum

LGNSW and Wingecarribee Shire Council will host a free forum on best practice asbestos management on 21 February 2019.

The forum will explore the role councils play in the safe management and regulation of asbestos in their communities.

Register online.

Visit our website for more information or email Daniel Adler, Asbestos Policy Project Manager, LGNSW.

Professional Development for Elected Members

Last week the NSW Government introduced a new regulation which mandates ongoing induction and professional development programs for councillors and mayors, as well as mandatory annual reporting on councillor induction and professional development.

LGNSW provides a range of support for councils implementing these new requirements. 

The new regulations and guidelines provide a platform for supporting councils in taking a systematic approach when implementing induction and professional development programs.

LGNSW has developed the Local Government Capability Framework and PD in a Box which are designed to support the local government sector to comply with the new regulations and respond to the new guidelines by articulating capabilities required by mayors and councillors.

  • The Local Government Capability Framework provides a clear basis for councillors’ professional development, and can be used for new councillor induction, training and preparing professional development plans.
     
  • PD in a Box is a free, confidential and individualised online portal for assessing the capabilities of elected members and creating a personal and professional development plans. Access the system.
     
  • Developing Capabilities for Elected Members: A Workshop is designed for elected members, as well as council staff responsible for professional development for elected members (including senior managers, governance and learning professionals). Participants will receive a clear methodology for assessing capabilities to inform a development plans for elected members.
     

We can provide briefings and workshops for your council and/or region. Email Sarah Artist, LGNSW Senior Manager Innovation and Capacity or call 02 9242 4182.