Thank 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!