Save Our Recycling; let’s reuse in NSW – Our Save Our Recycling campaign is gaining traction with an increasing number of councils pledging support during their first meetings of 2019 – thank you! If your council hasn’t joined yet, please do so by endorsing our template mayoral minute at your next meeting. For more information email Susy Cenedese, LGNSW Environment Strategy Manager.
Calling for secure aged care and home support services – About 100 councils deliver aged care services with the support of state and federal government, but with NSW Government funding redirected to the NDIS since June 2018 and federal aged care funding not committed beyond June 2020, councils face uncertainty. With no clear indication of what funding will be available after this date, councils have told us they are grappling over how to plan and budget for services. We’re also concerned that the cost of filling gaps in service provision will fall on councils.
In response, we are ramping up our advocacy in this area and need real examples to bring it to life. Please contact Chris Maclean, LGNSW Senior Policy Officer, to provide case studies of services in your area which are under threat or to discuss your concerns. A range of resources (including guidelines and templates) to help councils plan for the future are available on the LGNSW website.
Last chance to register for the election debate – There’s been a huge response to the upcoming Local Government Debate with an overwhelming majority of leaders accepting our invitation to speak. The event, to be co-hosted by LGNSW and the Country Mayors Association of NSW at Parliament House, Sydney, on 8 March, is the perfect opportunity to engage with candidates and parties on a range of important topics and call upon them to commit to our 12 Election Priorities to improve liveability in our communities. Register today and submit a question for the leaders.
Apply for a Cr Dixon Memorial Scholarship – If you know an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander councillor or council employee who could benefit from a scholarship to undertake study, professional development or research, please encourage them to apply for this year’s Cr Dixon Memorial Scholarship. Read more.
Refocusing the NSW planning system – On Thursday, the NSW Department of Planning and Environment presented to LGNSW Board members and staff on Local Strategic Planning Statements (LSPS). Introduced during changes last year to the Environment Planning and Assessment Act 1979, the statements place greater emphasis on the strategic planning role of councils. The Institute of Public Policy and Governance at University of Technology Sydney (UTS) is offering a series of free workshops for councillors and staff, starting later this month, to explain the LSPS process and councils’ obligations. Email UTS to find out more and register. Sessions can also be arranged on request and I especially urge those in regional areas to take these up.
LGNSW Board – Your Board held its first meeting of 2019 in Sydney today. For a full summary of proceedings, see our Weekly item.