LGNSW planning advocacy - LGNSW welcomes agreement from the Greater Sydney Commission (GSC) to our request to discuss the new planning assurance process underway at Ryde Council. With further local government areas flagged for assurance reviews, the discussions will go right to the heart of planning controls in this state, and the increasing interference of the NSW Government in council planning decisions. If you have questions or concerns about the Assurance Review process and what it means for your local government, please contact Shaun McBride, LGNSW Chief Economist.
This fight to halt the erosion of council planning rights continues throughout NSW, and LGNSW will next month host a Planning Campaign forum on the Central Coast. We will talk about plans afoot by the NSW Government to expand mandatory Independent Hearing and Assessment Panels (IHAPs) to councils in regional urban areas such as the Central Coast and Newcastle. Details soon.
FRESH ADVOCACY PUSH: Fair remuneration for councillors – We’re pushing the NSW Local Government Remuneration Tribunal strongly for the maximum annual increase of 2.5 per cent for councillor fees, and this year have called on the tribunal to recommend superannuation for mayors and councillors, which is a basic right for elected federal and state parliamentarians and everyone else in the Australian workforce. This is a 2019 NSW Election Priority.
MEMBER OPPORTUNITY: LGNSW is opening more funding through the Flying-fox Grants Program from today. The funding – provided by the Office of Environment and Heritage and managed by LGNSW – totals $500,000 in 2019. Apply here.