I hope you are settling back into the year! Below is a summary of our activities for the week.
Joint Organisations (JOs) – A reminder that the NSW Government has given rural and regional councils a deadline of 28 February 2018 to submit nominations to form joint organisations to the NSW Office of Local Government. While a number of you have told us you are on track to meet the deadline, many have advised that the timetable imposed by the Government is problematic and you want to know more before committing to a JO proposal without having seen the regulations that will apply to them.
As you would all know, once a JO is formed it can’t be undone. Please let us know if you feel you are unable to meet the deadline, or any other concerns you have, and we will continue to advocate on your behalf. The network and funding allocations are expected be announced in March, with JOs proclaimed in April and operational by 1 July. Read more.
Easy to do Business – LGNSW met with NSW Small Business Commissioner Robyn Hobbs OAM this week to discuss regulatory reform, council engagement and the Easy to do Business program, which aims to simplify licensing and approvals for business owners. LGNSW is a part of the program’s steering committee.
Night time economies (NTEs) – The Night Time Economy Councils’ Committee held its first meeting of 2018 today. The committee, which comprises nine councils and LGNSW, was established last year to raise the profile of night time economy initiatives and share best practice approaches. An email network has been established for councils and master classes are planned for 2018. Email Elizabeth Robertson for more information.
Countering violent extremism – Today, LGNSW attended the first meeting of the NSW Community Engagement Network, chaired by the Commonwealth Government’s Countering Violent Extremism Centre (part of the Attorney-General’s Department). The Countering Violent Extremism program aims to combat the threat posed by home-grown terrorism and discourage Australians from travelling overseas to participate in conflicts. All Australian governments are being encouraged to contribute to a comprehensive national approach.
Bike Sharing – This week LGNSW met with representatives from bike sharing company Ofo Australia. Following its launch in City of Sydney and Waverley, Ofo plans to expand to other areas.
International Women’s Day Luncheon – Don’t forget to book tickets for LGNSW’s inaugural International Women’s Day Luncheon on Thursday 8 March at Doltone House, Hyde Park, Sydney. Special guest speaker is Dr Anne Summers AO, leading feminist, editor and publisher, and former head of the Office of the Status of Women in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Anne has inspired a generation of young people to think differently about their country, their work, their families and their futures.Visit the LGNSW website to find out more.
Until next week!
Cr Linda Scott, LGNSW President