COUNCILS SUPPORT ANZAC TRADITION – This Anzac Day, like so many of you, I had the honour of attending several moving community services, including the dawn service at Moore Park and the Coloured Diggers March and service at Redfern, which honours and remembers the Indigenous men and women who served in defence of Australia.
Local events are essential for us to continue successful Anzac Day commemorations, and each of our 128 councils has worked closely with its local RSL branch and other community organisations to hold events in community libraries, parks, gardens and halls, from dawn to dusk.
At Local Government NSW, we thank the many council staff across the state who were cleaning, mowing, weeding, mulching and watering so that our parks looked spotless, flagpoles worked seamlessly and monuments shone. Thank you.
CELEBRATING LOCAL GOVERNMENT SUCCESS – I encourage you to submit an entry for the 2019 Local Government Awards, which are a fantastic way to celebrate the exceptional work being done by councils and council staff throughout the state.
There are four award categories, presented during Local Government Week (from 29 July-4 August):
- RH Dougherty Awards
- Leo Kelly OAM Arts and Culture Awards
- Youth Week Local Government Awards (nominate via Family and Community Services)
- Local Government NSW Planning Awards.
Winners are announced on Thursday 1 August 2019.
I also urge you to nominate staff for the NSW Public Service Medal, especially junior and mid-level staff who have gone above and beyond to achieve great outcomes.
TEMORA COUNCIL SUMMIT – I’m looking forward to visiting the Central West of NSW and, in particular, Temora on 8 May for the second of our council summits for 2019.
The topic for this summit is Challenges and Strategies for Health Care Delivery in Rural and Regional Areas. Country areas continually struggle to attract and keep health care professionals and to provide the services that the majority of people in metropolitan areas take for granted, so this will be a very important topic.
CORRECTION - A recent message to members on ALGA’s campaign for fairer funding said that local government’s share of Commonwealth tax revenue was 1 per cent in 2006. This should have read 1996.
Photos: Attending a local Pyrmont Anzac Day service; a City of Sydney tree being handed to Governor of New South Wales, his Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d), with the Lord Mayor of Sydney, Cr Clover Moore.