President's Message

Cr Linda ScottCOUNCILS 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):

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.

You can register online or, if you have any questions, please email Damian Thomas, LGNSW Strategy Manager.

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. 

Cr Linda Scott at Pyrmont Anzac Day service.


Tree being handed to NSW Governor David Hurley



Free webinar: using data to communicate cultural value

Culture Counts is hosting a free webinar on how to communicate value using data.   

It will feature Luisa LaFornara, Arts and Events Manager at Diversitat, on the evaluation strategy developed for Pako Festa 2019, Victoria’s largest free celebration of cultural diversity.

The webinar, on Tuesday 30 April at 2pm, is designed for all arts workers and organisations, including councils, who look to capture public feedback on the quality of places and the impact on the people who visit them.

Register online.  


Community choir start-up grants

Creativity Australia is offering grants of up to $10,000 to people or groups who want to start their own With One Voice choir.

More than just singing with your local community choir, With One Voice is an opportunity to create real connections between the diverse people in your community.

Applications with matched funding by the applicant and/or surrounding community organisations and businesses will be viewed favourably.

Councils can also consider supporting community choirs with monetary or in-kind support to help ensure the future sustainability of the choir.

Apply online by 5pm on Sunday 30 June 2019.


Sustainable Development Goals

Learn how the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can be applied to the daily work of local government and delivered collaboratively at a one-day workshop on 28 May 2019.

SDGs are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

The workshop will outline how to map SDGs to your existing community strategic plan, use them to build future strategy and make your community healthier, more sustainable, liveable and inclusive.

The workshop will be held by The Impact Faculty, a specialist Sustainability training and education company.

Workshop details or contact The Impact Faculty.


Developer contributions plans – IPART fact sheet

Following a workshop with councils and developers in early April, the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) has published a fact sheet on the inclusion of roads in contributions plans. 

The fact sheet explains how IPART proposes to assess whether local roads should be included in developer contributions plans and whether the apportionment of the road costs is reasonable.

It’s an issue that’s relevant to all councils preparing contributions plans for IPART assessment, as well as developers and other stakeholders.

Download the fact sheet from the IPART web site.