Meeting with the Premier – Today I met with and presented the Premier with your motions carried at our recent conference, taking the concerns and ideas for reform to the peak decision maker in our State. Thank you for your ideas for change! I expressed my commitment to working with her to achieve outcomes for all our NSW Councils and Shires, and I am pleased to say she is also strongly committed to working with LGNSW.
The Premier listened to our concerns about the need for Councils to understand the details of changes to Joint Organisation implementation before they sign up, and we look forward to working with her government to secure this. I am looking forward to meeting with the Opposition Leader, Deputy Premier and other Minsters and Shadow Ministers in coming weeks. If there are issues I can raise on your council’s behalf, please get in touch.
Auditor General’s Report – We all know councils’ reporting frameworks, determined by the NSW Government, need to be changed. That’s why I welcomed the release yesterday of the Auditor General’s report – Council Reporting on Service Delivery. The Auditor General has recommended the Office of Local Government develop a clearer reporting system that focuses on outcomes rather than outputs – one that allows residents and ratepayers to easily understand the value their councils are delivering. This is a big win for LGNSW, which has long called for a better reporting system. We strongly endorsed the recommendation that the NSW Government adopt the findings of the 2016 IPART ‘Review of reporting and compliance burdens on Local Government’ to reduce the overall reporting burden on councils. Read more.
Nominations for skills-based Board for Local Government Procurement – LGNSW is seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified applicants to fill a number of positions on the Board of Local Government Procurement (LGP). Established in 2006, LGP is responsible for achieving best value for money in the procurement of goods and services primarily for local councils in NSW. Read more.
Regional strategic alliance – Blue Mountains, Penrith and Hawkesbury councils have initiated a new a regional strategic alliance. LGNSW met with alliance representatives on Wednesday to discuss common goals. Congratulations!
New model code of meeting practice – The NSW Office of Local Government has invited comment on the new draft model code of meeting practice for councils. LGNSW is examining the content of the new code and will prepare a response on behalf of the sector. Members are encouraged to contribute to the submission - and we would love to hear from you! Read more.
Tourism conference – I’m looking forward to attending the annual LGNSW Tourism Conference that is coming up soon (Parkes, 12-14 March). Topics include short-term letting and tourism marketing. I hope to see you there. Find out more and register.