President's Message

Linda Scott

LOCAL GOVERNMENT WEEK STARTS MONDAY – Don’t miss the opportunity to showcase your council, your people and your achievements during Local Government Week 2019 (29 July – 4 August). To make it easier for members, we’ve prepared a resource kit with key messages, sample copy for your newsletter or website, branded posters, as well as website and social media resources.
EMERGENCY SERVICE LEVY – STEPPING UP OUR ACTION – In the absence of any assurances from the NSW Government that transitional funding will be provided to councils to smooth the transfer to of an additional $14m in annual contributions to the Emergency Services Levy, we are stepping up our action. If you haven’t already done so, please download and action our draft mayoral minute and continue to raise this issue with your local media. We are also preparing resources for councils so you can continue to highlight the unfairness of this issue with your local networks and state MP – stay tuned for more details. To share your action or for more information, contact LGNSW Chief Economist Shaun McBride.
SMALL BUSINESS SUMMIT – Thanks to everyone who attended our Small Business Summit in Narrabri on Wednesday to hear from Minister for Finance and Small Business Damien Tudehope MLC and NSW Small Business Commissioner Robyn Hobbs OAM on how councils can attract, retain and grow businesses in their communities. LGNSW has been working closely with the Small Business Commission and Service NSW to support small business including: identifying and addressing regulatory pain points, developing case studies on successful initiatives and establishing a network of economic development officers. Contact LGNSW Council Liaison Manager for Small Business Regulation Liz Cassis to find out more.
LGNSW RESEARCH AND INNOVATION FUND – 2019/20 ROUND OPENING SOON – Councils are encouraged to start thinking now about potential projects to advance research and innovation in local government ahead of the next round of LGNSW’s Research and Innovation Fund, which will open soon. LGNSW has allocated seed funding of $50,000 per year, with the intention to leverage this investment by selecting projects of broad sector application that will attract council, industry and university partners. To find out more contact LGNSW Service Development Consultant Jennifer James.
A R BLUETT AWARDS, LAST CHANCE TO ENTER – Nominations for this year’s A R Bluett Memorial Awards close on Wednesday (31 July).  The awards recognise achievements of LGNSW member councils, irrespective of their size or resources. I have the great privilege of seeing first-hand the diversity and quality of work being achieved by local government during my councils visits throughout the state and look forward to congratulating the winners at this year’s LGNSW Annual Conference (Warwick Farm, 14-16 October). Enter the awards today and tell us about the great things happening in your community. 
CHANGES TO LGNSW SERVICE AWARDS – Councils are advised that the eligibility criteria for the service awards has been amended for former councillors of amalgamated areas so that the former service of councillors whose term of office was terminated because of an amalgamation or boundary change proclamation issued in the 2015 round of council mergers, will be recognised as continuous, where such councillors are returned to the new council at the next election. Also, the number of years’ service required to be eligible for the title of Emeritus Mayor, has been reduced from six to five. For more information visit the LGNSW website or contact the Events Team.
COUNCIL VISITS – Finally, thanks to the mayors, councillors and staff from Uralla Shire, Inverell Shire, Moree Plains Shire, Narrabri Shire and Tamworth Regional councils for meeting with us this week. 

Photos: Inverell Shire Council; Moree Plains Shire Council; Uralla Shire Council; Tamworth Regional Council, Small Business Summit, Narrabri.

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LGNSW Annual Conference 2019

Registration has opened for this year’s LGNSW Annual Conference – the annual policy-making event for NSW councils and our associate members – at William Inglis Hotel, Warwick Farm, from 14-16 October.

Book online by Monday 9 September to secure an early bird discount.

As part of this year’s LGNSW Annual Conference, we will hold a Meet the Politicians Breakfast on Monday 14 October, from 7-9.30am.

Entry is free to all members registered to attend the conference (simply select the breakfast as part of your registration).

We’re looking forward to meeting Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Local Government Minister Shelley Hancock and other key politicians representing portfolios important to local government.

To assist in planning your travel and accommodation, download the draft program.

We encourage attendees to book accommodation as early as possible. Find out more.


Women in the House

Women for Election Australia (WFEA) is holding its annual Women in the House conference and workshop next month, to provide women with the tools and techniques they need to get elected.

Events will be held over two days as follows:

  • INSPIRE conference, Friday 23 August, NSW Parliament House – featuring presentations and networking opportunities
  • EQUIP workshop, Saturday 24 August, UTS Business School – to provide participants with tools and techniques to get elected (limited places available).

Conference speakers will include recently-elected federal MP for Warringah Zali Steggell MP and newly-appointed NSW Minister for Women, Mental Health and Regional Youth, Bronnie Taylor MLC.  

WFEA is also offering scholarships for those finding it difficult to pay the full price, as well as concessions for full-time students.

Email WFEA or visit the WFEA website for more information. 


Create NSW Arts and Cultural Funding Program

Create NSW will open its 2019/20 Arts and Cultural Funding Program on Monday 5 August and is presenting a series of information sessions for potential applicants.

Each session will provide information on the following categories: Project, Creative Koori Projects and Annual Organisation funding.

Sessions are scheduled for:

  • Bankstown, Thursday 25 July, 4.00pm - 6.00pm
  • Wollongong, Tuesday 30 July, 4.30pm - 6.30pm
  • Newcastle, Wednesday 31 July, 5.30pm - 7.30pm
  • Walsh Bay (Sydney), Thursday 1 August, 11.00am - 1.00pm (with Auslan interpreters)
  • Penrith, Friday 2 August, 4.00pm - 6.30pm.

A video recording from one of these sessions will be made available later.

Find out more and register online.


My Community Project

The NSW Government is inviting communities to vote for initiatives they would like to see funded in their electorates under the My Community Project program.

These could include playground equipment or sports facilities, paths or ramps to improve access, art installations to rejuvenate empty spaces or community transport services.

NSW residents over the age of 16 can vote for between three and five local projects and up to $260,000 is available for each electorate.

Browse projects and vote online by 15 August 2019.


NSW Regional Youth Taskforce

The NSW Government is recruiting young people aged 12-24 years living outside of Greater Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong for its Regional Youth Taskforce.

Eighteen young people will be selected to have their say on a range of topics from employment, mental health and wellbeing, to transport and recreation.

The taskforce is being established by the new Minister for Regional Youth Bronnie Taylor, to find ways to improve outcomes for young people in regional NSW. 

For more information and to apply, visit the NSW Government website or call 1300 315 954.

Applications close on 5 August 2019.

Please forward this information to your youth networks using the share links below.


Youth Work Award

Nominations are now open for the 2019 NSW Youth Work Awards – an annual celebration of the exceptional work of youth services and workers across NSW.

The awards will be presented during Youth Action’s bi-annual NSW Youth Work Conference in Sydney on October 1.

Councils are encouraged to make nominations in the following categories: 

  • Outstanding Use of Data
  • Outstanding Partnerships
  • Outstanding Youth Participation
  • Outstanding Work with Diverse Young People
  • Outstanding Work with Aboriginal Young People
  • Outstanding Work with Regional Young People
  • NSW Youth Sector Volunteer of the Year
  • NSW Emerging Youth Worker of the Year
  • NSW Youth Worker of the Year
  • NSW Youth Service of the Year
  • Lifetime Achievement Award.

Nominate online by 16 August.


NSW Grandparents Day

Councils and community organisations are encouraged to apply for funding to deliver Grandparents Day 2019 activities and events.

NSW Grandparents Day focuses on the contributions grandparents make to their families and communities, and recognises the diversity of grandparent relationships across ages, cultures and locations.

It is celebrated on the last Sunday in October, so this year it will be held on Sunday 27 October.

Apply online through SmartyGrants by Sunday 18 August 2019.

For more information visit the Grant Guidelines site or email NSW Family and Community Services.


National Heavy Vehicle Access Strategy Workshop

LGNSW will host a workshop for NSW councils and the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) to discuss the NHVR National Heavy Vehicle Access Strategy, currently under development. 

The workshop will give councils the opportunity to help shape the strategy, provide feedback and raise any access issues they are experiencing. 

It will be held at LGNSW’s office at 28 Margaret Street on Monday 12 August 2019, with dial-in facilities for those who are unable to attend in person.

Register online by 4 August.


Return of Class 1 Special Purpose Vehicle Delegations

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has announced that Class 1 Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) Delegations will return to it from 31 July 2019. 

This is part of a staged delegations project which began with the return of Class 1 Agricultural Vehicles on 30 April 2019. 

From 31 July 2018, transport operators are required to submit all Class 1 SPV road access permits to NHVR via the NHVR Portal. NHVR will then process the applications and seek consent from road managers.

To assist with the process, NHVR is offering road managers portal training on 26 July from 1-4pm.

For more information contact NHVR Senior Policy Advisor Nick Gralton.