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.