CELEBRATING YOUR ACHIEVEMENTS – A huge congratulations to all our winners of this year’s Local Government Week Awards, revealed last Thursday during a wonderful event showcasing the brilliant work councils are doing across NSW.
R H Dougherty Awards
Winners – Upper Hunter Shire, Bathurst Regional, Port-Macquarie Hastings, Mid-Western Regional, Bega Valley Shire, Tweed Shire, Bland Shire, Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional and Randwick City, Rous County councils and George McCormick from Walgett Shire Council for outstanding individual contribution.
Highly commended – Parkes Shire, Inner West, City of Canada Bay, Cessnock City, Edward River Shire, and Waverley councils.
Winners – Coffs Harbour City and North Sydney councils, with individual leadership awards for Elizabeth Lambert of Lake Macquarie City Council and Monica Cologna of Cumberland Council.
Highly commended – Byron Shire, Cessnock City, Inner West and Randwick City councils.
Leo Kelly Arts and Culture Award
Winners – Snowy Valleys, Bathurst Regional, Mosman and the City of Canada Bay councils.
Winners – Brewarrina Shire, Forbes Shire, Walgett Shire and Camden councils.
And see our media release.
ADVOCACY WIN: ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR JOINT ORGANISATIONS (JOs) – Following LGNSW working together with joint organisations, we welcome the NSW Government’s commitment for $1.95m in additional funding to support them. The package includes one-off grants of $150,000 for each JO for projects to address regional priorities. While this is welcome, we are continuing to advocate for councils who wish to join JOs to have choice about who to they are working with, and a clear mechanism for councils to leave JOs, should they choose to. We are also advocating for ongoing funding to ensure JOs are successful over the long-term. To discuss further or raise any issues, contact LGNSW Chief Economist Shaun McBride.
Also, LGNSW is holding a forum in Sydney from 1-2 October 2019, to bring together JOs, regional organisations of councils and regional/rural councils, with the aim of identifying common goals and building a stronger platform for future collaboration. Contact LGNSW Member Value Manager Vanessa Bolzan by tomorrow (Friday 9 August) if you would like to be included in the working group.
SUPPORTING INNOVATION IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT – Councils are encouraged to submit ideas for new research that advances innovation in local government under the second round of LGNSW’s Research and Innovation Fund. LGNSW has allocated seed funding of $50,000 this year, with the intention to leverage this investment by selecting projects of broad sector application that will attract council, industry and university partners. As this is a new scheme in its second year, we strongly encourage you to speak to LGNSW Service Development Consultant Jennifer James before applying. Find out more.
HELP SHAPE THIS YEAR’S ANNUAL CONFERENCE AGENDA – We can’t wait to see you all at this year’s LGNSW Annual Conference! This is your chance, with the motions you submit, to shape our policy and advocacy for the year ahead. For councils yet to submit motions for the 2019 LGNSW Annual Conference, we ask that you do so by midnight on Monday 19 August 2019 to assist with conference deadlines. In line with LGNSW rules, the latest date motions can be accepted for inclusion in the business paper is midnight on Monday 16 September 2019 (to allow for printing and distribution). Find out more and see our Motion Submission Guide on the LGNSW website, or contact LGNSW Policy Officer Elle Brunsdon.
COUNCIL VISITS – Thanks to Northern Beaches, Warrumbungle, Bathurst and Cowra councils for hosting us this week, shaping the work we do.
LGNSW WATER MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE – With drought at the forefront of our minds, this year’s Water Conference will be central to our work to support affected NSW councils. Register online and I look forward to seeing you there.
Photos: Visits to Bathurst, Cowra, Warrumbungle, and Northern Beaches councils.