President's Message

Cr Linda scott

Coming to you today from the ALGA Meeting in Canberra – more on this below.

ADVOCACY WIN: CENTRAL POINT OF CONTACT FOR CLADDING ISSUES – We’re delighted to announce that our persistent calls for a central point of contact for councils on cladding issues have paid off. The NSW Cladding Taskforce met with us this week and confirmed the NSW Government will establish a support unit to help councils identify potential issues.
This follows representations to Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation Kevin Anderson and the evidence I gave at the recent Legislative Council Public Accountability Committee’s Upper House Inquiry into the regulation of building standards, building quality and building disputes where I called for: commitment and funding from the NSW Government to comprehensively address our sector’s fundamental issues and concerns with building regulation; and a coordinated and consistent approach to managing cladding issues.
The new unit, which will focus on high-rise residential buildings and take a systematic approach to issues, will go a long way towards allaying our concerns. We look forward to continuing to work with the government to address issues within the building sector. To discuss further email LGNSW Strategy Manager, Planning and Transport, Jane Partridge.
DON’T MISS OUT: RESEARCH AND INNOVATION APPLICATIONS CLOSING SOON – We’re accepting expressions of interest for new research that advances innovation in local government under the second round of LGNSW’s Research and Innovation Fund until 25 September. If you have great idea for a research project, please contact LGNSW Service Development Consultant Jennifer James to discuss before applying. Thanks to all those councils that have already applied.
SUPPORTING WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP JOURNEYS – I was honoured to address delegates at the 11th Women in Local Government Leadership Summit in Sydney this week, alongside Australian Local Government Women’s Association President Cassandra Coleman (Lithgow City Council). In NSW we lag behind other states with women making up around a quarter of councils’ mayors, less than a third of councillors and less than a fifth of general managers. LGNSW is working to redress the balance by advocating for mayors and councillors to receive superannuation and for better choices for caregivers (often women) to enable them to return to the workforce or undertake further study. Also, LGNSW runs the Springboard Women’s Development Program to assist women in non-management positions develop the skills and knowledge needed to advance their careers. Contact LGNSW's Learning Unit to find out more.

FOCUS ON NATIONAL ISSUES – I’m delighted to be in Canberra today to attend the ALGA Board Meeting and progress policy on issues of national interest including financial assistance grants, constitutional recognition, our 2021 federal budget submission, and waste and recycling. 


Photo: LGNSW Board Director Cr Phyllis Miller, Minister for Regional Services, Decentralisation and Local Government Mark Coulton MP, LGNSW President Cr Linda Scott and ALGA President Mayor David O’Loughlin pictured ahead of today’s ALGA Board Meeting.

UPCOMING MINISTERIAL AND OTHER MEETINGS – We are looking forward to meeting newly-appointed NSW Building Commissioner David Chandler next week. To raise any issues your council is experiencing with building regulation contact LGNSW Strategy Manager, Planning and Transport, Jane Partridge. Also, we’re scheduled to meet NSW Senator Tony Sheldon early next month, so if you would like us to raise any specific issues on your council’s behalf, contact LGNSW Director Advocacy Kylie Yates.


Aboriginal Languages Trust Board

The Aboriginal Languages Trust Board is in the process of recruiting a skills-based Aboriginal Languages Trust of between five and 11 members. 

Applicants are eligible to be a member if they:

  • are an Aboriginal person
  • have skills relevant to the functions of the trust
  • have appropriate standing in the Aboriginal community.

To be considered as a member or chairperson (please specify which) applicants should send their CV, cover letter and response to the two target questions below (limited to no more than 400 words per question): 

  1. Outline the skills, qualifications, work and board experience you possess that are relevant to the functions of the Trust as defined by the Aboriginal Languages Act 2017.
  2. Outline your experience with and contribution to the Aboriginal community in NSW. Focus should be placed on any experience in actively participating in Aboriginal language activity in NSW.

Download the role description

For more information visit NSW Aboriginal Affairs

Applications close 27 September 2019.


Remake of Clean Air Regulation (Open Burning)

The NSW Government is remaking the Protection of the Environment Operations (Clean Air) Regulation 2010, providing councils with the opportunity to review their listings in the regulation and ensure controls on burning are up to date.

The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment has written to all councils’ general managers seeking feedback via an online survey.

The survey asks councils to indicate their preferences for levels of control for open burning and other issues including smoke from recreational fires.

The survey closes on 14 October 2019.

If your council has not received a letter, or to discuss further, contact Nadia Kanhoush at the department.


Best Practice Asbestos Management for Councils Forum - Shellharbour

LGNSW and Shellharbour City Council will host a free forum on best practice asbestos management for councils on 24 October 2019.

The forum will explore the role that councils play in the safe management and regulation of asbestos within their communities.

Register online

Visit the LGNSW website for more information or email Daniel Adler LGNSW Asbestos Policy Project Manager.