Firstly, congratulations to all the mayors and deputy mayors who were elected or re-elected over the past few weeks. Thank you for all your hard work and service to your communities.
Council summits continue in the Central West and Orana – Our Central West summit hosted by Blayney Shire Council on Wednesday, provided the perfect opportunity to congratulate Blayney’s Mayor Cr Scott Ferguson, elected as our new Vice-President Rural/Regional. Cr Ferguson brings many years’ experience to the position, having served on Blayney Shire Council since 1999 as a councillor, interim mayor and mayor. It was a pleasure to catch up with him this week and welcome him to the Board.
Thanks also to Narromine Shire Council for hosting the Orana summit on Thursday and to those we visited on our travels – Orange City, Dubbo Regional, Narromine Shire. I look forward to seeing our Western Metropolitan colleagues in Penrith next Tuesday (2 October) for our last summit of the year. Register online.
Participate in our survey to ensure electoral funding laws don’t adversely affect you – I gave evidence at the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters inquiry into the impact of expenditure caps for local government election campaigns on Monday. LGNSW welcomes the review and the opportunity to raise concerns over inconsistent caps on local government candidates, parties and third-party campaigners. We believe that if left unamended, the current caps will adversely impact the 2020 local government elections. The committee wants more feedback and we have circulated a survey to members, so we can represent your views. For more information contact Damian Thomas, Senior Policy Officer, LGNSW.
New federal targets a great start on recycling solutions – This week we welcomed federal government action on long-term solutions to the recycling crisis highlighted by China’s National Sword Policy. Draft targets under a new National Waste Policy (to be released by the federal government by the end of this year) would reduce total waste per capita by 10 per cent and divert 80 per cent from landfill.
This follows the Senate inquiry into waste and recycling in March this year, where on your behalf I appealed for immediate support from federal and state governments, and called for the hundreds of millions of dollars in waste levies collected from the community each year to be fully reinvested to support recycling in NSW. We’ll be focusing a lot of attention on this issue in the run-up to the NSW State Election next March. See our media release and/or contact Susy Cenedese, Strategy Manager, LGNSW.
Our report to you – The LGNSW Annual Report 2017/18 is out now, showing our continuing commitment to providing effective advocacy and tailored services that deliver value to all our members. If you’d like to know exactly what you get for your membership, here’s the full story.
NSW Government acts on community concerns over bike share schemes – LGNSW supports bike share initiatives and their contribution to sustainable transport. However, many councils have raised concerns about the amenity and safety of dockless services. In response, the NSW Government introduced the Impounding Amendment (Shared Bicycles and Other Devices) Bill 2018, which passed through Parliament on Wednesday. The Bill empowers councils to impound or move bicycles without notice or issue a removal notice. Where operators fail to respond, they will be subject to a court-imposed penalty of up to $2,750 or a penalty infringement notice up to $500. LGNSW contact: Shaun McBride, Chief Economist.