President's Message

Cr Linda Scott

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 Blayney and Narromine Summitswelcomes 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.

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NSW State Archives and Records Survey

Councils are invited to take part in a NSW State Archives and Records’ government recordkeeping survey to measure how well people working on behalf of local councils, (and state government agencies, universities and hospitals) understand their recordkeeping obligations.

The survey is open to everyone who has responsibilities under the State Records Act 1998 – not just information or records managers – so everyone working for, or on behalf of a local council, is welcome to have their say.

Complete the survey by 5pm on 21 October 2018.

For general enquiries email state archives or call 02 8257 2900.

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Festival Grants

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Councils are invited to apply for Festivals Australia grants of up to $100,000 for individual art projects at festivals or community events, such as a town’s centenary celebration or opening of a new community resource.

Festivals Australia will:

  • provide access to a diverse range of high quality, innovative arts projects that grow audiences at festivals across regional Australia
  • support partnerships and collaboration across the arts sector
  • encourage community participation in arts projects at regional and remote festivals.

To find out more, visit Festival Australia grants.

Apply online by 19 October.

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Graffiti Removal Day

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NSW councils are encouraged to participate in this year’s Graffiti Removal Day (Sunday 21 October).

Under the theme ‘Love where you live’, the day aims to encourage people to show pride in their local community by volunteering for a few hours to remove graffiti.

Graffiti vandalism costs NSW more than $300 million every year, with assets owned by councils being a major target.

Last year’s event was a great success with volunteers removing 30,000sqm of graffiti across NSW.

To find out more, visit the Graffiti Removal Day website or call 1300 665 310.

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Better Ageing Grants

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Applications are now open for Sport Australia’s Better Ageing Grant Program which aims to increase levels of physical activity of Australians aged 65 and over, particularly those least active, to improve their overall health and wellbeing.

Successful applicants will receive grants of up to $2 million (over two years) to implement new, community-based activities.

Councils, sporting organisations and non-government organisations are eligible to apply, either independently or in partnership.

The program aims to prevent and reduce the impact of chronic disease and increase overall physical and mental health of older Australians by:

  • enhancing the understanding and benefits of regular physical activity
  • improving access to sport and physical activities
  • enabling regular engagement in sport and physical activity
  • enhancing the capability of organisations to deliver age-appropriate activities.

Successful candidates will also be required to implement awareness campaigns to promote the benefits of physical activity.

Apply online by 31 October 2018.

For more information email Sport Australia or call 02 6214 1333.

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National Parks and Wildlife Advisory Council

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LGNSW is seeking nominations from councillors for appointment to the National Parks and Wildlife Advisory Council which advises the Environment Minister on a range of issues including the management of national parks and reserves, the protection of wildlife, conservation agreements and wilderness areas.

Candidates with experience in planning and local government, experience working in areas with strong connections to the NSW reserve system or represent local government areas near national parks are encouraged to apply.

Appointments are for terms of up to four years and meetings are held quarterly, with regular committee meetings either side of the full council meetings. Sitting fees are paid and travel expenses reimbursed.

Applications, including a letter addressing the selection criteria and a short resume, must be submitted by 22 October.

To obtain an information package email LGNSW or call 02 9242 4000.

The advisory council is constituted under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974.

Photo: NSW Office of Environment and Heritage

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Best Practice Asbestos Management for Councils Forum

LGNSW and Penrith City Council will host a free forum on best practice asbestos management on 1 November 2018.

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

Register online.

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

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Public Holidays

Councils are reminded of public holidays for the remainder of 2018 and up to 2020.

For more detailed information on public holidays for individual council areas visit the NSW Government’s Industrial Relations website.

Councils are advised that employees required to work on public holidays are entitled to be paid in accordance with Clause 20A, Holidays, of the Local Government (State) Award 2017.

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*From 31/12/11 when Australia Day (26 January) falls on a Saturday or Sunday, there will be no public holiday on that day as the following Monday will be declared a public holiday.

** Additional public holiday for Saturday 26 December 2020, pursuant to section 4(a) of the Public Holidays Act 2010 (NSW).

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Heavy Vehicle Access Forum – Snowy Region

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR), in partnership with Snowy Monaro Regional Council and LGNSW, will hold a free forum to explore the issues and challenges arising from an increase in Australian freight task – predicted to double by 2030 and triple by 2050 (Cooma, 8 October).

The forum will bring together industry and road managers to collaborate on the best ways in to keep local communities strong and safe.

It’s important that stakeholders work together to improve productivity and safety in the growing freight task in NSW.

Transport operators and the industries that use them, council engineers, councillors and economic development officers are encouraged to attend.

For more information email Tim Hansen, NHVR Stakeholder Specialist.

Register online.

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LGNSW Tourism Conference 2019

LGNSW is calling for expressions of interest from councils wishing to present case studies showcasing their achievements under the theme ‘Experience changes perceptions’, at the next LGNSW Tourism Conference (17-19 March, Terrigal).

Case studies and presentations may be about food, the youth market, the cruise market, authentic Indigenous tours, products or experiences, or customer experience initiatives.

The theme also challenges presumptions we make about destinations and how we can change them through real experience and technology.

Co-hosted by Central Coast Council, the conference is a must-attend event for those involved in tourism, economic development, marketing, planning and event management.

For full details on how to submit your expression of interest and for information on accommodation please visit the LGNSW website.

Registration will open in early December, but accommodation options are already confirmed including special conference rates at the Crowne Plaza.

The 2019 conference is supported by strategic partner Destination NSW.

Download the sponsorship prospectus.

For more information email Karen Rolls, Administrative Officer Communications and Events or call 02 9242 4050.