Sharing ideas and setting our policy direction – I’m excited to be heading to Albury (October 21-23) for the 2018 LGNSW Annual Conference – our flagship event of the year. As well as hosting the Premier, Minister and Shadow Minister for Local Government, around 100 motions are up for debate – the opening one from Bourke, being just one of several drought-related motions. We’ll also debate financial sustainability of councils, waste and recycling, climate change, superannuation, train services, infrastructure and planning policy. For more details download the Business Paper. See you there!
Celebrating the progress of women – Next month (November 2018) marks 100 years since the NSW Parliament passed the Women’s Legal Status Act 1918, enabling women to practise as lawyers and stand for election to the legislative assembly and for local government. I’m looking forward to seeing local governments around the state celebrate the historical contributions of the hundreds of women who have been elected to local government in NSW, including many mayors.
Seeking reforms to planning to benefit local governments – We met with Planning Minister Anthony Roberts this week and, in response to our request, we were pleased that his department will review the State and Regional Development SEPP as part of its overall SEPP review program. This is a positive result, following our advocacy on the legislative framework for state significant development. We also discussed short term residential accommodation and the Kaldas review of decision–making in the planning system. For more information or to ensure we are raising issues important to your council at future meetings, please email Jane Partridge, Senior Policy Officer, LGNSW.
Supporting councils to address climate change – Our next Building Resilience to Climate Change workshop will be hosted by Parkes Shire Council on 21 November. Come along and find out what councils are doing to minimise the impacts of climate change at a local level. Read more.