Have your say on new council obligations for citizenship ceremonies – This week the federal Minister for Immigration wrote to all Australian councils seeking feedback on a proposal to amend the Australian Citizenship Ceremonies Code, including requirements that: councils hold ceremonies on Australia Day and on Australian Citizenship Day (17 September); federal members of Parliament should read the Minister’s message at ceremonies (if they are attending); ceremonies are not held on parliamentary sitting days; and recommended dress standards. The proposal also recommends councils will have their authorisation to hold these ceremonies revoked if they do not hold a citizenship ceremony on Australia Day.
Councils across NSW do a fantastic job holding citizenship ceremonies on multiple dates throughout the year and celebrating in locally appropriate ways. I encourage all councils to provide feedback to the Australian Government on the revised code by the 28 February 2019 deadline. Interestingly, at the time of publication, we understand the full details of the proposals have not been published online. For more information, email Damian Thomas, LGNSW Strategy Manager.
Your Voice: Preparing for the NSW Election – Last week, we launched our NSW Election campaign, calling upon all parties and candidates to act on 12 critical areas from saving recycling, funding public libraries and restoring planning powers to communities to ending cost shifting, fixing electoral and expenditure laws and addressing skills shortages. View full details in our NSW Election Priorities document. These priorities reflect your resolutions at the 2018 Annual Conference, feedback via surveys and research, and submissions. If you haven’t already done so, now is the time to arrange meetings with your local state candidates, urge them to commit to our priorities and use the priorities as a basis for your advocacy and public comment between now and the election. We are stronger when we speak with one voice, in our role as representatives of NSW communities. If you have any questions contact Kylie Yates, LGNSW Advocacy Director.
Save recycling: Your chance to be involved: Each day, yet more NSW councils resolve to support the state-wide campaign to save recycling. If your council hasn’t joined our Save Our Recycling campaign yet, please do so by ensuring our template mayoral minute is resolved at your first meeting of 2019. Find out more and download resources.
Celebrating inspirational women in local government - The NSW Government is encouraging women to share their career achievements by submitting videos for the NSW Inspirational Women Online Showcase. Read more. Nominations are also open for this year’s Minister’s Awards for Women in Local Government. These are fantastic opportunities for women in our sector to promote the unique value of local government and inspire others. See our Weekly item.
LGNSW win! Time left to have your say on private native forestry – LGNSW has successfully secured an extension for feedback on the terms of reference for the NSW Government’s review of private native forestry until 15 February. For more information and to make a submission visit the NSW Local Land Services website. We are also seeking greater direct consultation and engagement with councils in key regions to discuss related issues in more detail. NSW Local Land Services will hold focus group meetings in coming months before drafting and exhibiting draft codes later in this year. LGNSW is preparing a submission on behalf of the sector. To provide input email Kirsty McIntyre, Senior Environment Policy Officer.
Early bird booking reminder for LGNSW Tourism Conference 2019 – Our popular tourism conference is a must-attend for mayors, councillors and council staff responsible for tourism, events and local economic development. This year’s event will be held in Terrigal from 17-19 March. Book before 28 January for early bird rates. This year’s theme, ‘Experience changes perceptions’, focuses on enticing travellers to experience areas off the major highways and rural and regional towns. See program and register online.
P.S. Don’t forget to download our election priorities and start advocating for a better deal for NSW councils and communities today!