LGNSW BOARD MEETS – Your LGNSW Board met in Sydney today to advance our policy agenda and endorse key items for strategy and governance for the organisation.
We congratulated Premier Gladys Berejiklian on her election, along with key appointments – Local Government Minister Shelley Hancock, Planning Minister Rob Stokes and Environment Minister Matt Kean.
We noted progress on our NSW Election Priorities 2019, now our LGNSW Advocacy Priorities 2019 with commitment from the elected government on more than half of our 12 priority issues.
We urged members to support ALGA’s 2019 Federal Election Initiatives ahead of the upcoming federal election on 18 May by moving a motion supporting the ALGA initiatives and meeting with local federal candidates to advance our national priorities.
We welcomed federal budget and opposition commitments, including significant investment in road funding, alongside key commitments from the opposition, particularly on funding for waste and recycling.
We congratulated those who have been awarded and recognised in NSW Local Government, including the election of our new Australian Local Government Women’s Association President, Clr Cassandra Coleman from Lithgow.
The Board discussed key issues of concern to members, including:
- advocacy for water considering the conditions in regional NSW
- the significant restructuring of NSW public sector agencies, including the abolition of the Office of Local Government (OLG) and implications for NSW councils
- our concern about Local Government Super contributions required by councils with short notice periods.
The Board endorsed many LGNSW submissions on a wide range of issues including: the Alternative Waste Treatment Facility Processing Refund Protocol; Fire and Rescue NSW’s Fire Safety Guideline – Fire safety in waste facilities; the Private Native Forestry Review; proposed changes to the Australian Citizenship Ceremonies Code; the Streamlined Consumer Assessment for Aged Care discussion paper; and the review of the National Urban Water Utility Performance Reporting Framework.
Thank you to our members who have contributed to these submissions. Read more.
ADVOCACY UPDATE – I’m delighted we have secured bipartisan support for more than half of six of our LGNSW Advocacy Priorities 2019 and have definitive commitments on most of the others. Thanks to everyone who met with candidates and used our priorities to champion local government in the run up to the 2019 state election.
We’ve produced an update of key commitments secured so far. We’ll keep you updated on our progress as we continue to work with the Berejiklian government, the opposition and crossbenchers, to implement the commitments already given, and advocate for you and your communities.
COUNCIL VISITS CONTINUE – Thank you to the councils who hosted us for visits this week, including Snowy Valleys, Snowy Monaro and Queanbeyan-Palerang councils. Meeting members and hearing stories we can use to strengthen our value to you, and our advocacy, is a vital part of the work we do for you at LGNSW.
CELEBRATING LOCAL GOVERNMENT SUCCESS – All councils are encouraged to enter the 2019 Local Government Awards. Presented during Local Government Week – from 29 July-4 August in 2019 – the awards celebrate the exceptional work being done by councils throughout the state. Winners will be announced on Thursday 1 August 2019. Read more.
Councils are also encouraged to nominate staff for the NSW Public Service Medal, especially junior and mid-level staff who have gone above and beyond to achieve outcomes.
NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR SYDNEY WATER CUSTOMER COUNCIL – We are seeking nominations from councillors in the Sydney metropolitan area (including the Blue Mountains and the Illawarra) who are interested in joining the Sydney Water Customer Council. I urge councillors with an interest in water-related issues to consider applying. For more information and to apply, email Mark Hely, LGNSW Senior Policy Officer.
Photos: Council visits to Quenbeyan-Palerang, Snowy Monaro (Cooma) and Snowy Valleys (Tumut) councils.