President's Message

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MAKING WASTE A PRODUCT NOT A PROBLEM – Recycling will continue to be a big focus for us in the coming year following the launch of the At the Crossroads: The State of Waste and Recycling in NSW report and the continuation of our Save Our Recycling campaign. We are calling upon the NSW Government to work with councils to invest in regional-scale waste and recycling plans, education to help restore ailing recycling services, and to help create new markets for recycled products. You can help by downloading the new recycling support pack containing logos, banners, website buttons, posters and a mayoral minute your council can use to officially endorse the campaign’s goals.

URGING A NEW WAY FORWARD FOR ORGANIC WASTE – NSW councils are calling upon the NSW Government to create a new vision for the future of organic re-use following a ban on the recycling of mixed waste organic materials. We support the Environment Protection Authority’s decision to ban the material (once used to improve soil) after it was found to contain unacceptable contaminants. But while the recycling industry has been given $6.5m to compensate for the ban, councils have not been offered any financial help to deal with the waste they collect. Twenty-eight councils in NSW pay extra to process red bin waste through alternative waste treatment plants (creating mixed waste organic material) and these contracts still have some years to run. We’re urging the government to work with councils to find a positive way forward. To discuss further contact LGNSW Environment Strategy manager Susy Cenedese
MAPPING ECONOMIC DISADVANTAGE IN NSW – I am honoured to continue fighting alongside you for our state’s most vulnerable communities. I joined the NSW Council of Social Services on Wednesday to release the ‘Mapping Economic Disadvantage in NSW’ research by the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling. This report, and its accompanying maps, show a geographical representation of where poverty and disadvantage is concentrated and those that are most affected. We had several resolutions at last week’s annual conference in support of vulnerable people, including a motion submitted by Lismore Council to lobby for increases to Newstart and Youth Allowance. I encourage councils to use the maps to better target disadvantage in their local government areas. To discuss further contact LGNSW Senior Policy Officer Elizabeth Robertson

UPCOMING MINISTERIAL MEETINGS – We will meet with NSW Attorney General Mark Speakman at the beginning of November to discuss the Redress Scheme. If you have any issues you would like us to raise on your behalf, please contact LGNSW Director Advocacy Kylie Yates.

EXTENSION OF THE RATES PATH PROTECTION FOR NEW COUNCILS – The NSW Office of Local Government has issued a circular announcing that new councils under the rates path extension will maintain rates paths until mid-2021. Any new council planning to apply for a variation is encouraged to contact the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal as soon as possible. To raise any concerns contact LGNSW Executive Manager Industrial Relations and Legal Jessica Wood.
Photo: LGNSW President Linda Scott, NCOSS CEO Joanna Quilty and St Vincent de Paul Volunteer Sister Carmel Hanson.




Crown Lands Summit

Registrations are closing soon for our Crown Lands Summit in Sydney on 12 November.

View the program.

The summit is part of a series giving members the opportunity to raise matters important to them and their local communities with the President, LGNSW Board members and senior staff.

They also give councils the opportunity to discuss and share initiatives and experiences with neighbouring councils within their region.

Register online.

For more information, email LGNSW Events Team, or call 02 9242 4000.

Please share this information with colleagues who may be interested, using the links below.


LGNSW Tourism Conference 2020

The LGNSW Tourism Conference 2020 will be co-hosted by Snowy Monaro Regional Council.

Now in its 16th year, the conference is the must-attend event for council staff involved in tourism, economic development, marketing, planning and event management.

LGNSW is inviting expressions of interest for speakers from councils and industry.

Find out more and make submission.

For more information sign up for conference updates and email the email LGNSW Events Team.


Funding to Ensure Everyone Can Play

The NSW Government is inviting councils across the state to apply for a share of $4m in funding to create inclusive playgrounds for their local communities.

The Everyone Can Play Grant Program is supports councils to renew, renovate and build inclusive playspaces across all of NSW to ensure that play is for everyone, regardless of age, ability or cultural background.

The program’s website provides resources including toolkits, news articles, case studies and examples to assist in the planning, creation, and delivery of inclusive playspaces.

Councils are required to match any funding.

Applications close on Wednesday 11 December 2019.

For more information and to apply visit the Everyone Can Play Grant page.


Youth Week 2020

NSW Youth Week 2020 will take place from 1-9 April to coincide with the last week of the school term and encourage more students to participate.

The NSW Office of the Advocate for Children and Young People is the main contact for the event, with the Department of Justice and Communities administering funding for councils – applications will open soon.

Please ensure your council’s Youth Week coordinator has registered via email.

Established in 1989, Youth Week now attracts thousands of young people aged between 12 and 25 across Australia to get involved each year.


Best Practice Asbestos Management for Forum – Blacktown

LGNSW and Blacktown City Council will host a free forum on best practice asbestos management for councils on 21 November 2019.

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

Register online.

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


Online Development Applications

Increasing numbers of councils are adopting the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment’s online planning services via the NSW Planning Portal. 

Since December 2018, more than 2,440 development applications (DAs) have been submitted.

For those DAs that require advice from state government agencies, the average turnaround time has been reduced to 22 days.

Read the ePlanning Report for all the latest statistics. 

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Sharon Perritt, Change Lead, by email.


Resilient Asset Management

LGNSW is running a survey into the feasibility of incorporating climate change risk into existing asset management software used by councils.

The survey aims to capture some key aspects of council assets and operations, and how climate change may be impacting asset management plans.

Councils’ asset management, GIS and IT teams are encouraged to respond.

Complete the survey by Friday 8 November 2019.