Modernising councils key to survival

By Lilia Guan
At the Local Government Association of NSW Annual Conference in Albury this week, councils talked about three main concerns of the sector: modernising the financing of local government; modern approaches to community wellbeing; and modern approaches to the natural and built environment.
Shires Association president, Bruce Miller, told Government News, the streams discussed at the conference helped councils gain a holistic approach to their future.
“In the past the motion to amalgamate councils was clearly defeated and now we’re trying to form discussion groups looking at a whole range of issues that local governments have to deal with to be sustainable,” he said.
“There’s also a discussion paper that is being written up on both local councils and shires and the modernisation of these councils.”
Cr Miller said consultation workshops looking at the future roles of local councils were being discussed at the conference.
“We are looking at what if firstly the role of councils and from there trying to build a model to deliver responsible plans to help modernise local governments,” he said.
“This all part of an ongoing process to help councils.”

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