Call for help to fix local bridges

By Angela Dorizas Rural and regional councils in New South Wales have urged the State Government to extend the timber bridge replacement program. The Shires Association of New South Wales has called on the Government to commit to funding the program until all bridges on regional roads have been fixed or replaced. At an annual […]

NSW Govt not exercising special planning powers, developers claim

By Angela Dorizas Western Sydney has been deprived $1.4 billion worth of investment because the NSW Government has refused to give Part 3A status to a number of major projects, a leading industry group has claimed. Through a freedom of information request the Urban Taskforce, representing developers, obtained internal documents showing that the Department of […]

Scrap the rate cap: LGSA

By Angela Dorizas Delivery of vital community services in New South Wales is under threat following the State Government’s decision to reduce the rate cap to only 2.6 per cent, according to the Local Government and Shires Associations (LGSA). The rate-peg sets the maximum income that NSW councils can collect from rate revenue. Annoucing the […]

Amalgamations won’t fix resourcing, says LGSA

SYDNEY: Amalgamating Sydney’s councils won’t make the problem of resourcing go away, the Local Government and Shires Associations have (LGSA) said. In a response to suggestions made by the Sydney Business Chamber that the city’s councils could be reduced from 42 to 12, the President of the Local Government Association Cr Genia McCaffery said that amalgamations would […]

State, local govt sign planning protocol

By Rob O’Brien The Local Government and Shires Association and the Department of Planning have signed a new consultation protocol agreement at the Local Government Conference in Tamworth. The Protocol is a significant step towards the strengthening of the relationship between the two authorities. President of the Local Government Association Genia McCaffery said that it […]

NSW announces councils for e-planning pilot

By Staff Writer The NSW State Government has announced a new e-planning pilot to be launched across a number of councils. 12 NSW councils are set to work with Local and State Government authorities to work on an electronic Housing Code pilot project. The Councils were announced by the Minister for Planning, Kristina Keneally, at the […]

NSW regional councils urged not to miss out on funding

By Staff Writer Regional and rural councils in New South Wales have been encouraged to apply for the the second round of Healthy Communities grants before the Friday 30 October deadline. NSW Health has made available a second round of grants for local governments and Aboriginal Land Councils promoting healthy living. Through the Healthy Communities grant […]

NSW councils address water management

By Staff Writer Councils and shires from across New South Wales have gathered in Deniliquin to debate and discuss water buybacks and reform of local water utilities. More than 150 delegates have attended the 2009 Local Government and Shires Associations’ Water Management Conference to explore the latest policy developments and industry trends. Shires Association president […]

Keep up with councils’ water saving projects

A new website is to allow NSW communities to monitor councils’ water saving efforts. The website, launched as part of the $22 million Water Loss Management Program, features a water saving meter, which indicates the amount of water being saved on a minutely basis, as well as a Water Loss Management Program map with the […]


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