Age proofing councils

By Lilia Guan   The New South Wales Government has developed an online toolkit  to help local governments become innovative with their planning strategies and creative with their use of resources to prepare for an ageing community.   NSW Local Government Minister Don Page and Minister for Ageing Andrew Constance launched the online toolkit, which […]

LGSA praises Destination 2036

President of the Local Government Association, Keith Rhoades said Destination 2036, held in Dubbo, New South Wales this week, showed all NSW councils are in agreement about the big issues and changes required. He said the Minister and the Division of Local Government (DLG) was also intent on rectifying and solving some of our biggest […]

Commission findings on water utilities blasted

The Local Government and Shires Associations of NSW (LGSA) have strongly rejected the findings on Local Water Utilities (LWU) in the National Water Commission’s recently released report entitled Urban Water in Australia: Future Directions 2011.   The Report’s section on LWU alleged public health, the environment and basic levels of service in regional and rural […]

LGSA encouraged by Coalition win

The Local Government and Shires Associations of NSW (LGSA) said it was looking forward to working with, newly elected New South Wales, Premier Barry O'Farrell.   President of the Shires Association, Cr Bruce Miller, said the premier has made many encouraging comments on Local Government throughout his campaign.   "In the recent past, councils and […]

NSW local government a step closer to single representative body

Shires across New South Wales have agreed to form a single association representing local government in the state. The Shires Association of NSW convened a special meeting on Wednesday to vote on its merger with the Local Government Association (LGA). More than 150 representatives from 78 shires met in Sydney to finalise the 27 principles […]

NSW councils improve planning process

A planning report commissioned by the NSW Government has revealed that the number of local councils with extreme planning processing times has more than halved.   The 2009-10 Local Development Performance Monitoring Report  showed ten councils had a mean gross determination time for development applications (Das) of over 100 days in 2009-10 compared with 21 councils […]

Councils list election demands

In the lead up to the March State Election, the Local Government and Shires Associations of NSW (LGSA) have set out their policy priorities. The LGSA have warned all political parties that councils and communities should no longer be ignored.   LGA president Keith Rhoades said communities deserved better and he urged voters to "support candidates who support […]

LGSA rejects water utilities report

New South Wales councils have rejected key findings of Infrastructure Australia’s report into Local Water Utilities (LWU) and are “furious” at the lack of consultation. The Infrastructure Australia Report on Regional Towns Water Quality and Security found that in many regional towns, water quality did not always meet health standards and planning for security was often […]

NSW councils call for greater road funding

The Local Government and Shires Associations of NSW have renewed their calls for an end to rate pegging and an increase in local road funding. Shires Association president Bruce Miller said there was a gap between council revenue and the cost of funding local infrastructure projects. “Councils manage 85 per cent of the road network and nearly […]

Coffs Harbour Mayor to lead NSW councils

Mayor of Coffs Harbour, Keith Rhoades, has been elected as the new president of the Local Government Association (LGA) of New South Wales. LGA members elected their new office bearers and executives at the association's annual conference in Albury this week. Cr Rhoades replaces North Sydney Mayor Genia McCaffery, who after six years of leading the association […]

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, […]

State, local government strike new agreement

By Angela Dorizas Local government’s campaign for constitutional recognition has gained momentum, with the signing of an intergovernmental agreement between the NSW State Government and the Local Government and Shires Associations (LGSA) on Monday. The formal signing of the agreement took place at the annual conference of the Local Government Association in Albury. It establishes […]

Health networks too large to manage

The Local Government and Shires Associations of New South Wales have questioned the size of proposed local health networks. The Associations made a formal submission to the State Government in response to a discussion paper released by NSW Health in August. The discussion paper examined the implementation of the Federal Government’s proposed National Health and […]

NSW councils to unite under one body

Councils in New South Wales will be represented by one single body following the proposed merger of the Local Government Association (LGA) and the Shires Association (SA). More than 260 representatives from 123 councils gathered at the One Association Convention in Sydney on Monday to vote on the future of their associations. Delegates voted overwhelming […]


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