NSW councils lash $500m in cost shifting

By Paul Hemsley and Julian Bajkowski The Shires Association of New South Wales has renewed its attack on cost shifting by the states and Canberra after a survey found that councils were left out of pocket by $499 million in the 2012/11 financial year through cross-jurisdictional financial manoeuvres. The Local Government and Shires Associations of […]

Mobility scooter restrictions parked

By Paul Hemsley Holroyd City Council’s push for the state government to crackdown on motorised scooter use has been rejected at the Local Government and Shires Associations of New South Wales (LGSA) Conference in Dubbo. This loss is a roadblock for local government calls for tougher regulation of the use of motorised scooters and electric […]

Leichhardt pecuniary interest lost

By Julian Bajkowski Inner Sydney’s Leichhardt Council has lost a key bid to secure backing from other New South Wales councils to try and overturn a state legislative amendments it claims will let councillors vote on planning and development decisions in which they hold a direct financial interest. According to a record of decisions released […]

NSW mayors to get gurus

By Paul Hemsley The Local Government and Shires Association of New South Wales (LGSA) will mentor newly elected and returning mayors to help them understand the complex inner workings of government. The first program of its kind in Australia, the support program hopes provides mayors a way of seeking advice from the LGSA following the […]


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