Time to Embrace Sector Stability
Local Government Professionals Australia, NSW welcomes the Berejiklian-Barilaro Government’s announcement on council amalgamations, bringing sector stability before September elections.
“The uncertainty the amalgamations agenda have brought to the sector have been a huge resource drain on local councils and have distracted the sector from much needed reform to address sector innovation, misconduct in local government, cost shifting, rate pegging and professional development”. says Barry Smith, General Manager of Hunter’s Hill Council and President of Local Government Professionals Australia, NSW.
“We were engaged from the start of the reform process back in late 2011 where the entire local government sector came together to develop real solutions. Regrettably, the focus shifted toward amalgamations, and it is a shame it has taken six years for the State Government to allow all councils to get on with the job of delivering for their community.”
The Independent Local Government Review Panel which first proposed amalgamations, included 64 other recommendations to improve council performance.
“Despite sector uncertainty, we have been committed to providing sector wide professional development opportunities, significant council improvement programs and support for councils going through amalgamations.”
“With this change in policy, we would welcome Minister Upton proactively re-engaging with the sector to ensure that real reform issues raised during the Destination 2036 discussions are dealt with. We must all refocus on supporting innovative council practices and solutions to improve performance, and address critical workforce shortfalls”, Chief Executive Officer Annalisa Haskell said.
Local Government Professionals Australia, NSW remains committed to advocating for high professional and ethical standards throughout the sector and ensuring local government is at the forefront of change and innovation in order to provide better outcomes for our communities.
We will continue to deliver recognition, networking and performance improvement opportunities through membership, events, training and council solutions.
MEDIA: Joel Schubert 0409445735