||From the President
Half way through the year we are excited by our organisation’s growth in advocacy and representation for our members. We have endeavoured to develop stronger policy engagement by fostering close relationships with key decision makers within a variety of New South Wales Government stakeholders including the Minister for Local Government’s office, the NSW Ombudsman, NSW Audit, TCorp, Service NSW, ICAC, Greater Sydney Commission and the Department of Premier and Cabinet.
The development of critical submissions such as our Model Code of Conduct Submission, our submission on the review of the Integrated Planning and Reporting Manual, submissions requesting the deferral of Financial Assistance Grants from the Commonwealth Government and our discussion paper on conduct complaints have all been produced with significant input from both our members and our member networks. Additionally, we have endeavoured to develop these documents with extensive consultation and engagement with relevant NSW Government stakeholders with the dual purpose of developing stronger policy positions and raising awareness of our organisation amongst said stakeholders.
We look forward to continuing to work with our members, the sector and the New South Wales Government to develop strong advocacy on behalf of professionals in the local government sector.
Barry Smith, President, LG Professionals, NSW
From the CEO
Over the last six months we have been working hard to deliver for the sector and our members with a broad range of council services, training, events and strategic partnerships. This year we have hosted a wide number of events covering council governance, finance, our future workforce and planning while we have facilitated our broadest range yet of training opportunities for councils, our members and the sector. We are excited by the new partnership we have developed with the law firm Hall and Wilcox, providing new advocacy opportunities and support for our members. We are also excited for a number of upcoming Webinar Wednesdays with our national CEO, TCorp and Planet Footprint presenting throughout the month of August. Finally, we are also looking forward to LG Integrated Planners, LG Service Reviews and LG Innovations and Business Excellence which are all taking place over the second half of the year!
Annalisa Haskell, CEO, LG Professionals, NSW