Shoalhaven City Council is encouraging local residents to have their say on the future direction of Local Government as part of the NSW Government’s current structural review.
The NSW Government has established an Independent Local Government Review Panel to recognise the ‘different needs of regional, rural and metropolitan’ communities.
As part of the review, the panel is currently consulting broadly with Councils, the wider community and key stakeholders as it investigates the financial sustainability of Councils, the way services are delivered, the future size and scale of Councils and the way community decisions are made.
Shoalhaven City Council Mayor, Paul Green said the Independent Local Government Review could have major ramifications for NSW Councils saying it was important that the local community took the time to read the initial consultation paper and make a submission.
“The Local Government Review Panel has been established to ensure that the structure and delivery models for NSW Councils are set up in a way that will meet the future needs of the community,” said Clr Green.
“In setting the terms of reference for this review, the NSW Government has praised the work of Local Government while also flagging the need for significant structural change.
“In what is expected to be a broad sweeping review of the current Local Government model some of the issues to be discussed include financial arrangements, rate pegging, roles and responsibilities and incentives to reform.”
“I would certainly encourage the local community to have their say on these issues and make comment on the future of Local Government as part of the review process.”
To make a submission and view the consultation paper visit www.localgovernmentreview.nsw.gov.au
Shoalhaven City Mayor,
Councillor Paul Green
(02) 4429 3251
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