Media Releases

A welcome financial boost for NSW councils

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Friday, 22 May 2020 The NSW Government has today welcomed the Commonwealth Government’s announcement of a new $500 million Local Road and Community Infrastructure Program. Minister for Local Government Shelley Hancock said the...

Armidale Regional Council

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Tuesday, 19 May 2020 The Minister for Local Government Shelley Hancock has today issued Armidale Regional Council with a notice of intention to suspend it for three months and appoint an interim administrator....

$500,000 Funding boost for council pounds

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Monday, 4 May 2020 Council-run pounds will benefit from half a million dollars in funding to help cover veterinary, staff and food costs as well as minor capital works during the COVID-19 crisis....

New resources deployed to upskill local government employees

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Monday, 11 May 2020 Specialist staff within the Office of Local Government will soon be deployed to assist councils access training to upskill employees impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the NSW Government announced...

Nearly $10 million in ehancements for eplanning

Victor Dominello - Minister for Customer Service Rob Stokes - Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Shelley Hancock - Minister for Local Government Tuesday, 5 May 2020 Real-time tracking and faster processing of local development applications is a step closer,...

$395m economic stimulus package to safeguard council jobs, services and infrastructure

Dominic Perrottet - TreasurerShelley Hancock - Minister for Local Government Sunday, 26 April 2020 The NSW Government today announced a $395 million economic stimulus package to safeguard council jobs, and local services and infrastructure in the wake of the COVID-19...

Regulatory changes to take pressure off ratepayers, businesses and councils

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Friday, 17 April 2020 The NSW Government has today made a series of regulatory changes to ensure council resources continue to be focused on frontline COVID-19 response efforts and allow councils to provide...

Local Government Elections

Shelley Hancock - Minister for Local Government Wednesday, 25 March 2020 The NSW Government has made the regrettable decision to postpone the September local government elections for 12 months in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Local government elections are...

Willoughby councillor penalised for misconduct

5 March 2020 A Willoughby councillor has faced disciplinary action after being found to have engaged in misconduct by the Office of Local Government (OLG). Councillor Stuart Coppock has had payment of his allowance suspended for two months after he...

Snowy Valleys and Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Councils

Shelley Hancock - Minister for Local Government Tuesday, 25 February 2020 Today I have referred two elector proposals concerning Snowy Valleys Council and Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council to the Local Government Boundaries Commission for formal assessment. I have made the decision...