Ministerial Releases

New pathway to guide Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council de-amalgamation

The NSW Government has today salvaged the plan to de-amalgamate Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council (CGRC). Since coming to office, the Minister and Office of Local Government have explored the legal avenues available to achieve a successful demerger under the roadmap provided by the previous Liberal-National government. This roadmap has only succeeded in leading to a dead end, with no statutory mechanism under the legislation (section 218CC of the Local Government Act 1993) to create two independent and fully functioning councils.

2023-24 Budget delivers transparency, accountability and financial security to councils

Ron Hoenig - Minister for Local Government Tuesday, 19 September 2023 The Minns Labor Government is delivering on a core election commitment to ensure greater transparency and accountability to NSW councils.The 2023-24 NSW Budget invests an additional $4.5 million to...

Fairer democratic elections to return for City of Sydney

The NSW Government is returning democracy and fairness to the City of Sydney by removing rules that favour the votes of businesses over residents in local government elections. The City of Sydney Amendment Bill 2023 introduced by the Government seeks to reinstate the voting rules for non-residential electors that apply in all other LGAs across NSW. In 2014, the City of Sydney Act 1988 was amended to give eligible businesses two votes in council elections, compared to one each for residents.

Concessions now available to pensioners for council rates

Eligible pensioners across NSW can now apply for a rebate on their council rates to help with the rising cost of living. An annual concession of up to $250 per property is available to pensioners for ordinary rates and domestic waste charges.

Construction underway in $1.775 million upgrade of RSPCA Broken Hill Veterinary Hospital

Construction underway in $1.775 million upgrade of RSPCA Broken Hill Veterinary Hospital.

Ministers’ Awards celebrate Women in Local Government

Nominations are now open for a prestigious awards program that showcases inspirational women and their achievements in our state’s councils.