Media Releases

Coffs Harbour councillors penalised over meeting stunt

24 August 2021 Four Coffs Harbour councillors are facing disciplinary action after being found to have engaged in misconduct by the Office of Local Government (OLG). Councillors Paul Amos, John Arkan, Keith Rhoades and Tegan Swan have had payment of...

Mandatory risk management a step closer for NSW councils

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Tuesday, 24 August 2021 Communities across the state can now have their say on new draft guidelines for local councils, aimed at protecting ratepayers and improving service delivery. Minister for Local Government Shelley...

NSW Government safeguards council jobs

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Friday, 13 August 2021 The NSW Government today announced it would provide $1,500 a fortnight in financial support to local government employees whose jobs have been impacted by the state’s current COVID-19 outbreak....

First innings for Mark Taylor Oval revamp

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Tuesday, 10 August 2021 Construction to revitalise Mark Taylor Oval for the state’s local and competitive cricketers has commenced, backed by NSW Government funding. Minister for Local Government Shelley Hancock has commended Hornsby...

Top tips and tricks for keeping pets happy and healthy during lockdown

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Wednesday, 4 August 2021 Messy mealtimes and furry-friendly puzzles are some of the new and exciting ways to keep pets entertained during the latest COVID-19 restrictions in Greater Sydney and Shellharbour. Minister for...

Councils continue to build on their legacy of helping the community

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Tuesday, 3 August 2021 The NSW Government is throwing its support behind Local Government Week, acknowledging the important role local councils have to play in looking after their communities, particularly during challenging times...

Council rates relief for bushfire victims extended for another six months

John Barilaro – Deputy Premier Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Monday, 26 July 2021 The NSW Government is continuing to support victims of the devastating 2019-20 bushfires, announcing $2.5 million to fund another six months of council rate...

Local government elections postponed

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Sunday, 25 July 2021 The NSW Government today announced a new date for the Local Government elections has been set for Saturday 4 December 2021. Minister for Local Government Shelley Hancock said the...

Workshops inspire women to run for local government elections

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Bronnie Taylor – Minister for Mental Health, Regional Youth and Women Wednesday, 21 July 2021 The tide is turning on the statistics which say women represent less than a third of the state’s...

Independent statutory review into Local Government Boundaries Commission

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Tuesday, 20 July 2021 The NSW Government today announced an independent statutory review into the Local Government Boundaries Commission. The review will examine the effectiveness of the membership composition, functions and processes of...