Media Releases

Stand for your community campaign to increase diversity in local government

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Sunday, 4 July 2021 People from all walks of life are being encouraged by the NSW Government to stand for their community and run for their council election as part of a new...

Free pet registration for rescue animals

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Friday, 2 July 2021 The NSW Government today announced free lifetime pet registration for people who adopt a rescue pet from council pounds and animal shelters to ensure more dogs and cats find...

Performance improvement order issued to Georges River Council

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Tuesday, 29 June 2021 Georges River councillors have been ordered to refrain from asking questions about ICAC investigations at council meetings and two councillors have been instructed not to attend council forums when...

NSW Government welcomes next step in IPARTs proposed growth methodology

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Tuesday, 29 June 2021 The NSW Government has welcomed the next step in the biggest reform of the local government sector rating system with the release of IPART’s draft report into aligning rates...

Virtual meetings fine-tuned to allow councils to function during COVID-19 restrictions

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Monday, 28 June 2021 The NSW Government continues to support local councils to function during the state’s current COVID-19 restrictions, enhancing existing laws to allow them to hold official meetings online up until...

$1.95 million to strengthen joint organisations for regional communities

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Friday, 25 June 2021 A $1.95 million funding injection for the state’s network of 13 joint organisations has been announced by the NSW Government today, strengthening their sustainability and capacity to deliver priority...

Budget support for local councils and communities

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Tuesday, 22 June 2021 The 2021-22 NSW Budget will support the state’s 128 local councils to deliver key infrastructure, facilities and services to their local communities.  Minister for Local Government Shelley Hancock said...

Taking action against troublesome trolleys

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Saturday, 19 June 2021 From lost trolleys to stray trailers, the NSW Government is hosting workshops to finalise its comprehensive review of laws aiding local councils to protect their communities from safety hazards...

NSW Government intervenes in Georges River Council

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Wednesday, 16 June 2021 Georges River councillors subject to an ICAC investigation will be banned from attending council meetings and forums when the matter is being discussed under a proposed order issued for the Georges...

Submissions open for councils and community to comment on general manger salaries

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Monday, 14 June 2021 The NSW Government is considering changes to legislation to require an independent body to set the remuneration of local council General Managers, following community concern that some were getting...