The Minister for Local Government reconvened the Ministerial Advisory Group (MAG) in late 2019 as a commitment by the NSW Government to strengthening collaboration and engagement with the local government sector.

The primary purpose of the MAG is to consolidate the views of key stakeholders and provide strategic advice on relevant issues. The MAG will play a crucial role in establishing a stronger working relationship between the local government sector and the Minister.

The MAG is convened by an independent chair, Mr Peter Duncan AM. Membership was invited from peak bodies including Local Government NSW, United Services Union and Local Government Professionals, NSW Branch.


Chair: Mr Peter Duncan, AM

Peter is an experienced non-executive board director and has an advisory business dealing in management, leadership, strategic advice and infrastructure. He is the chair and non-executive director of the InfraSol group and is a director of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.

In August 2017 Peter was appointed as a Commissioner on the NSW Independent Planning Commission. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Office of Projects Victoria – and has been a member of a number of national and state government ministerial advisory committees since 2004. Peter is currently chair of the Australian Road Research Board and is a senior advisor to the NSW/Victoria governments and ACA facilitated Construction Industry Leadership Forum.

Peter Duncan’s advisory work over the last three years has also covered management consulting, assurance, project health checks and advice in the areas of Health, Justice – Corrections, Water, Agriculture, Housing, Land and Property including unsolicited proposals and construction industry policy.

Prior to moving from his 40-year public service career in 2016, he was Chief Executive of Transport NSW – Roads and Maritime Services and for over 20 years was chief executive or Executive Director in a broad range of agencies including Services, Technology and Administration, Forestry, Olympic Coordination and Premier and Cabinet.

LGNSW representative: Cr Linda Scott

Cr Linda Scott (B.Sc. [Psych.), GAICD, JP) is a City of Sydney Councillor and former Deputy Lord Mayor, first elected in 2012 and re-elected in 2016.

She is currently serving as the elected President of Local Government NSW and elected Vice-President of the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA). Linda is a regular guest on Sky News and a committed advocate for the public good. She serves on the boards of CareSuper, the NSW Environmental Trust, the NSW Public Service Medal Committee, the Road Freight Industry Council and is an alternate delegate to the Central Sydney Planning Committee. Linda is a strong advocate for local government and works to ensure councils across NSW are given the tools and support to invest in the areas that matter to their communities.

She has successfully advocated for significantly increased public funding for libraries, more local government control in planning decisions and a significant reform of local government electoral funding to increase fairness and transparency. She has also successfully fought for City action to create more affordable housing, increased early education and care centres and new skating facilities, the use of historical and indigenous languages in City parks and landmarks and increased City funding for action on dangerous climate change.

LG Professionals, NSW representative:  Mr Stewart Todd

Stewart is fast approaching 20 years’ experience working in local government in NSW. During this time, he has gained a wealth of experience in a very broad range of local government functions, including information technology, parks and landcare management, business management, economic development, communications, internal audit, corporate planning and governance.

He currently holds the position of General Manager at Narrabri Shire Council, a position he has held for the last four (4) years; in late 2018 the Council was awarded the prestigious AR Bluett Memorial Award; being recognised as the most progressive council in the state. The Award is considered the pinnacle of Local Government achievement.

Stewart holds a Master of Business Administration, majoring in Accounting as well as a Bachelor of information Technology and a Graduate Certificate in Economic Development; he is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) program.

USU representative: profile to be provided

Additional members

In December 2019 it was resolved that an EOI process would be released in 2020 to seek additional representatives to join the MAG. This process will seek people with suitable experience and expertise in fields related to local government who can contribute to the collective provision of advice to the Minister for Local Government.

MAG Community Representative EOI

The Office of Local Government has an exciting opportunity for up to four suitably experienced and qualified people to join the MAG.

The successful candidates will have demonstrated experience and expertise in areas relevant to local government. They will have a proven capacity to think critically, be objective, and to understand and manage conflicts of interest to the highest ethical standards.

Please note that these positions are voluntary and do not attract remuneration. The positions are suited to those who have a passion for local government and strive to make a difference on behalf of their local community.

The successful candidates will be expected to make themselves available to attend MAG meetings with the Minister for Local Government in Sydney. These meetings occur largely on a quarterly basis.

Interested persons should provide a description of their relevant experience and how it may be of value to the MAG, as well as a brief resume. Applications must be made in writing to by Friday 25 September 2020.

For more information about the positions please contact Jodie Healy on 0428 753 162 or Karen Purser on 0488 499 736.