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New Local Government NSW President elected

Shelley Hancock - Minister for Local Government Monday, 6 December 2021 The NSW Government today congratulated Councillor Darriea Turley for...

Voters go to the polls to elect local leaders

Shelley Hancock - Minister for Local Government Saturday, 4 December 2021 After council elections were postponed twice in response to...

Joint organisation model gets tick of approval

Paul Toole - Deputy PremierMinister for Regional NSWMinister for Regional Transport and Roads Shelley Hancock - Minister for Local Government...

Ratepayers spared election delay tab

Shelley Hancock - Minister for Local Government Tuesday, 30 November 2021 The NSW Government is putting up an additional $29.1...

Councillor misconduct review takes next step

Shelley Hancock - Minister for Local Government Friday, 26 November 2021 Its time to have your say on councillor misconduct...

The time to pre-poll vote is here

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Monday, 22 November 2021 The time has come for many to cast their...

Tough new laws to protect public spaces

Shelley Hancock - Minister for Local Government Friday, 19 November 2021 Valuable public spaces across the State will be protected...

New laws to crack down on shopping trolleys

Shelley Hancock - Minister for Local Government Wednesday, 17 November 2021 Irresponsible supermarket operators would face on-the-spot fines for failing...

$3 million boost for bush and border communities hit hard by pandemic

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Natalie Ward - Minister for Sport, Multiculturalism, Seniors and Veterans Tuesday, 16 November...

Women get set to take local government

Bronnie Taylor - Minister for Mental Health, Regional Youth and WomenShelley Hancock - Minister for Local Government Friday, 12 November...

Pawfect start to $4.6 million transformation

Shelley Hancock - Minister for Local Government Monday, 8 November 2021 Work has begun on a $4.6 million transformation of...

Local support for hoarding and squalor cases

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Sunday, 7 November 2021 The NSW Government has partnered with Catholic Healthcare to...

Easing housing stress for those in need

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Saturday, 6 November 2021 The NSW Government is making it easier for people...

Caretaker mode for NSW councils signals final stretch to elections

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Friday, 5 November 2021 Local councils across NSW will enter caretaker mode from...

Winning Hawkesbury photos make 2022 calendar

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Tuesday, 2 November 2021 Winners have been announced for the Our Hawkesbury River...

Women zoom to the nomination finish line

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local GovernmentBronnie Taylor – Minister for Mental Health, Regional Youth and Women Sunday, 31 October...

Council meetings take exciting virtual step

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Saturday, 30 October 2021 New changes introduced this week are set to revolutionise...

Women invited to zoom through glass ceiling

Shelley Hancock - Minister for Local GovernmentBronnie Taylor - Minister for Mental Health, Regional Youth and Women Wednesday, 27 October...

Nominations open for council elections

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Monday, 25 October 2021 Nominations are open, and it’s time to increase the...

Oatley community upgrades are rolling in

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Saturday, 23 October 2021 Oatley residents will soon enjoy nearly $3 million worth...

New law safeguards December elections

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Wednesday, 20 October 2021 Minister for Local Government Shelley Hancock today welcomed the...

One week until nominations for councils open

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Monday, 18 October 2021 It’s nearly time to nominate, stand up and represent...

Women encouraged to ‘go for it’ when Local Government election nominations open soon

Shelley Hancock - Minister for Local Government Bronnie Taylor - Minister for Mental Health, Regional Youth and Women Sunday, 10...

$250 million gain for growing NSW communities

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Saturday, 9 October 2021 Growing communities are set to benefit from the most...

Central Coast Council Public Inquiry

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Tuesday, 28 September 2021 The failure of the livestream for the public hearing...

Annual report card reveals resilience of local councils

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Wednesday, 22 September 2021 An annual report card on the local government sector...

Mayors and council staff unite to max the vax

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Tuesday, 21 September 2021 Mayors and council workers are united in one voice...

New action plan following ICAC report

Rob Stokes - Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Shelley Hancock - Minister for Local Government Monday, 20 September 2021...

Councils focus on mental health during COVID-19 outbreak

Shelley Hancock - Minister for Local Government Bronnie Taylor - Minister for Mental Health, Regional Youth & Women Friday, 17...

Council credit card management under the microscope

Shelley Hancock - Minister for Local Government Monday, 13 September 2021 The NSW Government has released new guidelines to strengthen...

Mayors at the table in regular council webinar program

Shelley Hancock - Minister for Local Government Sunday, 5 September 2021 Council mayors and general managers have joined together for...

New Project to keep cats safe at home

Matt Kean - Minister for Energy and Environment Shelley Hancock - Minister for Local Government Saturday, 4 September 2021 A...

Public Inquiry into Wingecarribee Shire Council

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Wednesday, 1 September 2021 The NSW Government has announced a public inquiry to...

Calling all council staff to get vaccinated

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Tuesday, 31 August 2021 Minister for Local Government Shelley Hancock has today announced...

Financial support for council childcare centres in NSW

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Wednesday, 25 August 2021 Childcare centres operated by local councils across the state...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Local government elections postponed

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Sunday, 25 July 2021 The NSW Government today announced a new date for...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

$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...

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...

Taking action against troublesome trolleys

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Saturday, 19 June 2021 From lost trolleys to stray trailers, the NSW Government...

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...

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...

Bowled over by plans for Mark Taylor Oval

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Sunday, 13 June 2021 New artist impressions showcase how $9 million in funding...

Independent review set to crack down on councillor bad behaviour

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Friday, 11 June 2021 The NSW Government has commissioned a review of the...

New taskforce to support councils with disaster recovery

John Barilaro - Deputy PremierMinister for Regional NSWMinistry for Industry and Trade Paul Toole - Minister for Regional Transport and...

Government calls on Dubbo Regional Council to lift performance and behaviour standards

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Tuesday, 1 June 2021 The NSW Government has issued a proposed Performance Improvement...

Councils to comment, like and share views on new Social Media Policy

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Friday, 28 May 2021 Councils across NSW will be able to comment on...

Wingecarribee Shire Council administrator extended for a further three months

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Thursday, 27 May 2021 To encourage more organisational stability and community confidence, the...

100 days to go until voters have a say on their local council

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Thursday, 27 May 2021 The power to change their local community will be...

Regional councils plug into e-planning

Rob Stokes - Minister for Planning and Public SpacesVictor Dominello - Minister for Digital and Minister for Customer ServiceShelley Hancock...

Key rating reforms for local councils and communities passes parliament

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Friday, 14 May 2021 Councils and communities across NSW now have a fairer...

Making life easier for pet owners

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Victor Dominello – Minister for Digital, Minister for Customer Service Tuesday, 4 May...

More time to nominate in the Ministers’ awards for women in local government

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Bronnie Taylor - Minister for Women Thursday, 29 April 2021 Local communities across...

Public Inquiry into Central Coast Council

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Monday, 26 April 2021 The NSW Government has announced a public inquiry into...

Councils warned over cat management complaints

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Sunday, 25 April 2021 The NSW Government has warned local councils that they...

Central Coast Council interim administrator’s final report

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Thursday, 15 April 2021 The NSW Government has received the Central Coast Council...

Councils honoured for excellence and innovation in public works

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Friday, 9 April 2021 The achievements and contributions of councils across the State...

$4.8 million in funding to digitise regional NSW

Rob Stokes - Minister for Planning And Public Spaces Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Thursday, 1 April 2021...

Blue Mountains Public Inquiry Final Report

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Thursday, 25 March 2021 The NSW Government today tabled the final report following...

$400 million infrastructure boost for NSW councils

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Rob Stokes - Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Wednesday, 24 March 2021...

Specialist support group stands ready to help flood-affected communities

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Tuesday, 23 March 2021 A specialist support group to co-ordinate council-to-council assistance has...

Nominations now open for women in local government awards

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Bronnie Taylor - Minister for Mental Health, Regional Youth and Women Thursday, 18...

Fairer rating reforms introduced to parliament

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Tuesday, 16 March 2021 Today the NSW Government introduced legislation to ensure a...

Wingecarribee Shire Council suspended

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Friday, 12 March 2021 The NSW Government has suspended Wingecarribee Shire Council and...

Changes to encourage more women to run for council

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Tuesday, 9 March 2021 The NSW Government is set to scrap a number...

Local Government legend’s stellar career immortalised in Women’s Awards

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Monday, 8 March 2021 A special annual award and scholarship honouring the exceptional...

Wingecaribee Shire Council faces suspension

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Wednesday, 3 March 2021 The Minister for Local Government Shelley Hancock has today...

State’s councillors put on notice

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Wednesday, 3 March 2021 The NSW Government has warned councillors that they face...

Funding boost for councils to engage youth

Gareth Ward - Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Tuesday, 2 March...

Multi-million dollar boost for RSPCA NSW shelters

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Tuesday, 2 March 2021 RSPCA shelters across the State are set to receive...

Workshops to encourage women to stand for their community this September

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Tuesday, 16 February 2021 With local government elections in seven months, the NSW...

Vale Lilliane Brady

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Sunday, 7 February 2021 It is with great sadness I acknowledge the passing...

Central Coast Council suspension extended

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Monday, 25 January 2021 The NSW Government has extended the suspension of Central...

Have your say on the draft Local Government Rating Bill

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Monday, 18 January 2021 Communities across the State have just over two weeks...

Man’s best friend named

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Sunday, 10 January 2021 An analysis of nearly one and half million dogs...

Council rating reforms on the way

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Monday, 21 December 2020 The NSW Government has released a draft Bill for...

New appointments to statutory local government body

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Friday, 18 December 2020 The NSW Government today announced two new appointees to...

Armidale councillors reinstated

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Friday, 11 December 2020 Armidale councillors will be reinstated from December 12 under...

Funding for NSW councils to boost summer fun

Dominic Perrottet - Treasurer Rob Stokes - Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government...

Helping pets find fur-ever homes this christmas

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Monday, 30 November 2020 The NSW Government is supporting local councils to care...

Armidale Regional Council

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Monday, 23 November 2020 Armidale councillors would be reinstated with strict controls and...

Supporting councils and communities doing it tough

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Tuesday, 17 November 2020 The 2020-21 NSW Budget will see critical support provided...

Central Coast Council suspended

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Friday, 30 October 2020 The NSW Government today suspended Central Coast Council and...

Central Coast Council facing suspension

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Wednesday, 21 October 2020 To ensure Central Coast Council’s workers are paid today,...

Specialist support unit stands ready for bushfire season

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Tuesday, 20 October 2020 A specialist support unit to co-ordinate council-to-council assistance has...

$12 million infrastructure boost for far west communities

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Adam Marshall - Minister for AgricultureMinister for Western NSW Wednesday, 14 October 2020...

Expansion works milestone at RSPCA Centre

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Tuesday, 13 October 2020 The exciting next chapter of NSW’s largest animal shelter...

Equipping women to stand for their community

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Sunday, 11 October 2020 From Singleton to Stanmore, Dubbo to Drummoyne, women across...

Statement on Central Coast Council

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Tuesday, 6 October 2020 Central Coast Council has today advised the Office of...

Outdoor dining coming soon

Victor Dominello - Minister for Customer ServiceRob Stokes - Minister for Planning and Public SpacesShelley Hancock – Minister for Local...

Woollahra women lead the way in gender equality

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Friday, 25 September 2020 Minister for Local Government Shelley Hancock has congratulated Woollahra...

Virtual council meetings permitted for another six months

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Tuesday, 22 September 2020 The NSW Government has authorised local councils to hold...

Backing women to stand for their community

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Bronnie Taylor - Minister for Mental Health, Regional Youth and Women Thursday, 17...

PIO issued to Wingecarribe Shire Council

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Tuesday, 8 September 2020 The NSW Government today issued a Performance Improvement Order...

Ministers’ Awards shine spotlight on inspirational women in local government

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Monday, 31 August 2020 The accomplishments of inspirational women in NSW councils have...

Armidale Regional Council suspension period extended

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Friday, 28 August 2020 The NSW Government has extended the suspension of Armidale...

Wingecarribee Shire Council

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Thursday, 20 August 2020 Yesterday I issued a Notice of Intention to issue...

Shoalhaven school students walk in the footsteps of their local leaders for a day

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Monday, 10 August 2020 Ten high school students from across the Shoalhaven walked...

$250 million boost for public spaces

Dominic Perrottet - TreasurerRob Stokes - Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Wednesday, 5 August 2020 Councils across NSW will...

Councils recognised during Local Government Week for stepping up to the challenge

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Monday, 3 August 2020 Local Government Week is a time to acknowledge the...

Small Business Month grants to councils and local chambers of commerce

Damien Tudehope – Minister for Finance and Small BusinessShelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Thursday, 16 July 2020 Councils...

Rate relief extended for bushfire victims

John Barilaro - Deputy Premier / Minister for Regional NSW, Industry and TradeShelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Monday,...

Government responds to Council rating review

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Thursday, 18 June 2020 Following extensive consultation with the local government sector and...

New date set for Local Government elections

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Friday, 12 June 2020 The NSW Government today announced that the local government...

Armidale Regional Council Suspended

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Friday, 12 June 2020 The NSW Government today suspended Armidale Regional Council and...

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...

Armidale Regional Council

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Tuesday, 19 May 2020 The Minister for Local Government Shelley Hancock has today...

$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...

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...

Nearly $10 million in ehancements for eplanning

Victor Dominello - Minister for Customer Service Rob Stokes - Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Shelley Hancock - Minister...

$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...

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...

Local Government Elections

Shelley Hancock - Minister for Local Government Wednesday, 25 March 2020 The NSW Government has made the regrettable decision to...

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...

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...

Action plan to increase female representation on local councils

A promotional campaign, training and mentoring programs, and family friendly meeting arrangements are part of a comprehensive action plan to increase the number of women serving on local councils across the State. Minister for Local Government Shelley Hancock said the NSW Government action plan, endorsed by key stakeholders at a recent special forum at Parliament House would encourage more women to stand for their local council.

Wagga Wagga City Council joins Riverina Joint Organisation

Wagga Wagga City Council has been formally proclaimed a member of the Riverina Joint Organisation, Minister for Local Government Shelley Hancock announced today. Mrs Hancock said Wagga Wagga City Council joins seven other local councils as a member of the regional body including Bland, Coolamon, Cootamundra-Gundagai, Greater Hume, Junee, Lockhart, and Temora.

More time to nominate in Ministers’ Awards for Women in Local Government

Small businesses and councils affected by the bushfires can apply for a suite of financial assistance packages thanks to the NSW and Commonwealth Governments. The financial support includes grants of up to $50,000 for small businesses directly affected by bushfire, up to $250,000 to Local Government Areas, a Bushfire Working Capital Loan of up to $50,000 and low interest loans of up to $500,000 to eligible small businesses, primary producers and not-for-profits in bushfire impacted council areas.

Council rates relief for bushfire affected communities

The NSW Government has today announced six months of council rates relief to ease the burden for anyone who has lost their home or small business in the recent bush fires. Deputy Premier and Minister responsible for Disaster Recovery John Barilaro and Minister for Local Government Shelley Hancock said the funding is part of the NSW Government’s unwavering commitment to do all it can to help local communities recover and rebuild from the devastating bushfires.

NSW Fire-affected businesses and councils encouraged to access financial support

Small businesses and councils affected by the bushfires can apply for a suite of financial assistance packages thanks to the NSW and Commonwealth Governments. The financial support includes grants of up to $50,000 for small businesses directly affected by bushfire, up to $250,000 to Local Government Areas, a Bushfire Working Capital Loan of up to $50,000 and low interest loans of up to $500,000 to eligible small businesses, primary producers and not-for-profits in bushfire impacted council areas.

Administrator appointed to Balranald Shire Council

Balranald Shire Council has been dismissed following a public inquiry which found it is plagued by entrenched performance and behavioural issues. Minister for Local Government Shelley Hancock accepted the recommendation from the independent commissioner of the public inquiry to dismiss the council’s mayor and councillors and appoint an administrator to address financial and structural issues.

NSW Government partners with GIVIT to distribute donated goods

The NSW Government is partnering with not-for-profit organisation GIVIT to ensure goods and services donated by the public reach people who need them most and reduce the workload of frontline personnel in bush fire affected areas.

Nominations now open for women in Local Government awards

People across the State are encouraged to celebrate the contributions of inspirational women in NSW councils by making a nomination for the 2020 Ministers’ Awards for Women in Local Government. Minister for Local Government Shelley Hancock said the 13th annual awards are a chance to recognise female councillors and council staff who make their local communities better through hard work and bold ideas.

Fire affected Councils to receive immediate funding

The NSW Government is partnering with the Commonwealth to immediately distribute $33 million to Councils across the State who have been severely impacted by bushfires. Minister for Local Government Shelley Hancock has guaranteed that the State Government will distribute funds to Councils within one business day following it clearing the State’s bank account.

Paws before giving a pet this christmas

The NSW Government is today urging anyone considering giving a pet as a gift this Christmas to carefully consider the ongoing responsibility and commitment required to care for a dog or a cat. Minister for Local Government Shelley Hancock said tempting as it may be to surprise family or friends with a furry gift, people must consider the ongoing cost, care and responsibility that comes with being a pet owner.

Future proofing the Impounding Act

The NSW Government today announced a comprehensive review of laws enabling local councils to remove safety hazards caused by abandoned items in public places. Minister for Local Government Shelley Hancock said the review of the Impounding Act 1993 will ensure communities are protected from hazards such as rogue shopping trolleys, boat trailers, share bikes and e-scooters.

Financial boost for Narromine business hub

The NSW Government today announced a $50,000 grant to Narromine Shire Council for a creative co-working space to help entrepreneurs and businesses connect and grow.

Encouraging women to stand for election to their local council

The NSW Government last week hosted a forum at Parliament House to develop strategies to increase female representation in the State’s local government sector. Minister for Local Government Shelley Hancock and Minister for Women Bronnie Taylor brought together a range of key stakeholders and experts at the Election of Women to Local Government Workshop.

Celebrating excellence and innovation in public works

The achievements and contributions of engineers from across the State was celebrated at the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (IPWEA - NSW) Engineering Excellence Awards this evening. Minister for Local Government Shelley Hancock joined this year’s winners at an awards ceremony in the Hunter Valley to celebrate their accomplishments.

Council loan approval to buy Bomen land

The NSW Government has granted approval to Wagga Wagga City Council for an internal loan to fund the purchase of key lands for the long-term growth of the Bomen industrial precinct.

Regional agreement deepens city-country connection

The NSW Government has today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Regional Cities NSW to strengthen collaboration to deliver projects and services that our regional communities urgently need.

Make your mark on Graffiti Removal Day 2019

Community groups across NSW are being urged to brush up on their creative skills for this year’s Graffiti Removal Day. Minister for Local Government Shelley Hancock and Attorney General Mark Speakman joined their Parliamentary colleagues and Graffiti Removal Day organisers at Parliament House today to help mobilise local communities to roll up their sleeves at the annual event.

Central Darling administration extended

The NSW Government today announced it is extending the period of administration for Central Darling Shire Council. Minister for Local Government Shelley Hancock said the four-year extension would allow for a comprehensive long-term plan to be developed and implemented to ensure a stronger future for the council and its communities.

Showcasing NSW Councils at the click of a button

Ratepayers across the State can now find out about their local council area and the wide range of services they deliver at the click of a button. Minister for Local Government Shelley Hancock today launched the NSW Government’s Your Council website to showcase the work of the State’s 128 local councils.

NSW Government reduces the cost of council elections

The NSW Government will provide almost $20 million in funding to reduce the cost of running next year’s local government elections for councils and their communities. Minister for Local Government Shelley Hancock said the Government has listened to the concerns of councils about significant increases in their election costs as part of IPART’s review of the cost of local government elections.

No such risky business for NSW councils

Local councils across the State will have the tools to minimise financial risk and prevent fraud and corruption under a new statutory framework released for public consultation. Minister for Local Government Shelley Hancock said the proposed new framework would mandate the appointment and operation of Audit, Risk and Improvement Committees at the State’s 128 local councils.

Paws to consider adopting this International Dog Day

The NSW Government and the RSPCA have joined forces ahead of International Dog Day to encourage prospective dog owners to ‘adopt not shop’ for their new pet. Minister for Local Government Shelley Hancock and RSPCA CEO Steve Coleman said the worldwide celebration of man’s best friend was the perfect time to welcome a rescue dog into your home.

One year reprieve for council emergency services levy

The NSW Government today announced it would fund the increase in the emergency services levy for NSW councils this financial year to meet the cost of new workers’ compensation for firefighters. Acting Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro and the Minister for Local Government Shelley Hancock said the State’s 128 councils would not have to pay the additional $13.6 million this financial year.

Council Infrastructure loans surpass half a billion dollars

More than half a billion dollars in low interest loans have been granted to local councils across the State helping them fund vital infrastructure projects and programs for local communities.

Shining a spotlight on your Council for Local Government Week

Shelley Hancock – Minister for Local Government Friday, 26 July 2019 Local Government Week is a time to acknowledge the...

A million good reasons to take home a rescue pet

Over 40,000 owners of rehomed cats and dogs have benefitted from $1 million dollars’ worth of discounted pet registration fees, Minister for Local Government Shelley Hancock announced today. Mrs Hancock said the NSW Government introduced half-price pet registration fees for animals adopted from pounds and shelters in 2016 to encourage would-be pet owners to consider adopting homeless pets. The discount was extended to include animals purchased from 95 rehoming organisations last year.

Common sense council measures pass parliament

Common sense measures to support the State’s 128 local councils to deliver for their local communities have passed NSW Parliament, Minister for Local Government Shelley Hancock said today. Mrs Hancock said the Local Government Amendment Bill 2019 has passed both Houses of Parliament and will provide practical and sensible solutions to long-standing issues facing local councils.

Supporting councils to support communities

The 2019-20 NSW Budget highlights the NSW Government’s commitment to support and strengthen local councils so they can better serve their communities. Minister for Local Government Shelley Hancock said this Budget builds on the NSW Government’s past commitments to ensure local councils have the capacity to deliver for their residents.

$12 Million for RSPCA shelter expansion

Dominic Perrottet - Treasurer of NSW Shelley Hancock - Minister for Local Government Sunday, 16 June 2019 The largest animal...

New and improved online pet registration gets tails wagging

Thousands of dog and cat owners across the State are taking advantage of new and improved online systems to register their pets from the comfort of their own homes.

Ciao Bellas Beautiful monikertops most popular dog name list

Dogs named Bella, Charlie, Coco and Daisy are more than likely to be among the droves of dogs joining their owners on the RSPCA Million Paws Walk this weekend. In conjunction with the event, Minister for Local Government Shelley Hancock has released the top 10 most popular dog names in the State based on an analysis of pooches on the NSW Pet Registry.

Cats and dogs take centre stage at this year’s Sydney Royal Easter Show

Thousands of people flock to the Sydney Royal Easter Show to see the State’s most pampered dogs and cats but for the first time this year they will be able to find out how to best take care of their own beloved furry friends. Minister for Local Government Shelley Hancock visited the NSW Pet Registry stand at the Show today to help promote responsible pet ownership, including microchipping, de-sexing and registration.

Snowy Valleys Council joins Canberra Region Joint Organisation

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro today visited Tumut to announce that the NSW Government has granted approval for Snowy Valleys Council to join the Canberra Region Joint Organisation.

New powers put brakes on bad bike operators 

Local councils have been given stronger powers to protect their communities from irresponsible share bike operators. Local Government Minister Gabrielle Upton said the new powers allow councils to more easily seize dumped bikes and fine operators whose bikes are dumped in public places.

Council misconduct tops complaint list

For the second year in a row, council misconduct allegations have topped the annual list of complaints by residents and ratepayers.

Statement about Save Tumbarumba Shire Inc Proposal

The proposal by Save Tumbarumba Shire Inc to reinstate the former Tumbarumba Shire Council does not meet requirements under the Local Government Act. The Office of Local Government made the determination following extensive legal review of the proposal.

Councils court out over rates debt collection

NSW local councils are being encouraged to work with people who have unpaid rates to get on payment plans instead of taking ratepayers to court. Local Government Minister Gabrielle Upton and Attorney General Mark Speakman today released new Debt Management and Hardship Guidelines and called on all councils in NSW to review their policies and procedures to treat ratepayers more fairly. Ms Upton said the State’s 128 councils collect more than $4 billion in rates each year which fund roads, footpaths, libraries, parks and swimming pools.

Council Credit Card use crackdown

The NSW Government has announced sweeping new measures to ensure local councils are properly managing credit card expenditure.

Council meetings go live

NSW’s local council meetings will be webcast under the new Model Code of Meeting Practice released today.

Penrith councillor guilty of misconduct

13 July 2018 The Office of Local Government has welcomed a decision by the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT)...

Far West Communities To Benefit From Joint Organisations

A funding package of $20 million has been secured for the Far West following the formal establishment of two new joint organisations to improve the delivery of key infrastructure and services in the region.

New engagement team launched to support councils

19 June 2018 The Office of Local Government has launched a new engagement team dedicated to working with local councils...

Griffith councillor reprimanded over pecunairy interest disclosure breaches

6 March 2018 The Office of Local Government (OLG) has welcomed a decision by the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal...

Have your say on council meeting code and councillor training

27 February 2018 The Office of Local Government is reminding council staff and councillors as well as members of the...

Have your say on new code of conduct for councils

24 November 2017 The Office of Local Government is reminding councils and members of the community to have their say...

Warrumbungle councillor suspended for misconduct

6 October 2017 The Office of Local Government (OLG) has suspended a Warrumbungle Shire councillor for misconduct. Councillor Fred Clancy...

Central Darling Shire, Oberon and Lithgow City Councils put on notice

Friday 11 November, 2016 Lithgow City, Oberon and Central Darling Shire councils have today been issued with a notice of...

Councillor Con Hindi suspended from Hurstville City Council

4 May 2016 Hurstville City Councillor Con Hindi, has been reprimanded and suspended from civic office for misconduct. The Office...