Minister for Local Government
The Hon Shelley Hancock MP
Minister for Local Government
|Ministerial Office contact details:|
|Address:||The Hon. Shelley Hancock, MP
52 Martin Place
SYDNEY NSW 2000
|Postal:||The Hon. Shelley Hancock MP
GPO Box 5341
SYDNEY NSW 2001
|Phone:||(02) 8574 5400|
|Email:||Contact the Minister for Local Government|
The Hon. Shelley Hancock MP is the Minister for Local Government and Member for South Coast.
After serving 17 years as a councillor the Minister knows that local councils are crucial to the NSW economy and improving the lifestyle and amenity of local communities. The Minister’s key priority is to guide and support the sector that invests more than $11 billion each year in infrastructure, facilities and services and employs more than 45,000 people across the State.
First elected in 1987 to Shoalhaven City Council as a Ward Three Alderman and subsequently as Councillor, the Minister served in numerous roles including Deputy Mayor (2000-2001) and chairperson of a number of committees including Council’s Rural Fire Service Strategic Planning Committee.
Minister Hancock was elected to the Parliament of NSW in 2003, as the Member for South Coast and on 5 May 2011 was elected Speaker of the NSW Legislative Assembly – the first female Member to be nominated to the role.
On 2 April 2019 Mrs Hancock was sworn in as Minister for Local Government as part of the NSW Government. The Minister has a number of responsibilities including Coastal Management, Public Reserves, Graffiti Control, Companion Animals and of course guiding and assisting the State’s 128 local councils.
The Minister will continue to engage and collaborate with the local government sector on the best ways government can support local councils to better service their local communities now and into the future.
Minister’s Awards for Women in Local Government
The Minister’s Awards for Women in Local Government celebrate the contribution of women to local government in NSW. In addition to recognising the significant contribution of Award winners, the Awards aim to encourage more women to take on leadership roles in local government in NSW.
This year the NSW Government has announced new award categories to better reflect contemporary approaches to gender equality and changes in the local government sector. The new award categories are:
- Minister’s Award – for a female councillor or council staff member for delivering quality outcomes and innovation in helping women in their local community (nominations not required)
- Employment Diversity Award – a successful council program to increase female participation in senior leadership roles or at the elected representative level
- Elected Representative Award – a councillor who has advanced the position of female elected representatives
- Champion of Change Award – a general manager or senior manager who has excelled in supporting and encouraging women’s participation at their council
- Alternative Pathways Award – a female staff member who is the first to enter a role traditionally held by men or is breaking down gender stereotypes
- Young Achiever’s Award – an outstanding trainee/apprentice (aged under 25).