An agreement between councils and the State Government establishes the kind of equal partnership needed to really deliver good outcomes for NSW communities.
The official signing of a new Intergovernmental Agreement was signed on Monday 14 October 2019 by LGNSW President Linda Scott, Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Deputy Premier John Barilaro, and Local Government Minister Shelley Hancock.
The signing took place at a special event at Warwick Farm, ahead of the opening of LGNSW’s Annual Conference.
This commitment to an equal partnership incorporates some very important principles:
No forced council mergers
The quickest possible return to democratically elected representation following the appointment of any Administrators, and
Consultation with LGNSW before any laws or significant policy initiatives impacting on the sector.
The IGA also recognises cost shifting.
Importantly, it commits the State Government to consideration of councils’ financial capability and budget cycles before they are asked to provide new or expanded functions.
Even more importantly, by signing this agreement the Berejiklian-Barilaro Government commits itself to alleviate potential budgetary impacts on councils where possible.
The new IGA outlines the need to work together to deliver on the key priorities of the Berejiklian-Barliaro Government, including the NSW State Infrastructure Strategy 2018-2038 and the Future Transport Strategy 2056.