Local Government plays an important role in water management and conservation as well as in the provision of water services to communities in NSW.
Councils use water for their activities and community services and continuously aim to improve the efficient use of this scarce resource. Councils in regional NSW as local water utilities also provide water supply and sewerage services to local communities.
Local Government NSW (LGNSW) provides advice to councils on government policy and industry best practice relating to water policy and represents the views of NSW councils to NSW State and Australian Governments as well as other stakeholders.
LGNSW holds an annual Water Management Conference providing councils with a broad range of information on water management and issues primarily associated with local water utilities.
Submissions outlining LGNSW's general positions relating to water policy include:
Draft submission to the Legislative Assembly Standing Committee on Investment, Industry and Regional Development re the Inquiry into Support for Drought Affected Communities in New South Wales (PDF, 271KB)
- Submission to Infrastructure Australia on Reforming Urban Water - A National Pathway for Change, April 2018 (PDF 1.4Mb)
- Submission to the Australian Government Consultation on Possible Amendments to Telecommunications Carrier Powers and Immunities, Jul 2017 (PDF, 140KB)
- LGNSW, Submission to the Productivity Commission on Issues Paper of National Water Reform Inquiry, May 2017, (PDF, 561KB)
- LGNSW, Submission to NHMRC on Proposed Microbial Health Based Target Regime for Drinking Water Supplies, Nov, 2016 (PDF, 118KB)
- LGNSW Submission to the Senate Committee on Environment and Communications inquiry into stormwater resources in Australia - April 2015 (PDF, 154 KB)
- LGNSW Submission to the National Water Commission's Triennial Assessment of the National Water Initiative - Dec 2013 (PDF, 175KB)
- LGSA Submission to National Water Commission 2011 Biennial Assessment of the NWI - Nov 2010 (PDF, 210KB)