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Council meets with LGNSW to discuss reforms

Wednesday, 2nd April, 2014

Wentworth Shire Council Mayor Don McKinnon, LGNSW president Keith Rhoades, LGNSW Policy Director Noel Baum and Mayor Wincen Cuy. Wentworth Shire Council Mayor Don McKinnon, LGNSW president Keith Rhoades, LGNSW Policy Director Noel Baum and Mayor Wincen Cuy.

Only a “strong two-way relationship” with government will deliver good outcomes for ratepayers and councils in the Far West, according to Mayor Wincen Cuy.

Local Government NSW (LGNSW) met with BH City Council, Wentworth Shire Council and Central Darling Shire representatives this week as part of the peak body’s Leaders Forum into the Independent Local Government Review Panel’s final report, ‘Revitalising Local Government’.

Mayor Cuy said the forum provided a chance to discuss the more than 60 recommendations in the report.

“It was an opportunity to put our views forward on the recommendations and to hear how other councils have interpreted the recommendations,” Mayor Cuy said. 

“We welcomed the opportunity to have an open and frank discussion and we have asked that LGNSW make contact with the Division of Local Government so that we can further explore some of the recommendations that are pertinent to the far west region, particularly the purpose of the Western Region Authority.

“We want to make sure the contributions of all councils in the proposed region are acknowledged and that working towards solutions and improving services is a much broader approach. It is about involving government agencies, key stakeholders and the community.”

The mayor said the forum also allowed representatives from across the region to get a greater understanding of the unique problems facing councils generally. 

“We received comments raised at forums already held across the state and our council colleagues in Wentworth Shire and Central Darling Shire also presented a range of views on the panel’s final report.

“It was a productive day and while we are supportive of change across local government, it was clear from the meeting that it is a two way street.

“It is important that we continue to build strong relationships with State Government, but it must also be supportive of the important role local government plays in all communities and the challenges we face in terms of service delivery and our financial situations.”

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