Local Government Reform updatePosted Saturday 15 March 2014
In the last edition of Mosman Now we reported that the Independent Local Government Review Panel had provided its final report and recommendations to the NSW Government. The three member panel was appointed by the Minister for Local Government, the Hon. Don Page MP, in March 2012 to develop options to improve the strength and effectiveness of local government in NSW. During the term of its appointment the Panel has produced a number of papers that have challenged the way local government operates in NSW and generated a lot of debate, particularly in relation to proposals for structural reform, including Council amalgamations.
The final report of the Independent Local Government Review Panel was released for public consultation by the Minister for Local Government in January this year. The deadline for public submissions on the report has recently been extended until 4 April 2014 and members of the community are encouraged to view its contents on the Division of Local Government website – www.dlg.nsw.gov.au.
Mosman Council has continued to be very actively involved in reviewing the progress of Panel deliberations including its final report to the NSW Government. At its February 2014 meeting, Council resolved to make a comprehensive submission on the final report, as well as a second report recently released in relation to a review of the NSW Local Government Act. Council maintains its strong opposition to the forced amalgamation of Mosman with any other local government area.
Assisting Council over the past year has been the Committee for an Independent Mosman, which will also be providing a submission on the final report and continuing to support Mosman’s future as an independently governed local area. Public submissions on the final report can be lodged on the website mentioned above or by regular mail to the Division of Local Government.