General Manager Update

The Blayney Shire Mayor, Deputy Mayor and I attended the annual Local Government NSW (LGNSW) conference in Sydney last week.  Cr Linda Scott from Sydney City Council was elected the new President of the peak body that represents the interests of NSW general and special purpose councils.  LGNSW aims to strengthen and protect an effective, democratic system of local government across NSW by supporting and advocating on behalf of member councils and delivering a range of relevant, quality services.

Keynote addresses were delivered by the Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore and the Deputy Premier the Hon John Barilaro MP, Minister for Roads the Hon Melinda Pavey MP, Minister for Local Government the Hon Gabrielle Upton MP, Shadow Minister for Local Government Peter Primrose MLC and journalist, media commentator Annabelle Crabbe. 

The results of recently research, commissioned by LGNSW were presented at the conference by Stu Reeve, Managing Director of Micromex Research and Consulting.  This study into community attitudes towards the sector shows that people consider councils to be trustworthy and they really value the importance of local decisions being made locally. 

Some key findings of the survey included:

• The vast majority (75%) of NSW residents believe local government is the best sphere of government to make decisions about their local areas.
• Most (82%) people were at least somewhat satisfied with their local council versus only 6% who said they were not at all satisfied with satisfaction increased by 10% since 2012.
• When asked what benefits local government provided the most common unprompted answer was a ‘knowledge and understanding of the local community’.
• Most (61%) rated their council’s image as good to excellent versus only 16% saying poor or below.
• The overall image of councils is influenced by people’s perception of councils’ competency, trust, acting in the best interest of local communities, financial management and value for money
• 9% of respondents said they had considered or were likely to consider running for council with interest much higher in small council areas (26%).
• Just over half (52%) of people said they were satisfied with information they received but 46% said they wanted more.

When asked what they believed would be the key issues facing their local areas over the next 10 years roads topped the list overall.  This was also was the top issue for large councils, closely followed by the effects of perceived overdevelopment and ensuring that infrastructure growth matched population increase. For residents of small and medium council areas, the most important issue was local economies and support for business and employment followed closely by roads.

The full report and presentation is available on LGNSW website http://www.lgnsw.org.au/key-initiatives/community-perceptions-local-government
Retired former Councillor Geoff Braddon OAM attended the LGNSW Gala Dinner on the final evening to receive the much acclaimed outstanding service award.  As a lifetime resident of Carcoar, Geoff Braddon was one of first elected members of the newly constituted Blayney Shire Council in 1978.  Geoff continued as a Councillor throughout the years, only taking one term off during his service.  He also served as Deputy Mayor from 1984-87 and for a short period in 2001.  Upon retirement in September 2017, he had served a total of 33 years in local government.

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Last modified: 14 Dec 2017

Blayney Shire Council

91 Adelaide Street, Blayney NSW 2799
PO Box 62, Blayney NSW 2799
Telephone: (02) 6368 2104
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Email: council@blayney.nsw.gov.au

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