Minister for Local Government

Lachlan Shire awarded

• Deputy Premier John Barilaro MP, Lachlan Shire Council (LSC) Chief Financial Officer John Chapman, LSC Mayor John Medcalf, LSC General Manager Robert Hunt and Minister for Local Government Gabrielle Upton MP at the LG Awards dinner where LSC received Highly Commended award in the “Innovative Leadership and Management” category. Cont

 

On Thursday 6 April, over 300 local government professionals gathered in the Ivy Ballroom, Sydney to celebrate the outstanding achievements of the sector at the Local Government Professionals Australia, NSW’s flagship event The LG Awards Dinner.

These awards recognise and showcase the pinnacle of excellence in the local government sector in NSW and significant achievements by NSW councils over the past year. This year, both Deputy Premier John Barilaro MP and Minister for Local Government Gabrielle Upton MP presented awards to nominees from the sector.

The Awards event was attended by Mayor, Cr John Medcalf, General Manager Robert Hunt and Chief Financial Officer John Chapman. Lachlan Shire Council was extremely proud to receive a Highly Commended award in the “Innovative Leadership and Management” category for its submission on transforming to a sustainable Lachlan.

“Council’s submission outlined the various strategies implemented to ensure Council met the Fit For The Future performance targets including being financially sustainable and noted the improvements being made to community facilities despite cutbacks in expenditure,” Mayor Medcalf explained.

Other councils nominated in the same category included City of Canada Bay Council, City of Ryde Council, Georges River Council, Lismore City Council, Liverpool City Council, Port Macquarie-Hastings Council and Tweed Shire Council.

“These nominations build confidence and encourage more ideas from Councillors and staff to create a better vision for the future. We are very proud to be part of the Local Government sector and it is great for Council to be recognised in this way by its peers,” Mayor Medcalf concluded.

Media Release

Lachlan survives to fight another day

By Melissa Blewitt

Lachlan Shire Council (LSC) has survived the second phase of the State Government’s ‘Fit for the Future’ process.

They have been spared a forced amalgamation, for now.

Minister for Local Government Paul Toole and NSW Premier Mike Baird announced that 152 NSW Councils will be cut back to 112 last Friday.

The number of regional councils will be reduced from 109 to 87.

Lachlan, Bland, Parkes and Forbes will stand alone, however, Orange, Blayney and Cabonne along with Bathurst and Oberon Councils were not so fortunate, all facing a merger process.

LSC now has the opportunity to revise and resubmit its Fit for the Future proposal to be re-assessed and declared fit in 2016.

Mayor of Lachlan Shire Council (LSC), Councillor John Medcalf has welcomed the announcement that LSC will remain as a stand-alone Council following the announcement by the NSW Premier, on the future of local government in NSW.

“The outcome, while very pleasing, does not mean LSC is out of the woods just yet as more work needs to be undertaken with regard to scale and capacity. LSC along with all other “unfit” councils will be reassessed again in September next year by the NSW Government following the introduction of Joint Organisations of Councils,” he said.

“However I am confident we have the staff to get us “Fit for The Future” in all aspects and with the continued support of the community we can remain an independent financially sustainable Council providing new and expanded services that meet the needs of the community.

“I would like to thank our Local State Member, Kevin Humphries for his support during this process and for listening to our concerns. Thank you also to members of the Shire community who strongly displayed their desire for LSC to remain as a stand-alone Council during this long and protracted reform process,” he said.

“Importantly, on behalf of fellow Councillors, I thank LSC staff who have worked tirelessly over many long hours to achieve this successful outcome,” Mr Medcalf concluded.

The merger proposals announced, will now go forward to the Chief Executive Officer of Local Government who will conduct public inquiries and then refer their recommendations on to the Boundaries Commission for final determination. Due to the boundary review process, the local government elections scheduled for September 2016, will now be pushed back to March 2017.

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