Category Archives: Local Government

The Strategic Week (no. 5, Thursday 21 January 2016) – the week in governance, planning, infrastructure and transport

Governance IPART seeks to reduce regulatory burden on NSW councils… The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) is seeking feedback on 49 recommendations to reduce the regulatory burdens that the NSW Government imposes on local government contained in a just-released draft … Continue reading

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The Strategic Week (no. 4, Friday 15 January 2016) – the week in governance, planning, infrastructure and transport

Welcome to the first edition of The Strategic Week for 2016 – and apologies for the delay in this edition which was meant to appear last week. This edition also covers the period since the appearance of TSW 3 on … Continue reading

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The Strategic Week (no. 3, Friday 18 December 2015) – the week in governance, planning, infrastructure and transport

Introduction Because of today’s announcement of the NSW local government mergers this edition of “The Strategic Week” is being released a day later than usual and the lead item on the mergers is also longer than normal. There is also … Continue reading

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The Strategic Week (no. 2, Thursday 10 December 2015) – the week in governance, planning, infrastructure and transport

Before we begin, a thank-you to all the people who read, liked, shared and commented on the inaugural edition of The Strategic Week – and especially to those who gave me detailed and instructive feedback. Your responses are all greatly … Continue reading

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Local Government Growing Regional Australia report launched

The Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government (ACELG) and Regional Capitals Australia (RCA) have just launched a report I co-authored with Dr Robyn Morris and Lucinda Molloy on local government’s role in building strong and sustainable regional capitals and regions. The report, Local … Continue reading

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Revitalising Local Government: Panel recommends new regional structures (part 3: comments and conclusions)

This is the third in a series of posts about the recently-released NSW Independent Local Government Review Panel’s final report Revitalising Local Government. In my first post I provided a brief overview of section 11 of the report which deals … Continue reading

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Revitalising Local Government: Panel recommends new regional structures (part 2: state-local cooperation and strategic planning)

This is the second in a series of posts about the recently-released NSW Independent Local Government Review Panel’s final report Revitalising Local Government. In my last post I provided a brief overview of section 11 of the report which deals … Continue reading

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Revitalising Local Government: Panel recommends new regional structures (part 1)

I indicated in my previous post on the release of the NSW Independent Local Government Review Panel’s final report Revitalising Local Government that I intended to provide a summary of the report’s key findings and recommendations, especially in relation to … Continue reading

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The NSW Independent Local Government Review Panel releases final report

The NSW Independent Local Government Review Panel’s final report, Revitalising Local Government, has just been released. The Panel was established in March 2012 and was asked to look at ways to strengthen the effectiveness of local government in NSW. The review process … Continue reading

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Recent Presentation: Options for Regional Collaboration

Recently I presented on this topic to a joint SGS and University of Technology Centre for Local Government Roundtable on “service delivery in a changing context”. My presentation was based on research I have prepared over the past two years analysing ROCs in NSW … Continue reading

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