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  • LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACTS TASKFORCE

    Report to the Minister for Local Government the Hon Don Page MP

    A New Local Government Act for New South Wales

    and Review of the City of Sydney Act

    1988

    16 October 2013

  • ACCESS TO SERVICES The Division of Local Government, Department of Premier and Cabinet is located at: Levels 1 and 2 5 O’Keefe Avenue Locked Bag 3015 NOWRA NSW 2541 NOWRA NSW 2541 Phone 02 4428 4100 Fax 02 4428 4199 TTY 02 4428 4209 Level 9, 6 – 10 O’Connell Street PO Box R1772 SYDNEY NSW 2000 ROYAL EXCHANGE NSW 1225 Phone 02 9289 4000 Fax 02 9289 4099 Email dlg@dlg.nsw.gov.au Website www.dlg.nsw.gov.au OFFICE HOURS

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    While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this publication, the Division of Local Government expressly disclaims any liability to any person in respect of anything done or not done as a result of the contents of the publication or the data provided. © NSW Division of Local Government, Department of Premier and Cabinet 2013 ISBN 978-1-922001-19-1 Produced by the Division of Local Government

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  • TABLE OF CONTENTS

    LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS & DEFINED TERMS 4 LIST OF TABLES 5 CHAPTER 1 – INTRODUCTION 6

    Foreword by the Chair of the Local Government Acts Taskforce 6 1.1 Local Government Acts Taskforce - Terms of Reference 8 1.2 Members of the Local Government Acts Taskforce 9 1.3 Executive Summary 9 1.4 Recommendations by the Taskforce 11

    CHAPTER 2 – APPROACH & CONSULTATION 19 2.1 Approach to the Review 19 2.2 Limitations of Scope 19 2.3 Consultation 21 2.4 Feedback from Workshops and Written Submissions – Round II 22

    CHAPTER 3 - ELEMENTS OF A NEW LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT 24 Part I – Guiding principles for a new Local Government Act 24 3.0.0 Approach and Principles for the Development of the New Act 24 3.1.0 Structure and Elements of the New Local Government Act 25 3.1.1 Purposes of the Local Government Act 25 3.1.2 Role and Guiding Principles of Local Government 26 3.1.3 Constitution of Councils 27 3.1.4 Roles and Responsibilities of Council Officials 27 Part II–Strategic Framework for Local Government in NSW 28 3.2.1 Integrated Planning and Reporting 28 3.2.2 Community Engagement 32 3.2.3 Performance of Local Government 33 3.2.4 Technology 33 Part III – Council Operations 34 3.3.1 Elections 34 3.3.2 Meetings 35 3.3.3 Appointment and Management of Staff 36 3.3.4 Regional Strategic Organisations of Councils and Formation and Involvement in Corporations 37 3.3.5 Protection from Liability 38 3.3.6 Code of Conduct 39 3.3.7 Pecuniary Interest 39 3.3.8 Delegations 39 3.3.9 Financial Governance 40 3.3.10 Procurement 41 3.3.11 Capital Expenditure Framework 43 3.3.12 Public Private Partnerships 44 3.3.13 Acquisition of Land 44 3.3.14 Public Land 45 3.3.15 Approvals, Orders and Enforcement 46 3.3.16 Water Management 48 3.3.17 Tribunals and Commissions 49 3.3.18 Other Matters 49

    CHAPTER 4 – REVIEW OF THE CITY OF SYDNEY ACT 51 REFERENCES 55

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