Central Coast Mayor, Lisa Matthews, has welcomed a new Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) between councils and the State Government to help establish an “equal partnership “ for delivering good outcomes to NSW communities.
The agreement was signed on October 14 by Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, Deputy Premier, John Barilaro, and Local Government Minister, Shelley Hancock, ahead of the opening of the Local Government NSW annual conference.
“I do believe that when local and state government work together hand in hand with communities, great things happen,” Clr Matthews said.
“This new agreement ensures that local democracy is at the heart of decision-making and that financial impacts on councils will be given much more consideration.
“This is particularly good news for the Central Coast.
“As a key growth area in NSW – we need the State Government to work with us, and particularly in relation to providing more funding, to help us to deliver the increase in services and infrastructure our growing community will need.”
LGNSW President Linda Scott said Minister Hancock described the IGA as marking a new era of cooperation between the two tiers of government.
“II think that is true,” Clr Scott said.
“The lapsing of the last IGA heralded a tumultuous period for the sector involving a wave of forced council amalgamations.
“This commitment to an equal partnership incorporates some very important principles including: no forced council mergers; the quickest possible return to democratically elected representation following the appointment of any administrators; and consultation with LGNSW before any laws or significant policy initiatives impacting on the sector.
“The IGA also recognises cost shifting.
“Importantly, it commits the State Government to consideration of councils’ financial capability and budget cycles before they are asked to provide new or expanded functions.
“Even more importantly, by signing this agreement the Government commits itself to alleviate potential budgetary impacts on councils where possible.
“The local government sector and the State Government both believe an effective and strong partnership is the best way to drive positive policy outcomes for the people of NSW,” Clr Scott said.
Media release, Oct 14
Media statement, Oct 14
Central Coast Mayor, Lisa Matthews