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Strengthening Local Government

A stronger system of local government

The NSW Government is committed to building a stronger system of local government in NSW and has been working with local councils since 2011 to achieve this.

The local government reform package is based on the Independent Local Government Review Panel’s recommendations and reflects the priorities identified by the sector during the consultation process. It includes:

  • New streamlined legislation for local government
  • Reductions in regulation and red tape
  • Greater transparency and performance improvements
  • Access to cheaper finance for community infrastructure
  • New Joint Organisations to support regional growth
  • More help for smaller rural councils
  • Support for structural change in Sydney and regional councils.

Read more about the reform package.

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