Local Government NSW Finance Summit - 'Fix the Funding First'

Local Government NSW has a longstanding commitment to ensuring that public policy decisions are based on solid research and analysis, and this summit was held in August 2015 to seek to identify new solutions to address current inequities and place local government on a sound footing to provide stronger communities for the future. The summit focused on innovation and advocacy required in the context of continuing reforms.

Speakers were invited from local and state government, private sector, the non-profit sector, academia, and internationally. Each of our invited guests were invited to put forward fresh ideas and new approaches to advocating for stronger local government finances and a fairer and more sustainable funding environment, and presentations are included here for the benefit of those who could not attend.

Finance Summit 2015 Program (PDF, 226KB).


The conference presentations can be downloaded below.

Day One

Welcome and International Overview

Donna Rygate - Chief Executive, Local Government NSW - Local Government Reform-Fix the Funding First (PDF, 333KB).

Dr Enid Slack - Director, Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance, University of Toronto, Canada  -

Financing Local Governments in the 21st Century:Going Back to First Principles (PDF, 2118KB).

Click here to watch the full video presentation.

New Zealand's Local Government Funding Review

Malcolm Alexander - Cheif Executive Officer, Local Government New Zealand - NZ’s Local Government Funding Review (PDF, 2221KB).

Fresh Ideas from Local Government

David Rawlings - General Manager, Kempsey Shire Councils - Local Government Finances (PDF, 1198KB).

Debra Just - General Manager, Willoughby Council - Innovation in Funding (PDF, 1273KB).

Craig Moffitt - General Manager, Jerilderie Shire Council - Presentation (PDF, 2338KB).

David Farmer - General Manager, Wollongong City Council - Fresh Ideas from Local Government (PDF, 162KB).


Day Two

National and Intersate Perspectives

Greg Smith - Chair, Commonwealth Grants Commission - Local Government Funding and Tax Reform (PDF, 85KB).

Allan Garcia - CEO, Infastructure Tasmania - A Perspective from Elsewhere (PDF, 41KB).

Strengthening Revenues

Graham Sansom - former Chair, Independent Local Government Review Panel - The Revenue Dimension (PDF, 401KB).

Nick Tobin - General Manager, Aqualand Projects - Local Government Revenues, Looking at the Bigger Picture (PDF, 2616KB).

Containing Expenditures

Jeff Roorda - JRA Associates Pty Ltd - Intergrating Finacial and Asset Management (PDF, 2503KB).

Brian Bell - Lake Macquarie City Council - New Approaches to Service Delivery (PDF, 9186KB).

Strategic Financial Management

Dennis Banicevic - Director, Price Waterhouse Coopers - Strategic Financial Issues (PDF, 161KB).