NSW Councils vote ‘YES’ to form One Association
In an historic decision by NSW councils, members of the Local Government and Shires Associations of NSW (LGSA) have overwhelmingly voted ‘YES’ to form a single, united Association to represent the views and policies of Local Government in NSW.
The Shires Association of NSW has voted 59 – 13 in favour, with the Local Government Association of NSW voting 161 – 53 in favour of forming a single Association.
The LGSA worked with Fair Work Australia and the NSW Industrial Registry to complete all administrative steps and officially amalgamated to form one association, Local Government NSW, on 1 March 2013.
Following the amalgamation, an Interim Board will take over from the current Shires Association and LGA Executive Boards until all members gather together for their first conference as One Association. It is at this first Conference that members will elect the new Association Executive Board and the first President.
The ballot to decide whether the Local Government and Shires Associations of NSW should merge was run independently by the Australian Electoral Commission from 12 July to 7 August 2012.
For more information, contact the Local Government NSW Joint Presidents:
Cr Keith Rhoades, Joint President, 0408 256 405.
Cr Ray Donald, Joint President, 0438 699 910 (or Divisional Chairs).